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Friendly communication builds a warm and lasting relationship with your prospect. People like dealing with people they like and won’t deal with people they don’t like so make them like you.
2) Tell your reader what’s in it for them.
Your readers are selfish. They really don't care who you are. They just want to know how you will improve their lifestyle.
Describe features of what you’re selling as benefits. Some benefits could be that they’ll save money, they’ll save time, they’ll be envied by their friends... list goes on.
Paint a picture of how your product or service will transform their lives. Spell it out.
3) Be as specific as you can
Include proven results and/or statistics. This adds credibility to your claims. If you talk about dollars or time frames, don’t use rounded off numbers. Specifics are more believable. eg. 98 (believe it or not) is more powerful than 100).
4) Use short sentences and words
5) Long sentences and words bore. Short ones have impact.
6) Use simple language
Your readers may or may not have same educational background as you do. A 'Rhodes' scholar will read simple language but someone who has a poor education won't read complex language. Scan your ad and replace every complex word with a simple one.
7) `Use word ‘you’
You’ll be amazed at difference this simple word makes. Your reader needs to directly relate to what you’re saying to want to buy from you. Using word ‘you’ involves them and interests them in your product or service. Minimise on words 'we', 'us', 'they' & 'I' and change your sentences around to use words 'you' & 'your'.
8) The more you tell more you sell
There is no right or wrong length of body copy. Your copy needs to be long enough to include every selling point you have. Every word should serve to enhance your selling message or your reader will get bored. Powerfully written long copy ads have been known to increase responses by up to 600%.
9) Avoid Brag & Boast
Don't tell your reader how you're biggest and best. It turns people off. They simply won't be interested. Tell them how your product will fulfil their needs.
10) Shout out your guarantee
If you have a guarantee spell it out. Your phone will ring twice as hot. A guarantee will make your credibility skyrocket and allay any fears your reader has of dealing with you. It will show your reader that you're willing to stand behind quality of your service 100%.
11) Include testimonials
A testimonial from one of your best clients will also boost your credibility and your results.
12) Mention price
If you're in a price focused industry and your business revolves around being cheaper than your competition, and you know your prices will stay same for 12 months, mentioning a price will significantly improve effectiveness of your ad.
13) Make your reader an enticing offer
Including an offer in your telephone directory ad will dramatically boost your responses. It gives your prospect a reason to call you ahead of anyone else.
If you can think of an offer that you can run for a full year, that's fantastic. If not, offer a FREE report or a FREE consultation.
Offering a FREE report filled with useful information relating to your product or service will have a great impact. The hard cost of producing a report will be nothing compared to added responses you'll receive. The report can be simple but it should be offer valuable tips that relate to product or service you offer.
Kris Mills of Words that Sell ( http://www.wordsthatsell.com.au ) is an experienced direct marketer, copywriter, author and internet marketer. Visit http://www.advicegalore.com/marketing/ebook-download.htm