As coffee is to Starbucks, so is launch copywriting to launching.
You’ve spent days, weeks, maybe even months creating your offer and it’s finally ready. Woohoo! I know you can’t wait to show the world and help transform their lives.
But, you won’t just make promotional posts and expect that your phone starts chiming with sales notifs. Even if this offer is what your ideal clients need, simply asking them to buy your stuff doesn’t mean they will. This is because there’s a process to it.
So, how do you get people to see the transformation your course, program, or service offers?
You need launch copywriting.
Several entrepreneurs wait till the last minute before doing their launch copy because they think it’s simply writing.
But that’s just another copywriting myth. Don’t make that mistake.
Today, you will learn everything you need to know about launch copywriting. So, put on your scuba gear, and let’s dive in!
- What is launch copywriting?
- Who is a launch copywriter?
- Some examples of my launch copywriting projects
- How to write sales-driven launch copy
- FAQs about launch copywriting
- Launch copywriting can be easy…
What is launch copywriting?
Launch copywriting is the process of creating messaging that drives launch sales. Every product or service needs marketing copy that’ll make potential customers see its value and buy. Copy for new products has to be more strategic since they’re novel.
Launch copywriting examples
Here are the vital 11 launch copywriting examples you need to know:
1. Pre-launch copy
i.) Social media and forum content: Everything you’ve been posting on your social platforms has always been posts or captions until you’re about to launch. Every post you put on social media in your pre-launch phase is “copy” — social media copy.
Your social media copy should be of various types and formats. It’s better to experiment with different copy types, not just those focused on conversions. Why? At this time because you want to build as much buzz as you can for your launch.
- Types of social media copy:
- Informational posts: Educational posts
- Aspirational posts: Inspirational posts
- Promotional posts
- Sneak peeks
- Personal posts
- Behind the scenes
ii.) Emails to prep your audience: Don’t just stop on socials. Move your hot leads into an email list, and nurture them with pre-launch emails. Repurpose your social content and share exclusive emails that give subscribers insights into what your offer is about and why they need it.
iii.) Blog series: If you’ve built a reasonable amount of traffic for your blog, you can create a launch blog series to walk your audience through your pre-launch till the actual launch day. This is also an effective way to blow up organic traffic and build your email list.
2. Landing page copy
When launching, there’s a need to prepare your tease piece (also known as hype piece) and a landing page for it. The tease piece is essential to get leads prior to your launch and can be in the form of a webinar, live masterclass, or PDF download.
For your tease piece landing page, you need conversion copy to turn visitors into signed-up leads.
3. Tease piece email sequence
You need to nurture leads who sign up for your tease piece after they’ve attended or received it. This is a great channel to build trust and turn interested leads into paying clients.
4. Sales page copy
Some people call a sales page, “the money page”. Sales page copywriting is messaging for the page that’ll sell your offer. It’s a page that summaries your launch — everything your social posts, blogs, and emails point to, where your ideal clients can learn about your offer and pay for it.
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5. Open-cart messages
This can be your launch sequence or social media posts. Essentially, your cart should be opened for ideally seven days, but not more than 10. During this period, you should focus on getting people to buy your offer because your cart is only open for a limited period.
6. Post-launch copy
Every launch needs post-launch copy. The post-launch phase involves sending:
- “Thank you” and onboarding emails to all your new clients
- Abandoned cart emails to those who didn’t complete their purchases.
7. Ad copy
Whether you plan to run sponsored ads on blogs and in email newsletters, or paid social media ads on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, you need copy.
8. DM Scripts
This refers to copy for your social media direct messages. When launching, your DMs should aim to convince clients who aren’t yet convinced by your feed or story posts. This is why you need scripts for your launch.
9. Quiz-funnel copy
If you plan to use a quiz as the primary lead generator for your email list, you’ll need strategic quiz questions.
10. Affiliate copy
If you have affiliate partners for your new course or program, you can consider giving them message templates, instead of leaving them to come up with their marketing copy.
Who is a launch copywriter?
A launch copywriter is a professional who creates strategic copy that markets and sells your offer. A copywriter who creates launch content plans out every piece of launch message you share from pre-launch to post-launch, so you can get results-driven copy without feeling overwhelmed.
Should you hire a launch copywriter?
So, you’re planning to launch your new course, program, service… And you’re here thinking “should I hire a launch copywriter or just DIY your copy?”
Yes, you should hire a launch copywriter, and here’s why:
- Your pre-launch phase should last at least six weeks and you need to be intentional about the messaging you share during this period.
- You want to balance information, value, aspiration, and promotion so you can make sales without appearing desperate.
- Every piece of content has to meet your ideal clients in whatever stage they are in the buyer’s journey.
- Launch messaging is about stacking marketing information. You want them to go from understanding your product to being ready to buy.
- During your open cart period, you want your email sequences, social media promotions, and DM scripts amongst others to do one thing — convert to sales.
- Your launch copy should establish you as an authority your audience can know, like, and trust to help solve their needs.
All these need a copywriting strategy that a launch copywriter can handle. You need strategic messaging that can turn your market research and offer transformation into empathetic, cash-driven copy that sells.
Questions to ask yourself before hiring a launch copywriter
Now that you know why you need a launch copywriter, how do you know who to hire? Here are four questions you need to answer before hiring a launch copywriter:
- Do you have a clear vision for your brand?
- Who are your ideal clients?
- What kind of results do you want to get?
- What’s the launch copywriter’s process like?
- Does the copywriter’s values align with me?
Are you a coach, course creator, or service-based entrepreneur getting ready to launch?
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Some examples of my launch copywriting projects
I’ve had the privilege of working on launch copywriting and strategy projects for awesome coaches and course creators. Here’s a brief review of what these projects look like:
Tobi Akomolafe – Bag Pattern Designer at TobiStylx
Tobi is a professional bag pattern designer who came to me when she needed help launching her course. It was a detailed course which was about 4x the price of her mini-course. She had no launch strategy and wanted sales-driven copy that’ll get her a 3x increase in sales.
It was fun creating her entire launch copy. The result?
Tobi made 10x her regular sales, even when her launch goal was a 3x increase.
“Sally created clear, engaging sales copy for my fashion brand. I’ve never had my copy so simple yet captivating in my brand voice. My sales growth shot through the roof. She asked what success would mean for me and I said x3 increase in sales. I got a 10 times increase in product sales! And her client relation is second to none. I absolutely recommend Sally.”– Tobi A.
tania lopez – parenting coach at full circle hypnotherapy
Tania is a parenting coach who focuses on helping overwhelmed mums build connections with their children. She knew what core message she wanted to share but didn’t know how to build a launch strategy around this.
After our strategy session together, Tania became clear about what she had to do. Also, she walked away with a custom strategy tailored to her business and clients’ needs.
“I had a great session with Sally about my launch and am super impressed with the plan she created specifically for me. She has such a clear view of my business, ideal clients, and goals. She came up with a whole host of launch content ideas in different formats and structured my content plan in a way I totally love. Sally is a master at storytelling and I highly recommend her as a person and professional!”– Tania l.
How to write sales-driven launch copy
- Understand your ideal clients
- Create a launch strategy
- Plan your messaging
- Paint the to-come transformation
- Use empathy
- Outsource your launch copy
While it’s easier to hire a launch copywriter, you can do it yourself if you’re low on a budget.
If you plan to DIY your launch copy, here are the steps to take:
1. Understand your ideal clients
You can’t sell to people you don’t know or understand. Before you start writing your launch copy, take the time to create your customer avatar, and know their dreams and neck-deep pain points.
Find out what makes them tick. What solutions are they looking for? What language do they consistently use when addressing their situations? You can find out through market research and mining voice-of-customer data.
2. Create a launch strategy
When planning your launch copy, you need a launch strategy. Every successful launch has a well-thought strategy behind it. A launch strategy allows you to plan and monitor every stage of your entire launch workflow.
A launch plan involves the process of planning your launch goals, marketing strategy, and an editorial calendar for your pre-launch, launch, and post-launch content.
You can grab this launch checklist to ensure that you don’t miss anything.
3. Plan your messaging
There’s more need to “plan” your messaging than to simply write it. Poor messaging is one of the commonest launch mistakes entrepreneurs make that leads to low sales and conversions. Structure your launch content such as themes, social posts, blog content, and emails.
- What theme/topic will your launch focus on?
- Where will you mine for customers’ stories?
- What content formats and types will you use to communicate your offer?
- How will you use the voice-of-customer data you’ve gathered?
- How will you streamline your message through the buyer’s journey?
- What would your sales sequence look like?
- What types of launch messaging should you for your launch phases? (Refer to launch copywriting examples above).
4. Paint the to-come transformation
You must have heard the saying “Benefits over features.” There’s no overemphasizing how important this is.
People don’t know whether or not they’re interested in your product, but they’re always interested in their dreams and goals.
This is why offer scrutiny is important. Analyze your course, program, or service.
- What features does it have?
- What root benefits do this offer?
- How will this affect their lives?
You can create behind-the-scenes content, walkthrough guides, offer breakdowns, or offer demos and free trials.
5. Use empathy
Let go of shaming marketing tactics and focus on empathy. The best way to do this is to focus on them and detach yourself from the sale.
While you might want to state the obvious, don’t shame your audience. Instead, let your audience know that you feel their pains.
For example, if I were working 23/7, I’d become overwhelmed, frustrated, and less productive, I’d want you to tell me things can get better, not shame me for working so hard.
Say you understand that I want to build my dream brand so bad, but I don’t have to work till my body and soul hurt. Then, I’d be happy to listen to whatever solution you offer.
6. Outsource your launch copy
If writing isn’t your forte, you don’t have to do it. It’s not only frustrating doing something you’re not good at, in this sense, but it can also be risky.
Launch copywriting is not just writing. It requires research, strategy, psychology, personality infusion, and writing. It involves taking a holistic view of your launch plan and creating copy that drives results. If this isn’t your zone of genius, outsource to a launch copywriter.
If you plan to build your brand, then you should focus on your superpowers and outsource your weaknesses to capable talents.
Outsourcing will allow you to focus on the parts of your business that lights you up. More so, you’ll save time while getting strategic launch copy.
FAQs about launch copywriting
Here are some frequently asked questions about launch copywriting and their answers:
1. What is your launch copywriting process like?
You’ll find everything you need to know about the launch copy process here.
2. How long does it take to complete a launch copy project?
The launch copy process, with your full cooperation, takes two weeks.
3. How much do you charge for launch copywriting?
Check out the launch copywriting services page to find out more about my pricing page.
4. How long should I book a launch copy slot in advance?
It’s best to book anywhere from six to eight weeks from your launch period. But, if you have a quick deadline, we can work something out.
5. How do you guarantee results?
I cannot “guarantee” results. But, I do ensure efficiency by creating “results-driven copy” and treating you as a case study client. Copy conversion depends on a variety of things I can’t control — design, audience targeting, the product itself, and your enthusiasm.
As my case study client, I’ll play my part to ensure you achieve your launch goals. I’ve created copy for brands in different niches and industries, and my method works.
6. What if I don’t have a launch strategy?
It’s okay if you don’t already have a launch strategy. This step is factored into my launch copy packages. And even for those who prefer to write their copy themselves, I offer an intensive launch strategy session to help them map out their copy plan.
Launch copywriting can be easy…
You can create launch copy that attracts your ideal clients, establishes your brand credibility, and sells your services and products.
Note that: If your launch copy is sales-focused, you’d come off as desperate and forceful. But, if it’s connection-focused, it’ll align with your audience, thus, bringing in sales.
Launching doesn’t have to be such a hassle. It’s easier when you own your genius, have great copy and strategy, and ask for help in areas you’re not very good at. If you need launch messaging as good as your offer, check out my launch copy packages, and let’s chat about how I can be of help.
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