If you’ve ever felt the frustration of failing to attract the leads you need from a marketing piece, then the information you’re about to discover will excite you.
In fact, you may want to print and post the following tips near your computer so you can review them next time you or someone else writes copy for a website, advertisement, sales page, brochure, letter, special report, newsletter, flyer or any other marketing material for your business.
1. Do you have a headline? Immediately grab your prospects’ attention by addressing their needs and making your product or service’s big benefit impossible to ignore.
2. Have you provided prospects with a reason to continue reading? Incorporate curiosity and demonstrate an understanding of your prospects’ problems, feelings and desires.
3. Do you have an emotional appeal? All buying decisions are driven by emotions and justified with logic.
4. Are your claims supported with proof? You must satisfy those inner critics mingling in your prospects’ minds.
5. Have you educated your prospects? Make the information you share in your marketing piece so valuable that prospects can’t throw it away.
6. Is your company name prominently featured (it shouldn’t be)? Your company name is irrelevant to your prospects when compared to the end result your product or service provides.
7. Have you established yourself as the expert? Reference articles, awards, books, case studies or media coverage to help demonstrate your position as a Tutoring industry authority.
8. Is your unique selling point incorporated? If you don’t explain why you’re different than your competition, your marketing message becomes as noticeable as a whisper in a crowded bar.
9. Do you have testimonials? Anything you say about your Tutoring services is never as powerful as your clients/students comments/reviews.
10. Are long paragraphs broken up? Lengthy blocks of text are easier to comprehend when divided into 1- to 3-sentence chunks and topped with benefit-laden subheads.
11. Are your facts specific? A statement such as “14,154 traffic tickets dismissed since 2002” is more believable than “thousands of traffic tickets dismissed during the last few years.”
12. Who does your text speak to? Your copy should read as if you’re having a one-on-one conversation with a friend (i.e., involve your prospects and use easy-to-understand words with short sentences).
13. Have you made it easy to capture your prospects’ information? Your prospects will instantly qualify themselves when you offer them an opportunity to exchange their e-mail, cell number, Facebook Like or physical mailing addresses for free information.
14. How many times do you use “you”? The words “you” and “your” should appear at least three times as much in your copy as “we,” “our” and your company name.
15. Does your text portray enthusiasm about your Tutoring service? You can’t expect prospects to want your service if you’re not excited about it.
16. Do you have a call to action? Tell your readers exactly what you want them to do next – or risk them doing nothing.
17. Is it simple for your prospect to act on your offer? As you add more steps, you decrease the likelihood of getting your desired response.
18. Do you have a deadline? The longer you allow people to wait, the less likely they will take action – so provide compelling reasons to act now.
19. “What’s in it for me?” Your prospects want to know, so frequently tell them by building on the big benefit stated in your headline.
20. Have you reversed your prospects’ risk of taking action? A guarantee or free trial demonstrates to prospects your confidence in your service.
21. Did you address every common question prospects might have about your offer? Your prospects will reward you with action when you acknowledge their resistance.