Why most offers fall very short

Next to your headline, the greatest determinant of your success is the offer you’re making.

Just think about something you like buying — if the vendor’s offering you more of it, or if your perception of it is greater — aren’t you going to be that much more inclined to order?

You want to make your offer as sweet as possible, but here’s something most people forget. They forget to make their offer as specifically as possible, as well.

Here’s what I mean by that.

Let’s say you’re selling a kit that shows people how to create textured walls in your home. (Not my cup of tea, but I know some people like this kind of stuff.)

Most people will just say something like, “This kit gives you everything you need to turn your boring and mundane walls and hallways into works of art that’ll make your neighbors green with envy.”

Right? (Well, let’s be candid here — most people probably wouldn’t say that, but they’d like to be saying something like that.)

Anyway, instead of using that pitch as a standalone, tell your prospects how long it takes to create something out of nothing. Tell them how much money they’re going to save as well. And be specific about these benefits.

So you’re going to want to say something like, “In less than 3 days, the walls in your home will look like you’ve spent thousands of dollars and hired a crew of professional interior decorators to come in and remodel your home. (and then…) This kit gives you everything you need to turn your boring and mundane walls and hallways into works of art that’ll make your neighbors green with envy.”

See the difference here? One offer gives them something… but the other offer gives them something specific.

Of course, you’d better know what it is your prospects specifically want, or else you’re kind of screwed, but that’s another lesson for another day.

If you’re going to help someone make money, tell ’em how much money… if you’re going to save them money, tell them how much… if you’re going to lower their golf score, tell ’em by how much. (I know nothing about golf, by the way.)

Writing sales copy isn’t something you can do casually, any more than running your business is something you can do casually. If you want great results, you’ve simply got to go to great lengths to get them.

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O.K., I’m taking off early now. My dogs are out back, running in and out of the lake, and around my hammock, and I’ve got a few cigars calling my name. Have a great weekend.

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 :-)