Writing Copy to Sell Your “Crazy” Offer

Yesterday we talked about turning your prospects into paying customers by making crazy offers. Did this concept haunt you the way it’s been haunting me? I hope you spent a good deal of time coming up with an almost too-good-to-be-true offer you can use to move potential clients from interest into action.

Ideally, you will come up with an offer so crazy, so compelling that you don’t need much sales copy (or pitching if you’re selling in person or over the phone). Start with a winning product or service and create a very valuable offer and you’re already most of the way there. Now the copy has an easy job. (Confidentially, this is one of the big reasons copywriters are picky about which projects they work on.)

But no matter how strong your offer is, you should still…

…Sell the Heck Out of It Anyway

Even though making the right offer to the right prospect is 80% of the battle, persuasively-written sales copy can improve response by 10, 100 or 1000%.

Here are 4 qualities that will add extra oomph to your copy:

Identification

Your message should aim for the heart of who your target customer is and how he sees himself.

Nike could talk about comfort, but their customers are athletes concerned with performance, so that’s what their marketing highlights. Lexus could talk about performance, but Lexus buyers are thinking about status. That’s what they showcase in their ads.

What causes one person’s heart to race may not excite the next person at all. Know your customers. Write copy that appeals to their sense of who they are and who they want to be.

Clarity/Specificity

Don’t be the least bit vague about what you’re offering. Tell them exactly what they’ll get, how long it’s available for, how they’ll benefit from their purchase, what to expect next, etc. Clarity creates vision; without vision there is no action. On the other hand, confused people generally don’t buy.

Bold Claims

The idea of under-promising and over-delivering seems to make sense, but it can be suicidal when it comes to marketing. These days, with so many sales messages begging for our attention, you can’t afford to be shy.

Don’t be afraid to make big claims, as long as you can back them up.

People are searching for the best answers to their questions, the best solutions to their problems. Imagine a dentist who marketed his services as getting your teeth “pretty clean.” How long will he be in business? Even if he’s the best dentist in town, marketing like that will ruin him.

Sincerity

Skepticism is at an all-time high. So is the volume of hype-filled sales pitches we see and hear every day. People are looking for providers they can trust. Any hint of dishonesty or shadiness will send most potential buyers running.

Sincerity is like a breath of fresh air. Almost no one is using it.

The less you seem to hype up what you’re doing, the more believable you are. You come across as honest and helpful instead of desperate and opportunistic.

Your Action Steps

1) If you haven’t come up with it yet, keep working on your crazy offer.

2) Write the first draft of your sales copy ASAP.

3) Test out your offer. Don’t be scared.

If I’ve ever shared anything on this blog that I think you should act on right away, this is it. Don’t let another day go by without considering the immediate and long-term effects this “crazy offer” concept can have on your business.

And get moving!

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4 thoughts on “Writing Copy to Sell Your “Crazy” Offer

  1. Donnie, whether you realise it or not, you’re teaching those willing to listen A LOT about direct response copy.

    I just read a chapter in Scientific Advertsing where Claude Hopkins speaks about specificity. He talks about using ridiculously specific facts about the product – mainly using stats.

    So, instead of:

    “Lowest prices in America.” (which any business may try to claim)

    He speaks of an advertiser using:

    “Our net profit is 3 per cent.”

    That honesty is compelling. And it resonates with the prospect so much more than another boring (and EXPECTED) claim.

    Of course, this also ties in with your point on sincerity.

    Great stuff mate.

    What’s your favourite copywriting book?

    • Great example, Rob.

      There’s certainly a place for big claims, but there’s always the risk of sounding misleading, exaggerated or too much like an ad.

      Last summer received a spam email with the subject line “Most important message ever (read me).” I never opened it, but that email is still in my inbox. Why? Because it reminds me of this very point. It’s impossible for that claim to be true (with a baby on the way, you know what I mean). It reeks of desperation, which is not an attractive quality.

      You and Claude Hopkins are right: specificity and clarity are compelling. Honesty and sincerity are winsome.

      My favorite copywriting book? Tough question. I was never more excited about writing copy than after studying Reason-Why Advertising/Intensive Advertising by John E. Kennedy.

      Thanks for the comment, my friend!

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