Wait, what? Sales copy HURTING someone’s sales?
Eh, it happens more often than you think. (Like say, when people take a broad stroke approach with their sales copy,)
Online leads are looking for just about any reason to abandon your page, what with our ADD-influenced trigger-happy surfing styles.
So where are those 5 evil money-grubbing pixels I’m talking about? I’ll share:
An acquaintance showed me a website he was creating.
He was selling “Quality Artificial Diamonds” on the site.
Large, glistening ‘diamond’ images in sterling silver settings – practically daring you to call them fake – at reasonable prices. A lush, dark site that oozed ‘class’.
Well, that’s what he was going for anyway. When I clicked onto his page, all I saw was this:
So what’s wrong with this picture?
While he’s trying to create a look and feel of elegance with the large, stunning pictures of the jewelry and the smooching couple, he almost succeeds… Then that small cramped copy on the left ambushes my field of vision takes the entire site down several notches.
I’ll guarantee you, that little square up there is costing him
1) Any copy you want your leads to read has to be easy to read. I don’t need reading glasses yet, but talk to me after I try to read that mess. If you’re going to go through the trouble of writing something to entice your customers, make it easy for them to absorb the message. On a page like this, a brief 7-10 word tagline, gentle call to action, or phrase would do so much more for their sales than this crowded bunch of words that no one is going to read.
2) Sometimes it’s better to show than tell. Ever see magazine ads for jewelry? Models. Feelings. Few words. Not everything needs exposition to sell. In this case, you can sell diamonds based on presenting them the right way visually with a few accent words to enhance the presentation.
3) The infamous pixels. See the padding there? If you say you can see it you’re lying. There’s practically none! Those meager 5 pixels are the final straw in this front page copy fiasco. It makes his site look ‘home-brewed.’ Who wants to pay for 1k+ rings from a guy who can’t even afford to pay a designer to fix
Selling is not only about getting the product in front of the customer’s face
You can take a lax approach on branding if your selling point is being the cheapest or fastest. But if you want people to buy from you and spend a bit more based on image, you have to craft that image carefully.
Here’s an analogy: While you might be able to sell hot dogs out of a cart, you’re going to have a harder time getting someone to cough up $100 a plate if you’re dishing it out to them on the street corner with plastic utensils.
When people are spending a lot of cash on your products, and you’re taking the time to sell them on an image, you need to have a ‘high end’ look to accomplish that.
Remember, sales copy is just one of many tools to help you sell – not the only one.
‘I DIDN’T READ RECAP’ The visual aspects of your site and how they work with your copy can make or break your sales. Having noise on your site will drive people away, and padding issues makes your site look cheap. Stop being lazy and read next time!