Why Clever Copywriting Never Works

Copywriting isn’t there to impress.

It exists as a sales tool – pure and simple.

That’s why it is essential you keep your copywriting clean – tight, concise and compelling.

Short and sweet wins every time

When I’m approached to write sales copy (whether is for brochures, email campaigns, posters, adverts or SEO website copy) I follow a simple formula that is designed to have maximum impact.

We all lead busy lives. Sale s  Clever  messages are everywhere – in newspapers, on buses, on the tube, on radio, TV, magazines, the internet… the list is endless. Considering the number of messages we are faced with on a daily basis, if you want yours to get through it must be powerful and concise.

Because of this your message must be noticed, resonate with the reader, convince and compel them to take action.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

The winning formula

Earlier I mentioned that I follow a formula to create clean and compelling copy. Before I tell you what that is you must remember one thing. Every audience you write for is different. An approach that works for one group may fall short of the mark when used on another. So always bear your audience in mind when creating your copy.

So where do you start? Well, how do you normally read things? from the beginning, right? And what do you find at the beginning?

1. Headline

This is the hook that will get some interested in your copy enough to read it. If you get it wrong, your whole sales pitch will be lost. If you need inspiration read magazines, look through newspapers or check out the home page of Digg – that is a great source of inspiration.

However you create it, it must draw your reader in to the rest of your copy.

2. Beginning

Once your headline has pulled them into your message web, hit them with the main benefits of your product/service. Hit them between the eyes – tell them exactly what the product/service will do for them.

At the end of the day, your reader will only buy if they are going to benefit in some way – point that out to them immediately and your half way there.

3. Middle

Now you’ve shown them the benefits of your product/service their hand is poised over their wallet – but they’re not pulling out their credit cards just yet.

They may be interested in your product, but you’ve got to make them want it. Help them visualise how amazing their lives will be if they had it. Make them want it by telling them supply is restricted or the price is going up soon or they’ll be amongst the first to won it, they’ve been specially selected…

4. End

This is it – they’ve grabbed their wallet, they’ve taken out their credit card… does it end there?

It will if you don’t tell them what to do next. The final step is to write a strong call to action. If you don’t tell them to buy now, call now or order now they won’t know what to do and will look elsewhere.


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