By Dean Phillips
"The more things change, the more they stay the same". That saying couldn't be more true, especially when it comes to writing ads and sales letters.
The same things that worked fifty years ago, continue to work today. Yes, times and technology has changed, but people haven't. At least, not the way we react to an effective advertisement.
When writing an ad or sales letter, there are two critical points you must NEVER, EVER forget:
1. Most people don't make a buying decision based on logic. They make a buying decision based on their emotions.
2. People don't want to feel like they're being coerced or pushed into anything. They want to feel like they arrived at a buying decision completely of their own free will.
Go back and read point number two again. That's a very fine line. But you MUST learn the distinction, if you want to master the art of writing effective sales material.
Actually, writing effective sales material is quite simple, really. In fact, I'm going to teach you all of the basics in this article today. And if you consistently apply those basics, you'll see your income skyrocket!
Here's the key: You MUST write every single ad and sales letter using the following classic AIDA formula:
Let's break down each letter, so that you can understand the full import of the formula:
A=ATTENTION: The very first thing your ad or sales letter must do is get your prospects attention. The very best way to do that is with an effective headline.
So, what's an effective headline? An effective headline is any headline that answers this question: "What's in it for me"? That's all your prospects really cares about. What's in it for them? Here's an up-to-the-second example of an effective headline: "How To Write Super-Effective Ads and Sales Letters"!
So, what makes the title of this article an effective headline? Two things: First of all, I answered the "What's in it for me" question. Secondly, the headline made you read this article.
And that my friend is the whole point! You want prospects to read your sales material!
Now, we come to the second letter in the aforementioned AIDA formula: I="INTEREST". After you get your prospects attention, you want to get them "INTERESTED" in your product or service. You do that by immediately telling them what your headline promises. You don't waste their time with a bunch of fluff and garbage that nobody but you cares about.
Tell them what they want to know, starting with the very first paragraph, and continue to tell them, right through to the very last paragraph. If you keep them interested, they'll keep reading, right to the very end.
Next comes the third letter letter in the formula: D="DESIRE". You have to make your prospects "DESIRE" your product or service. And the way to do that is with benefits, benefits and more benefits!
Remember, just keep telling them what your headline promised. Also, tell them what they stands to gain by purchasing your product or service. More importantly, tell them what they stand to lose, if they doesn't purchase.
Push their emotional "hot buttons", by using magic selling words like, new, save, amazing, free, guaranteed, security, no-risk, look younger, feel better, etc!
Now we come to the last letter in the formula, but certainly not the least: A="ACTION". You want to close your ad or sales letter with a call to action! In other words, ask them for the order. It's important to ask for the order at least three times, preferably six or more.
Here are a few examples of effective closes:
1. "Just click on the button below to order NOW, Risk-Free"!
2. "To get your FREE website, Order NOW"!
3. "Don't waste another minute! Order NOW"!
Something else that's very effective is to include a post- script (P.S.) at the end of your ad or sales letter. Your post-script should include an enticement of some sort, to get your prospects to order NOW. You should also use the post-script as a final call to "ACTION"!
Here's an example of an effective post-script:
P.S. "Don't forget, if your order within the next ten days, you'll also receive a personalized calculator mouse pad FREE, with your company's name embossed in gold lettering! Order NOW"!
You can also use a post script to tie everything together, by summarizing your most important benefits.
Another reason that you should use a post-script is strictly elementary. Studies have shown that most people, when reading an ad or sales letter will read the headline and then immediately zoom right down to the bottom of the page to check out the price and see if your offer is anything that they'd be interested in.
Anyway, that's it. That's "How To Write Super-Effective Ads and Sales Letters"!
Follow the formula faithfully and it will rarely let you down.
And remember, when writing your ads and sales letters, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS keep in mind that one question we all want to know: "What's in it for me"?
About The Author
Dean Phillips is an Internet marketing expert, writer, publisher and entrepreneur. Questions? Comments? Dean can be reached at mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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