Writing Copy For Online Catalogs

Written by Wild Bill Montgomery

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5) Time is always an important factor. Unlike turning pages in a catalog, navigating an online catalog can be much more involved. Always make it possible for your buyer to locaterepparttar product in two or 3 clicks. I'm sure you've heard this before; Humans are, by large, impatient beings andrepparttar 129811 longer it takes them to reachrepparttar 129812 product in question,repparttar 129813 more chance you have of losing them. Use indexes and/or categories. Not just one, but several. Make it possible for your visitor to accessrepparttar 129814 product from several different angles or headings. Remember Wild Bill's Rule. Never make them look past 2 or three clicks from your opening catalog page.

Page load times should be kept to a minimum. All web designers keep load speeds at or nearrepparttar 129815 top of their lists. This factor is especially important on catalog sites. Your goal is to host visitors that are here to buy, not to be entertained. Keep your flashy Java Modules, Javascripts, DHTML Time Lines and Page Graphics to a minimum. Your pages need to load atrepparttar 129816 peak of efficiency, just like turning a page.

6) Add "Value" to your catalog. Even catalogs can benefit by content. The Internet is all about information. Use content as a draw targeted prospects to your catalog. Say for instance that you host a catalog for tools and home improvement items. A perfect benefit for this catalog would be How-To articles on Home Improvement. For beauty supplies, you could give tips for makeovers. Getrepparttar 129817 point? Offer content relative to your products to properly align this free or low cost marketing idea to your product base.

Offer extras! There is nothing new about offering your buyers "FREE EXTRAS" for purchasing your products. FREE Extras could be slow moving or stagnant products, a how-to guide, a toll free number, free delivery or a free product support. The idea is that you are givingrepparttar 129818 buyer something extra for buying from your catalog.

7) Just as any other web site,repparttar 129819 opening page or cover page to your catalog should beginrepparttar 129820 selling process. Just as magazine, book publishers and yes, catalog publishers spend a lot of time and resources designing and implementingrepparttar 129821 covers, so should you. You have to have an opening page that says "Open Me, I'm Worth It!" Think of your "opening page" as a big headline. You must use all your writing and design skills combined with enticing graphics and/or photos to convince them to turn torepparttar 129822 next page so to speak. Whether true or not, a dull cover conveysrepparttar 129823 appearance of dull products. Goodbye Sales! Here isrepparttar 129824 place to begin aligning your copy with your product line. "Comprehensive Product Line", "Product Superiority", "Problem Solutions" and "Price" as a whole should be addresses and enforced right here. You could be giving awayrepparttar 129825 best made product, forrepparttar 129826 most popular fad, and if you can't get them to openrepparttar 129827 cover (or click inside), you won't be giving away spit.

8) Make ordering easy. Recently, I needed a CD Burner and I visited an online catalog, whose copy and presentation was excellent. They had comparable pricing and quality products. I was ready to buy. I went torepparttar 129828 order form and found a 2 page demographics survey that had to be filled out forrepparttar 129829 privilege of purchasing their product. I Don't Think So! Keep your form torepparttar 129830 minimum requirements, clear and easily understood. If you must have demographics, ask for them afterrepparttar 129831 purchase. Getting back some demographics is far better than getting no sales.

Accept Credit Cards. Except for very limited product lines you must accept credit cards to survive. I myself don't accept credit cards yet, but have not had a need to do it yet. Then again, I do not operate a catalog site. People buying from an online catalog, expect; no demand to be able to use their credit cards for immediate purchase. Make it clear what credit cards you accept and that fact that you use a secure server forrepparttar 129832 transaction.

Closing Thought:

The Internet Shopping Arena is growing at unbelievable speeds, literally destroying old name business that denyrepparttar 129833 Unbeatable Force of that we call "The Internet". Every day more and more people turn to Online Catalogs to fulfill their shopping lists. Are you ready? Is your online catalog up to snuff? Only your web surfers know for sure!

My best wishes for your Success!

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My husband didn't believe me when I received my first order!

Written by Milana Nastetskaya

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The scariest part is behind. What wasrepparttar scariest part? Makingrepparttar 129808 first sale. The rest was easy! I have learned a lot more about having a successful web site since I started my business. It doesn't take much. Only one thing: consistence. Sounds simple? Yes, but not everyone hasrepparttar 129809 patience to keep going.

Personally, I don't think I stopped even for a day to take a break. Every day I do something to promote it - exchange links with other webmasters, submit my site to Search Engines, write an article, improve my web site, place a classified ad... The list can go on and on. The point is, if I can make money onrepparttar 129810 Web, anyone can. I know it sounds like a cliche, but believe me: work DOES bring money. Smart work brings a LOT of money. I'll just have to get a little smarter yet :-)

I hope this letter inspired you as much as someone's newsletter inspired me once. Before I wrote my book, I received a newsletter from someone. It started like this:

"Tomorrow my wife and I are moving into a new house. I have finally been able to quit my job and devote all of my time to my business... My wife is staying with our newborn at home. Life is grand!"

Milana Nastetskaya is a full-time web developer and the author of 3 books: "Create Your First Business Web Site in 10 days!", "65 Instant Web Answers!" and "How To Install and Troubleshoot CGI scripts". http://www.firstbusinesswebsite.com http://www.instantwebanswers.com http://www.installcgi.com

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