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January 21, 2010

The Long & Short of It ~ Long Copy Versus Short Copy

Copy (the written part of any marketing material) is the secret to sales success. So, is long copy or short copy more effective? The answer is both are effective when well written. Publishers Clearinghouse wouldn't send out long sales letters if they didn't work and coincidentally, newspapers wouldn't sell small space ads if no results were seen. Bottom line, it's the copy inside the ads that makes the difference.

As a marketer it's important to realize that there will be a difference of opinion from consumers regarding what is more effective (this mostly depends on where they are in the decision making process regarding purchase).

There's also an age old debate about long copy versus short copy. The long and the short of it is that both are effective when incorporated in your overall strategy. Some marketing strategies will call for longer copy while other will call for shorter copy. This is often determined by price point, delivery method and market. For example: You probably don't need a 19 page sales letter to sell an item that retails for less than $100.00. If you're offering a high-end coaching program a small space ad is not likely going to answer all the questions your prospects might have let alone overcome any objections to empower a well-educated buying decision.

Determining the length of your copy will really depend on your market and where you're placing your ads. Depending on your strategy you may need to masterfully blend long and short copy techniques to customize messages per medium while incorporating direct response techniques. While typically higher-end products warrant longer copy, the emerging trends of social media may force punchier, more concise pitches upfront to create interest and lead to longer, more informative messages. Think pithy Tweets and Facebook status updates or longer Facebook notes, depending on the message. Carefully gauge the approach that gets the most response and blend long and short copy techniques to continue to increase response rates.

Take a moment to review your marketing materials today. Ask yourself the following questions regarding your content (copy):

How does your marketing message measure up?

Are you skillfully matching your message to market?

What's your copywriting style?

Are you getting results?

Copywriting Expert

Copywriting Expert

Lisa Manyon is the President of Write On ~ Creative Writing Services, LLC. and a Professional Copywriter and Marketing Strategist specializing in POWERFULLY communicating your marketing message to increase results. She’s a published author and is a featured in the International Association of Web Entrepreneurs Official AWE Guide to Emerging Trends Every Online Entrepreneur Must Know and has written promotional, advertising and marketing copy for internet gurus and a wide variety of brick and mortar businesses. She's completed Glazer Kennedy’s Creating Copy that Sells certification and is a Copy Coach for Lorrie Morgan Ferrero’s She Factor Copywriting Bootcamp. Manyon offers a free Copywriting Action Plan with 7 Power-packed Insider Tricks of the Copywriting Trade to Dramatically Increase Sales of your Products & Services on her website at www.writeoncreative.com

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June 12, 2009

The Secret to Sales Success and 5 Key Reasons Why This IS So Important

Want to know how to make your marketing even more effective? Interested in discovering how to get more return on investment for your advertising? Are you wondering why your promotional and marketing materials don't pack the punch you had hoped they would?

First I'm going to share the secret to sales success. Then, we'll dive into the 5 key reasons this secret (which really isn't a secret) is so important. Then maybe you can re-evaluate how you're handling things.

The secret to sales success is your copy; the written part of any sales, marketing, advertising and promotional materials. That's right; copy is the KEY component to increasing sales.

The best illustration of how important copy really is was shared by my good friend and mentor Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero. She explains that copy is the DNA of all marketing materials. I have to agree.

Imagine stripping all of your marketing materials of words. How well would your website, brochure, print ads, sales letters, press releases or broadcast scripts work without words? Not very well.

Here's one of the biggest mistakes I see business owners making. Sometime you're tight on time, maybe your deadline is rapidly approaching, and you don't really want to write your copy. So, you either hire a mediocre copywriter at the last minute or you stuff your campaign (if we can even call it a campaign) full of fluff that merely fills space. Then you wonder why nothing happens… I'm really not trying to pick on you here. We've all done it. But, it really has to stop if you want to succeed.

Listen, you are not alone and honestly I know how busy you are. Sometimes you simply don't have the time to do everything you have to do in your business. This includes paying closer attention to your marketing materials. We all wear multiple hats and one of the most important is the marketing hat. So, why is it we allow ourselves to neglect this important role?

There are 5 key reasons your copy is the most important aspects of your sales success.

1) Although it's been said a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture alone isn't going to sell very effectively. Your products or services (or more aptly put, solutions) need to be supported with clever copy. It's, of course, a great idea to include artwork in your ads but it's vital to REALLY focus on painting the big picture with wordsmithing talents.

2) Your copy is WAY more than just words. You cannot simply throw just any words into the mix and expect to make sales. Your words (copy or content) need to be carefully selected to build consumer trust, loyalty and ultimately win sales.

3) Your copy is all about relationships. The days of the hard-sell are over. Consumers are savvier than ever. They want more and they expect more. By carefully crafting your copy to build relationships you're one step closer to closing the deal.

4) Your copy is an extension of you and your business. Think about that for a minute. What you say is just as important as how you say it. What are you saying?

5) Your copy allows you to offer a solution and really make a difference. When you approach your copy with a new attitude of service and sharing it's easier to offer the solutions your customers are looking for.

I firmly believe everyone in business should have a solid grasp of the importance of copy regardless of if you plan to write it yourself or not. This means doing a little research, choosing mentors to study, paying close attention to what works with your copy and finally choosing the right copywriter for your business needs.

Your copy counts and actually your sales count on your copy. Speak directly to your core customer in language that motivates action and increases results. What is your copy saying? Take a minute to review your marketing today.

Copywriting, Group Mastery Expert

Copywriting Expert

Lisa Manyon is the President of Write On ~ Creative Writing Services, LLC. and a Professional Copywriter and Marketing Strategist specializing in POWERFULLY communicating your marketing message to increase results.  She's completed Glazer Kennedy’s Creating Copy that Sells certification and is a Copy Coach for Lorrie Morgan Ferrero’s She Factor Copywriting Bootcamp. Lisa offers a free Copywriting Action Plan with 7 Power-packed Insider Tricks of the Copywriting Trade to Dramatically Increase Sales of your Products & Services on her website at www.LisaManyon.com Lisa is the Copywriting Expert for Group Mastery.

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