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Considered one of the best copywriters of all time, Joe Sugarman is
Well, he’s considered one of the best copywriters of all time. He’s up there with David Ogilvy, Eugene Schwartz, and John Caples. He’s the real deal.
And he happened to write a book on copywriting that has become a classic. It’s easily one of the top 5 books on copywriting.
In Advertising Secrets of the Written Word, he breaks down his approach to copy so that you can replicate it. Within the book, he includes 17 axioms of copywriting. To write copy as persuasive as Sugarman’s, this is where you want to start.
I’ve gone ahead and copied each of his axioms here.
So if you want to write better copy that gets you more customers, I’d staple these to the wall behind your desk:
This is Sugarman’s definition of copywriting. Basically, it’s the process of putting your knowledge and experience in writing in order to sell a product or service.
Your entire ad is designed to do one thing: get people to read the first sentence. This is why people include giant, bold headlines. If you can’t get people to start reading your ad, you’ll never persuade them to buy from you. Never design an ad that distracts people from reading the first sentence.
There’s a lot of formulas out there on how to write headlines and start your copy. But at the end of the day, all it really needs to do is to get people to keep reading. Grab people’s attention with the first sentence and set the stage so that they’ll want to keep reading.
As you get people to start reading your copy, the next goal is to create what Sugarman calls a “buying environment.” This includes the copy, the layout, design, everything in your ad. The rest of these axioms will help you create that buying environment.
As people read your copy, they should say yes to each of your statements. All of your claims should resonate deeply with them. The goal is to write from their point of view so that they get the feeling that you know exactly what they’re going through. This is only possible when you put in the time to deeply understand your customers. The easiest way to do this is by talking to them in person and asking them about their problems.
Your copy needs to be so compelling that people can’t stop reading. Do this by leading with a personal story, give hints about what’s coming later, or not completing answering a question. Give people a reason to want to keep reading.
When writing copy, none of us know what will truly work. The only way to find the best solution is to try different approaches. So experiment with your copy and make sure you can measure it to see which versions work the best.
By building curiosity in your copy, you’ll easily get people to keep reading. Sugarman relies heavily on curiosity to keep people reading and it can be a very powerful tool. But make sure you’re using curiosity to attract the right kind of customers for your business. Using massive amounts of curiosity will get you plenty of attention but it won’t do you any good if it doesn’t produce valuable customers.
The benefit of the product is far more important than the product itself. So pay close attention to your positioning and unique selling proposition.
After you’ve put together all of your notes and done your customer research, take a break. This will give your subconscious time to work through the problem and come up with the best approach for your copy. When you’re ready to start writing, let the copy pour out of you. Don’t worry about grammar or anything else. Your job is to get everything that’s in your head on paper. Editing comes later.
If you need long copy in order to sell effectively, use long copy. Some products don’t need long copy like a bottle of Coca-Cola. All people need to know is where they can get it, that it’s cold, and the price. But other products will need to take people through an entire sales process before anyone will be willing to buy. Use as much copy as you need in order to make the sale.
Your copy should be in the first-person. We don’t connect with amorphous “brands.” We connect with people. Make your copy personal so that readers feel like it was written directly to them from someone else.
Each new claim should logically flow from the previous one. If you jump around between all sorts of different ideas, people will get confused and feel like you’re trying to trick them. Keep it simple by moving people from one step to the next.
The most important role of editing is to remove unnecessary words. This makes your copy more persuasive and easier to read. A lot of people skip this step and end up with rambling copy that doesn’t get great results. The best copy has been edited and refined countless times.
You can’t just grab people’s attention, throw out some basic copy, and hope for the best. You need to engage people and get them to form their conclusions with you. If copy is too obvious, people will feel dumb or bored. Then you lose them. Build some intrigue into your copy.
People don’t care about prevention. They’re not willing to spend money to prevent a problem they don’t have yet. Cures on the other hand sell VERY well. Even if you have a preventative service or product, you want to position it as a cure instead of a prevention.
People love stories. It’s the single best way to communicate a message and persuade people. Whenever you get stuck and don’t know what to do with your copy, start with a story.
There you have it.
The 17 copywriting axioms of Joseph Sugarman.
If you want to dive into all this and get better at copywriting (one of the most important skills in business), I highly recommend picking up Sugarman’s book.
The hardback version of Advertising Secrets of the Written Word can be pretty hard to get your hands on (copies usually sell between $50 and $300). But the publisher just released a Kindle version for $10.
Ever wondered how to find your dream customers?
It’s a pretty common issue that people have when growing their business. There’s actually 3 simple steps that you should be following anytime you start a new project.
Asking yourself these questions will significantly improve your overall marketing.
It’s your knowledge of the people in your market that makes the technology useful. You need to find where your target market is hanging out, and then start spending time there…
That is exactly what you want to do. You want to find unique angles to grab the attention of your target market. You need to focus on creative ways to do this.
I recommend the book, DotComSecrets in the video as a way to shortcut this process.
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I get it, Entrepreneurship is glorified in the media and we only see the highlights on everyone’s social media posts.
No one shares the raw stuff anymore. The tough side of being an Entrepreneur. The stuff that you don’t want people to see, because it’s not glorious.
But the times you are going through right now? The hardships, the struggles to pay your bills on time, the struggles with seeing your business fail? This is the time that will make or break you. This is the time that you’ll reflect back on and say either “I’m glad I worked through it” or “I wish I would have worked harder.”
One thing I did back in 2012 before my business took off, was I wrote myself a note. The note was simple and its something anyone can do.
All it said was “Dear Chris, thank you for pushing forward. For continuing to build your business throughout the good and bad times. Because of what you’ve done, you’ve positively impacted the lives of hundreds of people.” and I signed it “past Chris”
Now that’s not exactly what it said, because I don’t have it with me right now to read and write to you, but you get the idea.
The tough times never last. You will get through them. It’s just a. matter of time.
But, I’ve got faith in you. You’ve got this.
Actually, here’s a video to watch that relates directly to this:
I recorded that video in 2013, and it’s still true today.
Creating value is one of the topics that’s a top discussion point when speaking with Entrepreneurs.
The problem is that many people never really explain what value is, and how to create it. In this video, I share with you what value is and how to create value.
Today I want to share with you something that’s known as the “money grab”…. and it’s one of my all-time favorite activities to do in order to increase wealth consciousness.
CAUTION: You’ll look like a fool to onlookers.
If you’re one of my good friends, I’ve most likely made you do the money grab. I actually made my brother do it one of the days we were hiking in St. John, US Virgin Islands, earlier this year… except it was extremely hot and the “grabs” were for a breeze to come off the water and cool us down.
The money grab is a very simple activity. It doesn’t require anything. Except well… to be awake.
The whole idea is simple. Think about the number of transactions that happen every single minute around the world. People are at the grocery store buying milk, people are buying clothes on different websites, people are buying… well, you get it.
The money from these purchases isn’t being shipped in one of those crazy armored cars that are loaded with money (like in those cool bank robber movies). That would be insane.
Imagine if for every $5 purchase someone made on their phone, an armored vehicle came and picked up the money to move it to someone else’s account. That would be a funny scene… although crazy expensive in day-to-day life. the good news is that with technology, this money is constantly flowing through around.
This activity allows you to sort of tap into it. Now I’m not saying doing this is going to instantly put money in your pocket… or that you’re stealing money from these transactions. You’re simply raising your level of awareness to it happening… So whenever your bank account is at a number that pisses you off, remember that the money is constantly flowing around you… you just have to find a way to step into it.
(You can do this by starting a business – Here’s a FREE Training Reveals How To Earn $3880/month With Affiliate Commissions..
Let me know below if you’ve ever done the “money grabs” and what you thought about it!