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The Art of Persuasion: feature-rich yet benefit-driven copywriting.

January 24, 2024

Discover how rich, benefit-led copy and vivid imagery transform property marketing into storytelling.

Author | Paul Skuse, Oakfield Design & Creation

Or “punchy copy” as a client described it as in a meeting this week.

The Power of Persuasive Copywriting
In the competitive world of property development, persuasive and detailed marketing copy is not just a tool—it’s a necessity. Whether it’s for sales brochures or websites, the right words can paint a vivid picture of your scheme, creating a compelling narrative that resonates with your potential buyers. This post explores the importance of enriching marketing copy with not only informative details but incorporating benefit-driven angles, to effectively communicate the unique value of your developments.

The Importance of Rich, Informative Details
The first step in creating effective marketing copy is to provide rich, informative details about your scheme. This involves going beyond the basic specifications and highlighting the unique features of the development. For instance, instead of merely stating the size of a living room, describe how its spacious layout is perfect for family gatherings or how the natural light enhances the ambience. By painting a detailed picture, you’re allowing the prospect to visualise living in the space, which is a powerful selling point, especially off-plan.

Leveraging Benefit-Led Angles for Persuasion
While detailed descriptions are important, they become truly persuasive when paired with benefit-led angles. This approach shifts the focus from what the property has – to what it means to your buyer. For example, a state-of-the-art kitchen is not just a list of high-end appliances and finishes; it’s a space where culinary creations come to life, and where families can create lasting memories. This method connects emotionally with your prospects, showcasing how the property can enhance their lifestyle.

Full Specifications: A Necessity for Informed Decisions
Including a comprehensive specification listing page for each development remains crucial. This page serves as a factual resource, allowing potential buyers to review the technical details and compare different properties objectively. It’s about balancing the emotive, persuasive copy with hard facts that give credibility and allow for informed decision-making.

Supporting Imagery: Bringing Copy to Life
The integration of interior and exterior CGI imagery with your copy is pivotal. These visual elements complement the narrative, offering a glimpse of the lifestyle and aesthetic appeal of your property. When the written word and imagery work in tandem, they create a more immersive experience, helping prospects to envision themselves in that space. It’s about selling a dream, a lifestyle, not just a property.

Local Lifestyle: A Key Selling Point
A property doesn’t exist in a vacuum; its surroundings play a significant role in its appeal. Highlighting the benefits of the lifestyle afforded by the locale is a powerful tool. This could include proximity to landmarks, the vibrancy of the neighbourhood, or access to amenities. This local flavour adds another layer to your narrative, making it more relatable and desirable.

Screen-Reading Adaptability: Punchy and Engaging
In today’s digital age, where screen reading is the norm, adapting your copy for online consumption is vital. This means reducing the word count and making the copy more concise—what one of our clients aptly called “punchy” in a recent meeting. This doesn’t mean sacrificing detail or persuasive elements; it’s about being more strategic in word choice and sentence structure, ensuring every word counts. The goal is to engage the reader quickly and maintain their interest throughout.

Creating Spaces That Resonate
In conclusion, the ultimate aim of your marketing copy should be to make your potential buyers feel an emotional connection to the spaces you’re creating. It’s about striking the right balance between informative details, benefit-led angles, visual imagery, and concise, engaging writing. When done correctly, your marketing materials won’t just describe a property; they will tell its story, evoke emotions, and paint a picture of a life that the prospect can aspire to.

This is the essence of effective property development marketing, turning your prospects into buyers by capturing their imagination and their trust, driving enquiries and off-plan sales.

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