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Copywriting Tip #13

Make your sentences pack a punch.
Don’t write -
“Give us a call to find out more”
Swap it round -
“To find out more, give us a call”

 

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Don't put the cart before the horse

Make your sentences pack a punch

What do you make of these sentences?

"Start using our great new CRM system to improve your efficiency."

"Call us today to find out more."

"The directors are facing some tough decisions, if they want to sort out this mess."

Notice anything odd about them?
 

Avoid cliches like the plague

Don't you hate cliches?

I do.  I reckon we all do - well, at least those of us who care about using language to communicate clearly and effectively.

First off, clichés are boring.  In fact, they're so boring, that when I come across more than two or three in one piece of text, my knees ache.  But what upsets me about clichés more than anything else is that they’re a symptom of my other pet hate - laziness.

 

This time it's personal

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Use empathy to engage your readers

Remember those heady days when mail merge was first available for PC users?
You do?  I’m not sure I believe you.  No matter.  If you truly are that old, you’ll recall the excitement -

"Great!  Now we can write like this …

 

Bite that bullet!

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What’s so special about bullet points?

✓ They’re great
✓ They look cool
✓ Admit it - you love ‘em
✓ Use them … and your readers will love you too

 

Do I have to repeat myself repeat myself repeat myself?

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Once upon a time, there lived a young, ambitious, better-than-averagely-good-looking politician.

One day he stood up in front his audience and promised, “When I become Prime Minister my 3 main priorities will be education, education, education”.

His early years as Prime Minister went rather well.  It was only towards the end of his term of office that things went somewhat awry for Tony Blair.
 

Is Usain Bolt really the King of pace?

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He certainly knows a bit about going flat out, but when we're writing, isn’t pace more subtle than that?

You’ll have noticed that I’m always banging on about the virtues of keeping things short.  Short words, short paragraphs, short sentences … but hang on a minute.  Does this always have to be the case?  Look what happens if your sentences become unrelentingly punchy.
 

Keeping it simple

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“Look – I’m a technician.  I haven’t a clue about words.  It’s your job is to come up with all the flowery language.”

These were the words of Bob, my lovely new client.

Once I’d stopped chuckling, I had to let Bob down gently and remind him, that of the many services offered by Copywriter Pro, being the purveyor of ‘flowery language’ definitely isn’t one.

 

Did King Lear get it right?

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Shakespeare's half-demented, disillusioned King Lear, once intoned threateningly, "Nothing will come from nothing!".  Was he right?

I guess he probably wasn't referring to the art of effective business writing.  But if, by chance, he was, then he was surely way off the mark.

Because, in all kinds of business writing, plenty will definitely come from nothing.

 

DON'T WRITE - SPEAK!

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Let me tell you about Sean.
He's a landscape gardener, local to Northampton.

I first met him a while back at a Networking Breakfast.
He immediately struck me as a nice chap, attentive and courteous in every way.

He even had the good grace to listen to my unfunny anecdotes.
Sean dutifully introduced me to the other members of the group, making sure I wasn’t last in the queue for breakfast.
 

Size Matters ...

... but not always in the way you might expect

Welcome to tip No. 2  from your Friendly Copywriter...

WHEN IN ROME, DO AS THE ROMANS DO.  WHEN IN BUSINESS, BE AN ANGLO-SAXON.

Was it Winnie The Pooh who once said -
"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'"

Imagine the scene -
You’re writing a Sales Letter, promoting your latest widget. So – what’s the most important thing?
'Being professional?'
Well that's arguable ...
but tell us what you mean by 'professional'.

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