I received this tweet from a stranger today:
@shelhorowitz , please follow me, and check me out. Thank you. [URL]
To which I tweeted back:
Give me a reason
As a marketing consultant and copywriter, that’s one of my mantras. I think “because” is one of the most important words in marketing. I’m always probing the why with my clients, and using that to create compelling marketing strategies and materials.
The days of “oh, look at me, I’m so cool, I have a website” were probably gone by about 1996, if not before.
Your prospects are busy people. They want to know why before they click on your link. They want to know why before they give up even 30 seconds of their time.
Specifically, they want to know the benefit. Will you make them laugh? Give them a tool they need? Solve a problem? Give them celebrity gossip? Help them go green (as I do)? Make a specific offer. They will thank you—and some of them, the right ones, will visit.
This will serve you well in any marketing medium: advertising, freebie information, socialmedia, and lots more, as well as your website.