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The Lie You’ve Been Told About Advertising

By: Dave Dee on: April 22nd, 2014 1 Comment

“It’s not about selling, it’s about image and building their brand.”

That was what one of our GKIC copywriters, Cindy Cyr, was told by her sales manager back when she sold advertising for a regional magazine.

Cindy says this was the training given to all of the ad sales people—that they were instructed to tell business owners that what they should be doing with their ad dollars is creating ads to build their brand.

If you’ve placed any ads in publications or worked with an ad agency, you most likely have been fed that line yourself.

Ad agencies, college marketing professors and media sales people tell people to “get your name out there.” That the purpose of your ad is to “build your brand.” And that you should “Do image advertising” so that customers will recognize your company. The theory being that once recognized, consumers will automatically buy from you.

But the truth is this is a lie.

What you really should be doing is using direct response marketing to sell to customers  to build your brand.  This allows you to generate a profit right away from your advertising dollars AND build a powerful brand. The other way requires you to spend a bundle on brand-building first with no return on your advertising dollars spent and may or may not build a lasting brand.

The reason for this lie? It’s an idea that dates back to a time when you could create a lot of excitement with an “image” or brand-building ad because you might be the only dentist…or car repair shop…or clothing store, etc. in the area.

However, today the marketplace is quite different.

That means it takes a ton of advertising (and a ton of money) to get your brand recognized. And while that strategy can still be a good one for the right company (with the right pocket-book), it’s not an affordable, realistic or wise strategy for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The good news is there is a strategy you can use that actually creates a potent and valuable local, national or global brand as a FREE BY-PRODUCT of profitable marketing.

In fact, right now there are local and global million dollar and billion dollar brands that have been built and are being built from zero by replacing the “brand and image-building” strategy they were taught by focusing on completely different objectives:

1)      The goal of your ad should be to make money. When placing an ad, your chief objective should be to make money from it. You can throw money at buying recognition, awareness and familiarity, but there’s no warranty that this brand recognition will give you value or power in the marketplace…and in fact it can lead to bankruptcy.

2)      Audience is everything. When you have limited resources, it is especially important for you to narrowly focus on a very specific audience inclined to buy from you. To do this you must first develop an avatar of who your ideal customer is. Ask what your best customer will likely have in common such as gender, age, geographic location, income, politics and interests.

Then look at which media will reach these best, most obtainable customers.

3)      Apply direct marketing to your ads. Because the objective of direct response is to get a measurable return on your marketing dollars, using a direct marketing approach instead of a brand-building will turn up your income and business. You can still build your brand, but you can do it in such a way that you don’t need to spend a dollar on advertising it.

4)      Create products and sales messages that appeal to your target audience.  Stop worrying about building your brand and instead focus on creating specific products and messages that will appeal only to your specific target audience.

5)      Avoid the temptation to make tactical moves without careful consideration. Brand can be a valuable asset or a big drain and waste of energy. Therefore, it’s important to make the right kind of tactical moves and use wise strategies to develop and build your brand.

You want a brand that can help you cut through the clutter and chaos in the marketplace. A brand that makes it easier for people to choose you over your competitor. A brand that tells consumers what to expect and what not to expect.

Dan Kennedy recommends that you don’t race to implement, but instead that you slow down to figure out a governing principle that will guide your strategy and serve as a fixed basis for evaluating what moves you make.

For example, in his new book, No B.S. Guide to Brand-Building by Direct Response, Dan lists several examples such as Farm to Table restaurants that use their guiding principle to govern their strategic choices about everything such as physical location, menu items, food sources and vendors and tactical decisions about price.

But again, branding can (and should) be done without direct investment. Dan Kennedy has never spent a cent on outright brand advertising, yet if you look at his businesses and organizations built by him such as GKIC, his brand is strong. People know him, know what he’s about, and know what to expect from him. Namely, the principle represented by Dan’s brand is truth-telling and No B.S.  It’s worth noting that he’s built this through direct-response.

It may be tempting to copy big companies advertising and marketing strategies—especially if they are backed by high-profile, high-priced agencies. However, if you want maximum profits, a powerful brand and a positive relationship with a loyal group of customers that remain excited about doing business with you, then put your energy and marketing dollars into direct response marketing that makes you money while simultaneously building a valuable and powerful brand as a free by-product.

NOTE: If you want to learn how to implement brand-building by direct response, then be sure to check out Dan Kennedy’s new book, No B.S Guide to Brand-Building by Direct Response. Dan, along with two of the best practitioners of brand-building by direct response that Dan has ever consulted with, coached, and observed closely, Forrest Walden and Jim Cavale will show you how to:

  • Get a highly valuable brand—FREE.
  • Sell to customers to build your brand.(Instead of building your brand to sell to customers.)
  • Build direct relationships between front-end ROI, back-end ROI and your brand.
  • Acquire and leverage the hands-down best lead-generation tool: referrals.
  • Merge, integrate and cross-breed direct-response with a brand message.
  • Make your brand about moving your customers to engage and act.

Plus, if you act now, you’ll also receive free resources. For more information or to get your copy visit: http://www.nobsbooks.com/

How To Make This Tricky Part Of Your Business More Effective…

By: Darcy Juarez on: April 12th, 2014 4 Comments

Last week we talked a lot about the importance of making your customer feel like your business and your business alone is THE one for them. (See my article Dan Kennedy Warns: You can no longer afford to do this.)

It’s a lot easier when you are face-to-face with someone because you can ask questions and give them personalized attention.

However, to really grow your business, you have to be able to translate that feeling on a massive scale.

We talk a lot about how to do this in direct mail and email and other media that is more of a one-to-one type of communication, but one area we don’t talk a lot about is your website.

Websites are tricky.  Because unlike an individual letter or email sent directly to your prospect or customer, people will be viewing your site who are in different stages of the buying cycle.

From the prospect who knows nothing about your product or service and very little about you to the fiercely loyal customer who has been with you for years.

Really think about that for a minute.

This means that a one-size-fits all approach will not work.

Sadly, the one-size-fits all approach is what many website builders do. While this may seem like the cheaper and easier approach, the truth is, it ends up costing you more in both time and money.

Concealed costs and trying to fit a ‘square peg in a round hole’ can end up causing you to lose customers and result in having a website that isn’t generating leads or income.

Trying to cater to everyone means you aren’t likely to capture much of anyone. And the likelihood that you snare prospects that are a poor match for your business goes way up.

Instead, here are some ways to make sure you build a better website so you don’t end up with a one-size-fits-all solution.

1.  Answer these questions before you start. Whether designing your website or adding additional pages, give thought to these questions to make sure every page fits into your “big picture” plan.

  • Who is your audience?
  • What factors are important to your audience?
  • What is the purpose of your site (or page)?
  • What’s the best way to get the traffic visiting your site to take the action you want?

Each and every page needs to have a purpose and needs to work together with the other pages on your site so your visitor has a great experience.

For example, when you put a blog post up, ask what the purpose of your blog post is and how this relates to the rest of your site.

Ask yourself things such as: “Am I trying to drive people to a presentation? Or trying to capture a lead by getting them to download a free report?”

These are only a couple of examples, but the point is there should be careful thought into your plan rather than just slapping up pages independently of each other.

2.  Build for longevity. One of my favorite things is automation. One way to automate your business is to build evergreen campaigns. To make your website evergreen, use fundamental direct response marketing principles that have stood the test of time and resist the urge to constantly change your site because some new guru says there is now a new rule to follow.
 
3.  Direct the process. Don’t turn your site over to a web designer, a tech guy, etc. Most are focused on the job they were hired to do and not on the overall design and purpose. They may not know or understand direct response. They certainly won’t be looking at the overall big picture. You need to think like an architect and make sure every element on your website is working together for the end result you want. (I discuss this in detail here.)
 
4.  Make every word count. There is a myth that a website has unlimited real estate. However, just like an ad in a magazine or newspaper, you must make every word count. Don’t get sloppy. If an element isn’t helping with your “big picture” strategy, get rid of it.

When you can put the work into something once and get it to work for you over and over again, you’ll find you’ll not only save a lot of time, but you’ll save a whole bunch of money not having to re-build all the time. Like a great sales letter that continues to work year after year, following these principles, it is possible to build a website that will make visitors feel that you are exactly the right fit for them.

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The Hidden Secret To Higher Profits No One Talks About

By: Dave Dee on: April 3rd, 2014 3 Comments

I call it the “hidden secret.”

Why?

Because no one wants to talk about it….not even the gurus.

I revealed what it was last Saturday at Super Conference.

Here’s the thing…

It does not matter what product or service you offer in the marketplace. It does not matter if you sell offline or online or using a hybrid of both.

If you want to build a herd that will stay loyal to you…

If you want to communicate effectively with a large group of prospects…

If you want to convert your leads to customers, clients or patients…

If you want to build a successful business that consistently and reliably delivers you quality leads and large profits…

It’s going to require you to do this one thing…

Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about it? Because no one wants to hear it.

Yet, if you want to effectively sell your products and services, you will need to communicate your products or services’ benefits to your prospective customers.

And this will involve using this secret…

You need to know how to write powerful hypnotic copy (or at least know about it so you can hire the right person.)

Whether you write it yourself or you hire someone, you need to understand and accept this. Because as billion dollar marketer, Ted Nicholas says, “Words, not numbers, are the true currency of business.”

Everything is copy. If you record a free message—it needs to be composed of hypnotic copy. Put a video up—your script needs hypnotic copy. Do a radio ad—yep, that requires hypnotic copy too.

So what exactly is hypnotic copy? It’s copy that translates words into something meaningful, understandable and emotional.

For example, if a sales message says “Their coaching program helps clients sell a whole lot of stuff to people all over the country every day.” That’s interesting, but not hypnotic. However, see what happens when I change it to say, “Auto Dealers in their coaching program sell a car every 2 minutes all across America.”

Can you see the difference? The words in the first example was fine, but the second example communicated the message in a specific way that had special meaning to a specific target audience (Auto Dealers), was understandable what their coaching program could do, and created emotion.

This truly does make your products and services sell better. Of course, the reason no one wants to talk about it, is because this does take time to master. However, here are a few tips I revealed which will help you get started writing hypnotic copy:

Ask questions.  Before you start writing you need to ask the following questions:

1)      Who is your best customer?

2)      What are the top three to five things your best customer wants?

3)      What is the first piece of information they want to know?

4)      What should they be looking for when buying a product or service like yours?

Taking the time to answer these questions will give you crucial information that will help you create hypnotic copy.

Personalize your copy. To personalize your copy, speak directly to your customer. If you have more than one target audience, then create more than one piece of copy so you can keep it personal. Keep in mind, I’m not just talking about using their name—in fact there will be times when you won’t have their name. For instance, you can personalize copy by doing things such as including their city, neighborhood or business type in your promotion, letter or ad.

Always have a call-to-action. Hypnotic copy always includes a call- to-action (CTA). Simple, clear CTA’s work best such as “Call Today!”

Invest in understanding what good hypnotic copy is. Be sure to ask (and answer) the questions, personalize your copy and always include a call-to-action. And remember, you don’t have to master it yourself, but you should be aware of what good copy looks like so when you hire someone to write for you, you’ll have a better understanding of whether they hit the mark.

NOTE: If you are hiring someone else to write your blogs, articles, emails, letters, etc. I’d suggest you pick up GKIC’s FREE report, “The 7 Key Questions Every Copywriter You Hire MUST Be Able to Answer To Write Killer Direct Response Copy and Create Marketing Campaigns That Will Outsell The Pants Off Your Competition!”

Bad copy wastes precious dollars and costs you sales. Set yourself up to make millions by finding out what you need to ask every copywriter before you hire them. Remember there is no charge for this.  Just click here or go to www.gkic.com/7questions

 

Magnetic Marketing Event Bonus Videos

By: Dave Dee on: February 19th, 2014 118 Comments

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To get you going I’ve created a few videos that’ll help you prepare and get the most out of this one-time only FREE event.  Go ahead and watch them below (new ones will appear every few days) and leave your comments below.

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Are You Making This Professional Practice Advertising Mistake?

By: Darcy Juarez on: February 11th, 2014 4 Comments

Selfie Olympics.

Have you heard of this?

It surfaced in January when the impending 2014 Winter Olympics and the “selfie” trend of taking a photo of yourself, inspired a new social media trend. A competition called “Selfie Olympics”, people are competing with each other to see who can post the most outrageous “selfie” online.

Why are selfies such a big trend? Professor Cary Cooper at Lancaster University says, “Selfies are a modern day form of communication but one of the motives for doing this is because people are showing off.”

Another article says that people who post a lot of selfies are “self-absorbed.”

I imagine that most people don’t like being thought of, let alone labelled as “self-absorbed.”  However, there is something many businesses, especially professional practices, are guilty of in their promotions, websites, and advertising that makes them appear just that.

In fact, this is one of the biggest mistakes that the majority of professional practices..such as attorneys, chiropractors, dentists, financial advisors, health care specialists, etc. make…and most don’t even realize it.

What’s worse, much like the “Selfie Olympics”, many professional practices try to out-do their competitors.

This occurs mostly because they are copying what other professional practices do. Plus, I believe professionals experience some confusion when reviewing advertising ethics that different organizations direct towards their professional practices.

What is this big mistake? Their copy is company-centric instead of patient or client-centric.

What I mean by “company-centric” is that the ad or webpage, etc. is all about the professional provider when it should be “patient or client-centric” or all about the consumer.

You see, truth be told, your patients and clients aren’t really concerned about your credentials and accolades. They want to know what you can do for them. They want to know… can you really help them…can you solve their problems… and give them what they want and need?

In other words, your ad should be about them—not you.

For example, the following is typical copy found on a professional provider’s website:  “Founded in 2001, we are the area’s leading provider of routine dental care and high-quality cosmetic options. We feature the very latest technology and state-of-the-art dentistry equipment with our only goal being to create beautiful, healthy smiles.”

Can you see how it’s focused on the provider?

Change this to be about patient and your copy might say: “You’ll get the smile you’ve always wanted with the most comfortable and state-of-the-art technology available.”

Here are three ways you can make your professional practice advertising more patient-centric or client-centric:

1)      Highlight the benefits. When designing your ad, make your headline benefit-oriented and include all the benefits your prospective patient or client can get by using your services.

2)      Strengthen your ad with patient or client stories. In professional advertising, ethics guidelines talk a lot about truth and trust in advertising. Trust is important because people are skeptics.

One of the best, most effective ways to build trust and strengthen your advertising claim is to let your patients or clients do the talking for you.

This is because a patient’s story is much more believable than what you can say about yourself. And…it won’t make you look self-absorbed. Plus, not only do people love stories, but your patient or client success stories help differentiate you and break through the constant barrage of marketing messages they see.

Imagine reading a statement like this: “Over the years my dentist has helped me overcome my fear of going to the dentist by being very patient with me and using break-through technology. Now, I finally have the smile I’ve always wanted.”

To strengthen your testimonial story even further,

  • Ask patients or clients who match your ideal target audience. The more these people resonate with your ideal target market, the more your ideal prospects can relate. Look for people whose occupation, age and other demographics line up.
  • Ask your patient or client if you can use their picture.  Including a picture, especially when the demographics line up, will help your ideal prospect identify with you even further.
  • Include pertinent details.  Of course you’ll want to include your patient or client’s first and last name. Also, when possible, include their age and occupation too. This will make the testimonial more believable, further reflect matches and can even build credibility. For instance, if your target audience includes military personnel then adding the terms “veteran” or “military officer” could help strengthen trust.

Offer them choices. Let your patient or client be the one to decide how they to respond by giving them choices. For example, you might offer a web form, a phone number to call you directly and a click to call button which allows them to enter their phone number and have you call them. To help guide which method they use, promote your preferred method first.

When promoting and advertising your professional practice, you may feel compelled to do what everyone else is doing and talk about yourself and your credentials. In fact, your credentials may be more impressive than any of your competitors, however, when you focus your ads on your patient or client, instead of yourself you’ll be one step ahead regardless of your credentials and closer to creating explosive growth for your practice too.

NOTE: I’ve got some great news. Dan Kennedy has just added a BRAND NEW SESSION to Super Conference℠ for anyone involved in some kind of professional practice. Entitled, “Private Practice Growth Strategies”, Dan will reveal:

  • A NEW PARADIGM for “Differentiation Or Die” Practice Marketing… it’s time to upset the apple cart of flawed thinking regarding how you market your practice.
  • THE Biggest Mistake Made In Practice Marketing (most assuredly NOT what you think it is!)
  • Why Patients/Clients Fail To Refer and How To Dramatically Increase Referrals with INTERNAL Magnetic Marketing.
  • “Quick Success Secrets” from GKIC Member Private Practice Professionals (the PERFECT models from which YOU can choose when designing your strategies)
  • And a lot more.

For more information on Super Conference or to reserve your seat, visit www.gkic.com/sc2014 or call 1-800-871-0147

5 Underdog Moves You Can Make to Blowout Your Competition

By: Dave Dee on: February 4th, 2014 1 Comment

While many people thought last Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks-dominated Super Bowl game was a disappointment and a bore; there was something great about the game that you can’t ignore…

The underdog won and won big.

In fact, according to point spread history from VegasInsider.com, their victory was “the most lopsided win ever for a Super Bowl underdog.”

I think the reason many people root for the underdog is because they can relate to feeling like an underdog. And when an underdog becomes champion, it gives them hope that underdogs can still come out on top.

Because let’s not dance around the subject…

In your own world, there are businesses selling the same products or services you are. In fact, depending on your business, there might even be hundreds or thousands trying to sell the exact thing you do.

Some have more experience than you.

Some have better people with more talent on their team than you.

Some have more fans, followers, customers, clients, or patients than you.

Some have more or better connections than you.

Some have more money to spend on marketing and opportunities than you.

Generally, in one way or another, you are the underdog (or at least feel like the underdog) at times. So how can you possibly compete with businesses like this?

Use direct-response marketing. The Seahawks were able to counter Denver’s explosive wide receivers and tight ends by using a smaller, quicker defense.

You can counter big box stores with huge marketing budgets with a smaller marketing budget simply by strategically using direct response marketing.

If you’re not sure where to start or want to get your direct response marketing campaigns locked in for a big win, then I recommend you come to one of our FREE Fast Implementation Bootcamps.

Do things differently than what others do in your industry. The Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll didn’t just do what other football coaches were doing. He did things a bit differently. For instance, most football coaches run their teams more like the military, expecting players to conform. Carroll is looser and encourages individuality.

In your business, if you are simply studying what everyone in your industry is doing and copying them, there is a good chance you’re copying what isn’t working.

Copying H.R. Block Won’t Give You A “Marketing Dollar Refund”… But I’ll Show You How To Get Money Back In Spades

By: Dan Kennedy on: January 28th, 2014 2 Comments

By now you’ve heard a lot of “buzz” about me doing the brand new version of Magnetic Marketing Live and Free Tomorrow.  If you’ve haven’t heard, then just go to www.gkic.com/mmevent now.  In it you’ll discover the system of exactly how you can attract customers, clients and patients to your business in droves.

Today though I’m going to reveal how to beat out your competitors—even big box competitors who have far more money to spend on advertising than you.

It’s NOT by copying what other businesses are doing, especially the big brands. That is the path that most small businesses mistakenly take.

An example why you don’t want to do this…

Maybe you’ve seen the ads, “Get your billion back America” …

The H.R. Block ad campaign is everywhere. Even on your money.

H.R. Block worked with an advertising agency to put stickers with ads on them directly onto a number of dollar bills.

The stickers say, “Americans who did their own taxes last year left a billion dollars behind. Get your billion back, America.” The ad included a toll-free number, their website and a very tiny disclaimer that says “not everyone gets a tax refund”.

While they’ve since stopped running this campaign because federal law prohibits it, there are a number of reasons, beyond the legal factor, as to why this is a bad marketing campaign to copy, (although I’m sure many still think it to be clever.)

Here are a few reasons why…

1)      There is no assurance that the money with the ad stickers was getting into the hands of their target audience. Since the money was showing up in people’s change, there’s a good chance someone who doesn’t even file taxes could get one of those dollar bills—such as a kid who doesn’t work or someone traveling in the U.S. from a foreign country.

2)      There was no trackable URL or trackable toll-free number, so there is no way to measure results to see whether or not the campaign was working. In fact, the link drives prospects to the home page of their website instead of to a landing page. A home page typically has multiple things for the reader to do whereas a landing page is focused on a single call to action.

3)      If someone received a dollar bill, how would H.R. Block know who this prospect was or how to follow up with them? There are big, leaky holes in your bucket if you are sending out advertising with absolutely no sure way of being able to get your message in front of this audience again.

Of course, these are but a few of the reasons you should market and advertise your business differently.

Not only will you have much more success, but you can confound the competition and level the playing field even with a big, well-funded brand such as H.R. Block.

Chauncey Hutter Jr. actually had one of his little, independent tax prep offices drive a competing H.R. Block office out of business because—while H.R. Block relies of ordinary advertising—Chauncey ignores it altogether in favor of direct-response advertising and direct-marketing.

If you want to give yourself an unfair advantage, you need a reliable, profitable marketing SYSTEM that provides you with all the business you want, without anxiety, stress and spending a fortune. This can’t happen instantly.

You do need to invest some time and effort in studying direct response advertising and direct marketing. (Watch my FREE Livecast on the secrets of Magnetic Marketing on 1/29/2014 for sure fire strategies and a head start.) Once you have listened and it has sunk in a bit, I recommend you choose the first strategy and tools combination you like from the ones I present (there is something to fit EVERY kind of business) and tweak it to fit your specific business and target audience. Get it up and running and implemented.

Then choose a couple more strategies to implement. Continue mastering the knowledge and skills and opportunities from direct response marketing. Do this and you can look forward to a competitive edge growing bigger and bigger, your superiority over other business owners becoming increasingly evident.

Remember, any idiot can say “yes” to the ad salesman and stick an ad someplace, and often every idiot does. All your competitors know how to buy advertising in most or all of the same places you do. What your competitors won’t do is learn to use direct-response advertising and direct marketing.

Not only will you stop wasting advertising dollars on advertising that doesn’t work, but you can completely whip your competitors, even the big box stores, and quickly surpass national industry averages for sales dollars.

NOTE: If you want the FASTEST way to find out my latest discoveries about direct response marketing…and put an end FOREVER to the pain of pounding the pavement, making cold calls and running useless ads, then you don’t want to miss my FREE Live Training that puts YOU in control.

TOMORROW, January 29, 2014, join me as I reveal my sure fire strategies to magnetically and systematically attract your ideal clients to come directly to you.

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Recapture People That Don’t Buy and Increase Customer Value Up To 600%

By: Darcy Juarez on: January 25th, 2014 4 Comments

It happens to every business.

You successfully hook someone in with your marketing, they mull it over …

But they leave without buying.

Even when you get them all the way to the shopping cart, they leave. In fact, according to Baynard Institute’s E-Commerce Checkout Usability study, 68% of all e-commerce visitors abandon their shopping cart.

This doesn’t figure in all the people that make read your marketing message and are compelled to click over to your website, or follow your webcast or video series but don’t even make it to the shopping cart.  Our research finds this number to be more like 90-95% of the people, who show interest in a product, don’t move forward and buy.

Imagine if you captured even an additional one or two percent. That can really add up.

Hopefully you’re using a lead capture device to compile names and contact info so you can follow up with the 95% who leave before buying.  Because if you don’t, you’re not only throwing leads out the window, but leaving thousands, likely hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table.

But, assuming you’ve captured names and contact info, now what?

Send them to a funnel.

The beauty of funnels is they help increase sales. In fact, we’ve used funnels to effortlessly multiply every dollar our customers spend by four…five…even six times. One funnel we used after a launch and increased the value of purchasers by 600%.

The thing is, while ultimately a funnel is designed to help you get more people to the check-out, buy and spend even more with you, designed correctly your funnel can do a lot more than just make a sale.

For example, funnels can help you segment your list to see where you should concentrate your marketing dollars and which customers deserve more attention from you. And they can keep prospects interested and on the hook until they are ready to buy.

Also, depending on your prospects or customers reactions, you can learn more about your customer.  For instance, typically, the faster you make a sale, the more commitment they’ll make to you.

So what should your funnel look like?

It depends on what you are trying to do. Do you want to…

  • Segment your database to discover who is interested in buying and who is more interested in collecting free stuff?
  • Increase the value of a new member or purchaser?
  • Pre-qualify people to segment the ones who are truly interested and qualify for the high-priced items or programs you offer?
  • Determine who your hyperactive buyers are?
  • Speed up the sales cycle and acquire a customer faster?

Decide what you want your funnel to accomplish first. This will determine what type of funnel you should use and what steps you’ll want to take your prospects through.

A few more tips for creating your funnels:

1)      The best time to make a sale is right after the first sale, so always offer an upsell (or two) in your funnel.

2)      80%-90% of prospects won’t go down the path you give them, so if they don’t take you up on your first offer, consider creating a new path in your funnel to see if they are interested in that instead.  For example, if we make our “most incredible free gift ever” offer to people who sign up for a free video series and they don’t take us up on it, we’ll make a different offer. If they still don’t buy in, we may try offering something on say copywriting instead of the marketing path we’ve been trying to go down.

3)      Numbers tend to be better when you ask for a credit card first, before their other information.

4)      Put your unconverted leads through a 4-Day Cash Machine Funnel. For example, “I’m moving and I don’t want to move this entire stash of products, so I’m holding a 4-day moving sale.” The worst thing that will happen is that they might unsubscribe, but if they aren’t buying anything from you anyway, that might be a good thing.

Incorporating funnels into your business this year can create a big win-fall for you. And because not many businesses use funnels, you’ll stand out even more to your prospects. Plus, one of the best parts of funnels is that they automate your sales process and give you predictable results so you can grow your business and your bank account even while you are away on vacation.

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8 Ways To Make Your Product Or Service Stand Out From The Competition

By: Darcy Juarez on: January 16th, 2014 6 Comments

It turned the worst and last, little no-name hotel in Las Vegas into one of the largest and most successful hotels on the strip.

And it’s one of my favorite Dan Kennedy marketing stories (as related in Dan Kennedy’s Magnetic Marketing program.)

You see the owner didn’t have a tremendous amount of money to do advertising at the time so he couldn’t compete with the larger hotels that used billboards, television and full page ads in magazines.

Instead he created an offer that turned his hotel and casino into a very specific, stand-out destination that got people clamoring to go.

Here is what his offer said:

“Give me $396. I’ll give you two nights, three days in my hotel in one of the deluxe suites. There’ll be a bottle of champagne waiting for you when you arrive. You can have unlimited drinks the entire time you are here, whether you are gambling or not, even if you’re sitting in one of the lounges and enjoying the entertainment, you pay nothing more for your drinks. Most importantly, for your $396, I’m going to give you $600 of my dollars to gamble with in my casino.”

The (obvious) lesson to be learned?

Turn your ordinary offer into an extraordinary one and your product or service becomes completely new and different than your competition. This is especially important if your product or service is a commodity.

You can transform your standard ho-hum offer into a killer offer using some of the following elements:

Develop high perceived value. Create a perceived value for your product or service that is higher than the price you are charging and you make your offer irresistible. In the casino hotel offer, the $600 dollars for gambling alone makes the perceived value higher.

Reduce their risk. When you make risk-free offers, it demonstrates confidence in your product or service and makes people feel more comfortable about choosing you over a competitor who doesn’t make a no-risk offer.

  1. Money back guarantee. People often worry about the “what ifs” –what if I don’t use this, what if I don’t like it, what if it doesn’t do what it promises to do. Give people the confidence to buy your product or service by offering a “no questions asked” full refund.
  2. Generous trial periods. Offer a “try before you buy” period, such as “Try it free for 21 days.”
  3. Low-cost trial periods. Ease the fear of making a large investment by giving a trial for an expensive program or membership for a small fee. “Normally $275 per month, you can try it for 7 days for just $1.00.” (The added advantage for you is that you now have their credit card information which makes it easy to automatically charge their card full membership pricing at the end of the trial.)

Create urgency. Everyone needs an incentive to “hurry up” and order now rather than put it off until later. Five ways to nudge people in your offer are to present:

  1. A limited quantity. If you truly have a limited quantity, you can say, “Only for the first 250 orders.” If you don’t have a limited quantity you can say something like, “Your check will be returned if supplies run out.”
  2. A special combination. Create a combination offer that will expire such as, “Buy two get one free” or a special bundle or package at a discounted rate over buying them individually.
  3. A price increase. Say in order to lock in the lower price, the prospect must act now.
  4. An introductory rate or bargain. Offer a pre-publication rate or an introductory rate and explain that after so many are sold the price will increase.
  5. A limited time opportunity. Let prospects know that only a certain number of widgets are available per region. For instance, a company selling franchise opportunity might only offer one franchise location per every 100 mile radius.

Include a powerful image. The casino hotel offer outlined earlier paints a powerful picture through the story-like wording. Another way to create a powerful impact is by including a powerful picture to help tell the story. You’ll see effective examples of this in ads for restaurants, retailers, travel and charitable organizations where a picture can evoke strong emotion.

Never assume that you’ve made the sale or use a weak close that gently “urges” your prospect to act. You must tell your prospect in clear, simple language what you want him to do and give him a great reason to act immediately. When you add some or all of the elements listed, you’ll create an offer that not only does that, but that stands out and makes your product, service or company completely different from everything else out there.

NOTE: Dan Kennedy will give you the 5 secret keys to creating irresistible offers that get customers rushing to buy from you and the unique components every offer must include (without these your offer will fail) during his special LIVE Video training on Wednesday, January 29th . This is a rare opportunity to get 5 hours of FREE training from Dan on:

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Four Things You Can Do To Avoid Disaster In Your Business

By: Dave Dee on: January 14th, 2014 5 Comments

“It happens many times.”

That’s what Mary Schiavo, the former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation, said during an interview on CNN when talking about how a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago landed at the wrong airport last Sunday.

According to Schiavo, “Planes landing on the wrong runway aren’t unusual.”

As you can imagine, this error can cause real problems.

Unfortunately, like airlines who guide passengers to the wrong airport, businesses many times guide the wrong prospects to their business, causing serious problems such as financial hardship, damage to your business, and wasted spending.

For instance, let’s say you have no reliable way to get customers to your business. So you begin spending money on advertising.  But… because it’s not the right advertising, you receive no (or very few) paying customers from it.  This could cause you to go into debt and even force you to close your doors.

Here are four things you can do to avoid disaster in your own business…along with why this is so important to master:

1)      Cut all the waste and fat out of your advertising. If you aren’t attracting your ideal client, customer or patient, then you are wasting a lot of advertising dollars on people who aren’t interested in your product or service and/or don’t have the means to purchase from you. Wouldn’t it be better to get your advertising into the hands of people you knew could and potentially would buy from you?

For example, if you are selling tires, you would only want someone who owns a car to receive your ads because someone who doesn’t own a car will never buy from you even if they have the money to do so. For instance, if this hypothetical tire store runs an ad in a publication where 60% of its readers are college students with no car, then the media you’ve chosen doesn’t really match  your market.

You can “cut the fat” by matching the right media to the right market and the right message. One way this could be accomplished would be to change to a direct mail postcard that is sent to a rented list of people who carry car insurance on automobiles that are at least a couple of years old and live within the vicinity of your tire store.    Can you see how this would greatly reduce the amount of money you are wasting on advertising that isn’t working for you?

2)      Create a system for attracting your ideal customers.  The idea is for just the right person for your product, service or proposition to perk up, pay attention and think, “Hey that’s for ME” the minute he sees your ad, letter, web site, or other advertising media.

Instead of buying a list to mail your ad to, often a better method is to create a lead generation system. This is a much more economical way to get your hands on your ideal customer because it lets people self-qualify themselves within your target market. This way you are creating your very own, current list without having to a) pay for a list and b) sift through a list of semi-qualified prospects to find the ones who are really interested and willing to spend money on what you have to offer.

Not only is this more economical, but it’s more valuable too. You can certainly rent a list or place an ad in a publication that targets your ideal list.  But consider how much more valuable a prospect is who has raised their hand and said they are interested in what you are offering. Dan Kennedy says when looking at comparative conversions, this type of lead can be worth 500% to 2000% more.

3)       Make your system automatic. Once you get your sales message refined and working, put your system on auto-pilot so that you can continually attract prospects to your business.  This involves figuring out all the pieces of your sales system and setting it up to replicate itself over and over—from attracting prospects to getting them to raise their hand and say they are interested to mailing out follow-up pieces until they buy from you. This will not only save you time and money, but it will provide you with a  predictable business, where you can reliably project how many qualified leads, how many sales from those leads and what your revenue will be for the month.

4)      Refine your message. If your message isn’t right, you’ll end up with prospects that aren’t a match. Not only is this a waste of your advertising dollars, it can actually damage your reputation.

Consider the following that a fellow dad received. He was sent a free magazine from “Working Mother” Magazine. Not only was the list wrong, but the message referred to him as a “working mom.” He was not only insulted, but he thought they were idiots for sending him such a mismatched offer. In fact, he thought it was so idiotic, he told friends, family and work associates about it. Now-a-days you might worry about that ending up as a post on social media which could be even more damaging.

Had the letter suggested this as a gift for his wife, it might have struck a cord and he may have thought the complete opposite—that they were genius.

Regardless, testing and fine-tuning your message is smart.  Once you refine your message, there will likely be more commercially available lists that you can rent that will deliver decent results as well.

Make sure you master the skill of guiding your ideal customers, clients, or patients directly to your business. When you do, you’ll have a predictable, reliable income, you’ll avoid wasting valuable resources and you’ll never have to worry about where your next customer will come from.

NOTE: If you want to be a master of this skill and know how to develop and design ALL of your promotional campaigns to accomplish this goal, then I urge you to reserve time on your calendar now for a very special FREE Live Video Training with the creator of Magnetic Marketing and World Famous Author And Marketing Expert, Dan Kennedy entitled:

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