10 Ways to Write More Effective Ads
When you’re writing to a friend, you’ll use the pronouns “I” and “you.” When trying to convince your friend, you might say: “Look, I know you think you’ve tried every widget out there. But you should know that…”
And it goes beyond just writing in the second person. That is, addressing your prospect as “you” within the copy. The fact of the matter is there are many successful ads that weren’t written in the second person. Some are written in the first-person perspective, where the writer uses “I.” Other times the third person is used, with “she,” “he,” and “them.”
And even if you do write in the second person, it doesn’t necessarily mean your copy is about them.
“As a real estate agent, you can take comfort in the fact that I’ve sold over 10,000 homes and mastered the tricks of the trade”
Although you’re writing in the second person, you’re really still focusing on yourself.
So how can you focus on them? Glad you asked. One way is to…
Emphasize Benefits, Not Features
What are the features? They are descriptions of what qualities a product possesses.
The XYZ car delivers 55 miles per gallon in the city.
Our ladder’s frame is made from a lightweight durable steel alloy.
Our glue is protected by a patent.
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