What Do Your Customers Really Want? Ask Your Competition

Written by Karon Thackston

What Do Your Customers Really Want? Ask Your Competition by Karon Thackston © 2004 http://www.marketingwords.com

It’s not always an easy task. Sometimes discovering what your customers really want is like pulling teeth. It is imperative for any business owner who hopes to develop new products/services or to write effective advertising copy to know what is important to his customers. But when direct questions don’t deliverrepparttar results you need, what’srepparttar 127185 next step?

Actually, your competition can often lend a hand in this area… and without even knowing it! Many marketing pieces such as brochures, sales letters, or Web sites include testimonials. I’ve found overrepparttar 127186 years that this is an untapped source for “customer intelligence.”

Look at this example from a Web-design site:

"I’m truly speechless! I knew my site design was in need of revamping, but I never imagined how exceptional it could look. You have done an amazing job! The colors,repparttar 127187 graphics,repparttar 127188 layout… everything shows that you have a good understanding of my business and my target audience. You’ve made me look as professional as IBM! I often bringrepparttar 127189 site up in my browser just to remind myself that this really IS my site. I am a loyal customer and would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone in need of professional Web design services."

What do you think this customer wanted based on his comments? A few things he mentioned were:

1. colors 2. graphics 3. layout 4. his target audience 5. professional

Here’s another one from a copywriting site:

"I just wanted to thank you for everything. Thank you for bringing my vision to life in words. Thank you for "getting" me. And thanks for your patience."

The Art of Selling on The Web

Written by Michael Bosse

How to Turn Your Site Into a Conversion Ratio Rocket!

They are baffled day after day. Who? Businessmen and Entrepreneurs alike, who are now turning torepparttar web in record numbers looking for new ways to reach their target markets. The problem they are running into is as old asrepparttar 127184 web itself.

How do you sell onrepparttar 127185 Web?

This isrepparttar 127186 question that is asked by both new and experienced marketers. From MLM to affiliate marketing to small business, we all come up against this seemingly impermeable wall at some point in our marketing careers. Until we answer this question success is out of our reach.

So where do we go from here? The answer is really not an answer, but more of an equation that equals success. The problem most marketers have selling onrepparttar 127187 web is that they do not fully understandrepparttar 127188 equation and so can never reachrepparttar 127189 answer.

The Equation.

Selling onrepparttar 127190 web is as simple as leading your prospective customer throughrepparttar 127191 following process.

Capture Attention + Gain Trust + Recommend + Sell = SUCCESS!

Your customer needs to be brought throughrepparttar 127192 process in that order. Many Marketers are trying to sell before they recommend and even before they have There prospects trust! This is a sure way to make ZERO sales. The success of this formula lies in human psychology.

The Psychology of Selling.

Before you can sell anyone else you must look into yourself and understand how you are sold. The "Art of Selling" can be described as such:

The act of connecting people withrepparttar 127193 products or services they want and need.

That's it! And so we see that we are not actually "selling" per say, but instead we are trying to FIND and TARGETrepparttar 127194 people who are in need of your business! This is a very important distinction. If you don't believe me try to sell a toupee to someone with a full head of hair. See what I'm saying? It's much easier to target people who are in need of your service, than to sell to those who don't.

Capture Attention.

We capturerepparttar 127195 attention with a headline. The headline of this article is "The Art of Selling on The Web." Do you think you would have bothered reading it if it was titled "The History of The Rocking Chair"? Most people wouldn't, unless you have a specific interest in rocking chairs.

Gain Trust.

After we capturerepparttar 127196 attention of our prospects and draw them to our site, we need to gain there trust. If they are immediately accosted by a sales pitch they are likely to click away. This is why we first gain there trust by offering them subject related content. Find as much information on your sites given subject and offer something of value to your reader. A view point, articles, resources, anything that will benefit your customer. It doesn't have to be unique as long as it fillsrepparttar 127197 immediate need of your customer by supplying them withrepparttar 127198 information relevant to there interest.

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