7 Copywriting Tips That Should Be Put to the Test
Copywriting is the backbone of direct mail—just as screenwriting is the same for the movie business—but in this increasingly high-tech industry, that's been forgotten. With more multichannel campaigns, upgraded database marketing techniques and splashy self-mailers than ever before, the written word becomes an afterthought, literally ... and this is not good, for any direct marketer.
Meanwhile, mailers grappling with squeezed marketing budgets are hesitant to test efforts, especially the bigger tests that involve format changes, rebranding or significant design overhauls.
However, a simple copy test is one of the cheaper and smarter moves to make, and it can pay dividends in the ROI department. For example, making the copy more relevant to today's prospect who will only buy the "essentials" or give to the "truly needy" can more significantly affect the response rate than any change in color or format switch.
After speaking with a handful of top copywriters, here are seven ways for you and your business to take another crack at your direct mail copy.
1. Make the Prospect the Star of the Mailer
It's why direct mail can work so well. The prospect, after a lousy day at the office, gets home and sees mail just for her. It has her name on it, it's engagingly written and the product being offered even makes sense in her life.
"Make the piece look and read as if it were created just for that one recipient," recommends Nancy Harhut, chief creative officer, Wilde Agency. "Write as if you were talking to one member of your target market, with a voice and personality to your words."
While the prospect is the star of the show, the product you are selling needs to become the hero. "Make your selling message fit what your prospect wants and needs—turn your product into that hero," encourages Peggy Greenawalt, president/creative director of direct marketing agency Tomarkin/Greenawalt.