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7 Ways To Show Authority In Writing Copy

One of the goals a writer has in copy writing is to convince the reader. Good, authoritative copy is very easy for readers to trust because it sounds more truthful and caters to their wants, needs and interests. As a result, response rates are better and there is a higher likelihood that the desired results are achieved. Integrating a tone of authority in writing a copy is a studied process but it is not entirely impossible. Here are the top 7 ways you can improve your copy and make it more influential and convincing:

Know your topic
Never write copy about a subject you have little or no knowledge about. If you want to prove you have authority in writing that copy, you should be able to show your audience or readers that you know exactly what you are writing about. Your readers can tell if you’re only bluffing.

Prove your experience
Another way to show you have authority in writing copy is by proving you have the correct experience about the subject. You can’t write about rocket science with authority if the closest you’ve ever come close to a rocket is by watching a fireworks display.

Use your USP

Every product, idea or statement has a USP or unique sales proposition. Find out what yours is when writing copy. The USP will help define your statement and make you stand out from write-ups that have a similar idea. You can use this to your advantage to create authority.Make the statement clear so your readers will understand immediately the message you are trying to put across.

State the benefits and advantages
There will always be disadvantages or limitations to your product, idea or statement. Instead of detailing them to your readers, focus on the advantages and benefits. Tell your readers what it can do and what it can’t do.

If you’re promoting a bicycle, for example, you don’t have to state that it’s not as fast as a car. It can’t fly but it can help its user reach his destination. It’s cheap, doesn’t pollute the environment and can even be an instrument of fitness.

Use facts
Embellishing your statements may sound harmless but the effect on your readers may not be advantageous to you. Consumers and readers are a bit sensitive and they will take it personally if they find that you were pulling the wool over their eyes. There is nothing that works as fast as an overstatement to decrease your credibility. If you want to have authority in writing copy, state only the facts – statements that are easily verifiable.

Back up your claims
Authority in writing copy is similar to writing news stories – you need proof of your statements. If you make one, make sure it’s backed up by details and figures that may be corroborated. If there is a study, research or statement made by an expert that will support your claim, use that as well. So in case someone asks, you can point them to the reference that will support what you said.

Don’t mess with the language
If you want to be trusted as an authority in writing a copy, make sure you take care to show good grammatical and spelling skills. Nothing destroys an authoritative position than bad language because it speaks of carelessness and a lack of knowledge. If you want to be seen and accepted as an expert, show respect for your readers and write well.

Insights into Sales Copy Writing

Sales copy online can make or break your business. A good sales letter must lure visitors, create trust and motivate readers to purchase. You can spend millions of dollars on ads and still have low or no response. But just pay a little more attention to your sales copy and then watch the response you get to your advertisements. Here’s some fundamental rules you could apply to see some magic work with your ads:

No matter how “wow” your words are, you have to have a good product for sustainability. Keep away from false claims, over exaggerations, just put in pretty terms what your product really does and why people should buy it.· Your first copy will not be absolutely brilliant. You will have to play around with it and make changes. Test it. Ask for opinions. Select a pilot market to test effectiveness. All this takes time, hence plan well.

Follow the well known AIDA strategy [source: Strong, E.K. (1925). “Theories of Selling”. Journal of Applied Psychology] – Attention, Interest, Desire, Action. Your copy must grab the intention of people at just one glimpse of it. It should create an interest to probe in further. It should make the customer want to really buy the product and most importantly, now and not later!·

You should have a killer headline. It should really make the reader go over to the next line. Headline says it all. It should really be a class apart. Here is a great headline tool that I written about and use quite often. Headline Analyzer Tool-Check out the score of the headline above.

Building Desire in an Ads

The ‘desire’ portion of your ad is where you present the facts of your product; create and justify your prospect’s conviction, and cause him to demand ‘a piece of the action’ for himself. It’s vitally necessary that you present ‘proven facts’ about your product because survey results show that at least 80% of the people reading your ad – especially those reading it for the first time – will tend to question its authenticity. So, the more facts you can present in the ad, the more credible your offer.

As you write this part of your ad, always remember that the more facts about the product you present, the more product you’ll sell. People want facts as reasons, and/or excuses for buying a product – to justify to themselves and others, that they have not been ‘taken’ by a slick copywriter. It’s like the girl who wants to marry the guy her father calls a ‘no good bum.’ Her heart – her emotions – tell her yes, but she needs to nullify the seed of doubt lingering in her mind – to rationalize her decision to go on with the wedding.

In other words, the ‘desire’ portion of your ad has to build belief and credibility in the mind of your prospect. It has to assure him of his good judgment in the final decision to buy – furnish evidence of the benefits you have promised – and afford him a ‘safety net’ in case anyone should question his decision to buy.

People tend to believe the things that appeal to their individual desires, fears and other emotions. Once you have established a belief in this manner, logic and reasoning are used to support it.

People believe what they ‘want’ to believe. Your reader ‘wants’ to believe your ad if he has read it through this far – it is up to you to support his initial desire.

Communicate With Authority

You can learn to speak with confidence by studying the way you make statements. If you often say “I think,” “kind of,” “maybe,” “probably,” or “just,” you minimize the importance of your statements.

One of the most empowering things a person can do is to speak confidently because words shape the attitudes of others.

As you consider your linguistics, note how many times you use words that indicate indecision or ambivalence. The word “try,” for example, indicates that you will make an attempt, not that you will actually do something. “Try” sets you up for failure because you don’t actually have to succeed.

The word “think” has the same connotation. If you say “I think it would be a good idea to …” your statement is much less powerful than, “It would be a good idea to …” “I think I could lead this project,” is far less effective than, “I could lead this project.”

Therapist Carol Juergensen Sheets says in group exercises, she and colleagues find that the average number of times people use these words is 16 times in a five-minute period. When you recognize that you use them, repeat the sentence to yourself without the qualifier and with confidence. Practice to change old patterns of speaking.

Sheets, of Indianapolis Psychiatric Associates, says your ability to speak confidently and assertively makes a difference in how others see you. If words shape attitudes, it’s important to choose words that empower your belief in yourself and increase your confidence.