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How To Instantly Double, Even Triple Response Rates To Your Advertising

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How To Instantly Double, Even Triple Response Rates To Your Advertising

If you want to build a grow a successful business then you need to advertise. Some guru’s or whatever you want to call them say that advertising is dead or doesn’t work, which is completely ridiculous.

Advertising is and has always been a proven way to generate leads and sales. It’s a crucial component to marketing and getting more customers if you do it right from the start. It’s like anything you do in life, you need to at least learn what the heck you are doing before you can do it effectively. There are various types of advertising.

As a direct response copywriter I specialize in writing and creating ad campaigns that get people responding. I have seen throughout my career how many businesses fail with their advertising and what they are doing wrong. I have also seen how advertising can make you a massive profit if you do it right.

As I heard from Frank Kern once, “The fastest way to wealth is to turn paid advertising into profit.”

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Here are some methods of advertising that are proven to work:

  • Facebook/Google PPC
  • Direct mail
  • YouTube ads
  • Classified ads

Just to name a few.

If you are advertising and you’ve never gotten the results you want from your advertising campaigns then it’s because something in your strategy is flawed. There are numerous reasons why an ad campaign can end up flopping. Not advertising your offer to the right target audience. Poor ad placement. Poor sales copy.

And one of the biggest reasons why your response rates are poor – a crappy headline. Your headline has the power to massively increase response rates to your advertising.

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In this post I am going to teach you the importance of writing headlines that convert and show you some simple ways to start writing headlines that convert immediately. How your headlines are the key to getting people to respond to your ad, at least initially, and then some tips on how you can write a headline that gets readers responding.

The Biggest Mistake You Are Making With Your Advertising Is A Crappy Headline

One of the biggest mistakes businesses make when advertising their product or service is not making the most of their headline. Quite often you’ll see a headline that is simply advertising the name of the business. No one is going to respond to that.

It’s also important to note that context and the advertising medium plays a role in the kind of headline you write and how effective it is. The headline is your opportunity to make a great first impression to your prospect and is the first chance you have for selling.

Gary Halbert used to say how many prospects will decide whether or not to buy simply from reading the headline. David Ogilvy is famous for quoting, “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

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Your headline is your first chance you get at selling so you need to make the most of it. Read on and I’ll show you how you can do that.

The Basic Fundamentals Of A Headline That Converts

A great headline does ONE thing and one thing only – grab the reader’s attention so they start to read the rest of your advertisement. That’s it and that’s the only goal of your headline. So what is it that makes a great headline?

What makes a great headline is essentially a headline that contains the CORE BENEFIT of your offer. The core benefit needs to target a core desire of your target audience. Basically, if a reader has a problem and they read a headline that targets a core human desire they are interested in, it’s going to be extremely hard for them to ignore it. The reason this works so effectively is because it stirs up the emotions of your reader regarding something they have a big problem with and desperately need a solution for.

Eventually, if the rest of your copy is effective they end up associating their desire with your product and then the selling process is almost complete.

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In the book Cashvertising by Drew Eric Whitman he explains how there are 8 core human desires that are impossible to switch off.

  1. Survival, enjoyment of life, life extension
  2. Enjoyment of food and beverages
  3. Freedom from fear, pain and danger
  4. Sexual companionship
  5. Comfortable living conditions
  6. To be superior, winning, keeping up with the Joneses
  7. Care and protection of loved one
  8. Social approval

This is what you should try to target when you write your headline. Now the next question is, how do you write a headline that effectively grabs a reader’s attention and gets them reading the rest of your copy?

Proven Methods For Writing A Headline That Converts

Throughout advertising history there has been proven headline templates that work time and time again. The following templates are perfect especially if you are a newbie to writing headlines.

Headline Templates

How To Headlines:

  • How to write a headline that converts in 30 minutes
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  • How to get a beach body without going to the gym

Who Else Headlines:

  • Who else wants to know how to get 3 more new customers this month
  • Who else wants to know how generate an endless stream of clients within 30 days from now
  • Who else wants to self-publish a bestselling book on Amazon

Get Result Within Specified Time Frame Headlines

  • Get a rippling six pack within 6 weeks starting today!
  • Get 1 new lead on LinkedIn per day starting today
  • Get 5 new customers within 30 days using sales letters

The Truth Revealed Headlines

  • The truth about writing headlines that convert revealed
  • The truth about building sales funnels that generate leads and sales revealed
  • The truth about calorie counting revealed

Numbered Headlines

  • 7 reasons why your diet is helping you to lose weight
  • 3 reasons why you can’t build a rippling six pack and what to do about it
  • 4 ways to eliminate approach anxiety within the next 7 days

Conclusion

So here are a few things I hope you have gotten out of reading this post.

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  • That you now also realize how important your headlines are to the overall response rate of any of your advertising, online and offline.
  • Now you know where you are going wrong when you write your headlines and now have a solid blueprint for effectively writing headlines that convert.
  • You now understand the importance of the targeting one of the 8 core human desires in your headlines.

If you want some more proven strategies for writing headlines that convert then check out my guide, Headline Gold.

After reading this you will know how to ‘twist’ your headlines using four simple categories that makes writing headlines that convert effortless.

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Last Updated on August 25, 2021

Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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