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Connect With Customers & Prospects on THEIR Terms to Increase Sales

Undoubtedly you offer a product or service to your customers or potential customers. Have you seriously taken time to consider how you or your business benefits your clients?

If you havenít done this lately, take a moment to consider your customers. Itís super important.

Your marketing content should be all about what your product or service will do for the consumer. One of the most common mistakes made in marketing, advertising and promotional materials is not focusing on the features and benefits of a product or service and HOW they directly benefit your core audience or target market.

Think about your customers likes and dislikes, figure out what makes them tick and incorporate that information to move them towards the sale. Connect with your customers on their terms with language theyíll relate to.Of course, your background and expertise is important but itís not the most important thing to consumers. People want to know ďwhatís in it for me (WIIFM)Ē. While they may be interested in your credentials, this isnít solely how people make decisions on who to work with.

Example: A promotional brochure for a Realtor focuses only on his experience and awards. The Realtor fails to make an emotional connection with prospects because he doesnít include how his service will deliver what his prospects are looking for.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are looking for their first ďhomeĒ. Joe Realtor is great at selling houses but doesnít take time to truly connect with the Smithís starting with his marketing materials. His brochure reflects his awards and sales track record. It doesnít connect with the Smithís because he doesnít clearly demonstrate his ability to find them the ďhomeĒ of their dreams. The Smithís donít really care that Joe Realtor can move property. They donít want to buy just any house. They want a home, preferably with room to grow and raise a family. They want a Realtor who listens, will pay special attention to their needs and tells them so, upfront. Joe Realtor overlooks this vital key to connecting. Itís the reason the Smithís donít call Joe Realtor.

Would you rather work with someone who touts their expertise or someone who first shows you how their expertise will work for you and then has experience to back it up?

Take Action Challenge: Review one piece of your marketing or promotional materials today. Consider your business card, brochure, website, broadcast copy, billboards and even storefront signage if this applies. What message are you sending to your potential clients? Brainstorm ways you can connect to begin building relationships and move your prospects towards a sale. Now update your copy to reflect what you have to really offer your prospects (remember the WIIFM factor).

Donít have time to focus on your copy? You know investing in updating your marketing content is a great idea nevertheless you arenít sure you can fit one more task into your busy schedule? Instead of constantly trying to change hats, consider handing the copywriting hat to someone else. Imagine partnering with a skilled copywriter who understands your business, takes the time to build a relationship and helps you make the most of your marketing efforts. If writing content for your marketing, promotional and advertising materials is overwhelming, consider partnering with a copywriter who wants to establish a long-term business relationship. Someone who believes in your business and wants you to succeed. Wouldnít it be nice to strategize with a professional copywriter who truly understands what motivates a sale (not to mention takes one more task off your to do list)? Again, when making your selection consider the WIIFM factor

Author:.

Lisa Manyon is the President of Write On ~ Creative Writing Services, LLC. A Professional Copywriter, Marketing Strategist and Published Author, she's a master of matching your message to market via copywriting and publicity strategies. Manyon offers copywriting, coaching and consulting services. Lisa received the Charles Schwab Financial Literacy Award in The Hot Mommas 2011 Competition, a leadership venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneuri...

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