E-commerce Copy Mistakes And How To Fix Them
It takes a lot of work to launch a successful
But copy contributes to sales, and
I’m a writer, so I’m particularly sensitive to bad copy, but you don’t have to be as picky as I am to be put off by ungrammatical nonsense that looks as if it was typed in a hurry and never looked at again.
In this article, I’m going to look at some of the
1. Feature, Feature, Feature
This is a copywriters’ cliché, but, like most clichés, there’s truth to it: talk about the benefits of a product more than its features.
A feature is something the product is or has. This is a red pair of shoes. This computer has 32 Gb of RAM. This bucket can hold 3 gallons of water. All useful information, but good product copy focuses on how these features benefit the user.
A computer with 32 GB of RAM offers better performance when many applications are running at the same time. It is ideal for
2. Taking Copy From Suppliers or Manufacturers
- The copy is written to appeal to retailers, not to consumers who have different concerns.
- Many of your competitors use the same copy. Identical product pages aren’t a good look when you’re trying to create a brand to distinguish your store from all the others selling the same product.
- Duplicate copy is bad for SEO. It’s unlikely your store ranks for copy duplicated on other domains.
Write your own copy. It doesn’t have to be Shakespeare, but it does have to be unique. It should embody your brand and talk to your customers.
Learn more: How to Write Product Descriptions That Sell
3. Who Are You Talking To?
Copy is persuasive written communication. The persuasive part distinguishes copy from other content like blog articles. The best way to persuade a person is to understand them — to address their concerns and values. The best copy goes right to the heart of a shopper’s concerns and desires.
Do they care about the environmental impact of what they buy? Staying on top of the latest trends? Connotations of luxury? Or how a product could save them time? Do they care about getting a bargain, or do they think
Why does Costco focuses on low, low prices, while Apple focuses on product quality and experience? Because these companies understand who buys their products. They craft a message that is persuasive to their customers.
4. Airy Nonsense
Or… it’s just a bunch of nonsense.
Few products are
Sales copy should make products sound good; that’s its job. But not at the expense of overpromising. The best copy emphasizes a product’s positive features and benefits in a way that’s both honest and compelling. Authenticity is key.
5. Lazy Editing
Shoppers don’t come to your store in search of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. But they’ll find them regardless. Bad editing looks sloppy, and it makes shoppers wonder what else the store is being sloppy about.
- Their’s nothing like a cupcake when your feeling down.
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- Relax with friends, eat well, and getting a good night’s sleep.
It’s difficult to proofread copy that you’ve written yourself. So, let someone else take a look before it’s uploaded to your store. If you doubt your writing chops, hire a copywriter to write product descriptions for you or use a free tool like Grammarly.
6. Too Much Or Too Little SEO
But too often I see spammy copy that is unreadable to a human. It is optimized entirely for the search engines. I’m sure you’ve come across copy like this:
Cheap cupcakes. Buy affordable chocolate cupcakes, toffee cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, specialty cupcakes. Small cupcakes, medium cupcakes.
This gibberish might as well have been written by a machine, and only a machine could appreciate it. SEO like this has been worthless for years, but old habits die hard.
If you’re selling cupcakes, you need to mention cupcakes, but look at this copy from a page randomly chosen from the
Delicious and memorable, beautiful designs, and occasion specific are a few reasons why our desserts stand out. We choose the best raw ingredients to make the best desserts.
Nadiya’a Cupcakes, a
Copy is one component of a product page, alongside images, video, design, and the product itself. But it has an important role to play. The best copywriters command enormous fees for a reason: great sales copy can make a massive difference to the bottom line. But, even if you’d rather not pay for copy, it’s worth spending the time it takes to get it right.