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Things are changing. Well, actually, it changed a while ago. The things people buy online have evolved somewhat. Did you notice?
Selling information online isn't as easy as it used to be. Why is that?
It is because there is SO much information out there already for free. I call it content inflation.
So, you have a couple of things happening... (1) People figure they'll just find it for free elsewhere, OR.... (2) They're so overwhelmed already, they just don't give a crap about buying any more.
Perhaps this is sounding familiar to you. ;)
So, if you're in the position of trying to do info marketing online, what do you do? Should you sink weeks of work into that next ebook offer?
A successful marketer doesn't just sell knowledge. They sell what is most valuable to the prospect. The knowledge is a means to an end, but you SELL the end.
Not only that, but you have to realize what they REALLY want. They don't care about a massive brain dump. When you try to sell that ebook, they don't care about how big the ebook is and how much is in it. Usually, newbie marketers who go down that road end up on a race to the bottom.... they'll try to sell on the "get all this for a really low price" approach. Hmmm....
That approach can still work in some markets, but it is working less and less. I've used it before. Most people selling online have done so. But, it has limited workability and isn't a good long-term strategy.
So, while it might be a good idea to have some low-end offers out there which you can market in that way, the best way to make a LOT of money is to go for higher-end products with higher price tags. To do that, you need to think about what it is people are willing to pay the most for.
Here are 5 of them...
People want an outcome of some kind. And they want it NOW. They don't want to have to spin their wheels for too long. They want the runway to be shortened.
So, how can you provide them an outcome in a fast way and make it convenient?
How can you prove and show that the result they want will come quickly?
Things need to get done. They know it. They don't want to do it themselves. OR they don't know how.
So, how can you structure an offer with a "done for you" component?
I've seen blogger courses offered where part of the deal is they'll set up the blog for you. That is a nice "done for you" offer, and it removes a common pain-point for bloggers (the technical stuff).
Unless you can automate this stuff with software, the "done for you" easily gets into offering services. Do you want to do that? Perhaps not and there's nothing wrong with that. But, you can also explore more creative options.
For example, in the above blog setup offer, you could hire somebody overseas to do the blog setups (it is pretty repetitive stuff anyway).
Around the world, you have some pretty well-off businesspeople paying large sums of money to be added to a waiting list to be a space tourist. They want to be one of the first civilians to go into space once it has been fully commercialized.
Why do they want to do that? Because they can, yes. But also.... because they want the experience and they also want the STATUS of having been a part of it.
People love to be able to participate in something that others cannot. And they love to brag about it to others.
How can you incorporate that into your offers?
It doesn't even necessarily have to be just for paid things. In internet marketing circles, you see this being done in product launches all the time among affiliates. Ever seen a "JV Leaderboard"? It is the ongoing "top 10" affiliates for a launch. It is a matter of STATUS to be on that list. And sometimes, the seller will couple together an experience with being in the top 10.
I've seen others who will sell an online course, but part of their offer is to come to a live event for fellow students. That's an experience.
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To get out ahead of the pack, to get in on something before others are able to. People LOVE to feel as if they're "on the inside" and getting in on something before it takes off into some huge thing.
People will pay for a competitive advantage.
Can you build that into your offer? Can you show how people who buy your product are going to get an edge over others?
This is a biggie. In this world of information overwhelm, it is ironic that what people value most is good old-fashioned human interaction. You can cut through the noise and get it from the horse's mouth, so to speak.
Why can a politician charge multi-thousands per plate for a fundraiser dinner? Because those people want access to the person.
Why do people pay extra for back-stage passes? So they can meet the artist.
You don't have to be a celebrity to do this, either. How can you provide and offer access to you? Perhaps 1-on-1 phone consultation? Direct email access? The experience of flying to you and spending the day with you so you can personally help them?
You should take whatever it is you are offering and see what you can do to make the offer much more valuable and charge a higher price for it.
It also really helps to brainstorm your offer from beginning to end. We've got a whole process for this inside our Offers That Convert course.
If you're just offering another ebook, you're in the crowd with everybody else.
Find out what your target prospect REALLY wants, what their ideal outcome is, and then brainstorm these 5 points to come up with an AWESOME customer experience that will just WOW them.
Then, you've got a customer for life.