7 Ways to Make Your Offers Hard to Refuse

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You’ve got a product or service to sell, but it’s not going to sell itself. In this post, I share tips on how to make your offers so irresistible that your audience just HAS to buy! As the old adage goes, “nothing happens until something is sold.” Follow these tips to get those sales numbers up.

1. Offer a Money-Back Guarantee

Back up your product or service with an iron-clad guarantee of some sort. Whether you offer your customers a limited time guarantee for them to try your product or service with no risk, or whether you offer a “forever” guarantee (be very careful: this can be hard to maintain!), you’re still showing them that you believe in what you’re selling. Plus, since the risk is lower, customers may be willing to make a purchase that they otherwise wouldn’t.

2. Offer a Free Trial

Market your service by letting customers get a taste of what you do for free (for a limited time, of course). Think about how many more customers you might attain if you simply allowed them to try your business out with zero risks. Once they’ve tried it, your chances of gaining them as a customer most certainly increase.

You may be thinking, But I sell a product. Doesn’t a free trial work best with a subscription service? Well, not these days. I’ve seen product commercials that offer items like mattresses or make-up for free for a limited period. You can offer a trial version of just about any product.

3. Include Premiums with Your Offer

Offer premiums to help sales

Are you old enough to remember the football phone that came with your subscription to Sports Illustrated? Well, that football phone is what’s known as a ‘premium’. Use other products that have high perceived value with your audience to enhance the attractiveness of your own by including them for free with their purchase.

4. If You Sell Physical Products, Include Free Shipping

People like free, and free shipping will get your online buyers to do a double-take. In fact, they do more than a double-take, they’ll actually increase their orders, too.

You don’t have to offer free shipping on all purchases, but you should always have a targeted revenue amount that if your customer hits, the order will be shipped for free (Example: Spend $100 and shipping is on us!). Know your numbers and this is a win for everyone!

5. Make It a Challenge

Make a challenge to improve sales

Want to market yourself and make sales at the same time? Then, it’s challenge time! Everyone loves a good challenge, and your audience will naturally spread the word (especially if they win!). Restaurant? Wing-eating or colossal burger eating challenge. Selling make-up? Best makeover challenge. Carpet cleaner? Most jaw-dropping before and after pic of a messy room. You name it, you can make a challenge out of it. Then, award the winner with some of your products or services for free!

6. Include an “Insane” DoorBuster Deals

Use the DoorBuster method when you’ve got a great deal to offer or just need to spice up your monthly sales numbers. Entice customers by offering free products or services to the first 10, 20, or 30 people to fill out a form on your website, come to your brick and mortar store, or message you with a code word. Need to market a particular product? Offer it at half-off one day per month.

But remember, don’t offer what you can’t afford. And another word of caution: don’t use this all the time. Otherwise, you could appear too desperate.

7. BOGO Deals Are All The Rage

Again, people love “free.” If you’ve got some product to offload, or if you’re trying to get your services marketed to a wider audience, then consider offering a BOGO deal for your customers. If they buy a pair of shoes, give them one free. If they buy five body soaps, give them 5 free. Whatever it is, just know your numbers, and make sure that you tell them that this BOGO sale won’t last forever.

Additional Tips for Conveying Value to Customers

How to improve your offers

When including any incentives with your offers, keep the following ideas in the forefront of your approach:

  • scarcity – let your customers know you have a limited supply
  • limited time – let them know your sale won’t last forever
  • exclusivity – communicate that your offer is only for them
  • value – remind them (again) of the value of your product or service

When customers sense that they have limited time to act and that what you’re selling will make their lives easier, they’ll jump on the deal. FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is a hugely popular sales method for a reason.

Sherm is founder and CEO of invision studios llc. Starting as a typesetter back in the days before GUIs, he's morphed into whatever area of expertise is necessary to help small businesses grow. From graphic design; to web design; to web development; to search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, reputation marketing and adwords/pay per click advertising, he and invision studios can do it all.

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