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David Dutton, a subscriber of mine from Nashville,
Tennessee, wrote in and asked me to "touch on prospecting
with direct mail"
As you probably know, I love direct mail for loads of
reasons, but mostly I love it because you can use it to say
anything you want or tell any kind of story you want.
There's no limit to the number of pages or words you have to
use, and frankly, it's also a very intimate form of
communicating with your prospects and clients.
After all, when your prospect is reading your message, it's
just you and them, one-on-one.
Anyway, here's a little story about my younger son Casey.
Pay close attention to it, and see if you can guess the
"moral" of the story here.
When Casey was younger, I always used to say, he'd be
"the perfect salesman".
Whenever he asked for something, if the answer was "No",
he'd ask you the exact same question in a different way.
He'd figure out some way to come at you from behind... or
around the sides... or down from up above.
To put this in "selling" perspective, when Casey asked for
the order, in his mind, "No" didn't mean he couldn't get it,
it just meant he had to ask for it again... a little
And see, one of the most critical mistakes people make is
that they don't do second and third (or more) mailings.
You should keep mailing offers, until your mailings aren't
For the most part, from a numbers standpoint, you should get
whatever response you got on your first mailing, on your
second and third mailings combined.
So if you're selling a high-ticket item, or if the lifetime
value of your client is high, you can see how, in some
cases, you can certainly afford to do a dozen or more
Thanks for your question David.
Oh, by-the-way -- now 13, Casey STILL doesn't understand
what "No" means.
Now go sell something,
P.S. Check out all the prior archives you've been
missing, right here at:
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