Headline Failure Equals Profit Failure
Arguably, it is often claimed by professional copywriters that the headline contributes 80% or more of the success of any ad, article, or sales letter.
Direct marketing expert Jeff Paul goes so far as to credit the headline with 100% of the success or failure of any ad or sales letter, because, as he states, "if the headline fails to pull the reader into the main body of the ad or sales copy, then there is zero chance of success!"
Think about how you read a newspaper or magazine. Do you start with the first article and then read every word from front to back of the publication?
No, of course not!
Instead, you quickly scan the headlines, looking for something that interests you, usually because of curiosity or because there might be something in it for you. You skip over all the rest!
Well, that's the same way your readers view your ad, article, sales letter, or sales page.
So, here are the three main reasons for headline failure.
1. You Fail To Grab Your Reader's Attention!
Your headline serves as the ad for your ad, article, or sales letter. Its' mission is to grab the reader's attention, stop them dead in their tracks and get them to want to read further down into the article. If your headline fails in its' purpose, then the whole ad, article, or sales letter will fail because they will never get read! So, when writing headlines, strive to grab your reader's attention.
2. You Fail To Tell The Reader What Is In It For Them To Continue Reading!
Where possible, your headline should present your strongest benefit to the reader. If the reader can identify a want they have with the possibility of finding a solution to that want in your article, or sales letter, then they will continue reading. If they don't see any benefit to reading on, they won't. Remember, in headline writing it is all about what is in it for them, the reader.
3. You Fail To Connect With The Reader!
If your headline is not addressed to the reader, they will not be interested in what you have to say in the rest of your ad, article, or sales letter. There must be a match between the message and the target audience, of which the reader is a member. Irresistible headlines succeed in making that message to target audience match.
So, in summary, if your headline doesn't stop your reader dead in their tracks and get them to read further into your copy, then all is for naught! Learning how to write a headline that succeeds is well worth your time and effort. Writing great headlines can yield tremendous profits.
The time it takes a reader to scan most headlines and decide whether or not to stop and read your copy or move on to something more interesting is less than 3 seconds!
As a result, many professional copywriters spend as much time creating their headlines as they do for the rest of their copy. Headline writing is a major focus of their marketing efforts.
Creating 100 or so headlines before picking the headline which the writer feels is most likely to succeed is not uncommon.
Alternative headlines can often be used as sub headlines in long copy. These sub headlines help pull the reader further along into the copy and towards the ultimate goal of a sale.
Be sure to give your headlines the time and effort they deserve and they will reward you with sizable sales. Create headlines of superior quality and you will earn superior profits. However, if you neglect your headlines, and just treat them as an afterthought, look for your profits to fail.
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