DO VSLs REALLY WORK?

Once upon a time VSL’s (i.e. video sales letters) were the hottest thing in marketing

It seemed as if everyone was converting their sales letters into videos…

Dozens of marketers were selling products they claimed could create the ultimate VSL.

This was the new revolution in internet marketing and couldn’t be beaten.

But here’s the real question:

Was this really true…

…are videos better than sales letters?

Unfortunately not.  

You see, VSLs didn’t actually convert any better than ordinary sales letters. Not only that, a lot of people were complete idiots when using them. They thought creating extremely loud, auto-playing videos that went on for an hour (or more) was the way to convert visitors. Not only that, many of these videos had NO interface whatsoever. You couldn’t pause, fast forward or rewind. What’s more, some people would only show the buy button halfway through the video – or worse near the very end. So while internet marketers claimed these videos converted like crazy the reality was they DIDN’T.

In fact, most VSLs were highly annoying and only retards would sit through them.

This brings me to my point.

The thing with VSLs is that it’s really about who you’re selling to.

They work great for trash products bought by idiots.

But these are also the people who will ask for a refund five minutes after purchase…

If you’re looking for a better class of customer then stick to a sales letter.

Personally, I’d rather sell to someone who’s going to make the effort to read what I say.

Bottom line:

There is nothing inherently special about videos.

They DO NOT have the ability to magically hold someone’s attention.

Sales letters are just as good.

And when done right they are infinitely more powerful.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton