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5 Tricks That Will Make Your Headlines Jump Out And Grab Your Reader

5 Tricks That Will Make Your Headlines Jump Out And Grab Your Reader

We live in a world where headlines matter more than ever. We are in a world where everyone ranging from the media, businesses, publishers and more are all battling for your attention, and what do you think they use to get that attention?

Headlines. Headlines that grab attention are the key to getting your message read. Next time, you’re waiting in line to pay at the supermarket, look at the magazine’s and their headlines. Look at the next newspaper you read or any ad for that matter. Headlines are the key to winning the battle for your attention and they are everywhere.

You’ve got emails, the internet itself, social media, texting and more to battle with. To win that battle you need to use headlines that jump out and really shake your prospect so they stop and take notice. That is the only way. There are certain things you can do when writing your headlines to give them a little more attention grabbing power. Here are a few of them.

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1. Adding Guarantee Of A Result

We all have a little hesitation about buying things especially if we have no relationship with the business trying to sell us on their offer. This is a natural feeling we all experience. One way to avoid this and put a little more attention grabbing emphasis into your headline is by including a guarantee. This works because a guarantee implies results, meaning that what you offer will work and for a doubtful prospect, it could be all they need to listen to your offer and part with their money.

Let’s look at one of the most famous headlines in advertising history by Domino’s Pizza.

“Fresh, Hot, Delicious Pizza Delivered To Your Door In 30 Minutes Or Less, Or It’s Free!”

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This reduces any hesistation to buy from the prospect because it states that you will get your money back if you don’t get it within 30 minutes or less. It’s this kind of guarantee of results you can use in a headline to add a little more attention grabbing power. How can you use this concept for your own business?

2. Getting A Result ASAP

We live in an instant gratification world. People don’t want to wait for results, they want them now. You can use this to your advantage in your headlines and many businesses have done so successfully, and still do so. This is a very simple concept to apply. Check out some of the examples below and you’ll see how you can use this idea of instant gratification in your own headlines.

  • Lose 15 Pounds This Month!
  • Within 30 Days You Can Have 2 New Customers
  • Get A Beach Body In Less Than 30 Days Using This Revolutionary Exercise
  • Eliminate Your Fear Of Flying Within 2 Hours!

In the above headlines it states that they are going to get a result in a specific time frame. They don’t have to wait for the result and this is incredibly appealing to the prospect who is experiencing a problem that they must solve ASAP. This helps to add a little more conviction to your claim and also eliminate that hesitation to buy from your prospect.

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3. Highlighting The Competitive Edge Of Your Product Or Service

Do you have a product or service that you know does a better job than your competitors? Then emphasise this in your headline. Highlighting an improvement can add a lot of freshness to otherwise dull and boring headlines, especially if you operate a business in a crowded marketplace. This could be the difference between a mediocre and an amazing response to your advertising.

Your competitive edge could be a number of things. It could be that it works faster. It could be that it saves time. It could be that it simplifies a certain process. It could be the product itself if it is truly unique. It could be any number of things and the key is to emphasize this in your headlines. Some examples below:

  • Diet supplement that finally comes without the nauseous feeling
  • Rub Wrinkles Out Of Your Face
  • Taoist Monk Reveals Ancient Technique That Eliminates Chronic Back Pain Forever!
  • Save 2 Hours Time Per Day Using This Productivity Hack… Guaranteed!

4. Revealing Secret Information

Who isn’t curious to uncover secret information? We all are and this curiousity is where the allure of using this in a headline works so well. This is a trick that has been used for decades by some of the best direct response copywriters in history, and it’s one you should use as well. Just adding this sense of mystery to your headlines adds a massive amount of attention grabbing power your headlines would otherwise lack.

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5. Adding Believability Using Numbers Or Statistics

Numbers and statistics do one thing – add believability to your claims. As mentioned earlier, we are skeptical about buying from people we don’t know and numbers and statistics add believability. This is an incredibly simple technique to use and it can often make a weak headline much more powerful, just by adding a number or statistic. See below.

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Conclusion

These little tricks are time-tested and proven to work. They can be applied to different advertising mediums online and offline. Use them whenever you need to give your headlines a bit of extra attention grabbing power. I can almost guarantee that they will give you a much better response rate.

Remember, in today’s world we are all competing for attention and this makes the headlines you write more important than ever. In fact, they are crucial if you want to get a decent ROI from your advertising dollars.

So what tricks are you going to use in your next headline to boost your ROI?

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

I often hear people say, “I want to be successful but don’t know where to start” or “I’ve achieved career success yet I’m not happy.” And then I ask, “what does career success mean to you?” And many have a hard time articulating their response with much conviction.

It’s common that people lack clarity, focus, and direction. And when you layer on thoughts and actions that are misaligned with your values, this only adds to your misdirected quest to achieve your career success.

A word of caution. It’s going to take some time for you to think about and work on your own path for career success. You need to set aside time and be intentional about the steps you take to achieve career success. In my opinion, this step-by-step guide is apart of your life philosophy.

1. Define Career Success for Yourself

Pause. Give yourself time and space for self-reflection.

What does career success mean to you?

This is about defining your career success:

  • Not what you think you ‘should’ do
  • Not what people may think of you
  • Not adjusting to friends and family’s judgements
  • Not taking actions based on societal or community norms

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms” – Zen Shin

When you strip away all your external influences and manage your inner critic, what are you left with? You need to define career success that best suits your life situation.

There’s no fixed answer. Everyone is different. Your answer will evolve and be impacted by life events. Here are a few examples of career success:

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  • Work-life balance
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Feeling valued that my contributions had an impact

Now even as you reflect on the examples above, the descriptions are not specific enough. You’ve got to take it deeper:

  • What do you mean by work-life balance?
  • What do you consider to be opportunities for growth and advancement?
  • How do you like to be recognized for your work? How do you know if your contributions have had an impact?

Let’s take a look at some potential responses to the questions above:

  • I want more time with my family, and less stress at work
  • I want increased responsibilities, to manage a team, a higher income, and the prestige of working at a certain level in the company
  • I’d like my immediate leader to send me a thank-you note or take me out for coffee to genuinely express her or his gratitude. I’ll know I’ve made an impact if I get feedback from my coworkers, leaders and other stakeholders.

Further questions to reflect on to help narrow the focus for the above responses:

  • What are some opportunities that can help you get traction on getting more time with your family? And decrease your stress at work?
  • What’s most important for you in the next 12 months?
  • What’s the significance of receiving others’ feedback?

Now, I’m only scratching the surface with these examples. It takes time to do the inner work and build a solid foundation.

Start this exercise by first asking what career success means to you and then ask yourself meaningful questions to help you dig deeper.

What types of themes emerge from your responses? What keywords or phrases keep coming up for you?

2. Know Your Values

Values are the principles and beliefs that guide your decisions, behaviors and actions. When you’re not aligned with your values and act in a way that conflicts with your beliefs, it’ll feel like life is a struggle.

There are simple value exercises that can help you quickly determine your core values. This one designed by Carnegie Mellon University can help you discover your top 5 values.[1]

Once you have your top 5 values keep them visible. Your brain needs reminders that these are your top values. Here are some ways to make them stick:

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  • Write them on cue cards or notes and post it in your office
  • Take a picture of your values and use it as a screensaver on your phone
  • Put the words on your fridge
  • Add the words on your vision board

Where will your value words be placed in your physical environment so that you have a constant reminder of them?

3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

When writing your short-term and long term life goals, use the SMART framework – Specific Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Treat this as a brainstorming exercise. Your potential and possibilities are limitless.

How you define short-term and long-term is entirely up to you. Short-term can be 30 days, 90 days, or 6 months. Maybe long-term goals are 4 months, 1 year, or 10 years.

Here are a few self-reflection questions to help you write your goals:[2]

  • What would you want to do today if you had the power to make it the way you want?
  • If no hurdles are in the way, what would you like to achieve?
  • If you have the freedom to do whatever you want, what would it be?
  • What type of impact do you want to have on people?
  • Who are the people you most admire? What is it about them or what they have that you’d want for your life or career?
  • What activities energize you? What’s one activity you most love?

Remember to revisit your core values as you refine yours goals:

  • Are your goals in or out of alignment with your core values?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to your goals? Maybe some of your goals can be deleted because they no longer align with your values.
  • How attainable are your goals? Breakdown your goals into digestible pieces.
  • Do your short-term goals move you towards attaining your long-term goals?

Get very clear and specific about your goals. Think about an archer – a person who shoots with a bow and arrows at a target. This person is laser focused on the target – the center of the bullseye. The target is your goal.

By focusing on one goal at a time and having that goal visible, you can behave and act in ways that will move you closer to your goal.

4. Determine Your Top Talents

What did you love doing as a kid? What made these moments fun? What did you have a knack for? What did you most cherish about these times? What are the common themes?

What work feels effortless? What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? Think about work you can lose track of time doing and you don’t even feel tired of it.[3]

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What are your desires? Try it out. Experiment. Take action and start. How can you incorporate more of this type of work into your daily life?

What themes emerge from your responses? How do your responses compare to your responses from the values exercise and your goals?

What do you notice?

5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience

Do you have tendencies to use your head or heart to make decisions?

I have a very strong tendency to make rational, practical, and fact-based decisions using my head. It’s very rare for me to make decisions using my emotions. I was forced to learn how to make more intuitive decisions by listening to my gut when I was struggling with pivotal life decisions. I was forced to feel and listen to my inner voice to make decisions that feel most natural to me. This was very unfamiliar to me, however, it expanded my identity.

Review this list of Feeling Words. Use the same technique you use for the values exercise to narrow down how you want to feel.

Keep these words visible too!

Review your responses. What do you observe? What insights do you gain from these responses and those in the above steps?

6. Be Willing to Sit with Discomfort

Make career decisions aligned with your values, goals, talents and feelings. This is not for the faint hearted. It takes real work, courage and willingness to cut out the noise around you. You’ll need to sit with discomfort for a bit until you build up your muscle to hit the targets you want.

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Surround yourself with a supportive network to help you through these times.

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them” – Rumi

7. Manage Your Own Career

Not to be cynical, but no one can make you happy but yourself. If you don’t take control of your career and manage it like your own business – no one will.

Discern between things that you can control and what you can’t control. For example, you may not be able to control who gets a promotion. However, you can control how you react to it and what you’ve learned about yourself in that situation.

Summing Up

For many who have gone through a career change or been impacted by life events, these steps may seem very basic. However, it’s sometimes the basics that we forget to do. The simple things and moments can edge us closer to our larger vision for ourselves.

Staying present and appreciating what you have today can sometimes help you achieve your long-term goals. For example, if you’re always talking about not having enough time and wanting work-life balance, think about what was good in your work day? Maybe you took a walk outside with your co-workers. This could be a small step to help you reframe how you can attain work-life balance.

Remember to take time for yourself. Hit pause, notice, observe and reflect to achieve career success by getting deliberate and intentional:

  1. Define Career Success for Yourself
  2. Know Your Values
  3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Life and Goals
  4. Determine Your Top Talents
  5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience
  6. Be Willing to sit with Discomfort
  7. Manage Your Own Career

“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

Good luck and best wishes always!

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