It is a dry hot day while Bill lackadaisically watches the traffic go by on the main road. He came here to break free from the daily chores of a job, and this seemed a good investment. According to those in the know, he should quite comfortably make an easy living.
What was not mentioned, nor thought of by him, was how many others are there doing the same thing. So every day now he faces Sam on the other side of the main road, doing exactly what he is doing.
Bill and Sam are both selling the same coolers, and if you are around here everyone needs one.
Every now and again a car pulls in at Bill’s place having a look around, but being the shy person that he is, he just leaves them to their own devices hoping silently that they would buy. They look and they leave. Maybe one day he will see them again, and then again, maybe not.
One morning, as Bill opens up for business he notices a truck that had just pulled off the road at Sam’s entrance. After watching the commotion of the people getting out of the truck he suddenly realizes what is happening, Sam is putting up a huge signboard announcing his presence.
As the days go by Bill sees his drizzle of traffic becoming less and less, all heading off to Sam. On the other side of the road.
Quietly staring across to Sam’s, Bill thinks by himself whatever made him decide on this, should he call it quits. But with the amount he had already invested it would be a bitter pill to swallow.
In a last-ditch effort, Bill decides to follow suit. Put up a bigger board than Sam.
Geared up with his new plan he heads off to the powers that be and after looking at all the figures he comes to the cold realization that a board like Sam’s will cost a small fortune and that just to get more people who may not even buy.
He will have to sell a lot to just cover expenses, let alone make a profit.
After looking at all the alternatives he decides on a smaller board. At the price it better work or he will be in the big city looking for a job soon, back from whence he came. ‘Has my dream become my nightmare’, he thinks to himself as he heads back. There is such a lot of traffic if he could just get a little.
The board is up but the traffic only trickles in. Those that do stop stay only for a brief period and they drive off again. On the odd occasion, one would buy, but the cost of that board far exceeds the profits.
One morning upon awakening it happens, in a flash of brilliance!
Scraping his last money together he buys a cheap fridge, fills it up with coke, changes the signboard to read Free Ice Cold Coke.
Very soon his dusty entrance road has more traffic than what it can handle.
An ice-cold Coke is always welcome in these parts, especially with the heat as it is. So more and more turn off to visit, and they stay for a while enjoying the refreshing drink before continuing on their journey. Many of them then also buy a cooler.
Bill decided to put his shyness into his pocket and spoke to the visitors, and before they left he asked them for their business cards and if he could call on them. To his surprise, there were many more yes answers than no.
From now on Bill is remembered as the guy who gave them a cold coke on a hot day, just what they needed at that moment in time. He gave his visitors a reason to remember him, a reason to stay for a while, and sold his product in the process. A few weeks later Sam’s board was taken down, and Sam left, back to the city.
So how does Bill’s story relate to you as an internet marketer?
Give your visitors a reason to stay for a while.
Your bonus or giveaway should relate to your product and to your advertisement.
Your offer must make a lasting impression, they must remember you. Give them exactly what they need at that moment in time, find the flash of brilliance, even if it costs a small investment.
If you give something away as a gift ask for their email in exchange, if you don’t you will never see them again.
You must build up a relationship with your visitors so that you are able to contact them at a later stage, or even follow up with a new offer.
You are the only one who will know what your visitors want, make it worthwhile they’re while receiving it and they won’t mind further communication from you.
Create a trust relationship and they will actually open and read your emails.
If your board is up and you are paying for it you must give your visitors what they are expecting, and you will receive what you are expecting.
So what is your offer?