How To Create Irresistible Offers By Robert W. Bly

Welcome to my personal book notes of How To Create Irresistible Offers by the author Robert W. Bly.

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Fact Sheet

  • Title: How To Create Irresistible Offers
  • Subtitle: The Easiest Way On Earth To Make Your Marketing Generate More Leads, Orders, And Sales
  • Author: Robert W. Bly 
  • First published: 2009
  • Type: non-fiction
  • Genre: marketing / offer creation / copywriting
  • Online resources: The author on LinkedIn, Robert W. Bly's website
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Recommended: Yes (Hell, Yeah!)

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Table Of Contents

  • Introduction - What Albert Einstein Can Teach You About Improving Your Advertising Results
  • Chapter 1 - Offers That Bring in a Flood of New Leads
  • Chapter 2 - Hook More Prospects With a "Bait Piece" - and Double Your Response
  • Chapter 3 - Using Hard Offers to Capture Hot Prospects
  • Chapter 4 - Offers That Make You More Money in Mail Order Marketing
  • Chapter 5 - Ethically Bribe Your Prospects to Buy From You
  • Chapter 6 - Pricing Strategies That Pump Up Your Profits
  • Chapter 7 - Iron-Clad Guarantees That Make Your Product or Service Irresistible
  • Chapter 8 - Getting Your Prospects to ACT NOW!
  • Chapter 9 - How to Write and Design Reply Elements That Flood Your Mailbox With Orders
  • Appendix: Resources
  • About the Author

Key Ideas / Concepts / Notes

In this book, we will explore ways to dramatically improve response rates to your promotions anywhere from 10 percent to as much as 900 percent - just by creating and testing different offers.

An "offer" is simply what your prospects get when they respond to your ad or mailing - combined with what they have to do to get it.

In its simplest form, an offer might be "Call us toll-free for a free booklet on adjustable beds." The booklet is what prospects get. Making the phone call is what they have to do to get it.

An irresistible offer promises prospects something so compelling or desirable that they can't help but call, write, or go online to get it.

To paraphrase Marlon Brando in The Godfather, it's an offer your prospect can't refuse.

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The irresistible offer is an identity-building offer central to a product, service, or company where the believable return on investment (ROI) is communicated so clearly and efficiently that it’s immediately apparent you’d have to be a fool to pass it up.

Bob Bly On The biggest difference between general advertising and direct marketing

In my view, it's that direct marketers recognize the critical importance of the offer, while general marketers, by and large, do not.

More than that, direct marketers focus their efforts on driving the largest volume of qualified prospects to accept their offers.

General advertisers spend their time agonizing over the messaging in their ads and finding creative ways to express it.

Direct marketers focus on presenting compelling reasons why consumers should buy their products right then and there, as well as overcoming any objections the consumers may have.

They are concerned with the action they want the consumer to take - and how to get him or her to take it.


Albert Einstein's Irresistible Offer Of 1902

The wisdom of stressing the offer in advertisements has been known for well over a century.

In 1902, three years before he wrote his groundbreaking paper on the theory of relativity, a young Albert Einstein ran newspaper ads offering his services as a tutor in math and physics.

The ads prominently offered a "free trial lesson" - showing that free offers really are a smart marketing tactic!


Robert W. Bly On The two major Offers: lead generation and order generation

Order generation, also called "mail order," seeks to generate an order for a product directly from the promotion.

Mail order is "one-step marketing," because you make the sale in a single step.

Lead generation seeks to produce an inquiry or sales lead - to get qualified prospects to metaphorically raise their hands and say, "Hey, I might be interested in this product. Tell me more."

Lead generation is "two-step marketing."

The first step is sending the promotion and generating the inquiry. The next step is following up on the inquiry and closing the sale.

Strong offers are critical to the success of both lead generation and mail order marketing.

The strategic planning, selection, and testing of offers can make or break a campaign, regardless of how well designed or well written the piece is.


Bob On Creating A Simple (Lead Generation) Offer That Works

A typical offer for a lead-generating promotion might be "Call us toll-free for a free catalog on adjustable beds plus a copy of our free booklet: How to Get a Good Night's Sleep."

The more valuable and risk-free the offer seems to the reader, the better your response.

The clearer and more understandable your offer, the better your response.

The lack of a clear, distinct offer can significantly depress response.

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The free booklet offer is so effective and so important that, for most marketers seeking to generate leads, I think it’s a mistake not to have such an offer as part of their promotions.

Robert W. Bly On The "Bait Piece"

The most effective method of increasing the response rate of a lead-generation campaign is to use a “bait piece.”

The term bait piece refers to free information the advertiser offers in a mailing piece or e-mail to generate a higher number of inquiries.

The word bait is used because the free content is given not just to educate the reader (as the reader is led to believe) but to "hook" the reader by generating a response or inquiry, which can then be followed up by telephone or field sales personnel.

Bait Piece - An Irresistible, High-Quality, Free Content Offer

Click On The Picture To Learn More About The Bait... 😉

To make this strategy work, the content of the bait piece should be

  • relevant,
  • valuable,
  • desirable, and
  • specific

to the prospect's interests and needs.

There are a number of ways to enhance the soft offer by giving away a bait piece.

The most popular, and probably still the most effective, is with a free booklet, special report, white paper, or other printed content.

The Role Of The Bait Piece In The Sales Cycle

The Role Of The Bait Piece In The Sales Cycle

Make the offer of the free content prominent in your copy and graphics.

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Bob Bly's 7 Steps to Creating Winning Free Content Offers

  1. Pick an appropriate topic for your free booklet, report, or white paper.
  2. After selecting a topic, you need a catchy title.
  3. After selecting the topic and title, think about media and format.
  4. Write an enticing description for your bait piece.
  5. Even though you intend to give away your booklet or report for free, put a price on the front cover in the upper right-hand corner.
  6. Now decide how you willl package and reproduce your premium.
  7. You have selected the topic, title, and format. Now it is time to determine the contents, make an outline, and write the copy for your booklet or report.

The 'silver bullet' I include in every white paper is a section on how to select or what to look for when buying the particular type of product my client is selling.

Michael Stelzner


This concludes my personal book notes on How To Create Irresistible Offers by the author Robert W. Bly.

My notes cover only small parts of the book, so if you like what you read here, please consider buying the book from the author.

Thanks for reading and stay awesome,

Your Online Business Dude

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