Archive for the ‘Information Marketing’ Category


“I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up…”

By: Dan Kennedy on: September 21st, 2014 7 Comments

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

You probably recognize this popular catch phrase from the television commercial for Life Alert… or perhaps from the comedic punchlines that have become a part of pop culture as a result.

In fact, it’s probably one of the most recognized slogans of all time.

The original commercial for Life Alert, a personal medical-alert system, showed an elderly woman who had fallen. The woman pushes a button on the Life Alert pendant she’s wearing around her neck. Instantly connected to a 24-hour medical response team, she says, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

Bad acting made the commercial the butt of many jokes, however the company probably got the last laugh as it has obviously been an effective way to sell their product for more than 24 years. They continue to run versions of that same commercial and even made the popular catch phrase a registered trademark.

Now the company is running a new version of the commercial that is very realistic.

In fact, it’s so realistic some say it is scarier than stuff they watch on TV.

The new ad shows an empty house while playing eerie music. It pans different objects and scenes inside the empty house. In the background you can hear a woman whimpering. Just outside her window, a couple plays with a dog. And then it pans to a woman lying at the bottom of the basement stairs, crying for help.  The commercial then shows a screen that says, “When You Fall and Cannot Get Up, an ACCIDENT can turn into a TRADEGY!”

So the question is –how does the same catch phrase used by the same company for more than two decades continue to be so effective at selling their product?

And how is it that it worked when in a really bad commercial as well as in the new very realistic, very well scripted and produced one?

This seems contradictory.

Especially when you think about how bad the original commercial was.

As I alluded to above, the original commercial has been ridiculed, insulted, and referenced many times over by comedians.

The new one on the complete opposite end of the spectrum has been called disturbing and too believable.

The reason this phrase works so well—whether the ad is well scripted, acted and produced or not, is that the premise—“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” is a real fear.

Elderly people fear losing their independence.

Family members of elderly parents fear something will happen to their loved one, with no phone nearby, and no one to hear their cries for help.

In other words, it taps into a fear that already exists.

There is no need to convince someone that this is a possibility. No need to go into a lengthy or even a real story about it happening to someone. People already know this possibility exists.

I’m going to say that again, because this is a HUGE key to a successful ad.

Tap into an emotion—a storyline that is already running inside your prospect’s head.

Although fear is certainly a popular emotion you’ve seen in ads such as the anti-smoking commercials or political campaigns, there are many other emotions and storylines that you can tap into as well.

For example, online dating services tap into the “happily ever after” story that already exists in people’s heads.

Car commercials often tap into the idea of having something that everyone else wants, but is uniquely yours.

There is always an emotional storyline that is playing in your prospect’s head. The key is to figure out what that emotional storyline is (hint: there might be more than one) and then engage your prospect with words that tap into it. When you do, that’s when you’ll make the sale.

NOTE: If you aren’t tapping into your prospect or customers emotions, then you probably aren’t making the sale either. Want to know more about which emotions to tap into and exactly how to do it? Find out the techniques Dan Kennedy uses for maximum effectiveness when selling goods and services by clicking here now.

The Three Biggest Reasons Businesses Fail…And What To Do Instead.

By: Dave Dee on: September 19th, 2014 2 Comments

We’ve all heard and read about the alarming 80% rate of small businesses that fail in their first 18 months.

It’s been reported by many sources including Bloomberg, the leader in reporting financial and business information

So when I read an article the other day that said 90% of info-marketing businesses fail, it upset me.

I thought to myself, “but why?” This is a formulaic business that anyone can do successfully.

My next thought was… “What can we learn from the businesses that have crashed and burned?”

From years of experience from both running my own businesses and also working with and training hundreds of business owners and info-marketers to build successful, long-term businesses, I have found three main things—that when missing, inevitably shorten the life of the business and cause failure.

I’m not talking about the typically things that you see listed such as running out of money, no business background, no clear unique selling proposition, and so forth. The following are specific to why info-marketing businesses fail, and more importantly what you can do to make sure you don’t experience the same fate.

Reason #1: Inadequate Marketing Research. According to Robert Skrob, President of the Info-marketing Association, the #1 reason he sees info-marketing businesses fail is inadequate research.

Solution: Don’t assume you know everything you need to know about your market. Just because you’ve been living in an industry for a long time doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t need to do additional research.

Thoroughly research your market. Interview potential customers to find out what they want and how they want it delivered. For example, do they prefer to receive your information in a video format or at a live seminar? The answer may surprise you and if you skip the research, you may end up wasting time and money creating the wrong product for your niche.

Reason #2: No continuity income. Continuity income is money you receive on a continual ongoing basis. For example, a membership program where people pay $59 each month for a newsletter. Too often businesses rely on a single sales model—meaning each month they start over selling their programs, books, seminars, etc. The result: until they sell something, they aren’t making any money.

Solution: Create continuity programs so that you start each month with customers already purchasing your products—in other words you have guaranteed income.

Not only do you have consistent income that provides you with cash flow to pay the bills, but as your customer base grows, so will the number of people participating in your continuity programs. This means your income will grow. Plus, because your continuity income is paying the bills, when you hold an event or have a big promotion, you’ll be able to pull out the money you make from it in profit instead of having to use it to pay bills.  GKIC introduces success-minded business owners to their gold membership program by offering a two-month free trial. 

Reason #3: Random Marketing Process. Too many businesses have no marketing systems in place. They run a campaign or promotion, get some customers, fulfill their orders and then have to start over again. Or they only have part of the system in place—such as the sales letter, but no system to continually attract prospects to it. Or no follow-up system.

Solution: If you want to experience a thriving, successful info-marketing business, and truly unlock the freedom and info-marketer lifestyle you dream of, then pay close attention. The secret is to build an automated marketing process.

This process includes marketing systems that continually attract new customers and feed them into a sales funnel that shows customers how you can solve their problems and then invites them to make a purchase.

After they’ve purchased from you, another sales system invites them to make additional purchases from you, including joining your continuity program.

One thing to note, while you can, in essence, create these once and let them run on auto-pilot, you’ll also want a system to track and monitor your results.

It’s also a good idea to use different systems along with testing new ones.

When you do the marketing research, put programs in place to generate continuity income and build an automated marketing process, you’ll have the three key factors that drive a long-lasting, mature and highly successful info-marketing business.

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#1 New York Times Bestselling Book Confirms What Dan Kennedy Has Said All Along

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

“Purposeful story telling isn’t show business, it’s good business.”

That’s what Peter Guber says in his #1 New York Times Bestselling book, “Tell To Win”.

And it’s what Dan Kennedy has said for years: Stories sell.

Guber, an extraordinarily successful person who has had a long and varied career serving as studio chief at Columbia Pictures, co-chairman of Casablanca Records and Filmworks, CEO of Polygram Entertainment , Chairman and CEO of both Sony Pictures and Mandalay Entertainment Group substantiates that the benefits of powerful storytelling are not limited to the entertainment business.

Guber, who also oversees one of the largest combinations of professional baseball teams and venues nationwide, is the co-owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, a longtime professor at UCLA, speaker at numerous business forums across the U.S., and has even invested in other businesses set out to PROVE that stories are powerful calls to action for any business.

Looking outside the entertainment industry, Guber turned to some of the most successful business leaders in America to see what their experiences were with using stories in business. And he consulted experts in psychology, narrative medicine, and organizational storytelling to determine if purposeful story telling was a success tool that many in business mistakenly ignore.

His book further supports the importance  of emotionally transporting your customers, clients, and patients via stories in order to get them to take action.

Giving examples from businesses in all different categories and walks of life—Guber cites stories from businesses such as restaurants, financial planners, eye doctors, lawyers, investors, politicians, and many more. He also shows how both story-tellers and non-story-tellers can employ stories to help them succeed.

Here are some key points I picked up from reading his book:

To be considered a story, you need surprise. Pay close attention to this one: when you give your audience exactly what they expect, with no surprise, you will bore your audience. This is NOT a story. Surprise is what makes a story and makes your story memorable.

Telling stories is a tool anyone can use. Stories aren’t reserved for the rich, the educated, the intelligent, the successful, and so on. You don’t have to have a certain education or reach a certain age or income level to tell and listen to stories or use them to win.

People are wired for stories. Think of your own experiences. From the time you are young, you are told stories. As you get older, you read story books. When you are with your friends and family—or even at the office, you tell stories.

It makes perfect sense that we are wired for stories, yet many businesses ignore this potent tool and lean towards stating facts and statistics instead. (Check out some particularly compelling research on stories verses statistics in Chapter 3, along with a super idea that a financier on Wall Street used to get more done.)

Beware of hidden time bombs. We tend to repeat our stories. Depending on the nature of your personal back stories, this repetition can produce positive or negative results. Ignore the power of your own back-story and these can surface at inopportune times.  The good news is that you can use your negative experiences in ways so that they won’t continue to affect you negatively or creep up and sabotage you unexpectedly when you least expect them to (such as when you are trying to close a big deal.)

Find the “it.” You need the thing that will emotionally transport your audience. Without this piece, your audience won’t get what your proposition is, even if it is a complete no-brainer to you, meaning people will say “no” when you fully expect them to say “yes.”

Same story. Different resolution. You may have a great story, but the wrong resolution for your audience. Know your audience well and you’ll know what they will respond to.

Also, you can use the same story with different resolutions for different audiences. For example, let’s say you have an idea for an information marketing business, but you need others to invest in your idea. You could tell the same story about your idea, but for the investor who has money to spare and loves the risk, you’d paint a picture of the big pay-out potential. While the investor who doesn’t have any money to invest, but has knowledge or skill he can invest, you’d paint a picture that involves him gaining reputation that could lead to more and better-paying clients.

One is a dangerous number. Just as Dan Kennedy has said many times, one is a dangerous number. This is no exception. Stories should be told in offline and online marketing as well as in face-to-face situations.

Of course it is impossible for me to summarize here everything you will discover about why and how to use stories in your business.  However, if you consider these tips and focus on telling stories in your business, you can make facts and figures more memorable, make your products and services resonate with your audience, and get more people to take action.

NOTE: Recently I interviewed Peter Guber, who will be our celebrity guest speaker at this year’s Info-Summit. This is a GREAT interview. PACKED with wisdom, you’ll be surprised at how many golden nuggets you pull out of this in the short time it will take you to listen to it.

You can find Peter’s full interview with me by clicking here. During the interview you’ll discover:

  • How to rescue yourself after failure.
  • What Guber learned about credentials that will help you be more successful.
  • What gives Guber the most satisfaction out of all of his accomplishments and why he feels his education began when he left school.
  • How to deal with continual change.
  • Guber’s personal mantra and how this will help you be authentic.
  • How to remain risk-adverse.
  • And lots more besides.

Listen to Peter Guber’s interview here.

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One of the biggest money-making super-powers

By: Dan Kennedy on: August 24th, 2014 1 Comment

Dan Kennedy here.

I wanted to let you know that I just did a special call with Dave Dee about something vitally important…

You see ever since I spent the other day with you, the questions I’ve been receiving have made it abundantly clear to me that there is a critical piece of information missing.

It concerns one of the biggest money-making super-powers you’ll ever learn. Because once you “get it,” you’ll make a major shift in your thinking—and your income. Life and business will be different for you. Easier. More rewarding. More effective. More time-efficient. More lucrative. Better.

So I recorded this call so you’ll have the missing piece that will help you close more sales, get more visitors to sign up, download, watch, and buy.

Click here to listen to it now.

NOTE: Dave will be telling you about a special bonus worth $497 that is only available today as part of the Make Them Buy Now System & Toolkit at the end of this call. Which by the way, if you haven’t invested in yet, you should do so immediately here.

HOWEVER, this call is not a sales pitch. It’s about helping you to make a major shift in your thinking that will forever impact your business, your income, and ultimately your life. If in the next month, next year, or ten years from now you want your income to go up, then you need to understand this piece of the puzzle.

Listen here now before another year slips by with no change in your income.

Five Stealth Persuasion Secrets That’ll Get Your Prospects To Buy From You

By: Dave Dee on: August 2nd, 2014 4 Comments

While interviewing Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Peter Guber the other day, I asked him about his new book and why he wrote it.

His answer revealed an important point as to why anyone who wants to be more successful should create an information product—whether it’s writing a book, creating a webinar or recording something on audio.

He said that writing a book (i.e. creating an information product) is another means of advancing the thought process and putting it in a format in which people can use those ideas.

In other words, for himself, he did it as act of self-discovery and to advance his own personal knowledge and understanding of the subject.

For others, he did it as a means of giving people meaning to the information that he was sharing.

I love the answer he gave, because it makes total sense. Through the process of creating an information product about a subject, you learn more about it which helps you to formulate new ideas and advance your own knowledge.

And for others, it gives them another way to digest your information that will also help them formulate new ideas and have a better, more advanced understanding of the a subject.

This is a key concept to understand.

Because as business owners, we ALL need to educate our consumers better.

In fact, educating your consumer will make him/her more loyal to you. The more loyal a consumer, the longer they will stick with you. The longer they stick with you, the more they will buy. The more they buy, the bigger champion they become. The bigger champion they are, the more likely they are to refer people to you. (And let’s not forget that referred customers tend to be more loyal and spend more.)

So creating information products is about much more than trying to make a buck or two. Done right, creating information products will advance your own knowledge, plus it will help you to create better (and more) customers.

But to do those two things, there’s something you’ll want to do in every info-product you create and that is…

You’ll want to persuade.

For example, if I go to the orthodontist to get braces for my son and the orthodontist asks me what kind of braces I want with no explanation of the difference, I’m likely to go with the least expensive choice that will get the job done.

If he takes a little time to explain the difference, I may choose a more expensive option, however it will depend on a lot of factors including if I feel I have enough information to make a good decision.

But if the orthodontist gives me a book that explains all the different choices I have, what his philosophy is for how he chooses braces for his patients, and what his beliefs are about the different product lines based on his experience, then I have a lot more information to make a better decision.

Am I right?

Now let’s say that the orthodontist believes Invisalign Braces are the best choice in most cases. Despite that being the more expensive choice, I am likely to take it since the orthodontist has now laid out his philosophy and the reasons why this is the best choice.

And because the orthodontist took the time to lay out all the choices, he may have an even more advanced understanding himself as to why he feels that way.

Sure, the orthodontist could explain all of that in person, but let me ask you something—

Where will I be more likely to feel like I’m being “sold” and where will I feel like I’m being “educated”?

Option1: When the orthodontist tells me in an appointment what he feels is the best option?

OR

Option 2: When I am handed a book that explains all the options and I have time to absorb the information?

Option 2. Because I’ll have all the information in front of me and will feel I can make a more educated decision.

Taking all of that into consideration, here are some things to include that will help you achieve those two goals:

1)      Sell them on your concepts. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that Dan Kennedy’s books, courses, news-letters, articles, etc. all explain and educate people on his concepts. That repetition helps people better understand these concepts and advances their success.

What concepts do you want your customers to understand? Know what these are and make a list of them so you can refer and be guided by them.

2)      Sell (or re-sell) them on your philosophy. This is another thing Dan does well. Everyone has a philosophy of how and why things should be done. What’s yours? Be sure to have a good understanding of this and incorporate it into your products so that your customers can adopt it too.

3)      Re-sell your products. Reminding people what your product will do for them will help your customers get more out of your product because not only will they know what to expect, but subconsciously they will be looking for it.

4)      Sell them on the opportunity your product or service provides. It’s not just the physical value that your product or service brings to your client, customer, or patient. What opportunities will they experience as a result of using your product or service? For example, will they experience more freedom and fewer struggles?

5)      Sell them what’s next. Once you have laid out your philosophy, concepts, their choices, and so forth, you want to be sure and include the steps for what they should do next. You may even want to include a limited time bonus gift to create some urgency to take the next step.

Create info-products that “sell” these five things and you’ll help advance both your understanding and your customer’s…and when you do, you’ll not just make a sale, you’ll convert a prospect into a customer, which is an entirely different thing.

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Bonus For Investing In Info-Profit Recipe

By: Dave Dee on: July 30th, 2014 No Comments

The video below is your bonus worth $497 for investing in Info-Summit. In this video you’ll get the four steps to getting your info business up and running in the next 60 days. Please do not share this page with others.  Thanks and Enjoy!

Elvis May Have Left The Building, But He Still Has Loyal Followers Who Buy

By: Dave Dee on: July 27th, 2014 1 Comment

Sixty years ago this month, in July of 1954, music history was made when the then unknown Elvis Presley recorded the first commercial song of his career.

The song—“That’s All Right (Mama)” set him on a path to superstardom.

In fact, many still consider him to be the undisputed King of Rock and Roll.

Elvis still holds records for “the most Top 40 hits (114), the most Top 10 hits (40) and the most weeks at Number One (80).” (These is for the Pop charts and only in America. He was also a leading artist in American country, R&B, and gospel fields and his chart success in other countries was substantial.)

In fact, in 2004, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that Elvis had become the bestselling solo artist in history.

Twe-e-e-n-t-y-seven years after his death.

Even in death, his stature grows.

Graceland, Elvis’ white columned mansion and estate, has become one of the most visited private homes in America with over 600,000 visitors every year paying anywhere from $15 to $72 to tour the home. And according to Elvis Presley Enterprises is one of the five most visited home tours in the United States, and is the most famous home in America after the White House.

After fans tour Graceland, they are turned loose to shop in the Graceland gift shops.

In 2012, overall Elvis business, including royalties and licensing, totaled $57.3 million.

Search for “Elvis souvenirs” in Google and you’ll get 1,060,000 results. In fact, there are whole businesses created for the sole purpose of selling Elvis items such as “Elvisly Yours” and “Elvis Collectibles.”

Visit Elvis fans’ homes and you’ll find whole shrines built around him—with posters, paintings, collectibles and framed pictures. Some fans even attribute a sacred character to certain objects associated with Elvis. Extreme fans go so far as to collect items from Elvis’ personal life such as toenails and his used water cups.

Fans recount stories of Elvis and re-tell his life story.

Every year there are pilgrimages to Memphis on Elvis’ birthday (January 8th) and the anniversary of his death (August 16th).

The man has a herd of committed followers, that’s for sure.

And while I’d probably apply for a restraining order if someone expressed interest in collecting my toenail clippings for display in their house, can you imagine developing a loyal following like that?

What would that do for your business?

Fans that continue to buy and re-buy your products or re-packaged items and build shrines in their homes of you for the entire world to see—spreading the word about how great you are.

What would that do for your bottom line?

Well we might not be able to get you quite to “Elvis stature,” but we can help you discover how to build a relationship with your customers so that they will want their pictures taken with you and will build mini-shrines at home or in their office.

This is the kind of herd you want to build. Because a herd like that will stay with you forever.

Isn’t that what you want?

So exactly what should you do to build a loyal herd?

Click here to find out now…

Here are four things you can do to build a big, loyal following starting today:

Target the people most likely to benefit from your product or service. When building your list, create offers which your target audience are most likely to receive an IMMEDIATE result. People who have success quickly using your products or services are more likely to trust that they will get results with future purchases from you. This can turn them into hyper-responsive and loyal fans.

Attract your BEST prospects. Who are your ideal clients, customers, or patients? Create a system for attracting these customers and these alone. One mistake I often see is that business owners think they should try and attract as many people as possible. As a result, what happens is you end up with people who are not a good fit for you or are “bad apples” that talk bad about your product or service. This only hurts you. Focus on the people who will love what you have to offer and avoid the rest.

Use both offline AND online list-building methods. It’s tempting to rely on online methods only to build your list, but you’ll build a much bigger and better list if you combine both online and offline. Plus you’ll build your list faster.

Invest in relationship building strategies. If you want your list to stick around for years and years and continue buying from you, you’ll want to spend time and money investing in the types of marketing that will build your relationships with your list such as giving them great, relevant, and free content or following up after a purchase to see if they have any questions about how to use their purchase.

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Three Ways Your List Can Teach You How To Yield A Better Response

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

When he started out, he had no idea he was going into marketing.

An English major, he thought he was going to be an editor or a writer or something.

But when he applied for this little publishing company that published newsletters and books, that type of job wasn’t available. So he took a job with in-house list management instead.

That was 33 years ago.

In less than a decade that “little company” did over $100 million in revenue.  Its revenues now stand at $150 million dollars a year. If you look at his product portfolio today you’ll see that it includes THE LARGEST paid subscription newsletters in its category in America, built from scratch.

You may even recognize some of the publications  that he helped make into giants such as BottomLine Personal Newsletter, BottomLine Health, Boardroom Reports and famous books such as The 30-Day Diabetes Cure.

I’m, of course, talking about one of the most respected business builders and company leaders in the professional direct marketing community—Brian Kurtz.  (I’ve got an exclusive live interview with Brian this Friday the 25th…click here to listen live)

Brian says he got a fantastic education by learning direct marketing from the list side of things. He also shares what he learned early on from direct marketing pioneer and consultant Dick Benson who told him  “no one ever spends enough time on lists.”

The problem with email is that because it is so cheap to send, often businesses send emails without much regard to timing and what order they send promotions and so forth. But because of the costs of direct mail, Brian found that you have to be very disciplined about these sorts of things. And here’s the thing: if you pay more attention to certain items with your list, whether you are sending direct mail or marketing to your list online, you will improve your response rate.

Here are three things you can learn from your lists that will help you improve your response rate.

1)      Where are the markets?  You have the ability to segment your lists and test them. That means that if you start with a small segment, testing things and finding what gets a good response, you’ll be able to find other names that are similar.  For example, let’s say in testing you discover that married couples with children in school and live in the suburbs respond well to your offer. Once you have that information, you can search those names out which fit that criteria in much larger universal lists.

2)      What is in demand in those markets? You can learn a lot by how a name gets on a list and by the feedback for what you are doing.

For example, let’s say you send out a series of emails to one part of your list and a direct mail piece to the rest of your list. Your best response comes from the people who were sent your direct mail piece (a sales letter mailed out in a number 10 envelope with a buy one get one free offer.)

This tells you a lot about how they will respond—meaning your list responded better to direct mail than to email.  You can even test types of packages.  So in this case, even if the demographics are slightly off, if the response is good to certain type of package and offer, then it will be good to other similar formats and offers  too.

3)      What products do people want? One thing is certain about direct response advertising—it’s measurable.  Back in the earlier days of Boardroom, after trying several different models, a successful model was discovered. Previously Boardroom tried selling a series of different business books that were made with various people they had met over the years. These books were about various subjects, but none of them became that big.

Then they put together a book called the Book of Business Knowledge. This was basically Boardroom’s greatest hits. When this did so well, it became the model they would use to sell millions of books. They did the same thing with newsletters. They figured out from their list what people wanted and then created the product to match it.

Spend time learning from your lists.  When you do, you will find that you know more about your target audience, what they want and what they respond to. And in doing so, you’ll be able to market better to them which means you’ll get a much better response.

NOTE:  You can get the full inside story from Brian Kurtz including—insider facts and statistics, methods, product idea process, list sources and more—the kind of information that comes from 33 years’ experience actually selling millions of dollars of books and newsletters to paying customers in multiple categories—at this year’s InfoSUMMIT. Don’t miss seeing Brian live and in person –and if you hurry you can still receive an early bird discount at www.gkic.com/infosummit

In the meantime, Brian Kurtz will be on with me live on Friday.  Click here to listen in…

Top Ten Rules For Writing A Great Headline

By: Dave Dee on: July 20th, 2014 5 Comments

In the brand new course the “Power of Copy Unleashed, How To Create Offers Your Customers, Clients and Patients are Powerless to Resist” I give out my Top Ten Rules For Writing An Effective Headline.

While I don’t have time to go into all of them here, I’ll share the three rules that I see people getting wrong the most.

Before I do that thought I want to reiterate something you’ve probably heard before AND is soooooo important to really understand.  Remember…Your headline is an ad for your ad.

It doesn’t matter how stellar your copy is or how wonderful your offer is. If your headline doesn’t pull in your prospect, it DOES NOT MATTER.

Many of the best copywriters in the world spend the majority of their time writing out and testing different headlines. Simply changing your headline can increase your response rate by 300% or more.  That’s why yesterday I shared some of my favorite headline formulas.  If you missed that just click here.

There are many different formulas for writing good headlines and in “The Power Of Copy Unleashed…” I share 18 of them.  That said, you can still create your own formulas but they must follow a number of rules if you want to maximize your results.  Here are the three rules I see people breaking most often and it’s costing them thousands or tens of thousands of dollars!

First…Your name as a headline is a deadline.

Don’t use your name or your company’s name as a headline.  So many people say things like “Top Five Reasons to Shop at Dave’s Magic Shop.”  This will absolutely kill your response when you compare it to a benefit oriented headline like “Top Five Things You Must Look For In A Good Magic Shop.”  Now there are exceptions to this rule but in 99% of situations, avoid using your name, your company’s name or our product or service in the headline.

Second…Do NOT send out or hand out any piece of printed material, publish a landing page or have any advertisement that does not have a headline. Ever!  

If you’re interested in making sales and having people actually read or listen to you, then you MUST have a headline.  I’d encourage you to go to your mail pile right now and see how many ads actually contain a headline.  Most will not.  That’s why most people say get a .1% response rate is good.  Good to most websites that are truing to sell something right now and look for a headline, again, most don’t have this.  This is like sending out an e-mail without a subject line (which by the way is the headline for your e-mail.)  Never…Ever…Ever have an ad without a headline.  Print, online, video, radio, just don’t do it.

Lastly…“Quotation marks around the headline” have been shown to increase response. 

Why?  Who the heck knows?  But it works so do it.  I could share my theory here or why it works but in all honesty it really doesn’t matter why, only that it does.  Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test this, but most people aren’t going to test things so use best practices unless you find that for your audience something else works better.

Anyway, start with those three and if you’re really into learning more about creating messages that sell like crazy then check out “Power of Copy Unleashed, How To Create Offers Your Customers, Clients and Patients are Powerless to Resist” where among other things I go though all ten of my headline rules, provide 18 different headline formulas and much much more.

Until then this is Dave Dee signing off and saying “Kick Butt and Make Mucho DeeNero!”

Note: This is the type of stuff I reveal at every single GKIC Two Day Fast Implementation Bootcamp, plus we actually have you write various ads, marketing pieces, e-mails etc…all designed to help you make more money the day you get back.  It’s an absolute FREE event for members and just $497 for non-members.  If you’re interested we still have slots at our September and December Bootcamps.  Click here to learn more.

Three Killer Headline Formulas That Could Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates…

By: Dave Dee on: July 19th, 2014 6 Comments

Recently I had an interesting conversation with one of our GKIC copywriters about how she cut down her writing time by 75 percent and skyrocketed conversion literally overnight.

About six months into her intense study as a copywriter (dedicating about 20 hours a week learning her craft) she was still spending hours and hours just to write a headline for a salesletter. (A headline is like the hook at the beginning of a story. It captures a reader’s attention and gets them to read farther into the promotion.)

In her mind “getting the headline right” was the difference between hooking a big client or not.  Sometimes she would spend days on what amounted to a few lines of copy.

But then something happened that changed everything for her.

She went from taking days to write a killer headline, to coming up with  several of them in just minutes

I’m hesitant to even tell you what made the difference. Because it’s such a simple idea, I’m afraid you might dismiss it.

So before I tell you what she did, I want to tell you why you shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this.

You see not only did she get much faster at writing, she got much better at it too—overnight.

So what was it that caused this transformation?

Templates and Formulas!  Yup that’s it.

Now mind you, she had been given full instruction on what to include and not include in a headline. She had been taught about keeping your target audience in mind when crafting your headline. She knew about the different types of headlines you could write. And much more.

But she never had someone give her a straight forward template to use.

The template gave her the ability to write like a top copywriter instantly. It guided her to make the right decisions. Plus, because she was following a template (and not staring at a blank page), she could write much, much faster. And on top of that, the template was created by a well-respected and VERY successful copywriter, so she started writing with a lot more confidence.

Here’s the thing about copywriting. You should never start with a blank page. And it’s always a good idea to have a template to follow to make sure you get the structure correct.

Because while direct response marketing allows you to reach the people and businesses most likely to buy your products and services…the promotions sent need to convey the right message and say the right things. And it needs to be structured in the right way and be written to make the prospective buyer take action.

So if you’re not using well-structured, proven templates to create your copy, you should start. You’ll be amazed at how much it will improve your success.

Here I’ll give you three of my favorite headline templates…

1.  “What Everybody Ought To Know About _______________”

I like this one because it’s so simple.  For example if you’re a dentist who specializes in dental implants then your headline can simply be “What Everybody Ought To Know About Dental Implants.”  This can be used by virtually any service provider from attorneys and accountants to real estate agents and carpet cleaners.

2.  “Discover How  __________,  __________ and  ____________”

Ok so say you’re a personal trainer or sell a workout program a weight loss system.  Then use something like “Discover How To Burn More Fat, Build More Muscle And Still Eat The Foods You Love.”  It’s so easy because all you need to do is put your biggest three benefits in the headline.

3.  “Why Is This _____________ Giving Away Over $________ Worth Of ________________ For Free?”

This one is great for brick and mortar business to be used as lead generation.  This can really boost the effectiveness of your ads and drive down the cost of new customer acquisition.  Say you’re a restaurant then try something like “Why is Dipietro’s Ristorante Giving Away Over $10,000 Worth Of Fine Italian Cuisine For Free?” This one works for virtually any brick and mortar business!

So if you find yourself struggling to create effective ads, and sales messages in a short time you need to be on the lookout for proven templates and formulas that’ll drive your ideal customers, clients and patients to you.  Quick hint…keep reading below ;)

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