In life, you only get one chance to make a first impression. In marketing, your headline is the first impression that your mail piece makes on the recipient. If that headline doesn’t capture their attention, the odds are they will stop reading and no matter how good your product or offer is, you will have wasted both your time and money.
The following headline writing tips will help you capture the attention of your prospects and so they continue to read the rest of your text:
- Promote the benefits of your product or service. The only reason that anyone buys a product or service is for its benefits. Always include and emphasize the product or service’s biggest benefit.
- Personalize the headline. By using the words “You” and “Your” the reader gets the impression that you are speaking directly to them. For example: “You Can Lose Weight and Feel Great in 21 Days!”
- Make the reader question whether your product or service is better than what they are currently using. Ask a question such as “Are You Paying Too Much for Car Insurance?” A headline such as this will make anyone with high insurance premiums think about calling to see how competitive your insurance rates are.
- Use key words to create excitement and interest in your product. For example: “The All-New High Performance Monterey 185 Out-Performs All Other Boats in Its Class” This headline is designed to make the perspective buyer curious as to what is new on this model and how is it out-performing other boats.
You only have a few moments to capture the attention of your prospect, so get the most out of your headline to increase your chances to capture the attention of your prospect and ultimately increase sales.
About FNBR Incorporated
FNBR is a marketing company located in Tampa, Florida. We provide printing, direct mail, mailing lists, database management, graphic design, web design, and email marketing services to companies throughout the U.S.
FNBR can be reached at email@example.com or toll free 1-888-988-8148.
Many of our clients maintain their own client or prospect lists. It is not a stretch of the imagination to say that these databases are the lifeblood of these businesses and that proper maintenance of these databases is an important step in maintaining a revenue stream for these companies.
In order to keep these databases accurate, there are three important steps that need to be followed. The first two steps are FNBR’s responsibility, but the last and perhaps the most important step must be done by the list owner.
- Correcting the spelling of street and city names.
- Correct/Add suffixes such as Drive, Way etc.
- Correct/Add a zip code & zip plus 4
- Add missing unit numbers for businesses
The next process is called NCOA or National Change of Address. In this process your database is run against an updated post office file of address changes that have occurred during the past 48 months. When there is a match between your database and the NCOA file, the software will update to the new address that it is on file. There are cases when the post office knows that a person/family or business has moved, but they have not filed a change of address with the post office. In these cases, the address cannot be updated but is noted.
The last step in this process that needs to be done is for our clients to use the NCOA address corrections to update their databases. The reason that this is critical is that 48 months after an address correction has been filed with the post office, it is deleted from the NCOA database. During this 48 month period, FNBR has been correcting the addresses every time we do a mailing for you. The problem is that if you don’t correct the address on your database, after 48 months the NCOA software will no longer indicate that an address is incorrect. This means that your client that moved four years ago is no longer going to receive your mail and worse yet you won’t even know that. This is a lose/lose situation for you. You are paying for printing and postage that will never get to the intended recipient and you are not getting any new orders from what is now a former client because they don’t receive your mail.
To learn about all the database services we provide, please visit our Database Services page at fnbr.com/Database-Services.html. FNBR will be happy to supply you with the corrected mailing addresses each time we NCOA a file for you. Just let your sales representative know by calling 888-988-8148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many retailers live and die by the amount of spending that occurs during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. During this past holiday season, many sales where driven by“Limited Time Offers”.
The shortest lived limited time offer is probably “Black Friday” with many of the retailers putting specific items on sale for only an hour or two at a time and we all know how well that works. The TV shopping networks have perfected the “Limited Time Offer” like a piece of fine art. Why do the shopping networks have that little clock in the corner of the screen ticking away? Simple, it is to make you realize that their offer of a lifetime is going to expire soon, so you must act now and because it works!
The “Limited Time Offer” is a proven method of increasing sales. Many of the corporate giants use “Limited Time Offers” to boost sales. Take Disney and McDonald’s for example. Disney takes many of their best selling movies and “locks them away in a vault”. By doing this, Disney is making a limited time offer on a particular product to boost sales and then pulling it from the market. The sentiment among consumers is that we have to have that movie because who knows when it will be offered for sale again. The reality is a tremendous surge in DVD sales for Disney. McDonald’s does the same thing with some of their products like the McRib Sandwich and The Shamrock Shake. Like Disney, the items are put on the market for a short period of time and then the sale of these items is suspended, and like Disney the results are the same – a large short term increase in sales.
The same tried and true practices that these corporations are using can work for you. Be sure to use a “Limited Time Offer” appeal in your direct mailing or email marketing to create a sense of urgency. The beauty of the “Limited Time Offer” is that any company can use it. Start-up companies can use it to help create a client base and established companies can use it to boost sales during slow periods.
When preparing for your next direct mail or email campaign, ask your FNBR representative how a “Limited Time Offer” can work for you. Call us Toll Free at 888-988-8148 or email email@example.com.
About FNBR Incorporated
FNBR is a marketing company located in Tampa, Florida. We provide printing, direct mail, mailing lists, database management, graphic design, web design, and email marketing services to companies throughout the U.S. FNBR can be reached at 1-888-988-8148.