And then there is Sexy, Flowery and Lightly.
No, I don’t write in any of the above ways. Not anymore at least. But I do write Clearly, Personally and Concisely.
Look, I don’t write literature, poems or novels. I am a copywriter, who is tasked to communicate a message in the simplest form possible, in the least words possible and in the most appealing manner possible.
And that’s the way it should be.
Okay, maybe I’m generalizing here a little. There are instances when catchy or punchy copy may be required to get the point across. Let’s say your product is a sugary snack, targeted to 6 to 12-year olds; being catchy is probably a good idea.
The problem starts when ‘catchy’ becomes a prerequisite for copywriting in everything, with total disregard for the product, target market and context of the communication.
For instance, an energy company can choose to be catchy for a festive greeting ad. But if the latest Petronas Deepavali TV commercial is anything to by, it doesn’t always end well.
Or what if a non-profit organization wants to send out a clever, witty birthday greeting to all its donors? Well, go right ahead I suppose. But if you want to be clever and expect people to open up their wallets, then maybe a re-think is in order.
So I stay safe by being Clear, Personal and Concise – and ensuring there’s a strong call-to-action – to meet my client’s communication objectives.
My style may not work for everything under the sun, but I think its close.