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Know this when marketing to techies

Bob Bly’s Direct Response Letter:

Resources, ideas, and tips for improving response to
business-to-business, high-tech, Internet, and direct
marketing.

February 6, 2017

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***Do techies think they are smarter than you are?***

I am ashamed to admit this, but when I was going to college in
the 70s, students in science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) felt themselves to be smarter — or at least their fields
of study much more difficult — than their peers in English,
sociology, liberal arts, political science, and other “soft
subjects.” I believe this feeling of superiority in students and
practitioners in technical fields continues today.

The takeaway for marketers is to realize that, when you are
selling to STEM professionals, realize they take pride in who
they are, their accomplishments, and what they perceive to be
their superior abilities and intelligence. Subtle flattery in
particular is very effective in copy selling B2B products and
services to technical audiences.

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***How to handle this common complaint from info product
customers***

If you sell info products, you will get e-mails from customers
who become almost enraged when they come across a web site URL
in your product that is no longer active.

How do I handle this? In my info marketing business, I sometimes
get customers who complain that I ripped them off because a URL
in the $30 e-book they bought from me is inactive.

I explain that the URL represents perhaps 0.1% of the content and
value in the book, and then offer to mail them a check for 3
cents to compensate them for the alleged rip-off. Everyone gets
the point and accepts the lesson in it, and no one has ever asked
for the 3 cents.

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***My case against cold calling***

In a recent issue of the e-zine Yesware Monthly, the lead article
was “25 Cold Calling Tips You Need to Succeed.” I rewrote it to
have just one tip, and here it is: “If you are prospecting to
sell your own services, don’t make your own cold calls.”

If someone ELSE makes the call for you … well, then it can
work. Even then, though, I am not a fan of cold calling. And
here’s why: Prospects want to hire vendors they perceive as being
busy and successful, not desperate and needy. The late Howard
Shenson called this “the Busy Doctor Syndrome.”

If you are spending your time on the phone calling up strangers
and asking for work, does that convey the impression that you are
busy, successful, and in-demand — or desperate and needy?

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***Why do some keynote speakers earn six figures for a 60-minute
talk?***

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has hired Peyton
Manning as the keynote speaker for their upcoming ProFood Tech
Conference in April. Manning’s fee for a talk is $100,000+ —
about double what the average American makes working for an
entire year.

The value, of course, is not in the content of his talk on
“Winning Strategies” — good as it may be — but in attracting
more paid attendees who will go to the event because Manning is
there. IDFA should have asked me to speak instead; I would have
done it for a small fraction of Manning’s fee plus a year’s
supply of 2% milk. (I kid, of course.)

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***Twas the night before Christmas***

On Christmas Eve, a small animal — I think it was a squirrel but
am not 100% sure; it MIGHT have been a cat — darted out into the
road in front of my car.

I had a choice: run over the animal and continue safely, or make
an emergency swerve to avoid hitting it. I swerved, hit a
telephone poll, and totaled my beloved 2008 Toyota Prius
(fortunately, I have a spare Prius).

Some people who hear this story think I am an idiot and should
just have run over the animal.

I tell them I had no time to think about it and had to make a
quick decision.

But if I had more time to make the decision … or the ability to
think 1,000X faster … I still would have done the same thing:
swerve and wreck my car rather than hurt an animal.

If that makes me stupid in your eyes, well, I hope it does not
lower your opinion of me TOO much.

And yes, I checked the sidewalk to make sure there was not a
pedestrian in sight.

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Resources, ideas, and tips for improving response to
business-to-business, high-tech, Internet, and direct
marketing.

January 2,2017

***When is an e-mail spam?***

In e-mail marketing, the term “spam” means an unsolicited or
irrelevant e-mail message, which is sent to people who have not
given you permission to e-mail them promotions, content, or
anything else.

In addition, the CAN-Spam law says:

** Never use deceptive headers, sender names, reply-to addresses,
or subject lines.

** Always provide an unsubscribe link.

** Ensure that the unsubscribe link is working for at least for
30 days.

** Include a physical address.

Source: Today@TargetMarketing, 7/20/2016.

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***Best way to promote webinars***

E-mail is by far the best way to promote webinars — much more
effective than advertising or postcards. But how many e-mails
should you send to invite people to attend?

Promote your webinars too heavily and you risk annoying your
audience, but hold back and your attendance goes down. Three
e-mails, one per week leading up to the webinar, hits that
friendly reminder sweet spot and increases registration by up to
36%.

Tip: Don’t forget the day-before or day-of-the-event e-mail
invitation, too. It’s not unusual to get a large number of last
minute sign-ups from e-mails sent close to the webinar date.

Source: Chief Marketer, 11/29/2016.

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***Copywriting tip for Instagram ads***

When writing copy for Instagram ads, focus on the first two lines
of your copy. Images are the most important element on Instagram,
but don’t forget that great copywriting can make your ad that
much more effective.

Keep in mind that Instagram shows only the first two lines of
copy. Everything else is hidden under the “Read More” link. So,
you want to make sure you get your message across as quickly as
possible — and that the core message is conveyed in those first two
lines.

Source: Ragan’s PR Daily, 11/30/2016.

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***3 easy ways retailers can boost direct mail response***

1–Include an offer. Three-fourths of survey respondents say they
are likely to use coupons they received in the mail — even more
than those who plan to use coupons received by e-mail or found
online.

2–Create a sense of urgency. Time-sensitive offers can get
customers into your store during slower times of the week. For
instance, hold a pre-Black Friday sale targeting customers who
want to avoid the hectic crowds, a midweek sale or special deals
available only from 9 to noon.

3–Include a clear call to action; e.g.. “Bring in this postcard for
50 percent off all winter coats — sale ends January 21.”

Source: The Talon Mailing & Marketing Newsletter, 11/30/2016.

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***Step away from the e-mail … and pick up the phone!***

Many businesspeople use e-mail, messaging apps, and texts to
communicate with clients, vendors and journalists. But, says PR
professional Megan Manson, “Something is getting lost in shunning
the phone.”

She continues: “You might spend a lot of time crafting a
detailed, well-articulated e-mail or text only to have it
misunderstood or skimmed by the reader. Speaking by phone has
become an anomaly, and your communication prowess isn’t being
expressed as strongly via texts and e-mails.

“It’s amazing how effectively a quick phone call can clear up
confusion, convey your tone and deliver your message. Also, when
you’re talking on the phone with someone, you have that person’s
focused attention.”

Source: Ragan’s PR Daily, 12/1/2016.

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***Do you feel I owe you something?***

Once again, some person I do not know just e-mailed me a link,
asking me to click on it, read the text, and reply with my
comments on it via return e-mail. This happens at least once a
week, usually more often.

Do people really not understand why it is reasonable for me to
deny such requests? And don’t say “tell her your fee” — she and
others who make such requests expect it to be done without charge
and right away. And even if she would pay it, I am highly
selective about the clients I take on and am usually booked
solid, with zero bandwidth for such requests.

Many who won’t accept my polite refusal write back and say, “But
it will only take 5 minutes!” The problem with that is (a)
nothing takes just 5 minutes and (b) if I agreed to every request
I would have no time for my paying clients, and would therefore
make no money.

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***Book of the month***

I highly recommend Adam Alter’s book “Drunk Tank Pink and Other
Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave”
(Penguin, 2014).

Motivational speakers erroneously say we are responsible for
everything that happens to us. Alter’s book says the opposite:
That while we may think we are in control, our environment shapes
our lives in myriad ways without our permission or even our
knowledge.

The title is based on a great example of this: A study in the
journal Orthomolecular Psychiatry proves that men actually become
physically weaker, at least temporarily, when looking at the
color pink — a circumstance beyond your control if you walk into
a pink room:

http://amzn.to/2iWtyfV

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***Quotation of the month***

“An absence of concerns signals that you are only doing what’s
comfortable for you — and that will only get you more of what you
have right now. As strange as it may sound, you want to be scared
until you have to push yourself to new levels to experience fear
again.”
–Grant Cardone, “The 10X Rule” (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), p.
115.

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4 keys to marketing success

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Bob Bly’s Direct Response Letter:
Resources, ideas, and tips for improving response to
business-to-business, high-tech, Internet, and direct
marketing.

October 3 ,2016

***An under-publicized market for making big bucks as a
speaker***

My friend Fred Gleeck and his partner Tim Piccirillo are putting
the finishing touches on a FREE webinar which explains a very
lucrative speaking market that very few speakers are pursuing.
Tim has worked this market for a couple of years now with very
good results. The beauty of it is that these can be booked as
stand-alone dates or you can tie them into your existing speaking
schedule. Tim and Fred will be doing this webinar on Saturday
October 8th at 2:00pm EST to tell you all the in’s and out’s of
this lucrative speaking niche.

Click here to register: https://goo.gl/w3ZXZ8

It’s “FREE!”

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***Don’t sabotage your PR with this common flub***

Have you ever asked a journalist who just interviewed you, “Can
we review the story before it goes to print?” Well, don’t,
advises PR agent Filomena Fanelli, explaining, “That isn’t the
way PR works.”

“If you want control over the content, buy an ad,” she says.
“With PR, the story is in the reporter’s hands. If you and your
client are nervous about what the story might say, remember that
journalists are trained to write news and feature articles and
that they have editors who review their work.”

Source: PR Daily News Feed, 4/18/2016.

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***The 4 keys to marketing success***

1–Keep trying new things
2–Measure the results of each thing you try
3–When you find something that works, do more of it
4–When you find something that doesn’t work, do less of it

Source: Harnessing the Web Marketing Advantage, 4/16/2016

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***Quantifying communications techniques: breakthrough or BS?***

A Texas-based consultancy called Quantified Communications claims
to have developed a numbers-based approach to ranking
communications techniques like warmth, confidence, vocal
variability, and more.

While the idea is exciting in concept, some professional writers,
myself included, question how the study came up with figures like
“the top 10% of authentic speakers were considered to be 1.3
times more trustworthy and 1.3 times more persuasive than the
average communicator.” What scientific measurement was used to
come up with this precise figure — and what unit of measurement?

Source: Gotham Ghostwriters, Newsletter, 4/18/2016.

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***A no-brainer way to boost your writing output***

One of my secrets to being a productive writer is that I use an
older Dell keyboard — from my 10-year-old Dell which I recently
replaced with a new model — with large raised keys. When I got
my new Dell, it came with a keyboard similar to a laptop
keyboard, with keys that were not raised above the surface of the
keyboard. I tried it and got rid of it within 15 minutes.

If you are a high-speed touch typist like me, raised keys are the
only way to go. They reduce errors and increase speed 10% to 50%.
It makes a huge difference in my typing speed and output.

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***Why you should convert Facebook friends to e-mail
subscribers***

As a marketer, if you have followers on Facebook or any other
social media, remember that you are merely “renting” the
privilege of communicating with them. Direct response expert
Gary Hennerberg says you don’t “own” the name as you would
with your postal or email list. Here are some actions you can
take to migrate Facebook followers to opt-in to email:

Encourage followers to click on posts that lead to your website,
and when they do, encourage them to opt-in to your e-mail list.
While most of us as consumers may not like pop-ups on websites,
they work for building an opt-in list.

Source: Today@TargetMarketing, 4/20/2016

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***It’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it***

Dr. Albert Mehrabian, conducted several studies on nonverbal
communication and found that only 7% of any message is conveyed
through actual words. The rest of communication, 93%, is a
combination of vocal elements and nonverbal elements such as
facial expressions, gestures, and posture.

The bottom line is that a significant portion of communication
with other human beings is nonverbal. In addition, most human
beings are quite adept at reading and interpreting nonverbal
communication. If there is dissonance between your words and your
nonverbal cues — look out!

Source: Wendy Weiss e-newsletter, 4/20/2016.

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***Book of the month***

Everyone who is serious about improve their marketing results
should read the new book by Craig Simpson and Brian Kurtz, “The
Advertising Solution” just published by Entrepreneur Press.

“The Advertising Solution” takes the wisdom of 6 of the greatest
marketers of all time — Robert Collier, Claude Hopkins, John
Caples, Gary Halbert, David Ogilvy, and Eugene Schwartz (8 if you
count the two coauthors, which I do) — and distills them into a
series of practical, valuable, easy to follow marketing tips,
tactics, and ideas. Highly recommended; click here to order and
save 24% off the cover price:

http://amzn.to/2dMpnBP

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***Quotation of the month***

“Books are the DNA of our civilization, an unbroken line of
stories, ideas, and knowledge which essentially completes our
relationship with all of humanity and with ourselves.”
–Gail Rebuck

Source: Digital Book World, 4/11/2016

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