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The 3 Stages of a Stress-Free First-Time Product Launch Plan

You did it! Your brand-new product or service is ready to go. Now … what’s your product launch plan?

(Cue record scratch …)

When most people think of their product launch plan, they think in terms of the first definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Launch: to throw forward, hurl.

In this article, though, I’m digging deep into the definition of the word and highlighting a completely different approach.

Launch: to put into operation or set in motion, initiate.

I’m about to show you a very simple sample launch plan you can follow.

Because your first launch of a new product is all about setting things in motion. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Planning a product launch? Think of your new product launch as a “first draft” and keep it simple so you can get your new offer out into the world.

What is a product launch?

A product launch is a moment in time when you put your offer — your product or service — in front of an audience of prospective buyers.

It’s also an event!

The best product launches feel like a party. You let people know about your launch in advance to build anticipation. And you have a memorable time while it’s happening.

And … truth be told … you’re a little bit exhausted once it’s done. Just like when you throw a great party.

More on how to avoid total exhaustion in a moment. 🙂

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What's your visual strategy? Three multi-colored dandelions represent a visual identity you'll share with the world.

What’s Your Visual Strategy? 5 Easy Ways to Start Building a Vivid Visual Identity for Your Online Business

You have a content strategy, an email strategy, and a launch strategy. But do you have a visual strategy?

If that question makes you want to run for the hills and hide, stick around — I’ve got you covered.

This article is going to share five easy ways to get started building a visual strategy for your online business.

No design degree required!

These are strategies anyone can implement, starting today. 

I’m going to share resources to help you — and plenty of examples so you can see what a memorable visual strategy looks like.

Dive in to learn visual strategy: Use the five tips in this article.

Let’s dive in! 

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How to Create a Lead Magnet in an Afternoon [Start with the Free Template]

Want to grow your email list? This post will show you how to create a lead magnet (or opt-in incentive, or freebie) that will …

  • Attract the right prospects
  • Entice them to hand over their email address
  • Allow you to nurture the relationship before you ever ask for a purchase

Creating a valuable gift to entice people to join your email list sounds straightforward. But there are a few nuances to building a lead magnet that prospects find irresistible.

We’re going to cover them all right on this page.

In this article, you’ll get everything you need to create a lead magnet in a single afternoon.

You’ll get:

  • A step-by-step process for creating an ebook lead magnet so you can follow along and get it done
  • A list of lead magnet ideas for inspiration
  • A free lead magnet template so you can create your downloadable in a single afternoon
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Get the recipe: Here's how to write a sales page

Start Making More Sales: Remember This 5-Step Recipe for High-Converting Sales Pages

Don’t you wish you knew how to write a sales page that converts — every time? 

A sales page that truly represents all the value you’ve worked so hard to include in your online offer?

Your sales page has a big job to do. 

It shares your offer 24/7, standing in for a sales force or a personal sales conversation.

The best sales pages?

They contain all the conversion ingredients that a live sales conversation contains.

Your sales page is there at the pivotal moment of decision

Your sales page copy and images need to inform and excite your prospects. Your sales page needs to meet your prospects’ objections. It needs to answer their questions so they feel 100% comfortable buying from your business.

If you’re used to creating content marketing and writing emails, writing a sales page can feel awkward.

For one thing, when you write a sales page you’re focused on persuasion. This can take you straight out of your comfort zone.

Also, we’re not creating sales pages frequently like we are for content marketing or social media posts.

If you wrote sales pages every day, writing a sales page would feel downright natural.

How to write a sales page? Put this sales page conversion recipe in front of you

This sales page recipe will guarantee that you include all the essential conversion ingredients. Even if you’re not used to writing sales pages, your page will:

Table of Contents:

  1. Gather your sales page ingredients
  2. Prepare your sales page work area
  3. How to write a sales page — copy and images
  4. Add sales page ingredients as needed
  5. Serve up your sales page and test the response

Step 1: Gather your sales page ingredients

If you’ve done any kind of cooking or baking, you know that the process moves more quickly and smoothly when you assemble what you need in one place before you start cooking.

Here’s what you need to write a high-converting sales page:

  • A detailed description of why people search for your solution. What are the current challenges/issues they want to solve … as they would describe them in their own words?
  • A detailed description of what they experience when they use your product or service. Use their own words if possible.
  • Common objections people would have about purchasing your offer. What stops them? Think of internal objections (this will never work for me, my situation is too difficult to fix, etc.) and external objections (this will take too much time, I can’t afford it, etc.).
  • What makes your offer different? Describe your unique approach. How do you stand out from your competition? This can be something as simple as “you get my personalized attention” or as complex as “you get access to our proprietary formulas.”
  • 5-7 of your best testimonials. Plus, any awards you’ve won, organizations you belong to, certifications you hold. These build trust and authority.
  • A concise description of your offer. How does it work? What exactly can they expect? Include timeframes, lists of content like “X modules, X lessons, X hours of coaching time, X workbooks” etc.
  • A call to action with pricing/packages descriptions. Ask your visitor to make a decision and present them package options. Explain what they get at each level.
  • Your guarantee terms. Offer a guarantee if possible. Make it memorable by giving it a name and pairing it with an image.

Step 2: Prepare your sales page work area

Writing a sales page feels different than writing a blog post or an informational email. That’s because sales pages focus on conversion.

Sales pages are designed to move people from feeling interested to taking decisive action.

Let’s start by answering some questions about sales page structure.

How long should my sales page be?

Your offer price point will determine your sales page length. Think about it: you don’t have to think too hard about spending $20. You might have to think a little harder about spending $200. And you may need lots of information before you plunk down $2,000 or $20,000.

The more your offer costs, the more information you need to share.

How should I design my sales page?

Use a landing page format. This means there should be no external navigation — no menu bar, no footer, and no sidebar. All attention should go to the copy and images on your sales page — nothing else.

Center your headlines. Use centered headlines (called “crossheads”) to break up the content on the page and add white space.

Use visual hierarchy. Make your page easy to navigate by placing a large, bold headline at the top, then using smaller-sized headlines and subheads to break up the copy on the rest of the page.

Include bulleted lists. Keep bulleted lists “symmetrical” which means you start them with the same part of speech: verbs work great.

How can I add images to my sales page?

Include offer images to make your product or service feel tangible. If you’re selling a product, create a single “hero image” that depicts everything that’s included in a single image. If you’re selling a service, look for images that show people who look like happy customers.

Use additional images to add visual interest to the page. Aim to include at least one image in each screen scroll.

Add a guarantee image: If you’re able to, include a generous guarantee to help make it easier for people to say yes. This is especially important for higher-priced offers. A visual representation — like a badge or symbol — can help make your guarantee memorable.

This handy graphic will show you how to design your sales page.

Use this graphic as your sales page design example so you can lay out your sales page ingredients in the right order.

Remember — a sales page should have no navigation menu and no footer links. We want all eyes to be on your offer!

Step 3: How to write a sales page — copy and images

Here’s what your sales page needs to feature:

Headline: A “you-focused” main headline that features the strongest benefit your offer delivers.

Examples:

  • Get the Flexibility and Strength You Had in Your Thirties in Just 15 Minutes a Day
  • Create a Simple Website That Brings a Steady Stream of Customers to Your Craft Business

Notice that these headlines:

  • Start with a strong verb
  • Focus on a primary benefit
  • Are “you-focused” and written directly to the reader

Paint the current pain: Use the top section to show you understand the pain, challenges, and frustrations your prospect is experiencing right now.

Describe a better future: Copywriters sometimes call this “futurecasting.” Paint a picture of what life could be like for your reader once their pain is taken away and their challenges are resolved.

Present your solution: In this section, you’ll name your offer. Use your “hero shot” (product image) or images of happy customers here.

Explain your solution: As you explain what your offer delivers, be sure to talk about both benefits and features.

  • Features describe the specifications of your offer. How many hours, pages, lessons, etc. does your offer deliver?
  • Benefits describe the results your offer delivers.

You can share benefits and features in separate bulleted lists, or combine them together using this structure:

[FEATURE] so you can [BENEFIT].

Example: “A 5-page checklist so you can ensure your sales page with convert prospects to customers.”

Share testimonials: Use customer testimonials which include a headshot, name, and two to three key sentences that describe the benefits your customers experience after using your product or service.

Ask them to take action and show pricing options: Consider offering a single payment and a multiple-payment option, especially if your offer price is high enough that your ideal customer won’t have the single payment price on hand.

Provide a guarantee: You don’t need to guarantee books or other low priced products. But for higher-priced products, offering a guarantee helps prospects to feel more confident about handing over their credit card.

Step 4: Add sales page ingredients as needed

Wondering how to write a sales page for a high-end product?

It’s easy. Use the same ingredients I spelled out above, just repeat them to make the page longer.

Here are the ingredients for a sales page that’s suitable for a lower-priced product or service:

  1. Headline
  2. Paint the current pain
  3. Describe a better future
  4. Present your solution
  5. Explain your solution with features and benefits
  6. Share testimonials
  7. Show pricing options
  8. Provide a guarantee

Here are the ingredients for a sales page that’s suitable for a higher-priced product or service:

  1. Headline
  2. Paint the current pain
  3. Describe a better future
  4. Present your solution
  5. Explain your solution with features and benefits
  6. Share testimonials
  7. Ask them to take action and show pricing options
  8. Provide a guarantee
  9. Add more features and benefits
  10. Share more testimonials
  11. Ask for a decision and show pricing options again
  12. Provide guarantee again
  13. Add more features and benefits
  14. Share more testimonials
  15. Ask for a purchase and show pricing options again
  16. Provide guarantee again

Here’s a dilemma …

How to write a sales page for a low-priced vs. how to write a sales page for a high-end offer.

The main difference between sales pages for inexpensive and expensive products is length.

When you’re writing a sales page for an expensive product or service, repeat the last four sections above more than once with new information each time.

Step 5: Serve up your sales page and test the response

Wondering how to write a sales page once and for all?

The sales page you create this year probably won’t work five years from now.

Sales page styles change. Your offer may change. You’ll have newer, better testimonials. You might raise your price.

That’s why it’s smart to think of your sales page as “today’s version,” and not the “forever version.” As time goes on, your needs will change and so will your sales page.

The good news?

Once you have this basic sales page conversion recipe in place, updating your page will be easy.

Instead of wondering how to write a sales page from scratch, you’ll simply be updating small sections — and that’s a lot easier than starting from scratch!

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Create a simple product strategy to avoid burnout in your online business

Stop Burnout Before It Starts with This Simple Product Strategy that Grows Your Business

A business product strategy is crucial to staying in business for the long haul.

Why?

Because if you don’t map out a product strategy that works for you — one that grows your revenue (and not your stress levels), you won’t stay in business.

Let’s create a product strategy that keeps you from burning out.

Let’s build your success on your terms!

Decision #1 when it comes to your product strategy is, “Should I create a single offer and put all my efforts behind promoting it?” or “Should I create multiple offers and put my efforts behind growing them?”

There are pros and cons to each approach.

Fortunately, you can have the best of both worlds.

Let’s dive in and see how you can develop a product strategy that lets you have it all (minus stress).

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How to build an email list with the "Drip-Drip" and "Flood" methods

How to Build an Email List: The Fast and Slow Methods

You want to build an email list as quickly as possible, right?

That’s smart — email marketing is one of the most cost-effective ways to grow an online business.

But does speed really matter?

On the one hand, yes — it’s important to gather an audience that you can help and serve. The faster you build this audience, the sooner your online business will see real traction.

But fast is not the only speed you need to use. Slow counts, too.

A solid email marketing strategy uses both speeds, fast and slow.

The fast tactics you’re about to read about will give your email list an immediate boost.

But the slow tactics? They’ll provide slow burn growth that builds a solid foundation under your online business.

Ready to build an email list at two different speeds? Let’s do this …

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