We’ve all seen those old-style sales pages filled with yellow highlights and screaming red text plus lots of “BUY NOW” buttons, and when we think of copywriting, that’s often what comes to mind. While that style of sales page can be effective, it’s not the only way to make sales.

In fact, by taking a more subtle approach, you might even find that you generate more interest—and potentially more sales.

For Those First Time Readers

Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I provide VA and content repurposing services to fitness coaches and mom bloggers. I feel there is always a way to do something better and faster. My goal (through my services and blog posts) is to help you grow your business, simplify your home (so it doesn’t fall apart while you grow your business) all while looking good doing it! I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and how I can reduce the amount of time it takes to accomplish my tasks. I experiment with new ideas and share them on my blog if they are a success! Today I want to share…

 

Stories Sell

One effective way to entice readers to click through to your sales page is with stories. These can be your stories or those of other people, with the goal of helping your readers to see themselves in the same situation.

Did you help a client turn her chaotic household into a calm oasis with better organizational skills? Her story on your sales page will get more clicks than all the yellow highlight you can buy.

What about that time you trashed your entire business plan and started over because you simply weren’t passionate about your work? Your potential business coaching clients will be anxious to learn more and will click through without you even asking.

That’s the power of stories, and you can use them everywhere: in your blog posts, in your emails, on your sales pages, and even in videos and on social media.

 

Be Genuinely Helpful

Want to build a reputation as the go-to person in your niche? All it takes is to help people the best way that you know how. Answer questions on social media, volunteer to speak to groups who need your advice, write blog posts that address the most common issues your readers face. This list is as expansive as the possibilities on it!

By volunteering your time and knowledge, you’ll attract a wide audience of potential customers who may need your services in the future. Who will they turn to? That very helpful person who went out of her way to offer assistance in the past.

Now we’re not saying you have to give away all your time, but if you really want to show off your expertise, you can’t do better than a little volunteer work. Not only will you make an impression on the person you help. But chances are good she’ll share with her friends as well, which will further expand your audience.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that there is no place in your business for a strong call to action. “Click here to buy” and “Learn more right now” are still useful (and even necessary) on sales and opt-in pages. The key is to know when to make a subtle offer, and when to offer a bit more hand-holding.

It is never easy to learn how to do a soft sell, but the more you try to do it, the better you will be. Imagine simply talking about your life or answering an easy question that was left in the comments on one of your posts? They both won’t take much time at all, but the results of each one could make your business explode!

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