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Copywriting, Conversion and Your Customer's Comfort Zone

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You can examine your sales funnel and buying cycle matrix all you like, but in the age of new media, the prospect controls his or her path. If your prospective customer isn’t 100% comfortable, you can forget about conversion. This presentation connects the dots between the words you write and the engagement it may or may not achieve. You’ll understand how to put prospects in their comfort zone and “ease” them into doing business with your brand. www.feldmancreative.com

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Copywriting, Conversion and Your Customer's Comfort Zone

  1. Copy, Conversion and Your Customer’s Comfort Zone
  2. How are you feeling?
  3. Discomfort is the mother of all conversion killers.
  4. The chief conversion officer: the copywriter.
  5. Is conversion the right word?
  6. Do we really change people?
  7. Appealing to a desire that already exists.
  8. You need to get your customer to 
 agree this is the time and place to take action.
  9. You need to get your customer into a comfort zone.
  10. When readers don’t feel good, they’re gone.
  11. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Common Causes of Discomfort
  12. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Common Causes of Discomfort
  13. The key to overcoming confusion is clarity.
  14. Write a clear headline.
  15. We have a disconnect Twitter ad Landing page
  16. A clear connection Twitter ad Landing page
  17. Watch the language. industry gargon. And… marketing bull. “Executing Real World Operational Strategies to Propel Innovation” “State of the art” “Core competency” “Right-sized”
  18. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Common Causes of Discomfort
  19. The key to overcoming distraction is focus.
  20. Keep it simple. An effective web page has one job to do.
  21. Landing page: Get the form filled
  22. Build 
 your case
  23. Write what needs to be written. Don’t count characters, but make every character count.
  24. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Common Causes of Discomfort
  25. Overcome apathy by making sure nothing begins to feel optional, less urgent. irrelevant.
  26. Application:
 A selling proposition articulates 
 how your offer applies to the reader’s needs.
  27. Benefits:
 Answers the question: what’s in it for me? How to __________________ .
  28. An example of how to (blank)
  29. Context:
 Qualify and disqualify.
  30. Difference:
 What can you deliver unlike anyone else?
  31. Emotions:
 Tap into pleasures and pains with power words.
  32. Context: marketers Difference: focused budgeting Emotions: love

  33. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Common Causes of Discomfort
  34. You can’t bore people into buying. If attention is the web’s golden goose, 
 boredom is its rotten egg.
  35. Make it fun. • Lighten up • Tell a story • Push emotional buttons • Ask questions • Introduce characters • Speak to memories, values, dreams • Use your sense of humor • And remember who you are talking about…
 The reader
  36. Give it rhythm. • Brief opening paragraph • More paragraph breaks • Vary sentence length • Subheads • Bulleted lists • Photos with captions • Pullout quotes • Web copy needs to be skimmer friendly
  37. Your copy stops working when it feels like work.
  38. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Common Causes of Discomfort
  39. Desire - Friction
 = Conversion rate Give readers what they are looking for: ease.
  40. Introduce ease. • Shortcuts • Fast tracks • Templates • Cheat sheets • Checklists • Assure readers you’re leading them 
 down the fast and easy path
  41. Reduce risk. • “What if” always lingers in the reader's mind • Introduce safety nets • Address fears with reasons to be fearless
  42. • Help readers imagine the satisfaction 
 of realizing a positive outcome • Share the problem… 
 “I once had the same problem you’re facing” Speak to the dream.
  43. Overcome objections.
  44. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Common Causes of Discomfort
  45. Write conversationally. • Casual • Caring • Direct • Simple • Break rules
  46. We talk too much like marketers because we’re not listening to our customers.
  47. Develop pathological empathy for your customer. ~ Ann Handley Empathize
  48. Use first and second person voice.
  49. Actual landing page: marketing jargon
  50. My fix: voice of the customer
  51. The source of the headline idea comes from a customer testimonial.
  52. Actual landing page: marketing jargon
  53. My fix: voice of the customer
  54. The source of the headline idea comes from a customer testimonial.
  55. Offer proof.
  56. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Common Causes of Discomfort
  57. Give your reader ultra-clear directions.
  58. One choice wins.
  59. Use compelling verbs. Start… Try… Reserve… Buy… Get
  60. If you’re not creating a landing page, 
 you’re creating a leading page.
  61. Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery onfusion istraction pathy oredom riction ackoftrust ystery Confusion Distraction Apathy Boredom Friction Lack of trust Mystery Overcome Avoid Foil Elude Prevent Displace Remove
  62. 
 You may not transform readers, 
 but you can make them feel good 
 about taking action. www.feldmancreative.com

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