Creative & Copywriting: Tantalize, Tease and Tell (Just Enough) Your Way to Leads
In both consumer and B-to-B direct marketing, one of the most misunderstood processes is creating effective lead generation efforts — whether they take place on the web, in email or by mail.
The key to success? Telling enough, but not too much. This takes self-control on the part of everyone involved, from the creative folks to the clients, but it's worth the effort. How much is too much, and how much will tease them into wanting to find out more? Read on.
Too Much Information?
Here's an example of a consumer lead generation program I worked on for Isuzu — you could substitute any high-ticket item for cars, from large-screen TVs to new homes.
To draw quality leads for car sales, consumers must consider your product as an alternative to what they already had in mind. How can you alter that pattern so they'll take the next step and test-drive? Find out what they're really looking for — which may not be what you expect. We discovered, for example, the features and benefits the best Isuzu prospects were looking for were profoundly different from those who'd purchase Ford Explorers or Jeep Grand Cherokees.
From there, list unique selling propositions, benefits and features, and pare the list down to just a few you can zero in on to differentiate your vehicle from all others. Mention these benefits with copy that stays right on point, and use photography to romance and define the unique features of the product. Keep it short and sweet, and make a really great offer to test-drive.
Telling too much makes consumers lose interest, because they begin to feel they know all they need to know just from your copy. Mention a few key options, but don't provide a complete option chart or they won't come in to kick the tires. When it comes to price, tell only the base price, clearly defined as that.