What keeps your customers awake at night?

Dear Reader,

Mark was a good father and had a good job.

He brought home the bacon. So to speak.

But his nights were filled with worry and sleeplessness. He tossed and turned but it seemed he was destined to be a sleepy-headed insomniac.

As it turns out, his life was perfect in every way but one: His fear of the future.

What would happen to his family if something happened to him? Would they be able to cope? Had he made the right choices about insurance? Schools for his children? A safe enough car for his wife to transport her and the kids? Did they eat right and stay free of illness?

Even though he thought he knew what was going on, did he really?

The Key to Keeping, and Getting
More Customers Is Learning Just What
Keeps Them Awake At Night.

You see, if you take the time to see your customers as people just like you, full of fears, desires and wants, you’ll begin to know exactly how to satisfy their needs.

As described above, Mark was in need of some reassurance about his choices.

Imagine Mark receives a personalized letter in the mail, addressed to him.

He opens that letter and immediately reads a headline that goes to the core of exactly what’s bothering him. And offers a cure to his worries.

Do you think he will continue to read? Will he stay with that letter to find the answer he is searching for?

He will if you’ve spent the time getting to know Mark and his personal situation.

And you’ll be even more sure to have him as your next customer when you convince him that you can solve his problem. What ever it may be.

Take away his worry, his nervousness and his anguish, and you’ll have a customer for life.

With Direct Marketing and A Professionally Written Sales Letter
You’ll Be Able to Increase Your Customer Acquisition
And Retention,
To Make Maximum Money, in Minimal Time

Gary Halbert, the world famous copywriter/marketer, was known to say, “There is no problem in business that can’t be solved by a well-written sales letter.”

For more than 100-years, people have been using Direct Mail to get people to “Ask for the Order,” as Zig Ziglar would say.

Dan Kennedy is and has been known to say, “Use a three step approach and segment your lists to directly target each of your list demographics with the right Message to Market Match.” (Of course, I paraphrase here.)

In fact, in the advertising and marketing world, it seems that the proof is in the pudding.

More and more businesses are finding their older clientele prefer a direct sales letter. Searching through emails is too time consuming and impersonal.

Response rates are greater than using any of the new-fangled marketing you can find online. And you have a home or business address of a real person to contact. Physical in-hand, tactile experience.

The older 50 crowd, which is known to be the most financially influential, prefers a personal touch. Getting a letter in the mail, that addresses their deepest needs and concerns, will bring them to you.

No need for over doing it online. A world of wiz-bang and don’t-have-to-think-about-it for the younger crowd.

But for us oldies, (age not physical stature) we prefer it old fashioned and personal.

Put it in our hands and let us touch it.

You’ll be putting your best foot forward. And getting the customer.

If you know any “Marks” like in the short story above, or have a list full of them, send them the news they are waiting to hear. Show them you have their answers and you’ll be on the road to “Maximum money, in Minimum Time.”

Until tomorrow,

Regards,

Andrew

 

 

When Reason is Your Worst Enemy.

Dear Reader,

It’s been said that your worst enemies are your well meaning friends and family.

It could also be said that your worst enemies are well meaning business associates that advise you to do what every one else is doing when it comes to marketing.

You know, take out big ads in the the local newspaper and make sure it has a big picture and not too much writing. No one likes to read that stuff anyway, right?

Or you could pay big bucks for a TV spot in which you try to get “attention” for your product or service. Without ever asking the watcher to take any action. (I thing you call that “throwing money down a rat-hole”)

Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could just copy what the other people in your business are doing without ever checking to what their results are. (Jeez, that should put a few more zeros in your profit margin, don’t you think?)

A Better Way To Get More Customers and Prospects,
That Won’t Break the Bank And…
Give You Precise Measurements About How
Your Ads Are Working… Or Not!

Listen: What I’m talking about is direct response marketing.

You know, the kind of marketing that has been proven, time and time again, to out do conventional marketing for over 100 years.

It always asks the prospect or customer to take some specific action to be moved to the next step of making the sale.

And not only does it out do your standard big ad agency marketing style of throwing as much money as you can at the wall and seeing what sticks, but it does it in such a way to show you exactly how your money is being spent and what part is bringing the biggest ROI.

That is, if you have an ROI at all.

(If you follow the best practices of Direct Mail Marketing as it’s been practiced since the beginning of the 20th Century, you will know in no uncertain terms, soon enough, if what you’re doing is working.)

“Yeah, I’ve tried that before, and it didn’t work.”

So you say?

What exactly did you do and what exactly were the results?

If you tried it only once and then gave up, what did you expect?

This is not a one-and-done type marketing. There are so many variables that can be tested.

It could be you didn’t find the right avenue. Or it could be you were trying to contact the wrong kind of customer. Or maybe, you were marketing to the customers you wanted but with the wrong message!

Nine times out of ten, the business owner will send the wrong message to his market. Or find out on further investigation that his market is not who he thought it was.

Testing is the only way to find this out.

Deep Research and an Understanding
Of Your Customers Wants and Desires,
Is The Key to Bringing In A Flood of
New Customers

When you find that one or 100 things you’re prospects and customers want more than anything, you will crack the code of a constant stream of new business.

It will be the proverbial “light-bulb” going off when it begins to click.

But you can’t give up after one shot at glory.

Only by studying the data provided by Direct Response Marketing, can you make your marketing and advertising work for you. Don’t leave it to the “big-box” advertisers to tell you what you need.

Let your customers tell you that by how they respond to your ads.

Let “reason why” copywriting and marketing tell them why they should pick you.

It’s easier than you think.

Regards,

Andrew

P.S. contact me through my contact page here for an unbiased review of your marketing materials. It’s free and won’t cost you a thing. Send me a link, or a copy of what you have and I’ll run it through my 5 point investigation to give you a clear response to what you have and what could be improved on to make it jump.

 

Hit Them Hard With the Offer And, Tell Them What They Have to Do to Get It!

Dear Reader,

According to Robert C. Hacker in “Direct Marketing Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, It Just Has To MAKE MONEY”, you’ve got 12 to 20 seconds to win over your prospects heart.

And that may be an exaggeration. (I’ve read many places it could be as little as 5-seconds.)

You see, Robert says there are a few things you need to know about your prospect before you decide to start your next marketing campaign.

He lists 3 things straight out:

  1. They don’t care about you.
  2. They don’t care about your company.
  3. They don’t care about your products and services or anything you want to sell them.

Whether this is true or not doesn’t matter.

What matters is: You have to make the safe assumption to begin to craft your message. And to set your plans for attracting new customers.

Without these considerations, you will make a lot of poor assumptions about who your prospect is. And starting with a bad premise is a sure road to disaster.

The premise goes like this: Those who are interested in your product, will read your stuff no matter how bad it is. And those who don’t give a toss, will only read it if you make it hard hitting and peak their interest from the get-go.

The way you attract marginal buyers is to appeal to their self-interest. Remember, they don’t care about you, only what you can do for them.

So… you have to hit them hard with the offer and tell them what they have to do to get it.

The offer and how to get it must be the first and the last thing they see when reading or hearing about your product or service.

Hacker takes this advice further when he says: If you’re not going to make a hard-hitting offer, save your money.

Why is this?

Because, of all the Marketing methods available to you, direct is the only one that’s measurable. If you can’t use an offer, move your budget into advertising or public relations where the lack of tactful, (if any) measurement can hide bad performance.

But beware: if you do this, you WILL be throwing good money after bad.

And that is a sure “road to disaster” for you and your business.

It’s a definite set-up for failure.

You see, direct marketing is the easy cure for a small to medium size business that is willing to run the numbers. (Of course, it will work in any size business, but that’s another story for another day.)

If it’s the numbers that are confusing, I’ll cover some simple equations in my next post.

Until then, if you’re in need of a great second opinion on your marketing, contact me today for your FREE 30-minute, no hassle consultation.

If after the call you decide this isn’t right for you… you don’t have to hire me.

Simple, straight-forward, to the point.

Let’s not waste any more time.

Sincerely,

Andrew Jensen
Copywriter/Direct Marketing Consultant

 

 

 

 

Who’s your competition and what do you know about them?

Dear Reader,

Do you know who your competition is?

Or are you delusional and think you have none?

Because, if you don’t know who your competition is, then you can be sure you don’t know what you don’t know.

In the hierarchy of life and business, there are 4 levels of learning what you know and this applies to learning about your competition as well:

A. Unconscious Incompetence. (You don’t know what you don’t know.)
B. Conscious Incompetence. (You know what you don’t know.)
C. Conscious Competence. (You know what you’re doing but you have to think about every step.)
D. Unconscious Competence. (You know what you’re doing and don’t have to think about it.)

If you believe you don’t have any competition, then either you are unique in your business, or you’re in the Unconscious Incompetence phase of learning your unique place in your business world.

The thing needed here, for you, is to find out, like, right now, who those other competitors are.

And the best way to do that is look around. On-line, in trade journals, at local and national conventions for your profession or trade.

They are out there and the sooner you become Conscious Incompetence, the sooner you’ll be able to get to Conscious Competence and then on to the most powerful of all, Unconscious Competence.

The final phase is filled with the magic of business.|

Only 4 of those things are:

  1.  Systematized ways of attracting and keeping customers.
    2.  Automatic methods for setting up your USP. (Unique Selling Proposition)
    3.  Clever designs used to make more sales and produce profitable leads.
    4.  Processes for getting referrals on Auto-Pilot. (Your customers will feel an obligation to refer.)

This and a whole lot more comes from finding your place and exploiting it to the maximum.

Without knowing your place in your part of the business/services world, you will be just another “also-ran” and have nothing to differentiate you from the pack.

The best way I know of to do this, given a limited budget and the need for efficiency and accountability, is direct response marketing.

Why you need to think about direct response marketing to
set yourself apart from the “also rans.”

Direct Response marketing is known among the most successful marketers,  to be the most cost effective and trackable. Hence, most manageable, way to set yourself up as the “go to” business for whatever it is you produce or provide.

No other form of marketing provides the cost efficiency or will give you the trackable and quantifiable results at such a pre-determined price.

If you’re a small to medium sized business owner and you’re not using direct response marketing, then you’re most likely throwing good money after bad in your quest to ramp up your business.

The good news is: It doesn’t have to be this way.

You can use these techniques for any business. It’s been shown pretty much any product or service can be marketed using direct response marketing. And if you can show me one that can’t, I’ll bet you I can find a way to do it. And save you money and time in the process.

The reason being: it’s a process, not magic. Although it has been thought of as magic given the great results it can deliver to you and your own business.

Reach out to me and let’s start a conversation about your business needs and how I may be able to help you.

Call me today at: 1-702-566-1799

If I don’t answer right away, leave me a detailed message and the best time to call.

I will respond ASAP so we can get started.

Regards,

Andrew Jensen
EarlyRiserCopy.com

How to double your customer and client base with current customer referrals.

Dear Reader,

It’s no mystery in the business world that getting a new customer is much harder than keeping existing ones.

What many business owners don’t seem to realize though, is that your current customers are the best way to increase your new customer base.

Think about this: If you could get each of your customers to
refer just one new customer, you would effectively double your business nearly
over-night!

It’s the easiest and least used way for acquiring new customers under the sun. And yet, I bet, if you asked any random business owner how much he works the referral angle, you’d hear mostly crickets.

Why would any self-respecting business owner not use his
most valuable asset to help his business thrive in a down market such as ours?

Why most businesses don’t ask for referrals.

Let me put it this way: Fear in business is a one-way street.

If you’re fearful about asking for referrals, what else are you afraid of that may be causing you sleepless nights?

Boldness breeds bravery. And in business, you have to be bold and brave to weather the storms of the economy we’re living with. 

There are many ways to ask for referrals and I’m going to tell you about a few of them right now. 

Here is what you might want to do if you’re feeling even a little timid about your asking mechanism for increasing referrals and upsells as well. 

 

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The Power of Targeted Advertising

I begin today with a quote:

“A given argument, presented in a certain form of thought and expression, will
strike responsively in the minds of a given number, among the class of people aimed at,
in each thousand.
“If that percent be high, it means large profit to the Advertiser — large returns.”                                                                                  John E. Kennedy, 1905

Dear Reader,

If that quote doesn’t strike a chord with you, then you are not it’s intended target market.

 

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Why What You Charge Is Not as Important as What You Deliver

Why is it that many small businesses are in such a hurry to undercut their supposed competition by lowering their prices?

I would hazard a guess and say it’s because they believe lowest price wins in the market place.

And with this kind of thinking comes the belief that only low prices make the difference. As if everybody works in the same world as Walmart and the other mart that isn’t doing so well these days.

If all you have to go on is price, what does that say about your business model?

I’ll tell you: forget the business model and just focus on price. As long as you can undercut the other guy, then you will win. But that is a sure path to diminishing returns and a fast trip to bankruptcy.

Live by Price, Die by Price

If price is your only means of getting more business, you have already lost.

Nothing you do after having the lowest price will ever change your customers’ minds about who you are and what you stand for. Once you’ve created this connection, it’s very difficult to reconfigure. Not impossible.

How about exceptional service, prices that reflect value and over the top follow up?

How about doing things so differently from your competition customers will never leave you because they have found the competition left wanting? This doesn’t mean you have to be wildly different in a pierced and tattooed way. It’s more about customer perception than look.

That list of ways is endless.

But simple when done properly.

How about offering so much free stuff, in the form of information, that your customers are completely bedazzled by you and lose their ability to think of anyone else?

Like a love-drunk suitor with eyes for no one but you.

You will most likely not allow your mind to overcome the idea.

And yet, it’s being done all over this great country every day by business owners no different from you. In businesses of every shape and size selling everything from information products to medical services.

We all have 24 hours in a day. We all have 7 days in a week.

So why can some do more than others to attain the customer and client flow while others only talk about lowest price to get more biz?

The Secret to Building an Endless Flow of Customers, Clients and Prospects

It’s no secret, really, how to get more customers, clients and prospects. It may be a secret, though, to you.

If you are looking for a way to increase your customers base, improve your client acquisition and retention, and build your prospect list, then you are in dire need of a direct response copywriter with experience, and a thorough marketing diagnostic.

I offer just such a proposition with no obligation and no fee.

Contact me through my contact form located here, and tell me a bit about yourself and what you need.

I’ll respond within 24 hours so we can set up a time to talk. Because of my schedule, and the way I like to do business, I only check my messages once a day.

I offer a Free 30-minute diagnostic consultation that is fee-free with no obligation.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Andrew Jensen
EarlyRiserCopy, LLC

Why all the good ideas in the world mean nothing until you take action.

“Action! Nothing happens until something moves.”
— Robert Ringer

Dear Reader,

That quote above from Robert Ringer, world famous author of the book of the same name as well as many others, is my offer to you today.

It encompasses so many things about how a business is either successful or not. In this short missive, I’ll try to put into words my take on this belief.

Simple things are best left that way.

If you think about it, it makes a boatload of sense. Simplicity is it’s own best friend.

Many business struggle with inaction at every turn.

Whether it be an entrepreneur whose afraid to pull the trigger on a new venture or the established business owner who has become entrenched in their own bad habits.

Without action, nothing will happen. But many bad things will.

Inaction is its own malware of sorts. It’s like a virus that’s invaded your everyday activities and rendered your day to day business actions ineffective.

Without a massive rocket thrust, you will be mired in inefficiency and blinding myopia for the foreseeable future. No amount of wishful thinking or “positive thinking” will fix what ales your business until you take that first  actionable step.

This is the key to get you moving back in the direction of making money and growing your business.

 

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“In The Land Of The Blind, The One Eyed Man Is King”

Dear Reader,

This famous quote, used quite often by Dan Kennedy, was written by the philosopher Erasmus. Also often quoted by the great copywriter John Francis Tighe.

Is it over used?

In a word, no. At least, I don’t think so.

It’s an example, well used, of a universal truth.

Namely, it doesn’t take much to be better than your competitors.

What you need is something that’s different, compelling and attractive to your customers and prospective customers.

The Three Things You Need To Be The ‘One Eyed Man’

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