Finally, An Exciting Way To Generate Qualified Leads...And... Get Your Prospects All Fired-Up About You

Written by Craig Garber

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(Oh, and byrepparttar way -- depending onrepparttar 143989 sweepstakes rules in your state, you may even be able to say up front "This sweepstakes is only valid if we receive 2,000 entries.", or whatever numbers work for you.)

And... let's say your average customer sale is $1,000 dollars.

This means, you'll need to make 10 sales to at least break even onrepparttar 143990 deal -- now. Plus, whatever it costs you to promote your sweepstakes, so... let's say you need to make 12 sales to make this promotion break even.

What you have to ask yourself, is... will you make 12 sales, torepparttar 143991 1,500 people who've come into your store and signed up for your sweepstakes?

That's one sale, to every 125 people who come sauntering through your front doors.

Can you do this?

Honestly, I don't know.

It depends on what your conversion ratio of prospects-to-customers is. Meaning, how many of your prospects, do you actually convert into paying customers?

But at least, now you have a working formula to use, so you can figure out what numbers you need, to make this sweepstakes of yours work!

Plus remember... you're using this sweepstakes to generate leads for future sales, not for making sales today, right?

So what you also have to take into consideration, is...

How many sales will you make overrepparttar 143992 next 12 months, by sending out a monthly marketing piece to all these 1,500 qualified new leads you've now got?

After all, isn't that what you're supposed to be doing with your qualified leads, anyway?

And this translates into, "Will you be able to make a sale to 1 out of every 125 people who came through your doors, sometime duringrepparttar 143993 next 12 months?"

Well, even if you're only a halfway decent copywriter... as long as you're consistently making these prospects a compelling offer each-and-every-month...

You Should Be Able To Do That!

Sweepstakes are especially good for retail stores, since they seem to have a hard time building their prospect list up.

It's tough to get people's name and address when they come in your store, especially if they're just browsing and they don't buy anything.

And why are sweepstakes so effective at generating qualified leads for you?

The answer is simple: Forrepparttar 143994 most part, people don't go out of their way to enter sweepstakes for items they don't want, or wouldn't buy at some point in time, on their own.

And really, almost any business can run a sweepstakes.

Like if you're a hotel, raffle off an overnight stay in one of your better rooms. Then you dorepparttar 143995 same thingrepparttar 143996 furniture store owner did -- you make a consistent offer to each and every person who signed up to winrepparttar 143997 overnight stay.

When you're running a sweepstakes to generate leads, you must rememberrepparttar 143998 purpose of "lead-generation". And that is, sometimes it's easier to build up your list of leads, so you can make consistent offers to your prospects, than it is to just try and sell them something directly.

(For more information on using "2-Step" lead-generating selling formulas, see my article and "2-Step" writing samples here.)

And running a sweepstakes is a fun and exciting way to get your prospects motivated and all fired-up about your business.

Do you knowrepparttar 143999 most popular sweepstakes ever ran? (Yes, even more popular than "Ed McMahon's Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes!)

Well,repparttar 144000 most popular sweepstakes ever ran, was put on by AOL in April, 2004. Over 1 Million people enteredrepparttar 144001 contest to win a Porsche Boxter seized by federal authorities, from a major internet spammer.

And let me ask you this: Do you think AOL did just a "little" marketing to those 1 million entrants?

Did you know, if AOL only got a 0.25% conversion rate, of entrants who eventually became AOL subscribers (that's 1 out of every 400 people)... even atrepparttar 144002 lowest AOL subscriber plan of only $24 Dollars a month, this turns into...

$60,000 Dollars A Month... or... $720,000 Dollars A Year... Forever... For AOL!

Ka-ching! Not bad, hey?

Craig Garber is one of America's Top Direct-Response Copywriters and Direct-Marketing Consultants. For more copywriting tips, go to Copyright 2005

“How To Pluck Fresh New Ideas For Writing Killer Sales Copy...Straight Out Of Thin Air!”.

Written by Craig Garber

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This was an easy book to digest... a fast read (maybe 2 hours of your time)... and boy-oh-boy, what a joy it was.

The sense of empathy (using very plain-and-simple English), Sachar was able to stir inside you, overrepparttar main characters plight, was heartfelt and simply wonderful.

If you can stir up emotions like that in your sales copy...

You've got a rock-solid money-making machine on your hand!

And when you can show a "struggle to success" storyrepparttar 143953 way he did, taking you byrepparttar 143954 hand and letting you walk alongside his characters as they overcome obstacle after unjust obstacle, your outcome's going to be fantastic!

Can you dorepparttar 143955 same thing in your sales copy?

Of Course You Can!

For example, whatever you're selling, has got to berepparttar 143956 solution to some kind of problem... so tell your prospects stories about how you developed your product... or, how your product or service has changed someone's life.

Either of those stories can be made into "rags to riches" or "struggle to success" stories, no?

I definitely shed a few tears after I finished readingrepparttar 143957 uplifting and pretty ironic conclusion of "Holes", and... if you can move your prospectsrepparttar 143958 same way, believe me you'll make more than your fair share of ducats.

So read as much good fiction as you can get your hands on.

Start thinking about how your authors are painting their characters and bringing them to life for you.

And begin figuring out howrepparttar 143959 dynamics ofrepparttar 143960 characters relationships are handled, and how YOU can use these same dynamics in your sales copy, to make your sales pitches compelling and "real".

The bottom line here is, if you dorepparttar 143961 following three things, you'll be able to use your fiction readings, to leverage your creative juices so they start flowing likerepparttar 143962 roaring rapids ofrepparttar 143963 Snake River in Colorado, and notrepparttar 143964 Black Muddy River of folklore.

Here are these three simple things you must do:

Read! Read voraciously and read like your life's depending on it. Pretend each book you read is like a juicy thick sirloin steak, and then imagine...

You're Freakin Starving!

And start devouring those books!

Think! As you're reading, s-l-o-w-l-y digest every single morsel you're taking in. Discover what's making your characters tick, and... even more important, figure out what it is about what's making them tick...

That's Going To Make Your Prospects TickToo!

Do Something! You know, last week I saw this bit on one of those prime time television news exposés, about some poor gal who was just so desperate to lose weight.

The only problem was... she was eating enough food in a day...

To feed a small farming country inrepparttar 143965 mid-east!

Now what's up with that?

Do you need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that's NOTrepparttar 143966 road to losing weight?

I'm not saying it's easy for someone in her position -- NOTHING good is easy.

Anything worth while, is usually worth fighting for, and... it's also usually incredibly difficult to achieve.


Sorry, but there's just no getting around that one.

So if you think simply "reading" and "understanding" everything you must know about "how to write", is going to make you even one thin dime, then you're sorely mistaken.

To do this, you've actually got to go out and...

Write something!

Be, as Teddy Roosevelt said,repparttar 143967 "man inrepparttar 143968 arena". Feelrepparttar 143969 sweat pouring downrepparttar 143970 sides of your head... bounce back from your mistakes... and then... emerge victorious, baby!

Before I go, check out what Rod Argent said, back in 1968. (Do you know who he is?)

"Really, music is a very personal thing. It'srepparttar 143971 product of a person's experiences. Since no two people have been exactly alike, each writer has something unique to say. That makes anything which is not just a copy of something else, worth listening to."

So listen to music that moves your soul... read good books that quench your thirst for becoming whole, emotionally... and enjoy creating and basking inrepparttar 143972 "non-real" things life's imagination is offering you.

And then, use these gifts to go out and createrepparttar 143973 very best damn sales letters you can, and... start...

Enjoying... Your Results!

Craig Garber is one of America's Top Direct-Response Copywriters and Direct-Marketing Consultants. For more copywriting tips, go to Copyright 2005

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