How To Write Gold-Nugget Marketing Bullets That Instantly Boost Conversion Rates On Almost Any Sales Webpage (HO Internet Marketing Hors D’oeuvre #107)

My sales copy (and bullets) are usually 10 times better when sitting at a dive coffee shop with a pen and notepad.

While the kids and wife are up at the Santa Barbara Zoo, I’m sitting in a cave talking to you about bullets.  Ah, the lonely life of an entrepreneur.  At least they left the dog here to keep me company.

One of the biggest keys for success in online marketing, for me, has been the ability to write persuasive, hypnotic, compelling bullets on my sales pages.

In my opinion they are the 4th most important part of any sales landing page, behind the headline, offer, and hook.

No matter who you are, or what you sell, if you take some time to write awesome, power-packed bullets, your conversion rates will increase.

But this isn’t something to take lightly.  I spend WEEKS writing bullets for a long sales page…and at least 3 days writing bullets for smaller catalog-style pages selling physical products.

I like to walk down to the coffee shop with the product I’m going to sell, a notepad, and a pen.

My sales copy (and bullets) are usually 10 times better when sitting at a dive coffee shop with a pen and notepad.

My sales copy (and bullets) are usually 10 times better when sitting at a dive coffee shop with a pen and notepad.

I spend an entire day staring at the product, if it’s a book or course, I’ll flip through each page.

I think hard about the different features and benefits, and “hooks” lying inside and around that product.

And I write bullet after bullet with reckless abandon.  I don’t edit myself, or think, “this is a dumb one…”.  I just write, no matter how crazy or ridiculous they sound.

I do this day after day until I’ve literally exhausted my mind and/or I’ve been through every page of the product, if it’s an information product.

When I’m done, I go through each bullet and ruthlessly cross off ones that have no chance at survival.

I really take this time to boil them down to only the BEST.

Next, I go through each one and twist, massage, strengthen each… until each one is solid gold.

Finally, I “order them” in the most compelling way possible, to go on the sales page.

As for “how” I write bullets, this is a lengthy discussion, but here are my favorite bullet types:

1. The blind bullet.  This is all about curiosity and is best used if you’re selling some sort of information product.  Here’s the format:

A secret blend of aromas that can quickly ease sinus pressure, reduce sore throat pain, and make you sleepy. (You’ll find everything you need for this in your kitchen, and I’ll show you how to “simmer” these ingredients to get results in under 5 minutes.)

Breaking it down, you lead with a compelling secret “thing” (my example is “a secret blend of aromas”), then follow be 3 important benefits your prospect is looking for.  In this fictional case, we’re targetting people wanting relief from the common cold.

Then you follow it with a statement with how easy it is to use, and how quickly you can get results.  I like throwing this part in parenthesis, as if it’s an important afterthought.

2. The credibility boosting bullet.  This type of bullet is completely transparent.  You basically give some amazing fact or tip that most people aren’t aware of.  Just sprinkle a few of these in there.  Their purpose is to build your credibility and wow your readers.

An example of this: “Why consuming 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each night before bed time can burn “new colds” out of your body before you feel any symptoms.”

I’m not giving you health advice here, and I have no idea if apple cider vinegar helps.  (Just in case it does, I drink some every night though. 😉 )

See how this can boost your credibility by revealing just a few amazing tips in the bullets?  If they’re really good, people will think, “Wow, this person knows what they’re talking about”.

Of course, it’s a little different if you’re selling physical products… some sort of widget.  In that case you’ll probably have far fewer bullets (but I do recommend as many as possible as long as they each hit a unique benefit…), and they’ll probably all be straight “benefit” bullets.  Just make sure to take some time to make each one as compelling as possible.

Look at me…I’ve gone over my 2 minute time limit again!

The Hors D’oeuvres for today are “well done” to say the least! 🙂

Enjoy, profit, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Chef Dan “the eMarketing Man”

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How To Dig, Fascinate, “Twist” and Strike eBusiness Gold. (HO Internet Marketing Hors D’oevre #103)

You should have a fascinating, curiousity provoking headline on every piece of "selling" content.

“Keep moving forward no matter what.  When it gets hard, your closer than you think.”

Today I’m going to talk about one of the most important elements of every webpage, period.

It applies to your sales pages, articles, blog posts, press releases, emails, you name it.

There are entire books written on this subject, along with multiple formulas you can use to make this element strong.

Today I’m going to share the strategy I use that consistently beats all others.

I’m talking about HEADLINES.

You should have a fascinating, curiousity provoking headline on every piece of "selling" content.

You should have a fascinating, curiousity provoking headline on every piece of "selling" content.

The only goal of your headline is to get the prospect to consume the next sentence, video, or whatever “next thing” is on your page.

Use it to suck them in.

The best way to accomplish this?

In my opinion, there are 2 things: fascination, and curiosity.

It doesn’t matter what product you sell.  It could be an information product (like a book or course), a physical product (like a red wagon), or a service.

Dig deep into your product, and find the fascination.  Some sort of shocking fact, tip, or benefit.

If you’re finding that tough, then examine the history of the product.  Look for fascinating stories about it’s discovery, or the production of it.

Maybe even a fascinating story about YOU, or the inventor.

Once you have your “fascination”, massage it into a curiosity provoking headline.

Leave the fascination open ended, or incomplete, so they just HAVE to consume the next piece of content on your page.

Do this at every touch point with your prospects. This includes email subject lines, content article titles, sales pages,  and more. (in the case of content articles…dig for the fascination IN the article…or how you discovered the knowledge contained therein…)

Prospects will stay longer on your pages…they’ll consume more information about your products or services…and your response… and profits will soar.

I’ll see you tomorrow with another mouth watering money making morsel…

Chef Dan “the eMarketing Man”

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How To Create High Conversion Landing Pages… By Starting At The End. (HO Internet Marketing Hors D’oevre #101)

Messages are key for high conversion landing pages

The process I’m about to lay out can help you write high converting landing pages for your website that actually sell the products and services you are offering.

It can work for all kinds of pages whether they are long, or short… whether you sell physical goods or information products (like books or courses).

Before I get into it, I want you to embrace the fact that; it’s the messages you send your prospects that will turn them into buyers.

A professional layout, your color scheme, and graphics images are nice,  but they’re not nearly as important as your message.

Messages are key for high conversion landing pages

You can send the message in a variety of ways.  You can use videos, words, pictures, audio, or a combination of all of these… but regardless of which method you choose, this process works like a charm.

Before you start, write down everything someone must believe before they’ll take the action you want.  (i.e. buy your product… signup for a newsletter… whatever.)

For example if I’m selling red wagons, people must believe that my red wagon is high quality, and that it won’t break down the minute they get it.

They must believe a I’m an honest person, and that they’ll get what they pay for.

They must believe in my guarantee (you do have a guarantee, don’t you?)… that if something goes wrong, they can use the guarantee or warranty (or combination)… and that you’ll do as you promised.

They must believe they’re getting good value for their money —  especially when comparing you to your competitors.

They must believe that other people have walked the same road and are satisfied with their red wagons.

Finally, they must be aware of every feature and benefit my wagon has and they must believe it’s all true.

So, make a list of these benefits and then, use logical statements in your message to bring them from cold prospects to true believers. 🙂  From beginning, to end.

Depending on the product or services you’re selling, you can do this in just a few paragraphs, or it may take 10 to 20 pages .

Just assume everyone is a cold prospect and knows nothing about you,  your business or your products.

Be disciplined about accomplishing this on every single page, and don’t get lazy about it.  (Even though it’s really tempting to just blow off the hard work sometimes).

Hammer this out on every sales page… and  also make it your task to go back and revisit your existing landing pages — to make sure you do a complete selling job — building the right beliefs in people, that will lead them to a buying decision.

I promise, if you do this (and keep at it) it’ll pay off big time when you have multiple landing pages that convert like clockwork.

Hope you enjoyed this… catch you next time.

Yours for OUTSTANDING success on the “Wild, Wild, Web.”

Chef Dan “the eMarketing Man”

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