The Reluctant Hero
The most persuasive storytelling tactic to use in your copywriting.
Welcome to the 17th issue of Write On!
The newsletter that’s a better neighbor than State Farm.
Estimated read time: 2 minutes 52 seconds
Unleash the storyteller within you:
If you’ve been reading this newsletter, you understand the importance of storytelling in your copywriting.
Your prospective customers are bombarded with thousands of messages, emails, ads, commercials, etc. daily.
Stories are what make you stand out and cut through the noise.
Stories create deeper connections with your readers.
Stories build trust and customer loyalty.
Unfortunately, so many businesses have no clue where to start when it comes to telling a good story.
They get tripped up because:
They don’t understand story structure.
They don’t think their products are story-worthy.
They don’t know what resonates with their customers.
But it’s not as hard as it sounds with the right knowledge and practice.
So that’s why I’m working on my newest course: The Storywriting Playbook
A self-paced crash course that teaches you how to grab attention and generate sales by effectively using stories in your copywriting.
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Top Finds This Week:
📖 Storytelling: 7 storytelling resources you'll wish you knew sooner (link)
🧠 Psychology: 10 cognitive biases you can use to create high-converting copy — from a $100M marketer (link)
🖼 Framework: Steal these 22 proven headline formulas (link)
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📜 Principles: I’m 1000% doing this when I have a child someday — great copywriting practice (link)
⚙️ Resource: Discover what people are asking about… Get instant, raw search insights, direct from the minds of your customer (link)
🤖 AI: Why you should be nice to your AI writing tools… literally (link)
The Reluctant Hero
Imagine it’s the night before an event that you’re absolutely dreading.
Maybe you’re giving a presentation
Or you have a dentist appointment
Or a grueling workout planned at 6am
You go into that day with little-to-no hope...
But then the complete opposite happens.
You crush your presentation
Your cavity-free and out of there quickly
You feel like a million bucks after your workout
That’s the vibe of the reluctant hero.
I think it’s the most persuasive storytelling technique you have at your disposal as a copywriter.
Here’s the textbook definition:
It’s a heroic archetype typically found in fiction:
How and why does it work?
Your copywriting will be way less intense than that textbook definition above, so how can you use this in your copy?
Hint: your reluctant customers are your reluctant heroes.
Every business has them.
Just check out your reviews and testimonials. There’s bound to be at least one.
(If you don’t have a lot of reviews and testimonials, you should be working on implementing strategies to collect them. It’s the ultimate source of trust and credibility.)
The testimonial of a reluctant customer is so powerful because turning your toughest critic into a happy customer is one of the hardest things you can do as a marketer.
People don’t like to change their minds.
If a prospect is on the fence and sees that type of story, there is not much else they can object to.
Here’s a dead-simple way to use it:
Find these hidden gem testimonials and use them at key prospect touchpoints:
The screenshot below is an example from our prospect welcome email series at Beard Club.
Can you think of a better testimonial than that? I can’t.
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.
See you next Wednesday!
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