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Posted: 2005-01-13 / Author: Bob Leduc

5 Key Marketing Questions

When you know the answers to these 5 key marketing questions you can create effective web pages, sales letters and other sales generating communications. The answers to these 5 questions reveal how you can get your prospect's attention and motivate them to take the action you want.

1. Who Do I Want To Reach?
Describe detailed characteristics of your ideal prospect. Be very specific.
Once you clearly define the characteristics of your ideal prospect you can develop a powerful sales message appealing directly to their unique interests and needs. Prospects are more likely to respond when they feel you are talking directly to them about their individual needs.

2. What Action Do I Want To Generate?
Decide in advance what action you are trying to stimulate. Do you want to get inquiries for your product or service? Do you want to produce sales directly from your promotion? Or do you want to build a list of qualified prospects willing to receive frequent announcements from you?

You can develop an effective promotion in a short time when you have a clear understanding of the action you are trying to generate.

3. What Is My Competitive Advantage?
Identify why prospects should do business with you instead of with a competitor selling a similar product or service. For example, do you provide faster results, easier procedures, personal attention or a better guarantee? If you cannot think of a reason - create one. Add something to your business you are not already doing.

Your competitive advantage can be responsible for fifty percent or more of your sales. Make sure you have one - and don't lose it. Keep checking on your competition and make any changes necessary to keep your competitive advantage.

4. How Will I Prove My Claims?
Don't expect prospects to believe what you say. Make sure you provide proof of any claim you make.

For example, collect and use testimonials from satisfied customers. Provide research data supporting your claims. Get endorsements from experts your prospects are likely to recognize.

5. How Will I Create Urgency?
Most prospects do not respond the first time they see your promotion. Instead, they delay making any response ...then often forget about you.

You can convert many of these procrastinators into buyers by giving them a compelling reason to respond immediately. For example, give them a special deal if they act promptly - or give them a valuable added bonus if they take action by a specific deadline.

Tip: Develop a series of 4 or 5 different special deals and continuously recycle through the same series. Use them one at a time with an expiration date. This enables you to always provide a reason for customers and prospects to respond quickly ...but you won't have to take the time to keep coming up with new ideas.

You need to answer to these 5 key marketing questions before you can create a motivating web page, sales letter or other sales generating communication. The answers to these 5 questions will reveal how you can get your prospect's attention and stimulate them to take the action you want.

Bob Leduc spent 20 years helping businesses like yours find new customers and increase sales. He just released a New Edition of his manual, How To Build Your Small Business Fast With Simple Postcards ...and launched *BizTips from Bob*, a newsletter to help small businesses grow and prosper. You'll find his low-cost marketing methods at: or call: 702-658-1707 After 10 AM Pacific Time/Las Vegas, NV

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