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Vanilla. Great for Ice Cream, not for Ad Copy

If I see one more webinar ad for a business coach who coaches about business coaching that is vanilla, fluffy, and vague, I'm going to 🤢.

As an ad manager, it's generally not our job to be a copywriter. However, a lot of the time, a lot of us are. We take that on board as we create the copy to go in the ads because that's just how it's done. Ideally, you get to a place where you're either outsourcing it and your clients are paying for it, that's part of your billing system. Or your clients are providing it to you because, honestly, no one knows your clients better than they do.

So how do you create copy that will stand out in the newsfeed for our webinar ads that invite coaches to watch a webinar about coaching other coaches? It's going to be that big, woefully vanilla, or vague copy. That's kind of like a headline that says the three key foundations to working with premium clients with grace and ease. So it’s like, what the hell does that even mean? How is that speaking to me? And then the copy itself is full of all this other sort of stuff that's just filling up the newsfeed, and Facebook does not like that kind of vagueness with their ads.

It's not going to cut it these days as we go into this pixel iOS14 world. So your ad copy and creative needs to be clearer than ever before. You need to speak to the ideal client in a way that you've never spoken to them before, and that will lift you out of the newsfeed and connect you with your audience.

This all comes back to what we call a brilliant marketing message. It's one of the things that we teach in my Elite Ad Manager Certification. It's taking all the waffle and jargon out of these ads and out of these headlines to make things super streamlined, focused, and more powerful.

I was recently looking at holding an event and thought a cruise would be fun. Now yes, after COVID, cruises kind of seem like a big petri dish of germs. But there's still a lot of fun! So we were looking and came across Virgin Voyager. The new cruise line going out by Virgin company out of Florida.

Richard Branson's quote was “create a longing for the sea, not just a cruise ship.” That, to me, was a sign of a brilliant marketing message. It was that yearning for the sea rather than just, oh, here's another ship, right? Make them look forward to the whole experience of it.

So as we create our ads for our clients, or they provide us with that copy, having an eye for that brilliant marketing message that's going to reduce the fluff, reduce the vagueness, and not make things vanilla is so imperative to be able to have that eye, to be able to see it.

Now, one of the ways that you can do that, and what I love, is to get testimonials from clients or the client's clients. Because chances are if you were to say to your client, “explain to me who your ideal client is, what their pain points are and what they want to achieve.” Chances are you're going to get all this jargon spewed at you. They're going to say they want to have some systems and frameworks to consistently implement and post and blah, blah, blah.

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It's going to be all the same vanilla, vague wording. What you want is to get the words from the horse's mouth. So ask your client to provide you with testimonials from their clients so that you can see what they're saying, where they were before working with your client and now where they are afterwards and then be creative with that. Use their exact wording, but then add additional adjectives, action words, and words relevant to their field and to their niche into that copy. So that it really resonates with that audience.

Another way is to use your clients USP, now that's their unique selling proposition. Each of us is unique, and that gets lost a lot in the newsfeed. It generally all comes back to who is the stereotype. This is what our graphically designed image will look like, and here's our wording that's going to go in the ad. That's going to be the same as everyone else's wording.

I think we get that from school, maybe, right? Whoever handed in an essay, and when you get really creative, it was marked wrong. And so we get put into this little, “this is how it must be,” but when it comes to business and life for yourself and your clients, the USP, the unique selling proposition is often you. People do business with people.

So showing your uniqueness in your ad copy, messaging, and using the words that your client actually says. How do they speak? Are they all formal? How do they sound when they're off the cuff, and you're just talking to them? How can you incorporate that into the ad copy, as well as the testimonials that you're pulling in from your client’s clients?

Now, if your client doesn't have many clients or testimonials, or even if they do, I recommend you head over to Amazon and look at book reviews relevant to the niche that your client is in. Go through, see what people are saying in these book reviews and incorporate that as inspiration for your ad copy.

Putting that uniqueness and standing out in the newsfeed, we look at our clients, how they communicate, and how they generally talk. We're looking at testimonials, what their ideal clients actually have said and bringing that into our ad copy, as well as looking at a brilliant marketing message. So identifying, seeing what all those words do, the three key foundations and attracting premium clients with grace and ease, is that really what they're wanting? Why do they want it?

I was talking to one of our Ad Managers who was getting a pool built, and they had been able to get this pool installed because of the bonus she got running Facebook ads for clients. So incorporating something like that into your marketing message, like imagine flying first class, thanks to working with premium clients and taking the vacations that you've been wanting to.

So what is it that your ideal clients want? What are the struggles that they are actually facing and incorporating that into the ad copy? Stay away from vanilla, vague jargon terminology and get back to being human and putting that uniqueness back into our ads of being an individual and representing that in our ads.

I hope you found that valuable today, and when you next, see some ad copy, analyze it, look at it, see how there may be jargon in the terminology and how it can be swapped out with things that are just every day speaking to people. See where they're at, thoughts they're having in their minds and hearts, and bring that to life in the ad copy.

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Why Your Facebook Ads Don’t Convert & 3 Things You Need To Do To Fix It!

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“I’m starting to realise how important copywriting is in my Facebook Ads”

 

…is an all too often comment from entrepreneurs with a product or service they are wanting to promote.

 

I know first hand just how awesome Facebook Ads are…

 

…really awesome.

 

I've done Facebook Ad Campaigns for clients which have resulted in 10,000 leads and $350,000 in sales, built 7 figure businesses and seen 10x return on investment (ROI), heck even  5,500x ROI using the power of retargeting ads (but we'll leave that for another post).

 

But I also know if you have crappy copy, your Facebook Ads are not going to convert – or if they do, you will be paying a higher cost per click.

 

Trust me.  I’ve been there and done that.  I haven’t invested the time to write and rewrite ads, tweak headlines, test and test again and the results have been like a black firecracker in the night sky.  There’s been an excitement and expectation of something spectacular happening – hundreds of conversions for just pennies and sales galore… but *poof* money up in smoke and nothing to see.

 

You’re left with your jaw hanging, staring at your screen.

 

Then you kinda get over it and end up writing something like “I got what you want, just click the button and gimme your money.  Now.”

(ok, maybe now quite so abrupt, but you’ve thought it haven’t you…. Or maybe it’s just me….)

 

But the words you use in your Facebook Ad – every single word – are vital to the success of your campaigns and the profitability of your business.

 

The better your copy converts, the more you sell.

 

Simple huh?

 

Sure, your ad creative (image, video etc) is really important too but this post is about copywriting. Using words that pique the interest of the reader, prick their pain point, and promise a light at the end of the tunnel bring in profits.

 

I’m sure you have a fabulous product or service that will help be a solution for someone’s problem and improve their life in some way.  I love it!  But if you don’t get your message heard and sales in, then you aren’t going to help anybody and that is tragic for you and the hundreds or even thousands of people you could be serving.

So how do you write better copy in your Facebook Ads?

 

Well this where the private investigator in me comes out a bit.  You gotta spend sometime researching….

 

 

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1. KNOW Your Ideal Client.

If you’ve done the hard yards to put a program together or committed to providing a service, I would think you would have a good idea of who your ideal client is.  But sometimes, we need to take some time to refocus on our client and get really specific.

“I sell weight loss services to women” is kinda broad.  I mean your 22 year old single lady with no kids is less likely to engage to the message that you would give to a 43 year old mother of 3 (like me)

 

So that may just mean instead of having 1 ideal client avatar, you may have 2, 3 or more.  So take the time to research each avatar you’ll be targeting.  Come up with a name, where they live, career, kids, even print a picture of your ideal client to really bring it home.

 

If you have clients already, have a look at their Facebook Profiles.  Depending on the security permissions they have set, you may be able to see what Facebook Pages they like and get more information about their interests and where they are hanging out online.  This information will really help you when it comes to targeting the audiences you will serve your ads to as you can explore deeper with Audience Insights.

 

 

2. Know What Your Ideal Client WANTS.

One of the keys to copywriting that converts is to not write about yourself though at surface level that is how it looks.  What you’re really writing about is the reader – answering their questions and offering a solution.  Remember, you’re client doesn’t particularly care about you (sorry to bring you the harsh news!), they are thinking “What’s in it for me?”

 

Write copy that speaks to the reader’s feelings, desires, dreams and fears.  Tony Robbins said “Emotion is the force of life, it’s what drives us” and it’s certainly what drives your ideal client to click on your ad.

 

So how do you find out what they want?

 

Facebook groups are a fantastic place to start.  Find groups where your ideal clients are hanging out and listen to what they are saying.  What questions are they asking?  What pain points are they wanting to solve?  Depending on the group rules, you may also be able to ask strategic questions to help you better serve your clients – current and future ones.

 

So use the priceless information from Facebook groups as a framework to write the copy for your ads.  What positive change can you bring to your reader to help solve their problem?  Focus on that rather than the actual product or service.

 

3. Headlines Are KING!

According to Copyblogger, 8 out of 10 people will read your Headline but only 2 out of ten will read the rest of your copy.

 

Wowzers…..

 

So if you don’t have a Headline that makes someone tap on the screen and stop scrolling, then you’re in the Newsfeed Whitewash….

 

So armed with your Client Avatar and the questions from Facebook Groups you have an arsenal of ideas to craft a killer headline.

 

For inspiration to put it all together, check out Amazon and look at books that align with what you are offering.

 

What…more research?!

 

Yup

 

Book reviews are a goldmine for creating copy that converts.  People who loved the book often seem to provide excited statements which feature the benefits they have received from the book.  Also negative comments can also help to address issues which you can counteract in the copy you write for your product.

 

Be sure to also test the length of your headlines.  AdEspresso tested thousands of Ads and suggests that Headlines with only 5 words convert the best.

 

“If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter”

 

Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain are some of the people who have been attributed to this quote.  It is a Copywriter’s golden rule and especially when it comes to Facebook ads as you have just seconds to capture the reader’s attention with a catchy headline and stimulate just enough interest to get that click.

 

I know it can be hard to get your creative juices flowing sometimes.  That's where it's great to look at and model what is already working for top online marketers bringing in 6 or 7 figures from their Facebook Ads.   So if you're needing some inspiration, click the image below to steal my Swipe File

 

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