Have you ever noticed that almost every person selling something is yelling the word FREE?  Most times, customers are so desensitized to the idea of getting something for FREE, that you automatically become suspect and jeopardize your credentials.  If you customers do not trust you, then you will not make the sale.

Does this mean that you should never use the word FREE in a sales or marketing promotion?  No, but it does mean that FREE must have value for you customer to give them a reason to share their information with you.

The three most common mistakes that marketers make when trying to reach customers with the word “FREE” hanging like an albatross around their neck are:

  • Not providing content worthy of your customer’s interests.
  • Using deceit to draw your customer into your marketing without providing value.
  • Trying to sell goods or services to your customer with the word FREE attached.

What you are saying?  Not try to sell to my customers?  If you are starting to stutter and shift uneasily in your chair, then please get a grip.  The Marketing Goddess is ready to explain all to those trusting souls with patience!

Your goal is never to sell someone a product based on your FREE product.  Your goal is to get them to buy into later sale efforts by leaving their contact information.  Whether you offer a free newsletter, podcast, white paper, or report, your goal is to build a trust with your customer by providing a FREE value.  Later emails set up a drip marketing campaign in which you touch your customer repeatedly with information of products mixed with education.

Here are some great case studies from clients-

In truth, it’s like someone asking you to buy a car before you have driven it.  What your customer wants to feel assured about is that you have their best interest at heart.  As you can see from anyone of these documents, they are all timely, focused marketing pieces built to help the consumer with important information or education.  After all, why spend your days knocking on your customers door when you could be using the power of your blog and the internet to bring them to you!

Want an extra Marketing secret?  Dont want to produce content yourself?  Contact someone who has free marketing podcasts, white papers, or materials and ask to promote it on your site! 

If you have questions, comments, or emotional outburst….well, that is why I am here! ~~Diana, Marketing Goddess

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