Day 19 – The Role of Emotion in Copy-writing
Emotion plays a huge part in the buying process. You’ve all heard the saying “My heart says yes but my head says no.” What you need to do as a successful copy-writer is get inside the head of the buyer and encourage them to buy with their heart and head.
Check out the following scenario. Two people are chatting across the wall of their gardens chit-chatting about nothing really. The topic turns to cars. One neighbour says to the other:
“Ah, yeah, I’d like a new car next year, but we’ll see how things go.”
But you know what he’s really saying “I want the new Audi A1 in silver metallic and I’ve placed my order already.“
Add another dimension to this thought-process:
“I want the new Audi A1 in silver metallic which will look better in the driveway than your (last year’s!) Mercedes CLS.”
Neighbour No. 2 goes into the house and shouts to the wife, “Honey, we’re getting a new car.“
That’s because it is. Neighbour no. 1 could have bought any car. He didn’t. He chose the new Audi A1. (Reward for working so hard, pride, delight). He could have told the neighbour that he placed an order but didn’t. (Wants to see surprise on neighbour face, greed, one-upmanship). Neighbour No. 2 reads between the lines and tells the wife that they’re getting a new car. (one-upmanship, vanity, fear of losing face to the neighbour next door).
Everyone buys on emotion
People buy from people and people buy as people. It doesn’t matter if they are buying a pair of shoes, a jacket, dinner or a multi-million pound computer system. People buy to fulfil an emotional need. Thereafter, they rationalise their decisions.
The pair of shoes
I have an important meeting and don’t have navy shoes to match the navy suit that makes me look very professional and credible.
It has an inside pocket which will allow me to carry my business cards and do more networking.
Everyone has to eat, right? Plus it’s healthy and has so many salads to choose from.
A multi-million pound computer system
There will be less human-error so less time having to deal with screaming, disappointed customers.
You need to find out what the triggers the emotions within your target market. The only way to find out is do what I talked to you about on Day 1 – Understanding your customer. The more you find out about your customer or target market, the easier it will be to persuade them that your product or service is the right one for them.
Emotional triggers include:
In fact, you could use the seven deadly sins as reasons why people buy:
Taking a positive spin
While the seven deadly sins are deadly for a reason (and we all saw that in the movie Se7en with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman), I would encourage you to focus on the positive.
So if vanity or greed are emotional triggers within your market, try discussing the benefits of your product or service. Take a positive spin on your product. If you say something like ‘Don’t be like everyone else, buy this“; it really means “You’ll be like everyone else if you buy this.” Our sub-conscious really can’t digest negatives. How many times have you walked on the grass when you saw the sign ‘Don’t walk on the grass.’
Exactly! All the time. You saw ‘walk on the grass!‘. Turn the emotional trigger into a positive. You could say something like this for a tanning product: ‘Buy our tanning product and people will think you’re just back from holidays.’
Here, you are creating a positive association with your product. People always want to remember their holidays – that relaxed feeling, the healthy tan, the adventurous glow. And if your target market is a little bit vain, well, then, they’ll think they’re a little better than the average orange-tanned beauty.
You’re playing into their emotional response of looking good, looking better than the next person while thinking about their holiday. You’ve got a sale.
Day 19 – Homework
As human beings, we have emotional reactions to all kinds of things. What are your target market’s reactions?
If you don’t know, go and ask three of your customers the following question:
“If they had all the money in the world, what would they do differently in their business? and at home?“
The answers are your emotional triggers to bring into your next lot of copy.