Each of the following Ten Marketing Tips is based on a
highly effective but often overlooked marketing tactic.
How many are you using? How many have you overlooked?
Marketing Tip #1:
Insulate yourself against the impact of change by
increasing the number of products and services you offer
...and by using a variety of different marketing methods.
Only a small portion of your total business will be
affected if the sales of one product declines or the
response to one marketing method drops.
Marketing Tip #2:
Customers are prospects too. Stay in contact with them.
Find or develop other products or services you can offer
them. It's easier to make a sale to a previous customer
than to someone who never bought from you.
Marketing Tip #3:
Avoid making any claim that sounds exaggerated ...even if
it is true. A bold claim creates doubt in your prospect's
mind and jeopardizes the sale. Reduce any bold claims to a
more believable level.
Marketing Tip #4:
Express numerical claims as odd numbers with fractions or
decimals. For example, "Our clients save 17.7 percent"
sounds more believable than "Our clients save 20 percent"
...even if 20 percent is the accurate number.
Marketing Tip #5:
To create an absolutely irresistible offer, combine a
special discount price and a set of valuable bonuses in the
Marketing Tip #6:
Develop a series of 4 or 5 different special offers. Use
them one at a time with an expiration deadline. When one
offer expires, replace it with the next offer and a new
deadline. Continuously recycle through the same series of
offers. This enables you to keep using special offers to
generate sales without taking time to develop new ones.
Marketing Tip #7:
If you're attracting many prospects who really don't have
(or can't get) the money to buy your product or service
...you need to change your market. Target a market where
prospects have an intense desire for the benefits produced
by your product or service AND the money to buy it.
Marketing Tip #8:
Set yourself apart from competitors by offering an
exclusive benefit your competitors cannot copy ...or one
they're not willing to copy. One business owner I know
includes his personal phone number on every order. His
competitors don't ...and they are not likely to start making
themselves that accessible to customers.
Marketing Tip #9:
Advertising copy produces the biggest response when each
reader can believe the message was written specifically for
him or her. As you write any sales message, visualize
you're writing to one person instead of to a large group of
people. This will help you write in a less formal and more
Marketing Tip #10:
Most sales are not made on the first contact. Develop a
method to capture and save the names and contact
information of prospects who don't buy from you. Follow up
periodically. A little gentle coaching will eventually
convert many of them into buyers.
Each of these 10 marketing tips implements a simple but
highly effective marketing tactic. Take action now to apply
those you overlooked. You'll be surprised by how much
business it produces for you.
Copyright 2004 Bob Leduc
Bob Leduc spent 20 years helping businesses like yours find new customers and increase sales. He just released a New Edition of his manual, How To Build Your Small Business Fast With Simple Postcards ...and launched *BizTips from Bob*, a newsletter to help small businesses grow and prosper. You'll find his low-cost marketing methods at: http://BobLeduc.com or call: 702-658-1707 After 10 AM Pacific Time/Las Vegas, NV