How to write a sales letter: 3 Costly mistakes when asking for the order

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There’s a ton of reasons why people won’t buy.  But there are a few specific mistakes I’m constantly seeing whenever people submit copy for review.

1.  Not emotionalizing the problems and solutions

Look, regardless what you’re selling, unless you’re pushing your buyers emotional buy-buttons, they’re simply not going to say “Yes.”

If you’re solutions aren’t filled with hope, optimism, and pain relief, you’re going nowhere.

No one wants “37 ways to move their photos from their digital cameras to their computers.”

They want a simple two-step system that’s fast, doesn’t get you all tangled up in a mess of cords and wires… and ensures all your memories are preserved.  (emotional buy-button: stress relief)

2.  Remember, no one else is in your conversation

When you’re writing to a buyer, it’s just you and them, that’s it.

Most people get everyone else involved.  They say things like, “We often think we can do it ourselves.”

But… who’s “we?”  You mean, YOU and the person you’re selling stuff to?

They don’t even know you, for goodness sakes!

Try this, instead:

“You know the drill.  You open up the hood… grab your tools… pull out your instruction manual and start looking for the thing… and before you know it, you realize… you’re in W-A-A-Y over your head.

A half-hour into it, and your wishing you’d never even THOUGHT about doing this yourself.


Just speak to one person — the person who’s reading your sales letter.



3.  Lastly, always focus on your buyer.  What they want and what’s important to them.

I once had a client who was selling something in the fitness business.  He kept talking about getting “abs,” because he had a thing about abs.  But when I asked him to clarify this, it turned out… that wasn’t what his buyers really liked about his services, or why they bought.

Remember, when it comes to selling, knowing your buyer is about the most important thing you can do.

At least… it’s important if you want to have more of them, anyway.

Now go sell something,  Craig Garber

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Craig GarberAuthor of "How To Make Maximum Money With Minimum Customers, " and publisher of Seductive Selling - an offline marketing newsletter currently read in 15 countries, world-wide. In a nutshell, I do two things: 1. I show you how to attract a reliable, steady stream of pre-qualified leads who are ready to do business with you NOW... 2. And I increase your net profits and cash-flow, by increasing your customer, client, or patient value -- often, dramatically. How do I do this? By developing, and helping you implement, unique, personalized lead generation and marketing strategies... using compelling sales messages that push your customers emotional buy-buttons. I've worked with over 300 clients in more than 104 different industries, since March of 2000, and I really enjoy what I do. I'm a stable, reliable, happily married family guy with three kids who loves life and always follows through on my commitments and promises. I love to listen to music, workout, read, travel with my family, take pictures, and go bass fishing. I always say "Yes," when it comes to good cigars, good books, and good coffee :-)