Nine Inviolable Rules
Of Direct Marketing
#1. & #2. There are two rules and two rules only: Rule #1: Test everything. Rule #2: See Rule #1.
#3. Ed Mayer’s Corollary: “Don’t test whispers.”
#4. “Success in Direct Marketing is 40% Lists (Data), 40% Offer and 20% everything else.”
#5. “The offer should be so attractive, only a lunatic would say no.”
#6. “If you want to dramatically increase your results, dramatically improve your offer.”
#7. “The 7 key copy drivers—the emotional hot buttons that make people act—are Fear – Greed – Guilt – Anger – Exclusivity – Salvation - Flattery. If your copy isn’t dripping with one or more of these, tear it up and start over.” —Bob Hacker
#8. “Make it easy to order.”
—Elsworth Howell #9. “Avoid gray walls of type.” —David Ogilvy
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