Why A Sales Letter Is Just a Piece Of The Conversions Puzzle

Everyone goes on about the “sales letter” as though it’s the only thing that counts in marketing….but the truth is, it’s merely a piece of the conversions puzzle.

Have you ever seen those marketers who have a JV sign up page and rave on about how they got a killer copywriter to write the copy so us JV’s can expect “out of this world conversions”?

Well, getting a good copy writer to write a sales letter is all great but aren’t they forgetting something?

Recently, I came across a brilliant copy writer and marketer by the name of John Ritskowitz and I was instantly impressed with the content he shared on his blog so I signed up for his newsletter and was even more impressed with his last email.

He talks about the “Money Zone”.

The money zone is what he calls the synergy between three important areas that make up a successful advertising campaign. It’s nothing new, it’s very fundamental, but often us little guy marketers forget about it.

The 3 things that make up the “money zone” are….

1. Your market
2. Your offer
3. Your sales copy or salesletter

Each of these 3 ingredients play an essential role and when you get them all right, you can be assured you’re hitting the bulls eye for great conversions.

If you get 2 of them right and just 1 wrong…get ready for a loud backfire!

For example, if your offer and copy is spot on, but you’re mailing to the wrong list of people, you won’t get people to see the offer.

If you get in touch with the right crowd but your offer is weak, then good copy just won’t cut it.

And if you send targeted people to a good offer but it’s not sold strong enough by the copy, you won’t convert any visitors into customers.

See how important it is to get all three right? When they are all fine tuned, you’ve got a hit that will go right to the center of the “Money Zone”.

Take the big launches you see every day for example.

Do you remember John Reese’s Traffic Secrets 2.0, Frank Kern’s Mass Control, Eben Pagan’s Altitude?

They had awesome sales letters and I’m sure they paid through the nose to get the sales letters written.

But notice that they also had the other 3 factors lined up perfectly.

A lot of people were already convinced and waiting to buy the products before they even saw the sales letter!

Of course, some people were still on the fence about buying it and that’s where a good sales letter can help close sales.

So when marketing your product, yes, you need a good sales letter, but you also need to pay special attention to hitting your market with a great offer…because that’s the way to enter the “Money Zone”!

Please leave your comments and thoughts below.

Stuart Stirling

Applying The KISS Factor To Your Copy

It’s a problem a lot of marketers and copywriters face…

Or maybe it’s just a habit of us humans – but we have a tendency to presume that everyone already knows what we’re talking about.

In marketing, presumption is a huge killer!

Just because you may be an expert, does NOT mean that everyone else is…not even those who you think are your perfect target market.

So instead of presumingit’s better to assume that people know much less than you think they know…and the reality is it’s even less than that!

The best way to get your message across without going over your prospects heads is to apply the K.I.S.S. factor in all of your marketing messages…

K.I.S.S. stands for….

  • Keep
  • It
  • Simple
  • Stupid

The KISS factor applies to all things educational….because when something is simply explained, we can understand it better.

Copywriting essentially is this…to educate people about an offer that will make their lives better.

People are lazy…so if something is too complicated for them, it’s easier to just skip it and move on to the next thing.

It’s the same thing with your copywriting…when your prospect sees your offer….your words…they have to be able to understand it quickly or else it’s out with your ad and in with the next.

– Here are some tips to keep your copywriting simple…

  • Use simple vocabulary…one rule I and other copywriters live by is to make sure the vocabulary is simple enough for a junior high school student. Especially when you’re writing about a topic with a lot of specialized terminology, you still need to choose words that a complete beginner to that topic can understand.
  • Use short sentences…and space out your lines. I mentioned white space and other design tips in my last post..but again, people would much prefer to read short sentences than long ones. The less they have to think, the more chance you have of keeping their interest.
  • Present the offer clearly…for what it is. Call apples, apples…oranges, oranges. If you’re trying to twist words around to make it sound more appealing…or hid something to create mystery…it can have the opposite affect. Your prospects just want to know what it is they’re getting and how it’s going to help them. They don’t care about how fancy you can string your words together.
  • Keep it precise. Stay on topic. The moment you go off on an unrelated topic, you’ve lost them. This includes writing too much as well. One great copywriter once said something like “each line of copy is there only to urge people to read the next line” so be careful of writing anything that will throw your prospect because you miss the mark with just one off-target line of copy!

KISS is important to remember in copywriting and all aspects of marketing.

There may be times when you feel stupid writing such basic copy but the copy is not there to entertain you or feed your ego….instead it’s to educate your reader about the benefits and to urge them to take action as simply as you can.

To your success,

Stuart Stirling