Ray worked with B-2-B and Consumer clients throughout the world ... including USA, Canada, Mexico, Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the Middle-East, Central & South America, Africa.

This website is a compilation of Ray's 10 years on the Web.

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Things to Know about People Part 2

Marketing, direct marketing, sales, advertising, merchandising, public relations, sales promotion ... all these disciplines ... are about people.

Because it is people who make everything we do, happen. Everything we have, happen. Without people you and I would not be having this exchange.

This is Part II of the series, Things to Know about People. What people really do when they hear or see your message. How they respond to your offer. Their reaction to your presentation.

The collection is based on my several decades in marketing - and a couple more as a consumer. During my teen-age years my Dad said something to me I've never forgotten. It was simple, it was direct, it was accurate. Dad said "I've bought a lot of stuff". He was teaching me a lesson about buying and selling - wanted to make certain I understood his experience. Where he was coming from.

Ditto here. What follows, and what is in Part I, is based on my "live" experiences with life. Let's get started.

Thing #14.
People ask lots of questions

Most often the first question is about your offer.

We know an offer is over and above features and benefits - and your audience wants to know all about it. Be prepared with answers.

One of the better ways to be prepared for questions is to "buy your own product". Look it, and try to buy it. You'll quickly learn what's important. Then go to your competition, and buy their product - the one that competes head-to-head with you.

Think ahead what questions are most important - and be ready to provide answers.

Thing #15.
People ask questions about benefits

Two of the world's most listened to radio stations; WAM ... What About Me. And WII-FM ... What's In It for Me.

Your prospect is asking, what am I going to gain from buying this from you? What are the benefits to me, my family or friends, my staff at the office, my company.

This is not a selfish act - it is an honest response to your presentation. So, what do you do? Talk about what they will earn, save, make, enjoy, learn. Talk benefits.

Features are fine. In fact, I like features ... for without them there are far fewer benefits. Still, people do not ask if you have red buttons - the do ask what happens when they push the red button!

Thing #16.
People ask questions about a Guarantee of Satisfaction.

There are two parts to every guarantee:

... first is about the product, will it do what it is supposed to do. and will you provide the service that goes with it. that much of the guarantee is "assumed".

... the second part of the guarantee is the personal part: "What if I buy, and you provide, but I'm still not happy ... what will you do to make me happy?". A Guarantee of Satisfaction is mandatory.

It is rare today when a guarantee is not offered. Still, you must talk about it. You must tell your audience you have a guarantee - and what it is.

Thing #17.
People ask questions about facts and figures

Facts. Figures. Formulas. Numbers to prove your statements are vital today in marketing.

People want to believe you ... they really do. Still, you must show your marketplace that you have the proof at your finger tips. Hide nothing. Prove your presentation with facts and figures and formulas.

Sometimes a case story or a testimonial, mixed with numbers, is the most powerful way to get your message across. We are an interesting breed, we humans. We are drawn to numbers. So, use that 'fact', and use numbers in your marketing & sales campaigns.

Thing #18.
People generalize from what they consider "acceptable fragments"

People draw conclusions based on incomplete information. Partly because they have not read nor listened to your message. Partly because they want to believe you - no matter what you say.

This means you must be crystal clear with your words. Your graphics must support your message. Your offer must match with your product or service. Everything you do must "make sense". To the customer!

Please realize that some times people make a decision they regret later ... and it will be YOUR responsibility. Know this about people.

Thing #19.
People are suspect of perfection

If something is "perfect", people look immediately for the imperfection.

Research has taught that people are most comfortable with an 85% level of knowledge ... this is where things are most believable. This does not mean people don't want the best ... it does mean you don't have to be perfect to be successful with your marketing campaigns.

Surprised? I was, the first time I learned this. And then I got to looking around. It isn't often "it couldn't be better". It is safe to say whatever you do, it most certainly could be better. Maybe in a small way - still better. It is not perfect.

So, adopt this concept from the Oakland Raiders professional football team; Strive for Perfection, Settle for Excellence.

Thing #20.
People prefer a little less information

More is less ... when it comes to details. Not so much information, not so much knowledge.

Why? Because there is so much to know, many people have decided to be selective. And because they want to make their own decisions.

They want to seek out what is important to them ... and ask for those details alone. Not of everything - just what's important to them. So they can come to their own conclusion ... so they will feel they are in charge of the situation.

You must be prepared for a dialogue with your customers and prospects. At whatever level they wish to communicate. Frequently that will be very specific, very detailed, and very incomplete! Know that about the marketplace today.

Thing #21.
People do want to trust you

Yes, they really do! People want to believe. Which puts the burden of proof and believability on you.

In the world today, trust is a difficult issue to "prove". Testimonials and references will help. Other people saying good things about you is a good way to build trust. To become more believable. Doing what you say, on time, without surprises helps, too.

Trust isn't for sales alone ... it applies to information gathering, too. In the past you may have set the standard ... today your customer does. Know what your audience expects - and provide it to her.

Thing #22.
People want the heart, warmth, emotion and feel-good
of the sales process ... they want the touch

Reach out and touch your marketplace. Let them know you care. Be personal. Communicate. And do it often. Hold their hand. Be their teddy bear. Be their security blanket.

There was a time this was a "standard" way of doing business. I remember my Mom getting very personal service. And then, in an efficiency move, it all went away. Selling became impersonal, and so did marketing. Well, it's back. People want to be with people. Things are nice, people are better. Touch your customers.

Thing #23.
People's responses are in direct proportion
to their personal identification with you,
your product or service, and your company

If you are known in your marketplace, you will gain more new business and keep more current business, than if you are not.

This is just plain common sense. With the hundreds to thousands of messages dumped into the marketplace every day, how will you be noticed? What will you do to have an "identification" with your prime buyers?

Get active. Be seen. Get involved. Participate. Attend the prime, and not so prime, events in your industry. Let your audience know who you are. You don't have to become a spokesman or personality - you do have to be visible.

Thing #24.
People ask questions about the next step.

"Okay, I agree. What happens next? What do you do? What do I need to do?"

These questions are good - very good. As your prospect is asking about becoming your customer. So, you must be ready! And prepared to take their order.

First, by answering their questions. People want to know the process ... you must make certain you do ... so you can share it with them. This is an exciting time - take advantage of it.

Thing #25.
People ask questions about timing

This is good, too. As timing is always an issue. If your prospect had wanted to buy tomorrow, they would have talked with you tomorrow. They want to make a decision now, and they want an answer now.

Plus, they want to know how long your process is going to take. They say: "If I make this decision today, how long will it be before something happens?"

You must be over 100% ready to have a timetable in place. And to share it with your audience.

Thing #26.
And always, people still want to be sought after,
talked with -- they want you to A.F.T.O ... .Ask For The Order

Yes, most people do not like to be sold - still, they sure do like to buy!

Your marketing and sales assignment is to make certain they know you want them to buy from you. As that is expected, and sought. Do it your way, vs. mine. Ask in a way that reflects on you, your company, your product, your service. Do it - that is what is key. Always A.F.T.O. ... always Ask For The Order.

This double collection of Things to know about People is timeless. Oh, it may change, alter, grow, combine, or maybe go away. One at a time. Just maybe. As it is truly timeless. Because it applies to people.

If you find "old fashioned" direct mail to be your marketing tool of choice, the ideas here will work for you. If you're more into the early 21st century, with web and E-mail marketing campaigns, these ideas apply to you, too.

These are 26 important things to know as you successfully prepare each of your marketing efforts. EnJoy!

If you missed Part I, here it is.

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