I came across a wonderful technique from Ed Gandia (copywriter, author, speaker and coach) that helps answer the dilemma of not having specific samples to show a client.
Here’s the scenario: your prospective client is a dentist, for example, and while you’re pitching your service, the prospect asks if you have any experience working with businesses like his.
You could just say “no” and walk away. Instead, Gandia offers this alternative: the triangulation technique.
The Triangulation Technique
The steps of the Triangulation Technique are as follows, in this order:
- The client wants a project done and asks if you have specific experience in their field. You don’t.
- You tell the client what you DO have and have done, and offer examples.
- You justify why you will do a great job and ask for the sale.
1. Tell Them What You DO Have
Instead, of “no,” you answer, “I don’t have that specific experience…but here’s what I DO have that will enable me to do a good job.” Proceed to show specific examples that would relate to this type of job–even if it was in a different field.
2. Justify Why You’re the Right Choice
Demonstrate how your background and knowledge enables you to do a better job than perhaps someone who didn’t have that skill and knowledge set. Show examples of work similar to what they need. Exhibit expertise in the form of education, training, awards, jobs and happy client testimonials.
3. Ask for the Sale
Close by saying someting like, “I just need the opportunity and I promise that you’ll be very happy with the result.” Ask for the sale with an open-ended question like, “When can we get started?”
If the prospect still balks at hiring you, offer a partial project to “try you out,” or assure the client that they will be able to review your work at various stages. Ask how you CAN help them solve their problem, which they obviously have, because they came to you for help.
It’s really all about the confidence the prospect has that you will get the job done. By proving that you can handle the work through the Triangulation Technique, you can win the sale.
The hardest thing any business owner can do is to write about him or herself or their business. It just can’t be done—or at least done well. You need that outside eye—preferably a writer with a good marketing background and solid writing reputation—to create copy about you that others will find compelling. If you try to write about yourself, you will get bogged down in too many details, wondering which are the most important. You will also labor for hours on end trying to get the copy “just right.”
What Makes a Really Good Copywriter?
When you’ve decided it is best for both your sanity and your time to hire an outside writer, here’s what you should look for:
Style of copywriting experience
Your copywriter should be up to date on the latest ways to write for the particular medium you’re writing for, be it the web, brochures, a media kit or an author bio, for example. The writing styles for each are entirely different. If the writer doesn’t know the difference, look for one who does.
Great interview skills
Most of the information for the copy will come from you. A great copywriter has the confidence to conduct an interview to gather what they need in the shortest time possible. We know you’re busy and we need to use our skills to ferret out details quickly that make your copy shine. Expect some “off the wall” questions, and roll with them. We’re also looking for insights into your personality so we can inject that into the copy.
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