Consider it a confirmation.
Label it an endorsement.
Refer to it as like-minds thinking alike.
Call it whatever you’d like to call it.
But when I read something in a book, magazine, or on the Internet that supports one of my own teachings, I feel like I must know what I’m talking about. (I love it when that happens!)
Strange as it may sound, this phenomenon happened again this past week.
This time the lesson came in the form of a postcard promotion and although the writer did not use the same language I do, we were obviously singing from the same song sheet.
Sales is a process my friends. A series of predictable steps.
Why so many people have disdain for sales is due to the fact that they insist on skipping a step or two in favor of a higher and faster commission. This is not only a mistake, but it will prove to be sheer folly time and time again.
Sales is a process. Period
So what’s with the postcard?
The postcard is the ideal way (one ideal way) to begin the process… to capture the reader’s attention.
Notice I did not say “to sell anything.” All you want to do in this initial step of the process is to grab the reader’s attention. Stimulate their thinking. Introduce a possibility or two.
Your sole purpose here is to initiate the process by offering a “reason” to take the next step in the process. Step-by-step is the process that will lead you to the Promised Land.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
How do you build your customer base? One customer at a time. (Cute!)
What do you do first? You offer something of interest to the reader in the form of a headline… a promise for additional information… a way to avoid the negative or to obtain ownership of the answer to your most pressing concern.
Dear Mr. Smith,
Vacation – Sales Meetings – Incentives
Isn’t it time for you to learn how you can take advantage of the intense competition in today’s cruise industry?
More ships cruise to more places with more small print offered through more distribution points have created an enormous opportunity for those people who (1) Know how to play the cruise game, and (2) Know what questions to ask.
If yes, all you have to do is call 000-000-0000 and you will hear an information-packed recorded message that reveals exactly what you must know, do, and say to insure you get “your” price.
There is no “down-side.” Make the call!
You get the idea.
Think about sculpting a few attention-getting headlines for your postcard campaign.
Marketing is fun. Selling is easy. As soon as you adopt this train of thought the sooner you will be looking forward to “going to work” again.
Remember: You don’t have to go to work. You get to go to work.
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