“The best thing about waiting until the last minute is that it only takes a minute.” \u2014Wake ForestIf there\u2019s one thing people love, it\u2019s taking the easy way out. We\u2019ll go out of our way not to do something, no matter how simple it is.Have you ever procrastinated on something small, like putting away the dishes, even though you know you\u2019ll feel better when it\u2019s done?Have you ever cancelled plans with friends, even though you know you would end up having a good time, because you felt a little lazy?Or maybe you\u2019ve put off buying something you need, or reading an unopened email, or even walking the dog, because you don\u2019t feel like it right at the moment.Welcome to the club. That\u2019s human nature at its finest.It\u2019s an unavoidable fact that people need to be poked and prodded in order to take action. As a course creator and product seller, it\u2019s vital for you to understand how, exactly, to get people to stop being lazy, and actually sign up for your course.It all starts with Action Tactics. These are creative ways to shake your customers out of their \u201cSay No\u201d mindset and prime them to \u201cSay Yes.\u201d Since the dawn of marketing, people have been using\u00a0these tactics.Now it\u2019s your turn!Take a look at a few of our favorite tactics, illustrated by real-life examples.When most people think of action tactics, they think of discounts. Here\u2019s an example of a classic \u201c50% off\u201d discount.Sometimes a discount isn\u2019t enough, and you need to highlight a pain or pleasure point. While we like to think people will naturally do what will bring them pleasure, more often than not, pain is a more effective tool. Sometimes the stick is more effective than the\u00a0carrot! Here\u2019s a great pain point example from the olden days.A free trial is the perfect way to let someone take your product for a test drive.Two great action tactics in this Snuggie ad: Buy one get one free, and buy now to receive an additional gift.This vintage snake oil ad worked well because it promised an instant payoff. Nowadays, we might also call that a quick win.Entice first time customers with a first timer discount or offer.Provide early access to a product or sale to encourage your customers to take action right now…and to make them feel like they\u2019re part of an exclusive club.Monetary incentives are great for winning over on-the-fence buyers, even if the amount of money saved is small. Two incentives to consider are free shipping and no taxes. Shout your expiration date from the rooftops to get people to buy now instead of later. Give a discount or added value to customers who refer a friend.Here\u2019s a classic example of a high-value free gift with purchase.Induce \u201cfear of missing out\u201d by announcing that you\u2019re only selling a limited number of products. This worked fantastically for products like Tickle Me Elmo and Target\u2019s recent Lily Pulitzer collection, both of which had shoppers lining up outside stores and getting into fights. We also call this the scarcity tactic.Build buzz with a seasonal offer that rolls around once a year, like McDonald\u2019s McRib. This ad also includes uses the scarcity tactic, with a limited number of offers available.Another solid use of the scarcity tactic, indicating the dwindling number of tickets still available. If you\u2019re selling a specific number of products, make sure you let your customers know when the numbers start going down.This ad also mentions two pain points: waiting at the will call line and paying shipping fees. When it gets down to the wire, send your customers a countdown reminder that indicates how much time they have left to make their purchase, like on this Kickstarter ad.Hotel booking sites do a FANTASTIC job at making customers pull out their credit card and book that room. Look at everything happening in this one small part of their website. There\u2019s a \u201clast purchased\u201d indicator, an \u201citems remaining\u201d indicator, a counter of other customers viewing the page at the same time, free cancellation, and an option to pay later. Whew!Once your product is sold out, let the world know…and start a waiting list to attract even more buyers. Hold a blowout or overstock sale. You might also call this a warehouse sale or a clearance sale…whatever term makes the most sense for your product. Have a business birthday or anniversary promotion that\u2019s good for one day only.In fact, any holiday is an excuse to hold a holiday promotion or sale.Here\u2019s an example of a high-value rebate offer…along with a 30 day trial.A line outside the door is the best advertising money can\u2019t buy. (Like all these folks waiting to buy the iPhone 6.) You can create a virtual line by encouraging your customers to let others know that they intend to buy, that they\u2019re excited to buy, or that they\u2019ve just bought. You can also share information (like the hotel booking site example above) about how many visitors are currently on your site, how many purchases have been made to date, etc. to generate excitement.Give your customers a reason to keep coming back with a loyalty program or returning customer coupon. (If it works for every coffee shop in America, it can work for you!)Is your product seasonal, like a \u201cNew Year, New You\u201d self-improvement course, or a \u201cLearn to Jet-Ski This Summer\u201d program? Try offering your product at odd times for an out-of-season discount.Whatever your marketing plan, and whatever Action Tactics you choose, remember that your customers are SMART. So, make sure you deliver exactly what you promise.If you advertise a discount, follow through. If you say your product is only on sale for a limited window, make sure you close that window on the deadline date. Don\u2019t try to pull the wool over anyone\u2019s eyes in order to make a quick buck. It will catch up to you, and it won\u2019t be pretty.Honesty is important. You need it if you\u2019re going to build trust and create loyal, long-term customers who keep coming back to buy again and again.Having a fantastic product is also important.Have you ever heard that old saying, \u201cgarbage in, garbage out\u201d? It means if your content isn\u2019t up to snuff, no sales tactics in the world will make up for it. So don\u2019t forget about the quality of your product when you\u2019re thinking about how to entice customers to take action.Make great content, and the sales will follow.