To a copywriter, a bullet is a short sentence or phrase that communicates a promotional idea. Typically you see bullets highlighted with bullet points (small dots), as they would appear in a written business memo. You will also see bullets highlighted with arrows, stars, asterisks, and even special symbols.
For example, some bullets for Module 1 of my storytelling course are:
- Why buying into “you gotta be vulnerable” can be a big mistake
- 3 essential qualities you need to be the hero who captures your clients’ hearts and minds
- Why your brand story is more like a stand-up comedy bit than a movie arc …
- Why you don’t need a spill-your-guts, “I was there” story (because you can do this instead)
The graphic you choose doesn’t matter as long as it doesn’t draw attention away from the words of the bullet. Some people say checkmarks are most effective; others use the dot-bullet points.
What Copywriters Know About Writing Bullets
When you study copywriting, you will discover many ways to write bullets. You can begin a bullet with “How to…” or, “Discover why…” However, nearly all bullets can be analyzed as a dynamic combination of features and benefits. Two formats you can use are:
Benefits (because) Features
“Your clients get paid faster *because* they use this new payment rail.”
“You begin to reduce your debt *because* you learn to reprogram your relationship with money.”
Features (so that) Benefits
Begin using this new payment rail *so that* you enjoy instant credit for customer payments.
Gain an understanding of your own spending patterns *so that* you begin paying off your debt without effort.
Bullets Create Curiosity
Bullets in copywriting are sometimes called “fascinations” because their goal is to gain the reader’s attention. Today, all too many readers will be overwhelmed by content. Their attention spans grow shorter each year. Bullet points can reach the reader’s heart and mind quickly, engaging their attention and drawing a response.
For instance, a consumer publication included a bullet, “Why some patients get VIP status in hospitals — without paying extra.” For the right audience, that bullet hits home.
A marketer’s bullet point might be: “Three business models — and only one leads to profit within the finance industry.”
A money coach could write: “The single biggest mistake most 6-figure earners make when investing in real estate.”
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Originally published at https://cathygoodwin.com on November 14, 2019.