How to Create a Perfect Marketing Offer and Generate More Sales

There are a lot of moving parts that go into creating an effective postcard campaign. Make sure you are addressing the ten elements of successful postcard design. Specifically, however, I want to address one of the most important components on the list: the offer.

It may seem counter intuitive to give your customers a price break when you are struggling with your revenue, and it may seem crazier to give them one when they are lining up to pay your normal rates, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Allow me to explain…

There are two major functions that an offer (special rate, sale, discount, etc.) plays in your marketing campaign:

  1. Enticing new customers to try your product or service.
  2. Rewarding current customers and ensuring future loyalty.

In a successful marketing plan, these are your two main goals. Neglect new prospects, and your business will plateau. Ignore your current customers, and your business will see high customer turnover, and plateau – right before it drops off a cliff! Here are some tips you can use to reinforce your marketing.

Marketing to New Prospects

The offer you present to prospects will be different from what you offer to your customers. It needs to have the following attributes:

  • High Value

Do your homework. Come up with something that would be considered a great value in your industry.

    • Good Example: FREE Dental Exam & Cleaning
      • It is of high value to the prospect, and it gives you the chance to WOW them with your service and professionalism.
    • Bad example: 5% OFF Haircut & Style
      • The incentive is not valuable enough to inspire action. Nobody jumps at savings in the single digits.
  • Low Cost

The prospect needs to feel as if they are getting a steal, especially if they’re trying something for the first time. Don’t be afraid to offer a product or service for free. The profit you gain from a lifelong customer far outweighs the price of a free promotion.

    • Good example: FREE!
      • Anything FREE is enticing. But don’t attach many strings or you will lose the customers trust.
    • Bad example: $400 OFF Outdoor Kitchen!
      • You may know that’s a great savings, but if the dollar amount is too high, it will frighten away your prospects.
  • Believability
    • Good example: Buy one sweater, get a second one free!
      • It is believable. The customer understands the cost involved and will think it is a great value.
    • Bad example: FREE* Phone!
      • The customer instinctively (and thanks to that asterisk) knows you’re not giving them a phone for nothing, and will not trust you.

Our results manger tracks successful offers based on industry. Here are a few examples that were great successes for my clients:

  • Dental—FREE Teeth Whitening
  • Chiropractic—FREE Massage ($260 value)
  • Landscaping—First Two Lawn Cuts FREE
  • Restaurant—Celebrate your anniversary with a FREE dinner on us!

These were successful for our clients because they offered something that had a high perceived value, for free! Free is great because it has automatic value for consumers. But as long as your prospect feels they are getting a great value, it will work.

Remember! Price differs in many industries. A free massage at Benson Chiropractic is worth $260, while a free dinner at The Grotto restaurant may be worth $15, but both were successful deals because the offer was valuable within their respective industries.

Marketing to Current Customers

To tailor an offer to your customers, you need to follow the same basic principles as a new prospects offer, but with an added condition.

The offer must have:

  • High value
  • Low cost
  • Believability AND
  • A reward

Your customers need to know they are getting this deal as an exclusive reward for their loyalty, and because you value their business. This is not an attempt to draw them in—you’ve already done that!

Here are some examples of what reward offers look like:

  • Dental—Free cleaning on the first anniversary of your first visit!
  • Jewelry—A “secret sale” scratch-off coupon to customers who spent over $100 in a month!
  • Skin Care—$100 off next purchase, and a free sample product!
  • Theater or Entertainment Services—Save $10 off your next ticket!

It’s important to reward your customers and continue the relationship. Even a small gesture can go a long way. Consider what you can offer and make sure your bottom line isn’t taking a huge hit. If you can’t offer a free product or service (e.g. free dinner), scale down your offer to something that still offers value, for example, free appetizer with any 2 entrees.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll see your offer will do the work to bring in more sales and build loyalty! Remember, if you give a little, you’ll get back a lot!

We track the offers that work in every industry—call one of our marketing consultants at 1(800)628-1804 to find out what’s working now in your industry. Remember, our advice is always FREE!

Joy Gendusa

Joy Gendusa founded PostcardMania in 1998 with a phone, computer and no capital investment. Since then, she has grown the company into one of the nation's most effective direct mail marketing firms, specializing in postcard marketing for small to large-sized businesses. Over the years, she expanded to offer mailing list acquisition, website development, email marketing–all while continuing to educate clients with free marketing advice.

She has been named Tampa Bay CEO of the Year, Business Woman of the Year in Tampa Bay and has been featured on MSNBC's "Your Business." PostcardMania is an Inc. 500 and 5000 company and has won awards for creativity, best business practices and leadership.

If you would like to interview Joy or book her as a speaker, please email joyspeak@postcardmania.com or call 1-800-628-1804 ext. 281.

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