Donald Trump's Directive for Marketers and Copywriters
No matter what you think of your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving, a message he keeps repeating is one that successful direct marketer’s heed: To succeed in selling, you have to make great deals. More importantly: You must close them. If there is a component of marketing that often seems missing these days, in a sea of marketing messages pummeling consumers at every turn, it’s this: Deals aren’t always clearly offered, and when they are, there is often a failure to close.
Direct marketers know that to survive in business, you have to close. When someone is looking at your direct mail, email, landing page, or other channels, and you don’t close the deal on the spot, you’ve probably lost the sale forever.
Successful salespeople know that to get their commission check, they have to close on the spot, or the prospect will walk away possibly buying from a competitor.
So, why does so much marketing messaging fail to close?
A few observations:
- Scarcity of big and bold ideas
- Emotion missing or misdirected
- Lack of persuasion
- Failure to offer proof and credibility
- No engagement with storytelling
- Focusing too much on logic when emotion usually prevails
- Products or services not positioned as usual or unique
- No urgency
- Failure to anticipate and leverage a message of how the buyer will feel when accepting your deal
Instead, people are assaulted with triteness. Marketers blast away with the usual “Buy Now!” “Act Now!” or “But Wait…” and too often, they fail to sell before asking for, and closing the deal.
Clearly, in some channels you wouldn’t ask for the order and attempt to close the deal all in the initial contact. In those channels, you may be building trust and credibility, such as in mass media brand advertising or content marketing in social media.
But after expending so much time and money to build trust and credibility in mass media, content marketing or social media, if there isn’t a plan to migrate the prospective customer to another channel where the opportunity to close is greater, it’s a lost opportunity.
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.