Nobody cares about you In Your sales copy
♦️ People don’t care about you; they only care about themselves.
That may sound harsh. You’re probably thinking, “Oh Jim, that sounds kind of mean. My customers love me. Everybody likes me. That’s not true; they do care about me.’
They don’t care about you. Seriously, they don’t. Think about when you buy stuff or pay money. What do you care about? Be honest. You care about getting your money’s worth. You care about getting it when you want it. You care about it meeting your needs. You care about all the things related to the product and how it impacts you.
What Don’t you care about? The salesperson’s kids. You don’t care that they’re having a bad day. You don’t care about anything except whether you’re going to get what you’re supposed to get. I know this sounds harsh, but it’s true.
I’m sure there’s a unicorn out there that is empathetic towards you and what’s going on in your life and wants to know what’s happening and how they can help you before they give you money, but they are the vast minority.
Here’s a technique Which Jim has learned to help you make your copy all about them. It’s a shortcut, a hack.
Look for these words in your copy:
“I, me, my, we, ours.”
Why do you want to look for those words? Those words show where you’re talking about yourself. These are the words your prospects don’t care to hear because when you use them you’re usually not telling them things that will benefit them.
Just go back through your copy, look for any time you’ve used the words “I, me, my, we, ours,” and change the perspective. Change the verbiage.
Example: “Jim Edwards wants to tell you something here.” changed perspective: “Here’s something you need to know.: or, “There’s something you need to know in this situation.”
It sounds overly simplistic, but it’s not. People don’t want to hear about you. They want to hear about themselves. They want to be the hero of your sales message. Not you. They want to picture themselves getting the results, not you. They want the whole transaction to be about them, not about you.
And the way you do this is to convert your copy from talking about yourself to talking about them. How will they be enriched? How will they benefit? How will they receive what they want? Search through your copy. Look for “I, me, my, we, ours.” then rephrase, rewrite, and reposition to use the words “you, your, and yours’ instead.
That’s it. Sometimes you’ll just rephrase a couple of sentences, or maybe only a half of a sentence. In other cases, you might look at this and say, “You know what? I’m talking about me here, and I’m getting off a little bit of an ego trip that has nothing to do with them. I need to rewrite this to explain how this will benefit them. I need to show them how my breakthrough will help them to get the results they want.”
It doesn’t mean you never use the words “I, me, my, we, ours,” but you consciously do it, making sure you’re making it all about them. That’s how you’ll make it work.
It sounds harsh, but nobody cares about you. They only care about themselves when they’re buying from you.
THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL YOU’LL EVER LEARN (COPYWRITING):
♦️ The most valuable skill you’ll ever learn is copywriting. People ask Jim Edwards, “is it worth learning how to write copy, or should I outsource it to somebody else?”
So Jim’s answer is – Yes. you need to do both.
However, I think Gary Halbert said it best.
“… Which brings me to a crucial point. If you are in need of truly world-class copywriting, you’re probably going to have to learn to do it yourself. You see, the few of us who really can do it, write copy that sells, are so much in demand, you can’t even think about hiring us unless you’re willing to spend an arm and a leg. Even then you’ll still have to wait in line.”
One of the greatest copywriters in history is telling you to learn how to do it yourself. Why? Because it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg and you’ll have to wait forever to get that copy back from the copywriter.
When should I learn to write sales copy when I can outsource it?
♦️ We all need to get good at writing sales copy for several reasons. The first one is speed. If you need it fast, it’s expensive. It’s one thing to hire somebody to write a sales letter for you when they can fit it into their schedule and you get it in two to four weeks. But when you say, “Hey, I need a sales letter by next week.” they respond, “Okay. here we go. That sounds great. I’ll be glad to charge you my next week’s prices.”
The second reason is you don’t want to be held hostage. Whenever somebody else is doing a critical business task for you, you are held hostage, even if they’re benevolent. They have control, and there’s not much you can do about it. Also, if you’re not good at writing sales copy, you don’t know if their copy is good or not.
The third reason you need to get good at writing sales copy is to make changes on the fly. Sometimes it takes longer to explain the corrections you need somebody to make than to do them yourself. From Jim Edwards’s experience, no matter what you get back from a professional copywriter, you’ll have to make changes. Whether they are giving you their first draft, their third draft, or their fifth draft, you’ll have to make changes.
They don’t know your business. They don’t know your niche audience. They don’t know your product. They don’t know everything as well as you do. You’re still going to have to work on it. Oh, and it will cost you more money to get somebody to rewrite something that’s not working.
When you hire somebody to write a copy for you, they’re going to write a copy for you. Is that sales copy going to work? You won’t know until you run it. Whether it works or not, you have to pay them. You better know whether a copy’s good or not if you’re going to hire somebody. We’ll talk more in another chapter about how to hire somebody to write a copy for you.
When it comes to good sales copy, you need to be able to create it. You need to be able to recognize it. You need to apply copywriting principles in everything you do. You can’t isolate copywriting as a skill you don’t need to develop, recognize, or access. You will need a sales letter. You will need a video sales letter script. You will need ads. You can’t say “I don’t do copywriting. I’m the owner of the business. I’m the author, the creator, and the manager of this whole process.
You need to create great copy because being good at sales copy helps you with content creation – speeches, webinars, Facebook Live, everything you’re going to do. The ability to create copy skills over into all these areas and helps you sell more.
DEVELOP A COPYWRITING MINDSET:
♦️ A copywriting mindset is a dual thinking path. Let’s say you’re doing a Facebook live video and you’re talking about the three things, or the three ways, or the big secret to this or that. Suddenly, you’re getting to the end. While still talking, in the back of your mind you’re thinking, “it’s time for the close. Now I need to say something to invite them over here to do this. Let me give them a benefit and then let me give them an invitation statement.”
I know what you’re thinking, “Damn, Jim, will I be able to do that?” Yes, you can! You can develop the discipline of the copywriting mindset and do it on the fly.
For Instance, when teaching you about sales copy, Jim might close with: “Those are the three reasons why you have to get good at copy. By the way, if you want a cool shortcut to create amazing headlines. I invite you to check out Funnel Scripts at Funnelscripts.com. They have a really cool 60-minute training you can; watch where they teach you 3 great secrets about copy.
Also, You can see a Demo of this amazing, push-button tool that gives you over 50 different copywriting hacks for everything from sales letters, to headings, to bullets, to the video sales letters, to stealth closes, and more. Go ahead and check it out.”
That is what you need to be able to do. How do you develop this copywriting mindset?
1- Focus on it.
3- Pay attention to your results.
You can’t think, “I don’t need to know anything about sales copy because I can outsource it.” that’s stupid. Jim Edwards knows it’s wrong to call your customers stupid, but you probably won’t have read this far and still be thinking that. Jim is not calling you stupid; He is calling the other people stupid. It’s us against them, which by the way is a cool secret.
You need to be good (Or at least proficient) at sales copy first, then you can choose which jobs you do and which jobs you outsource.
It’s all about knowing how to apply those principles and being able to use them that make a huge difference in your business. If you want to get good at copy, Jim Tells you the best way to get good at copy fast. It’s like getting good at pull-ups or getting into shape.
First, you have to commit. Second, you have to practice. Third, you have to do it every single day… even when you don’t feel like it. It’s not something you turn on and off. It is something you become. You have the copywriting mindset. That’s how you do it. It’s commitment, practice, and doing it every single day.
Commit to getting good at it. Then do it and practice it. Before you can be great. You have to be good. Before you can be good, you have to be bad. Before you can be bad, you have to try. You have to do something. Then you need to pay attention to and measure your results. What’s working and what’s not? It’s just like working out. Jim can tell you for the last six years every rep, every push-up, every mile down to the second, how long it took me to run each one and the total number of exercises, circuits, and everything else.
Why? You have to be able to measure your progress and results in order to improve your results moving forward.
Next, You do what works and stop doing what doesn’t. The only way you are going to know the difference is to do a bunch of it. The great thing about the web, social media, and cheap traffic, you get feedback not in weeks, not in months, not even in days. You get feedback instantly whether what you’re doing is working or not. This is a fantastic opportunity to get good at copywriting just because you can get so much feedback so fast.
Study people who are doing it well. Look for mentors. These are people who teach you in print, in books, and through life coaching. It’s just like working out. When Jim committed to getting in excellent shape, Jim found the best coach He could find to help Him accomplish His objectives.
Navy SEAL, Stew Smith, trains people to go into the special forces – Navy SEALs, Green Berets, MARSOC / Raiders, and Air Force Pararescue.
He coaches Jim to this day. When Jim started working out, He could do only one pull-up. Now Jim does 33 pull-ups in a row, which somebody would tell you for a 50-year-old guy is almost impossible. It’s the same thing with writing copy. You have to learn to flex those muscles. You may not be capable of writing a million-dollar sales letter yet. But, with enough practice, you can create a million-dollar sales letter faster than you think possible.
The Other way to get good is to learn with your wallet. Jim’s not telling you to spend a ton of money on courses on how to write copy. He wants you to pay attention to the copy that either makes you spend money now or in the past. Think about it. If the copy in someone else’s funnel, video sales letter, or Facebook video makes you spend money, you need to dissect that. You need to learn which sales messages work for you and why.
Here’s the Reality. We are members of our town target market 999 times out of 1,000. Either you are a member of the target market you are going after, or you are a member of the target market you are trying to help. If the copy makes you spend money, it’s a good copy. You need to pay close attention to it.
How long does it take to become an expert at copywriting? It’s a lifelong commitment. It doesn’t just happen. You don’t reach that point where you’ve “arrived.”
Jim Edwards met some copywriters who are “masters.” they’re egotistical and give off the aura, “Don’t talk to me because Jim is cool. It’s a bit of a turnoff. Mastering copywriting is a never-ending process. You don’t get into shape and then decide you don’t need to work out for the rest of your life. Within a month of eating nothing but bonbons, beer, cake, steak, and all those other things, you could undo years of hard work.
Even though it’s a process of developing and keeping that copywriting mindset, you can hack the process. Here’s how: do it stages. You don’t need to master everything. But you need to do certain things in a specific order.
FIRST STEP: BECOME GREAT AT CREATING HEADLINES:
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SECOND STEP: BECOME GOOD AT WRITING BULLETS:
♦️ Why do you need to write good headlines and bullet points?
Because every single piece of copy you will write will have a headline. The first words people see on a page, the first words you speak in a video sales letter, the title of your posts on Facebook, all use the principles of compelling headlines. Bullets that describe benefits or arouse curiosity create pressure in people to get them to take the action they desire.
When You write compelling headlines and bullets, you will jump far ahead of your competition. It’s almost pathetic what advantage you’ll have.
Then You need to get really good at calls to action and explaining and framing offers. Become good at copywriting in this order. You might think you need to get good at explaining your offer first. No, You don’t if your headlines suck, nobody will pay attention to your offer (or even see it).
However, if your headline grabs people’s attention, if your bullets build pressure and create curiosity in people if your call to action is compelling, then your offer can suck, and you’ll still make a lot more money than if your headlines suck and everything else is perfect. That’s why Jim tells you to do this stage. That’s how you’re going to quickly become an expert and develop that copywriting mindset.