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You don’t need me to tell you that when people visit your site, you need them to realize right away both the value of your product or service and the value of buying from you over one of your competitors. So when you provide your reassuring policies on privacy, returns, guarantees, shipping and so forth (and you do offer these, right?), put them at the Point of Action (POA).

If you want to subscribe to GrokDotCom you've got to share a little information - not tons of it, just your name and e-mail. But some people are understandably squeamish about doing even that, so we've got a privacy policy. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of our page and read: "We will never give, lease or sell your personal information. Period! If you have any questions at all about our privacy policy, please email us." Thing is, while that policy is clear, concise and compelling, it’s at the bottom of the page while the opt-in subscription box is at the top. You might never get to the bottom to read how sincerely concerned we are about your privacy. So what did we do? We put a concise little statement right under the Subscribe Now button, right at the POA: "We Value Your Privacy!"

Want to know something? As soon as we did that seemingly minor thing, subscriptions went way up! By putting the information at the POA, the impact was immediate and dramatic.

Think about how often information that’s critical to your customer gets buried in tiny type at the bottom of the page or in some other place where it is not immediately visible when the need to know it is foremost in your customer's mind. If I walk into a store, it's fairly easy for me to find out product warranty information. I can read the box I'm holding or chat with a salesperson. Online, give your customer this same option, at the Point of Action, when he'd figuratively be examining that box. Link right there to product warranties, your company's specific policies, even optional extended service plans. Right there! Maybe you take them to the info, maybe you give it to them in a pop-up (about the only time I like these things).

Getting the picture? At the exact point your customer has to start filling in a form with personal information, let her know her privacy is sacred to you. At the point she might be curious about your company's shipping costs, make them concretely available. Just when she's wondering whether or not she can return the item if it doesn't suit her, make sure she knows you have a no-questions-asked return policy.

And don’t limit yourself to policies. Some shoppers value what other people had to say about a product or about doing business with you. Offer testimonials, but also be sure to put them where they need to be seen, when the question is in your prospect's mind. Think about other aspects of your sales process. What else does your customer want to know and when will it have the most impact on his or her decision? It’s not only about making sure it’s on your site, it’s also about making sure it’s in the location that will have the most positive impact on your sales.

Think Point of Action. Give them what they need to know when they need to know it. Your customers will be delighted that you've managed to anticipate their needs, and that goes a very long way to persuading them you're the folks to buy from!

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