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4 Ways to Make Your Copywriting SUPER Persuasive

Good online copywriting does more than just fill up the page, or offer fodder to the search engine algorithms. It also persuades. It encourages the reader to travel further down the sales path, either signing up for an email list, buying a product, or picking up the phone.

Or at least, that’s the way it should happen. We all know that much online copy just doesn’t move the dial; it doesn’t motivate the reader; and it certainly doesn’t improve the bottom line. That’s because it fails to persuade, often because it’s too steeped in tired, clichéd used-car-salesman tactics, or else bogged down in generalities.

So how can you make your copy not only pristine, but persuasive? Here are four steps to take right now.

Cut Meaningless Phrases

Consider this copywriting example: Our company produces world-class products that are bound to delight.

What does world class mean in this sentence? If your copywriting includes words or phrases you can’t readily explain, then it’s just not very good copy.

Specificity should always be your goal. Consider this rewrite:

Our products empower customers to increase their lead generation by 200 percent, representing the highest return on investment of any company in our industry.

Now that means something to your customers—and it’s better copy, because of it.

Use Numbers

Our second tip once again hinges on the idea of specificity. Simply put, using numbers and statistics is almost always more persuasive than speaking in generalities.

So, rather than saying that countless customers love your product, say something like, more than 200 businesses have trusted us with their email marketing needs, and we maintain an average 4.7-star rating among our clients.

Again, the specificity is eye-catching. It’s meaningful. It’s persuasive.

Get to the Point

A good rule of thumb with calls to action: Be direct, and tell your customer what to do next.

Consider these two variants:

If you’re interested in learning more, we encourage you to contact us at your convenience.

Or:

Call us now to start improving your lead generation by as much as 200 percent.

Which is more direct? And, which is more persuasive? The second, we’ll contend, is the option that conveys the most urgency and the most value.

Focus on Value

Your copy isn’t really about you. It’s about your customers, and the benefits they can gain from choosing your product or your brand.

Focusing on those benefits is the best way to persuade. Again, consider two variant CTAs:

Contact us today to learn more!

OR:

Contact us to empower your sales team and start capturing more leads.

Only the second option lays out a reason for your reader to take action—and that makes it by far the more persuasive of the two.

Get Help with Your Copywriting

Good writing should get results. At Grammar Chic, Inc., persuasive writing is our bread and butter. We can help you beef up your sales copy and start increasing your leads and conversions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and start filling your website with compelling sales copy.

Reach Grammar Chic, Inc. at www.grammarchic.net or 803-831-7444.

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Fortifying Web-Copy With Power Words

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Wacky fonts, pun-filled headlines, and ad copy pales before the power of power words. The English language is packed with punchy action verbs, adjectives, and declarative combinations that are capable of turning heads and dragging cursors over the “Click Here” button you publish on newsletters and in email.

Web-copy and ads are tough for any marketer to write. They may understand what needs to be said (follow us on Facebook, buy this product, click this link, etc.) but struggle to find the right way to say it. But this isn’t a lesson on grammar and linguistics. Writing the copy is up to you, but it never hurts to load a few power words into your arsenal.

Power Words Pack Punches

Put simply, sales-driven words like compelling, critical, ensure, exciting, dependable, and dozens of others are capable of reinvigorating your ad copy. Whether you’re selling buckets of silica sand or microprocessors, having the right words for the job is essential. They touch a nerve in the reader who says in response, “Hey, this sounds great — why shouldn’t I buy/click/follow/read this?”

The key is weaving power words into marketing copy so they are neither overwhelming nor ambivalent. The typical product/service email may only have 200 words; half of that is used to describe the premise, and the rest is meant to set up the snare. The rest is the fabled “call to action,” or the pretense for someone to convert (i.e. click a link or buy a product).

You need to insert power words throughout the copy to keep readers interested and excited. Using clear-cut, compelling power words is a verified method for improving results. Personalization, of course, is another way to convince certain target groups to take action.

Personalizing With Power Words

Emails have three fates:

1)      To rot in a flooded inbox.

2)      To be filed away and unopened (thank you, spam detectors).

3)      To be read and acted upon.

The first two fates are more common due to the influx of email marketing over the past years. These sappy, uninteresting and mass-produced emails attempt to tap into that small readership. It’s a shotgun approach to the problem but also a good way to kill off (i.e. get reported as spam) potential consumers.

Proficient marketers are able to create multiple versions of the same email with intermingling personalization. They know who reads what and who goes for the call to action. The most avid readers, for instance, may want something a bit more in-depth and informative. Those who never open emails might need a hook — not to mention a powerful subject line — to reel them in. This is only one step in the personalization process. If you can pull it off without sounding like a pre-recorded message, try adding a reader’s name to the addressee line and typing up a personal statement.

The Building Blocks of Power Words

So what makes a power word? Adjectives, adverbs, verbs, pseudo-prepositions (like “top 10”), and other parts of speech can all be considered power words. If you print off an email and have a coworker underline or highlight the words that jump out, the marked words are likely the most active and exciting.

Still confused? Check out some news headlines. These are great sources of inspiration for subject lines in emails and newsletters, too, and it never hurts to practice rewriting the same headline a dozen times to test out the power of different words. Consider the following:

Dean Hoyt Discovers Previously Unknown Pathogen

Dean Hoyt Unlocks Secret to Pathogen Crisis

Or… 

How to Write Content for Online Audiences

Writing Winning Content to Boost Online Readership 

Or… 

Mark’s Career Path Ends in Legal Battle

Mark’s Meteoric Rise Crashes in the Courtroom 

Which ones are more compelling? Which would you click on? The second phrase iterations say pretty much the same thing (with a few different details) as the first, though they substitute common words for action-packed and uncommon ones.

Rewriting phrases with a list of power words is a proactive way to solve a no-click readership crisis. Here are a few power words to consider slipping into your ad copy and marketing content:

-Personalized

-Proven

-Secret

-Save

-Money

-Quality

-Instantly

-Ensure

-Achieve

-Compelling

-Absolutely

Yes — these words, when used incorrectly, can lead to overly-promotional phrases. The key is to use them sparingly and to whip out the thesaurus to find power words that work. As a side note, never “overdo” your verbiage to sound loftier than your readership. Bring it down a notch and never hide what you’re trying to communicate. 

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