Which Copywriter Will They Hire In A Recession?

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People are guarding their money these days, and I think that will only become more true as the economy stumbles along.

I've noticed a trend lately where clients are asking more questions and being more thorough when hiring a copywriter. They're not just throwing their money at projects. They're being more methodical while looking for a talented copywriter.

My guess is they've probably hired copywriters before without it paying off. And they want to make sure it doesn't happen again.

My tip for copywriters is to become at least proficient with multivariate and split testing software. Let them know you'll be paying attention to their conversion rate and running tests to improve it... maybe even as part of your main package.

This could go a long way to proving to the prospect that you're the copywriter to hire.

I typically use my own customized version of Muvar for multivariate testing for my clients. There's also Google Website Optimizer. And Mike Humphreys has his software as well: Easy Multi Tracking: Professional Copywriter Reveals His Proven Conversion Boosting Tool That You Can Use To Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates FAST!

There's also my free split test software: Free Split Test

Cheers!
Stephen Dean
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
    Hi Stephen

    That's a great tip and one way to add value to a copywriting service.

    I should point out that it might also mean educating them on how to conduct a split test properly. You don't want them just changing your copy on a whim, or drawing conclusions after 7 sales
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Dean
      Originally Posted by Paul Hancox View Post

      I should point out that it might also mean educating them on how to conduct a split test properly. You don't want them just changing your copy on a whim, or drawing conclusions after 7 sales
      Cheers to that. Muvar doesn't allow you to pick a winner, per se, it just shows the winning versions 99% of the time. And my Free Split Test shows how likely the results are to stay the same. So hopefully that'll help make the argument.

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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    Many clients I've worked with lack the ability
    to drive adequate traffic for multivariate
    testing of salesletters to be so relevant,
    instead depending on list-building and
    relentless email marketing. Ie. they're
    doing internal "launches" of their own
    offers, sometimes at price points that
    make sending cold traffic to a sales
    page a laughing matter, or at least
    requiring the collection of a phone number
    for the real sales process to happen.

    I'm not arguing that multivariate testing
    isn't a relevant skill, just that many clients
    shopping for writers are struggling to get
    a clue in other areas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jo_Shua
    Aye, it is a good tip. Thanks, Stephen, for the insight...
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Dean
    That's true, Loren. Split testing can be better than multivariate for some clients. And testing a squeeze page (that gets higher conversion rates) might work better than testing the sales copy at first, because of the lack of traffic.

    Either way, it's still a selling point that can relieve anxiety for the prospect.

    Cheers,
    Stephen
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Dean
    Decided to write a blog post showing how a copywriter could take advantage of this idea:

    Hiring A Copywriter In A Recession|Copywriting Dean

    Cheers,
    Stephen Dean
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