Copywriting Basics - Creating Testimonials That Sell Like Crazy!

By: Jodiekastner
Every great copywriter knows that a testimonial can be one of your best selling tools. Unfortunately, you won't always be handed a pile of powerfully worded testimonials. The good news is that you don't have to settle for weak ones -- even if that's all you have to start out with.

By doing a little extra work, you can go out and get great ones. Testimonials that talk about specific benefits, and connect with your prospect because they are talking more than just "before and after" -- they're telling stories about real people. With testimonials like this, your copy becomes even more powerful.

A typical testimonial is what I call a Before and After testimonial. The customer tells you about the problem he use to have, and how it went away after he started using the product. The Before and After testimonial is a lot better than what we use to see, which was "I love your widget!" But for today's prospect, you need to do even better.

Here's what I mean. Everyone is using Before and After testimonials now. They've become standard. This has made them less effective than they use to be. Your prospect sees them all the time, and before long they all start sounding the same.

To get your prospect's attention, you want to have testimonials that talk about specific benefits or selling points in a way they can relate to. If you don't have them, it's just a matter of getting out there and talking to customers.

The first step is to get the names and contact information of key customers. Call them up and arrange a time to "interview" them for 20-25 minutes. This will be your chance to uncover interesting, real-life stories your prospect can relate to.

The next step is vital to creating powerful testimonials.

At the end of the interview, ask if he would be willing to give you a testimonial that you can use. If he says yes, ask if he would like you to type one up based on the conversation you just had. Most customers love this idea, especially when you tell them that they will have final approval on how it's written.

Now it's a matter of taking the information you just got and crafting the best testimonial possible. If you've done a good job interviewing them, you should have some great material to work with.

Take some time to review your notes. Then ask yourself a few questions:

* What angle will work best?

* What are the key benefits I want to emphasize?

* Which one could this story reinforce or support?

* What is the best way to position this particular testimonial?

* What parts will make my prospect think, "Hey, that guy is just like me!"

Can you see how powerful this is? How much more effective this type of testimonial will be? You'll be amazed at the different angles and opportunities you will uncover. Chances are you'll even end up with some great real-life stories you can use in your sales copy too!

Interviewing happy customers has got to be the most powerful way to get strong testimonials that support your sales copy. If you understand how to guide the conversation in the right direction, you can uncover the good stuff quickly, every single time. Once you've done that, the only thing left is positioning it properly and you've got copywriting gold!

You'll have a testimonial that's written in your customer's words, only better. It's laser-focused. It addresses key selling points and reveals real needs and desires that your prospect will immediately connect with. It's a testimonial that most copywriters only dream about!
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