All successful marketers know the sale comes from the words or the copy. While the traditional definition of copy is salesmanship in print I actually take a broader approach. Copy is used in ALL your promotional sales and marketing material. That means any place there are words about your business there is copy. So it’s EVERYWHERE. Some people will drop loads of cash on website design or graphics, but balk at learning the one skill that’s a veritable silver bullet when it comes to boosting income fast – tweaking the copy. Don’t make that mistake. Your business is too important.
Here are 5 targeted hot spots any entrepreneur can tweak copy to start raking in the green.
Home Page Website Copy
Your home page or index page is the most important one on your site for two reasons. First, it’s your welcome mat. It explains what the visitor is going to find on your site. Hopefully there’s enough information to entice him to stick around and check out other pages on your site. Second, the home page carries the most weight with the search engines. Good copy can attract search engines while strategically sprinkling keywords and keyword phrases around that get your message across.
Things to tweak:
- Opt in form for ezine, etc.
- Add audio
Sales Letters A good sales letter is at the center of most successful marketing campaigns. I call sales letters the mother of all marketing because they have all the elements you need for effective promotion. You can chunk it up to use it for descriptions about your product on the back cover, in ads, in mailings … the possibilities are endless. But you have to walk a fine line between over-the-top hype and grabbing a prospect’s attention. There’s a definite art to writing a successful sales letter, but it’s not rocket surgery, as I like to say. (I’m famous for unknowingly mixing my metaphors.) There is a specific pattern you’ll notice if your study other sales letters – which I recommend you do. Things to tweak:
- Call to Action
Articles When people see your name enough times they come to recognize it (can you say, free advertising?) Best of all, you become known as an expert in your field. Post articles on your website and watch your search engine rankings improve. Just be sure to indicate your name and contact information must stay on any forwarded material. In general, people are pretty cooperative if you just ask. (Psst! I found a cool resource that writes basic articles for you for about $12! www.justarticles.com Personally I don’t use them for my ezine but they can give you a head start on your library.)
Things to tweak:
- Titles of articles
- Update shirttails (about the author)
Ebooks Ebooks (or electronic books) are completely downloadable files usually created in a format that’s difficult to copy like PDF. And they are fast becoming the new standard for printing. Microsoft projects that within five years, over 50% of all new books will be in ebook format. They are a great way to make some passive income. Spend some time brainstorming your idea. Check online bookstores like Amazon.com to see what’s in the marketplace already. If you want some help James Roche, the Info Product Guy, http://www.infoproductguy.com is uncanny at yanking the product right out of you. Things to tweak:
- Back cover copy
- About the author
Ezines One of the best ways to stay in contact with your clients is through an ezine or “electronic magazine,” like this one. These are newsletters emailed out on a regular basis with valuable information people want to read. You can also announce new products, contests and specials. As long as you provide something of value, people allow you to market to them. But beware. The minute your ezine becomes nothing more than one long ad, you’ll lose subscribers by the boatload. Need help getting started? My gal pal, Alexandria Brown , the Ezine Queen can tutor you through the process.
Things to tweak:
- Put content at top
- Don’t overwhelm with ads
- Add stories and observations
- Provide useful tips
Remember, never stop improving your copy. Little tweaks go a loooong way when it comes to increasing pr0fits.