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The information contained in this book works. However it will only work, and increase
your bank account, if you use it. This book can help you and your business in a number
of ways . . .
You will have more happy customers.
Your turnover and profits will be higher.
You’ll have more time and the freedom to do the things in life that you really enjoy.
You won’t be at the mercy of the economy or fickle customers.
You’ll never run ineffective promotions again. Instead you’ll only run promotions that
work and get results.
What this gives you is an easier and more enjoyable life because all the worry about
making money has been removed and replaced with marketing systems that give your
business an edge. I hope you use the information contained within these pages because it
does work, and can make your business and life more pleasurable.
I wish you every increased success in your life and business, and leave you with this one
thought . . .
• The society in which we live is based on selling. All of us are selling something at
sometime. And we only move, or fail to move, in direct response to our sales
• It does not matter what you are selling, if you present it to the right people, in the
right way, you will have plenty of buyers.
Finally, happy reading, and if you are unsure about anything, or you have any
suggestions, give me a call, I’d love to hear from you. My number is 0414−726−271.
The 10 Marketing Mistakes That Are Fatal To Your Business And How To Avoid
The very first thing you must realise about marketing is that it is the bridge that allows
your customers and your products to get together. Without marketing, your
customers might never know about your products, and so the two might never meet.
Because marketing is so vitally important to the success of your business, you must
make sure it is doing the job it is supposed to do. And that simply is, to bring your
products and customers together. Do you want more convincing? Statistics show that
80% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years. This failure is blamed on poor
business sense. The businesses supposedly fail because the owners have no idea on how
to run a business.
I say that sounds like a load of B.S. If you can set up a business from scratch, building it
from the ground up, than surely you are smart enough to run the business. But this is
where the problem is. Yes, you know all about your business and how to run it. If you
didn’t you wouldn’t have gone into it. But do you know how to market your business?
The answer is probably ‘NO.’
Businessess don’t fail because of poor business sense or planning. Businesses fail
because the owners don’t know how to market the business and its products. After
all, businesses don’t close down because of too many happy customers. They close
because of too few customers.
And what brings your customers and your products together? That’s right,
MARKETING! So businesses close down because the owners don’t know how to
market their businesses. The following marketing mistakes are lethalto your business. If
you are making these mistakes stop now! They are killing your business.
After reading this chapter you will know what the most fatal marketing mistakes are and
how to avoid them. And knowing that will enable you to streamline your marketing for
maximum efficiency. What follows are the 10 fatal marketing mistakes and how to avoid
them. Read them and see if you are making any of these mistakes. If you are, you have a
little bit of work ahead of you. If you are not making any of these mistakes you are either
not marketing, or you are very rich already.
The 10 Fatal Marketing Mistakes
Marketing Mistake #1: Not Monitoring.
Before you run any promotion whatsoever, the first thing you must do is have a way to
monitor its results. This will allow you to see what kind of results your promotions are
getting. Because if you don’t have a way to monitor the results of your promotions you
have no way to know whether or not they are working.
And if you don’t know whether or not it is working how can you improve it. After all...
You can’t improve what you don’t measure
Another way to look at it is, what you measure you can improve. Either way it means the
same thing. Let me ask you, would pay for an ad in the newspaper and not even check to
see whether or not the ad ran? No you would not. So why run an ad or promotion and not
know whether the ad or promotion is actually doing anything? That’s like paying for
something without knowing if you’re getting anything for your money.
You must monitor all your ads, letters and promotions. There are no exceptions.
Start off by buying a ring bind folder and inserting clear plastic pockets in it. In these
pockets you put a copy of your ad, letter or promotion, and a copy of the promotion
results analysis form on the next page. Then every time you run any kind of promotion
you fill it in. No exceptions. You’ll imediately be able to tell if your promotion is
working, and very soon you’ll see a big difference between your promotions.
Eventually you will have a folder full of promotions, some good and some not so good.
Remove all the not so good ones and put them in another folder. This will leave you with
a folder full of promotions that work. Then any time you want or need more money you
just select the appropriate promotion and run it. It’s just like having a money tap.
That’s all very well, but I’m sure you’re wondering how to monitor your promotions.
Actually it is very simple. Everytime you run a newspaper ad make it so the ad must be
brought in to take advantage of your offer, or have a cut out coupon as part of the ad. Do
the same with letter box drops. And when you send a letter, stipulate that the letter must
be brought in, or send a voucher or certificate with the letter that must be brought in.
And finally, just ask people. Whenever someone rings up ask them where they got your
number. Or whenever someone purchases something ask them if they are responding to
the ad. It is very very simple. By monitoring all of your sales letters, ads and promotions
you’ll be able to avoid . . .
Marketing Mistake #2. Not Testing.
Whenever you come up with an ad, letter or promotion you should test it first to see if it
works. Too many businesses run ads and promotions that are at best pathetic.Yet they
run these ads over and over and over again. Why? Because they feel they have to. They
have budgetted for a certain amount of money to be spent on marketing and so they
Also, they saw other businesses running similar looking ads over and over. And they
thought ‘that ad must be working because we see it all the time.’ Unfortunately the
owner of the ad they are copying from also copied from a useless ad, and so on. And the
reason they keep running these useless ads? They figure that eventually it will come
If you ask them whether their ad works, or how many sales their ad brings, they probably
couldn’t tell you because they don’t monitor. When you run an ad or promotion and
monitor the results, then make a change to the ad or promotion and monitor it again, you
will very quickly discover what is working.
And testing those two, three or eight different offers enables you to come up with the
best promotion. And because you monitored each test you know how much turnover
each promotion brings. Then next time you want to earn $X you simply run the
promotion that brings that much in.
Let me give you an example:
E.g. You decide you want to do a letter box drop to your local area of 15,000 addresses.
So you go to the printer and get 15,000 flyers made up. Then you either deliver them
yourself or use a delivery service to do all the work. Then you sit back and wait. And
wait . . . and wait . . . and wait.
And after four weeks you look at the number of flyers that were returned and you can’t
beleive it. You see 8 flyers. That’s 8 responses out of 15,000 flyers, or a 0.053%
response rate. But look at the next example.
E.g. 2. You decide to do a letter box drop. So you sit down and come up with 5 ideas.
You take each idea to the printer and get 1,000 flyers made up of each idea, 5,000 flyers
in total. Then you get these flyers delivered and sit back and wait. After four weeks you
count the number of flyers that were returned and discover that flyer number four had the
best results with 180 people responding.
That’s a response rate of 18%. So then you take flyer number four back to the printer to
get another 10,000 flyers made up to cover the rest of your area. And you know, because
you monitored, that you are likely to get 1800 responses out of the 10,000 additional
flyers (the response rate from the test multiplied by the number of additional flyers).
In this case, testing on a small scale saved you a lot of wasted money, and, gave you
the flyer that worked. This same example can, and should, be used when mailing to your
database. Mail to a small section of your database first and monitor the results. Then
work out what that would mean to your business if you mailed your whole database.
Then test a different letter if you weren’t happy with the results of the first mailling.
Then mail the rest of your database. But flyers and letters are not the only thing you
should test. You should test everything. Your newspaper ads, the headlines you use, the
way you greet people when they walk in the store, the way you answer the phone, your
prices, your offers, the layout of your shop, the way you and your staff dress, everything.
You should test everything, and monitor everything
Because the only real true way to find out what works and doesn’t work is to put it
to the test. Let your customers tell you by their decision to buy or not to buy. And who
knows, you may find that a 10% across the board price rise doesn’t affect your sales, but
it will sure increase your profits. And don’t say ‘the customers won’t buy if I increase
my prices.’ Instead, put it to the test.
I’ll say it again because it is so important. You must monitor everything and . . .
TEST! TEST! TEST!
Marketing Mistake #3. Changing Your Marketing Even Though It’s Working.
The first thing you might ask is why do people change their marketing even though it is
working? There are three silly reasons why people change their marketing even though it
1. They don’t monitor their ads and other promotions and feel it is time for a change.
2. They have become used to the regular procession of customers coming in and the
constant stream of money flowing through the register, and don’t realise it is only
because of their promotions that business is so good.
3. They are sick and tired of seeing the same ad, letter or promotion day after day and
week after week. Notice how all the reasons for changing marketing even though it is
working depend on one little concept − monitoring.
Can you now see how important monitoring is to the success of your business? I hope so.
What this means is, if you have any kind of ad, letter or promotion that is working
you should stick with it.
The only three reasons that you should change your marketing are . . .
1. You are just testing a new ad, letter or promotion to see how it goes.
2. You have come up with something better after monitoring and testing a few different
3. It doesn’t work. It has stopped working.
These are the only three reasons you should change your marketing. If your marketing is
not working, drop the promotion like a hot potatoe. But if it is working . . .
Don’t change anything!
Don’t change anything!
Don’t change anything!
The only exception is, if what you change it for is better!
Marketing Mistake #4. Listening To People Who Don’t Know.
Listening to the advice from your family and friends is wrong wrong wrong. Sure they
may mean well but the path to failure is paved with good intentions. And besides, are all
the comments you receive from your family and friends supportive? Some family and
friends can get very jealous, and being green with envy may just be enough for them to
try and discourage you. And they will do this by giving you their unsolicited advice.
I’m not saying all your friends and family want to see you fail, or rather, don’t want to
see you get ahead of them. Or that they would intentionlly try to stop you from going
forward. You may have super supportive friends and family. What I am getting at is . . .
Never never never throw away any ad, letter or promotion just because a
friend said they wouldn’t read it. You may just be throwing away a real gem
Before you throw something away, test it. This
is the only way for sure to know whether or not it works.
Marketing Mistake #5. Using Catchy Jingles And Nifty Slogans Instead Of Reasons To
There is only one thing that catchy little jingles and nifty slogans accomplish. They stick
in your mind. Sure ads are judged by how recallable they are, but that doesn’t mean they
do the job they were intended for. And that is to make the cash register ring.
Just because you can remember a slogan or a jingle doesn’t mean the ad is working.
Unless all you wanted to do was make people remember your slogan or jingle. Every
year there is a competition for ads. Do you know which ads win awards? The creative
ones. The ones that can be remembered. Does that bring with it increased sales? In most
On the other hand, the ads that increase sales and make the really big bucks hardly ever
win an advertising award. Why? Because they didn’t have a lot of recallability, or they
weren’t entertaining or funny. Did they work though? You bet your bottom dollar they
You have to make a decision right now. Do you want to be entertaining, creative and
original, or do you want to increase your sales? Because you definitely can’t have them
both. Need more proof? Are the Demtel ads entertaining or funny? No they’re not,
they’re just full of information. But do their ads work? You bet they do. You wouldn’t
keep seeing them if they didn’t.
Want even more proof? Just look at the late night infomertials (information packed
commercials). That company has over 300,000 people on its database. Not bad
considering their ads are on at 2 O’clock in the morning. At the time of writing this they
were averaging about 273 new customers every day. And when you consider that their
products are all above $100, you can see the benefits of advertising like they do.
Their ads are full of information and give you reasons to buy. It doesn’t matter
whether you like them or hate them, the only thing that matters is, they work. This brings
us to the most important "Golden Rule" you must remember about all your advertising .
The More You Tell, The More You Sell!!!
The More You Tell, The More You Sell!!!
The More You Tell, The More You Sell!!!
All of your advertising must be ‘salesmanship!’ Salesmanship in whatever form of
media your marketing takes. Let me ask you, would you send your best salesman to one
of your customers, or even a prospect, and tell him to "Sing our company jingle, say the
slogan, mention our name and number, then leave"?
I bet there is no way on this earth you would do that. So why do it in your marketing?
The only thing that you have to keep in mind is . . .
Yours ads and letters are your sales team
So fill up your ads, letters and promotions with lots and lots of reasons to buy. And don’t
worry about saying too much. You can never say too much, unless what you say is
boring. And as for saying people will not read an ad or letter with lots of copy (text),
don’t beleive it. Research shows that a newspaper ad that looks like an article will
have a 500% greater response rate than an ad that looks like an ad.
And besides, people that say no−one will read an ad with lots of copy are just too lazy or
incompetent to write good selling ads with lots of great copy. Why then do the big
advertising agencies come up with ads that are catchy but say nothing? Simply because it
is four times easier, quicker and cheaper to come up with an ad that says nothing
compared to an ad that actually works.
The only thing you have to remember is . . .
The More You Tell, The More You Sell!
Marketing Mistake #6. Not Selling To Your Existing Customers.
Most people like to buy the same products or similar products over and over. They do
this because their want for what you have has not been satisfied. They want bigger and
better. And they want more of it. It’s just human nature. Knowing this can make and
save you lots of money.
Your best prospects (people most likely to buy) are people that have shown an interest in
your product or service. And who are the people that have shown an interest in your
product or service?
Your past customers.
Consider this, it is up to seven times easierandcheaper selling something to your existing
customers than selling to someone who is not your customer. So if you are not selling to
your existing customers then you are spending up to seven times more money than you
You should sell to all the people that have identified themselves as being interested and
wanting your product or service − your existing customers. The best method for doing
this is with a sales letter. The letter should offer them excellent guarantees, fantastic
service, freebies, top deals, discounts and so on.
Basically, what you are doing is giving your customers a little incentive to come and
spend money with you again. It’s like bribing them to come back.
Marketing Mistake #7: Thinking Your Customers Are Smarter Than They Really Are.
Most people don’t have a high reading ability. And most people don’t understand big
words. And your customers just happen to be like most people. Whenever you design an
ad, letter or promotion, you must explain things in the simplest possible way. Never
never never assume your customer will understand. Because if it is at all possible to be
misunderstood, it will be.
Just keep that in mind when you write any copy for yourself.
The best way you can overcome being misunderstood is to use short small words, and
short paragraphs. This makes your writing easy to read and easy to understand. And
don’t worry that some of your more advanced customers will think poorly of you, they
won’t. In fact they will really enjoy reading your copy because it is easy to understand.
And that makes it easy to read. Just remember to keep it as simple as possible because
your customers are probably not as smart as you give them credit for.
Marketing Mistake #8: Forgetting That People Have Been Stung Before.
Everyone at some time or another has been ripped off. And whether or not they went
back and complained or not, they all have something in common. They never went back
to ‘that’ store again, and they become wary. What this all means is that there are three
reasons why someone that has money to spend won’t buy your product or service. And
those three reasons are . . .
1: They don’t see a high enough value in your product to bother parting with their
money. They want to hold on to their money more than they want to hold on to your
2. They don’t trust you. They don’t believe your guarantee. They don’t believe your
product will do what you say it will do. They may even think the whole thing is a
gimmick. A con.
3. They do not want what you’ve got.
This creates a problem. How do you convince them that you are genuine and that your
offer is real? You simply give them details, and be specific. Don’t say over 1000 to
choose from, say a choice of 1034. Give reasons why you are selling for the price you
are. Even have testimonials from other satisfied customers. Explain everything in detail
using short small words. Even bribe them a little with a free trial. Tell them everything.
Then tell them more. Remember . . .
The More You Tell, The More You Sell!
Marketing Mistake #9: Not Using Headlines.
Most businesses do not use headlines in their advertising. And yet 80% of the success of
an ad is dependant on the headline. So you can see how vitally important headlines are.
The purpose of a headline is to grab the readers attention and make them read the ad or
Newspapers are great at this. You will never see a newspaper advertise a story with a
headline that says "Written by Joe Bloggs." No. A newspaper headline would go
something like "Man Arrested After Killing Frenzy." So if they don’t advertise a
story by using the writers name, why should you advertise your product or service with
your name, or business name? Research has shown that headlines can increase the
response of an ad by up to 1200% or more in some cases. And that is from ads that only
had the headline changed. The rest of the ad stayed the same.
An ad for your ad
Your headline is an ad for your ad. People use headlines to help them decide what they
are going to read. In fact five times as many people read headlines than read the copy. So
you must use your headline to grab the attention of as many readers as possible. Just look
at these two examples and ask yourself which one would get you to read the ad. Also ask
yourself which type of headline do you normally use.
How To Make $1200 a Week With Your Computer
Even If You Don’t Know How To Use It
or . . .
Joe’s Computer Shop
If you thought headline number one would get more people to read the ad then
congratulations, you are correct. Of course number one would get a higher readership,
after all it’s offering something that all of us want − money. And, you don’t even have to
know how to use your computer to do it.
Headline number two on the other hand would hardly be read at all. It’s headline offers
nothing, and no reason to look at the ad. Both ads could be for the same thing, a
computer training course, but you wouldn’t read number two to find out would you? So
ad number two would end up being a waste of money.
Look at these next two examples. The first one is a typical ad or flyer, and the second is
one that will work. One has a headline and other information that encourages you to buy,
the other one doesn’t. Which one do you use, and which one do you think would work
Could you use something like this in your business? You bet you could. You simply
figure out what you could offer and go from there. But remember, before you run any
promotion you must have a way to monitor it’s results. Then you can test it and analyse
the results. Then test and analyse another one, and another and so on. And when you find
the promotion that works the best, keep using it until it stops working. Don’t use it once
then come up with something else. Not unless what you come up with is better.
Anyway, here’s example 1, a typical flyer.
As you can see, this flyer has no headline, or rather a headline that says Joe’s Cafe’. This
flyer doesn’t do anything to make you want to go to the cafe’. It just lets you know the
cafe’ is there. Are you using this kind of advertising and marketing? This second flyer is
completely different in look and content and is something that you probably never would
have thought of. Or have probably never seen.
Example number 2, an attention grabbing flyer.
Which flyer do you think will have the greatest response? Number 2, that’s right. Of
course the offer is different, after all, number one didn’t actually offer anything. Did the
second flyer cost any more to get made up? No it didn’t. Both flyers are exactly the same
size, would cost the same to get made up, and would cost the same to deliver.
And if you’re going to spend the money anyway, why not spend it on something that will
work, like flyer number two? Well by know you are surely wondering what to put in a
headline to make as many people as possible read your ads, letters and other promotions,
that ultimately lead to more sales and more money.
Well, to make your headline effective it must offer your reader a benefit, the biggest one
about your product or service. This lets the reader know what they will get if they read
further. A benefit is something that your reader will get from your product or service. As
opposed to a feature which is something your product or service has or does.
Remember the computer headlines? Headline number one was telling the reader that if
they read the ad they will find out how to earn $1200 a week with their computer even if
they don’t know how to use it. That’s a benefit. A benefit that you will have if you do the
You could also sum up your offer in your headline.
An example of summing up your offer could go something like this . . .
FREE $80.00 Outfit. Buy any jeans plus polo and
get a FREE $80.00 jeans and polo outfit
If you notice, this is the same as 50% off, half price or two for one, but it is far more
effective because it uses the word free. You could even use your headlines as opening
lines for your sales staff.
E.g. A shoe store could ask ‘How would you like to get rid of sore feet forever?’ then
follow up with ‘Here’s a shoe that looks good, is extremely comfortable, will reduce foot
odour and is the most comfortable shoe you will ever wear.’ Do you think it would be a
hard sale after that?
Here’s another example of how a headline for an ad can also be an opening line for your
sales staff. If you sell shaving gear why not get your staff to ask every man that walks in
‘How would you like a closer shave without nicks or cuts?’
All you need to remember is, your headlines must offer a benefit to your reader, the
biggest one you can think of. You should also make your headlines easy to
understand. Don’t be tricky or so clever the reader has to guess what you’re offering.
And don’t design the headline so that the reader has to read the rest of the ad to know
what your headline means, because they just won’t bother.
And don’t worry about how long your headline is. If it’s good, it will get read whether
it’s 4 words long or 18 words long. Some good words to use in your headlines are,
You... Your... New... Now... How to... Attention... Amazing... Easy... Money... Sex...
14 Ways to... 14 Reasons why... Save... and the best word of all FREE!
The reason you and your are so good as words to use in your headlines is because they
speak to the reader. They make the headline personal. It makes the headline talk just to
you instead of an impersonal appeal to the masses. Why not try a headline in your next
Marketing Mistake #10. Not Asking For Help.
You should ask the advice of other successful people as often as you can. You just may
be surprised at their willingness to help. It gives them a chance to ‘show−off’ their
knowledge. Also, all successful people know that what goes around comes around. They
know that to give is to receive and they will love to lend a helping hand.
If you can’t figure out a problem or marketing approach, ask someone, me. You must
realise that you are not alone, and that every problem you have has already been
encountered and solved by someone else. But you’ll never know unless you swallow
your pride and ask. You could say something like ‘I have a problem and I need your
help.’ And who knows, it may be the start of a mutually beneficial business relationship.
Fourteen Ways To Improve Your Customers’ Loyalty And Keep Them Coming
Back Again And Again To Spend More Money With You!
Most business owners spend all their time going after new customers. In the process they
ignore the person that just spent money with them. This makes the person that just spent
money feel used and unappreciated. They may not actually think ‘they’re only interested
in my money’ but that is the feeling that imprints on their subconscious mind.
All the customer knows is for some reason they don’t like that business, or shop, and
will never go back. So to make sure that your customers keep coming back and spending
more money with you, you must earn their loyalty. You must become a friend to
them. After all, wouldn’t you rather have customers that are your friends as well, instead
of just customers?
Well, the solution is really really simple. If you want your customers to be your friends
you must treat them like friends. And that means being friendly. You see, all your
customers are people who are just like you. They probably enjoy the same things as you
do, and may even have the same problems as you do. They may even own a business just
like you do.
So it stands to reason that they would like to be treated in the same way that you would
like to be treated. As a friend. When you treat your customer as a friend they will
become more loyal to you and your business. And the more loyal your customers, the
more money you will make. Because as you now know it costs up to seven times less to
get your existing customers to buy from you., then getting a stranger to buy.
But guess what, the more loyal your customers the easier and cheaper it becomes to get
them to buy again. So go on, treat your customers like friends. Have fun with them, joke
around and make it pleasurable for them to spend money with you. And guess what?
Before you know it, they will be your friends, and they will come back and spend more
money with you.
But there is another bonus as well. They will talk about you to their friends. And their
friends may become loyal customers as well. Then they will tell other people and so on,
and so on. See how the good word can spread. If you treat your customers like dirt, the
bad word can spread just as quick. So why not treat your customers with the friendship
and respect they deserve?
After all, your customers are your lifeblood, without them your business would die.But
don’t go overboard with friendship and friendliness because it will come across as
insincere. Just be genuine and you will have no problem coming across in the right way.
14 Secrets Of Customer Loyalty And Increased Sales
1.Send Lots And Lots Of Thank You Letters:
The very first thing you must do after someone has purchased something from you is to
send them a thank you letter. Thank them for their purchase. After all, they just parted
with their hard earned money and gave it to you, so why not send them a nice thank you
letter. It’s the least you could do. You can use one of the letters at the back of the book
Also send a thank you letter if your customer refers someone to you, pays their bill on
time, gives you their business, sends you a testimonial or passes on the name of someone
that you can get supplies from or something like that. Basically you should be thanking
your customers for everything you can think of.
2. Make Thank You Phone Calls:
Thank you phone calls are just a variation on the thank you letter. Instead of sending a
letter to someone thanking them, you ring them up and thank them in person. You or
your staff could spend a few minutes each day ringing up and thanking your customers.
You could say something like . . .
"Hi (their name), it’s (your name) from (the name of your business). I’m ringing because
I just wanted to say Thank You for . . . etc."
3. Make How Are You Going Calls:
This is just a variation on the thank you call. But instead of picking up the phone to
thank the person, you pick up the phone just to see how they are going and whether
everything is fine. You could say something like . . .
"Hi (their name), It’s (your name) from (your business name). I was just ringing up to
see how things are going?"
4. Send Your Customers Birthday Letters:
You like to be remembered on your birthday; so do your customers. So send them
something to show that you are thinking of them. The easiest and cheapest thing to send
them is a birthday letter. You could send them a little gift or a gift voucher along with it.
If you don’t know what to write just use the letter at the back of the book.
5. Send Your Customers Christmas Greetings:
Every year people send out heaps of Christmas cards and eagerly wait by their post box
to receive cards from others. They then put these cards with all the others they have. So
if you send a card to your customers it will end up in the sea of cards with all the others.
You must do something to make your Christmas greeting stand out.
The easiest and cheapest way to send a little good cheer to your customers is with a
Christmas letter. You could send a letter with a piece of tinsel, or Christmas paper,
attached to the top. You could even include a little bag of lollies, or just one lolly.
It will certainly make your card stand out.
Do you think your customers will remember it? You bet they will. They’ll even show
their friends, and before you know it that goodwill snowball is rolling again. You can use
the Christmas letter at the back of the book if you don’t know what to write.
6. Ask Your Customers For Their Opinion On Your Performance:
Because your business is totally dependant on your customers, you must remember that .
Customer Perception Is The Reality!
It is what your customers think of you that matters, not what you think. Just because you
think that everything is fine doesn’t mean your customers will. And if your customers
are annoyed, then you may lose them. The only way to know for sure whether or not you
are doing a good job and whether your customers are happy with you is to ask them.
Every six to twelve months you should be sending out customer questionnaires, or
feedback forms. And based on the answers that come back you will know what areas of
your business need improving. To get the most useful information simply ask the
following five questions or use the letter at the back of the book.
1. What do you like the most about our products?
2. What do you like the most about our service?
3. What do you like the least about our products and service?
4. How can we improve our service to you?
5. What can we do to help you in your business? (if you are dealing with other
Once you have this information you must analyse it. If there is a recurring comment, and
the comment is bad, you must act upon it immediately. Because you obviously have a
problem. You should try and act on everything you possibly can. That way when a
certain customer comes in and sees that you have acted on their suggestion, they’ll be
And remember to send thank you letters to everyone that returned their questionnaires.
This will encourage them to fill out the next one you send them.
7. Send Your Customers Awards:
Everybody likes to be appreciated. And everybody likes to receive things as a token of
appreciation. Because it’s one thing to say well done or good job or thanks for being a
customer who spends heaps of money, but it is another thing to receive something for
your good job and for spending lots of money.
So why not send your customers awards and certificates for shopping with you. You can
use the letter at the back of the book It’ll make them feel good. And it’ll make them feel
appreciated, and show that you really do care about them.
8. Hold Functions For Your Best Customers:
This takes the award certificate one step further. You can put on a breakfast or lunch,
maybe even a dinner, for your top customers. You may even hold a seminar with a guest
speaker that will talk about something interesting. You can even turn it into a little award
ceremony, but make sure that everyone that is invited gets some kind of award.
Ask your customers to bring a friend. Then send a thank you letter for attending the
function and offer their friend a little bonus or free trial of your product or service. This
can lead to a lot more business because your customers’ friends probably have the same
interests as your customers. And that means they will probably relate to your product or
You can hold the function for free, or charge a large or small amount of money to cover
the costs. And you can use one of the letters at the back of the book to invite your
9. Let Your Customers Know How You Do Things:
You could produce a little booklet that lets them know your procedures on certain
elements of your business. E.g. A hairdresser could hand out a little booklet that details
what a perm involves. If you have an office with lots of staff you could show your
customers around. You can explain what some of the duties of your staff are as you show
your customer around.
When you present a bill or send an invoice explain how you arrived at that amount.
Explain why the bill is the amount it is. You will find that the more and more you
explain things to your customers the happier and more trusting they will be. They won’t
question you or your bill. They will be happier with you and won’t even bother to look
10. Educate Your Customers:
To build up your customers’ confidence in you, you should educate them. This will show
them that you know what you are doing. And it will highten the way your customers
think of you. It will establish you as the expert, in their eyes. Your customers will trust
you more. And they will trust your products, service and advertising more.
You educate your customers by providing them with information. Stacks and stacks of
information. You could produce a newsletter, write articles for the local newspaper,
write reports and send them information letters. You could even hold a seminar and
invite all your customers − for a fee.
Your information letters could just explain all about some new product or breakthrough.
E.g. A nursery could send a letter that just explains about a new grass seed and how it
was developed etc. Although, if you’re going to send a letter anyway, why not include
some kind of sales effort, as well as the information.
But these aren’t the only ways to educate your customers and make them happy. You
could also . . .
11. Become An Information Centre:
This takes the education process one step further. You simply become a source of
information on all sorts of topics that affect your customers. You may even become a
small scale library and have books, videos, audio tapes and reports etc.
E.g. A health food store could develop some small booklets or reports on things that
effect the majority of their customers. They might produce a booklet on how to have
healthier skin using products from nature. Once you have these products you can lend
them to your customers. Or you may want to sell them for a small fee. If you manage to
get a really really good deal on a book or something similar, you may want to pass on the
savings to your customers.
And if a customer rings you up and wants help solving a particular problem, you could
send them some information for free − or charge them. It depends on how much
information they are getting. Or you could give them the information over the phone.
Whether you give all your information away or charge for it, is up to you. The purpose
of having this information is to create a dependency. Make your customers dependent on
you. Then they will turn to you always. And you will have a regular stream of income.
12. Give Your Customers Recognition:
The idea is to flatter your customers and get them to talk about you to their friends. And
in the process build your credibility which in turn will lead to more sales. The first thing
you must do is get testimonials from your customers. Testimonials about the results your
customers got from using your product or service.
You then put these in your sales letters, your reception area, on the wall of your shop and
anywhere else that your customers might see them. When the customer that wrote the
testimonial sees it they will feel flattered and talk to their friends about it. And this will
build great goodwill.
It will also increase your credibility which will lead to more sales. Because new
customers can see that people use you and your products or services and are happy. This
works very well because everybody has been stung before. And showing a testimonial
tells your new customer that you can be trusted.
How do you get these testimonials?
You Ask For Them!
You can ring your customer up and say something like this . . .
"(their name), It’s (your name) from (your business). I’d really like to get a photo of you
and your business, and a testimonial if possible. If they turn out well, we may even put
them up in (our shop, reception area) where people can see them, (and promote your
business at the same time. − if dealing with another business)."
Or you could ask them to send you a photo of them using your product or service. You
could then display that in your shop or reception area. You can get them to agree by
running a competition and entering them in it when they say yes. You could ring them
up, or send a letter, and say something like this . . .
"(Persons name), It’s (your name) from (business name). I’d like to tell you about a
really special competition we have going. (explain the competition). All you have to do
to go in the draw to win (whatever they can win) is send us a photo of you using our
It can be zany, wacky, totally way out or serious, and all entries will be displayed in
(where you will display them). If you don’t have a camera or film don’t worry. Just let us
know and we’ll come around and take the photo ourselves . . .etc." You can use similar
approaches to get written testimonials. Run a competition. To enter the draw all your
customer has to do is write a testimonial.
When you display these, your customers will come in just to see them and they will feel
flattered. They will almost feel famous. Give it a go. You’ll be surprised how willing
your customers are when you ask them.
13. Give Suprise Gifts:
Everybody likes to get gifts and suprises, even your customers. So why not make their
day and surprise them. Next time you make a sale include a little something extra. It may
be a little gadget or a small bag of lollies or something. It doesn’t matter what, as long as
it is something.
You can also instruct all your staff to do the same. Whenever they make a sale, take an
order, do a delivery etc., they should include a little something extra. You could include
a small bag of lollies (one of those small ‘not for retail sale’ bags that you get in bigger
bags) with a note that says . . .
"I thought you might like these, they are my favourites." or "Here’s a little something I
thought you might enjoy." You just willnot believe the positive impact this will have on
your customers. Man, will they be impressed. Will they remember you? You bet they
14. Get Your Staff Involved:
After all, they are part of your business as well. Ask your staff for their ideas. Ask them
how they think the customers could be served and looked after better. But that’s not all.
Give them recognition for their ideas. Develop some kind of incentive scheme that
encourages your staff to put in that little bit extra.
You can let them have their own personalised little notes that they give out with surprise
gifts when they make a sale. Make your staff feel like they are part of something instead
of someone that’s just getting paid to do ajob. This will actually make them happier and
they’ll work harder. They’ll be more willing to please the customers (because they get
recognition for it). And in turn your customers will be happier.
All the ideas in this chapter willwork. But you must do them. You must put them into
action. You can even make one of your staff responsible for making sure that whatever
you decide to do actually gets done − everytime. These fourteen ways to improve your
customers’ loyalty are not the be all and end all. I’m sure that you or your staff can think
of your own unique ways to make your customers feel special and appreciated. And I’m
sure you and your staff can think of ways to make your business more fun and enjoyable.
So just do it!
More interesting information on customer feedback.
Most unhappy customers tell about 9 or 10 people about you, your business and why
they are unhappy. Nine out of ten unhappy customers will not complain to the business
they are unhappy with. They will just never come back. For every customer that
complains to you about something, 26 other customers have the same complaint but
don’t say anything.
Over three quarters of customers who complain, in person or over the phone, will
continue to come back if you fix up their problem. If you fix up their problem really
quickly, without making a big fuss about it, 95% of the complaining customers will
come back and do business with you.
When you fix up your customers problems quickly and without fuss, they are so
impressed that they will immediately tell an average of five people about it. This is
because no other businesses treat their customers with the respect and appreciation they
To help improve how you relate to your customers you and your staff should write down
everything you don’t like about other businesses and how they deal with you.
Write down things like; "Don’t like shops that want to look in my bag." "Don’t like
being asked − can I help you − cause all I’m going to say is, no just looking." "Don’t like
sales staff that just hover around you, looking over your shoulder." "Don’t like waiting
to be served whilst the person behind the counter just chats to someone else about their
personal and social life." "Don’t like it when the sales staff keep asking if you’re right,
do you need a hand, how’re you going in there etc., when you’re in the change room
trying something on."
Do you get the idea?
Once you have this list of dislikes, analyse your business and see how many of these you
or your staff are doing. When you find some, stop doing them imediately and change to
E.g. Instead of saying "Can I help you?" and getting the standard "No I’m just looking."
Why not say "Have you been to the store before?"
That is only a minor thing but research shows that this small change can increase sales
by up to 16%. Why go to all this trouble? you ask. Because if there is something that you
don’t like, what makes you think your customers will like it? And besides, friends don’t
treat each other that way, do they?
The 3 Most Important Fields In Your Database And How To Use Them To Make
Every business, and that means yours, whether large or small should have a database. A
database is a list of customers. But not just a plain ordinary list of names and addresses.
What makes a database so special is all the extra information it contains, plus being able
to select customers using this extra information.
Extra information such as what your customer has bought from you in the past, how
much they have spent with you, when they bought, their birthday, the birthday of family
members, aniversary, favourite colour, shoe size, dress size, favourite meal etc.
So what’s so good about having this information?
You can section off your database for target marketing; you can market to the people
most likely to respond; save money by avoiding mass mailings; save money on your
marketing costs; your competition never knows what offers you are making to your
customers; and when it comes time to sell your business you have solid proof of good
However, a database is only as good as the information you have in it. And how clean
that information is.
You database is said to be clean − and therefore efficient − when it is . . . 1:accurate . . .
2:current and up to date . . . 3:free of duplicate names . . . 4:maintained with complete
And to keep your database clean you should regularly ask your customers if the
information you have about them is correct. You do this by sending out questionnaires,
ringing them up and asking them, or asking them whenever they come into the shop.
Your database should contain as much information as possible about your customers.
Firstly you will need their name and address. This is so you know who they are and
where they live. After all, you need to know their name and address so you know who to
send your sales letters to, and where to send them. But names and addresses are not the
only bits of information you want about your customers. You’ll also want additional
Information such as, when they first became your customer, when was the last time they
were sent a sales letter and what it was, their birthday, spouse’s birthday, childrens
birthday, hobbies and leisure interests, income, occupation, property info such as type of
car − lowset/highset house etc., and anything else that might relate specifically to your
Such as shoe size for a shoe store, bra size for a lingerie store, favourite meal for a
Plus. Your database must have a field for Frequency, Recency and Monetary Value.
Because it is these three fileds that will decide how valuable your database is.
Recency, Frequency and Monetary Value are the
three most important fields in your database!
Without these three fields your database is worthless. Before I explain what Recency,
Frequency and Monetary Value are you’re obviously wondering what ‘field’ means. A
field is simply an area of your database that stores a certain type of information. E.g. The
field for ‘first name’ contains your customers’ first name.
O.K. lets move on.
So what information do the fields of Recency, Frequency and Monetary Value contain?
Quite simply, recency means the last time your customer bought something from you, or
responded to your offer. This could simply be a date that shows when they last
purchased. It shows how recent their purchase was.
As it’s name suggests, this field contains information that shows you how frequently
your customer has bought since becoming a customer. Or the number of times they have
bought in the last twelve months, or six months, or whatever time period you decide on.
3: Monetary Value:
This field shows you the amount of money your customer has spent with you since
becoming your customer. Or in the last twelve months, or six months, or whatever time
period you decide. I would recomend you keep track of their total lifetime purchases
instead of a set time frame. Or keep track of their lifetime purchases as well as their
purchases over a set period of time.
So now you know what to put in these fields how do these three fields to determine
whether a customer will buy again? The more recently a person has spent money with
you, the more likely they will again. This is because you are still fresh in their mind −
and they are in a buying mood. The more frequently someone spends money with you,
the greater chance they will again. They develop a buying habit with you.
And generally speaking, the more someone spends with you, the more they will continue
to spend. They obviously like your products and they like dealing with you. As you can
see, these three fields, recency, frequency and monetary value, go hand in hand with
However, all three are not equally important.
The order of importance for these fields is − recency; frequency; then monetary value.
This is because the more recently someone has bought something the greater the chance
they will buy again. They are in a buying mood. E.g. Someone buys a computer. For a
while they will be looking for programmes to install, printers to buy and other
equipment. And the best time to sell them this stuff is as soon as they have bought the
computer − even better, whilst they are buying the computer.
On the other hand, someone that bought a computer 2 years ago isn’t as interested in the
new programmes because they are used to what they have, and they get by with it. So
how do you use these three fields to increase your profits and sales?
Firstly, to make sure you can use the information efficiently you need to store the
information in the right way. The field for recency should contain a date. The date your
customer last purchased something from you. The field for frequency should hold a list
of dates. The date of each time the customer bought something from you. Or you might
just want to have a number − representing the number of times your customer has spent
money with you.
And the field for monetary value should contain the amount − in dollars − of your
customers’ purchases. And what they bought. You then combine frequency and
monetary value to have a list of dates that show what was bought and for how much.
Even have a section that shows the total amount spent with you.
Organising your database this way will enable you to use your database for maximum
So how does it work?
You decide to run a promotion. So, being a smart business owner you decide to market
to the people that have already shown that they are interested in your product − your
existing customers. You come up with a great idea. But before you rush out and mail
your whole database, you check it out to see who is most likely to respond.
What you find is that only half your customers would be interested, and so you mail only
to them. If you had 2000 people on your database you have just saved yourself the cost
of mailing 1000 letters. That’s over $450 you just saved.
Let me give you a few examples:
E.g. 1. You own a local restaurant. All of your customers are kept on a database on your
computer. Your records have their names and addresses, the date they were last mailed
to, the date they were last here and what they had, when they had it and how much it cost
− over the last 12 months. As well as whether it was a credit card payment or cash.
You decide that you are going to have a special theme night in two weeks. It will be a
Middle Eastern night with entertainment provided by a Belly Dancer, Harem Girls
(waitresses in disguise) serving the food, and a set menu of Middle Eastern dishes.
Plus, you will be selling the set menu for $50 per head. And that just happens to be $20
per head above the average price − even though it won’t cost you $20 extra per head to
put the night on. So you go to your database to see who dined with you within the last
two weeks and spent $50 or more, per head, on their meal. And whether they regularly
come to the restaurant.
You find that 100 people that regularly come to the restaurant have spent $50 or more
per head within the last two weeks. So you mail your promotion to them. And presto.
You have just targetted your marketing to the people most likely to respond − past
customers who regularly spend a certain amount of money with you.
This means they are used to spending that amount of money and so would think nothing
of it to spend that amount again. This type of idea was used by a restaurant on the Gold
Coast. They sent out 20 letters and gave 100 leaflets to people dining in the restaurant 10
days before the night. The result was, 41 people booked at $30 per head ($8 above the
average sale per head). And 21 people were turned away at the door. And everyone that
came asked when the next one was. The letters and leaflets cost $50.
E.g. 2. You own a hairdressing salon and are having a special on perms for next month.
You go to your database and find a list of regular customers who have had a perm and
are due to have it redone. You mail your promotion to them.
E.g 3. You own a carpet cleaning business and are having a special on carpet cleaning
and pest control. You go to your database and find a list of past customers who have
dogs and cats. To them you send your promotion for a combined carpet clean and pest
service. And you sell them on the fact that it is Summer and flea season is here.
In each case you can see that by going to your database and looking for regular
customers that have spent close to an amount that you want them to spend, or have
purchased something identical or similar to your offer, you have targetted your
marketing to the people most likely to respond. Better than trying to get your whole
database to have a perm, don’t you think?
But that’s not the only way you can make money from your database.
You can rent your database to other businesses. You may charge $100 or more for every
1000 names on your database. Of course you would make sure that you only rented your
list to non competitive businesses.
E.g. A hair salon might rent their list to a clothing store. Or a health food store might rent
their list to a gym. I’m sure that you can think of a business that might be interested in
your customers.How to get names for your database the quick and easy way.
If you already have a database you can market to your customers now. But what if you
don’t have your customers on a database? How do you get them on to your database?
Ask your customers to fill out a questionnaire, like the one at the back of the book. Hand
one to everyone that comes into your store. To encourage people to fill it out and give
you their details run a competition with it. Every questionnaire goes in the draw to win
Place an ad/coupon in the newspaper to win something. All you do is fill the ad/coupon
in and put it in the box in the store, or send it in. And suddenly you have a whole list of
people that are interested in something from your business. I’ve seen this ploy used by
new restaurants. And everytime without exception they get flooded with letters to win a
free dinner for two.
And you know what happens after the promotion. You hardly see an ad from them again.
Not until they run the promotion again. Why? Because they are sending sales letters to
all the people that entered the contest to win a dinner for two. They offer them deals and
give them reasons why they should come in and eat.
And the best part is that . . .your competition never knows what sort of offers you are
making to your customers. It may be years before they find out. Another way is to
produce a small report or booklet and give this away through a small ad in the paper.
For instance, a landscape business could produce a booklet "The 12 easy ways to keep
your grass lush and green during summer" or "The all natural chemically free way
to treat your grass for grubs" They could advertise this FREE booklet in the local
paper and send it out to anyone that asks for it. They then have a list of people interested
in lawncare. They can then market to these people.
Another way to quickly and easily get names on to your database is to rent somebody
else’s list of customers. Because you are renting the names you cannot just put all of
them on your list, that’s illegal. But you can market to them. Then anyone that responds
to your promotion can go on your list. They are now your customer.
Marketing using your database is smart marketing
Because when you regularly ask your customers to buy from you, they eventually will.
Plus, when you realise that it costs up to seven times as much to get a new customer to
buy then to sell something to your existing customer, you can see why marketing to your
database is smart marketing.
If you don’t have a database yet I’m sure you’re wondering what you should include in
it. You should include: date they first became your customer, their name and address,
phone number if possible, date they were last mailed to and what it was, date of their last
purchase, every purchase they have ever made − when they made it and how much it
was, their birthday and other family members birthdays if possible, plus anything else
that relates to your business such as shoe size, bra size, favourite colour etc.
The first thing you should do when you get someone’s name on your database is send
them a thank you letter. Thank them for spending money with you. It’ll knock their
socks off. You should mail your customers atleast8 times a year. And you should have
no problem doing this because you can use the letters at the back of the book. Plus, it
will only cost you about $4.
Certainly not a lot of money to spend. Especially when you consider how much profit
that $4 could make you.
Direct Mail Guidelines To Follow To Increase The Response From Your
Direct mail, or direct marketing is marketing directly to your customers and prospects.
While that sounds easy enough, be warned. If you do a direct mail campaign the wrong
way you will lose your money.
How much money? Well, each sales letter you send will cost you 45c for the stamp, 3c
for the envelope, plus the cost of the letter itself, plus the cost of grabbers (grabbers will
be revealed later). So all up you are looking at a cost of atleast 48c for each sales letter.
So you would be looking at a cost of $48 minimum to market to 100 people on your
Now you might be thinking "I can reach a hell of a lot more people with a $50 ad in the
local paper." Yes that’s true. Your ad will be seen by more people. But you can’t say as
much in a $50 ad as you can say in a sales letter, and most of the people that see your ad
aren’t interested in your offer. So you’d actually be wasting money advertising to people
who are not interested, in the hope that your small market will see the ad.
On the other hand, when you market with direct mail, you are sending sales letters to the
people that are most likely to respond. Your past customers. And because they are your
customers and therefore up to seven times easier to sell to, you can quite honestly expect
a good response to your letter. But before someone can respond to your great sales letter
they must open it. Now I know you’re thinking "what a stupid thing to say" but wait.
What envelopes do you throw away without opening? That’s right, junk mail. Or
anything that looks at all like junk mail. So obviously you don’t want your sales letter to
look like junk mail.
The Envelope and how to make sure it gets opened
The following seven steps are concerned with the envelope and how to get it opened.
Because if your envelope does not get opened the offer won’t be seen. If it is not seen, it
won’t be read, if it is not read it won’t be acted upon, and if it is not acted upon you
won’t make a sale, and you know what that means.
1: Use real lick and stick stamps, or peal and stick stamps.
Avoid using a postage paid symbol as it immediately identifies your letter as something
cheap and not important − probably junk mail. And if your customer thinks that, they’ll
probably throw it away without opening it.
2: Hand address all your mail.
Use blue female writing if possible. Because in general, female hand writing is a lot
neater than male hand writing. The only alternative to using hand writing is to direct
address your letter − type directly on to the envelope. Your computer may even have a
font that looks like hand writing. Never nevernever use address labels. Because it
screams at the person receiving it "JUNK MAIL!!!" And they’ll probably throw it in the
3: Use the person’s name.
Every time you address the envelope you should use the recipients name. Avoid using
only their title and surname. You have their full name in your database so use it.
4: Avoid using graphics on the outside of the envelope.
The last thing you want to do is make your envelope look like some kind of carnival.
If your envelope has pictures on it or teaser copy (writing designed to get the person to
open the envelope, such as − see inside for the quickest way to get fit), it will alert the
person receiving it to the strong possiblity of junk mail. And so they are likely to toss it.
5: Use envelopes that can’t be seen through, and use white paper inside.
If the person receiving your letter can see through the envelope and see a headline or
coloured paper, they will instantly know it’s junk mail, and may toss it.
6: Put the return address on the envelope only, no name or business name.
And when you do put the return address only, put it on the back or top left on the front.
You avoid putting your name or business name with the return address because if they
know who it’s from they may not open it. Because if they know who it’s from they may
think it’s a sales letter and so toss it.
7: Use an envelope large enough to comfortably handle your letter.
Don’t try and squeeze an eight page promotion into a tiny envelope. And don’t use a
huge envelope for a one page letter. Use an envelope that is just right. You’ll probably
find the best envelope is one that can take A4 paper, folded twice. These DL (110 x 220)
size envelopes are available everywhere. And most mail seems to go in this size
envelope. Which is good, because it means your mail won’t look out of place.
The whole idea of addressing an envelope this way, is to make it look like it came from a
friend. Or at least somebody that knows you. The last thing you want to do is make your
sales letters look like junk mail. This way of addressing the envelope is the best way to
make sure your letter gets openned. The next most important step is the letter itself, and
The Offer and how to make sure it gets read
The letter, and the offer it contains, is designed to bring the customer back to spend more
money. But just because they opened the envelope doesn’t mean they will read the whole
letter. So you have got to entice them to read the letter. And you can do this in a
number of ways.
One way to get your customers to read your letters is to use grabbers. Grabbers are small
items that you attach to the top of the letter that relates to your opening paragraph.
E.g. You could attach a coin to the top of the letter with the words . . . "I’ve attached a
coin to the top of this letter for two reasons". Firstly I wanted to grab your attention.
And secondly, because what I have to say concerns how you can make more money in
your business, I thought that attaching a little financial eye catcher was especially
You could attach a tea bag to the top of the letter and underneath . . . "Sit back, relax,
and have a cup of tea on me"
You could attach a $10 gift voucher with the words . . . "My bank manager will
probably close my account when he/she finds out I’m giving away something that’s as
good as a crisp clean $10 note hot off the press"
I’m sure you get the general idea. But if you can’t think of a grabber to attach to your
letters why not ring me up and ask me. I’ll give you a couple of suggestions that should
help. When you use grabbers it makes your letters stand out more. It commands the
And encourages them to read the letter to find out why you’ve attached something to the
top. And once they start reading they just continue, right till the end. Another way to get
your customers to read your letters is to add headlines to them.
E.g. A nursery could send a letter to their customers with the headline . . ."How To
Have The Most Beautiful Garden In Your Street!"
A fishing tackle shop could use . . . "How To Catch The Really Big Fish And Make
Your Friends Jealous!!"
And to make your headlines even more effective you can personalise them.
"How Joe Bloggs Caught The Really Big Fish That Made All His Friends Jealous!"
"What Made Joe’s Garden The Best In The Street!"
Or you can combine the grabbers and headlines together.
You could have a grabber at the top of the letter (lets say a $10 gift voucher). And
underneath in big bold writing "My bank manager will probably close my account
when he finds out I’m giving you something that’s as good as a $10 note hot off the
I’m sure you get the idea. Try different grabbers and headlines in your letters. You’ll be
amazed at the difference something like this can make to your response. Now that the
top of the letter is taken care of, and your customers are starting to read, you need to
figure out what to say to them. And how to say it so they won’t stop reading.
The most effective way to keep your customers reading is to make your offer easy for
them to read. And you make it easy for them to read by writing the offer in everyday
plain English. And that means using little words. And write it as though you were
writing to a friend. Or as if you were telling someone about it across a table. One to one.
Write how you speak
If you have trouble writing this way, then tape yourself talking about the offer to
someone. Then transcribe your recording onto paper. Just write your letters as if you
were writing to a friend. Also, try and keep each paragraph to four lines or less, just like
this page. If you have to go over four lines, go over. But try to keep your paragraphs to
four lines or less.
And throw out all the rules of writing you were taught at school. Start sentences with
AND and BUT. And don’t be afraid to throw in sayings like . . . "cold as ice" etc.
Because this is how people speak. And don’t worry about having a flush right margin.
Leave that to the professionals like Doctors and Lawyers. Just leave your right margins
ragged like this page.
You can even indent the first line of each paragraph if you want. Or leave it flush. Try
out both ways. Monitor the results. Then go with what works the best. The purpose of
writing like this is to make it easy for your customers to read it. And to make sure the
letter doesn’t look intimidating.
By having short paragraphs that are not lined up on the right, the letter looks easy to
read. It almost invites reading. After your signature at the bottom of the letter always
include a P.S. Two if possible.
In the P.S. you should remind them again of your offer. And restate any time limits you
have. This just encourages them again to take advantage of your offer. When you send
this offer don’t send it to your whole database. Instead test it out on 100 or 200
customers and see if the offer works.
If it works − great. If it doesn’t, you just saved yourself a whole heap of money.
When it does work you can mail your whole database. But before you do, make sure you
can handle the estimated response. You can estimate your response by multiplying the
test response rate by the rest of your database.
E.g. Your test response rate from two hundred customers was 17.5%. Or 35 customers.
If you have 2000 people on your database and you mailed them all at the same time and
got the same response, you’d have 315 people knocking on your door. That’s 17.5% of
1800 − remember we tested 200. So you’d better make sure you can handle that many
people before you go ahead and mail your whole database.
As you’ll see in the example letter that follows this section. One of the letters got such a
great response that the shop owner lost business because people couldn’t be bothered
waiting to get served. He mailed 4700 letters and took in over $65,000 in two hours. He
also estimated that about $20,000 worth of business walked out because the people got
sick of waiting.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Simple maths tells you his investment in the sales letters of around $2350 got him a
return of 2770% on his money. Better than any bank − don’t you think.
But you know what the best thing is about using direct mail to market to your
customers? The best thing is that your competition will never know what sort of offers
you are making and so they can’t copy. They will just scratch their head and wonder why
your business is doing so well. After all, your best customers are your existing
customers. And direct mail is the best way to reach them.
It is also the most economical form of marketing because you can target your advertising
dollar, and promotions, to the people most likely to respond − your own customers.
Part Two − Letters
The letters that follow can be used to get your customers to come back and spend more
money with you. They are all based on successful sales letters that have worked. The
only difference is that these have been made general so you can easily adapt them to
As you look at each letter you will notice that next to the word ‘Your Letterhead’ is
another word − just like the word ‘Letters’ above. This other word is the file name that
the letter is stored as on the floppy disk. Also, at the bottom of each letter you’ll see
writing like this. This isn’t part of the letter but gives you some tips on how to use the
Before you mail your customers with these letters make sure you have a way to monitor
the response. Otherwise you wouldn’t know whether or not they were working. Anyway,
I’ll leave you know to have a look at the different letters that you can use to get more
business and increase your profits.
And when you do use them, make sure you don’t make the mistake of the $65,000 letter
below. That could so easily have been avoided if only he’d tested. If you have any
questions about any of the letters, or how to put them into action, just give me a call. My
number is 0414−726−271. Or Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can download all of the letters that are below in RTF format that can be read by
Microsoft Word or WordPad by Clicking Here
The information and techniques contained within this manual work. And they work well.
However, they will not work unless you use them and put them into action. Sure this
information is great. And sure it can make you more money. And sure it can reduce your
work load. And sure it can do it all in the blink of an eye.
But increased profits and turnover will only come your way if you use the information.
So use the information and the letters in your business. Give your customers little bags
of lollies. Thank your customers for their business. Monitor and test everything you do.
Find what works then stick to it.
Just do it and watch your business grow.
Then give yourself a pat on the back for getting the information that made you all that
extra money. And when you have made all that extra money, and turned your business
from a money drain into a money tap, give me a ring.
My phone number is 0414−726−271. Ring me up and tell me how well things are going
for you. I love to hear stories of success. Or if you are having any difficulties putting the
strategies into action give me a call. I’d love to help you succeed (you can email me at
This is not some idle comment. I really want to hear how things are going for you. So
give me a call.
And remember . . .
You can succeed!