If you know what your customers want, it’s not hard to get their attention.
Just think about the biggest benefit your product or service can provide and
dramatize it. A gardener or landscaper, for instance, can get attention by
mailing a bag of seeds. A fabric store can cut up scrap remnants and send
them to potential customers as samples. Set your imagination free. Imagine a
company that converts paper files to digital – they could send file folders
overflowing with papers. Words, too, can be powerful attention-grabbers.
There’s nothing wrong with a big, bold headline that says something a simple
as “January Sale” or as striking as “Save Your Back.” Both sell snowblowers,
but from different points of view. Just be careful not to get too clever. A
professional writer may know how to begin with “Think small.” Your
beginning, however, will be much more successful if you get right to the
point: “How much time do you lose to computer crashes every week?”
Now that you’ve got a customer’s attention, don’t disappoint. Hold their
interest with important, relevant details about what you’re selling. If
you’ve used the “January Sale” or “Save Your Back” headline, show a picture
of the snowblower. Or at least write a very clear, bold statement that you
are talking about a snowblower. Short, simple sentences keep a reader’s
interest best. As does believable, everyday language. Readers, for instance,
tend to tune out clichés like “We are committed to providing the ultimate in
quality and service.” Instead try saying, “We have hundreds of satisfied
customers. If you’re not happy with our service, we’ll give you your money
back.” It proves quality and service.
This is where you really excite the customer for what you’re selling. It’s
giving your customer an opportunity to imagine what it’s like to own and use
your product. You can build desire with a beautiful picture of a new ski
jacket. You can use a detailed description of how the microfibers adjust to
your body temperature, keeping you warm on the lift and cool on the slopes.
Or you could use both. The key to building desire is to focus on benefits,
not features. A feature tells you what the product has, like a “hyper-fast
Internet connection.” Benefits, on the other hand, tell you how that feature
improves your life. A hyper-fast Internet connection lets you “listen to
music on the Internet without jarring pauses, and lets you get more work
done in less time.”
Now that you’ve got people’s attention, interest and desire, don’t forget to
ask for the order. It’s not enough to say, “Buy now.” Give a compelling
reason to visit your website or call your company immediately.