The Levison Letter

Ten great ways to start a sales letter    
November, 2011


Have you ever tried to write a motivating letter and sat there, staring at the blinking cursor, wondering how to get started?


You're not the only one. Getting off on the right foot, with energy and enthusiasm, is always a challenge for novice writers.


Professional copywriters, on the other hand, know that there are countless ways to start a letter. Let me share just ten proven techniques with you now and show you how easy it really is.


Let's pretend that you have to write a letter to network security managers offering them a free brochure. Here are just ten effective ways to begin the letter . . .


METHOD #1: Tell them they're special


EXAMPLE: As a network security professional, you bear   

a unique responsibility.



METHOD #2: Tell a story


EXAMPLE: When Susan Smith walked into her office and
looked at the ashen face of her assistant, she
instantly knew that someone had taken her network



METHOD #3: Tell them they're facing a difficult


EXAMPLE: As the person responsible for network
security, I know you face some extremely difficult



METHOD #4: Shock them with frightening news


EXAMPLE: Last month over ten Fortune 500 companies
suffered intense, repeated Denial Of Service attacks.



METHOD #5: Soothe them with good news


EXAMPLE: If you've been worried about hackers cracking
your system, and inflicting devastating damage, I've
got some good news for you.



METHOD #6: Make your offer immediately


EXAMPLE: I'm writing to offer you a free report from
Levison Security Services titled "Seven Ways To
Improve Network Security Now."



METHOD #7: Cite the authorities


EXAMPLE: In a recent White Paper on network security,
written by the highly respected Levison Consulting
Group, a fascinating fact was reported.



METHOD #8: Explain that you can help them


EXAMPLE: As the person responsible for network
security, you have some mighty tough problems. I can
help you solve them.



METHOD #9: Ask a question


EXAMPLE: Is a hacker at work, right at this moment,
trying to bring down your network?



METHOD #10: Make an announcement  


EXAMPLE: Here it is! Announcing the brand new Levison
Network Security Monitoring System, now available for
companies just like yours.


The take-away message this month? Don't settle for the first lead-in sentence that pops into your mind. There are dozens and dozens of ways to start a letter with punch and it really pays to look for the best one.




If you need help with the copywriting of a sales letter, email, Web copy, you name it, give me a call at (415) 461-0672 or shoot me an email at I'd be happy to quote you a price on the spot. A reasonable price. Give me a call and let's talk.

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