The Levison Letter


How to create a killer offer -- a case history

June, 2015


If you're selling an expensive product or service, like a Cloud Management System or an ERP solution, chances are you won't be dealing with a single "decider."


The people you're selling will probably have to take your proposal to their top management and sell them on the purchase.


That's the situation Best Software (since acquired by Sage) found itself in.


Best's software, Abra Suite, was a Human Resources Information System (HRIS) that made life easier for HR people and dramatically brought down HR administration costs.


But the HR managers who'd want to buy Best's solution would be faced with the challenge I mentioned. They'd have to walk into the lion's den of top management and convince their bosses that the purchase of Abra Suite made sense.


That's why Kathleen Litschgi, Marketing Manager at Best, and

I created the "Abra Suite Management Buy-In Kit." 

Our idea was to provide managers with the sales tools they needed to sell their bosses for us!


The Abra Suite Management Buy-In Kit included . . .


* A brochure called "Building a Competitive Workforce," designed to provide management with a quick look at the benefits of an HRIS


* An APA Employer Practices article titled "Determining the Business Impact of HRIS"


* An ROI Estimator that quickly estimated just how much money Abra Suite might save the company


* An interactive presentation that provided comprehensive product information including tours of Best's key products


We offered the kit in a hard-hitting email.


Creating a powerful offer was just the first step. Next, I had to write an email that would sell the offer which went to thousands of HR managers. 


So how did my email do?


Here's a note I received from Kathleen at Best Software after the early results came in:


"The up-front response to the Abra Suite Management Buy-in Kit email campaign you wrote for Best Software was phenomenal! Within 48 hours the response rate was TRIPLE that of our control package. This email campaign generated more leads for our product in two short days than any other single lead generation has generated for us in a full year!"


Kathleen Litschgi 

Senior Marketing Manager 
Best Software

If you want to see the email that performed so well . . .

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So here's the takeaway message this month . . .


When you're going to work with a freelance copywriter, of course look for someone who can write compelling copy. But also search for a copywriter who can come up with creative offers like the one I helped develop for Best. Remember . . . the offer and the copy are both critical to your campaign's success.


Iyou need some copywriting help, give me a call at (415) 461-0672 or send me an email, and let me quote on copywriting your next email, home page, landing page, sales letter, you name it. Or just call to say hello or ask any questions you may have. Let's go to work!

Ivan Levison Email Copywriter


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