What do you do if you’re confronted by some tough marketing challenges?

  • Your product is unheard of?
  • It’s in a space that people are especially skeptical of?
  • And it’s a big ticket item, with a starting price above the $1,000 mark?

Well, you’ve got to get creative, which is what Variel Health International did …

Variel wanted to boost sales of its AromaSpa, a portable aromatic steam capsule.

The problem was, almost no one had ever heard of such a thing … consumers were mistrusting of the medical benefits this alternative booster and body detoxifier was supposed to offer … and one unit cost more than $1,000.

Basically, we had to figure out how to make this luxury product stand out from all the other offerings on the market at the time, build credibility and trust, and invite middle-income and affluent households to purchase it.

Here’s how we did it …

Step #1: Identify the Perfect Prospect

There’s no value in marketing to targets who have no interest in what you’re selling or are cash strapped. So we very carefully selected the prospects who would learn about this wonderous new capsule Variel was selling.

Step #2: Creating that Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

Then we had to determine the unique selling proposition for the AromaSpa. What set this product apart from everything else on the market? What made it worth the high price being asked for it?

Step #3: The Direct Mail Piece

Next, my team conceptualized and mailed a dynamic, response-generating direct mail piece that would drive prospects to spend $1,000 to get the luxury item.

The prospect needed much more convincing, which led us to the next step …

Step #4: The Direct Mail Follow-Up Kit

We crafted a follow-up kit that we mailed to prospects via first class USPS mail.

The follow-up kit included a sales letter, a brochure, a response device, a fact sheet, and additional goodies.

We perfected the kit by adding the power-punching endorsement of holistic medical expert Dr. Andrew Weil’s photo and product testimonial … along with other medical expert testimonials and customer testimonials.

Step #5: Sweetening the Pot

We also included a 100% in-home trial, money back guarantee, toll free order and help line, a free deluxe accessory package.

And there was also a $100 Special Savings Certificate as a Special Bonus.

Step #6: A Fact-Filled Magalog

To overcome even the highest skepticism, we also mailed a 16 page, fact-filled Special Report (which was really a Magalog) containing the creative concept that pulled readers along the buying slope: Ancient healing secrets and modern medicinal research behind this health breakthrough.

When all is said and done, a winning product and winning campaign are irresistible to an interested audience.

CDMG helped increase in-home sales of the Aroma Spa 100% over previous efforts.

Since then, the product has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Home & Garden TV, The Price is Right, and numerous morning TV shows around the country.

Done correctly, this combination of elements created a sense of familiarity and comfort, while overcoming unconscious skepticism through story telling – our most natural and receptive way to communicate.

Call me at 310-212-5727 or email me at craig@cdmginc.com for a free consultation that could solve your marketing dilemma.

 

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