5 Things You Need To Do, Right Now, To Increase Your Profits.

Dear Reader,

Do you have a plan in place to increase your customer base as well as retain more of the customers you already have?

Well, I’m about to let you in on a little “secret” that’s really not so secret to those who are direct response marketers.

If you want to keep more of the customers you have already, and get more of the customers you want, the kind that love what you do and keep coming back, then you have to do 5 simple things.

Five Simple Things Any Business Can Do
To Keep Their Customer Base Full
And Fully Stocked for The Future!

As I said, this list is simple. But by no means exhaustive for the things you can do to make your life so much easier. Easier when it comes to maintaining and increasing profits.

So, what is this list? Let’s get down to it so you can get back to the business of making money and satisfying your customers needs.

1) Stay in contact with your customers with a personal approach.
Do you regularly mail, email, or send your customers flyers with a new offer and a reason to come to you for what you offer? And if you do, how often? Because, direct mail research shows that keeping you “top-of-mind” is the best way to get and retain more customers, clients and even patients. It’s not really mystery after all. Who does your type of customer think of when they need your product or service?

If it isn’t you, then it’s time to get your communications in order and stay on their near-field radar, pronto!

2) Is your product or service something your customers are recommending to their friends, families and business connections?

If not, then you have some work to do to clean up your product, service, and above all, image. You see, how your customers see you and experience your business is just about the most important factor in your success. (The finishing touch is your delivery of said products and services.) If you haven’t been wowing them lately with better offers, then you won’t be getting the referrals that so many successful business thrive on.

Referrals are the primary, cheapest form of great advertising you can have. Asking for them when a customer is satisfied and even exuberant with your product or service should on the top of your list. If you can’t bring yourself to ask for a referral, how do you think your customers feel about you? Do you think they would be offended by you asking, or privileged to be asked?

I think more of the latter than the former. If you ask them in a way that makes them feel important. And do it when they are at their highest on your product or service.

Or you can follow the Nike ad and “Just ask for the referral!”

3) Is your marketing fresh and relevant. When you write your ads, or when you have someone write your ads, do you put relevant information into the ad that customers or leads can read and find something to relate to?

Tying in with current events is a very powerful way to bring attention to your business.

For instance:

Remember the Wendy’s commercial from years ago that asked, “Where’s the beef?”

How about, “Where’s the guarantee?” Or, “Where’s the service in their service contract?” Or better yet, “Where’s the prompt and courteous delivery?”

Simple questions that get your customers to doubt your competition when combined with a well planned campaign.

Staying on top of current events is a time tested method to stay in your customers mind. And it makes it easy for them to think of you next time they are in the market for what you provide.

4) Did you remember to tell them “what’s new with us” the last time you contacted them?

If you don’t already, you can start sending out a regular newsletter to your herd. (That’s what Dan Kennedy calls his customers. As in, “Corralling your herd and putting a fence around them to keep them safe and in control.”)

“New” is such an attention getter. Use it whenever you find a new product or service that can benefit your herd. Is it over used though?

It all depends, I suppose.

It’s obviously not something to be used lightly. And when you do use it, make sure what you are offering is really “New and improved”, or just “new.” At least, new to you and them. Put your own twist on it and make it entertaining at the same time.

Which brings me to….

5) Never be boring when creating your marketing materials.

No one ever bored someone into buying their product or service.

Life is short, please don’t bore your customers.

If you can make your marketing campaigns not only attention getting, but entertaining, you’ll surely succeed in business you are promoting. No one ever lost by keeping their audience entertained.

But many have run the business away by putting the audience to sleep.

First of all, your materials should always be about the customer. Not about how great you are or what you are going to do for them. Keep the message focused on them.

Then, show them how you can solve their problems with your product. It’s all they are interested in after all. “What’s in it for me?” is a well worn line in the sales and marketing world. Keep it top of mind when crafting your message.

And then, make it interesting and even entertaining to keep their attention. You’ll be rewarded for your effort.

This you can trust me in. A line I rarely use.

I do believe this has gone on long enough.

There you go, 5 Things You Can Do, Right Now, To Increase Your Bottom Line.

In no way a finished list. Just a few things to think about.

Tomorrow, I’ll give you an example of my experience of “playing to the crowd” that got me the attention of a Korean Mafioso. Leader of his particular group.

It is truly enlightening, if I do say so myself.

Regards,

Andrew

P.S. contact me to craft your next “Entertaining and attention getting” marketing campaign. The call is free. It will be the best “free” call you make today. Guaranteed or your money back.

 

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.

 

“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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Warning: What you are about to read will make you rethink your marketing!

Or, at least it should!
(It has to do with your marketing. Obviously.)

What I’m about to tell you may make you hate me.
But that’s OK. I’m getting used to it.
(You might even un-friend me. Ouch!)

You see, what I do is go into small to medium size businesses and straighten things out. I don’t do it to be rude, it’s just that I don’t like seeing good businesses doing bad marketing.

Marketing that is wasteful, misdirected and un-planned.

If you have this problem, and can’t see it, then what you’re about to read will be the best thing you’ve read all year. Maybe in your life.

Here’s the thing: you’re competition could be doing the same thing as you.

Advertising like everybody else because, gee, that’s just the way we all do it. “People aren’t very smart and they don’t care what we say, just if we have the lowest price.”

Wrong! Dead wrong!

What you doing is “me too” marketing. It doesn’t set you apart from anyone so you look plain and average. Just like everybody else.

You may even be thinking that it doesn’t matter what you do, because you’ve tried everything already. I mean, the advertising department at the local paper and TV Station couldn’t have lead you wrong, could they?

If you haven’t designed and implemented your own “outrageous” ads and made sure the delivery was the way you wanted it, you just might be an “advertising victim!”

As Dan Kennedy, the world famous marketing master has said many times over his 40 years of experience,“Nobody wants to hang around with an Advertising Victim.”

OK, he may not have said that, but he did, I think, come up with the term “Advertising Victim.”

If he didn’t, then he got it from somebody smart and I got it from him. So there.

But anyway, what I’m trying to get through your head is, you can’t let others’ steam roll you into marketing like everyone else. You’ve got to find a way to set yourself apart from all the other “look at me” and “me tooer’s” out there. If everyone is singing the same song, then they will all get the same bad results. And life will be much more boring for you and your customers. If you have any once the marketing has died a long slow death.

So, what does this all have to do with you and me and some kick-ass marketing?

I’ll tell you right now.

My name is Andrew Jensen.

I live in the great state of Nevada in the once fastest growing city in America: Henderson, NV.

What I am is a copywriter/marketing consultant for small to medium size businesses.

I write for any kind of business because great marketing works for all businesses when it is designed and implemented to your target market.

You see, the message you send to your current and future customers doesn’t matter if it doesn’t actually get to them.

So, you can have the best ad ever created, but if doesnt’ make it to it’s intended market, you won’t get the results you want.

It has to get to it’s intended audience and you have to know who you’re market is before you can get it to them.

How Targeted Direct Response Marketing Works for Every Business and Why You Need To Use It in Your Business For Maximum Returns With Minimum Waste.

I used to be a musician. Some would say, “once a musician, always a musician.” But really, that’s not what I’m trying to tell you right now. The point is…

I’ve traveled the world and experienced many different and wonderful things. Most in life will never get the opportunity to do the same thing.

But, in all this travel, (stick with me here…) I didn’t really understand what made business work.

For instance: Once when I was in Tunisia on a cruise ship, I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the souk (the huge covered market in the middle of Tunis, the major port city). While there I had a “real” salesman go to work on me. He wanted to sell me a leather vest. Rock star style.

His way of selling was completely and effortlessly complimentary. I was interested. But the price he was asking was high for me. Way to high.

When I told him I didn’t have enough money for what he was asking, a friend offered to lend me the extra cash.

Why you need to make sure your customers and clients are focused on you
and only you.

This was all the guy needed to hear. He dove in head first and latched on to my friend for the rest of the money. I was, of course, pissed my “friend” opened her mouth at all. I was dealing and she interrupted.

I refused the offer of a loan and instead kept low balling him. Who knew where the vest came from or what kind of leather it was made. There was no name (obviously custom make) in it and I knew I would never be able to bring it back if it turned out to be crap.

In the end, we came to a good deal. I paid $60 for it in 1994 dollars… and still have it to this day. It turned out to be a good buy. Not a “Good Bye.”

The point of this whole story is, the guy was an aggressive and some would say, great sales man. I was just passing buy and he picked me out of the crowd and invited me in to his stall in a way that had me entering without any hesitation. I was totally taken in without knowing it yet.

He was talkative and focused. It took me a minute to come to my senses.

Of course, I am 6’ tall and at the time had long blonde hair. This combination of a Caucasian guy with long blonde hair in the middle of Tunis is a dead giveaway. Easy and obvious target… right?

As a business owner, you need to find those customers who are just as obvious but hidden. It’s all a matter of knowing where to look.

If you’re not looking through lists of names, with people that you have taken the time to single out as your ideal customer, and marketed directly to them with a message to match, then your throwing good money after bad.

That’s no way to run a successful business.

Your business is important. To you and to your customers/clients.

It deserves the attention to detail that great, results based marketing can give it.

Marketing directly to your customers, with personalized and targeted marketing, could open up a whole new and better way of growing your business.

You may find it will change how your customers see you and what they think. All to the positive.

On the other hand, if you’re already doing direct response marketing and it isn’t getting the results you hoped for, it may only need a fresh set of eyes to take a look.

I offer just that.

Why not send me a message through my contact form on this page. Tell me a bit about your business and what you are looking for with your marketing. There is no obligation, of course, and certainly no pressure.

We can schedule a FREE 30-minute phone consultation and take a look at what can be done. Together we just may discover a perfect solution for your marketing.

Regards,

Andrew

What are you reading and what does it mean for you?

Dear Reader,

I like to read.

I read a lot.

It comes with the territory so it’s good that I enjoy reading.

What I don’t enjoy learning though, is how many Americans rarely if ever read books, aren’t interested in reading a book and have no plans of reading a book this year, or the next if they can help it.

I borrowed this chart from an article in the online version of The Atlantic written by Jordan Weissmann on January 21, 2014.

It may be out of date by a year, but trends just don’t change that fast, so I would bet it is still representative of what’s happening right now.

It doesn’t bode well for those of us who work as writers in whatever medium, but predictions of American abilities and tastes have been wrong before and may be again. Either way, you have to take note of this when designing your marketing.

Who will pay attention and read what you have to say?

The good thing about the reading public is, the people who make more money tend to also read more. This is something you need to know in order to market to the affluent among us. It’s where you’ll find the biggest returns on your marketing dollars.

Just for a perspective on my reading, I’m listing below what’s in my current reading corral.

1. No B.S. Ruthless Management of People & Profits Second Edition by Dan Kennedy. ( I’ve read everything he’s written and continue to re-read when I have time.)

2. The King Of Madison Avenue. David Ogilvy and The Making of Modern Advertising by Kenneth Roman. (A great book on the original “Mad Man”.)

3. The Law by Frederic Bastiat from the Ludwig von Mises Institute. (Historical writing on law and personal liberty. Great for perspective on where we are and where we came from to get here.)

4. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. (Self explanatory, kind of.)

5. No B.S. Sales Success In The New Economy by Dan Kennedy. (You may see a trend developing here. I love the way Dan writes and it appeals to my mid-western sensibilities.)

6. Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy. (Actually re-reading again.)

7. Write Everything Right! by Denny Hatch. (I’m a constant student of copywriting and marketing, in case you couldn’t tell.)

Not to mention the few books I have going that are sitting on my nightstand. Everything from Ray Bradbury tales to Stephen Kings book on creative writing. Also, I’m slowly cracking Murray Rothbard’s Man, Economy and State. Quite the serious book.

Whatever it is, you should be reading as well to keep your mind sharp and your business on track.

How does reading keep you on track?

More on that in tomorrows post.

Here’s to bigger responses through smarter marketing.

Regards,

Andrew