Selling

They Can’t Walk Away From the Sale if You Trap Them in a Super Fun Maze.

Edith Wharton

“When people ask for time, it’s always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn’t take half as long to say.” – Edith Wharton, Born Jan. 24, 1862. When it comes to making sales, if a prospect says they want to think about it, it means they aren’t …

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Shortcut to Creating a Perception of Value in Absolutely Any Piece of Information

Mortimer Adler

“Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable.” – Mortimer Adler, Born Dec. 28, 1902. Let’s make today about practicality. We write to sell things. That’s our goal. Our duty. And to do that, we have to make people see …

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Facts Can’t Sell Anything Without Feelings (Doot Doo Doot)

George MacDonald

“Attitudes are more important than facts.” – George MacDonald, Born Dec. 10, 1824 I can’t persuade anyone with JUST the facts. Facts are boring. Static. Motionless. Some dummies keep saying we live in a post-fact age. I think that’s dangerously untrue. But I digress. If facts alone could close the sale, I’d still be a …

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How Painting Your Bottom Red Can Make You Stand Apart

Manolo Blahnik

“My shoes are special shoes for discerning feet.” – Manolo Blahnik, Born Nov. 27, 1942. You want your customers to have a special relationship to your products, your offers, and you personally. That’s called branding – that relationship that exists beyond and outside the immediate benefits of the product. And the secret of doing this …

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Getting Good at Lying Makes You Better at Making Truth Believable.

William McIlvanney

“Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.” – William McIlvanney. Born Nov. 25, 1936. People get upset when I compare marketers to liars. Or I talk about manipulation. And coercion. Your hands are already dirty! Just own it! It’s better! But I digress. Here is what you need to realize. Even …

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No One Wants To Buy Your Product – This Is What They’ll Pay For…

Calvin Klein

“The only way to advertise is by not focusing on the product.” – Calvin Klein, Born Nov. 19, 1942. The art and skill and magic and OOMPH of writing promotions comes from the stuff you do that has NOTHING to do with the product itself. The product is just a token of value. It carries …

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