If You’re Selling Something, then SELL It

call2actionToo many companies are making money online for you not to be one of them.  And forgetting everything but the simple art of selling, there are a few simple things that you have to be doing to convert potential customers into paying customers.

When I get to your website, I usually got there on purpose.  Either I clicked on an ad of yours that looked appealing, or I searched for what you sell in Google, or someone told me that I would like what you’ve got so I cam there directly.  You are already winning the battle.  But there are ways that you can blow it, so don’t assume that just because I am there, the battle is over.

Strike. Hit me with some solid information right away.  Don’t make me look for it, because the attention span of someone searching the internet is short, and getting shorter everyday.  Catch my eye with headlines, have clear website navigation, allow me to search for exactly what I need.

Educate. Give me value in descriptions.  Too many companies put the same boring descriptions of the products that they are selling.  If your competitors description is the same as your description, you are not making my decision process any easier.  If you need to hire an expert copywriter for your site, do it.  Any thing to get a unique, value-driven message across that will entice me to buy.

Leap. Take a risk.  If you are afraid to take risks in business you will lose.  At this point, you have my attention, I have gotten to the product that I am interested in, and all it will take is one small thing to sway me one way or another.  So do something different.  Show me customer ratings, comments, descriptions.  Show me the prices of your competitors compared to your own.  Offer me a special deal as a first time buyer.  Make it easy and make it different, and you will have an easier time convincing me.

Lead. On every single page, put a call to action.  And make it stand out so I know exactly what it is I am supposed to be doing.  After all, your goal all along is to make a sale, so lead me down the sales line throughout every step of the process.  If I get lost, then your sale is lost.

Strike, Educate, Leap, and Lead.  Take a look at the pages on your website.  If you have a page that looks like it was made from a carbon copy of one of your competitors, you are losing.  If you have a page with no call to action, you are losing.  If you are not taking risks and being unique, you are losing.  This is a new era of selling online, and you need to keep up or lead to win.

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6 Responses to If You’re Selling Something, then SELL It

  1. Kevin Pruett says:

    Agreed. It’s the companies who are unique and direct in their offerings who seem to get the most conversions. Customers are instantly engaged and informed simultaneously. And I know for me, if I come across a company who acts this way, I ALWAYS take notice, even if it wasn’t what I was looking for.
    Following the simple and effective S-E-L-L’ing points makes sure companies have this in mind. Even if it doesn’t produce a conversion immediately, it will spark interest and conversation…something every company not only wants, but NEEDS.

  2. Zach Heller says:

    Thanks Kevin, its so true. The online companies that are looking to grow and expand need to be unique enough that people want to share them with their friends. If a company makes you take notice, they have started to fuel interest that can spread.

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  4. watch5 says:

    I love it,Excellent article.I am decide to put this into use one of these days.Thank you for sharing this.To Your Success!

    • Kelly says:

      Wow, tnhkas for the reminder!! What a great piece and also a wonderful lesson for those of us with a small handcrafted business. It should be intuitive but oftentimes, I feel shy when asked about my biz and I might under do it or over do it, so tnhkas for the help

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