3 Tips For Writing Content That Will Make You Sales
by: Mike Cheney
Content is king. Without content your website is an empty shell, a
skeleton with no flesh, an empty vessel. Content can redeem the worst
designed website. The right content can make your phone ring off the
hook and flood your inbox with people wanting your product or service.
Content is the most important ingredient in the recipe for your
website's success. If you have engrossing, valuable and relevant content
you are onto a winner..
Tip 1 - Keep It Customer-Focused - What You Like Is Irrelevant
I land on the homepage. I want to buy a bathroom from this company. I
want to know what bathrooms they have available. I want to know how much
it will cost, when they can deliver, if they have any special offers and
what their previous customers have said about them. Instead, upon
landing on the homepage I get the following all-time classic;
"Welcome to ABC Bathrooms. Our company was formed in 1985. Our
Managing Director John set up the company at the age of 25 after
spending thirty years in the position of.."
Who cares?! I want to know exactly what you sell and how much it will
cost me. I have 10 spare minutes today to find this information out and
if I don't see it on your site in a few seconds I will click off to your
competitors so don't bore me with the life story of your managing
director. I do not care. Give me content that I like - not what you
THINK I would like. Key difference.
Tip 2 - Sell Benefits, Not Features
Potential customers do not want to know how your product was built,
how old the production manager is or what colour the wallpaper is in the
production plant - they want to know how buying it will enrich their
lives. They want to see evidence for the benefits of owning your product
or using your service. People don't buy things - they buy benefits and
they buy feelings. People buying a Ferrari are not buying a mode of
transport they are buying prestige, luxury, envy, success - they are
buying a symbol, a way of life.
Think about your product or service from a customer's point of view -
what are the real, measurable and provable benefits to them of buying
from you? Include these over and over in your content and it will bring
more sales for you. Don't be afraid of blowing your own trumpet - stick
the benefits right on the homepage for a start!
Tip 3 - Include Calls To Action - Everywhere!
Excellent - you've written killer content and people are coming back
to your website time and again for the information. Your traffic figures
are shooting through the roof. It's brilliant! You can't believe you've
cracked it. And then you look at the number of orders placed last week -
zero. Oh. What happened there? Better to have one person visiting your
site each month who actually places an order or produces a sales lead
rather than have 1000 people who do neither.
If you don't have clear benefit-focused calls to action peppered
throughout your content people will not get in touch with you or place
that all-important order. You hook them in with the winning content and
then you offer them more information vial email or a free quotation if
they phone you - anything! You must have calls to action present
throughout your site - combine this with the other two tips and you are
on the way to having content that actually makes you sales.
Sales & Marketing Director,
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