Internet Marketing Mistakes: 3 Reasons Your Landing Page Isn’t Converting (Have You Made All 3?)

“I am the gatekeeper.”

“I am the keymaster.”

Ghostbusters.

I am quite excited to have worked a Ghostbusters quote into an article on internet marketing. Landing pages are the ‘gatekeeper’ and the ‘keymaster’ to your business. Get a visitor to step through and you are well on the way to being able to make a sale.

If they leave you’ve just spent a small fortune for nothing. And if you think about those scant few seconds they are on your website in terms of cost per hour, you might want to get new underpants.

Where your traffic lands is where you make your first impression and where your potential new customers first interact with your business and with you. If they like what they see they will stick around give you their details so that they can find out more.

If they don’t then shame on you for not scratching their itch.

The higher the opt-in in rate the more you can sell and the more new customers you can get on and the larger your list will get faster. However, many marketers sabotage their results by making common landing page mistakes.

Landing Page mistake #1: Not setting up specific landing pages.

I can’t believe I have to say this but landing pages need to be optimised for one very specific goal. Getting people to take the next step in the marketing process. There are still businesses using their generic homepage for their landing pages and expecting for their visitors to figure out how to help themselves.

The internet thrives on instant gratification. Set up pages specific to what your customers are looking for telling your visitors how they can ‘scratch the itch.’

Landing Page mistake #2: No headline that refocuses attention.

As remedial as this may sound there are people still not using headlines. Once you get a visitor on your site, then I can guarantee you, that they will be a little bewildered and wondering if they should even have come here the first place.

Your headline should scream “This is for you” so that they read what you have to say.

Landing Page mistake #3: No obvious next step

Once your traffic is on the page, you need to ask them to take a ‘next step.’ It is usually going to be to get them to give you permission to follow them up. Once you get permission to follow them up you can work wonders over time converting your leads into customers.

That next step needs to be obvious, you’ve invested time and money to get them this far – you don’t want them to turn away within inches of sales and profits.

The 3 Elements Of A Solid Direct Mail Campaign

Are you looking to add direct mail to your marketing mix. If you’re an offline business owner, direct mail is almost a prerequisite if you want to expand your customer base and get fresh new people onto your customer list. In my opinion, the thorniest part of the direct mail process is buying postage.

If you’re on a budget, this can severely limit how many packages you can send out at a time. But despite the mailing costs, there are other factors also that play a part in your direct mail campaign. This includes your list, your offer, and your sales letter. All 3 of these elements have to be in-line with each other if you want to get the maximum effect from your campaign.

So for starters, how do you go and acquire a mailing list to mail to? Well, you start at your local library with the SRDS. The SRDS stands for the standard rate and data service, and it contains a wide variety of lists to mail to. This is where you’ll want to begin your search.

Never make the mistake of mailing letters randomly to people in your neighborhood. This is ineffective, and you will hardly get any response. Instead, go and rent out a niche specific list in the SRDS, so that you will have a higher chance of making money with your campaign.

The next thing to consider is your offer. Is your offer unique? Is it something that can’t be acquired somewhere else? What makes your offer unique?!? Well, a unique offer can come in a variety of forms. The uniqueness of your offer could be a 12-month money back guarantee. It could be overnight shipping. Or it could be simply that nobody has access to the product that you’re selling. In short, no one has the product that you’re selling.

If the latter part from the above is true, then you’re in a competition free zone. You could offer your products day-in and day-out, and make a hefty profit. So think about these things before you start mailing out letters.

The last thing to consider is your sales message/sales letter. Even though you’re not a world-class copywriter, there are many sales letter templates out there that you can follow and emulate right away. In fact, if you don’t know anything about writing sales letters that sell, I suggest you start with a swipe file.

A swipe file is a collection of winning ads and sales letters. It’s called a “swipe” file because you can emulate the successful parts of a sales letter and put them all together in a format that would make the copywriting task easier. There are many free swipe files on the internet. In fact you can download something called the “Magnetic Sales Letters” package for free – and it contains a lot of different winning sales letters and headline for you to choose from (hope that makes sense lol…).

So as you can see, all 3 aspects of your direct mail campaign has to be put together in order to achieve a cumulative goal. And if you can do that with your direct mail campaign, you’ll stand to have success with the mailings.

Good luck with marketing your business with direct mail today.

Warning Signs Your Marketing (and Copy) Isn’t Right

“This time it will be different. You are a copywriting genius.” This is usually a warning sign that no matter how good the copy produced it will not turn into a result.

There is a lot involved in producing winning marketing – the copy is a big piece of it but it isn’t all of it.

Over time, working with clients you can get a bit of a sixth sense for when your client’s ideas about marketing and copy will lead to non-results.

There are three all too common signs that your marketing is not going to work.

1) Naivety of the Business Owner. This is the first sign that there will be marketing problems. Business Owners either are marketers or they aren’t.

You can turn yourself into a marketer over time but it takes work and commitment to education. And it is important to learn marketing – at least to the point where you can identify and retain talented people to oversee your marketing.

Otherwise you’ll just be a marketing victim.

But at any given time a business owner either is or isn’t a marketer and when they aren’t they are often deluded by business opportunity level sales pitches about how better ads will magically turn them into a millionaire – with dollar signs in their eyes they will fall for anything.

Conversely, when the business owner is intelligent gets what can and can’t be realistically done by with a marketing strategist or copywriter they are often not patient enough to keep working with them beyond that first project because it takes a couple of goes to get it right. They’ve exhausted that bright shiny object and are on to the next one.

2) Poor Market Selection. When I meet a potential client who tells me that their business is ‘anybody with a heartbeat’ or some variation of that, I despair. This ties into number 1 but it is so important it warrants its own section.

Without fail there is a sweet spot in the market that is more valuable to you and you are more valuable to them – where you can command and receive higher fees. It is worth searching for and finding these sweet spots.

I was talking to a potential client recently who was trying to market to everyone but was also secretly hoping that one or two industry segments responded because they were so valuable. I should have made him write me a check for what I said next but I asked him”

“Why don’t you just get a list of industry segments you want and customise your marketing for each of these?”

Light bulb goes on over the client’s head.

3) Over reliance of benefits and feature driven copy.Most good copywriters will tell you that selling is all about benefits but it isn’t. More accurately, it is all about the benefits being able to solve the problems your market has. For this reason the best copy actually is problem focused and story-driven about the solution to those problems.

The product’s features and benefits can almost be an afterthought. I wrote an advertorial where the product basically isn’t mentioned. It is all about the problems that the audience faces and the missed opportunities that arise from not addressing the problem – only in the final 10% of the advertorial is the specifics of the product mentioned.