The power and magic of a sales letter that really sells.

By: Scottnelson
A business owner who lives by conventional wisdom in the area of advertising and marketing, stands a high likelihood of getting lousy results. Conventional wisdom says to advertise and market by using big ticket media like radio and tv and to keep your written advertisements short and clever. In other words, entertain and they'll remember you. So why is this all wrong? Because it doesn't have work in most cases. Dan Kennedy, an internationally sought after business consultant calls good sales copy writing; "writing your own check". Yet most entrepreneurs are clueless about sales letters and definitely have no clue about what makes a good one.

By definition a sales letter is something in print that is meant to influence someone to buy your product. Without getting caught up in formality, a sales letter just has to work to earn the title of good sales letter. Most businesses never get around to even writing a bad one.

This omission is devastating to the bottom line, or at least what the bottom line could be. To clear it up, there is no one way or format to create a blow them out of the water, panting for more sales letter. So have no fear.

I want you to run with the concept right now, so I am going to tell you all you need to know: Go to the library and grab a stack of magazines from the popular genres. You are looking for things in the area of fashion, entertainment, sports, and health and fitness. Pick one from specific and one more general from each category. In sports, you might pick up Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest. Go through them and do nothing but look at the ads.

A sales letter aka advertising copy most often offers a free report or gift, (although sometimes you can buy direct) and is advertising for a non major corporate entity. The sad truth is that most of your big operation corporate advertising, like the guys who drop $1,000,000 for 30 seconds during the Oscars or the Super Bowl, don't have the foggiest idea about basic advertising principles and even less about effective sales copy.

How do you find really good sales copy? It finds you actually. It stands out and sucks you in and makes you interested enough to maybe spend money on the product offered.. Mark the page in the magazine and immediately go get a couple of recent back issues. Browse those for the same or similar ad. A repeat means the ad is probably successful. The more back issues it appears in, the better indicator of being successful.

By way of comparison, the ads you see during a popular prime time show are focused on mass marketing of products to a generally large audience. They use things like talking horses and the like. Keep in mind that they usually have no clue of the effectiveness of their millions spent. That is not wise advertising. They have the millions to spend. You must bring the general public who has never heard of you what the benefit of your product is and make it clear right away.

Strategy #2 is to provide your unique benefit to your customer. You want to answer the question: "Why should I be doing business with you and not others offering the same product or service. What is it can you do for them? Always keep that question in mind in creating winning advertising copy.

It is widely documented that a simple USP can have a powerful impact on a business. When Tom Monaghan started Domino's Pizza, he basically took a fledgling mom and pop and turned it into an empire based on the USP: "Fresh Hot Pizza delivered in 30 minutes or Less, Guaranteed".

By conveying a unique benefit, unlike any other in the marketplace, Dominos moved to the head of the pack.

Strategy #1 was skipped intentionally? So what is it?

It is the headline. The headline is the first thing that captures the reader's attention. It is vital. How to put together a good headline is a great topic for future discussions.
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