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Persuasive Writing for Blogs & Websites Depends on These Words

Persuasive Writing for Blogs & Websites Depends on These Words by Karon Thackston

What makes persuasive copywriting persuasive? Have you ever thought about that? To a lot of people, persuasion equals hype. But it doesn’t have to.

You can see what I mean here. Which one do you find more persuasive?

 

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How to Leverage the Power of Conversational Copywriting

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4 Ways to Leverage the Power of Conversational Copywriting by Karon Thackston

Back before the web, in the days of broadcast media — like TV, print, and radio — copywriting was about writing AT your audience.

These were one-way media. The audience was passive. They couldn’t talk back. As copywriters, we simply wrote at our audience, hoping to push them toward making a purchase.

However, the web is utterly different. It’s not one-way.

This means we no longer need to write AT our audience. We can engage WITH them.

And when your communication goal shifts from writing AT to engaging WITH… everything changes.

At least, it should change.

But, strangely, all too many companies and marketers are still stuck in the habit of one-way, old-school, full-on broadcast copywriting.

Which is a pity, because applying conversational copywriting principles to interactive media (including websites) delivers a lot of valuable benefits.

Let’s take a peek at 4 of them.

#1 — Conversational Copywriting Lets You Simplify and Clarify Your Message

Here’s some text I found on a website recently:

“We empower organizations to monitor cloud spend, drive organizational accountabilities, and optimize cloud efficiency so they can accelerate future cloud investments with confidence.”

No kidding. That’s what they wrote, word for word.

Why would they use such ridiculously complicated language? Hard to say. But I’m guessing someone figured it made them look smart.

The trouble is, it’s a terrible piece of communication.

Now let’s imagine the marketer was at home, sitting at his kitchen table, telling his neighbor what it was he did at work.

“We help companies make smarter use of cloud storage.”

A little simpler and clearer, right?

That’s the basic model for conversational copywriting.

You always ask yourself, “How would I explain this, or pitch this, if I were sitting at my kitchen table, talking to a neighbor or a friend?”

As soon as you imagine that picture in your mind, the business jargon falls away, the crazy 30-word compound sentences get broken up, and you actually start communicating with clarity.

 

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7 Tips for Writing Bullet Points

7 Expert Tips for Writing Bullet Points That Sell by Karon Thackston

What are the two most-read sections of any piece of copy? The title and the bullets. This is one reason why almost all e-commerce content management systems (CMSs), as well as online e-tail giant Amazon, include bullets in their product description templates.

How to Write a Bullet Point

Writing bullets that sell takes more than simply listing words that are prefaced by a bullet point. Depending on who your target audience is, whether there are numerous segments of your audience, whether your product is well known or requires educating your customers, and other factors, your strategy for writing bullet points will change.

Here are 7 of my favorite professional tips for writing bullet points:

  1. Choosing Super Adjectives to Describe Features/Benefits — When it comes to writing bullet points, this Amazon listing did a phenomenal job of turning a typical plastic thermometer into a desirable purchase.

“Classic style,” “trustworthy temperature and humidity readings,” “low-profile body,” “easy-to-read graphics,” “UV-fade-resistant”… each of these carefully chosen adjectives helps to elevate the quality and performance of this thermometer.

 

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Determining Your Target Audience and Delivering What They Want

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Determining Your Target Audience and Delivering What They Want by Karon Thackston

 

Building an email list. Promoting your ecommerce store. Branding your B2B service company. Selling products on Amazon. Regardless of what you’re doing online, the foundation of your success will be in your ability to determine what your target customers want and how best to give it to them. Sound easy? From my experience, this is one of the biggest hurdles companies face, which means most are taking a stab in the dark and simply guessing about their customers. And that’s a real shame that could be costing them dearly.

Think about it this way: I walk up to you and ask you to do me a favor. I’d like you to buy a birthday gift for my dear friend, Cathy. You agree to help and start asking questions such as:

• How old is she?
• What does she like? Clothes, knickknacks, jewelry, home goods, techy gadgets?
• What size does she wear?
• What colors are in her house?
• What does she do for a living?
• What are her hobbies?

And a host of other questions, to which I respond, “She’s your average woman of average age that likes the kinds of things most women like. Thanks for your help! I can’t wait to see what you pick out for her.”

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5 eBay Listing Tips for Creating Compelling Bullet Points

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5 eBay Listing Tips for Creating Compelling Bullet Points by Karon Thackston

If you’ve been selling on any ecommerce platform for very long, you know the importance of writing exceptional bullet points. That’s because scanning is king on almost all ecomm platforms. Add mobile devices to the mix and you get a perfect storm of shoppers who want to get information fast so they can buy and get on with their lives.

Problem is, most sellers don’t understand the value of bullets when writing their eBay listings.

  1. Bullet points draw the eye to the list quickly, ensuring that users read the copy.
  2. Bullets feed important information to shoppers in bite-size chunks, making it easier to digest.
  3. Bullets create a layout that makes your copy eye-friendly as opposed to large blocks of words.

eBay Listing Tip #1 – Pull Out Your Most Important Details

The whole purpose of bullet points is to draw attention. Why would you highlight information that is mundane? You shouldn’t. Choose enticing bits of text that offer decision-making details, a unique benefit, or popular features that buyers commonly look for when comparing products.

What’s important to you? When you shop online for a product like the one you are selling, what would you look for? Those snippets of information will probably be noteworthy to your buyers, too.

eBay Listing Tip #2 – Overcome Objections

In addition, you can use bullets to offset friction points with your items. Every product known to man has elements that create friction with shoppers. “Friction” means anything that causes someone to hesitate before buying. Maybe it’s the price, the colors (or lack of colors) you offer, the size or lack of features that buyers feel are important.

Here are some bullets from a copper skillet listing that do a great job. They overcome objections that include food sticking, heaviness, requiring handwashing, and more. See how the seller quickly eases the shopper’s mind over these and other objections.

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