REAL LIFE DON DRAPER SHARES HEADLINE WRITING WISDOM

The headline is probably the most important part of your sales letter.

To quote advertising legend David Ogilvy:

“On average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

This makes sense if you think about it. 

But what it also means is that nothing is more important than writing a great headline.

If you’re struggling with this here are 6 tips that will help:

1. Keep it short.

Most people try to do too much in their headline. They write headlines that are far too long. The only purpose is to get attention. This means your headline should be short, sweet and to the point.

2. Make it punchy.

Use power words and phrases. Remember, some words are more powerful than others. Think about how the words you use make the reader feel. For example, instead of kill say slaughter.

3. Be credible.

Your headline needs to be credible and believable. You must give readers a reason to believe your claims.  Also try to quickly establish the credibility of the person who is talking to them.

4. Include benefits.

The headline should contain at least 1-2 product benefits. This gives people a reason to read the copy.

5. Use curiosity.

Curiosity is the most powerful human motivator. Use it as often as you can in your headlines.

6. Ask a question.

This is by far the easiest way to write a headline. The question should be something your market desperately wants to know the answer to.

Until next time.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

P.S. One final tip I can give you is to write LOTS of headlines. You should honestly write at least a 100. Use every possible angle and keep going until something leaps out at you.

WHY YOU NEED TO CREATE “TOP OF MIND AWARENESS”

There are dozens of great reasons why you should send daily emails.

One of the most important (IMHO) is because it creates, “Top of mind awareness.”

Here’s what I mean:

When I say the word JEANS you probably think LEVIS.

If I say the word COLA you probably think COCA-COLA.

This works because Levi’s and Coca-Cola are the most famous brands in their category.

This gives them, “Top of mind awareness.”

To achieve this you need to continually put your product in front of prospects.

They need to see it over and over again until it’s burnt into their heads.

This way, when they need that product you will be the first person that comes to mind.

In my experience, daily emails are one of the easiest ways to do this.

When you send daily emails it’s like touching base every morning.

It creates a powerful bond between you and the reader.

Think about it:

Who are you closer to the person you see every day or once a week?

Bottom line:

Sending daily emails puts you firmly in the minds of prospects.

It also makes it very hard for them to forget about you.

And when they are ready to buy you will be the first person they call.

What’s also great about this is that people start talking about you.

Even better they refer you to others.

(And as I’m sure you know, referrals are by far the easiest source of new business.)

More tomorrow.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

IS THIS THE GOLDEN AGE OF COPYWRITING?

“No one reads long copy anymore.”

“You don’t need a copywriter.”

“Copywriting is DEAD!”

Raise your hands if you’ve heard any of the above.

It’s not surprising.

More and more people are starting to think that copywriting is in terminal decline.

That copy really isn’t important.

But in my humble opinion, we are actually entering into the golden age of copywriting.

Here’s why:

In today’s society, people are more jaded, cynical and stressed out than ever before. We live in a high tech world and are surrounded by almost limitless distractions. Getting (and holding attention) is becoming more and more difficult. This means that bad copy is no longer an option.

Your writing needs to grab readers by the eye balls and hold on for dear life.

And it’s not enough for them to simply read the copy they HAVE to take action.

If you cannot do this prospects will simply tune out and go back to Facebook.

Which is why you have to become the best writer you’re capable of being.

Everything you put out needs to be A-Grade.

Do that you’ll always be one step ahead of the crowd.

More tomorrow.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

HOW TO MAKE $22,000 IN ONLY 3 WEEKS

Want to know how to make $22,000 in only 3 weeks?

Here’s how:

This isn’t some super-duper SEO hack or marketing loop hole.

It’s far more powerful.

What am I talking about?

Greed glands!

You see, here’s something I know for sure.

The headline of this message more than likely grabbed you by the eyeballs.

Like a moth to a flame you started reading.

Why?

Greed.

$22,000 is an incredible sum of money.

Making that amount of money in 3 weeks is even more incredible.

You had to know the secret and that’s why you’re still reading.

Bottom line:

Your first step is to get the prospects greed glands going.

Get them salivating and hungry.

Whip them up into a frenzy.

Promise the moon.

Be outrageous.

Then once you’ve got their attention you can gear things down a little.

Yes, this may seem simple but it works like magic.

And if you’re still reading then you have to agree it’s effective.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

THE SECRET WEAPON FOR GETTING COPYWRITING CLIENTS

There’s a secret weapon for getting copywriting clients.

Very few copywriters know about this let alone use it.

You see, before hiring you clients will want to see copy that you’ve written.

Not only that, they’ll want to see that you’ve written copy which actually converts.

If you can’t do this getting hired can be an uphill battle.

For most copywriters this can be difficult.

Especially if you’re just starting out.

The simple solution is to start selling your own products.

To do this you’ll obviously have to write a sales letter and other copy.

If you can show this to prospective clients you’re WAY more likely to get hired.

(The trick is that your copy actually has to convert and make sales).

This really works:

I sold products long before I started freelance copywriting.

During this period I wrote multiple sales letters to sell these products.

When people wanted to hire me I simply showed them this work.

This was the reason why I got hired far more often than other copywriters.

Selling your own products demonstrates that you actually know what you’re doing.

That you can write copy that converts and understand how to market products.

99% of copywriters won’t do this.

It takes hard work and effort.

Plus you actually have to know how to write copy.

But if you’re willing to put in the work you’ll immediately set yourself apart from the crowd.

You’ll also be one step ahead of every other dork who calls themselves a copywriter.

Something to think about:

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

P.S. The secret weapon for getting copywriting clients is selling your own products. To do this you’ll have to write copy for these products. If this copy converts, and you can show it to prospective clients, you are vastly more likely to get hired.

THE LAW AND ORDER TECHNIQUE FOR EARNING MORE WITH PRODUCT LAUNCHES

How do big time info product marketers make 7 or more figures per year?

They use something called the “Law and order” technique.

If you’ve watched this show you’ll remember that new cast members were constantly being introduced. But there’s a reason for that. You see, the problem with shows like Friends is that eventually the actors become very important (which is how the cast of Friends wound up getting millions per episode).

Law and Order is different.

None of the actors are irreplaceable.

Which is why this show has been on TV for decades.

Now, here’s the point:

It goes without saying that a $2997 info product will make more money than a $47 product.

The problem is that selling your product at that price point requires a, “figure head.”

You basically need an, “expert” behind the product.

A good example of this is Jeff Walkers Product Launch Formula.

But there’s a BIG problem with this system.

If you want to make 7 figures a year you’re going to have to do a LOT of launches.

This is difficult to do with one person.

The solution is to use the Law and Order technique.

You get in a bunch of, “Experts” and they do the launches.

This method is used in many niches.

The best example is the golf niche.

There are companies out there who sell millions of dollars-worth of golf courses every year.

(Stuff like how to improve your swing or whatever).

These companies will hire a pro, create a course and launch with his name attached to it.

A couple of weeks or months later they get in another guy and repeat the process.

Companies that sell financial newsletters do this as well.

In fact, a while back I worked for a guy in the Forex niche who employed four of these experts.

He would constantly rotate between these guys and do launches every 1-2 months.

Each of these experts was paid a flat fee and commission for their trouble.

Using them the owner of this company could do dozens of launches…

…and made well over 7 figures a year.

Not only that, if these guys ever gave him a hard time or asked for more money…

…he would replace them in a flash.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER HIRE A COPYWRITER

This might sound like I’m shooting myself in the foot.

(After all, the point of writing this is so that you’ll hire me).

But the truth is that a lot of people are far better off writing copy themselves.

You see, the fact is that no one knows more about your product than you do.

Not only that, you probably know an awful lot about the market you’re selling to.

What this means is that often the best person to write the copy is YOU.

This being said, there are times when you SHOULD hire a copywriter.

One of these times is if you know absolutely nothing about writing copy.

Another is when you really don’t have time to write copy.

A third is if you want to split test your copy.

If you ever reach the point where you’re in the money zone and have maxed out conversions. Where you simply cannot find a way to improve the copy…well…that’s the point where you might want to bring in a fresh set of eyes. In that case, consider hiring someone who can approach the project from a new angle. Someone who can say something different about your product which you haven’t thought of before.

Get the person to write a sales letter and then split test it against yours.

They might end up doing better than you.

Who knows?

More tomorrow:

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

THE #1 THING THAT COPYWRITERS HATE

What’s the most irritating thing a client can do?

Promise work that doesn’t exist.

This was something I noticed when I first started freelance copywriting.

About 70% of clients would promise future work.

The line was always something like…

“If this goes well I have more work for you.”

“I want to work with someone long term.”

Or something to that effect.

The funny thing is that almost none of this so called work materialized. After a while I stopped replying to people who said things like this. If they mentioned future work I would immediately tune out and slot them into the not serious category. The reason why clients do this is basically to manipulate you. They dangle the prospect of future work in front of desperate writers to get them to jump through hoops (BTW, in psychology this is known as a future adventures projection. You tell people something great is going to happen to get them excited.)

It’s the type of sleazy trick that people like pick up artists use.

If you do this do you think I’m going to want to work with you?

Probably not.

Most clients believe they’re in a buyers-market and can jerk writers around. But the truth is that finding someone who makes deadlines 100% of the time, and can actually write is harder than it seems. So make sure to treat your writers like gold.

If you’re a copywriter avoid people like this.

And if you’re trying to hire copywriters don’t ever do it.

It’s the easiest way to get yourself written off as a time waster.

Bottom line:

Don’t promise future work and avoid making promises you can’t keep.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

WHY YOU SHOULD WRITE DAILY BLOG POSTS (EVEN IF NO ONE READS THEM)

Let’s talk about copywriting and how to improve your skills.

Anyone who sells products or services online will know that marketing is paramount.

Your business will die unless you have a continuous flow of leads, clients and sales.

That’s why mastering the skill of writing copy that converts is absolutely critical.

The better you are at copywriting the more money you will make.

That’s a guaranteed fact.

If you’re struggling with this my advice is to start a blog.

Try to write at least one post a day.

(Even if no one reads them)

It doesn’t have to be long 200-300 words is more than enough.

You see, one of the easiest ways to get good at something is to do it every day. Writing daily blog posts gives you a chance to practice and internalize various copywriting techniques. Your blog is like a lab where you get to experiment and play around. You can practice everything: stories, headlines, transitions, your P.S.

The sky’s the limit.

Once you get into the habit of doing this you’ll find yourself rapidly improving.

Writing a daily blog also means you have to come up with new ideas every single day.

Doing this will train your creative ability.

“Writers block” will become a thing of the past.

You’ll dramatically increase the speed at which you write copy.

One more thing:

A copywriting blog is hands down the best marketing tool for copywriters

You wouldn’t believe how many people have hired me after reading my blog.

It really works like magic.

Start today.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

P.S. Another benefit of writing daily blog posts is that you can repurpose them into other content. Your blog posts can be turned into emails, social media posts and even products eventually.

AN EASY WAY TO MAKE YOUR COPY MORE POWERFUL

Want an easy way to make your copy more powerful?

Here you go:

Reading copy out aloud can dramatically increase the quality of your work.

Every time you do it you’ll find something to change.

You’ll pick up on mistakes you otherwise wouldn’t have noticed.

Plus it makes everything smoother and easier to read.

Reading copy out aloud also gives you a completely different perspective on it.

This technique works like magic and it’s something that every copywriter should do.

How many times should you read it out?

At least ten.

It’s usually by the tenth time that the copy really starts to click.

Yes, this is hard and takes a while but it’s worth it.

And if it can increase sales then it’s DEFINITELY worth it.

Give it a whirl and see what happens.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

P.S. What’s also interesting is that old school copywriters swore by this technique. In fact, what they would often do was take an in person sales pitch (something that had been used 100’s of times to make sales in real life) and simply transcribe this and edit it into copy. Supposedly this was one of the most effective ways to write sales copy. It’s also the secret behind some of the most powerful sales letters ever written.