Is Your Copy Upside Down?


by Karon Thackston

As a professional copywriter, I've seen my share of copywriting mistakes. One that seems to be particularly common is writing copy that's "upside down." When you do this - when you don't relay your message in the correct order - you lose your audience's attention, and the sale!

You've probably seen copy that reads something like:

Professional Virtual Assistant Services For over seven years, we have been providing virtual assistant services to the global community. With a proven history of excellence, you are guaranteed quality when you select ABC Company for your virtual assistant needs. You'll find your load lightened, your schedule freed, and your business day more organized so you can spend your time making money instead of chasing your tail. Virtual assistants allow you to do more of what you love to do!

What's important in this paragraph? Yes, experience ("...over seven years...") is necessary. And quality ("...you are guaranteed quality...") is vital. But what is it that will catch the attention and deliver the true message about virtual assistants?

It's this section: "You'll find your load lightened, your schedule freed, and your business day more organized so you can spend your time making money instead of chasing your tail. Virtual assistants allow you to do more of what you love to do!" So - if this is the most important part - why is it at the end? Because the copy is upside down, that's why!

Let's rework this section of copy and turn it right side up so it will grab the reader's attention and make him/her understand what virtual assistants *really* do.

Professional Virtual Assistants Lighten Your Load Tired of running around, feeling like you're out of control? Have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Those are the situations where virtual assistants are a lifesaver! By using a professional virtual assistant, you'll find your load lightened, your schedule freed, and your business day more organized. You'll be able to spend your time making money instead of chasing your tail. Virtual assistants allow you to do more of what you love to do!

For over seven years, we have been providing Virtual Assistant services to the global community. With a proven history of excellence, you are guaranteed quality when you select ABC Company for your virtual assistant needs.

See the difference? We've hit a nerve. We've gotten the readers' attention right up-front by appealing to their emotional needs and wants. We've shown them the end result of using this virtual assistant service, and then backed it up with facts.

I know I say it over and over, but it's a true statement... Most buying decisions are emotional so your ad copy should be, too.

When writing any type of advertising copy, remember to place your best information up top (right side up), instead of at the bottom (upside down) where it may, or may not, be read. When you do, you'll get greater readership and more sales! Most buying decisions are emotional. Your ad copy should be, too!



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Most buying decisions are emotional. Your ad copy should be, too! Let Karon write targeted copy and ezine articles for you. Visit her site at http://www.marketingwords.com, subscribe to her free ezine at http://www.marketingwords.com/ezine.html, or learn to write your own powerful copy at http://www.copywritingcourse.com.




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