The goal of any advertisement-focused organization is to reach targeted people and the market. Sometimes, marketing might seem to be on the offensive, but it doesn’t have to be a battle and sure it isn’t.
Contrary to this fierce and somewhat military approach, direct response marketing isn’t entirely about selling. I have engaged in a few arguments on the topic of direct response marketing, and I reiterate, ‘It is not a weapon.’ Instead, it involves weighing and measuring customer needs and proffering solutions without manipulating the customers.
DRM is a valuable tool in any marketing plan and should be taken seriously, especially in today’s digital space. That said, direct response advertising is challenging. From print advertising to broadcast, outdoor, and internet marketing, inspiring a consumer takes a lot of professional talent and experience.
– What is the most important thing that leads to the success of direct response marketing?
I’d say the recipe for success at direct response marketing is complex and if you’re struggling to find a foothold at the starting point, the solution to the problem is actually in the basics. As much as 90 percent success of a direct response advertisement can be traced to its headline.
The headline does the heavy lifting. Without a compelling, attention-grabbing, and creative headline, the direct response marketing effort fails.
– What is the best form of communication in direct response marketing?
Communicate as straightforward, brief, and clear as possible. Your message should be unambiguous and embody FAB. Let me explain the acronym: F is for features, A for Advantages, and B for Benefits.
For features, your readers want a distinctive characteristic of your offerings that distinguishes them from similar products. Prospective customers want to know what they stand to gain.
– What should be completely avoided?
Aside from some truly inspiring situations and stories, readers are most likely going to be engaged and captivated by strong benefits. If they struggle for a moment to understand your ‘sweet’ or ‘clever’ expression, they usually won’t take a second look before they’re gone.
– What works?
You can entice the readers with free or low-cost payments, huge savings on product offers or benefits, and other features that directly handle potential customers’ pain points. Prospects are sceptical, but they always tend towards an easy, low-risk, and approachable sample.
– What should attract the reader’s attention the most?
It is the call-to-action. That is what direct response marketing is all about. The reader must sense the urgency in taking the next step which must have been made as obvious as possible.
Their attention must be focused on a clear and specific deadline as it often communicates urgency.
– Finally, do you think purchase decisions can be influenced?
Yes, it should. It’s an indicator of the success of this strategy. In the end, words tell but emotions sell, individuals make purchase decisions because of their emotional connection after justifying their actions rationally.
I hope Nimrod Santo’s insights gives you the creative edge you need in excelling at direct response marketing.