Reader’s Digest Insert from Laithwaite’s Wine

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"SAVE $150 on 15 Top Holiday Wines ONLY $69.99"

This ad insert from Reader's Digest is for Laithwaites Wine, the world's #1 home delivery wine merchant. They've been around for 40+ years, deliver wine to over...View More

SAVE $150 on 15 Top Holiday Wines ONLY $69.99

Key Takeaways

  • About 50% of the insert is beautiful photography featuring their different wines, displayed in a holiday setting. This type of presentation has a big impact, making the wines look extra valuable & extensive. Note how they have the bottles spread out & positioned so it looks like you're really getting a lot. This applies to their bonus wine-tasting notes as well.
  • Never underestimate the power of a killer bonus item. It's no mistake that the free corkscrew gets a lot of attention in this insert. By itself, it may seem like nothing special, but by accompanying it with the wine as a "free gift" & playing it up as "the only one they'll ever need", it becomes a big convincing element & likely is low-cost for them. The ideal free bonus item is one that has the highest perceived value to the customer & the lowest cost for the business.
  • Laithwaites Wine has a brilliant USP that they make clear throughout the insert which consists of two primary points -- 1. they try 40,000 wines each year & pick the top 2% (quality) 2. they are the world's #1 delivery wine merchant (credibility) & overall, they can afford to provide these great wines at a reasonable cost.
  • Note how they offer an option to get red, white or a mix of wines. This is just enough options to cover a variety of common preferences without creating too much choice where the buyer could become hesitant or confused.
  • Always give your products a description. For each wine, they give a brief story & background that makes them more meaningful & special. Without these descriptions, consumers can only judge the wines by their labels & are more likely to see them as just another type of wine (which has less perceived value).

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Mike Schauer

Mike Schaueris the founder of and the main analyst in the swipes section. After intently studying & building conversion-focused websites for 6+ years, he started Swiped to help others master marketing & copywriting through the analysis of great examples!

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