Humans are value-rating machines. Every day, all day long, we size up different decisions by appraising the value proposition of that action.
Should I buy this product? Sure, that’s the obvious one. But also:
- Should I go to lunch with this person?
- Should I open this email?
- Should I even spend the time to ponder this decision?
When most marketers think about a value proposition, they’re thinking of the 10,000-foot-view—an overall company value proposition. This can make them feel powerless, especially in a large organization. The CEO controls the company value prop. What can you do?
Most product descriptions are awful. Or worse, non-existent.
Product copy and product descriptions seem like such minor parts of a website in the grand scheme of conversion optimization, so many brands brush it off. But for companies doing it right, writing excellent product descriptions is a great way to sprinkle brand personality in a place that most people don’t expect it.
In fact, some companies do product copy so well that it’s almost a feature of the product itself.
Planning to create a promo video to increase conversions? Good idea.
A landing page is the first page that visitors see after clicking on your banner ad, PPC ad, or promotional email. It can be a specific page on your website or a separate page created exclusively for search engines.
Landing pages direct visitors to take a specific action, such as making a purchase, completing a registration, or subscribing to your email list.
Your landing page often determines the success of your ad campaign. A good landing page equals good ROI. A crappy landing page (needlessly) wastes money.
Read any copywriting manual or article, and it’ll tell you that the headline is the most important part of your sales copy. That’s true.
Unfortunately, the advice that follows is often originates from snail-mail sales letters from the 1950s. I researched 500 headlines of successful online businesses and figured out which formulas work today.
Why is it that some books become bestsellers and others can hardly sell a 100 copies? Why do you read some books with passion and interest but can’t get past the first 10 pages of others? What’s the difference?
“How do I come up with a unique value proposition? What I sell isn’t unique.”
If you’re working on improving your business, you know there’s no shortage of information about why you need a unique value proposition.
You’ve probably even seen a handful of solid examples, but when you go to write your own, you hit a wall.
You’ve got too many competitors, they’re selling the same stuff, and it looks like all the good value propositions are taken.
What can you do?
A value proposition is a promise of value to be delivered. It’s the primary reason a prospect should buy from you.
It’s also the #1 thing that determines whether people will bother reading more about your product or hit the back button. On your site, your value proposition is the main thing you need to test—if you get it right, it will be a huge boost.
A few years ago, I launched a kind of “Groupon deal for musicians.” I gave away $1,250 worth of products, including recording time, iTunes distribution, and a guitar-string endorsement deal for just $69. The deal was good for only 100 hours, and there were just 5,000 packages available.
I had invested a lot into the campaign. Not only had I spent four months putting it together, but I had also put a significant amount of my personal savings into ensuring that this campaign was everywhere during those 100 hours.
Conversations with prospects or customers can improve practically every metric or user state model you’re aiming for.