Don’t Even Think About Starting a Direct Mail Business Without a Solid Sales Letter

If you are looking into starting a business using direct mail, before you do anything else, make sure you have a well-written, compelling sales letter. Too many business owners spend all of their time creating the magic product and the sales letter becomes an afterthought. Read on to find out what makes a compelling sales letter.

When you are selling with direct marketing it really is the sizzle and not the steak that sells your product. Of course your product needs to deliver what’s promised, but if you don’t tell people about it in a compelling way, they will just be turned off and never make a purchase. You have to pull people in to your letter so that they fell like they have to have what you are selling.

A compelling sales letter will do one or more of the following:

1. It tells a story about an AVERAGE person that started from nothing and overcame a huge obstacle using only the product. This act of story telling is what will make people remember what you are selling. Traditional songs and funny advertising can’t hold a candle towards rags-to-riches storytelling.

2. It causes the reader to create some kind of action. You need to get online, click a button, fill out a form , send in money, call an 800 number, ask for a free brochure, put a label on a letter etc. Without the step of taking action in your letter means that your letter has failed. You need to ask the customer to do something for you or else they won’t move a muscle and they won’t buy your product.

3. It sells and speaks directly to one customer at a time. You will use the word “you” a lot. You will sell to the customer as if they are sitting across from you at dinner. If the customer can feel that the letter is sincere, they will be much more inclined to read it, even though they know it’s a sales letter.

4. Don’t use hype, but make the letter compelling to read. Even if your product can do something amazing, if you sound like a carnival barker, you won’t get the buy-in from your customers. You need to create a fascination for the customer and to make them want to keep reading, but as soon as you start to write things that don’t seem believable they will drop you like a bad habit.

If you can keep those 4 things in mind when you are writing your next sales letter, you will be much farther ahead than 95% of the rest of the direct marketers out there. Keep your customer in mind, get them off the couch and get them over to your order page.