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Which words work the best to get attention on Twitter?  Facebook?  LinkedIn?  Email?  On your blog?

As bloggers, we write content for more than just our blog posts.

We write for channels including our website, social media, emails… and each one needs to be approached a little differently to get the best results.

Here’s a handy cheatsheet that outlines the differences and what to keep in mind for each type of content you’re writing:

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What have you noticed works best when you write content for different channels?

Here’s How to Write Sales Pages that Rock–and Sell!

Do you dread the blank page (or screen) every time you sit down to write sales copy?

Do you have trouble describing exactly what you do or why it is special? (Funny, you have NO issues describing what makes someone ELSE awesome.)

Are you worried that there are all these “secrets” to great copywriting you keep hearing about… and no one let you in on them?

No more!  I’ve got great news!

My special guest and real-life “Mad Woman” award-winning advertising copywriter Lisa Rothstein is going to let you in on her so-easy-it’s-MAGIC 5-step formula to compelling, client-getting copy every time!

This one-time-only Live, FREE webinar happens on Wednesday 6/13 at 11 AM PT / 2PM ET.

Learn the 5-step forumla (and secrets!) –> http://michelleshaeffer.com/go/lisa

I’ve seen her speak on this topic and it is really so simple it’s brilliant. I can’t wait to share her with you.

Bring a pen and paper, she talks FAST and packs a LOT in (she’s from New York City after all).

Go here to END copywriter’s block! –> http://michelleshaeffer.com/go/lisa

“See” you on the webinar!
Michelle

P.S. Wondering who Lisa is? 

Lisa Rothstein, Award-winning “Mad Woman” Copywriter began her career in the 1980s  at the famed Young & Rubicam advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City.

Moving on to other agencies in NY and Paris, France as an award-winning associate Creative Director, her clients over a 25+ year career have included IBM, Hanes, KFC, Colgate and many more.

Embracing new media and internet marketing in her own business, Lisa is now a sought-after freelance copywriter, business coach, creative collaborator and marketing consultant to entrepreneurs, 6 and 7 -figure coaches  and businesses of all sizes.

Oh, and yes I do really know Lisa and consider her a friend as well as a brilliant colleague who does magic things with words.  Last time we ran into each other in “real life” last month, we stayed up late several nights in a row and spent hours discussing business, copywriting, blogging, and life.  I’ll tell you more on the webinar…

Grab your seat here –> http://michelleshaeffer.com/go/lisa


Pushing Your Prospects Buttons

Guest Post by Debra Jason of The Write Direction

As entrepreneurs one of the most important tools we have in offering our programs and services is the content (known as “copy” in the marketing/advertising industry) we use to communicate our messages.

If I’m correct, you want to help others and I’m here to help you by delivering a 5-step copywriting formula that is designed to help your ideal clients connect with your message – one that reaches out to them and gets results.

Compel Prospects to Purchase

Whether you’re writing direct mail piece, video sales letter or an online sales page, your content has to compel prospects to purchase. Think about it.

When you get an offer in the mail, what makes the difference between you throwing it in the circular pile such as the trash or shredder, and opening it?

Write Content That Speaks TO Your Prospects

You want to write web content that speaks TO your prospects, not AT them. I call it “pushing your buttons.”  That’s what makes the difference between whether or not the content is something that they’ll continue to read . . . content that grabs them . . . makes them feel understood . . . keeps them reading.
You want prospects to click on that “buy now” button or call you on the phone. But how do you do that? You do it by following this simple 5-step copywriting formula that captivates & converts them into loyal, raving fans . . .

A Simple, 5-Step Copywriting Formula

Step #1: Determine the problem.

What is the issue facing your target audience? Touch on the emotions they might be dealing with daily. For instance, they may be:

  • Stressed out about past due bills.
  • Frustrated with their jobs.
  • Frightened because they lost a job and can’t find a new one.
  • Experiencing physical pain such as chronic back pain or arthritis.
  • Afraid of losing a loved one – either one who is sick & suffering or perhaps their relationship is tenuous and on the rocks and they’re contemplating separation or divorce.

Use these triggers in your headlines, bullet points, or in the names of your free reports, etc. Doing so, keeps people coming back because they want help.
What’s the issue facing your prospects? What’s the problem that you have a solution for? Determine that first.

Step #2: Push your prospects’ buttons.

As you address the problems, pushing buttons comes along naturally. It’s in this step, that you let your prospects know you:

  • Understand their feelings
  • You can relate to their stress, pain, anger, overwhelm, etc.

Whatever their problem is, you want them to know that you understand them and their pain.

While I’m guessing you don’t want to make anyone feel absolutely miserable, you can push their buttons enough to demonstrate that you’re compassionate and get where they’re coming from and that therefore, you can help them.

Step # 3: Create that AHA moment.

This is the moment when, while they’re reading your content, your prospects are thinking:
“Yes, this company gets me.”
“Yes, they understand my feelings . . . my fears . . . my anxiety.”
“Yes, they can relate to what I’m going through. Therefore, I want what they have.”

EXAMPLE #1 –
Do you feel like you’re wasting hours trying to create content to promote your service and coming up blank?
Are you burned out by trying to write everything on your own?
Or you’re worried that prospects won’t respond to your offer and you’ll be left hanging in the dark – no clients, no sales?

After pushing their buttons & creating that AHA moment, you want to move onto Step #4.

Step #4: Offer the solution to your prospects’ problem!

As direct marketing pro Bob Stone wrote “. . . people respond to any given proposition for one of two reasons: to gain something they do not have or to avoid losing something they now possess.” For instance, they may want to:

  • Make money or avoid losing it.
  • Save time.
  • Avoid losing possessions.
  • Have great health or avoid getting sick.

Let prospects know how your product or service will affect them personally. Tell them how you can help alleviate their problem. Remember, prospects and customers want to know “what’s in it for me?”

Step #5: Get your prospects to respond.

Of course, last, but not least is your call to action. Don’t forget to tell your prospects what you want them to do.

I can’t tell you how many times I get an e-mail or my phone rings and the person on the other end is asking me if I’d review their Web site. He/she says something like, “I paid a lot of money to have a Web site created & I loved the design. However, time has gone by and I haven’t had any inquiries . . . responses . . . sales.”

As a copywriter, I go to their site and am surprised by what I see or I should say, what I don’t see. One major aspect that is missing is the CALL TO ACTION. And, I don’t mean on one page. I mean a call to action on all the pages.

It may sound obvious, but it’s really important to do this. For instance, let prospects know if they should:

  • Complete & return the sign up or registration form.
  • Dial a toll free number and call you.
  • Click on the “buy now” button?

I reveal 9 tips on my blog post about this topic at http://www.writedirection.com/call-to-action.

Go Back & Review Your Copy

Now that you know the five steps, go back and review your copy.

Are you pushing prospects’ or customers’ buttons? Are you letting them know how you can help them “see the light of day?”

Post your comments below I’d love to hear from you.

Remember this, people want what you have to offer them. They want to transform their lives and you can help them. Do so by touching on their problems, creating an AHA moment and offering them a solution. You CAN make a difference! I know you can.
Here’s to your writing success!

Debra Jason is a seasoned copywriter with 25+ years of experience in the field of direct marketing. A recipient of the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association’s “Creative Person of the Year” award, she started her business, The Write Direction, in 1989. When you’re struggling to find the right words to express your passion, Debra converts your ideas into words that compel and convert your prospects into loyal, raving fans. Click here to connect with Debra and get a free How-To marketing report. Or, follow her Fan Page at http://facebook.com/writedirection

Grab the Scissors & Duct Tape Before You Publish that Post!

Are your posts too long? Too short?

Too boring?  Too self-centered?

Too hard to read?  Too confusing to follow?

Too.. something, but you can’t put your finger on it?

An editing process can help you filter out the “you” that’s too much so you can focus on your readers, making your blog easier to read.

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Is Your Website Flash and Fluff? Or Glitter and Bang?

EXV5HJ5XKRPP  Cute costume, but it’s still a dog, right? Not a faerie. It can’t fly. Dress it up however you want but it still says “Woof” (or in this case, maybe “Yip”).

Some websites are like this cute little puppy. They’re flashy and fancy–all dressed up on the outside. But on the inside, the content is just fluff.

Dressing up bad content doesn’t change it. A site with poor copy won’t sell well, even if it’s flashy. On the other hand I know of some very plain and simple websites that sell great because their content is good. What they’re offering (quality product or services) and the way they present it (good copywriting) is what really sells it.

Instead of flash and fluff, make your website glitter and bang. It’s okay to add fancy touches and make it look good! But make sure your content GRABS your reader with a bang and sells them on how fantastic you are and how good you are at what you do.

The good news?  It’s a simple fix!  Learn copywriting.  Or hire a good copywriter.  Just being aware of the problem is the first step to correcting it.

This is definitely one area I know I can improve in.  How about you?  Got any good resources or links for writing copy that’s got bang?  Share them in the comments!

P.S.  This idea inspired by Lisbeth Tanz – flashy site design doesn’t matter if your content stinks!  And if you need copywriting, or help with your content, check out her services.