Persuasive online copywriting: behind-the-scenes secrets that get more clients | Alyssa Martin & Co.

Persuasive online copywriting: behind-the-scenes secrets that get more clients

If it feels like all you do is work, but you’re still not getting the kind of traction you expect, that problem probably began because you’re talking about your words in the wrong way.

When you make that mistake, it makes every single part of your marketing infinitely harder.

Whether you want persuasive online copywriting for your website, Facebook ads, video scripts or whatever, your business doesn’t work if you can’t speak to your dream clients.

One of the most common tips you’ve probably heard is:

“Meet them where they’re at.”

That’s good advice, but what does that actually mean?

How do you do that?

Let’s get practical & talk about what really forms the foundation to how you speak & write to your dream clients.

The most undervalued secret to online sales. And it’s just one question.

Market awareness =  Do people know this kind of service exists and do they want it?

This idea of ‘market awareness’ was laid down by Eugene Schwartz in his book Breakthrough Advertising back in 1966.

This is not a “paint by numbers” or “follow theses easy steps” process on how to write persuasive copy. But it will teach you how to think like a master copywriter & step into your dream client’s shoes.

More importantly, it’s an approach that will never stop working. That’s because people don’t change. Time may change. Technology may change. But the inner workings of a person’s mind do not.

By now, you know your product or service like the back of your hand. So the questions to ask yourself to determine your market’s ‘awareness’ are:

1. Do people know what this service is, what it does, and do they know that they want it?

These people don’t need to know anything about your product. They have all the information that they need to know. This is why you see signs that say “Hotdogs, $1.99!”. There is no copy needed to explain. You want a hotdog, or you don’t. You know what it does and what it is without having to be sold on it.

These folks are usually the first to buy, the first to share, and the ones that devour everything you write.

How to hook them:

You don’t need to do too much to hook these peeps because they’re already hooked. They’re your raving fans.

Make sure they know you created this product or service for people just like them. Show your appreciation. But you’ve already done most of the hard labour when you converted them to raving fans in the first place.

2. Do people know of the service, but don’t know what it does, or whether or not they want it?

These people have heard about your offer, but it hasn’t grabbed their attention enough for them to buy it yet – they need more persuading. These people are like your window shoppers. They’re interested, but not quite enough to commit to coming through the doors to finding out more.

You’ve got to pique their interest enough so that they’ll take the next step to learning more about your offer.

How to hook them:

Your web copy & messaging will be focusing on explaining what your product or service includes, what it allows them to do, how it will make them feel, and reinforcing the outcome it provides.

Give them social proof, like testimonials, case studies & past client results. If you don’t have those things, create a free challenge that solves one of their major needs and will prove that your work gets results. Then, offer your product or service for sale at the end of the challenge.

3. Do these people have a want, but simply don’t know this service exists or know what it does yet?

These people are confident that there’s a solution to their problem out there, they are just trying to find the right one. They may know who you are, but they don’t trust you yet because they’re too new to your world. These people may be newest to your community.

This is a very typical state of awareness for online courses/coaching. For example, someone may want to be surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurial women…but don’t know Marie Forleo’s B School exists.

They may land on Marie’s website and know that they want what she’s offering, but they don’t know enough about it to buy right this minute.

How to hook them:

You need to persuade them that your offer has been created for people just like them. It’s designed to address their specific and unique need. You need to know their needs inside and out.

They don’t necessarily trust you yet – so don’t go for the hard sell.

Gently move them towards a purchase with multiple blog posts or emails. Each piece of content you write should be designed to address one more objection and make them feel more confident in your offer so they’re just one tiny step closer to buying from you.

4. Do these people have a need, but they don’t see how you can help, yet?

These people know they have a definite need, they just don’t know who you are or what you can do to help them yet. This is common for physical products, like acne solution. They know they need to fix their acne, but aren’t convinced that a particular product or service will truly help them yet.

In the online world, these are the people that land on your site by Googling: “how to fix my ______.” They know nothing about you or your offer. They’re just looking for a solution to their problem and are not in a buying mindset just yet. (Hint: It’s your job to get them into the buying mindset.)

How to hook them:

You’ve got to build their trust, show that you can help solve their problem and educate them about the solutions you’ve got for them.

Focus on solving their problems. Be helpful. Create content that reveals new tips, ideas or solutions that they didn’t know before finding you, then ask them to subscribe. Slowly prove that you know your stuff with a brilliant autoresponder.

5. Do these people have no idea if they want the product or service (or even if they have a general want that needs filling) and no idea that the service exists?

They may or may not have a problem that your product or service can fix. They don’t know. And if they don’t know, it’s extremely hard for you to figure it out for them.

This is one of the most difficult states of awareness to tackle, and I can almost guarantee that you’re not in this category (because you’re too smart for that).

How to hook them:

Don’t bother. Move on.

P.S. You can read Part 2 over here.