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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
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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.

  • Discover How You Can Make Money In The Stock Market Using 7 Time-Tested Proven Strategies!
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  • 64% Of Employers Check A LinkedIn Profile Before Hiring Someone. Learn The Secrets To Creating A Job Getting Linked Profile Here

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.

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

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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