It’s simple: If you want people to take action and buy what you’re selling, you’ve got to ask for the sale. Yet I can't tell you how many ads, websites, brochures, sales letters, branding campaigns, etc. are floating around out there without the ask—the “call to action.” Let's start by defining call to action (CTA). It's a clear statement that spells out the action … [Read more...] about Copywriting 101: How to Seal The Deal
Let’s face it: when it comes to marketing, the “same old, same old” just doesn’t cut it anymore. To make your marketing stand out (resulting in more sales of your product and/or service), you need to get creative. Keep reading for ten tips to get your creative juices flowing. (Some of these are brainteasers, or what Thinkertoys author Michael Michalko calls “Linear … [Read more...] about 10 Tips to Make Your Marketing More Creative (and More Successful)
Years ago, when I was studying the craft of writing fiction, I ran across a book that talked about how story was the "sugarcoating" to make the "medicine go down.” The example the author used was fairy tales, which he claimed were old-fashioned morality lessons (the medicine) wrapped in story (the sugarcoating). People would want to read the fairy tales, and when they did, … [Read more...] about How to Add Magic to Your Marketing with the Power of Story
There's nothing wrong with wanting to stay safe. The problem comes in when wanting to stay safe starts to interfere with your dreams. I started this conversation on this episode of Flip It! called "A Simple Marketing Exercise That Could Transform Your Business." There, I talk about committing to consistently taking action on one marketing tactic for a year and see what … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! Are You Trading Your Success For Safety?
If you're ready to transform your business, this simple marketing exercise may help. But before I tell you what this marketing exercise is, let me share the inspiration behind it. Recently I wrote a blog post called "Not Happy with Your Marketing Results? Maybe You Haven't Picked the RIGHT Marketing Tactic for You" where I make the case that you should only start a new … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! A Simple Marketing Exercise that Could Transform Your Business