6 Steps for Writing Simple Copy That Sells

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

That’s what Leonardo da Vinci said anyway.

And four centuries later, Steve Jobs agreed. Actually, Jobs more than agreed. He flat-out stole it.

So here’s the question: What does plagiarized advice from the 16th century have to do with marketing copy in the 21st?

The simple answer (pun intended) is everything.

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How to Plug the Holes in Your Content Funnel That Are Costing You Money

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Content is not king.

Yep, I said it. (This guy did, too.)

In the realm of content marketing, the customer is ruler of our domain.

Without falling deep into a series of Game of Thrones allusions, let’s agree that all content must be created with the customer’s needs in mind. Otherwise we are wasting time and resources as marketers.

I’ve already written much on personas and their usages across digital marketing, but it’s tying those personas to user journeys and content that yields remarkable increases in conversion.

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Being a Salesperson Sucks (Think Like a Farmer Instead)

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Ugh.

Do you feel like that on Mondays?

You wake up, take the kids to school, and off to the office you drive.

After downing several cups of coffee, you muster the inner strength you need every day to make a living.

You start with the emails to prospects, make a few cold calls, and zip off to an appointment … all with the hope of “closing the deal.”

Some days the tedium wears on you like a musty coat. Other days, days when a sale is made, the “thrill of the kill” makes it all seem worthwhile.

But that momentary exhilaration is replaced with the thought that tomorrow, it starts all over again.

Day in and day out, it’s the same. And yet you know that there has to be a better way to make a living selling.

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Are You Sacrificing Future Trust for Sales Today?

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The first lesson you learn in sales is how to qualify a lead.

After all, speaking with someone who’s not legitimately interested in your product or service is a waste of your time — and theirs.

But there’s something that’s even more important than making sure your prospect wants to buy what you’re pitching: ensuring that they’ll be happy with the purchase long after you’ve cashed their check.

Just because you can smooth talk your way into a sale doesn’t mean you should.

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Chase Customers, Not Clicks

You want to be a broke-ass blogger, don’t you?

No!

Good gracious, of course you don’t. (At least I hope not.)

But if the first metric you look at is page views, not sales — i.e. clicks, not customers — then you’re well on your way to broke-ass bloggerdom.

What’s sad is that a lot of of online business owners do pay more attention to vanity stats than fundamental business metrics. So if you can shift your mindset, you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Fortunately, Tom Martin is here on this week’s episode of The Lede with straight talk that every online business owner will benefit from hearing, understanding, and acting on.

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5 Reliable Ways to Use Content as a Referral Tool

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I’m guessing you do great work.

You add value everywhere you can, and people want to refer you on their own.

Clients who get what they expected and have a great experience in the process want to tell their friends, neighbors, and colleagues about us.

It’s a behavior that many people are simply wired to do.

But, let’s be honest: we’re all busy.

And sometimes we need a nudge, a reminder, or a tangible way to easily make referrals that are relevant.

While you may have jumped on the content train for lead generation, SEO, and education, you may not have considered all of the ways that content can be used to help generate referrals.

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