Short Copy Vs. Long Copy

I was just interviewed by Andrew Warner of Mixergy for a video course on how to improve website or email copy….

…and one of my favorite things to say when he asked the question:

“What’s better: Short copy or long copy?”

I answered with the old adage:

Hahahaa!

You should be able to see the full course on AppSumo.com this Friday (5-6-2011).

I believe it will be 100% free for one day.

This will be really useful if you write, as it explains exactly how I made AppSumo a ton of money through emails.

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    Blog posted on: May 5, 2011

    16 comments on “Short Copy Vs. Long Copy

    1. Dividendium

      Hey Nev,

      I think your link to AppSumo needs an “http://” in the href. It’s directing to “http://www.nevblog.com/short-copy-vs-long-copy/www.appsumo.com”, which of course doesn’t exist.

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    2. John

      Neville,
      Great video – just watched it on AppSumo. I’ve been writing the totally wrong way and it really felt wrong and I hated writing. After watching the video I tried writing just what I think and it flowed out really easily. I’m going to try this new approach for a customer validation survey I’m emailing around and see how it does. Thanks again for the great video – really appreciate it.

      Best, John

      PS – AIDA rocks!

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    3. Marc Gayle

      Neville,
      Loved your video with Andrew. Definitely learnt a lot.

      Out of curiosity, do you happen to have any other tips for ‘headlines’ and webapp marketing sites ?

      I love the tip about testing for social-proof by checking digg.com or any other social sites that you can search for headlines.

      Thanks.

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      1. Neville

        Hey Marc,

        Any sites that get “socially approved” headlines will work. Even headlines on gossip sites or things like MSN.com usually have somewhat-tested headlines.

        Digg is my favorite, although Reddit.com is probably good also.

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    4. Craig

      Great video, thanks for the awesome info!

      Do you happen to have that Google Doc shared? Maybe a pdf version that we can download? It is not linked to in the AppSumo page.

      If not, I’ll recreate it and share it here soon.

      Thanks!

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    5. paul

      hey neville — great site. If you’re emailing someone trying to get them to watch a promo video, do you believe it’s still more effective to lead them down to it w/ long form copy, or just a short bit and then the vid right at the top?

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      1. Neville Post author

        Videos generally work better when they’re front & center (in my experience).

        Maybe write a headline like:

        “Do you hate problems cleaning up your dog’s poop?”
        This 2 minute video shows you 3 clever ways without the mess:
        [INSERT VIDEO ]

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