The Critical Importance of the Pre-Sell

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What stops people from buying from you? Why do some launches fall flat?

In this episode of The Mainframe, join hosts Chris Garrett and Tony Clark as they reveal the key strategy that will allow you to not only sell more of your products and services to more people, but will also reduce refunds and improve your audience’s relationship with you.

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Dan Pink on How to Succeed in the New Era of Selling

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Selling isn’t what it used to be.

And for most of us, that’s a good thing.

Gone are the days of alpha males who are “always closing.” Today, in the new era of selling that has dawned, many of us are spending much more of our time selling than we even realize.

This is the subject of Authority Rainmaker keynote speaker Dan Pink’s latest book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, and he gives us an inside look — describing the tools and traits that are required (many of which you probably have already) — in the latest episode of The Lede.

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Why Too Much Emotional Appeal in Your Copy Can Harm Your Credibility

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Let’s be clear: You need emotional appeal in your writing.

Compelling stories keep readers on your website, and since you must discover their worldviews and understand their experiences so that you can serve them better, you’ll naturally learn about their emotional states.

But when you communicate with your audience, you need to strike the right emotional balance.

In fact, getting heavy-handed with emotional appeal in your writing can backfire and potentially harm your credibility.

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3 Invisible Elements Your Sales Page Needs to Convert (One is Truly Unique)

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Most people think music is about the notes.

But think about the silence between the notes for a second. Doesn’t the absence of sound complete the composition?

Without the silence, you only hear dozens of notes jostling madly into each other, causing a cacophony.

Copywriting is a bit like writing a concerto.

You may believe that copywriting is only about words. If so, you are forgetting about critical, invisible elements that affect whether or not you make a sale.

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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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