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Irresistible
content
for immovable prospects.
The golden rule for when it’s time to sell.
There’s content that
entertains.
This is about a different kind of content...
And content that helps.
This is about
content that sells.
Because, at some point, you’re probably
going to want to ask for the order.
You’ve nurtured this lead through the mythical funnel.
You’ve made a friend. You’ve earned trust.
You’ve got a prospect in your sites.
The candy-assed stuff is over.
When it’s time
to sell, content has
to change gear.
You have only
one goal now
and only
one enemy.
And they’re not what you may think.
The goal:
get the prospect
to contact your
sales team.
Yep. They call you
and ask to be closed.
The enemy?
It’s not that giant competitor.
It’s not the upstart newbie.
It’s not the disruptor out of left field.
The enemy
is inertia.
Doing nothing. Standing pat.
Staying put. Sticking.
Know this:
Change
sucks.Nobody wants to change. Nobody.
Even when they say they do.
People only change
when they’re forced to.
Literally forced.
Performance risk — “It won’t work.”
Financial risk — “It’ll cost more than it saves.”
Opportunity risk — “It’ll block option B.”
Social risk — “No one will like it, or me.”
Personal risk — “I will get fired.”
Change carries risk.
Even the most compulsive gambler
is actually, at heart, deeply risk averse.
No one likes risk.
In the face
of all this risk,
the only thing that
can force someone
to change...
is change.
A real,
undeniable,
significant
and relevant
change in the world
is the only thing that forces people
to change their own world.
A real,
undeniable,
significant
and relevant
change in the world
Not invented.
The elephant in the room.
Directly connected
to the reader.
Impact-causing.
So the first and most important
job of content that sells
is to convince your prospect
that the world has changed
in a real, undeniable,
significant and relevant way.
If you succeed at this, you will
create the first critical crack
in the barrier to change.
And you will have earned your
oneshotatovercomingtheinertia
that kills sales stone dead.
Okay.
How do you convince
your prospect of this
real, undeniable,
significantandrelevant
change?
Let’s take it two adjectives at a time…
The change is
real and undeniable.
To prove this, you need evidence, in the form of:
Data — reliable, honest, clear and compelling data.
3rd-party support — media, analysts, other buyers...
A driver — something tangible that's causing the change.
The change is
significant and relevant.
To prove this, you need logic:
To show the change is inevitable — there can be only
one consequence.
To connect the change to the prospect — showing how
it must rock their world.
To inject urgency — showing that the impact is imminent.
If you do this,
you start
a psychological
chain reaction.
And the effect is remarkable…
If you succeed,
the risk of inaction
becomes greater
than the risk of action.
This is worth repeating:
If you succeed,
the risk of inaction
becomes greater
than the risk of action.
And when you reach
this moment,
selling can begin.
(But before you do, it can’t.)
Content
that sells,
sells change.
Hard.
Content that sells
creates a receptive
prospect.
One that’s not just
ready but eager to hear
about your solution.
Really.
Content that sells
gets prospects
to contact your sales
people instead of
sitting around waiting
to be contacted.
And that is a wonderful thing.
Six characteristics
of content that sells
change.
It’s direct
and assertive.
Short, clear and muscular.
Using 'you' a lot.
Looking the prospect in the eye.
It starts with
what the prospect
already knows.
And builds from there.
You can’t start from
a controversial premise.
Start with the obvious,
told with a fresh spin.
It’s linear.
This is no time for browsing around.
Take the reader by the hand
and don’t let go till you're done.
Build your argument.
It’s data
driven.
But doesn’t let the data
swamp the story.
Data is support, not substance.
It asks for
the order.
This is the bottom of the
bottom of the funnel.
Close this thing.
It makes now
seem like the ideal
time to act.
If it’s an early market, sell the
first-mover advantage.
If it’s later, show how they can
avoid the pioneers' mistakes.
And always highlight the very
real cost of delay.
This kind of content
is more like selling
and less like marketing.
And it’s not ashamed of that.
Go forth and sell.
Go forth and sell change.
The real, undeniable, significant and relevant kind.
About Velocity
We're a B2B content marketing agency
that helps great companies disrupt markets.
(Which is our idea of fun).
We write a lot about content marketing
and you can find it all here.
Thank you.

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Irresistible content for immovable prospects

  • 1. Irresistible content for immovable prospects. The golden rule for when it’s time to sell.
  • 2. There’s content that entertains. This is about a different kind of content... And content that helps.
  • 3. This is about content that sells. Because, at some point, you’re probably going to want to ask for the order.
  • 4. You’ve nurtured this lead through the mythical funnel. You’ve made a friend. You’ve earned trust. You’ve got a prospect in your sites. The candy-assed stuff is over. When it’s time to sell, content has to change gear.
  • 5. You have only one goal now and only one enemy. And they’re not what you may think.
  • 6. The goal: get the prospect to contact your sales team. Yep. They call you and ask to be closed.
  • 7. The enemy? It’s not that giant competitor. It’s not the upstart newbie. It’s not the disruptor out of left field.
  • 8. The enemy is inertia. Doing nothing. Standing pat. Staying put. Sticking.
  • 9. Know this: Change sucks.Nobody wants to change. Nobody. Even when they say they do.
  • 10. People only change when they’re forced to. Literally forced.
  • 11. Performance risk — “It won’t work.” Financial risk — “It’ll cost more than it saves.” Opportunity risk — “It’ll block option B.” Social risk — “No one will like it, or me.” Personal risk — “I will get fired.” Change carries risk.
  • 12. Even the most compulsive gambler is actually, at heart, deeply risk averse. No one likes risk.
  • 13. In the face of all this risk, the only thing that can force someone to change...
  • 15. A real, undeniable, significant and relevant change in the world is the only thing that forces people to change their own world.
  • 16. A real, undeniable, significant and relevant change in the world Not invented. The elephant in the room. Directly connected to the reader. Impact-causing.
  • 17. So the first and most important job of content that sells is to convince your prospect that the world has changed in a real, undeniable, significant and relevant way.
  • 18. If you succeed at this, you will create the first critical crack in the barrier to change.
  • 19. And you will have earned your oneshotatovercomingtheinertia that kills sales stone dead.
  • 20. Okay.
  • 21. How do you convince your prospect of this real, undeniable, significantandrelevant change? Let’s take it two adjectives at a time…
  • 22. The change is real and undeniable. To prove this, you need evidence, in the form of: Data — reliable, honest, clear and compelling data. 3rd-party support — media, analysts, other buyers... A driver — something tangible that's causing the change.
  • 23. The change is significant and relevant. To prove this, you need logic: To show the change is inevitable — there can be only one consequence. To connect the change to the prospect — showing how it must rock their world. To inject urgency — showing that the impact is imminent.
  • 24. If you do this, you start a psychological chain reaction. And the effect is remarkable…
  • 25. If you succeed, the risk of inaction becomes greater than the risk of action.
  • 26. This is worth repeating: If you succeed, the risk of inaction becomes greater than the risk of action.
  • 27. And when you reach this moment, selling can begin. (But before you do, it can’t.)
  • 29. Content that sells creates a receptive prospect. One that’s not just ready but eager to hear about your solution. Really.
  • 30. Content that sells gets prospects to contact your sales people instead of sitting around waiting to be contacted. And that is a wonderful thing.
  • 31. Six characteristics of content that sells change.
  • 32. It’s direct and assertive. Short, clear and muscular. Using 'you' a lot. Looking the prospect in the eye.
  • 33. It starts with what the prospect already knows. And builds from there. You can’t start from a controversial premise. Start with the obvious, told with a fresh spin.
  • 34. It’s linear. This is no time for browsing around. Take the reader by the hand and don’t let go till you're done. Build your argument.
  • 35. It’s data driven. But doesn’t let the data swamp the story. Data is support, not substance.
  • 36. It asks for the order. This is the bottom of the bottom of the funnel. Close this thing.
  • 37. It makes now seem like the ideal time to act. If it’s an early market, sell the first-mover advantage. If it’s later, show how they can avoid the pioneers' mistakes. And always highlight the very real cost of delay.
  • 38. This kind of content is more like selling and less like marketing. And it’s not ashamed of that.
  • 39. Go forth and sell.
  • 40. Go forth and sell change. The real, undeniable, significant and relevant kind.
  • 41. About Velocity We're a B2B content marketing agency that helps great companies disrupt markets. (Which is our idea of fun). We write a lot about content marketing and you can find it all here.