3 Steps To Better Sales Copywriting

Written by J.L. Reid


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What Does This Have to Do with Copywriting?

Remember, youíre nothing more than a salesperson. So you, so while writing copy, you should go through similar steps.

1. Qualifyrepparttar prospect. How you write your copy, andrepparttar 108064 ratio of hard selling to information-based soft selling, will change withrepparttar 108065 medium youíre working in. Butrepparttar 108066 first thing your copy should do is state outright what business youíre in and what youíre selling.

If your pitch is too vague, if itís implied, or it depends on prior knowledge for comprehension, then your prospect might never realize he needs what youíre selling.

2. Sell Benefits, not Features. Iíve heard many sales trainers say, ďItís not about you, itís about them.Ē Thatís golden advice. The best way to apply this idea to your copy is by focusing on your productís benefits.

A sports carís features might be power steering, fast acceleration, and fuel efficiency. The benefits of that same car to a man a mid-life crisis, however, arerepparttar 108067 social status and appearance of youth it gives him. Which reason,repparttar 108068 benefits orrepparttar 108069 features, would cause him to buy?

In a face-to-face sales environment itís easy to ask for a specific customerís needs. When writing sales copy you can createrepparttar 108070 same rapport by being customer-centered. To do this, write inrepparttar 108071 second person, or ďYouĒ voice. If your copy repeatedly says your company does this, or your product does that, youíre being self-centered. Your prospect wonít see himself benefiting from your product.

3. Closerepparttar 108072 Deal. I canít count how often Iíve read a brochure, watched a commercial, or visited a website and had no clue about what I was supposed to do.

Always end your copy with a Call-to-Action.

Tellrepparttar 108073 customer exactly what you want him to do. This isnítrepparttar 108074 time to be cute, so be exact. Do you want him to call you? Click a ďBuy ThisĒ button? Make a donation? Tell your customer, or else he wonít do anything.

When asked what I do I usually say Iím a freelance marketing and publicity copywriter. Iím might reviserepparttar 108075 statement to, ďIím a freelance sales copywriter,Ē because thatís what it all comes down to: sales. Whether your copy creates a direct response or creates publicity and general awareness of your company, if you donít sell you might as well not be in business.

J.L. Reid is a freelance marketingóerófreelance sales copywriter based in Raleigh NC. Visit his website, www.reidwrite.com, to learn more about his services.


Web Copy Ė How Much is Enough?

Written by Glenn Murray


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2) Make it concise

Say everything you need to say, but always ask, “Can I say it with fewer words?” The literary world may be impressed by complex writing, but visitors aren’t. Keep it simple, and keep it brief. Your home page shouldn’t be more than 1 screen long. In other words, visitors shouldn’t have to scroll. Subsequent pages can be longer, but try to keep them to a maximum of about 300-400 words each (approximately 1 scroll). A lot of people will tell you that you also need 300-400 words or more on your home page for a good search engine ranking. You don’t. If you focus onrepparttar right keywords and generate a lot of links to your site, you can achieve a high ranking without losing your readers’ interest by padding

TIP: For most businesses, a good rule of thumb is to make it conversational. The old school oppose conversational copy; don’t listen to them. Unless you’re writing for an old-school audience, feel free to write as people talk.

3) One subject per page

On this, both readers and search engines agree. Don’t try and squeeze too much information onto a single page. For example, instead of trying to detail all of your products on a single Products page, userepparttar 108063 page to introduce and summarize your product suite, then link to a separate page per product. This way, your content will be easier to write, your readers won’t be overwhelmed, and you’ll be able to focus on fewer keywords (sorepparttar 108064 search engines will get a clearer picture of what you do).

4) Make it scannable

According to a 1998 Sun Microsystems study, reading from a monitor is 25% slower than reading from paper. As a result, 79% of users scan read when online. So make sure you accommodate scanning. Use headings and sub-headings. Highlight important words and sections. Use bulleted lists and numbered lists. Use tables. Use statistics. Use meaningful indenting. Use short sentences. Most importantly, be consistent in your usage. Oh… and follow rules 2 and 3 above.

5) Use a simple menu structure

Try to keep your high-level menu (Home, About Us, Contacts, Products, Services, etc.) to a maximum of about 10 items (5-8 is ideal). If you have too many options, your site will seem unstructured and your visitors won’t know where to start. In order for a visitor to want to come back to your site, they need to feel comfortable when they’re there. They need to know what to expect. If they can’t identify any logic in your menu structure, they will always feel lost. What’s more, this lack of structure will reflect badly on your business.

 

The Internet can be an incredibly cost-effective form of promotion becauserepparttar 108065 cost per word to publish is so low. Don’t be fooled into thinking more is more just because it costs less. Audiences – even search engines – don’t want everything; they just want enough.

Happy writing!



* Glenn Murray is an advertising copywriter and heads copywriting studio Divine Write. He can be contacted on Sydney +612 4334 6222 or at glenn@divinewrite.com. Visit http://www.divinewrite.com for further details or more FREE articles.




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