I know we probably hate to admit it, but there is a strange allure to television infomercials.
And all the ads look, sound and feel pretty much the same.
Ever wonder why?
The answer is simple: The formula works.
And you, as a college coach, can employ the same psychological justification that successful infomercial marketers use to rack-up billions and billions of dollars of sales every single year.
Hang with me here…I know the idea of being just like a TV pitchman may rub you the wrong way. And, it should. But that’s not what I’m asking. You don’t have to become college recruiting’s version of the late Billy Mays.
It all comes down to the language. And that’s what I want to teach you in one simple lesson today…
You see, most infomercials use the same time-tested technique to keep you interested and, ultimately, get you to buy their products. The technique takes place throughout the commercial, and usually comes out sounding like “but wait, there’s more!” Or, “and that’s not all!”
Why does that work so well? Because it’s based on an ancient Greek technique called “amplification”, and way before there were television infomercials, there were Greek philosophers who wanted to prove their point in court and in the town square. And they used the same technique as shrill-voiced comedian Gilbert Gotfried uses now in selling the ShoeDini.
It’s called “dirimens copulatio”, which will sound better when you tell your fellow coaches about your new technique versus telling them that you learned it from watching television at two in the morning. And it’s based on the language argument of, “not only this, but also”.
When would you use this in your recruiting message? Well, we employ this technique when creating our master-planed recruiting strategies for our clients when we want to stress the value of being a student-athlete at their college. It could take a variety of forms, but here are some of the areas that we see it being most effective:
Another way to use this technique? Not being afraid of losing the prospect. Willing to “walk away”.
After stating everything that you can give your prospect, and telling them point-by-point why you are the logical choice, let them know that if they don’t agree with what you’re saying, that’s o.k…you will move on to the next recruit on your list, even though you think they are the better athlete. It’s tough for a coach to pull off, but those that learn to use this powerful persuasion technique will see their recruiting results take a big spike in the right direction.
Why does the technique work so well? Psychologists suggest that we are wired to look for the most out of any potential beneficial situation that we might choose to engage in, and choosing a school (or deciding whether or not to start baking giant cupcakes like the other cool parents on the block) fit into that category.
Sometimes, you’ll need to tell your prospects and their parents, “But wait! There’s more!” before you get their attention and are able to sit down and have a logical conversation with them as to why you and your program are the best choice for them. Try to incorporate it into your next recruiting campaign.
If you need help, or want to talk about how we work with coaches all around the country to improve their recruiting results, email me directly this week at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be happy to answer questions and talk about your situation over the phone.
Overcoming objections by using this ancient technique is going to be just one of the amazingly insightful break-out sessions at the upcoming National Collegiate Recruiting Conference.
“But wait! There’s more!” (sorry, couldn’t resist)…you’ll also hear from industry experts, nationally recognized marketing experts, and even learn insider secrets from your fellow coaches in attendance. “Plus you’ll also get” one-on-one time with Dan Tudor and the experts from Tudor Collegiate Strategies in a relaxed, information-based setting. Click here to reserve your seat this coming June!
Something went wrong as you were building your last recruiting class. And now, you’re feeling like your recruiting efforts are derailed heading into this next class.
It’s one of those times of the year where you start to wonder why your new recruiting class didn’t turn-out better, and you’re also trying to figure out how to make it better the next time around.
For some of you, it’s even more dire than that:
Many of you are worried. Real worried.
The bottom line is that you don’t want the upcoming year to be as bad as it was this year. Recruiting, afterall, is the lifeblood of any college sports program. If you don’t recruit well, you don’t win. If you don’t win, you might not have a job. And even if they let you keep your job, its not as much fun walking around campus as it is when you’re winning.
So today, let’s not focus on what you need to do to be successful at selling and recruiting. Instead, lets look at the reasons you might be failing when it comes to recruiting high school and junior college athletes that you want for your program. I’m warning you, Coach…some of these statements are pretty straight-forward (and maybe even a little harsh). But, think of it as a little “tough love” at a pivitol point in your recruiting year.
See if any of these struggles plague your recruiting efforts:
Hopefully, none of these apply to you. But if they do, here’s an easy next step towards correcting the situation: Determine how to erase any of these bad habits from your work life as a recruiter and a coach. Just one of these can cripple your coaching career, and make recruiting more of a chore than it needs to be.
We’ll be focusing on equipping and motivating recruiters this June at the National Collegiate Recruiting Conference. All the details are here, but just in case you can’t make it to this year’s conference, you can still get all of the video from the event!