Nobody is born a copywriter; everyone learns to be. And once they have made it, it is well worth the effort to figure out how they craft the words into such a beautiful arrangement. Analyzing the copywriting of popular brands is one of the best ways to learn from great copywriters and become a professional copywriter.
Who is a Professional Copywriter?
Copywriting is an art, and a professional copywriter is one who has the ability to design the best words in an order that is both beautiful and logical. In other words, a great copywriter is a wonder at word choice, weaving them together and putting them in the right length, structure, and tone of voice.
What’s the Purpose of Copywriting?
The purpose is to make the audience feel good enough to take action. This won’t be possible unless you have a thorough understanding of your audience, including who they are, what they want, their socioeconomic status, etc. Why are these essential to know? To immerse yourself in their situation as if you were one of them.
In this article, a framework for writing a persuasive copy will be presented, followed by an investigation of the persuasive copy of three popular brands: Apple, Toyota, and Adidas. This will give you a better understanding of functional copywriting.
Framework for Writing a Good Copy
How can copywriting evoke feelings in readers and prompt them to take action? There might be many ways, but in this article, we’ll focus on the benefits, persuasion, psychological techniques, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques.
Let’s dive in and unpack the elements of this framework.
Sell benefits, not features.
But why benefits? Because people are drawn to things that benefit them, no matter how cool you are. So, the advantages you provide are all that will entice them.
Benefits can be expressed in a variety of ways and can be either tangible or intangible. It’s important to take customer-related benefits into account when discussing benefits because they are more meaningful and more likely to result in sales.
Tangible vs. Intangible
Benefits that can be seen and measured, such as saving time and money, are referred to as tangible or measurable benefits.
The other benefits are intangible, you can’t see or measure these benefits, but they have a positive effect on the reader, like the good feeling of being persuaded by what you’ve purchased or making a donation. While selling benefits, focus on the customer and write for one person because you will be more clear and authentic, and you will be able to engage them better.
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|Focusing on Customers||Your photo. Your font. Your widgets. Your iPhone.|
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Inside, a panoramic roof enhances the feeling of space, while its intuitive technologies and comfort features effortlessly put you at ease for every drive.
Take Charge of Your Path
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Imagine your world!
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In copywriting, persuasion is the process of getting people to read, think, feel, and act in a certain way by using words and language in an artistic way. Let’s look at some tried-and-true methods for convincing readers to take action.
People are drawn to one another by their shared characteristics. Therefore, if you can find some common ground with your audience, they will be attracted to you.
The scarcity principle states that people are more likely to value something if it is scarce. In other words, the more scarce something is, the more sought after it becomes. Scarcity can refer to various concepts such as quantity, time, competition, and other factors that compel visitors to take action.
If you do something nice for someone, they’ll do something nice for you in return. This is known as reciprocity which is like a two-way street.
|Common ground||Built to last. Puts the earth first.|
Designed with the earth in mind.
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|Scarcity||A rare picture of GRs in the wild.|
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This bias states that people pay more attention to big numbers than small numbers.
When there is only one choice, people are happy, but when there are many, they over-examine and over-value differences. Therefore, ensuring that their choice is the best would make them very happy.
The face value of money is more appealing than the actual purchasing value, so $150 free money is more powerful than a $150 voucher.
Neglect of probability
According to this bias, people are attracted to outcomes rather than probabilities. We don’t have an intuitive grasp of probability, so we mostly see the outcome.
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|Distinction Bias||Only Apple gets you supercharged for college.|
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Neuro-linguistic programming techniques
NLP is a branch of psychology that studies brain language. Neuro means brain, linguistic means language, and programming means using knowledge to achieve a specific result through repetitive action. What role does NLP play in copywriting? In NLP, the power of the conscious mind is used to persuade the unconscious mind to achieve a particular goal.
Here are a few NLP techniques to consider:
Readers are interested in stories because stories activate the brain and leave a lasting impression on the mind. Using stories that are relatable to the reader’s situation and showing both the successes and failures of those who have gone through a similar situation can impact your audience implicitly.
A sub-modality in NLP refers to a way of thinking that is based on senses. To put it another way, each of us has a dominant sense. There are those of us who prefer to think in visual terms (sight), while others prefer to think in aural terms (sound), and some in tactile terms (touch). If you use sub-modalities, you’ll be able to sneak into the minds of your readers.
When describing the path to achievement, positive language and words are far superior to negative ones. If you were to choose between “lose weight” and “get slim,” which one would have the biggest impact on you?
Meta Model questions
Meta model questions are thought-provoking questions that set the reader on a path that leads to a specific destination. The words ‘how’ and ‘what’ are good examples of meta-model questions. For instance, Adidas asks, “How to warm up before a workout?” the answer is clear using Adidas warm-ups!
Longman defines ‘weasel’ as achieving something through cunning. Of course, copywriting shouldn’t be this harsh since it often involves making bold statements that aren’t entirely accurate.
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|Meta model questions||Shaky action shot? Fix it in pre.||–||How To Warm Up Before A Workout? Adidas|
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The key to great copywriting is to get into business while adhering to this framework. In other words, fake it till you make it.
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