Great copy is the heart and soul of the advertising business. In this practical guide, legendary copywriter Joe Sugarman provides proven guidelines and expert advice on what it takes to write copy that will entice, motivate, and move customers to buy. For anyone who wants to break into the business, this is the ultimate companion resource for unlimited success.
This book might well have carried the subtitle Or 44 Years in the Copy Department instead of its present one. Even a copywriter, whose breed is not noteworthy for arithmetical prowess, could not escape arriving at the conclusion that the number of years from 1917 to 1961 totals forty-four. And, Heaven help me!, for that seeming aeon of time the major interest of the author has been advertising copy— good, bad, and indifferent. That a large measure of this past experience has been associated with a particularly demanding kind of advertising copy may, as will be explained, be an advantageous circumstance for the reader of this book, regardless of what type of copywriting job confronts him. For the subject of the book is not the writing of mail-order copy. Its sole purpose is to lend a hand to any copywriter (or student of copy-writing) whose ambition is to create advertisements which are more resultful, no matter what the product is or how and where it is sold. As to why the author’s background of experience may represent an advantageous circumstance for such copywriters, I will leave to an infinitely more capable pen than mine—that of no less an authority than Claude G. Hopkins, one of the greatest copywriters of “general” advertising who ever lived: “Mail-order advertising is difficult. But it is educational. It keeps one on his mettle. It fixes one’s viewpoint on cost and result. The advertising-writer learns more from mail-order advertising than from any other.” Therefore, if you are looking for guidance specifically concerned with the writing of mail-order advertising, this is not your book. On the other hand, if in the writing of any type of advertising you want more of your copy to achieve the selling effectiveness imperative for any mail-order man who wants to continue eating heartily, this book may prove helpful to you. At any rate, you are the person for whom it was written. Much of its information will probably recall to your mind the aphorism, “We need not so much to be instructed as to be reminded.” And that’s all to the good. Finally, and appertaining to the passages which are reminiscent in nature, the author has tried to avoid any necessity for later having to admit, like Mark Twain, that “When I was very young I could remember anything, whether it happened or not. But now I am older and I can only remember the latter.” Victor O. Schwab
Writing copy is often assumed to be a natural talent. However, there are simple techniques you can employ to craft strong written content with ease. With insightful interviews from leading copywriters, as well as illustrated case studies of major brands, this new, expanded edition teaches the art of writing great copy for digital media, branding, advertising, direct marketing, retailing, catalogs, company magazines, and internal communications.
"YOU CAN LAUGH AT MONEY WORRIES --- IF YOU ACQUIRE THE COPYWRITING TECHNIQUES FROM THIS BOOK" This copywriting book contains all the essential elements that must exist in an effective sales letter, to pull in money or get the call to action you want from the prospects.This could be to subscribe to your list, share your content, or even buy it now! This book is targetted for beginning copywriting students and the entrepreneur or business owners who want to get better results through effective copywriting skills and best practices. Especially now that marketing happens a lot in social media, email, our websites--writing effective copy is a MUST to thrive! An effective sales-letter that gets the result is just ticking checkboxes in the prospect's mind. If you know what these psychological triggers are, and how to trigger them? Then you can expect to get consistently powerful results, every time! Heres a preview of what you'll learn in this book: Website Product Copywriting Blog Posts Copywriting The 4Us Formula The Aida Formula Landing Page Copywriting What Makes A Good Landing Page? Call-To-Action Copy Email Marketing Crafting An Effective Email Marketing Copy Sales Letter Sales Page Copywriting Keep It Laid-Back Valuing Your Customers And Your Product And Services Show Through In A Hundred Subtle Ways Understanding Your Prospects The Ideal Customer Their Pains And Struggles The Sales Letter Structure Headline Essentials Types Of Headlines Bullets Subheadings/Sub-Headline Some Common Ways To Create An Engaging Subheading Usp Versus Esp Usp Or Unique Selling Proposition Crafting A Value Proposition Establishing Your Areas Of Difference Story Driven Copywriting Help The Reader Picture And Feel Call To Action (Cta) Managing Objections Reviews The Guarantee Faqs Postscripts (P.S) Great Reasons Why You Should Buy Subheadings Ad Errors Price Order Options Legibility More Information Free-Items Copywriting Mistakes To Avoid Trying To Sell Before First Giving Value Sounding Too Formal Wasting Your Reader's Time Make A Claim Without Proof Attempting To Sell To Everyone Do Not Begin At The Start Be Flexible Leave Out Needless Words Discuss Your Prospects' Issues Swipe Files The Better Letter Checklist: Finishing Up Download your copy now!
Write to Sell is a concise, inspirational and practical guide to creating words and copy that will help you to sell, sell, sell! Now fully updated, this bestselling book is aimed at anyone (from small and large companies) who needs to write sales copy (emails, letters, brochures, proposals, bid documents, slogans, advertisements, websites, etc). As well as providing expert tips and advice, the book is packed with simple techniques that will yield instant improvements for the reader.
Writing copy that sells without seeming “salesy” can be tough, but is an essential business skill. How To Write Copy That Sells is a step-by-step guide to writing fast, easy-to-read, effective copy. It's for everyone who needs to write copy that brings in cash – including copywriters, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. Inside, you'll find copywriting techniques for email marketing, web sites, social media, sales pages, ads, and direct mail. You'll also discover: The universal hidden structure behind all persuasive copy. How to avoid the most common copywriting mistakes. A simple technique for writing copy that’s easy to read. How to write powerful short copy for social media. Sample headlines, bullet points, and openings – yours to “swipe” and use as your own! Tons of templates, examples, and checklists guaranteed to improve your copy. ...And much, much more! Writing Copy That Sells is your indispensable guide to creating fresh, fast, effective copy that generates sales like magic.
Writing for the web. Web word wizardry. Web writing that works. What does that mean? Your online copy must persuade - it's integral to getting your visitors or readers to register, subscribe, qualify as leads, and yes, even buy from you. It's writing that must earn its keep. And to effectively manage the quality of your online writing, you need to understand what works, why it works and how to make it work better for you.Whether you are the marketer responsible for the bottom line or the writer creating the copy, Persuasive Online Copywriting provides the tools you need to get results.Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffery Eisenberg and Lisa T. Davis are Future Now, Inc., an agency Specializing in online conversion since 1998. In addition to offering seminars and workshops, the trio's publications include The Marketer's Commom Sense Guide to E-Metrics, an ROI Marketing column for ClickZ and GrokDotCom.
A candid and indispensable primer on all aspects of advertising from the man Time has called "the most sought after wizard in the business." Told with brutal candor and prodigal generosity, David Ogilvy reveals: • How to get a job in advertising • How to choose an agency for your product • The secrets behind advertising that works • How to write successful copy—and get people to read it • Eighteen miracles of research • What advertising can do for charities And much, much more.
A guide to the principles of writing effective copy covers headlines, print ads, direct mail, brochures, catalogs, press releases, and electronic messages
It’s OK knowing the theory, but when it’s 9am and you have just been given until lunchtime to write some copy for a new sales email, landing page, press ad or brochure, what you really need is a shortcut. This book takes the grind out of planning and writing almost any type of copy by providing step-by-step advice on the best layouts, approaches and styles to suit everything from an email subject line to recruitment ad, direct mail letter or website. Prepared by one of the best copywriters in the B2B sector, this book also provides the reader with templates for 13 of the most common copywriting tasks for maximum effectiveness and speed.
This book is not written as a personal history, but as a business story. I have tried to avoid trivialities and to confine myself to matters of instructive interest. The chief object behind every episode is to offer helpful suggestions to those who will follow me. And to save them some of the midnight groping which I did. One night in Los Angeles I told this story to Ben Hampton, writer, publisher, and advertising man. He listened for hours without interruption, because he saw in this career so much of value to beginners. He never rested until he had my promise to set down the story for publication. He was right. Any man who by a lifetime of excessive application learns more about anything than others owes a statement to successors. The results of research should be recorded. Every pioneer should blaze his trail. That is all I have tried to do. When this autobiography was announced as a serial many letters of protest came to me. Some of them came from the heads of big businesses which I had served. Behind them appeared the fear that I would claim excessive credit to the hurt of others' pride. I rewrote some of the chapters to eliminate every possible cause for such apprehensions.
"Here are all the proven selling techniques to remove the guesswork from advertising, making it a science of sure results. From writing the headline to making the offer...from finding the right appeal to putting it into your copy...from selling layouts to conducting practical, affordable testing, Caples shows you, step by step, how to make all your advertising successful." "You'll learn why some ads work, and why others fail. You'll discover how to write headlines that attract readers...choose graphics that help sell your product...and find the right appeal for your audience."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Revised edition of the author's Hey Whipple squeeze this!, 2012.
Copywriting is writing with purpose. It’s about using words to reach people and change what they think, feel and do. This easy-to-read guide will teach you all the essentials of copywriting, from understanding products, readers and benefits to closing the sale. You’ll learn how to... • Write clearly, simply and engagingly • Choose a killer headline and a strong structure• Use 20 proven strategies for creative copywriting• Harness the power of persuasion and psychology• Create a unique tone of voice for a brand Illustrated throughout and packed with real-life examples, Copywriting Made Simple is the perfect introduction to copywriting today. “Tom’s put a lifetime of learning into this book… an incredibly thorough briefing on copywriting.” – Dave Trott, Creative legend, agency founder, author and teacher. “Educational, entertaining and energetic… prepare to dig deep and enjoy!” – Katherine Wildman, Host, The Writing Desk.
Confessions of an Advertising Man is the distillation of all the successful Ogilvy concepts, tactics and techniques that made this book an international bestseller. Regarded as the father of modern advertising, David Ogilvy created some of the most memorable advertising campaigns that set the standard for others to follow. Anyone aspiring to be a good manager in any kind of business should read this.
Learn how to get what you want. Learn how to increase your conversion rates. Learn how to make it easier to write anything (using formulas and mind-hacks). The information inside has turned keystrokes from my fingers, into millions of dollars in sales. Some of the concepts inside have been able to turn a poor man, into a rich man, by simply re-arranging some words on a page.