Telling Is Not Selling

Tellings-not-sellingWhy is your marketing and sales material not working as well as it should?

Possibly because you don’t have a strong enough point. One of the key links between marketing and selling is getting a point across AND getting a client (or potential client) to act on it.

There’s a saying “Telling is not selling”, it’s not enough to put some information out there and expect people to act on it.

It doesn’t matter what format or platform we are talking about, it could be a web page, a flyer or even a sales call on the phone. Before you embark on “putting it out there” you need to ask yourself; “What do I want the person reading/hearing this message to DO after they’ve got it?”

If you are not totally clear on the precise and single call to action that you want to achieve then the potential client definitely won’t be clear on it either.

People are busy, people have distractions, people are not stupid but they sure can act that way when they have a million other things to think about. Make your message and call to action as simple as possible and spell out what you want them to do and how in the easiest way possible.

The other problem with a distracted audience is if they don’t act immediatly they will forget about you and your message. So how do you get them to act now?

Things to consider:

  • Sell the benefits. If it’s a new bright LED bulb that last 10 years longer than the others, don’t tell them about the technology behind it or where it came from or who invented it and why, nobody gives a crap. Tell them it will save them money, it’s 2x brighter than the next best LED bulb, it last 10 years longer so you don’t have to change it and it’s more economical. Those are the benefits to the potential customer. If it will help them lose weight or save money; How much money? How much weight? In what timeframe? These are the precise benefits that will get someone’s attention.
  • Limit the offer. Make it available to a limited number of people or for a short time frame e.g. 2 days (2 weeks would be too long, they’d think they have time to act later and then forget). Have a special price offer for a limited time or the first 10 people to purchase.
  • Make the last line of your message your call to action. Don’t distract them with anything else after that. If you were on a sales call on the phone you’d ideally want to take a payment for purchase over the phone that’s your ultimate last call to action.

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