GOING DEEPER WITH MARKET RESEARCH

Want to generate a constant flow of new customers?

In order to do this you need to go deeper with market research.

You see, the starting point when acquiring new customers is to understand exactly who they are. When you do this it’s easy to tailor your marketing messages directly to them. The problem is that most business only do this on a surface level. They make the mistake of focusing on demographic data like gender, age, and location.

This is a huge mistake.

After all, just because you know someone’s age, doesn’t mean you actually know them.

You also have to realize that your competition has this exact same information.

So in order to stand out from the crowd you have to go deeper.

You have to understand your customers desires, fears, hopes, wishes, and dreams…

…and also how your audience thinks, feels, and acts.

The first step to doing this is to think about the keywords people are using to find your products.

Search for these keywords in forums, comment sections, reviews, and social media.

Look at the language your audience is using.

How do they describe their problems as well as your products and services?

Another great place to look is LinkedIn forums, Amazon reviews, and YouTube comments.

Go wherever your audience is hanging out and look at what they are saying and feeling.

What are they happy with?

What are they unhappy with?

Once you’ve done this organize your findings into what feelings are most dominant.

By doing this you’ll find the gaps or shortcomings in the products already out there.

This will also teach you how to tap into the hearts and minds of your audience and write winning copy.

You’ll be able to directly address your audiences wants, needs, and deepest desires…

Speak to them in the exact same language they use…

And enter the conversation they are having in their head…

Do this and your brand becomes highly influential.

Not only that, you’ll find a constant stream of new customers entering into your business.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

WHAT NOVELISTS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT
WRITING BETTER COPY

Over the years I’ve worked for several clients in the, “writing advice” niche.

In this capacity I mostly wrote copy but also worked on several courses.

This experience taught me a lot about writing.

You see, one of the first steps when planning your novel is coming up with a theme. In case you don’t know, the theme of a novel is the idea behind your story. You could also describe it as the meaning or overall feeling of your book. The theme provides an umbrella under which your characters operate and also a direction in which the plot moves. This is important because without a theme you have no story.

Themes are also useful when writing copy.

In fact, basing copy around a theme is critical if you’re writing things like sales letters.

You need to have some general overarching idea behind your copy.

Ideally this should relate to your markets wants, needs, desires, or problems.

The theme should be an idea which appeals to buyers and helps to sell them.

If you’re selling a trading course your theme could be escaping the rat race.

With diets it could be changing people’s perceptions of you.

A cryptocurrency product might have the idea of getting rich quickly.

The bottom line is that all copy should be based around some type of theme.

Your theme provides a framework for the copy, defines what you say…

…and also creates a general direction for the copy to move in.

Until next time.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

BORING LEAD MAGNETS SUCK! HERE ARE 18 IDEAS THAT WORK BETTER THAN EBOOKS

When you say lead magnet most people think of the standard EBook or, “report.”

And while these work well…

…you can do better.

For example, here a 18 exciting ideas for lead magnets.

1. Checklists

Whether you want to lose weight or sell your house there are certain things you need to do. These steps can be turned into a downloadable checklist.

2. Cheat sheet

Do you have a list of tips or hints? Compile these into a virtual cheat sheet.

3. Case studies

How have other customers benefitted from your products or services? You can answer this question by providing case studies. Simply describe how customers solved their problems by working with your company (and don’t forget to include statistics which illustrate their success).

4. White paper

A white paper is basically the marketing equivalent of an academic paper. They are highly detailed and research orientated reports on an issue your prospects are facing. The purpose of this is to help them understand complex topics and present yourself as an expert on the subject.

5. Quiz’s

The reason why this method works so well is simple: no one can resist a good quiz. A quiz also helps to educate prospects and weed out unqualified leads.

6. Video

Let’s face it: most people don’t like to read. This means videos are often a better choice than EBooks. They are also useful if you want to demonstrate your product. What’s more, videos can be used to introduce yourself and build a connection with prospects.

7. Webinars

With webinars you can give live presentations to customers. This can take the form of tutorials or interviews with other experts.

8. Courses

If you have a large amount of information to share then why not break it down into a course? This can be delivered through automated email sequences over a period of days or weeks.

9. Discounts

Offer a promo code in exchange for their email. This type of lead magnet is almost guaranteed to work.

10. Free samples

Free samples are great when you’re selling something physical (and can often convert into sales down the line).

11. Contests

Prospects can enter the contest by signing up to your list. This method also work to get shares on social media platforms.

12. Free consultation

Offering free advice is a powerful technique for people who run service based businesses. The value of this is that the prospect learns something, but needs to become a customer to get the full picture.

13. Free events

Many products or services are best sold in person. A good example of this are houses, classes, or seminars. Events are also a good way to get to know your prospects before selling them.

14. Free trial

Giving prospects an opportunity to try your service may convert them into buyers. This works especially well when combined with a time sensitive offer.

15. Demos

If the prospect would benefit from seeing your product demonstrated then consider this.

16. Gated information

You may have information that customers need to see before buying. This can include things like price lists or schedules. Instead of giving them this information, make them sign up for it. A big benefit of this method is that it discourages unqualified prospects.

17. Samples

In some industries, prospects may want to see your previous work. You can make this available for download in exchange for their email address.

18. Printed material

Do you have a book, brochure, catalog, or other printed material? Offer these in exchange for the prospects email and address.

No matter what method you use just remember this:

Your lead magnet should be packed with real value and benefits for your prospects.

Giving away what is essentially garbage will not help to convert anyone.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

DO REFERRALS ACTUALLY WORK?

What’s the most powerful form of marketing?

Strangely enough it’s not social media, paid advertising, or even email marketing.

No, one of the greatest selling tools is simply word of mouth referrals.

You see, many people buy products or services because they saw them advertised…but we also ask our family and friends for help and recommendations…and have a tendency to believe and act on those recommendations (think about it: you’ve probably done this more than once in your life).

Whether it’s finding someone to fix your car or choosing which movie to watch…

…we tend to listen to the advice of people we respect.

But how do you implement this into your marketing mix?

After all, it’s not as if you can run a word of mouth campaign on social media.

The answer is to be excellent at what you do.

In fact, you should strive to be the absolute best.

Be so good that you create raving customers who are fanatical about your products.

You also need to position yourself as the greatest expert who ever lived…

…and have enough credibility to back this up.

There’s also one final thing you can do to generate word of mouth referrals.

And that’s to simply ask for them.

Making it easy for customers to recommend you should result in a nice sales bump.

More importantly, you won’t have to spend money attracting these customers…

…or put in any extra work.

Until next time.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

THE LITTLE KNOWN SALES TECHNIQUE THAT
ALMOST NO ONE USES

It seems as if podcasts have exploded in popularity over the last few years

Everyone and their dog now has a podcast.

There are literally thousands of podcasters and tens of thousands of episodes

This is slightly amusing because 90% of these podcasts aren’t listened by anyone.

(BTW, in case you’re wondering what makes a podcast successful, it’s really all about the guests. If you can get someone famous or well-known onto your podcast you’re guaranteed to get more listeners. A good example of this are the episodes of Joe Rogan where he interviewed famous people like Jamie Fox, Robert Downey Junior, or Russell brand. These people are internationally famous which is why those episodes have way more listeners).

Anyway, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t have a podcast now.

But there’s a good reason for this

Audio is an extremely powerful selling tool.

It all goes back to the free recorded message technique

This method has been used in direct marketing for decades.

There’s a good reason why.

Audio allows people to get a glimpse into your personality

It helps them discover who you are…

…and also allows them to get to know like and trust you – which is essential for closing the deal.

This is something anyone can utilize.

You don’t necessarily need a podcast.

Simply record a message, sales pitch or whatever.

You can even read out your articles and emails.

Just as long as you have some piece of audio.

Put this somewhere on your website or better yet your sales page.

Anywhere that people can listen to it.

(You resources page is also a good place).

Cheers

Alastair Walton

IS THIS THE MOST POWERFUL WORD IN MARKETING?

Copywriters know that language is powerful

The right combination of words can do anything.

They can change your life and make you rich.

Words can get you money, a new car, house, or anything else you want.

But is there one word to rule them all…

…one word that is more powerful than all of the others combined?

Believe it or not there is.

What is this word?

NEW.

You see, what people want most in this world is something new.

We’ve naturally programmed to seek out variety. People get bored easily which is why we crave the latest in everything. Whether it’s the latest music, products, fashion, or whatever. The word new is associated with all types of good things. New is seen as better, more exciting, and also more desirable. The bottom line is that you should work this into your copy as often as possible. Always describe things as being new.

Brand new weight loss technique could change your life…

Now announcing the latest weight loss miracle…

New method for weight loss stuns Doctors…

You get the point.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

WHAT I LEARNT FROM WORKING FOR LEXUS

I used to work for a Lexus dealership:

It was a major dealership in down town LA.

This work mostly involved creating Tweets out of stuff their marketing guy sent me.

90% of these Tweets involved some kind of special deal or discount.

Stuff like 10% off your next oil change and so on.

It was either that or the announcement of some new car or event they were holding.

This is important for anyone who owns this kind of business.

You see, there’s no reason to subscribe to your Lexus dealerships Twitter account. In fact, I’m sure that very few people who drive a Lexus actually have a Twitter or even visit the site. But by Tweeting out deals you give people a reason to subscribe or at least occasionally check the account. If you owned a Lexus and wanted to save money on running it then you’d probably do this.

The point is that discounts and deals are a powerful marketing tool.

They’re a great way to drive engagement and get people to subscribe to your social media.

They’re also a great way to market to pre-existing customers…

…and are a tool you should use even when business is going well.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

HOW TO QUADRUPLE YOUR WRITING SPEED (WITHOUT DOING MORE WORK)

Want to quadruple your writing speed while doing less work?

This is easier than you think.

You see, it might sound stupid, but the best way to write faster (and work less) is to get long term clients.

The reason for this is simple.

Starting a new job is hard.

You have to get to grips with the subject you’re writing about.

There’s research to do, things to learn, and other stuff you’ll be unsure of.

But here’s the thing:

Work gets faster the second time.

And the more you write about a  topic the faster you’ll get.

In fact, once you’ve been with a client for a year or two, your work speed increases exponentially.

For example, let’s say you’re writing blog posts.

The first post might take 2,3 even 4 hours to write.

A year later that same work will take about 20 minutes.

I’ve experienced this dozens of times.

This also happens with any type of work you’re doing.

The more you do it the faster you get.

The bottom line is that you should aim to get as many long term clients as you can.

This way you can work faster, do more work, and ultimately make more money.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

6 TIPS FOR IMPROVING READABILITY

Did you know that 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an 8th grade level.

50% of people can’t read well enough to read prescription drug labels.

775 million people are illiterate worldwide.

And that 45 million of these people live in America!

The fact is that today most of us can’t read anything more complicated that a Tweet.

The addictive nature of the internet has left us with the attention spans of goldfish.

This means your copy needs to be extremely easy to read.

There a few things you can do to achieve this.

1. Avoid large blocks of text.

Break your writing up into dozens of bite sized paragraphs.

2. Use headlines and sub headlines.

These should be bolded so they stick out. Also keep them short. No more than one line and only a few words.

3. The font you use is also important.

Sans serif fonts are best because they are easiest to read. Your font should also be bigger than 9 points. Anything smaller is too difficult to read.

4. Keep your paragraphs short.

Especially your opening paragraphs. They should be a maximum of eleven words. You can help readers into paragraphs by using arrowheads and asterisks. Also use bullet points and lists where you can.

5. Break up the monotony of long copy by using boldface and italic.

Illustrations, pictures, and text boxes are also great for breaking up copy.

6. The number of words in your sentences is also important. Here’s a quote I once saw.

“Tests have shown that a sentence of eight words is very easy to read; of 11 words, easy; of 14 words, fairly easy; of 17 words, standard; of 21 words, fairly difficult; of 25 words, difficult; of 29 or more words, very difficult; so this sentence with 54 words, counting numbers, is ranked impossible.”

Any sentence longer than 29 words should be split up.

The basic rule of thumb is this:

Use short words…

Short sentences…

…and short paragraphs.

These are the keys to improving readability…

Increasing response…

…and getting people to actually read what you write.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

10 QUESTIONS THAT HELP YOU UNDERSTAND ANY MARKET

How do you write copy that actually converts?

Believe it or not, the secret isn’t using the right words.

No, more important is WHAT you say.

It doesn’t matter if you struggle to string words together

As long as you say things that appeal to the market you’re guaranteed to make sales.

You need to speak about their dreams, hopes, desires and greatest fears.

But how do you do this?

The trick is to understand your market on the deepest level possible.

It might sound like a cliché…

…but you have to know them better than they know themselves.

Doing this is tough.

(Especially if you’re not involved in the market).

If you’ve never played golf you’ll struggling to understand golfers.

But there are ways to make this easier.

For example, here are 10 great questions to ask when trying to figure out your market.

1. What keeps them awake at night, sick with anxiety?

2. What are they afraid of?

3. Who and what are they angry about? 

4. What frustrates them?  

5. What trends are occurring and will occur in their businesses or lives? 

6. What do they secretly desire?

7. Is there a built-in bias to the way they make decisions?

(For example, technology people are exceptionally analytical).

8. Do they have their own language or jargon?

9. Who else is selling something similar to them, and how?

10. Who else has tried selling them something similar, and how has that effort failed?

Take your time and think deeply about this stuff.

Weave what you find into your copy.

And remember, the real answers are never the most obvious.

Until next time,

Cheers,

Alastair Walton