Tips On Acing Your Headlines and Titles

July 12, 2018

Whether you are writing your own blogs, social media posts, or are having to take over for your marketing team for a little bit, everyone gets stuck on the simple aspect of titles and headlines. It sounds like a minor detail, but, imagine this: you wrote a fantastic post that you think will benefit your clientele, prospects, and people who are generally interested in learning about finances and your services. However, the title doesn’t portray that and no one ends up opening the post. Today I’m going to focus simply on headlines and titles that’ll get those people to open your fantastic posts (and don’t limit this, it could apply to email titles, proposals, etc.) Nowadays with pretty much everything becoming digital, simple things such as this could make a big difference in differentiating yourself from the various articles out there.

TIP #1

Provide the benefit right away in your article/blog post/social media post. Let’s take the example from earlier. You wrote a post that has beneficial information to your clients/prospects while also explaining how your services can help. And let’s say that this post allows for people to successfully buy a home loan. Your title, for example, could be something like this: Eliminate stress with a “Stress Free” home loan.  

TIP #2

Keep it short. When people read the headline, they can already get a sense of what the article will be like. So taking something from “Our company focuses all of our time to save our clients money” into “Save more with *insert company name*” allows the reader to not feel overwhelmed by the title.

TIP #3

Use more verbs than adjectives. Using too many adjectives could create skepticism for your audience whereas verbs pull the audience in. Just think about it, two of our most famous headlines in history are: “Got Milk?” and “Just Do It.” 

TIP #4

Last but not least, be authentic. Be straightforward about what you wrote in your article and make sure that the benefit that you’ll provide in the headlines is located in the article/post.

 


New Year, Stronger Marketing For Your Firm

December 28, 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it is the perfect time to look back on annual reports and evaluate your progress. Although it is important to look back on your performance, it’s also just as important to plan for the upcoming year. The new year can be intimidating, especially when competition is heavy. While planning your marketing for the new year you should make sure that it is: strategic, measurable, attainable, and cost effective. There are various ways to develop your marketing plans on a budget but one of the best ways is to provide a “personal touch” and connection that most clients don’t expect, but certainly value. This means going above and beyond for the customer by showing extra care and doing things out of the ordinary that the customer doesn’t expect. Here are 5 methods in approaching a “personal side” of marketing:

  1. Have someone in charge of marketing. This doesn’t mean you need to develop a whole marketing department. Is there someone in your office that you consider a “people’s person” or someone who likes to put events together? Assign them to the marketing tasks. The tasks could vary from arranging seminars and events to updating the website and blogs. Rather it’s having a marketing consultant, an intern, or someone from your office, having someone assigned to the job will ensure that it gets done.
  2. Arrange a reverse seminar. Instead of you presenting to your client, have them present to you. This will put the “spotlight” on the client and will allow for them to feel engaged.
  3. Conduct an annual event. We all know of a few companies in our areas that are associated with certain charity events. That’s the goal for your firm. Having an annual event, especially involving charity, will not only help out your community but will also provide advertising opportunities.
  4. Pick up your phone and call! Sounds like something you should already know, but it’s one of the more effective (and free) ways to market. Instead of sending an email, give your client a call. Have the call be from the financial advisor or attorney that is working with the client. Discuss with them any business updates and ask if they have any questions. This also allows for the client to develop a relationship with the firm and feel like they are a part of the process, instead of being left in the dark. Make sure to personalize each call and switch up the subject.
  5. Go above and beyond with the simple things. This means whenever a client is in the office, make a fresh cup of coffee and add a snack with it. Have a welcome sign whenever the client is entering the office. Provide a welcome package, make parking arrangements, give a map, etc. Go the extra mile so that the client feels truly appreciated. And this will not only help your “personal side” marketing, but will also provide word-of-mouth marketing. The clients will tell their families, friends, and coworkers about this.

Have more ways on providing a “personal side” to marketing? Tell us by leaving a comment below:


Move your marketing off the back burner

April 17, 2014

BurnerWhy does marketing your business always seem to get put on the back burner? We get it, you’re busy! But these easy marketing strategies won’t take much time and they’re well worth what you’ll get out of them.

1. Network – You’ve heard it before but we’ll say it again, you’re never going to make connections if you don’t interact with new people. Networking is a great opportunity to meet potential clients in a casual setting, but you still have something to gain even if you’re not with your target market. Simply putting a face and personality to a name goes a long way in the referral business. Sometimes it really is all about who you know.

2. Go digital – In today’s world, people turn to Google first for everything. Potential clients are going to look you up, there’s no doubt about it. But will they like what they see? Take a little bit of time to update your website, add information to social media or post new content. If they can’t find anything about you online, they’re probably not going to contact you for business.

3. Host – Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little. Hosting a brief, educational event for your target audience will get them interested in what you have to say and offer. You don’t have to give them a free session, but offering a little advice about common mistakes or current issues every person is facing will show them how good you are. Next time they find themselves in trouble, you’ll be the one they turn to for help.

4. Send information – Even people you’ve met three or more times will likely forget who you are. Periodically (we suggest regularly) send a brief newsletter to your clientele and prospects. It will remind them of you. This could be a simple hello, a review of what you’ve been working on, new things you have to offer, or maybe something calendar relevant. Whatever you want to say, send it out so clients will have it to use, to pass along, or to keep in mind for the future.

So maybe you don’t have time to put your entire focus on marketing right now, but start with these simple steps and you’ll be off to a good start. Marketing is essential for new business, and you don’t want to miss out!

What moves are on your marketing short list?

Three Point Marketing offers marketing support for professional service providers such as financial planners, attorneys, and accountants.