Good copywriting does more than just explain the details of a website’s products or services. Copywriting that sells has to come off as more than informative. It needs to speak to a person on an emotional level, giving them hope while getting the point across fast. It also needs to compel a person to take action.
The biggest weakness of the average website today is its copywriting. Getting an awesome design is the easy part of having an online presence; saying your piece – intelligently – is much more challenging. Yet that’s what makes sales
This post looks at three internet marketing websites with exceptionally engaging copy. They lay out what they do in a conversational and clear manner, striking a chord with visitors that solves their problem and compels them to buy.
Traffic Geyser – The Power of Social Proof
In their video sales letter, Traffic Geyser does a great job of speaking to listeners as if he or she is a friend just hanging out right there with Mike Koenigs, Co-Founder of Traffic Geyser. While this video sales letter provides a little more hype than Infusionsoft’s does, it still offers friendly, informative, smart copy that includes success stories in an uncomplicated format that leaves readers wanting to learn more.
• Write conversational copy that sounds like it’s from a friend who really wants to help the reader achieve their goals instead of strictly providing information.
• When the goal is lead generation, always leave readers wanting more and provide an easy sign up form so they can get more.
Infusionsoft – Genuine Personalization
If there’s one website that gives serious internet entrepreneurs hope for turning their business around to really start making a profit, it’s Infusionsoft. Through their engaging, yet informative content, Infusionsoft shows how they relate to businesses that may not be doing well by giving their problem a name, ‘follow up failure.’
Going the extra step by having Infusionsoft CEO and Co-Founder Clate Mask speak the sales copy via video on the homepage, really takes the copy a step further in personally addressing the needs of entrepreneurs.
The true desire to help an entrepreneur that comes through in the video copy is enhanced by the professional and genuine nature of Clate Mask.
He’s believable, personable, and inspires trust while the straightforward, down to earth copywriting does an excellent job of compelling visitors to learn more.
• Solve the reader’s problem in your copywriting by giving the problem a name and showing how your product or service can help.
• Choosing the right speaker for a video sales letter is crucial to its success, regardless of how compelling the copy is.
Butterfly Marketing – Selling Through Telling
Mike Filsaime’s website, Butterfly Marketing, opens with headlines that grab your attention before the sales copy takes you straight into the many incredible success stories of internet entrepreneurs using the Butterfly Marketing product. In fact, you don’t get to the actual sales letter until after reading a whopping 22 success stories, many featuring proof and audio testimonials.
The strength of this lengthy sales letter comes in knowing how to tell a story using testimonials, which builds trust. The length of this sales letter doesn’t detract from its success because it flows very naturally and is engaging, friendly, conversational, clear, and compelling. As you read the sales copy, it draws you in and makes you want to read more as it provides a ‘you can do it too’ attitude.
• Create a collection of success stories from your clients. If you don’t have any on hand, create a campaign to build an arsenal of success stories that you can use to prove success, rather than just promise it.
• Short and to the point is not necessarily better when it comes to copywriting. Lengthy sales letters tend to outperform short letters that just get straight to the point.
To recap, here are six strategies you can apply to increase the muscle of your sales copy:
• Solve the reader’s problem and give the problem a name.
• Choose the speaker for a video sales letter carefully to ensure putting forth the right image for your product or service.
• Write friendly, motivational copy instead of stiff, strictly informative sales letters.
• When your copywriting is to generate leads, leave readers wanting more and you’ll get the lead.
• Build an arsenal of success stories instead of just promising success.
• Write long sales letters with headlines that interrupt [in the sense of grabbing people] and copy that engages and educates before making an offer.
Gab Goldenberg wrote this for Ireland’s luckiest internet marketing company, Red Fly Marketing. (Luckiest – I mean, they’re Irish and they’re working with me… how much better can it get 😉 ) Red Fly’s fine lads, in addition to sipping Guinness, also run a search optimisation outfit (though not simultaneously…usually) and a web design company.
photo credit: Valeriana Solaris