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The Mousetrap Series - Tips 15 thru 20


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by Matt Michel

PROLOGUE

They were a tribe of warriors. They were masters of the horse and masters of war. Through their tactical brilliance, they overcame the inferiority of their numbers to drive the Apache out of Texas and beat back the Spanish. The Utes called them "one who fights me all the time." The Utes called them Comanches. The Comanche warrior was one who fought all of the time.

The Comanche marketer is one who markets as fiercely, as brilliantly, and as relentlessly as the Comanche fought. The Comanche marketer is "one who markets all of the time."

The Mousetrap Series - Tips 15 thru 20

The Mousetrap Series Continues.

15. Every Inch Does Not Have To Be Filled

Nature abhors a vacuum and marketers abhor white space. "Hey, look. There's some empty space. Let's say something else about how wonderful we are!"

Wrong.

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!

Uh, note to self. Remember this one.

A filled to the gills, busy piece tends to overwhelm and intimidate people. They get intimidated and they don't even attempt to read all of the wonderful things about your wonderful business.

In one of the most successful print ads of all time, a bank utilized almost an entire page to say, "Free Money." Granted, this is an easy sell. Any bank that offers free money would get my attention. That's the point. The bank didn't need to say anything else. The bank didn't need to say anything else, except the fine print footnote explaining that the bank was offering a free copy of Microsoft® Money.

White space is pleasing to the eye. It also helps draw attention to the important stuff, you want people to read.

16. Don't Use All Upper Case Because It's a Lot Harder to Read

In seminars, I put the following text up in upper and lower case, and in all upper case, side by side. Immediately before I load the page, I divide the room in half. One half reads the upper and lower case text. The other

side reads the upper case text. I tell people to raise their hands when done. It never fails. The half reading the upper and lower case text beats the half reading the all upper

case text every time.

Which do you think is easier to read?

PEOPLE ARE USED TO READING UPPER AND LOWER CASE. AS WE AGE, WE LEARN TO READ WORDS BY SHAPE. WHEN WORDS ARE WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS, WE CAN'T READ BY SHAPE.

People are used to reading upper and lower case. As we age, we learn to read words by shape. When words are written in all caps, we can't read by shape.

17. Delete 9,998 Fonts From Your 10,000 Font Collection

Just because you have hundreds or thousands of fonts doesn't mean you need to use them. It's like using every possible color. It's annoying. Don't do it.

There are three types of relationships to think about. First is a concordant relationship where the fonts vary slightly, but come from the same family. Variations might include bolding the font or italicizing the font. A contrasting relationship involves more than one font and the fonts are definitely different and distinctive, such as Arial and Times Roman.

There are places for both concordant and conflicting relationship. There is no place for a conflicting relationship, which involves fonts that are only slightly different, such as Times Roman and Courier or Arial and Verdana.

Try to use one font for headlines and a different font for everything else. That gives you contrast, without tiring the reader.

18. People Read Roman

Roman is the font used in newspapers and in most books. People are used to it. It's easier to read. Use a Roman typestyle for body, for sentences and paragraphs.

19. San Serifs Are Good For Headlines

San Serifs, the smoother fonts, such as Arial, are great fonts to use for headlines. San Serifs bold well. They contrast well with Roman typefaces. They work wonderfully well for short lines of text.

20. Use Reverses For Emphasis

If you have a piece of text that you really want to draw attention, use a reverse, such as white text on a black field. Reverses provide a strong element of contrast with a very simple graphic element. Reverses are also a great way to break up a document into clearly defined sections.

(Next: Tips 21 thru 26)

Since it helps to "see" examples, you might want to download a copy of the "Build a More Profitable Service Business" notes by clicking on the link below.

http://www.serviceroundtable.com/Freebi ... p?PCID=295

Source: Comanche Marketing. Reprinted by permission.

Free subscriptions are available at:

www.serviceroundtable.com -- click on the Comanche Marketing tab

Copyright © 2004 Matt Michel

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