Make Them an Offer They Can't Refuse
The Godfather knew how to get what he wanted. If you didn't accept his offer you'd wake up with a horse's head in your bed.
Though as a copywriter I do everything possible to motivate prospects, sadly, I don't have the Don's persuasive incentives at my disposal.
Nope. All I have to offer are white papers, information kits, free downloads, webinars and the like.
So what's a copywriter to do? The answer is, think creatively about what offers are available, and then work hard to find the most motivating way to present them.
Let me give you an example. A while ago, my copy of Forbes arrived in the mail. I shook out the four blow-in cards (those annoying little cards that tumble out of magazines) and saw that Forbes was running a subscription test.
All four cards offered the exact same terms but were expressed very differently. Below, you will find my summary of the offers. (I have stripped out all the selling language so you could look at the offer in its purest form.)
NOTE: If you do the math and compare offers, they won't be the same. That's because Forbes is playing with different subscription terms, which muddies the waters. However, all rates DO work out identically: $59.95 for a one-year sub; $79.95 for a two-year sub. Here are the offers:
Cover Price: $4.99
YOUR Price: $1.54
Cover Price: $129.74
Your 1YR Cost: $59.95
You Save: $69.79
It's like getting 14 Issues Free
Which offer did best? I have no idea, although if I were a betting man, I would vote for "Save 53%!" The beauty of the four-way test, of course, is that it doesn't depend on anyone's guess. The marketplace provides the definitive answer and all Forbes has to do is roll out the test winner.