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Copywriting Principles Explained!

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:

  • AIDA
  • You vs We
  • WAYS

 

AIDA

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:

  • ATTENTION – any sales copy should attract the ATTENTION of the reader
  • INTEREST – it should then arouse INTEREST in the product or service
  • DESIRE – the copy should then stimulate a DESIRE to purchase
  • ACTION – finally, and possibly most importantly, it should prompt ACTION from the reader

 

You Vs We

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:

  • focus on the reader
  • play on their hopes and fears and explain how the product or service will address them
  • highlight the benefits of the product or service the purchaser will enjoy

 

WAYS

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:

  • keeping it simple
  • giving the facts needed to make an informed decision
  • keeping the prospect’s question ‘What’s in it for me?’ in mind
  • showing the benefits
  • engaging his emotions
  • creating an image in the prospect’s mind
  • addressing his concerns

 

Following any of these three methods is a sure fire way to write winning copy.

If you want to find out more about being a freelance copywriter request a free Writers Bureau Complete Copywriter Course prospectus today!

 

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Mike Robinson“When I started The Complete Copywriter Course I wanted to be able to find a way to write for a living. With the help of The Writers Bureau that hope has become a reality.”


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Association of British Correspondence Colleges
British Institute for Learning and Development

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