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Feed Them Dessert First. Then They May Eat the Veggies

We’ve all been there. The product is perfect, and it’s what people need, but the customers just aren’t biting. This can be confusing as well as frustrating. You’ve laid out in explicit detail all the aspects and benefits of your product, and it’s great. So why are people passing it up?


You may be coming on too strong. People like simple. They like to be eased into things and encouraged to form their own personal interpretations of a product. In fact, this approach is actually best for overall comprehension. So start with the marketing hook, the aspect of your product most likely to garner positive attention, and then reveal the rest of the picture afterward.


What would this marketing tactic look like in action? Well say you’ve a brand new piece of software slated for release into the world in just a matter of weeks. And you’ve been tasked with making launch day a success. So it’s time to get to work.


The Macro Level


What makes your program better than the competition? What can you say about it that no one else can claim for their own product? Isolate that aspect and hone in on it. If your open-source test management application dispenses free Skittles, then forget about the compatibility information for a minute and focus on what’s going to get people to notice (and more importantly, remember) you. This should be the main attraction of all you do, from Twitter posts to website copy.


Once your lead audience is invested in your software’s most stellar quality, you’ll want to start rationing out the rest. People might flock to your product from your marketing hook alone, but they won’t go in for the purchase until they have the entire picture. If your initial pitch was concise and eye-catching enough to pique everyone’s interest, then they’ll likely be willing to absorb the rest of your product details. Now’s the time to release information about spec requirements and fees.


The Micro Level


Use this strategy post-launch, too. For web pages or print ads, make sure you distill your product to its most pertinent essence, and have that be your title. Then go into more and more detail as you go, like a newspaper article.


By the end of it, people are invested in your product. They’ll feel like they went out of their way to learn more about it, and if they’re willing to put in that kind of effort, then consider the sale landed.




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