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Copywriting Tips To Market Your Small Business

Aug 17, 2007
Most people don't realize that every small business uses copywriting to sell their product or service.

Those catchy phrases on that brochure are copywriting.

The content of that sales letterare copywriting.

The direct-mail packet you received in the mail with discounts to area businesses- Yep. You got it that's copywriting.

And while you may appreciate the value in hiring a professional to write an effective sales letter, benefit-laden brochure, or have-to-have-it internet ad, professional copywriting services may be out of the price range of your small business.

It's impossible to gain the expertise in a short amount of time that a professional copywriter has earned through years of training and experience. That said, there are a number of quick and easy things you can do to make your content stand out - and more importantly, to sell your product or service for immediate revenue.


In almost every case, headlines are a quick and effective way to grab your reader's attention. However exciting the information that follows, it's not going to do you any good unless you can pull your prospective client in immediately by making them want to read more.

In the age of email, IM-ing and video conferencing, people want information fast. If you bore them they'll move onto something else, and you'll lose an opportunity to tell them why your product or service will change their life for the better.

The headline is usually in a larger and/or bolder font than the text directly below it. This enables your promise to stand out more and to get the readers attention. The idea is to make your prospective client want to keep reading.

You may have seen headlines like these

"Lose 20 pounds in Two Weeks - And Eat all You Want!"

"Make $5,000 - with Nothing More than a Computer and 5 hours a Week!"

"Save Thousands on Heating Oil This Winter!" (an ad for a woodstove)

In virtually every business, even those often deemed "professional", your message will be more urgent and compelling with a headline. Consider the following example for a technology consulting company:

"Finish Your Projects On Time and Under Budget - Without Hiring a Single New Employee!"

See what I mean? Headlines work. Start by defining your company's promise. Every small business has one - all you have to do is tell your customer what it is.

Bullets and Fonts

Especially with a very technical subject matter, or with a product or service that requires a lot of information, bulleting out the finer points of your small business benefits can break down large blocks of information into an easy-to-read format.

When faced with a page full of text, the eye tends to drift to areas of interest - things that stand out from the rest of the text. For this reason, varying your font style and size just a tiny bit can make a real difference.

If I bold this sentence, you will likely pay special attention to it.

If I use italics to make my point here, it will be the rare individual who doesn't notice - not the italics, but what's been written in them.

The key here is not to go overboard. You don't want to make your letter or brochure look like an advertisement for the circus (well, unless your small business is a circus). Just create enough interest to keep them reading and keep them invested in learning more about your small business.


You'd probably prefer to contract out your copywriting services. Hiring someone else means you get a professional and can move onto matters that fall more clearly within your area of expertise.

But the reality is that many small businesses simply do not have money in the budget to hire a professional copywriter - at least not in the beginning.

In this case, try coming up with some material of your own using these tips. Who knows? You might even discover a talent you didn't know you had.
About the Author
John Edmond worked for many years in insurance and finance and now writes on Small Business Marketing . For a range of ebooks on Copywriting for Profits both on and off the web go to OneClickBooks.com where all single ebooks are just 99p
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