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December 24, 2019

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Part 11

The 13-Element Marlon Sanders’ Modular Formula (CONTINUED)
Headline Examples Continued
(by Marlon Sanders)

Here’s an extra $100 Grace — I’m making real money now! (A famous ad written when $100 was a lot of money)

How I raised myself from failure to success in selling

How to win friends and influence people

How to make money writing short paragraphs

Create your own web page in 60 minutes — or your money back

Why almost everybody is wrong about xxxx

Ohio entrepreneur reveals how to obtain appointments with executives — without making cold calls or risking rejection.

How (and why) collecting rare coins can be the most profitable spare time hobby you’ll ever have.

The most powerful case I can make for putting your products and services on the Web — Now.

Why should any man pay $375 for a suit?

Are men’s expensive suits now too expensive? Here’s what we’re doing to reduce costs in the upper price brackets

How (and why) collecting baseball cards can be the most profitable sports-based hobby you try out.

A better-than-risk-free invitation to join the premier baseball card collecting society in America — and receive a $118 free bonus just for agreeing to preview our selections of rookies, and superstar player cards.

(Note: This is a headline by Jay Abraham. In the resources appendix, you’ll find information about subscribing to his highly recommend Business Breakthroughs newsletter)

What everybody ought to know . . . About This Stock And Bond Business Some plain talk about a simple business that often sounds complicated (Reference: 100 Greatest Advertisements by Julian Watkins)

Special Offer For xxxx Preferred Customers

How You Can Attend The Already Sold Out xxxx Seminar At a Bargain-Basement Price — And Send Your Kids To A Fabulous Youth Boot Camp Free!

Discover How to Build A Million Dollar Dental Practice, Collect All Your Money And Keep 50% More!

Plus you benefit from 32 hours of continuing education credit, a $250.00 gift certificate, 3 books (including 17 Steps To Your Million Dollar Practice, 25 exhibitors, and entertainment by The Smothers Brothers and the immortal rock and roll band — The Kingsmen!

Note: The following headlines are from the book The Greatest Direct Mail Sales Letters Of All Time. by Richard S. Hodgson published by The Dartnell Corporation (312) 561-4000.

This volume is definitely worth investing in because it contains brilliant examples of how to write direct mail that works.

Yours for only $2 — The Best in Reading Pleasure for the Next Twelve Months

Now you can have your own personal computer

Introducing: The HP-65 — the first and only fully-programmable pocket calculator that you can use to solve extremely complex, lengthy or repetitive problems in seconds — anywhere…anytime!

Do your Panty Hose make you feel pretty? Do they fit perfectly and wear and wear?

Can you spot the five mistakes here that make you work more and enjoy your garden less?

How many of these common gardening mistakes are causing you to work harder than you really have to?

There are 9 reasons why you should mail the enclosed card to find out how you can replace your present telex equipment and enjoy greater speed, efficiency…and quiet! …and it won’t cost you one penny more than you are now paying!

How long has it been since you took a good, hard look at the tools your salesmen are using?

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December 17, 2019

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Part 32

Choice Resources
Marlon’s Choice Marketing Resources To Help You Write Advertising Copy And Build Your Business
(by Marlon Sanders)

If you’d like to learn more about direct response marketing, the following resources will help you. We have provided comments and reviews on each resource to help you select the ones that will benefit you the most.

While most of the books will not be on the shelves of your local bookstore, you can place a special order for them. Alternatively, you can go to Amazon.com on the web and order most of them there.
For newsletters and specialized marketing courses, we have given you phone numbers you can call to order the products.

Jump Start Your Brain

Doug Hall

Marketing is an idea business. This book shows you exactly how to tap into the part of your brain that ideas come from. Outstanding book!

The Greatest Direct Mail Sales Letters of All Time

Richard S. Hodgson

A treasure chest of the best sales letters ever written. Great for triggering ideas and showing you how to write compelling copy. A very wealthy person once said, do not create mediocrity when you can emulate genius. This book lets you study and analyze the best sales letters ever created.

Tested Advertising Methods

John Caples

Do you want to write a powerful sales letter for your web site that will bring in lots of orders? Then learn the secrets of direct response marketing from the greatest teacher ever! Best of all, once you learn how to write sales letters, you can get paid good money to write for clients.

This book and the other two which follow are essential (and inexpensive) reference books on direct response advertising. Here are several of my favorite chapters from Tested Advertising Methods…

Chapter. 2: The most important part of an advertisement

Gives you an in-depth understanding of how and why headlines are the most important part of ads.

Chapter 5: Twenty-nine formulas for writing headlines

Put selling power in your headlines with these formulas.

Chapter 9: How to write the first paragraph

You must grab the attention of your readers in your first paragraph. This chapter teaches step-by-step how to do it.

Chapter 13: Thirty-two ways to get more inquiries from your advertising

If you’re using your ads to generate leads, this chapter will help you boost your results.

How to Make Your Advertising Make Money

John Caples

Favorite chapters include…

Chapter 2: Twelve ways to find advertising ideas

Contains several brilliant ways to create advertising ideas.

Chapter 5: 303 words and phrases that sell

Punch up your copy with these powerful techniques.

Chapter 8: How to write headlines that make money

Contains 106 headlines that made money.

Chapter 9: How to use stories to sell products and services

People love stories. This chapter shows how to incorporate them into your ad copy.

Making Ads Pay.

John Caples

Favorite chapters…

Chapter 2: How I wrote my first advertisement

Fascinating story of how Caples wrote his first ad.

Chapter 13: Ten ways to make ads believable

Shows you how to dissolve skepticism.

Chapter 14: Six ways to prove it’s a bargain

Everyone likes bargains. This chapter shows how to sell the bargain aspect to your potential customers.

The Art of Readable Writing

Rudolf Flesch

Written by the man Time called the Mr. Fix-It of writing. Teaches you how to write the way you talk. If you have WRITING PHOBIA, read the books by Rudolf Flesch. He has written a number of them.

The Robert Collier Letter Book

Robert Collier

One of the all time great books on direct response marketing. It’s hard-to-locate but worth the effort. Gives you verbatim letters that sold millions and explains the psychology behind each. You’ll get a fast education in the art of selling through words. Try Amazon.com.

My Life in Advertising & Scientific Advertising

Claude Hopkins

Intriguing book by one of the founding fathers of direct response advertising. You’ll learn how to use specifics to make your point, how to explain the reason why, and why people buy results. It’s a fast read and only 10 bucks, so buy it!

Break-through Advertising

Eugene M. Schwartz

If you’re serious about learning to write sales letters and great advertising, then you need this book. It’s another hard-to-find but essential reference book. Gives you information you won’t find elsewhere.

Cash Copy

Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Helps you understand the basics of writing copy that gets results. Here are some favorite chapters:

Chapter 5: Transforming product and service features into benefits that get your prospects to buy. If you’re new at copywriting, you’ll appreciate the crystal clear way Lant explains the difference between features and benefits.

Chapter 7: Creating offers your prospects find irresistible — and get them to act NOW! Teaches you how to get your prospects to take action today.

How to Write A Good Advertisement

Victor O. Schwab

Shows you exactly how to write a profitable direct response ad or sales letter. Pay special attention to chapter 1 where Schwab presents 100 great headlines and why they were to profitable. Sells for 15 bucks but worth much more.

How to Get Rich In Mail Order

Melvin Powers

Mail-order millionaire Melvin Powers reveals his money making secrets. Discover how to create your own successful ads and ideas. Stimulating and thought provoking. I especially like chapter 7 How I created a best-seller using the copycat technique and chapter 10 Five of my most successful direct mail pieces that sold and are selling millions of dollars’ worth of books.

What’s In It For Me?

Robin Woods

If you’re struggling with the creating a Unique Selling Proposition for your product, this is the third book you should read…after Positioning and Marketing Warfare by Trout and Ries. This book may no longer be in print. See if you can obtain it through an inter-library loan.

Million Dollar Mailings

Dennis Hatch

Reprints the most powerful direct mail pieces from the last decade. Read, study and learn!

The 100 Greatest Advertisements — Who Wrote Them And What They Did

Julian Watkins

Good resource on the history of advertising in general. Corey Rudl’s Marketing Secrets Hot Tips List

Free ezine: Sign up at http://www.marketingtips.com

Shows you how to use a wide variety of marketing concepts to make more sales and profits in your business. Teaches you to juice up your profits using direct response marketing techniques. Essential resource.

The Online Marketing Letter

Jonathan Mizel (cyberwave.com)

Number one newsletter about how to make money online. Must buy. Books from http://www.activemarketplace.com Very insightful and helpful.

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December 3, 2019

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Part 25

How to Assemble The Elements Of The Formula In Different Sequences:
(by Marlon Sanders)

One of the differences in the formula I just presented and the one in the Web Site Order Taking Machine is that it uses the modular approach. You can take the steps or modules and combine them in different sequences.

Let me present to you the basic psychology involved.

At a core, gut level you can look at your marketing letter this way:

  • Headline: Make a specific promise
  • Hook: Elaborate on the promise using bullets
  • Add steam: Stack benefit on top of benefit
  • Proof: Prove you can provide the benefits
  • Action: Give reasons to act today Here’s a little different approach:

Here’s a little different approach:

  • Headline: Make a specific promise of an end result
  • Hook: Open with bullet benefits
  • Add steam: List more bullet benefits
  • USP: Give your unique selling proposition
  • Credibility: Give your personal credibility plus endorsements
  • Testimonials: List some in the letter and provide a link to more
  • Price: Give your price and summarize what buyer gets
  • Don’t decide now: Tell’em to take little scruffy home for the weekend.
  • Guarantee: If this is a front-end offer, make it very strong
  • Bonuses: Bonus up the offer for acting before a deadline
  • Snapper: Give price discount for acting before deadline
  • Fast delivery: Offer fast digital delivery or express shipping
  • Instructions: Tell how to order
    Notice I included fast delivery as a step. I did a survey on my website and found that many people online are scared of getting ripped off and never receiving a product. By offering one or two-day shipping, you alleviate this fear.
    You can use extra bonuses as a reason for ordering now or a price discount. Or, you can use both. I often use both.

Here’s another approach
Headline: Biggest hook you can think of

  • Stacked head: List bullet benefits under the headline before the
  • salutation (dear friend)
  • Opening: Elaborate on headline then go into bullet points
  • Testimonials: Present a few humdingers upfront
  • Perceived value: Stack value on top of value
  • USP: Tell why they should buy from you only
  • Proof: Prove the claims you’ve made with one or more of the 4 forms of evidence
  • Testimonials: Stack on more testimonials
  • Price: Present your price. Use bargain appeal
  • Guarantee: Give your guarantee
  • Reason why: Tell why you’re offering such a strong guarantee. The reason is you’re so confident in the product. Remember, this is one of our forms of proof.
  • Ever heard of online bookkeeping and how much it can save your business?
  • Bonus up: Present multiple bonuses for acting before deadline
  • Rationale: Tell why you’re offering such a great bargain. I usually say it’s
  • because I know if they don’t order now, they never will.
  • You can’t lose: Explain why they can’t lose. At worst, they get the free bonuses AND they get their money back.
  • Scarcity: Explain why you have a limited supply of the product or you’re only selling so many at this price. Or you have a limited supply of the bonuses. Scarcity motivates people.
  • Immediate Delivery: Alleviate fears of not getting product.
  • Order info: Be specific. Step A. Step B. Step C. Be sure to offer secured ordering. This is a must.
    Notice how I put some testimonials at the beginning. If your target market is skeptical in nature, try this.
    What I’m showing you here is you can sequence together the different elements in the order you want. You can weave together different elements and make your letter your own unique psychological work of art. You can mix and match elements and see what works for you. I don’t include all elements or modules all the time. I include what feels right to me. It’s based on my feel for my target market and on how the marketing letter flows.
    In the big picture, the psychology is very simple. The modules are TOOLS that allow you to accomplish these big objectives. And what are those objectives?
  • You have to hook the reader with your headline and opening
  • You have to stack value on top of value on top of value
  • You have to give a reason to buy from you vs. anybody else
  • You have to create credibility
  • You have to give you price
  • You have to give compelling reasons to order today
  • You have to present your ordering instructions
    The other elements I give you are tools for accomplishing these things. Scarcity and multiple bonuses are ways to create value and get people to order today. Offering immediate delivery is a way to get the order today by alleviating a big fear. Using bullets is a way to stack value and draw readers into a letter.
    In presenting the elements of this formula, I’m assuming you abide by laws. In the U.S. the Federal Trade Commission has laws about what you can and can’t say in many areas, not the least of which is in using scarcity. My understanding is that if you present a discounted price, you can sell it for that all the time. The law is even more specific than that.
    You can study that stuff for yourself. In the U.S. the FTC has laws about using testimonials and other things. You can read these at the FTC website: . Plus, you may have state laws too. If you live outside the U.S., chances are you have laws that govern what you can and can’t say and do in advertising. You should take a look at those too.

The most important things if you live in the U.S. (or sell to customers in the U.S.) are that you:

  • Deliver your merchandise within 30 days.
  • Make only claims you can prove
  • Make claims that are indicative of what your average user accomplishes
  • If your testimonials are not indicative of what the average user experiences, you need to spell this out.
  • Be very wary of making specific income claims. Just because you have made a certain amount of money in an MLM (or whatever) doesn’t mean you can use the headline “Make 20 million in MLM.” The law basically says your income claims have to be indicative of the average user.
  • If you make income claims, you fall under the state business opportunity laws, many of which are quite strict in the U.S.
    Now, I’m not an attorney and you need to seek your own legal advice. I’m giving you the guidelines as I understand them. In the big picture, avoid making deceptive and misleading claims. Use your common sense and you’ll likely be OK.
  • “Key Points to Remember” Continued in following post….

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November 12, 2019

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Part 23

Step Ten: You Can’t Lose! By Marlon Sanders

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Prove to the customer he/she can’t lose by responding to your offer

Explain to your customer that they can’t lose by buying from you. The worst case scenario is they get their money back and get to keep some valuable free bonuses.

What this means to the customer is they don’t have to worry about screwing up, making a mistake and being embarrassed in front of their friends, family or coworkers. It’s a risk-free transaction from their viewpoint. In fact, they can ONLY come out ahead because of the free bonuses.

Here’s an example:

What I’m saying is, you can’t lose when you order this product. The absolute worst thing that will happen is you’ll get your money back AND get to keep $XXX of free bonuses just for trying. The only way you can lose is if you don’t do anything. Remember, the only reason I can make this offer is because I’m so confident you’ll be thrilled and delighted with this product.

Step Eleven: Super fast Delivery!

Offer overnight, second day or digital delivery of your product.

People on the Internet are afraid you’ll never actually deliver a product to them. So the faster you can get it in their hands, the better. This is why I like digital delivery. You don’t have the lag time of mailing a physical product.

Unless you’re a corporation with a recognized, established name, I recommend you offer expedited delivery to remove fears of not receiving a product.

Before I offered digitally delivered products, I took a survey of prospects to find out why they didn’t order. I found out that a surprising number were simply afraid of getting blatantly ripped off. That’s why fast delivery is important.

Remove the fear of not receiving a product by offering overnight or two-day delivery.

When you do this, you’ll also take advantage of the spontaneous buying impulse. You know why supermarkets place high-profit items on the end of aisles? Because they know people will stuff the items in their cart on impulse. By placing them in the highly visible slot at the end of the aisle, they take advantage of this impulse buying.

Step Twelve: Currency Conversion!

Provide a means for overseas customers to convert your price to their currency.

This should be a standard item in your copy. If you want to sell more to overseas prospects, provide a link to an overseas currency converter.

I used to offer a link for currency conversion. But in the current rendition of my sales letter, I don’t. The reason is, I’m scared to link to anything that might take people away from my sales letter.

This is a good concept to test out. For one month use a currency conversion link and count your overseas orders. Another month leave it off and compare the totals.

Step Thirteen: The P.S.! Continued in the next blog post….

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November 6, 2019

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Part 20

Here are other points to help you build credibility

Give reasons why for price reductions or special offers. “Clearance sale” and “blowout sale” have no credibility. If you have a price reduction, explain why you’re able to sell the merchandise for less money.

Use specifics. People believe specifics. Say, for example, that you increased your profits 33.7% in 9 months as soon as you started selling xyz widget. That is far more powerful than saying, “Make more profits by selling xyz widgets.”

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Instead of saying, Save money by making your own wine at home, say, You can get all the $50 bottles of win you want for $9.53 each. Instead of a real estate agent saying, I can help you sell your home faster, he/she could say, My average listing sells 3 months faster than the average property in the Multiple Listing Service.

Avoid statements that stretch believability, even if they’re true. Show popularity and approval by experts. This is called social proof. People tend to believe premises accepted by a large number of others.

Give a phone number with a “live” answer. If you can’t have a live answer all the time, a professionally produced answering machine or voice mail message will boost credibility. A poor quality answering machine message can hurt your business.

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Step Six: Present Your Price and Make It A Bargain

Now that the bullets have psychologically conditioned your prospects –you’re ready to give your price. But you want to soften the blow. You do that by comparing your price and showing that it’s a bargain.

You can compare your price to what you used to sell your product for, what you plan to sell it for or what your competition sells it for. For example, if you’re offering a discount off what you normally sell the product for, that is a bargain. Be careful, there are laws that say you really do have to sell the product at the higher price to make this claim. Check out the FTC website for more details. I believe the URL is simple www.ftc.gov.

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I saw one marketer who used interesting wording. She said, This product has been offered for $X. Notice she didn’t say the product had sold at that price. She said the product had been offered at that price. I’m not sure if that wording has any legal implications. But it seems to me that if you indeed offered the product for sale at that price, whether or not you sold any doesn’t make a difference. You can still state that you offered the product for sale at that price.

Alternatively, you can point out how similar products sold by competitors go for a much higher price. And yours has even more (or better) features. Again, when you get into competitive advertising, the FTC has rules about that area. You can read what they have to say at: http://www.ftc.gov

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You can create a bargain appeal by showing the prospective customer how your price is only a fraction of the cost of NOT owning the product. You can remind him or her how much time, money, inconvenience, pain, hassle or trouble your product will save.

Even luxury purchases can be sold on a bargain appeal. For example, a friend may justify the purchase of a Mercedes (or other luxury car) to you by explaining how that it’s really a bargain when you take into account the resale value. If a car retains a great deal of its resale value, it can look like a bargain compared to a cheaper car that loses its value quickly.

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A luxury car purchase could further be justified by talking about the greater reliability, reduced time off the job due to breakdowns, better gas mileage and lower maintenance costs. These factors may or may not in reality justify the purchase of the car. But they certainly provide a logical justification for an emotional purchase, which is what you want to do.

When you watch infomercials on TV or talk to salespeople, listen to how they make their price seem like a giant bargain. And pay special attention when you “buy into” the reasoning. That’s when you’ve found an effective approach you can borrow.

Step Seven: Remove The Risk With A Guarantee Continued in the next blog post….

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October 3, 2019

“Build a Better Business With Systems” Intro + Chapter 1


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“Build a Better Business With Systems” Intro + Chapter 1

Introduction

You’re working killer hours but you’re not making much money.

You keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

You’re just plain stressed out.

Creating your own business is a labour of love to be sure, but it’s also a seemingly endless source of overwhelming anxiety. No matter how many hours you put in you never seem to pull ahead far enough to where you’re able to take a breath, never mind actually enjoying the fruits of said labours.

This book is going to help you reduce stress, recognize and fix errors, and overall help you feel like you own your business instead of the other way around.

How? By showing you the power of setting up systems.

Once you codify how your business works best (including how you should, or should not, respond to mistakes) you’re going to find that:

  • You feel like you’re finally in control.
  • You’re getting ahead of your mistakes and that you’re no longer making the same errors over and over again.
  • You’re more focused on what needs to be done to grow your company instead of merely treading water just to stay afloat.
  • You’re working less but making more money.

 

The systems you’re going to set up will act as maps for you and your employees to follow. You’ll have ongoing procedures and emergencies down to a fine art, and you’ll be better prepared for the next unexpected event.

You might even have some fun.

Ready to take control of your business? Then let’s get started.

Chapter 1 – What are Systems and Why Do You Need Them?

First of all, let’s define what we mean by a “system”.

A system is where every step of a procedure is clearly defined and documented.

In other words, it’s the recipe of the business world. Let’s say you’re the one handling customer complaints for your business. But you get sick one day and can’t come in. The queries and complaints don’t get sick though, and they keep arriving at their usual pace.

If you haven’t laid out a recipe for success when dealing with those complaints then none of your employees are going to help resolve the situation with your customers. They’re not going to know how big of a refund they’re allowed to make. They’re not going to know if they’re allowed to substitute a newer model of widget for the older model that the customer has in their possession. At worst, they’re not going to know that there’s any sort of complaints email address or database at all.

Without you there dealing with the complaints they are going to back up. Customers will feel snubbed and they will leave you, and thanks to social media they’re going to let all of their friends and colleagues know that you dropped the ball.

But with a documented system in place your employees will know both who should take over handling the complaints in your absence and how much leeway they have in making a customer happy.

In addition, you’re going to have any easier time recognizing where your workflow needs help. If you’ve categorised how (for example) a client’s file moves through your system, you’ll be able to see the exact point that the file’s work gets bogged down. This is much harder to do if you approach your work in an undocumented and haphazard fashion.

A third benefit is that, now that you’re able to recognise and shore up your internal workflow, you’ll no longer have to roll up your sleeves and jump in very much, if at all, because there are few if any more emergencies. This will free up big chunks of time that allow you to get back to steering your company from the top down.

Last, your employees want to do good work for you. Too many businesses try to get ahead by doing exactly what they shouldn’t be doing – putting obstacles in the way of good employees that includes confusion and a lack of guidelines. Systems enable your employees to do what they want most to do – turn in a good day’s work. If employees don’t know how to make you happy… well, they won’t.

Every action you take in your business is one piece of a system. Every system comes together to make a whole – your business. The better your systems are the better your business will be.

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August 8, 2019

Part B – Begin With the 1% to Get You to 20%


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Part B – Begin With the 1% to Get You to 20%

OK, now why would you bother settling for just 1%?

You may be already asking yourself the same question. Why would I settle for 1% if I could ask for 5%, 10% or even 20%?

Phil Bessant, a sole practitioner of a firm in Newport brings in annually £250K, which is commendable for an economically challenged area of South Wales. After going through the Effective Pricing for Accountants programme, Phil sent an email:

“I would like to express a huge THANK YOU. Having the whole 11 courses in your series I have started to put them into practice and as a result have signed two clients this week worth £37,500 of fees which prior to your course at the very best I would have quoted £6,000. One paid £25k up front and one paid £6k up front. So a very very very big thank you, I think it is safe to say that the costs have been recovered.”

Soon after I did an interview with Phil where he explained how he followed the processes in the programme and is now able to increase his prices by an average of 28%! Taking his profit from £250,000 to £400,000. If you’d like to listen to the interview, click here.

What’s holding you back?

I’m guessing….. It’s a lack of confidence. It tends to be the first thing that stops accountants from raising their prices. But, this mindset can be overcome and together with getting the skills, knowledge and systems, asking for higher fees won’t be such a concern. You could even look forward to it, you’ll see why.

Price has got nothing to do with costs and everything to do with people. Pricing involves behavioural economics. And when we fully understand this branch of economic theory and have the skills and the systems in place, then we suddenly find that confidence. It’s not our fault that we’re not good at pricing… accountants are simply not taught how to price.

Price is also a mindset matter. It’s about seeing that some people will see your charge out rates as too high for them and also recognising that you don’t want every single person as a client.

Sometimes, accountants say that their clients complain of prices being too high, however, on closer examination the same accountant says the clients that complain make up only 10 to 20% of their client base. We have to remember that when we hear these kinds of things from clients, they only represent some clients, not all. It’s easy to blow this out of proportion in our minds. This can be a determining factor in keeping our prices low.

However, we’ve got this all upside down. Take a look at it another way, if none of your clients ever say to you, “That’s expensive”, that most likely means your prices are too cheap!

So, the answer is to embrace the mindset that can tolerate complaints about pricing with a grain of salt and once you hear them from up to about 20% of clients you’ll know you’re on the right track with pricing your services right.

Objections can put you in the right direction.

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August 7, 2019

Part A – Begin With the 1% to Get You to 20%


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Part A – Begin With the 1% to Get You to 20%

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Although at this point you may be feeling skeptical, keep reading as you’ll learn why your clients will stay with you rather than stray.

Now, we’re going to look at a series of interesting questions I call the 1% effect.

Consider for a second about fifty things that you continuously buy that you feel are really useful things to your life. Would you give up purchasing them if they were to increase the price by one percent?

For example, would you give up your favourite beer if they raised the price by 4 cents from $3.80 to $3.84? Or your favourite bottle of wine if it went up from $7.80 to $7.88? Or how about your favourite magazine if the price was to jump from $9 to $9.09?

If you answered “NO” to these, then as a customer you’d be saying that if the product is good, you’d be willing to pay for it even with a small increase in price.

Are your services good?

If you can say “yes”, then following logic, it means you could increase your prices by an average of 1% and keep the majority, if not all of your clients, right?

I’m not asking whether you could increase every price by exactly 1% for every customer. I’m asking whether you could increase some prices for some customers by a little more than 1%, and some prices by a little less than 1%, without losing a significant number of customers.

That’s not so hard, right?

So, how come you don’t do it….today?

If a UK firm making an average of £245,720 were to increase its fees with the 1% effect, that would buy them perhaps a vacation for a family, £2,457 more per year.

That price increase wouldn’t have much of an impact at all on your clients, but would give you more pocket money.

Your clients will stick with you through the increase in fees and you’ll be happy you did it.

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August 6, 2019

Creative Ad Copy Secrets to Help Sell Your Services!


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Part 24

Step Thirteen: The P.S.!
By Marlon Sanders

Remind your customers of the time deadline and the limited supply of bonuses. Urge them to pick up the phone and call immediately.

Your P.S. is often read first by customers. So entice them to read the letter by mentioning the free bonuses and the limited time offer.

Another trick you can use on your P.S. is to add an upsell. In other words, you give your prospects the opportunity to spend more money for an upgrade, extra features or add-on service.

I used this with my WSOTM (WebSite Order Taking Machine) product. Currently, I’m not selling this product as a stand alone item. But when I did, I had a deluxe edition you can buy for a little extra money. However, I put this option on the order form instead of the P.S. If your up sell takes more than one or two sentences, the P.S. is an ideal spot for it.

You can use multiple P.S. paragraphs if you want. But in checking my book of the greatest sales letters of all time, I don’t see many that use multiple P.S. statements. Using more than one or two likely decreases their effectiveness.

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Other Possible Modules:

There are other elements or modules you can include in your letters. The above cover the major ones. Here are some others:

The reason why module: Tell why you’re offering the guarantee, price discount or multiple bonuses. The best reason for the guarantee is confidence. The best reason for multiple bonuses is the truth: It’s an incentive for them to order immediately. By giving the reason why, you establish credibility. Otherwise, people are suspicious.

The scarcity module: To get people to order immediately, you can use scarcity. For example, “I can only guarantee you’ll receive a bonus package if you’re one of the first 50 people to order.”

Or the time limit module, “I can only guarantee you’ll get the bonuses if you order in the next 72 hours.”

Notice how I didn’t say they wouldn’t receive the bonus. I said I could only guarantee they’d receive it if they acted immediately.

 

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The ftc and some states have laws governing limiting time offers. I suggest you study and abide by these laws.

THE LIFT: This is a technique used extensively in offline direct mail, but I have never seen it used online. I’m introducing the concept here, and I bet you’ll start seeing a lot of people using it online.

The lift is the lift letter. A lift letter is a separate letter or piece included in a mailing that says “Read this only if you’ve decided NOT to order.”

The lift letter is written by a third party that has credibility with the prospect. It is written on a separate letterhead and usually begins with “Frankly, I’m puzzled.”

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For example:

Dear Friend,

Frankly, I’m puzzled.

I’ve known Marlon Sanders for over 6 years. The letter he has written for our corporation have helped us make over 7 million dollars a year.

Marlon is selling his secrets so cheap that it surprises me. Would you do me a favor. Would you send me an email and explain why you aren’t BUYING NOW?

I just don’t understand what else Marlon can do to demonstrate the amazing power of his methods.

Send your email to: Jim@higherresponse.com Best wishes

Jim Client

XYZ Corporation

 

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August 5, 2019

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Part 17

Step Three: Turn Your Features Into Benefits
By Marlon Sanders

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People do not buy products and services. They buy an end result….what a product or service does for them. They buy solutions to problems. They buy to avoid pain and gain pleasure.

People don’t buy drills, they buy holes. They don’t buy hammers. They buy the doghouse the hammer will help them build. They don’t buy homes. They buy a feeling of security for their family. They don’t buy novels. They buy escape from reality. They don’t buy advertising. They buy increased sales at a lower cost.

Most companies advertising on the web spend all their time talking about the features of their products and services and not how those features will produce a desirable result or benefit for their customers. They focus on how great their newest widget is instead of how their newest widget solves annoying problems for their customers.

Here are several ways you can make sure you talk in terms of benefits to your customers instead of features.

Ask your customers why they purchased from you instead of your competition. Do not assume you understand why your customers buy from you. Instead, ask a lot of questions and listen for hot buttons. Look for key advantages you have compared to your competition.

Don’t assume your readers understand the benefits of your product or service. Picture all the ways your prospects will benefit when they buy from you. Spell out the benefits so they are crystal clear. Leave nothing to the imagination.

YOU MUST ANSWER THE QUESTION “SO WHAT” FOR YOUR CUSTOMER.

If your widget has xyz feature and does so-and-so things, the question is SO WHAT? Who cares? How is this going to help your customer and make their life better, simpler or easier? 

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Benefit chain

Benefits have layers like onions. Your job is to peel through the layers to reach the deepest, most meaningful advantages of your product or service. In order to do that, take each of your benefits and ask, why do I care about that? Or ask, what will that do for me that’s even more important? Keep asking questions until the answer is self-evident. The process looks something like this:

Benefit——> what’s important about that? ——> which means that ——> which means that________

When you write your sales letter, be sure to point out all the benefits that surface from your benefit chains because any one of them could be the hot button that causes a prospect to order from you.

If you need additional help writing benefits for your product or service, check out the book Cash Copy by Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Order through your bookstore.

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If you’re interested in learning more about Marlon Sanders and his products, visit:

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