Wax nostalgic? Use the "J. Peterman technique"

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O.K., so here we are with our fourth selling strategy, giving you some alternative ways to sell individual items. If you remember, this initially started when I came across this description of a single malt scotch I recently bought:

“This is a toffee gold dram from a refill butt and is very mature for its age. The nose delivers pencil shavings, ripe fruit, nutmeg, flowers and orange toffee. At full strength, the taste was extremely agreeable and longreaching, with flavours of sweet bread dough, coconut and cherry coke. Once diluted, the nose had pepper and sugared violets (much later perfumed soap), while the palate was orangey with caramel creams and some dry pepper in the finish. Very sophisticated and easy to drink.”

Oh, and someone e-mailed in something to the extent that people who drink this stuff are sort of snobby and “like” these descriptions.

That is a misconception. I drink this stuff and not only don’t I like these kinds of descriptions, but I’ve never bought a bottle of scotch because of them. What winds up happening is you look at the category the single malt is in, you choose one, and then you’re literally playing “darts” at that point.


And I’d bet almost everyone is doing the same thing. No one drinks this because the description says it tastes like “pencil shavings,” unless a rat is ordering. And I mean literally, a rat – as in a 4-legged furry little thing like “Ben,” or something like that.

Anyway, today’s strategy is simple: we’re just going to use a bit of Nostalgia to describe the scotch. I’ve talked many times about how effective nostalgia is, when it comes to selling (and I have an entire chapter devoted to it in the Seductive Selling System at http://www.kingofcopy.com/seductive ). If you want to see a company that does a fantastic job of selling using nostalgia, make sure you check out J. Peterman’s catalog or online website at jpeterman.com. Here, see how you’d use nostalgia in a situation like this:

“Remember when Sherlock Holmes used to sit down at his desk to pause for a moment and basically “put together” the puzzle? Well, this is the brain-food Holmes used to solve these cases.”

Or… “Your father probably had a bottle in the back of his liquor cabinet, that he rarely pulled out — and absolutely never pulled out, especially when his friends came over. It was the one covered with dust, and because he never wanted anyone to take notice of it, he made sure to never wipe that dust off. It’s not that this scotch is the “thinking man’s” drink — it’s simply “a man’s drink.” It’s a quiet dram that’s dark and somewhat oily, which creates an intense aroma and deep scent of musk…”

See how you’re able to weave good memories from the past into your description? This is a great way to make your buyers receptive to what you have to offer, and to you, in general.


Good, so let’s summarize: You can either bore someone to tears, or you can use one of these four other selling strategies I’ve given you over the last few days, instead:

* Telling your prospects who shouldn’t buy…
* Selling using stories…
* Just describe simple details about what you’re selling…
* Using nostalgia.

Although there are several more methods we can go through, we’re going to move on tomorrow, since I can’t stand having to go through the original description of this scotch any more. It’s like going through an old photo album and looking at shots of me and my ex-wife, if you know what I mean.

Now go sell something, Craig Garber

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About the Author

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 :-)