Copywriting

June 21, 2010

Do Your Coaching Clients Know What Action To Take Next?

actionWhat do you want your coaching clients to do? Don’t assume they’ll come to your website or storefront just because you’ve told them you’re there. Results driven advertising, marketing and promotions take more planning and effort than an “If I build they it they will come” approach.

One of the best pieces of advice I can offer when creating copy is to always include an offer, otherwise known as a call to action.

Give your potential customers and coaching clients a reason to support your business. Invite them in to your storefront, request they visit your website and be sure to ask them to take action by giving them a compelling reason to do so.

What are you “asking” your clients and prospect to do?

How often do you see a billboard, print ad or webpage that makes you scratch your head and wonder “what was that all about?” Think about radio and television ads for a moment. Do you ever wonder why advertisers invest in the so called clever and catchy campaigns with no clear message?

Take a moment to consider the types of marketing or advertisements you personally respond to. If you see an ad on television that is unclear do you immediately gravitate toward the brand being featured? Probably not. On the other hand if you see an ad with a specific offer, perhaps a solution to a problem you’ve been experiencing or an item that fills a need you have right now you’re more likely to take action.

Advertisements designed to build top of the mind awareness without any clear call to action are called institutional ads. I’m not saying they don’t have their place. If you have an unlimited budget this can be effective. I’m simply making a case for the use of direct response tactics in all of your marketing efforts. Direct response ads get better results. They promote action. Isn’t that what marketing is really all about?

Here’s an example: If you’re reading this article it’s my sincere intent that you’re getting some value from it. This article is designed to help you think more objectively about your business. It’s also designed to showcase my expertise and let you know you can tap into additional savvy marketing insight and copywriting tips when you visit my website. You’ll notice a signature box below. This includes my contact information and a call to action to accept a free gift from me. Feel free to a visit my website and take advantage of the offer.

Take Action Challenge: Review your marketing materials to re-evaluate what you’re asking your coaching clients to do. Are you offering them a compelling reason to act?

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

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April 6, 2010

5 Double Readership Path Techniques to Increase The Effectiveness of Your Copy

Reading Glasses

Not everyone reads long copy and that’s why there are double readership paths. I’m guessing you already know this…but just in case, copy (the written part of any marketing material) is the secret to sales success.

Have you ever noticed the formatting on long direct mail or web sales letters? Study the formatting and you’ll see long copy is formatted so “scanners” can skim the page to get the message while analytical readers can dive in and absorb ALL the details.

Double readership paths are essential to appealing to both analytical thinkers/readers and scanners at the same time. This means you can capture the attention of both kinds of readers by using simple formatting tools like bolding, italicizing, highlight, underlining, using all capital letters and incorporating bullet points.

An effective and likely the most common double readership path formatting technique is bolding vital text. Using bold font on key information makes it easier for scanners to glance down the page, get the essence of your offer and move on to make a QUICK but informed purchasing decision.

You’ll often see italicized words to emphasize key points as well. Using italics is another way to grab the attention of readers.

Highlighting or changing font color is a popular technique to capture attention and really make offers or other vital information stand out.

Underlining can emphasize your point as well. But be sure to use underlining techniques sparingly in your online copy. Underlined text can signify a hyperlink in online copy and can confuse your readers.

USING CAPITAL LETTERS IS ANOTHER WAY TO GET ATTENTION. Remember that this can also be misconstrued as “yelling.” So, watch your context when incorporating CAPS.

To recap the double readership path: Generally speaking, there are two kinds of readers; analytical and scanners.

Double readership paths can help you capture the attention of both reading styles by adding:

  • Bolded text to grab attention and showcase key points in your copy that will capture the attention of scanners
  • Italics emphasize key points and grab attention
  • Highlighting or changing font color is another way to illuminate offers and vital information
  • Underlining is another technique but should be used sparingly in online copy. Underlining can be confused with online hyperlinks
  • ALL CAPITAL LETTERS ARE USED TO GRAB ATTENTION. Be sensitive in their use as they can also suggest yelling

Finally using bulleted lists can make your main points and benefits really stand out. Remember to use an odd number of bullets because studies show readers are more responsive to odd numbered bullet points than even numbered bullet points.

Take a moment to review your marketing materials today.

Are you utilizing double readership paths?

Should you be?

Can you juice up your current marketing materials with simple formatting techniques?

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

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March 5, 2010

9 Elements to Help Your Copy Connect With Your Ideal Learners

When writing marketing, advertising and promotional copy, there are specific formulas to increase response and effectiveness. Since your copy truly is the secret to sales success it’s important to familiarize yourself with the formula even if you aren’t writing long copy. Here’s why: There is a psychological process that readers go through regardless of copy length and regardless of reading preference ie: analytical reader who dives into all the copy or scanner who glances at the key points and quickly makes a buying decisions.

Communication

Knowing the formula for creating a sales letter will help you connect with your ideal learner. Regardless of the length of your copy you can incorporate the basic formula to ensure you’re providing all the information your customers need to make a sound decision about investing in your products and services.

The reason understanding sales letter copy is extremely important is not only because it follows a specific formula for success – it also allows you to infuse your own voice into a proven method for authentically connecting with consumers.

The formula gives you a solid roadmap to success once you dig in and pay attention.

The basic elements follow:

  • Attention grabbing headline that is customer centered
  • An opening that includes interesting facts and stories to further connect you with your ideal customers/learners
  • Features to explain what your product is all about
  • Benefits to demonstrate how life will be better with your product or service
  • Testimonials to provide social proof of your claims
  • An offer that showcases everything your customer receives for their investment.
  • A call to action so your ideal customer takes the next step towards doing business with you or investing in your product or service.
  • Add a P.S. to pull it all together and reiterate your offer
  • Include captions under your pictures when applicable

It’s a little more complicated than it sounds, especially if you’re not wild about writing copy in the first place, but you get the idea. And, when you wrap your mind around this formula it’s much easier to create copy that works.

There are also specific sections of copy that are the most read. The first thing the majority of readers absorb is your headline. So, you’ll want to make that punchy and customer-centric. The second most read portion of copy is your P.S. So, make sure you include the details of your offer to capture the scanners. Finally, the third most read portion of copy is the captions under pictures.

Now that you have the formula, this information allows you to craft compelling copy to truly connect with your ideal market.

Take a moment to review your marketing materials today.

Does your copy incorporate the formula for sales success?

What can you do to make your message more authentic?

P.S. Still not interested in writing your own copy? Post your questions and let me know what you need.

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

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