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A Short List of "Don'ts"
1. Don't focus on YOU. Don't go on about how many years you've been in business or your
beautiful new office or your thirteen degrees. They don't care.
For Do-it-yourself Advertisers and
The only time to mention experience, etc. is on your "about me" page or when you need
to lend credibility, as in: "In 12 years as
an Idaho landscaper, I've discovered which plants are most hardy for our climate."
2. Don't tell them you NEED their business. Tell them you want it, tell them you'd enjoy
helping them, but don't admit that you need it. People want to do business with successful
people. If you aren't there yet - pretend.
3. Don't tell them the advantage to YOU if they buy your product or service. A good example
is a sign I saw last summer that said: "Car Wash - help send us to the Finals." There would
have been more cars lined up if they'd said: "Car Wash today! We'll make your car sparkle."
4. Don't bad mouth the competition. Don't even mention the competition by name. If you do,
you run the risk of your readers remembering THEM instead of YOU. Besides, it makes you look
5. Don't promise anything you can't deliver. Don't even promise everything you will deliver.
Give your buyers a nice surprise by giving more than promised.
6. Don't try to be a comedian unless comedy is what you're selling. You'll detract from your
message and might offend a potential buyer.
7. Don't be bashful about the benefits you offer. We've all been taught to
"Be modest - don't brag!" This is one of the hardest aspects of writing your own
ads and the reason that most people need a copywriter. It's easy for me to brag
8. Don't wait until the last minute and try to write your ad in a hurry. Effective promotions require time, thought, and plenty of editing.
9. Don't put off getting acquainted with a copywriter if you think you're going to need one! Getting acquainted is free and will save you hours of worry when you need copy in a hurry.
Call or e-mail to discuss a marketing plan that works for you!
Marte Cliff, Freelance Copywriter