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Copywriting For Beginners: How To Write Ad Copy

Copywriting For Beginners: How To Write Ad Copy


Great ads will make your prospects go… Wait…. What?! Do your ads pass the scroll test? Here are my 5 secrets on how to write scroll-stopping
ad copy. Hey guys, Alex here! So ya wanna write more effective ad copy? Well whether you’re into Google Adwords,
Facebook Advertising, display ads, video ads or billboards you came to the right place. In this video, I’ll be sharing the 5 secrets
of great ad writing. Your ads are very often the very first touch
point you have with your ideal customer… And let’s not forget about your competition
who is simultaneously vying for their valuable attention. So it’s important that you get this right
and make a good first impression! Your ads are your one and only shot to win
the hearts and minds of your prospects and the quicker you can turn those eyeballs into
leads, and those leads into customers, the quicker you’ll gain market share and leave
your competitors in your dust. Hasta la vista, baby! Now, as a genius copywriter you know, that
an effective ad is only one part of a sales funnel. So if you’re looking to start a freelance
copywriting business, or increase your conversions online through copywriting, I am here to help! I release a copywriting tutorial every single
week so be sure to hit subscribe below and then hit that little bell icon to be notified
of when my next video goes live! Alright so let’s dive in to the 5 secrets
of great ad writing. Today’s episode is brought to you by the
letter C! Yes, that’s right. For your brain’s enjoyment and effortless
recollection I’ve made every single secret start with the letter C! So let’s dive in… Secret #1: Curiosity Great ads intrigue customers and pique their
curiosity. Think about it, it doesn’t matter how great
your sales offer is, in order to get a customer to convert, you first need to have their attention. Most advertisers fail at this miserably, which
is why most ads are nothing more than white noise clogging up your social feeds, mobile
apps or Spotify playlists. The biggest mistake I see writers making in
their ad writing is including TOO much information. My favorite ad writer of all time, Roy H.
Williams made this point perfectly when he said “Bad ads leave no gaps and have no
anomalies.” He describes anomalies “unexpected intrusions
into often repeated ideas”. So, in other words, bad ads will fail to make
your customer go “wait, what?!” When you can create an open loop or a gap
with your ad, your prospect will be naturally be driven to close that gap… And stories are the best way to do this. People will remember your story long after
they’ve forgotten your sales pitch. Trust me. So yes, while your final point of sales conversion
should include all relevant information needed for a buyer to make that final decision, your
first touch-point, or your ad, should absolutely not. When everything about your offer is stated
clearly in an ad, no questions linger in the mind of your customer. Therefore, it’s not what you INCLUDE that
makes for a great ad. It’s what you strategically leave out – the
carefully crafted gaps and anomalies. That’s good right? And I wanna hear from you too. When you think of a great ad that really piques
curiosity, what brands or companies come to mind? Comment below and let me know! Ok moving on to the second C of ad writing. Clarity Confusion is the biggest conversion killer
of them all! While piquing curiosity is essential in ad
writing, you don’t want to cause any sort of confusion in your prospect’s mind. Just imagine all the things you could write
in an ad that would make people go “wait, what?!!” But if they click your ad and then realize
your offer is not for them, they’re gone in a flash… and if you’re paying per click,
you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Your ad should make it very clear who you
are speaking to – either by promising a specific benefit or calling out a core problem of your
audience. And remember, if you try to appeal to everyone,
you’ll appeal to no one. You want your customer to subconsciously say
“Oh this is for me…” And it shouldn’t take longer than a swift
finger swipe for them to come to that conclusion. Or guess what, they’ll keep on scrolling. Your ad must pass what I call the “Scroll
Test”. So try this… the next time you’re on Facebook
and you’re scrolling through your feed, and a Sponsored Ad pops up, see if
you can identify who and what the ad is for without stopping the scroll. If you can’t figure it out, they’ve failed
the Scroll Test. Majorly. Ok, C #3. A Call-To-Action. I talk about this a lot… Yes, your ad needs to TELL your prospect what
to do with ONE CLEAR AND CONCISE call-to-action. You should only be asking your prospect to
do one thing – and that’s to click, or sign up or buy. Not share, comment, like, watch, signup AND
buy. You can do this through distinct copy like
“Click the link below” or even better, and if possible, include an obvious button
in your ad imagery that makes your prospect want to click it. And, where applicable, have your call-to-action
copy match the call-to-action of whatever platform you’re using. So for example, if you’re choosing the “Learn
More” button CTA in Facebook, have the CTA in your caption say…
“Click the ‘Learn More’ button” rather than a generic “click the link below”. Be sure to update your ad CTA across
all different social media channels so this works well. Ok now moving onto C #4 Congruence. This is so so so important in ad writing yet
it’s often one of the biggest blind spots in businesses, especially if the ad team is
different than the in-house marketing team. Traffic and conversion are not mutually exclusive. There must be congruence and an overlap between
your ad and your sales offer, both in terms of messaging and branding. If your sales offer does not meet the expectations
of your prospects based on the ad they just saw, they will feel ambushed and betrayed
and you’ve likely lost your chance at ever turning that prospect into a customer. Online buyers are becoming more and more cautious
of clickbait and intolerant of inconsistent messaging. So as a business owner, it’s your job to
create a distinct and memorable brand voice and make sure that that is congruent throughout
all your marketing touch points – from your ad all the way to your customer support team. And this is especially important on that first
touch point, when trust is at it’s lowest. If a prospect clicks your ad and the landing
page creates a disconnect in their mind in terms of branding or messaging, they are gone. As Roy H. Williams says “Win the heart and
the mind will follow… The mind will always create logic to justify
what the heart has already decided. Good ads should make your prospect LIKE you. Then all you have to do is BE the company
your prospect likes. Be the company your customer believes you
to be.” And lastly, C #5 Compliance. Now the first thing I’ll say is I am not
a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. Luckily, I narrowly escaped Law School and
became a copywriter instead. But I can’t stress enough the importance
of knowing what you can and cannot do in your online advertising. Many times you only get one chance to get
this right and getting your ad account shutdown is no laughing matter. So do yourself a favor and read up on what’s
considered fair game and what’s a no-no on all the platforms you plan on advertising
on. Listen, the secret to smart advertising is
simple. focus on adding value first and let the customer
decide if they want to engage with you further. So just stay cool, stay compliant and you’ll
be in it to win it. Ok guys, those are my 5 Cs to ad writing. Please give me a thumbs up below if you found
this video helpful! Next up, check out my video on how to write
hot headlines as that will definitely help you in your ad writing process. You can watch it right here… And of course, be sure to subscribe. I will be back next week with the new copywriting
tutorial. Till then, I’m Alex, Ciao for now.

3 thoughts on “Copywriting For Beginners: How To Write Ad Copy

  1. What do you think of copywriting courses from entrepreneurs like Jason Capital or Dan Lok?

    Is it all legit, or is it misleading? Is it really that likely to start making $10K a month with only an hour or two a day as they claim?

    Great content by the way, you seem very passionate and genuine!

  2. Tell me why I just pauses the video went on Instagram for 30 minutes studying the ads and seeing what they had that was so captivating and picking my curiosity. Actually learned a lot. good tip.

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