Write A Consumer Guide Book Or Report

by admin on August 11, 2010

John Nesbitt in Megatrends says a new source of money is not money in the hands of few, but information in the hands of many. Most companies focus on developing a brochure, a slick, 4-color tri-fold brochure with pictures, the name of their company, phone number, etc. That’s actually how people treat it. It’s just a brochure with very little meaning. It’s treated with low perceived value and usually ends up in the garbage. Most brochures developed are full of “me too” or copy focused on the company itself.

How can you promote your company or establish some type of expertise and put it into a vehicle like a consumer guide or report that the consumer will want to read?

You can develop it in an informational format. You put your expertise, knowledge, background, and years of experience down in print. In other words, a 15-page “Inside Secrets” type of report that relates to the service you want to render has a much more valuable meaning to the reader than an actual fancy glossy brochure.

It also now becomes a book. Even if it’s a report, you can call it a book. It doesn’t matter. It’s a different look, feel, value, pages than a brochure. It also provides advice. This report will be skimmed over, read and saved or passed along to others.

You need to treat the title of your report like you would the headline of an ad. You want to create a title that keeps your prospect interested. It should tell them what’s in it for them. It should give them a big benefit. You need to entice them into getting a copy of it now.

Some sample title reports would be,

How To Hire A Contractor And Not Get Ripped Off

10 Things You Must Know Before Hiring A Contractor

Little-Known Secrets Of Cutting Your Mortgage In Half

How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Profit Producing Business

10 Steps To Getting More Customers

How To Double Your Customers In 30 Days

How To Get More Customers In A Month Than You Now Get All Year.

You don’t want to title your book or report, Acme Company, We Value Your Patronage; Your Company For Life. You don’t want to come up with a title that gives them no reason to call you. You don’t want to put your company name in the title. If anything, put your company name underneath the person’s name so you are listed as the author of this report or book or consumer awareness guide.

You can also add a photo on the cover. That also gives you credibility and makes you be recognized as an expert in the field.

This report or book needs to be written from your consumer’s side, not your side. It needs to be written from their vantage point. They’re going to understand that you’re educating them about the industry’s weaknesses. You tell them right off the bat, “I know there are some unethical companies, but before you make any choices, please read on to find out the key ideas you need to know before”, etc.

You become their advocate and advise them about picking the right company. You will be perceived as “educating” them instead of “selling” them. Try not to use the words “me”, “we”, “I” and “us.” Try to use the words “you” and “your” as often as possible.

Your reader doesn’t want to hear about your company. They want to hear about what this report can do for them and educate them. Then they’ll want to know about your company.

You need to create this copy so it doesn’t look like advertising. It has to position you as a helpful friend and expert in the field. Don’t be touting your company or recommending your company.

You need to describe the actions necessary to fulfill the promise that’s in the report. 10 Easy Steps To Making Sure You Don’t Get Ripped Off By A Contractor, then spell out those 10 steps. Wet their appetite. Tell them what to do, but not necessarily how to do it. What happens is they will contact you for more of your advice.

The final step should be to contact you for more information. Give them a checklist or flow chart of the process so you are educating them. Try not to use too much industry lingo because they may not understand it. You may even have a copywriter prepare this report.

You want to avoid using an advertising agency because they’re more inclined to do fancy brochures and try to stick in some logos and other things that really aren’t needed.

You want to have it printed nicely. You want to have it professionally laid out and typeset by a printer, but don’t make it look like a brochure. It doesn’t have to be printed in 4-colors and on high glossy stock.

You can print a cover on heavier weight paper with the actual report saddle-stitched (stapled) and folded. If you want, you can make the cover a different color. That’s as expensive as you want to go.

You can make this report on white paper with black ink, folded and stapled in the middle.

You want to make it at least as long as necessary to convey perceived value. 12 pages is usually a good amount, double-spaced. You can still fit that report into a #10 envelope if you need to.

In conclusion, there are really only two reasons why anyone does anything. It’s to gain pleasure or avoid pain. You want to be sure your report’s title appeals to either one. If not, re-write it until it does.

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