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Copywriting Tips The Pros Use

For Headlines

Never start writing until you determine your USP

Spend 60-80% of your initial effort on the Headline.

Include the 'greatest benefit to your prospect' in the headline.

Target the headline towards your best prospects e.g. mention accountants, or mothers, or gardeners.

Use the powerful 'trigger words' that are successfully used by the best copywriters.

Longer headlines pull better than short ones.

Don't be clever by using 'blind' headlines that require your prospect to read the Body Copy for a translation. They won't.

Don't use negative language e.g. "Our software needs no special training" may be read by a 'scanner' as "Our software needs special training".

NEVER USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS IN YOUR HEADLINE. They are more difficult to read and even worse to 'scan'.

Begin Each Word With A Capital Letter.

Use "Quotation Marks" in headlines.

Don't use full stops (periods) in headlines


For Sales Copy

Serif font like Times Roman with curly bits, is easier to read in print media. Sans Serif like Verdana font without the curly bits, is better for the web.

Use a subhead of two or three lines between the Headline and the first paragraph to raise the curiosity of the reader.

Write as if you were describing your product to a friend, in language he or she would understand. (But restrict any four- letter words to 'Free' and 'Save'.)

Remember A.I.D.A.

Get straight to the point!

Your copy should be as long as it needs to be to complete your full sales pitch. "The more you tell, the more you sell". Your reader needs information before she can make a buying decision But make sure it remains enthusiastic and exciting.

Use a Drop Cap or large capital letter at the start of your first paragraph to catch your reader's eye and draw him into your copy.

Always put a caption under an illustration or photo. People read them, so use the caption to reinforce your sales message.

Mail Order people know the potency of testimonials, yet media ads rarely contain them. Use them and your response will rocket. And try to present them with some originality. (If you haven't already done so you can see how I have presented mine at http://www.adcopywriting.com./Services_Intro.htm )

If you haven't the time or the inclination to become a good copywriter do this one thing to improve your advertising response. Hire a good professional to write your copy.

Use      Lots     Of     White     Space.

Use bold to emphasize important points, but be careful not to overdo it. Too much emphasis results in none at all. And underlines on a web page will be confused with links.

Keep sentences short.

And paragraphs.

NEVER SET COPY IN REVERSE i.e. white text on black background. Even though many advertisers still use this technique don't you be tempted. It slows the reader down and does not work! Sometimes it can be used effectively on a web page, to highlight a particular section and draw attention. BUT USE IT SPARINGLY!

Use double spacing (leading) between paragraphs to avoid that 'cluttered' look.

Use subheads (crossheaders) every few paragraphs to break up the text and catch the attention of 'scanners'.

Check your copy and take out the word 'that' as much as you can. It's much over-used and hardly ever affects grammar when removed.

Always, allways, alwase use a spelcheker.

Put your logo and company details at the bottom of the last page of your off-line Sales Letter.

And at the bottom of your print ad.

In a Sales Letter use blue ink for your signature.

Use a 'Joined-up' handwriting font, not a commonly used Script Font. Best of all scan your own signature.

Always type your name after your signature.

Never, never, never write a Sales Letter without a PS at the end.

Encourage so called 'Junk mail'. Examine closely how the professionally written letters and direct mail packages are put together. Watch the copywriters' use of 'trigger words'. Study their style and and learn.

A print ad. on a RIGHT HAND page will far out-pull the same ad on a left hand. Because it's more popular with advertisers you may often have to fight for this position with the publisher.

A print ad. pulls better, the closer it is to the front of the publication.

PS. Your PS should identify a new benefit, or strongly reinforce a previously mentioned one.

Copyright 2003 by Joe Robson * All rights reserved

Joe Robson is co-author of 'Make Your Words SELL' with Ken Evoy. Joe and Tom Glander own The Newbie Club which is bulging with unique NET and PC Newbie tutorials and eBooks. CLICK ON OVER to http://newbieclub.com/ and look at their very professional Affiliate Program. It's BIG! Joe's Copywriting site is at http://www.adcopywriting.com



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