To pull in your audience, create a compelling title to your blog that is On Fire!
3 ways – 1. List a “number” of reasons, 2. offer comparisons or concerns, and 3. the “why should” approach. They are effective because they make a very specific promise of what’s coming.
Here are two blog topics by a law firm client of mine, (one on elder law, the other on estate planning), and both topics use three different approaches to create engaging titles.
- 3 ways the elderly are now protected by law
- 5 reasons to review your estate planning now
Comparison or Concerns:
- Are the elderly better served in civil or criminal cases?
- The pros and cons of estate planning
“Why Should…” titles:
- Why should we care about elder laws?
- Why should you worry about your estate’s assets?
Whether you’re a millennial or an old dog, here are some easy and new tricks to get higher readership out of your emails.
This blog’s subject line (which could also be an email), uses these 7 tricks that are likely to get more readership:
- Putting quotation marks around a phrase or statement increases readership
- The word “How” makes people think (rightly) that they will get some advice.
- The word “these” makes the advice sound specific.
- “Simple” makes it sound easy – and the word “easy” in the subhead also increases readership – because people hate hard work.
- “Tricks” makes it seem easy as well.
- The phrase “get your emails read” increases readership because it makes the sentence active – that simple approach does the trick.
- The word “your” helps, too, because people are interested in themselves.
Eight more tricks you can use …
1. When providing a list, use numbers instead of bullets to increase readership. Readers typically finish reading a numbered list to see if something resonates with them – and refer to the number of solutions or tips like I did using the number “7.”
2. Use the words “you” or “your” it’s certain to increase readership.
3. But that’s not all. (Use bold text for subheads or as an introduction to paragraphs like I did in this long-winded blog – it breaks up lengthy text and creates more visual interest).
4. The subhead needs to encourage people to start reading your full story – it’s a bit like an appetizer in a restaurant.
5. Does the use of questions keep people reading? Yes, because they suggest answers to come, so does a list of specific examples – because when someone suggests something to you, you often say to yourself, “What do you mean?”
6. Did you notice that the paragraphs in this blog vary in length? One is only nine words long. The mind enjoys variety, and the empty spaces allows the eyes to rest.
7. “Use simple words everyone knows. Then everyone will understand.”
8. Should the writing style be the same as casual chat? Typically it’s more formal – but writing is really nothing more than a well-organized speech. And when you write you have time to think things out and arrange them in ways you cannot in the rush of a speech.
Wether you are new to the game or an old dog learning new tricks, keep your message simple and to the point – because people have little time to dig for what they are looking for.
When writing text for a company’s products, clearly communicate the value and benefits of a product. Figure out what the benefits and advantages really are, and don’t just creatively describe the features as given to you by the company’s engineers. Most copywriters and marketers don’t differentiate between features, benefits and advantages because it’s like pulling teeth to figure out why a customer needs a product and why they should buy it. Yes, it takes time to think that out, but think how long it took to design and develop the product – and the marketing of the product is just as important as the product itself, so it needs proper marketing effort for the product to sell.
The difference between the features, benefits and advantages:
A Feature is the function of a product – specifically what it can do.
A Benefit is why a product’s feature is desired, needed or a good thing.
An Advantage is why someone should buy the product and why it is a better choice than the competition.
Here’s a simple example of using the above definitions:
Feature: This kayak is made out of hardened fiberglass
Benefit: So it won’t ever leak or break
Advantage: Meaning you can take on more extreme rapids than ever before
So many times I see the features of a product called a benefit, and or features mixed in with benefits and written under the heading of benefits. Clearly communicate the differences between a Feature, Benefit and an Advantage – and let the follow-up info for responses to inquiries be used to fill in additional information on the features. Give customers a reason the product is needed and is better value than the competition’s product.
The New Year marks a time for reflecting on the past year and contemplating what we learned from the last 365 days to make the coming year even better. Yes, it’s a time to celebrate past success, but it’s also a time for bold moves and fresh starts. It’s a time for dreams and friendships both old and new. It’s an opportune time to raise a toast to those who share your business success and those who cherish your personal happiness and hopes for the future.
The New Year marks a new beginning. New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy, and new memories to create. Here’s wishing you the gift of peace and prosperity throughout 2016, and wishing you a Happy New Year!