Power Spelling! Written by Kathleen Jerauld-Brack
It can make you or break you.
The spell checker on your computer is great, but it doesn’t always pick up sound-a-likes. Their, there, they’re for instance. How important is it? For majority of people who can spell it makes all difference. In one instance, I recently observed an employer scan an applicant’s resume remarking delightedly that person had just about all credentials she was looking for; but then along came spelling errors. The employer’s eyes glazed over and resume was tossed on outbound stack.
Spelling errors seem to be rampant, and can be as bad as a stain on your shirt when dressing for an interview. And before you shrug me off as a frustrated old English teacher (I’m not), you might want to consider that if all you have are your words to represent you on Internet and you don’t choose and spell them carefully, you are quite apt to lose your credibility.
Website not selling? Twelve questions you should ask yourselfWritten by David Bell
So your website is getting visitors, but not enough are buying. A common online problem, unfortunately. Here are twelve common faults found with websites that don't sell. If you answer no to any of them, you need to take action. 1)Does your text focus on emphasizing benefits and results customer will get from purchasing and using it? Sales copy needs to be focused on benefits to end user, not on features of product. List features, and then translate them into benefits customer will get. Move away from "our Widget does this, this and this.." to "You will soon be doing this .." 2)Does your website convey enough strong benefits? Brainstorm to come up with a list of benefits. Rank them in order of importance. Then mention them in order throughout text, best first. Summarizing them with bullet points too also works great. 3)Does you text stimulate emotions? People buy with heart not head - so try and stimulate emotions - use words to paint a picture of life after they've bought your product " Imagine freedom of no more back pain..." or "...money worries could soon be a thing of past, and you could soon be taking those exotic vacations...". 4))Does headline grab and draw you in? You've got to try to stop them dead in their tracks with headline. Use best benefit of your product, and create interest so they read on. Make it hard hitting, but not unbelievable. 5)Do you have a call to action? People put off decisions, even if they're 90% sold on your product, they may still decide to "sleep on it". Don't let them have time to forget - give them an incentive to purchase now - discounts, bonuses etc. 6)Does your website load and function ok? Slow load times may cause people to get impatient and go elsewhere, even though it registers a visit. Do all links work, and more importantly, have you tested your order page by running dummy orders? 7)Do you have any testimonials from satisfied customers?
Testimonials are everywhere online, and people expect them as a matter of course. Ask those who have purchased what they thought -email them a simple customer satisfaction survey, offer a freebie for replying and use best comments. If your product is free,try a testimonial swap with a seller of a complementary (but not directly competing) product -offer to review his product if he reviews yours.