Getting Started with Copywriting

Imagine constructing a bridge between two ends of a spectrum: that’s what copywriting does. Copywriting is the practice of incorporating science, business and arts altogether for the purpose of advertisement. A copywriter creatively controls the string of pulling customers in towards a brand. Understanding market, psychology of target audience, the brand being represented are the roots of coming up with texts that captivates the human mind. In the world of marketing, copywriting is used in both offline and online marketing. A commodity or service cannot reach a consumer properly without marketing, and a part of it, copywriting.


Must Haves

Writing: Writing is the first and foremost skill that a copywriter has to develop. Without a particular flair of writing, a copywriter’s style and persuasiveness doesn’t count. As writing incorporates the mentioned elements, the copy develops along with the copywriter.

Creativity: Without creativity, copywriting cannot flourish as it should. Copywriters need to be creative as they work with a diverse range of brands and stories. In other words, the component of creativity fuels the writing skills.

Problem-solving: There’s a good difference between solving a problem and showing how to solve a problem. A copywriter does the latter in a persuasive way with their words. The aim is to understand the mindset of a consumer in this regard.

Technicality: In the digital revolution, a copywriter must possess technical skills. For they have to handle copies from website content, journals to captions on social media, technicality boosts the pace of copywriting. 

Communication: Communication is the key to research for a copywriter. This role entails communication to build and maintain relationships. Listening and communicating with customers and clients, taking feedback all form the skill of copywriting.


Connecting to the Reader

Research: Researching the brand the copywriter is representing directs the path for creativity. Understanding the brand’s story, tone, voice, target group and assigning a personality is imperative in copywriting. But all of this can only be perpetuated with sufficient research and communication.

Evoke emotions: The psychological part of copywriting comes in handy to tap people’s emotions. Happiness, nostalgia, etc. is what’s rejuvenating advertisement for ages. Humans tend to be more emotional than logical when it comes to gratification, and copywriters capitalize on that.

Solve a problem: A very important observation in advertisements is that people like to make their lives easier. Copywriters pose a problem and show the solution to get through to consumers. This is a pretty neat hack.

Tell a story: A rule of thumb for any kind of writing is storytelling. Stories tend to stick more to people, along with stirring up emotions that make them drawn to the product being advertised.

Strong verbs: Use of strong verbs compel readers to act upon call. Strong verbs are usually used in call-to-action (CTA) copy to prompt the target market.

Addressing: Copywriting should always be about addressing the consumer, meaning, the use of ‘you’ must be more than the use of ‘we’. One can describe the product or service being offered, but if the consumers cannot relate, it is highly likely that they could overlook the advertisement.


Copywriting Formulas

Learning how to copywrite automatically becomes quite easy if any of the formulas below are followed. These are surefire ways to form a firm bridge between the brand and the consumers, and to drive clicks on social media marketing.

4Cs: The 4C’s of copywriting are to be clear, concise, compelling, and credible. This means the copy has to send a direct, clear message. Conciseness comes when we consider the attention span of individuals. Why would they give us attention? Because we’d compel them with our words. But a copywriter cannot stop at just being compelling, they must back up their claims and state facts to be credible. Otherwise, it’s just advertising jargon to consumers.

AIDA: As a marketing effect model, the Attention, Interest, Desire, and Action stipulates the stages that a person goes through when buying a product or service. The AIDA model is widely employed in digital marketing, sales strategies, and public relations campaigns. Good copywriting must grab the attention and interest an individual to desire the commodity, so that they respond to the CTA.

SELWAB: This one’s a mnemonic device to ingrain into sales executives and copywriters to “Start Every Letter With A Benefit.” This tends to rid a copy of the features of a product or service and drive the benefits into the minds of a person.

PAS: The model is Pain/ Problem – Agitate – Solve. To churn out a convincing copy, pointing out a problem of an individual, capitalizing on the pain without the offered product or service, and then showing how the problem can be solved. The section that solves the problem should do more than just say “problem solved.” It should also explain why the customer is in a better position than if they had solved the problem themselves. 


Copywriting might seem daunting at first because of its placement in a fast-paced world of marketing. But that’s where the gem of skills lie. It’s training to be more creative in an instance that makes it so challenging and fun.

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