Yes, it’s possible to scare your potential customers into taking action. This is particularly useful if your topic relates to health, money, or love. I mean really, who wants to be sick, poor, and alone? Hmm. . .I don’t see any hands raised.
Fear can be your greatest salesman. Truly. Think about it. When the 9/11 tragedy rocked the nation, how many jerks do you think made money from it? A LOT. It’s sad, but true. They scared the crap out of people and sold them gas masks in case of a toxic gas epidemic. I think it’s disgusting myself, but like people say, someone has to shovel the shit.
And shovel it they did.
Not only them, how about all the other bastards out there that made money by selling t-shirts, bumper stickers, and all that other useless crap? Yeah, maybe they gave a portion of their profits to the families affected, but I can almost bet it was a very tiny fraction of their overall take.
Am I saying take such a devastating event and work it to your advantage? GOOD LORD NO! That IS completely unethical. What I’m saying is that you CAN use the fear factor to make people take action.
Say, for instance, you’re trying to make some money by selling an ebook about how to protect your computer from malicious viruses. Wouldn’t you want it more, if you were selling it to yourself, if you knew what kind of catastrophe could occur to your computer if you ignored such useful information? What if you ran your business from your computer and it went kaput on you? Wouldn’t you want to save yourself thousands of dollars just by spending twenty?
That’s the idea behind this dirty trick. Use your customers fears, ethically of course, and you can generate more profits.