The aim of copywriting is to bring the product or service on offer to the attention of the intended market. The copy needs to show, as clearly as possible, what the benefits of buying the product will be for the reader. Copywriters generally use one of the following methods of copywriting to demonstrate these effectively:
Dating back to the 1920s, AIDA is one of the best known, most successful and oldest formulas for creating sales copy. Its longevity is testament to its power and adaptability.
AIDA stands for:
Good copywriters will always focus on what benefits YOU will enjoy as the purchaser, not what features WE, as the company, are providing. So, to create effective advertising copy using the words ‘you’ and ‘your’ a lot and using ‘our’ and ‘we’ or ‘us’ less often is a good rule to employ. It keeps the copywriter focused on the reader rather than switching the focus back to the business.
Effective sales copy must always:
This is the least well-known of the copywriting principles explained here. Its basic premise is that copywriters should Write As You Speak – leaving out the ‘ums’, ‘ahs’, ‘erms’, ‘you knows’ and ‘as I say’s’ that litter speech! Most people do not want to be wowed with vocabulary they’ve never heard before, confused by complex sentence construction or amazed by literary style, unless the aim is to sell a product or service offering these as a benefit! In most circumstances the best way to approach writing sales copy is to write as you would speak to someone in a friendly, face-to-face conversation.
So, the copywriter should concentrate on:
Following any of these three methods is a sure fire way to write winning copy.
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