Thursday, March 4, 2010

Guest Post: Focus on Benefits Not Features in Your Marketing

Susan Weiner CFA writes a guest post about stating benefits rather than features in your marketing:

Focusing on the benefits your clients will receive from your financial services is much more effective than touting your firm's features. In other words, focus on you, the client--not us, the firm.
I found a great example of this when I looked for gyms near me.

Gym 1 said, "Gym 1 is a premiere fitness, athletics, and rehabilitation facility that features the highest caliber trainers, equipment..."

Sounds impressive, doesn't it? But does it get you excited about joining a gym?

Now read the beginning of Gym 2's ad.
     We've helped our members:
     -fit into their clothes
     -make their exes jealous
     -look amazing at their wedding

Sure, some people would opt for Gym 1 over Gym 2. But clearly Gym 2 makes more of an emotional connection with the reader.

You can find similar contrasts in wealth management. For example, one firm says, "Our company has been in business for 60 years." Prospective clients may read that statement and ask "So what? Why should I care?" 

They might re-word that as "Your money will be managed by a firm that has weathered up-markets and down-markets for 60 years."

How would you re-write "Our company has been in business for 60 years?" It would be great to get your suggestions:

Copyright 2009 by Susan B. Weiner All rights reserved

Susan B. Weiner, CFA helps financial professionals increase the impact of their writing on clients and prospects. She writes and edits investment commentary, white papers, articles, web pages, and other communications for leading investment and wealth management firms.
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