In the beginning, I thought creating a basic design wouldn’t affect the way my readers affected with my website but I was dead wrong. In fact, I started modeling off of the best websites out there to learn more about how they laid out their website with a call to actions, and opportunities for readers to put in their email address appropriately.
Secondly, it doesn’t hurt to pay for a good hosting plan. At first, a shared hosting plan works well but after some time you will find that your website speed slows down tremendously. One of my favorite hosting services is Digital Ocean which is self-managed hosting.
Content marketing, if done correctly, can be one of the most profitable customer acquisition channels for your business. But the reality is nothing comes without hard work and dedication and that’s what you can do to succeed in content marketing, especially by avoiding mistakes that I have made.
When people shop in a store, they kick the tires. They feel the fabric. They turn the cabbage over in their hands. In “Life of Brian,” Harry the Haggler implores Brian to “Look at it. Feel the quality.” You can’t do that for your customers on the Internet.
Or can you?
There are several factors that make a sale. Targeting the right people, establishing trust, creating a sense of urgency…but product quality is paramount.
On the Internet, they can’t touch, feel or smell your product or service. But there are three ways you can trick people’s brains to “feel the quality”:
Show attention to detail
Offer “the latest”
Give it luxury appeal
1. Show attention to detail.
People assume that products off modern assembly lines come with an occasional defect. It’s the compromise we make to afford our consumer paradise. That’s why the Hanes underwear inspector commercials were such a hit. Yes, the briefs are made on an assembly line, but there’s a real, live human checking for quality.
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Even if you have no images or video, you can convey this same attention to detail with the words you use.
These words all imply a real person paying attention to detail. They appeal to our nostalgic notion that people in the “good ol’ days” took more pride in the quality of the details. It’s not for nothing that restaurants often refer to their “homemade” dishes .
Twice in the past week, I have come across the word “handcrafted” used to pitch the most unlikely of products.
I got an email entitled “Handcrafted Experiences” from a travel website. Can you picture an artisan in his apron, meticulously forging a travel itinerary? Nevertheless, “handcrafted” gives the message an authentic, custom air.
I saw a similar title on a WordPress themes website: “Handcrafted WordPress Themes For Professional Bloggers.” Themes are hand-coded and they are hand-designed, so it makes sense. The mental image of an artisan (in his apron?), meticulously forging a virtual product, shows how any product can be handcrafted.
2. Offer “the latest”
Harking back to the good ol’ days of quality craftmanship is one way to convey quality. An opposite tactic is to offer “the latest”.
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People assume that state-of-the-art, leading edge products are better quality. Why? Because mankind is moving forward, so the latest is better than the previous. People don’t invent inferior products, do they? Planned obsolescence aside, most of mankind’s newer renditions have been toward better quality:
from outhouses to flush toilets
from car phones to smart phones
from horse and buggy to cars
from hand-held fans to air conditioning
The latest is assumed to be the best, especially with technology. Even when it comes to our health, we rely increasingly on fast-changing technology to detect and diagnose. And so, we find words like “state-of-the art” used to describe services such as those from breast cancer clinics.
Your pitch can go beyond the adjective to describe the exact benefits of being leading edge, as in this description of state-of-the-art dental care:
“We consistently invest in new and proven technologies that improve your dental experience. Modern technology, such as digital x-rays, laser technology, electronic charting, in-office milling machine (E4D CAD/CAM) and digital cameras to photograph your teeth effectively, deliver invaluable information for our team.”
“The latest” implies that your product is ahead of the others, therefore it is better quality. It also implies a sense of urgency; “the latest” is not just a quality inference, but also a time-sensitivity inference.
3. Give it luxury appeal.
People assume that luxury products are quality products. If you fork out for a Mercedes, you don’t expect to constantly have to return to the garage. It had better be quality.
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There are words that convey luxury and therefore, quality:
all the bells and whistles
Who wants to buy regular coffee, when you can buy a premium blend?
Even better if you can pitch your product as both handcrafted and premium. This is a no brainer if you sell chocolates, cosmetics or gift baskets; nobody enters such niches without trying to position their hand-crafted products as luxurious with both words and photography.
In other sectors, remember that it’s all about the packaging, high quality photography, placing your product in a high-end context and using sumptuous words of luxury to make your customers covet whatever you are selling. You can’t go wrong by following real estate photo tips. Real estate agents need photos to push up the sale price, so they know what works.
To demonstrate the high quality of your product, even when your customers can’t “feel the quality”, show attention to detail, offer the latest and give it luxury appeal.
One of the more difficult aspects of bringing a product to market on your own is developing an audience. How will you get your product into the hands of consumers who will benefit from it? How will they even know it exists? For any entrepreneur, it’s a central challenge. In terms of accessibility, social media has completely changed the game. Want to quickly drum up an audience? You can. There are so many ways to amplify our voices. And even more importantly, people want to be heard. If you’re in the public eye, it’s almost expected. If you’re creative, thoughtful and persistent, you can connect with anyone.
I always love hearing about new ways of getting in, but I was especially impressed by how well my friend Michelle Morrison has been able to stand out from the noise to promote Pro-Pic — the guitar pick her beloved older brother Rick invented — and share his story. Rick was a lifelong musician who was inspired to design a pick that would “stay where it was supposed to” after a friend began dropping his nearly every time they played together. In 2014, Rick died of cancer. In the last year of his life, the siblings worked closely together to bring Pro-Pic to market. Today, due to Morrison’s tenacious efforts, the Pro-Pic is selling online and Amazon.
I grew to know Morrison several years ago after she became my friend on Facebook, and then my student. What sets her apart from your average entrepreneur is her truly wonderful attitude. This is an incredibly positive woman who does not give up. As far as I’m concerned, there is no obstacle she is unable to overcome. When you are attempting to market a unique product like she is, that’s often essential. When she didn’t get the traction she was looking for when she tried to license the pick, she went another route. She reached out to the music community to help her do a small production run. She began collecting testimonials from people who the pick helps play and seeking out endorsements from popular musicians. All these things add up. That’s how pull-through marketing works.
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