7 Copywriting Tips for Subject Lines, Headlines and Direct Mail Teasers
Here's a little known fact even my husband doesn't know about me. At one time, I was debating about whether to become a poet or a mathematician.
I like words because of the images they conjure up. The noble thoughts they instill. And all they can imply ... but leave unstated. The poetic power of words fascinates me.
At the same time, I love the reliability of math. The fact that 2 + 2 always equals 4. The way Pythagorean's theorem always pans out. And the simple truth that when a=b and b=c, then a=c.
So as a direct response writer, I've found a career that's the perfect blend of poetry and math. I use words to influence my readers to click, call or come-in-the-door. At the same time, I'm generating response that's mathematically measurable and accountable. There are also times I use simple math to explain what and how I write. For example:
A subject line is a headline (a = b)
A headline is a teaser (b = c)
Therefore, a subject line is a teaser ( a = c)
Yes, subject lines, headlines and direct mail teasers all do basically the same thing: engage readership that generates action. Try these tips for writing them.
Numbers. Use numbers written as figures to attract the eye and add instant credibility that encourages readership. How about using a subject line touting "Save 27% — One Day Only" or a headline promising "7 Tips for Tastier Tomatoes"?
New(s). The words "new" and "news" appeal to more than just early adopters. Place them at the beginning of your subject line, headline or teaser, and you immediately draw attention to the timeliness of your message. I recently received an email from a favorite coffee purveyor with the subject line, "Breaking News! Limited time offer on your favorite blend."