Here’s a quick copywriting tip, to help you improve your marketing results.
Your prospective clients prefer to read short sentences. This is especially true when explaining detailed information. For example, how your service works.
I’m not suggesting you use fewer words than required. Far from it! Use as many words per sentence as you need. Don’t remove a necessary word. Just don’t use more words than you need.
Why is that, Jim?
Over-long sentences lack impact and clarity. Those are essential for effective marketing. Most amateur writers tend to write over-long. Learning how to write shorter, helps you avoid that mistake.
Tip: One way to shorten sentences without losing anything important, is to remove extraneous words. Look at the 2 examples below.
- People should exercise on a regular basis.
- People should exercise regularly.
- We have no news at this point in time.
- We currently have no news.
A whole story in 6 words
It’s amazing what can be achieved using fewer words. Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in just 6 words. It’s a powerful story, too.
“For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn”.
Inspired by Hemingway’s brevity, look for opportunities to keep your sentences as short as required. Aim for clarity. Remove the fluff. And keep sentences confined to one thought.
It’s not as simple as it sounds. But if done correctly, your results will reflect the additional effort.