Donald Trump's Directive for Marketers and Copywriters
That’s where direct mail and opt-in email can be highly effective, using physical space, or square inches in print, and the opt-in nature of email, to effectively persuade with the right copy and close the deal. Here are a few pointers:
- When using direct mail, include a strong order device — even if a majority of orders come in electronically. These days, an order device is often missing in the interest of cutting production cost. But what too many marketers fail to see is that a printed order device is your closing piece.
- Push — and possibly incent — the customer to close the deal online if you’re using direct mail. For email, a link to a landing page is expected. Take advantage of the opportunity to upsell or cross-sell other products.
- State why the customer benefits by picking up a phone to interact with a live salesperson. This is important for older age individuals, or products whose sales process are more involved.
- Motivate your prospect to go to a retail store to touch and see the product, and interact in person with a salesperson. When you do that, include mechanisms to help measure the impact on the direct mail and email campaign.
Closing a deal is tough — perhaps more so now that ever.
With so many marketing messages around you, you have to get attention. That’s part of the art of the making the deal. Prospective customers will work hard to ignore your deal. So these days, you have to work harder to close your deal.
P.S. Last week I experimented with Periscope and presented a live preview of this blog post. If you’re not familiar with Periscope, I recommend you look into it. Recordings only reside on Periscope for 24 hours, but we grabbed the recording so you could watch it. Here’s the result:
Reinventing Direct is for the direct marketer seeking guidance in the evolving world of online marketing. Gary Hennerberg is a mind code marketing strategist, based on the template from his new book, "Crack the Customer Mind Code." He is recognized as a leading direct marketing consultant and copywriter. He weaves in how to identify a unique selling proposition to position, or reposition, products and services using online and offline marketing approaches, and copywriting sales techniques. He is sought-after for his integration of direct mail, catalogs, email marketing, websites, content marketing, search marketing, retargeting and more. His identification of USPs and copywriting for clients has resulted in sales increases of 15 percent, 35 percent, and even as high as 60 percent. Today he integrates both online and offline media strategies, and proven copywriting techniques, to get clients results. Email him or follow Gary on LinkedIn. Co-authoring this blog is Perry Alexander of ACM Initiatives. Follow Perry on LinkedIn.