Copywriting

Four Simple Steps to Improve Your Sales Copy


You know what it's like, you're reading the sales material about a product you're considering buying, but, as you read, all these questions seem to pop into your mind, but there's no-one there to answer them, so you shelve your plans to purchase.

If it happens to you, you can guarantee it also happens to your customers when they read your sales copy. So, what's the answer? You don't have to practise mind-reading, just good-old fashioned common sense so here's a four-step format to help you reassure your customers by answering those unasked questions:

1."What's in it for me?"

Paint a Picture

You already know it's important to promote the major benefits of using your product in your opening copy, but don't just list the benefits. Paint a picture so your readers can visualise themselves enjoying these benefits.

Not: "Save time and money with Acme widgets," but "Free! Four hours a week to read a book, walk along the beach and follow your dream when you use Acme widgets -- the quickest Widget on the market today."

2."How can you give me this?"

Explain Why

People aren't silly; they're not going to believe something just because you say it's true. You must offer credible, logical reasons to support your claims.

"Acme widgets achieve faster results because we incorporate not one, but two gizmos. In controlled tests conducted by XYZ, our widgets consistently out-performed the competition in speed, accuracy and endurance."

3."Why should I believe you?"

Give Reassurance

This is the time to give some details about you and your company; provide information about your credentials, qualifications and experience in the field. Now you can also include brief testimonials from satisfied customers (provide as much information to identify the customers as they're willing to allow; anonymous testimonials are almost worthless).

4." What if I don't like it?"

Eliminate the Risk

The final stumbling block is usually the fear of losing their money if they don't like the product or find it's not what they expected, so offer your customers an iron-clad guarantee.

It can be a full refund, a 'double /triple money back' or whatever you feel you can afford. Always include a time factor, and the longer the better; people like to know you'll be around for the long-haul.

Incorporate these answers in your sales copy to help turn your readers into buyers.

N.B. If the spelling of words like "visualise" worried you, please read this: write101.com/aus.htm

Jennifer Stewart has had her own web-based business since 1998, offering professional writing services to clients on every continent except Antarctica!

Visit her site at write101.com to see how your business can benefit, or subscribe to free, weekly Writing Tips: mailto:WritingTips-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


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