How do you create a sales spike during your launch? Do you rely on making the majority of your sales on the last day? What if we told you there's a way to generate not ONE spike but at least THREE during the launch of your new product or service? Genius copywriter Mara Glazer tells us how.
If you have a membership, coaching programme, or course, you're going to want to take notes.
SOME EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:
(0:14) Join our FREE Facebook Group.
(4:05) Does Mara Glazer really hold the record for the most push-ups in her old high school?
(6:31) Why you need 'copy choreography'.
(8:51) Create a priority notification list.
(9:41) Give them an idea of the price but don't tell them what it is.
(11:30) Keeping people engaged during the pre-notification period.
(12:33) Opening the doors.
(16:37) Creating the last sales spike.
(18:39) Using the 'micro-membership' concept and the 24-hours special bonus.
(24:19) Subject line of the week with Mara Glazer.
One of the things that Mara helps people with is launching programmes, memberships, and courses. And if you've ever launched anything, you'll know that most people tend to rely on a big sales spike or boost on the very last day.
But if you get really smart and use what Mara calls copy choreography, you can create sales spikes throughout your launch - not just at the last minute. All you need to do is to ensure you have the right components in the right places. In other words, you want to think about the sequencing of events that need to happen (and in what order) to create more than one sales spike throughout your campaign.
And that means your first step is to brainstorm the copy choreography before sending out your email campaigns. Makes sense, right?
So here's what you do.
Once you've planned the sequence of events, you need to think about building anticipation with your audience before the cart opens.
One way Mara does this with her clients is by creating a priority notification list that people can sign up for in order to be informed when the doors to the membership or course open for the first time. If you're launching a brand new membership, here you're giving people the chance to join as founding members and be grandfathered in at the best possible price.
The key here is to encourage people to sign up for the pre-notification list by offering an awesome sexy bonus. This is how you create the first sales spike.
Another great tip from Mara here is to give an indication of what's included in the membership but without giving an exact price. Instead, you can give an idea.
For example, you could say that the price of the membership is less than a casual dinner with their best friend. This tells people that the membership is affordable and inexpensive. But the bonus is what will make them go ahead and buy. It's as if you were selling the bonus harder than the product itself by lifting it on a pedestal for the people who sign up for the pre-notification list.
The pre-notification list is promoted for about 2-3 weeks. During this time, to keep people engaged and interested, Mara will send out relevant videos that help position the membership through email marketing and social media. Each video sits on its own page with an opt-in underneath to give people the chance to sign up for the pre-notification list if they haven't already.
Once the doors open, people have three days to join and claim their priority notification bonus. After this time, the bonus disappears, but people can still join. There is, however, a difference in price. If the founding members got to join the membership at the price of $37 per month, for example, once the pre-notification period of three days ends, the bonus disappears and the price goes up to $47.
This price then remains available for one week, and people in the email list receive:
And with only a handful of hours left to sign up, that's where the copy choreography skills really come into play.
After seven days have passed, the cart stays open for another week. But what's really key here is that it's clear that there are 'consequences' for people who didn't take action within a certain window of time.
For example, if someone doesn't buy within the first three days, they miss out on the bonus and the founding price. If they don't sign up within the first seven days, they miss out on the early-bird price.
And after the second week, Mara explains, that's typically the end of the promotion. However, in a recent launch that Mara and her team managed for a client, they extended it a little longer.
Out of an email list of 10,000 subscribers, they had signed up 552 members in the first period. They then decided to take a small portion of the membership programme and offer it to everyone who hadn't bought yet. People were offered a snippet of the membership for $7 a month, and through doing this, the client signed another 100 members. This didn't create extra work - the client simply offered a 'micro-membership' for a fraction of the price. And, of course, when you do this, you have an opportunity to upsell to these members.
Another strategy that Mara mentioned for creating sales spikes is introducing a 24-hour special bonus. Doing this creates a reason to send that extra email and gives your audience a compelling, solid argument to act now instead of waiting until the end of the promotion.
Mara's number one tip in all this is to make sure that what you offer is sexy enough. This is crucial for the success of the whole campaign. Because your offer needs to deliver everything it promises and be packaged and positioned in the sexiest of ways. As we always say, you can spend all the money in the world to promote a turd, but you're still showing people a turd! So make sure your offer is great and truly converts.
One of Mara’s best-performing subject lines is “I saw this on Facebook and thought of you”. There are a couple of reasons why this works so well, Mara said.
First of all, it sounds like something one of your friends might send you. But also, it has intrigue and mystery. The person receiving this wants to know what you saw that made you think of them. And of course, it helps if you start the email with something that you did indeed see on Facebook, and then lead into your message from there.
You can get in touch with Mara on her website, where you can find access to some free email templates to send to your list and fill your calendar with sales calls. And of course, you can look at all the ways you can work with Mara and her awesome team.
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