People would buy more from you if you did this ...

by Raydal
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My sister-in-law was throwing out an old push lawn mower, so I rescued the
patient from the trash heap. I enjoy doing a little mechanical work and
embraced the challenge to get this machine working like new again.

A quick diagnostic revealed that the engine head was loose so the single-stroke
chamber was losing compression, which was the main reason for it not starting.
Then came changing the air filter and finally the carburetor needed cleaning.
Much to the joy of my son and I that little engine soon roared back to life.

But my adventure was not over because every now and then the lawnmower
would cut out. This baffled me for some time until I discovered by accident
that the gas cap was airtight so no air could get in the tank to allow the fuel
to flow out. The tank needed to be open to the atmosphere otherwise a
back pressure would build up choking the Briggs and Stratton engine to death.

Well, your customers are a lot like that rescued lawn mower. You can clean
them, tighten them push them, but if no fuel is getting to their engines they
won't act on your appeals. What is that fuel that would get them moving?
We call this desire, and the skill of getting that desire flowing freely we call persuasion.

Now there are a lot of fancy things written about persuasion from the light
to the dark areas of cultic leaders and brainwashing. But, for the marketer,
persuasion is simply finding the things that motivates a prospect and elevating
this to a level where it overcomes their tenacity to the money you are asking
for your product or service.

Simply put, if you can stir the prospect's desire to a level which overcomes
his desire to keep his money in his pocket, then you have persuaded him to
take action. You have made a sale.

The most basic way to persuade towards a purchase is to show how this
action would benefit him. Now note that you are thinking here about
benefiting him and not yourself. So you have to study your prospect and
see things as he sees them--this is all part of market research.

As fundamental as this principle is, there are still so many businesses
who talk about themselves more than they talk about the interest of their
target market. It's the cardinal sin of marketing.

In general we can say there are some fundamental desires most people
share--to be healthier, richer, happier, recognized, and satisfy some passion.
If you can show how your product or service would add power, comfort,
prestige and general well-being to your prospect, then you'll win most.

Of course any product that you are selling must be explained to your
target market. For you, because you have worked so hard to bring
this product to market, this may be the exciting part but it is not for
the prospect. You cannot sell effectively by just describing the features
of your product. You must attach these features to the deep desires
of your audience--this is the real fuel that would get your prospects
and your products moving.

Those who study human psychology tell us that there are six primal motives
for human action: pride, love, gain, duty, self-indulgence and self-preservation.
Perhaps Maslow's hierarchy of needs is the most well-known summary of
these motives.

Now because the human mind is so complex there is no way that the marketer
can fractionally distillate each of these motives to know just which one to appeal
to when marketing a certain product.

For example, a man may want an expensive golf club simply because of its
superior appearance, but unless he is sleeping on a mattress padded with
hundred dollar bills, pride alone would not be enough to get him over the line.

So an advertisement written for these clubs that appeals to pride alone may
fall flat. The ad must also appeal maybe to self-indulgence, love for the game
and gain. The advertiser must show how his old golf clubs are crippling his
game and how these "new and improved" clubs would take him to the
next level, making him a happier man, father and husband!

The point here is that the more motives your advertisement can hang its
appeal on, the better are your chances of getting the sale. Now here is
where it gets tricky because what makes me want a thing is not the same
motives that will make me buy it.

Let me explain.

I can recall as a door-to-door salesman selling books to earn a college
scholarship, I thought that once I could convince my prospect of the
great benefits of buying my books they would buy. One day while I was
canvassing, a more experienced student came along and saw me in my
struggle. He had been selling these books for a while and right away
realized my mistake. After he saw that my prospect was convinced,
but not acting, he took the books from my hands and placed them in
her hands and the sale was made. I was "persuasive" in getting my
prospects to desire the books, but not in getting them to buy the books.

BIG difference.

So just desiring your product alone is not enough. You must get him to take
the action of buying your product, and these are two distinct steps in the
persuasion equation. Sometimes to close the sale you have to show the
prospect what he would lose if he doesn't act right away, that there are
limited quantities and that the price would be raised soon--arguments
if which absent will leave him to go away and "think about it".

A couple of years ago I was in the market for a used Jon Boat to do
some wide-mouth bass fishing with my son. About every person I contacted
on Craigslist told me that their boat was already sold. So when I finally
contacted an owner the first question I asked was if anyone else had
responded to the ad. Learning that there were other interested buyers
only motivated me even the more to make a positive decision. So when
it came my turn to resell that same Jon Boat, the first thing I told the second
and subsequent callers was that there were other interested parties.
Did this work? For sure it did.

The bottom line is that you have to make the prospect want your offer,
not merely for what it is but what it would do for him. And act right away
on those desires.

-Ray Edwards
#buy #people
  • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
    Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

    As fundamental as this principle is, there are still so many businesses who talk about themselves more than they talk about the interest of their
    target market. It's the cardinal sin of marketing.

    [/B]-Ray Edwards
    Thanks Ray...

    Not to pick things apart but as you and many will have heard before that is why we have two ears and one mouth.

    Businesses should listen at least twice as much as they talk.

    Love your contributions BTW.

    Best regards,

    Ozi
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    In todays marketplace and with all the competition which is a good thing it just learning how to rise above it all which is vital today if you want to succeed.

    When you have 10,000 other affiliates promoting the same offer using the same traffic strategies it will take 100's of clicks and views to get one conversion. When you separate yourself from the competition 2 things happen.

    1st you start to build that know, like and trust factor. the 2nd thing is you can make a conversion within 1 and 10 or 1 in 20 leads. Use the same pages the other 10,000 are promoting you it takes 100, 200 ever 500 clicks depending on the traffic source to get one sale. People get driven into the ground and move on to the next shiny object.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Dammit, Ray. It's too early in the morning for me to read all that. Long Copy may work in a Sales Campaign, but not so much on the World Famous, World Renown Warrior Forum LOL

      I'm trying to suck down my Mickey D's caffeine laden tea just to read this whole thing. But it's tough

      j/k

      Seriously, I think Gordon used the Maslow metaphor in another thread earlier and it really makes sense.
      You can really just start from there and work your way down for trying to find selling angles that will interest your Prospect into buying from you.

      Thanks again for the Thread. Give me 2 more hours and I promise to absorb this long diatribe more closely after the tea kicks in


      - Robert Andrew
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      Nothing to see here including a Sig so just move on :)

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      • Profile picture of the author Raydal
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Dammit, Ray. It's too early in the morning for me to read all that. Long Copy may work in a Sales Campaign, but not so much on the World Famous, World Renown Warrior Forum LOL

        - Robert Andrew
        Now just think about the post you read on the WF and at the end you thought
        to yourself, "How am I going to get back the time I spent reading this?"

        Aren't you glad this is not one of them?

        -Ray Edwards
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