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Get 24,000 leads using this one strategy…

By: Dan Kennedy on: December 19th, 2014 2 Comments

In the past I wrote about the power of anonymous advertising. One notable example was of restaurateur, Ed Novak, who at the time owned The Broker Restaurant in Denver (he’s since sold to Jerry Fritzler who interestingly started out as a bus boy in the restaurant).

Since beginning with $900 in capital over 40 years ago, Ed repeatedly flummoxed his competitors with strategies like free shrimp cocktails for all customers…a selection of 20 different wines at just 25 cents above cost…promotion of a $7.00 prime rib dinners to get lunch customers back to the restaurant in the evening…and his biggest ploy: he ran a full page anonymous ad in the local paper featuring a questionnaire for people to fill out and send in – indicating their restaurant preferences, what they liked and disliked about the named restaurants, and offering a $20 certificate from one of the restaurants to everybody who sent in the questionnaire.

He received 24,000 responses!!!

That translates into $480,000.00 in certificates, prompting competitors to predict Novak’s impending bankruptcy (NOTE: You can still go to The Broker Restaurant today 18 years later.  Conversely most of Ed’s, then competitors, have been out of business for years)

Ed knew that the capture of names and addresses (not simply e-mail addresses) interested enough in dining out to complete and mail back such a survey is well worth the investment, and that, as always, he’ll come out ahead. (This is a strategy almost any kind of local business could steal and use.)

Novak knew the value of names: his Birthday Club list exceeded 70,000 people. (Imagine that…70,000 divided by 12 months; an average of 5,800 customers receiving free dinner coupons each month for their birthdays.)

Here is somebody with more vision, imagination, confidence and common sense than any 100 other restauranteurs added together.  Here is someone smart about buying customers for their lifetime value and referral value in mind, rather than being foolishly restricted just by the value of their first purchase or any one purchase!

While the strategy above still works today and you’d be wise to figure out how to use this in your business today you have the opportunity to get leads not for $20 apiece, but for pennies.  Customers can cost mere dollars.

And while I know you probably won’t go out and run an ad in the paper like the one described above because you may rightly, but probably wrongly have a bias against this media, you might be interested in this strategy, really a multitude of strategies, that are proven to work today using the latest online tools like blogs, e-mails, landing pages, YouTube and much more.

Maybe you’ll even couple one of these media strategies to test out the same proven campaign Ed used above. This would make me smile.  Almost.

In any case if you are looking for new strategies to capture leads and turn them into customers, look here (heck there’s even a story from a pizza shop owner if you like the restaurant theme.)

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I’ll leave you with this truth that’s probably worth you writing down and pinning above your desk (most would be better served by tattooing it on their forehead.)

“Dumb business owners get a customer in order to make a sale.
Smart business owners make a sale in order to get a customer!”

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Creating Prosperity Regardless of the Economy

By: Lee Milteer on: December 17th, 2014 1 Comment

Everyone in our world thinks about money. If you aren’t doing well financially today, it is it definitely is NOT caused by a lack of opportunity. No matter what the media is saying, there are massive opportunities to reinvent yourself and your business to be profitable today. Yes, this means you might have to change directions, but so what? That is what smart people do! Life changes, businesses change, and trends change, but there are always new opportunities to capitalize on if you are in the right state of mind.

There are four fundamental positions you can take to immediately improve and attract prosperity, rather than chasing it:
1- The Quality of Your Personal Philosophy
2- The Quality of Your Thinking
3- The Quality of Your Behavior
4- The Quality of the Value You Create to Exchange for Prosperity in the World

I am sharing suggestions for a new mindset and daily actions you can perform within these four categories for leverage and to set yourself apart to attract more money into your life. Give yourself permission to adopt a new mindset where following these top behavioral strategies will cause business and money will flow to you. It’s all about mindset and the use of your life energy to TAKE ACTION. Regardless of what your money inhibition has been, it is time to face it and move past it. It’s time to create goals and plans that allow you to move past any current overwhelming circumstance and make a firm decision to do what it takes to create the reality of prosperity that you want and deserve.

Focus on Wealth
Understand that creating wealth has more to do with your internal decisions, external knowledge, and actions, but little to do with the state of the economy. You must rise above the popular belief that it is necessary to be affected by the economy. Abundance is a mindset, not an external condition that controls your success. There are no limits to what you can create because you have unlimited resources around you.

Let’s define wealth. Prosperity author Catherine Ponder said “prosperity is more than money, wealth, and financial security, it is the way you live your life and the way you focus your life energy; it is the balance of what you can and cannot control, it is loving yourself and others, it is counting your blessings and enjoying who and what you currently are now.”

Right now, due to the way the media screams at you daily about the insane economy, you need “prosperity consciousness” in your life. Increasing this level of awareness enables you to create more self-confidence, self-trust, and self-esteem to build exactly what you want. These new empowering traits will help you generate and create financial security because of the actions you take. The more you believe in yourself, the more confidence you have to pull the trigger on important projects and take educated risks in your marketing!

Ralph Waldo Emerson described prosperity as the law of compensation whereby like attracts like. What you radiate out in your thoughts, feelings, mental pictures, and words, you also attract into your life. Now is the time to reprogram yourself for what you want. Create goals that support the future you really want, not what you think you can have. You are a Self-fulfilling prophecy.

Focus on what you want to create, not what you don’t want to create. You receive exactly what you focus on. Poverty thinking brings poverty. Wealth thinking brings wealth. Grudges bring deathly poison to any business. Ask yourself: What am I focusing on right now? Is it positive or negative? The more positive you are in your attitude and your actions, the more abundance you will have in your life.

Avoid Negativity
Be proactive and expose yourself to information that is inspiring and uplifting. Doing so will edify the flow of your natural creative juices. Eliminate people from your life who negatively influence you or challenge your positive mood. You have to be in the right state of mind to see and create opportunities. Ask yourself: Who and what is dragging me down and how can I remove it from my reality? Expose yourself to information that empowers you daily. Do this for 21 days and I promise you will have an entirely new outlook to life and better money results.

Have Integrity with Self
To create wealth, you must have integrity with yourself. Be on guard against being manipulated emotionally by the fear and drama of those around you and recognize the potential stress of allowing others to influence you. Ask yourself: “Where have I been out of integrity with my own beliefs and actions?”

Be Creative
Acknowledge that people are spending lots of money on things they want and need. To grow in your current environment, be creative. Give your customers what they’re asking for, and keep a positive mindset. Ask yourself “What can I do to capitalize on new and exciting products and services that will get attention?”

If you have not asked the people in your world what they want, it’s time to do so! You might want to send out a survey to your current clients, customers, or patients and ASK them what they like, don’t like, and what they would like more of. Then decide where you want to focus your energy and resources.

Set up a brainstorming session with your staff, associates, or mentors and put all your challenges on the table. Get outside of your comfort zone and think about what you can be proactive about to manifest what you want. Ask yourself WHO in your life can give you suggestions to improve your bottom line. Enlist the knowledge, skills, intuition, and experience of others in your world and stop trying to do it all alone.

Instead of doing it alone, if you want serious support and the tools to make your income jump to the next level, consider joining my Peak Performers Implementation coaching program.

Let me assist you to become more effective with all aspects of your Entrepreneurial business. Whether you’re looking for Wealth Building, Performance, Productivity, Right Mindset Thinking, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Masterminding, Implementation Strategies, or if you want to network with other like-minded and successful people, Peak Performers is the place to go! You can find out more at www.GKIC.com. There are some videos from existing members sharing how Peak Performers has changed the quality of their lives and business.

Find Your Blind Spot Coach
Lee Milteer
www.milteer.com

The REAL Reasons That Your Sales Are Lower Than You Expect (Part One)

By: Dave Dee on: December 11th, 2014 1 Comment

“People are programmed to buy.” –Frank Kern

About a week ago, an article in the National Retail Federation appeared that theorized three reasons why Black Friday shopping revenue was lower this year.

The reasons cited to influence spending are focused mainly on things outside of a business owner’s control.

These include retailers offering discounts much earlier, that the economy is improving, and that consumers are more savvy about spending.

But what the article doesn’t address is what YOU as a business owner can do about it. Which by this omission could lull people into subconsciously (or consciously) settling for poor results because they think that the reasons why low sales are occurring is beyond their control.

Last year at SuperConference℠, one of Dan Kennedy’s “Amazing But True” facts was that “Price matters a lot more to you than it does to people you are selling to.”

The truth is people like to buy stuff—and discounts, the economy, and even shopping smarts aren’t going to convince or deter them from buying. So rather than focusing on things that don’t really influence buying, if you get to the REAL reasons your sales are lower and instead focus on what YOU can do to make them better, those days of mediocre results will be a distant memory.

In fact, you’ll find that focusing on the right things will help you to connect to the real reasons people buy. Sure things may happen from time to time where you won’t hit your mark, but most of the time, when you look at the big picture you’ll be able to trace it back to one of the four reasons I’ll cover in my two part article:

1. Bad marketing. When people see the same type of ad everywhere, they become immune. If your ad and your message looks like everyone else’s, people will no longer see your ad. So if everyone is offering a discount this season and so are you, your ad may just blend in.

Solution: People want cool and valuable stuff, so focus on creating ads that stand out by offering something that is different, relevant, and enticing to YOUR buyers. And create an ad that speaks directly to your ideal customer.

For example, here at GKIC, we used to offer discounts every week on different products. Sure that entices people, but it doesn’t really give people a great reason to buy and it makes every offer appear the same—causing immunity.

Instead now we offer exclusive bonuses that are extremely valuable and directly relevant to the buyer and the offer. For instance, if the product has to do with “How to Create An Info-Product”, we might include something that shows how to market and sell info-products in 30 days or less. The bonuses are something that cannot be purchased any other time or any other way which gives incentive to buy now. The bonus is also directly related to the product we are offering. Oh, and when we do offer a discount—people pay more attention because it doesn’t happen as often.

2. Not enough traffic. If you have a good offer that converts well, but still aren’t selling enough, it may be that you don’t have enough traffic.

Solution: There are three ways to improve your traffic to reach more buyers.

Expand your target: If you’ve really tapped into your market, consider expanding your target. For instance, you could expand the geographic area that you market to or leverage your existing clients by asking them for referrals.

Use additional media: Another way to gain more traffic is to advertise in additional media. You can either test different types of media –say ad direct mail or PPC (Pay Per Click) or you can also find additional media to advertise in that are similar to your most successful campaigns. For instance, if you are running an ad in a fitness magazine and getting good a good return, consider finding additional fitness publications to run your ad in.  Or right now Jeff Johnson has a free video showing you simple ways to capture more leads and also shares how just one change in his business doubled his sales!  Click here to get access now.

Expand your sales force. A third way to get more traffic is to hire a sales person to help you. Not only can this help you scale your revenue, but a sales person can also help you learn critical information from buyers AND non-buyers that will help you improve your sales messages. This happens when your sales people bring back valuable feedback from prospects and buyers from speaking to them in the field. Sales people can help you discover what are the most common objections. What works best at overcoming those objections. And even what offer is generating the most sales for them.

If your sales aren’t performing as well as you’d like them to, one of these ideas could help improve your results. Next Thursday, I’ll be back with two more reasons why your sales are low with solutions on how to fix them.

Even the most savvy and successful entrepreneurs and marketers get caught making these mistakes or forget to take a hard look and examine why their sales aren’t what they should (or could) be. If you want to break through—if you want to ESCAPE the same ole, same ole ordinary thinking then the place for you to be is The 2015 SuperConference℠ giant Magic Show where we will have a NO B.S. Cast that will be focusing on REAL strategies and systems that will help you turn whatever you’ve got into gold, create the business life you actually like, and trigger exponential growth.

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How To Attract Customers Like It’s Black Friday All Year Long

By: Dave Dee on: December 9th, 2014 1 Comment

Whether the economy is good or bad, up or down, every year the holidays attract consumers ready and willing to spend money.

It’s not surprising to see consumers spending a wad of cash without question. They splurge, are happy about spending money, and flock to retail stores and online without being persuaded to do so.

In fact, in the U.S. it is not uncommon to hear about friends or family who have made it an annual tradition to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Called “Black Friday,” this has become known to be the biggest shopping day of the year. Lots of shopping continues all month long and there are even family traditions for hitting the stores the day after Christmas for more special offers.

But you don’t have to be a retailer or wait until the holidays to attract a crowd to your store or business.

No, you can bring a steady stream of consumers to your doorstep all year round. Customers, clients, or patients who will be just as eager to spend money with you as a holiday shopper on Black Friday.

Today I’ll share four questions you must answer and share with you a video that shows you how you could literally double your sales overnight.

Let’s start by asking yourself these four questions:

1) Who do you love? Love is in the air at the holidays but too often with businesses there is a case of too much love. The Bo Diddley song titled “Who Do You Love” is a good reminder of one of the key building blocks you’ll need. In other words, don’t be too broad. Instead, ask who is your ideal customer that you LOVE doing business with and who loves doing business with you?

Without thoroughly sketching out who this customer is, you’ll waste time and more importantly a ton of money on advertising that either won’t work or will attract the wrong type of customers.

2) What’s your big intriguing offer? Every year shoppers wait in line hours before stores open to be the first one to cash in on a special offer or deal. Word has caught on so much so that people don’t even need ads to know what’s being offered—they just know there will be something good. The news, reputation, and word-of-mouth about the incredible offers draw people predictably every year.

Of course, you don’t have to offer deep discounts to attract your ideal audience. However, it is critical that you create and test different offers so that you find the right offer that will predictably attract your ideal customer, client, or patient to you over and over again.

For example, an interactive ad agency offers a comprehensive website audit to show a prospective client what they are doing well and what could be improved on their website. Or an auto repair shop offers to top off your car’s fluids anytime when you get your oil changed at their shop.

3) Why should they do business with you versus your competitor? Pretty much every retailer gears up for the holidays –but what makes a consumer choose Target over Walmart? Or one clothing store over another when both stores offer the exact same brand and style of clothing at the same price?

Crafting a compelling message that entices the most qualified prospects to want to do business with you over anyone else is another key factor. When you create messages that truly resonate with the desires and emotions of your ideal clients, your prospects will be drawn in by your ads and promotions and they will understand that buying from you is their only viable solution.

For instance, at GKIC our messaging is about giving small business owners and entrepreneurs real solutions without the B.S. This resonates with people who are tired of getting partial answers but not being told the whole truth about what it takes to be successful.

4) How will you repeat this over and over? Every year in the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving shoppers predictably and reliably flock to the malls in droves. Retailers might not know exactly how much they will sell or the exact number of how many will show up, but they can make a pretty accurate prediction on what’s going to happen based on what they’ve done in the past. This is because they have a proven and tested system in place which is what you need in your business too.

Developing a system that is proven to attract your ideal customer, client, or patient, makes a big relevant and intriguing offer, and delivers a compelling message will help you create a steady stream of customers flowing into your business year round.

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Attracting Customers

Discover 10 Customer-Getting, Sales-Boosting Tactics You Never New Existed

By: Dan Kennedy on: October 23rd, 2014 1 Comment

There’s a certain mindset in direct response marketing folks.  We are very results oriented.  We find it very difficult to just go out for a drive or go to the mall just to hang out and browse – we want a definite destination and at least an estimated time of arrival and we go to the mall to find and buy something.

Most direct response marketers can’t watch a sports telecast unless they’ve wagered on the game nor play golf, cards or cribbage but for money.  In short we want to KNOW if we have won.  We want to KNOW if we have accomplished an aim.

While this tendency gets in the way of a friendly game night, it is extremely useful in avoiding the vagueness the permeates most small business owners marketing strategies.   The chief way we avoid this vagueness is through strict adherence to a set of proven, money-making rules.

There are 10 customer-getting, sales-boosting tactics that if you LIVE by them, you can find success in your small business and your marketing activities.

1.  There will always be an offer or offers
2.  There will be a reason to respond right now
3.  You will give clear instructions
4.  There will be tracking, measurement and accountability
5.  Any brand building that occurs will be a happy by-product of your marketing
6.  There will be follow-up
7.  There will be strong copy
8.  It will look like “mail order” advertising
9.  Results rule.  PERIOD.
10. You will be a tough minded disciplinarian and put your business on a strict direct marketing diet

In my book No B.S. Direct Marketing I tackle each rule in depth.  I once wrote an entire book on breaking the rules and generally speaking I think rules are for other, ordinary mortals-certainly not for me, and not for you, either, if you are a true entrepreneur.  So you’ll chafe at rules here just as I would.  However, when you are attempting to undo bad habits and replace them with new ones, some hard-and-fast rules are necessary, temporarily.

Once you fully understand these and have lived with them for a reasonable length of time, then feel free to experiment if you wish.  But get good at coloring inside the lines before ignoring them altogether.

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…Discover the four brain dead direct marketing mistakes that almost all businesses make (this could be costing you thousands without even knowing it).

…Use the proven power of the “results triangle” to ensure that every single campaign you put together is a big winner – a BLUEPRINT that literally switches you from hit-and-miss to a system that irresistibly attracts a steady stream of buyers.

…Go behind the scenes and cash in on the undisclosed, off-the-record strategies of today’s top DIY marketers.

…Send referrals through the roof with a simple technique that will have your customers begging to send you their friends and family.

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Four steps to discover if you should be paid for something you are giving away FREE

By: Dave Dee on: October 17th, 2014 2 Comments

 “Chances are you are giving away a potential information product for free when people would gladly give you money for it.” –Dan Kennedy

Recently, I came across a rant by a well-respected, knowledgeable, and experienced professional marketer.

He was upset because people kept asking (and expecting) him to answer questions for free. When he suggested they purchase his book which contained the answers they were asking, some were offended.

He made the point that we pay for dental work, dry-cleaning, car repairs and so on, so why should his advice be any different?

He has a point.

If you go to the dentist because your gums are sore, you don’t expect the dentist to diagnose your problem for free.

If your automobile is making a funny sound, you don’t expect your mechanic to fix it for free.

If you want to remodel your kitchen, but don’t know how to do it, you don’t buy the materials and expect a contractor to come in and show you how to do it for free.

If your goal is to earn a college degree, you don’t expect to be given free tuition to gain that knowledge.

His rant was met with overwhelming support. People responded by commenting that those who want the answers for free… aren’t serious about their business … feel entitlement… and are demonstrating “employee behavior” where employees expect to be spoon-fed.  Plus on top of all that, they don’t value the information because they paid nothing for it.

There were dozens of comments. The list of people in support of paying for information that contained knowledgeable answers was long and resolute. One person made the point, “Nobody works for free.” Even when voluntary, there is usually the expectation that there will be some sort of remuneration on the back end.

So the question I have for you today is: Are you giving away answers—information—when people would (and should) gladly pay you for it?

Here are four steps to find out.

Step One: Do some easy research. Start by thinking about what people ask you or what advice you continually repeat. If you aren’t asked these questions, but suspect you have a good idea, then ask people to help identify their frustrations to see if you might have a solution for them. Below are three categories to get you started:

  • Solutions to daily frustrations in your market. Do you hear people in your field complain about things that drive them crazy for which you have an answer?

For example, do they have employee problems, a lack of customers, problems satisfying customers’ orders, problems finding good suppliers, companies luring their customers with low prices or false information? If you find yourself answering any of these questions then you may have information people want and will pay you for it.

  • Solutions to frustrations for hobbyists. People who are passionate about a hobby…golfing, cooking, knitting, gardening, traveling, playing an instrument, etc.…want ways to do these things better. They take pride in improving or want ways to enjoy their hobby more.

For example, a surefire way to stop slicing the ball when playing golf or an easy way to get rid of pests in your vegetable garden or seven sweaters you can knit in a day. Can you see how all of these would rid a hobbyist of a frustration therefore making the hobby more enjoyable?

  • Advice you repeat again and again and again. Do you have advice that you continually repeat? Such as parenting advice or how all six of your kids got through college without any debt?

If there is something you repeat to friends, family, or at functions and parties, it might be something people would pay to receive.

Step two: Investigate the market. Once you have an idea, find out more about the market. How large is it? How many potential customers do you have regionally or in each state? Are there multiple publications already being sold in that market? Are there specialties or sub-niches in this market? By investigating the market you may find there isn’t as much demand as you thought or vice-versa!

Step three: Look at history. Take a look at who else has tried to sell something to this market. Were they successful? Have other information marketers offered products to this market in the past two or three years? Are they still in business?

What about vendors that are not marketing information products but that promote themselves within this market? This is not only valuable to see what has been successful (or if it’s been successful) but can also help you identify potential partnerships.

Step four: Research competitors. Spend time researching potential competitors. Look at their websites. Read magazines that talk about them. Look for trends, economic factors, new ideas, technology or information that might impact or affect your target market.

The chances are good that you are giving away information free—right now—when you could be making money from it.

Isn’t it time you started being compensated for your knowledge and efforts?

If you want to know if you have a marketable information product, use these steps to find out before creating your information product. It will save you loads of time and money and help you discover whether or not you have a product people want. Plus you’ll find out what has worked and what hasn’t so you can avoid repeating the mistakes others have made.

**NOTE** Having and actual marketing plan that you KNOW works removes all stress, puts money in your bank account and most importantly frees you up to actually work on what really makes you money, or better yet, frees you up to do something other than work!

Dave Dee is doing a free training you can watch right now that answers the question…How do I get more customers, clients and patients?  What does marketing look like for a small business?  How do I get my business started?

To join this free webinar simply click here now and reserve your spot and start enjoying the freedom, peace-of-mind, and PROFITS that a real marketing plan gives you, virtually immediately.

Still The Best “Big Darn Secret” I Use To Make Serious Money

By: Dan Kennedy on: October 10th, 2014 4 Comments

Words matter.

One of the things many people wonder about is what I do that can possibly justify fees of $18,800 to (more commonly) $100,000 to write an ad, sales letter campaign, video script, TV call to action, etc. The answer is simply that “words matter” and I’ve gotten good at picking and combining words that sell.

I have a little, internal alarm bell that goes off when I hear or see “turn off words” (words that will turn off the reader), so I edit myself as I write. Still, I often spend hours upon hours agonizing over the choice of a few words in a given piece.

It is absolutely true that how you say it is at least as important as what you are saying. This accounts for the success of people in every field.

If you have good marketing systems in place and they aren’t making money for you or if you are experiencing shrinking sales, you should check your copy.

Especially if your marketing worked at one time, but has suddenly dropped off and stopped working. It may be that you just need to resuscitate your ad. All great ads eventually peter out, however it is not always necessary to completely re-do them.

By the way, sometimes copy that isn’t working from day one contains great elements worth hanging on to—elements that do their job.  But the reason the copy isn’t working is because key elements are missing such as an opening paragraph that grabs your reader by the throat and won’t let go or a great offer. You need to know how to identify what’s missing or you may waste a lot of time and money.

You can sell just about anything with great copy. While there are a few isolated cases where great copy hasn’t made a difference, it is rare, and even then the copy still sells, just not profitably.

Not only can you use copy and use sales letters to sell, but you can use them to sell your products and services the way you want to—to sell things on YOUR terms. To make your prospects comply with the way YOU want to do business.

This is a very important principle. Because it is one thing to make money, but it is an entirely other matter to make money the way you want to make money.

Everybody believes that their business is different. That this doesn’t apply to you. That no one else is doing this in your business.  That they aren’t using the written word to sell or that their copy must be acceptable because they are making sales. Maybe it’s “acceptable.” But using better sales copy gives you a competitive edge. Especially when you possess this #1 skill and they don’t.

Darin Garmin was making sales in real estate, but he wasn’t happy with the process and was becoming increasingly frustrated by doing a lot of work only to lose the sale to a competitor.

No one was using sales letters to sell apartment buildings until Darin decided to do it. Not only did he succeed at selling apartment buildings with sales letters, he got the people HE pre-determined were good candidates to respond. Plus, when he did some research, he found that he had moved into a position where 70% of all apartment building transactions go through HIS office. That was NOT the case before he started using sales letters.

It does not matter whether your clients are the CEO or the broom pusher…everybody buys the same way. They all go through the same process. They all go through the same emotions. And if you do not accept that, then you are missing out on the single greatest secret I have to offer.

I made my first money from writing sales copy when I was 17 years old. To this day, it is still the greatest secret to making money I’ve ever discovered.

And I can tell you that there is A LOT of money at stake by not taking your copy more seriously.

From the boiler room to the boardroom, across all demographics, words sell. To believe that your customers are above all this…that they won’t read…or that your words are adequate…or that you can simply hire someone to write them for you without fully understanding whether the words are well-chosen or not… is hopelessly naïve.

For the most part, we MUST use words on paper to do our marketing which means you have to keep this is mind as you choose your words. And if you are hiring someone to choose your words for you, then you better know if it is good, if not great copy you are looking at. Because in today’s market, you simply cannot afford to be adequate.

As a side note, I often hear from business owners that they want to grow their business to millions, but they don’t like to write.

This is like being a pro football player, but never wanting to get hit or a pro basketball player, but never wanting to try the game-winning shot.

Sorry, but the serious money comes from result-getting performances, not just acceptable writing.

Fortunately there is literature about the art and science of selling through writing, so you can learn it, change your attitudes about it, and translate it to ‘selling by media’ and copywriting. I talk about how to do this more here.

Also, GKIC Chief Marketing Officer Dave Dee has put together a sales letter template for you to help you write better copy faster and a special live call with Mike Stodola to get some of your pressing copywriting questions answered. Find out more here.

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: Want more insider information on how to leverage marketing and sales to improve your business?  Click here to claim your special free bonus of $633.91 worth of marketing materials.

10 Customer-Getting, Money Making Rules Small Business Owners Should Live By

By: Dan Kennedy on: July 23rd, 2014 2 Comments

There’s a certain mindset in direct response marketing folks.  We are very results oriented.  We find it very difficult to just go out for a drive or go to the mall just to hang out and browse – we want a definite destination and at least an estimated time of arrival and we go to the mall to find and buy something.

Most direct response marketers can’t watch a sports telecast unless they’ve wagered on the game nor play golf, cards or cribbage but for money.  In short we want to KNOW if we have won.  We want to KNOW if we have accomplished an aim.

While this tendency gets in the way of a friendly game night, it is extremely useful in avoiding the vagueness the permeates most small business owners marketing strategies.   The chief way we avoid this vagueness is through strict adherence to a set of proven, money-making rules.

There are 10 customer-getting, sales-boosting tactics that if you LIVE by them, you can find success in your small business and your marketing activities.

1.  There will always be an offer or offers
2.  There will be a reason to respond right now
3.  You will give clear instructions
4.  There will be tracking, measurement and accountability
5.  Any brand building that occurs will be a happy by-product of your marketing
6.  There will be follow-up
7.  There will be strong copy
8.  It will look like “mail order” advertising
9.  Results rule.  PERIOD.
10. You will be a tough minded disciplinarian and put your business on a strict direct marketing diet

In my book No B.S. Direct Marketing I tackle each rule in depth.  I once wrote an entire book on breaking the rules and generally speaking I think rules are for other, ordinary mortals-certainly not for me, and not for you, either, if you are a true entrepreneur.  So you’ll chafe at rules here just as I would.  However, when you are attempting to undo bad habits and replace them with new ones, some hard-and-fast rules are necessary, temporarily.

Once you fully understand these and have lived with them for a reasonable length of time, then feel free to experiment if you wish.  But get good at coloring inside the lines before ignoring them altogether.

In my book, No B.S. Direct Marketing, (which retails for $12.35 plus shipping and handling at bookstores across the country) you not only discover the details of each of these ten money-making rules in great depth but also…

…Discover the four brain dead direct marketing mistakes that almost all businesses make (this could be costing you thousands without even knowing it).

…Use the proven power of the “results triangle” to ensure that every single campaign you put together is a big winner – a BLUEPRINT that literally switches you from hit-and-miss to a system that irresistibly attracts a steady stream of buyers.

…Go behind the scenes and cash in on the undisclosed, off-the-record strategies of today’s top DIY marketers.

…Send referrals through the roof with a simple technique that will have your customers begging to send you their friends and family.

…And much, much more besides!

And right now GKIC is making this available to you for free.  We’ll almost free I suppose since all we’re asking you is to contribute to the shipping and handling by chipping in $4.95.  Click here to get your free copy now.

Top Three Rules For Writing A Great Headline

By: Dave Dee on: July 20th, 2014 6 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.