If time is your enemy when writing copy - make it your friend!

The Introduction to Copywriting course will kick-start your creativity so that you can respond to writing a brief quickly, efficiently and effectively. 

Time; it can be your biggest enemy in the working day. You've got deadlines to meet, meetings to make, work to do, people to see. And it's all governed by time - or lack of it. And when someone asks you to write copy in a hurry - well that can really cause panic. What do you write? Where do you start? How are you going to get it done in time?

First of all, don't panic. Just give yourself a few moments to ask yourself a few simple questions before you even consider putting pen to paper. 

  • Who's your target audience? 
  • How do they think? 
  • How do they feel about your products and services? 
  • And most important of all, what do they want to hear about what you're selling?

Once you've figured all that out, you can quickly start the creative writing process in the role of both writer and recipient. Imagine you are a member of the target audience. Is what you're writing the kind of thing you'd want to hear if you were a member of that audience?

Or are you, that target audience member, having to put up with you, as writer, simply wanting to tell the target audience what you want to tell them - whether they like it or not?

If you've used the word "we" in the first sentence, you're already going wrong.

You're talking about your company or your product - telling them what you want to tell them - and you're already boring the target audience to death. Use the word "you" instead, and you're heading in the right direction because you're acknowledging the target audience, putting their needs first, and telling them what they want to hear.

And make sure you put lots of warmth and emotion in that first paragraph; it's a one-to-one chat with one person, not a mass broadcast to a crowd of people. Include lots of emotive benefits as well - reasons why they should buy your product, such as: it will make you happy. It will make your life easier. It will make you more popular, loved, admired and adored. That's what people want to hear!

Once you've got this process in your head, you'll be surprised how quickly you can come up with creative copy - because you're always putting yourself in the position of your target audience, so you'll instinctively know what they want to hear; job done!

If you'd like to get to grips with this approach in detail; if you'd like to hone your creative powers, and work with a time-served copywriter to define, refine and turbo-charge your copywriting - then come and join us on the Introduction To Copywriting Course on the 3rd February. 

Back to blogs

Why do it with the IDM?

Marketers who choose the IDM as their training partner make a real difference to their business, their customers’ lives and their own career.

The IDM is leading the ‘do revolution’

What counts today more than ever is not what you think, or even what you say, but what you can do. IDM qualifications and short marketing courses are designed for marketers who want to do more, faster, better.

Over the last 30 years we’ve trained over 100,000 delegates across 28 countries, from Microsoft to the BBC, John Lewis to Lego.

What will you do next in your digital, direct or data-driven career? Find out about IDM qualifications and training courses or IDM membership.

"The information was pitched at the right level for someone with limited stats knowledge so that I could understand the theory as well as the application"

Martin Radford,
Data Services Manager, CDS Global

Train Your Teams

Upskill your teams marketing capabilities with a tailored IDM training plan that suits your business

T-6a0e2d55-230c-42e8-a31c-10df0377a1f0-1.jpg Corporate Training

Enhance your career with the IDM

Your training partner in filling digital and direct marketing skills gaps, setting you apart as a doer

T-70b2be21-1173-4376-bbda-a80bd2ca6f3d-1.jpg Marketing qualifications

We use cookies to help enhance your experience and improve the functionality of our website.
For more details and help to manage your cookie options read our Privacy & Cookies information.

Report a bug