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December 5th, 2012 — copywriter, copywriting tips, effective copy, Home Page, website copywriter, website copywriting
The art of website copywriting is a complex one.
Many website’s that have been written in-house tend to make the same mistake.
No, we’re not talking about bad grammar or blaring typos (although that may be true in some cases), the problem is with the actual content itself.
You see, although your website exists to bring your company to the attention of your market place, it isn’t there to shout about you.
Think about it this way. Imagine you’re out looking for a new pair of shoes. As you walk down the High Street you spot a gorgeous looking shop with oodles of ‘must have’ shoes in the window.
Its upmarket feel and the immaculately displayed shoes, boost and sandals seduce you. Before you know it you’ve walked through the door and an assistant is approaching you.
You expect them to greet you, ask how you are and what you’re looking for – are you looking for shoes for a special occasion….really, a Ball? How wonderful, what’s your dress like? You know, niceties like that.
But what they actually do is tell you all about the company, how long they’ve been trading, what car the MD drives and how they believe they are the most unique shoe retailer in the country.
I don’t know about you, but I would be out of there faster than a fast thing.
The same thing goes for your website.
Your Home Page is likely to be the page that most visitors arrive at, so it’s the first impression they’ll get of your company. But rather than reading about how amazing your company is, it needs to be focused 100% on the needs of your customers.
Why should they buy from you?
No, not because you’ve been in business since 1889….They should buy from you because you offer unique shoes, shoes that will make them feel special, shoes that people will stop and stare at, shows that will show the world how successful they are, shoes that will make people stop and stare wishing they could be just like them.
OK, a bit OTT, but you get the picture.
The copywriting on your home page must be all about the benefits your customers will enjoy if they buy your product (or service). It must communicate to your reader that you’re a company that puts its customers first.
Over to you
Take a look at your Home Page – who is the main focus on, you or your customers?
If it’s you, it’s time to change your copy – if you need a hand, get in touch with a professional copywriter and get your copy working for you.
August 24th, 2012 — copywriting, copywriting tips, Home Page, website copywriter, website copywriting
Your home page is probably the most important page on your website.
Creating content to make it effective takes time, skill and quite a lot of know-how.
So, where do you start?
Well, although your home page is probably the page visitors are most likely to arrive on, it isn’t a main sales page.
If you think about it, when you walk into a department store (or any store for that matter), all the goods are set out in relevant departments to make it easy for you to find what you want. Your home page should be the same; it is the place that directs the visitor to the section of your website they need.
Before you begin creating the content for your home page, you must decide what your objectives are. Do you want your visitors to:
- Buy something?
- Sign up for a newsletter/report?
- Fill out a contact form?
This will determine how you write and lay out your home page.
Let’s take a look at a few of the essential elements that should appear on your home page.
1. The content
This must talk directly to the reader (i.e. be written in the second person) and tell them what your website is about. It should be obvious from the start what you do and, more importantly, what you can do for your customers. In other words it must show your audience how you are going to make their life better.
2. Establish trust
If you want someone to do business with you, they have to be able to trust you.
How do you create that trust?
Simply by being transparent – show your full contact details (email, postal address and telephone), have a photo of you so they know whom they are dealing with and show testimonials from past clients.
If that sounds a lot for one page, take a look the home page for my copywriting company:
3. Calls to action
You can also see in the above illustration the calls to action.
These are vital to make sure your visitor is taken to the area of your site that is relevant to their needs. You can have more than one, but make sure they are clear and not overwhelming.
4. Clear navigation
Although your content will contain calls to action that will take your readers further into your site, it’s also important to have clear navigation at the top of your home page (and all your pages) so users can easily get to other pages within your site.
Your links are like the transport infrastructure of your website so it’s essential to test them to make sure they work. Broken links won’t do anything for your reputation and may lose you potential clients.
There are other elements you could also add in such as search boxes and videos etc., but the elements listed above are really the bare essentials you need to create a good impression, help your visitors find what they want and ultimately, make it easy for them to buy from you.
Over to you
What other elements would you consider essential for a home page?
Leave your comments below.