Do you know their 2nd-layer motivators?
Hint: It's what your audience really cares about.
Welcome to the 32nd issue of Write On!
The newsletter that eats an apple a day to keep the spammers away… or something like that.
Estimated read time: 2 minutes 20 seconds
This is why we beta test!
Finished up a few rounds of 1-on-1 calls earlier this week from students who had a chance to go through the beta version of my upcoming course.
I’m not shy about sharing progress and setbacks. So here’s the scoop:
What was awesome:
“I learned something new from every section.”
“The order of content made it feel accessible, even for a beginner.”
“I’ve taken a few writing courses. This one was unique - in a good way.”
“The audience transformation table was helpful. I love to learn by doing.”
Updates I need to make:
Need to tighten up a few sections that could be clearer.
Need to incorporate more “learn by doing” exercises. There are already some in there, but there’s potential to add more.
Need to create a guide for continued practice beyond the course so the learning doesn’t stop, and you have clear next steps.
I’ll be making these final upgrades over the next weeks and plan to launch towards the end of September.
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Write copy like Ritz crackers:
I discovered this great commercial from Ritz the other week, and it convinced me you can write a story about any product or service:
The best marketing doesn't feel like marketing.
It feels like a story.
This 30-second story from Ritz is:
✅ Taps into a feeling
And they're selling crackers...
So don't tell me you don't have a story to tell about your business.
What do you think?
— Joe Portsmouth 🧲 (@joe_portsmouth)
Aug 21, 2023
2nd layer motivations:
This commercial is so great because it goes beyond the surface-level reasons why someone would buy Ritz crackers.
Goes well with cheese
Convenient snack to have in the house
All legitimate reasons to buy some Ritz crackers. But are they compelling? Ehhh. Maybe.
But the genius in this commercial is Ritz touches on 2nd-layer motivators:
The stress of hosting
The prep that goes into hosting
The satisfaction of being a great host
They finish it off by positioning Ritz crackers as the solution.
Selling with storytelling 101.
How to replicate this in your copy:
Let’s walk through a hypothetical example for copywriting.
What we’re selling: sleeping pills
No tossing and turning
Predictable sleep schedule
More energy to crush it at work
More energy to play with your kids
More energy to exercise and get fit
Which line of copy sounds more compelling to you?
“Our sleeping pills will help you sleep well every night.”
“Our sleeping pills will help you sleep well every night so you can wake up fresh the next morning and actually get that run in.”
You’ll have a much better shot at getting a “hell yeah!” from your prospect after they read option #2.
Because they’re not in it for better sleep. They’re in it for the 2nd-layer benefits.
Top Finds This Week:
📖 Storytelling: 7 story structures you need to know: (link)
🧠 Psychology: 9 psychology principles to market smarter: (link)
✍️ Write On: A storytelling joke that always lands: (link)
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.
See you next Wednesday!
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