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Top 7 Ways to Give People a Reason to Buy your Book or Service
Judy Cullins c. 2006

Overcome lackluster copy and lack of book or package sales by using the passion approach. Announcements on your web site or in your email promotion , such as "Here's my product!" do not work. Sure, you put a picture up and maybe a list of features. What's the promise? Where's the benefits? How will your potential buyer's life be better by obtaining your product? How does a picture or list of features compel your prospective buyer to buy? The consequence? You miss many sales.

Write compelling, emotional copy to inspire people to buy your unique, wonderful creation--your book. If you offer a service, be sure to write a sales letter that pulls your reader to buy.

Use these powerful online promotion techniques:

1. Include your signature box on every email you send out.

Your signature or resource box, usually 4-6 lines, is your billboard to let people know who you are, the benefits they will receive, and what expertise and products you have to assist them. Without it or with a lackluster one of just your name and contact information, you are guaranteed no action that leads to connecting with you, better yet-- sales.

If you don't include your hook to get their email address, you have missed building your data base and subscriber lists easily.

Your signature box is more important than your article, email, or ezine's message. Be sure to put some thought and time into it. Be willing to edit it at least 5 times. You want more than just your name and contact information. Remember your resource box is a call to action. Write it so your reader takes action-- either to send an email, phone you, or visit your web site.

Once you get a reaction, it's up to you to make the next communication powerful and convincing. It's a good idea to have your sizzling headline and ad copy written out for phone and email responses. Even if you don't have a web site, you need to have compelling headlines and sales letters ready.

Take advantage of ecommerce. Main to your list your short sales letters.If you send an email, be sure you include more specific benefits and features in your sales letters. For instance, "Quadruple your web sales in less than five months through submitting free articles to ezine directories."

When potential buyers visit your web site be sure your home page has marketing pizzazz with benefit-driven headlines. Click here

Include your signature or resource box at the bottom of each article, business communication, and ezine you send out. Use a separator such as ===== at the bottom of your message just before your signature. You will also have your web bio ready when you submit your articles to high-traffic web sites.

Signature Box Examples and Feedback.

Here's a sample listed at the bottom of a submitted article.

Person's name-- retired from a 30-year sales career is now a Sales Consultant. I recently wrote a manual for small business owners titled, "How to Build your Small Business Fast with Free Articles," and several other publications to help small businesses grow and prosper. For more information… mailto: [email protected] host. Phone: xxx- xxx-xxx .Or Write: Name and PO Box.

Book Coach's Feedback:

This signature box is all about the author, and not about his customers' needs. We don't care if he is retired. Just one line of his name followed by his title "sales consultant" is enough. Always write with "you" in mind (your customers).The second line could be the title of his manual. I wonder is it e or print?

One benefit is "fast," but I want more. Will he help me build credibility? More customers? The feature is "free articles," which when added to the benefit is strong. It's good he included his audience in his manual title, so his customers are targeted.

He includes information to stay in touch with him: an email address, phone, and address. I'd say his next step is to get a domain name. There he'll need a sales letter with compelling headlines and testimonials. Notice he didn't offer anything for free to snag the all-important potential customer email addresses.

Author's Tip: Feature one special offer in each signature box. Include your toll-free and local phone number so out-of-country people can talk to you.

2. Make ecommerce work. That means you send out free tips and other information to help your audience. You don't sell in each email. You merely want to keep your name of your potential buyers' lips. Alternate a sales message and links to buy your books, products or services.

One example is the blurb on teleclasses. The free report entitled "Teleclasses: Raise your Credibility and Profits" went out to thousands in the data base. Then the author included a headline to pull readers to click on the link leading them to her newest teleclass on article marketing.

3. Use "Passion Copywriting" rather than the "plain" approach on your web site home page. Without this effort you will waste all that web planning and creating time. Even worse, you may waste the money you paid to upload your information before you gave it a marketing eye.

If you are like many professionals out there, you know your subject, you are an expert speaker or coach in your field, are even passionate about it. But, you may not know how to tell people about your services and products to get them to buy because…(you fill in the blank with your reasons).

Visiting many web sites, your coach has noticed long, long paragraphs and flat product descriptions. You have only 8-10 seconds to capture your visitor's attention. Make every word count.

Write dazzling home-page copy ( with benefit-driven headlines) that gives your customers a reason to click onto your links leading to your products or services. After they "click here," you need to have your sales letter ready with bulleted benefits to give them a reason to buy. This is a common mistake of first web sites. After you check out coaches and consultants to mentor you, you'll realize a great sales letter is 1/3 of the marketing machine that brings you ongoing big sales.

Serving up plain, flat copy when your visitors want passion, wastes all the effort and time you put into your product. Remember, your visitors will always say, "So what? Why should I buy this? What's in it for me?"

Since incorporating "passion copywriting," my second web site sales jumped from $75 in August to over $2265 in three months. After a year, much more. Then, to up level even better, the next web site, completed in July 2006, sales recorded were over $9500 a month.

The message? You may need to change your web site if it isn't bringing you all the sales you want. Over time you can automate your orders and virtual deliveries. This saves a lot of time taking orders over the phone. Naturally you keep a phone line for the non-techie buyers.

Author's Tip: Place the most important message in the top half of your web site home page. Make sure you use the Passion Copywriting system.

Since the new site went up, sign ups for the two free ezines have tripled.

Tip: Think about developing a web site folder that contains the parts. Your list of benefits and features, four-ten testimonials for each product or service, and your sales letter draft.

Put yourself in your buyer's shoes. For each book, product or service, write as many benefits you can think of. Benefits include helping people make more money, develop more confidence, create better relationships, or learn a particular skill.

List your product's features such as tips, charts, number of pages, and how-tos for each product or service.

Later, transform the benefit into a "passion" statement placed in the top half of your web site home page. For instance, "Design Every Part of your Book For More Sales."

Add a link that takes your visitor to the sales page, product page and order form. This technique sells far more products than hard-to-read onscreen information about you and your company. One of the biggest mistakes web site owners make for books is they include their long table of contents. Unless it mentions benefits for reading the chapters, who cares? Always think what's in it for my potential buyer?

Make all your copy short and punchy, and avoid large graphics. Visitors get discouraged at the slow loading time and may leave. Remember your web site's purpose! Tp attract people back again and again. And to eventually sell products and services! Are you making it easy for your customers to buy?

Avoid large doses of red, which can overpower, even bring suspicion to some of your visitors. Remember your visitors are visual and emotional. Everything on your site should appeal to their senses.

4. Sell more products and services with testimonials.

My ezine subscribers to "The Book Coach Says…" doubled in one month when I added a short testimonial from author of The Self-Publishing Manual and self-publishing guru, Dan Poynter: "Book writing and marketing nuts and bolts-- Definitely worth your time."

If you offer a service, include client testimonials. Place them in your ezine and your Web site right before you list your service.

When you send out a free article include a testimonial about your free articles right above the article. Those rave reviews may be just the thing to get people to read on, and even download your article to share with other high traffic web sites and ezine directories who get thousands of daily visitors who want the free information. These visitors will notice your signature file and come to your site looking for more free content. Give it to them so they will trust you and finally spend money with you.

On your products ordering page you can include a testimonial from the "rich and famous." Testimonials anywhere on your site help sales.

5. Convince your web visitors to return often.

You don't win your visitors' trust right away. It may take from 4-7 visits before they buy.

Upload new, original, and useful content often. On every page put a notice: Bookmark our site. We update material weekly. Then, follow up and put those free articles, book excerpts and tips up. Blatant ads such as banners turn visitors off. Give them original information they can't find anywhere else. People want and expect free information on your web site.

Publish your own ezine. Target it to your specific audience. Start with a monthly, then see if you can do it bi-weekly. If you don't stay in regular touch with your possible buyers they will forget you and your products. People want to connect online to trust you as their savvy friend. If they like your ezine they will recommend it to others.

Attract new visitors from you contact pages. There, offer to answer their questions if they will leave you their email address. This is the updated way to not get spammed and to also get those emails to add to your present data base.

Include "useful links "as a link at the bottom of your site pages. Exchange short blurbs with related high-traffic web sites. Let go of the others who won't do you much good.

6. Make it easy for your customer to buy.

They aren't psychics! They hate to go on a wild chase that wastes their time. They want information and results instantly!

One new coaching client wanted me to go to to view her book cover and title, read its table of contents, and read the book reviews there. She told me to just click "books" and it would take only two seconds.

In four minutes, I still hadn't found her book. I felt frustrated that I couldn't find the book, and also, that it should have been much easier. It boils down to: give explicit instructions as though your visitor is brand new to the internet.

If you are like me, and consider yourself a non-techie, remember the times you tried to buy something online, and just couldn't do the required steps, or found a broken link and couldn't complete the purchase? Don't you wonder how many other would-be customers lost their way and didn't buy?

If you want people to go to a web site to buy your product, put exact links to the products sales pages and order page.

These are the lessons learned along the way. After five years online, your coach's present web site has come a long-long way.

7. Check and correct all of your web site links to make sure none are broken. When a person is ready to buy your product, make it easy for her to buy. Discouraged because your telephone line is busy, your web site doesn't load fast or even come up, or your particular instructions don't get people where they want to be fast, your visitors will leave and give their time and money to another easier to navigate site.

You waste all of your time and money when you don't keep your potential customer or client in mind in all of your online correspondence. Start incorporating these tips today!

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