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Writing is hard.
Writing to sell your stuff is even harder.
But you’re a good writer and nobody knows your offer better than you. So, you give it a go and it actually sounds pretty good.
Problem is – who knows if it will actually ring true with your audience? And how will you know whether it’s going to deliver the results you’ve staked your second mortgage on?
It turns out, there’s a better approach to writing your copy.
And the world’s best conversion copywriters have been using it for years to…
It’s a voice-of-customer (VOC) led approach to finding and writing high-impact messages.
With this approach, you’ll take your customers’ own words — from surveys, interviews, review sites and elsewhere — and mine them for messages. Because to sell, you need to enter into the conversations already happening.
Whaaat? So my customers are my copywriting secret weapon?
Not only does this save you from the slow, painful process of writing from scratch…
…it also saves you from unproductive guesswork by painlessly serving up the messages your audience will do a double-take over.
Follow along as I walk you through the process.
When we talk about VOC we’re referring to your customer’s feedback about their experiences with your products or services.
It tells you…
There are a variety of reasons and psychological principles that could explain why mirroring your customers’ language is so persuasive.
Perhaps prospects find you more likeable when you show that you think, write and speak the way they do.
And what do people love above all else?
Seeing themselves reflected back at them.
But reasons aside, all we really need to know is that it works – and how we can do it ourselves.
If there’s one thing you take from this post, let it be this: the best copywriters don’t guess at what people want. They take insights straight from the people who use your products and services and shape it into high-converting copy.
By diving into Voice of Customer research, you’ll find out how to gather qualitative insights to understand the wants, needs, pain points, and hesitations of your target audience. You can use that insight to:
It all starts with being curious. Find out about your audience and prospects. Get to know them. Find out how they speak. What language they use.
This is how you do that….
Before we launch in, we need to be clear on what we want to know. Typically, the kinds of questions you’d be asking would look like this:
Once you’ve identified what you need to measure, you’ll need to determine how you’ll collect feedback. And the answer to that is to pull data from multiple sources: surveys, interviews, and online listening.
These are the ways I’d normally go about it:
Now that you’ve asked your questions and have your answers, it’s time to pull out phrases and sentences that will give you the best insights into developing your copy.
Here’s what you’re looking for:
This step is really about taking a microscope to all the data you’ve gathered in the previous step and start looking for patterns and little nuggets of gold.
Chances are you’ll start noticing recurring themes. Let’s say you’re finding over and over again that people almost didn’t purchase your product because they were struggling to justify the price.
You’ve just been told, straight from the horse’s mouth, where you might have a leak in your sales funnel. No need to panic. From a copy perspective, it just means we can get on the front foot and address buyer objections head on. And that’s a really good thing.
Once you’ve pulled out the best bits you uncovered in research, this rich customer data needs to find its way into your copy.
But where do you actually use all of this customer language?
It should go in:
And be used in:
A VOC approach to writing doesn’t just save you time. It improves your chances of success by telling you what your audience cares about, their priorities, and how they speak. Give it a try and let me know how you go.