The Easy Way To Write Headlines That Convert
The headline for your sales letter is your big opportunity to capture the reader's attention, and cause them to eagerly read the rest of your copy. Most top marketers would agree that it is probably the most important part of your sales letter.
If your headline is a winner your revenues can go through the roof, but if your headline is poor your conversion rate will probably be abysmal and your profits will take a big hit.
Writing great headlines does take a little practice, but there are a few things that you can do to help you increase the chances of writing a headline that grabs the visitors attention and encourages them to read on and not click the back button and return to the web page from which they came.
The first step is to think of the potential problems your buyers might face. Ideally these should be problems that your visitors are desperate to find an answer to, and problems that your product or service can solve.
Write out a list of all the problems you can think of and then sort them into an order of importance as far as the number of people having that problem are concerned. At the top of the list will be the problems that the majority of your target market are having and at the bottom of the list are the minor problems that only a handful of potential customers will relate to.
Now put together a list of headlines that you think best-answers the issue that you feel is most important to your visitors. These headlines should address their primary concern, and mention your product as being the solution either directly or indirectly (i.e. it's implied that if they read on they'll get the answer to the problem).
You could use numbers in the headline as many people love statistics. Headlines such as the following can work very well.
- Reduce your tax bill by 43% in just 12 months
- Why do 8 out of 10 veterinary surgeons now recommend XYZ rather than the leading brand
- Use Widget Wonder for just one week and watch your sales triple and your refunds go down by over 50%!
Using verifiable statistics can grab attention and also lend credibility to you and your product. Never use made-up numbers as that's dishonest. Use only figures and statistics that could be verified if the need arose.
Another technique for producing headlines that entice your visitors to read-on is to make effective use of teasers. People have dislike being left in limbo. They prefer to have the whole story. By using teasers in your headlines you are creating a subconscious desire to complete the story and this leads people directly into reading your copy.
Here are several examples of teaser headlines.
- Find out how one 73 year old woman used a common household item to cure her arthritis.
- What do one out of every ten New Yorkers do that all Italians do every day of the week?
- A guaranteed way to retire in 10 years no matter how old you currently are
It's hard to read any of these headlines without wanting to find out more, which is why teasers can be so effective.
It's also worth remembering that people buy based on emotions, and then justify their purchase with logic. When you are creating headlines try to concentrate your efforts on emotions and impulses, because logic is rarely the number one reason for making a sale - it justifies purchases after they've been made.
Once you have your initial list of possible headlines you need to test them out to see which one performs best. Don't just guess - test, test and then test again. You may think you know which one will perform best, but you could be very wrong, because what you think will work isn't necessarily what will work most effectively with your visitors. Don't take that chance. Test each of your potential headlines to see which one works best in terms of maximizing conversions and sales.
It can take a while to settle on a winning a headline, but it is time well spent that is guaranteed to reap rewards.
by: Paul Smithson