Can you imagine 3X-ing your sales with just a few tweaks to your web copy?
Whenever I find web copy that I find especially effective, I save it to my swipe file. I thought this holiday season presented the perfect opportunity to share some of the examples with you.
Let's start with the site's most important page – the homepage, and show you how AI can help you write copy that ACTUALLY gets sales.
Great copy doesn't happen by accident, and these examples will hopefully reveal the method behind the madness.
1. Canva as inspiration for being brief to create intrigue
More often than not, homepage copy is long and cluttered. It’s usually something confusing like: “A Fully Integrated Cloud-Native Solution to Manage Kubernetes & Operating Systems at the Edge”...
Canva’s copy is different. It eliminates clutter and creates intrigue, inspiring and engaging its customers and standing out from other homepages. The title reads:
“What will you design today?”
Canva chooses to ask the reader a simple question, packed full of possibilities. Not some long-winded copy about the many things you could undoubtedly do with Canva, but merely five words that are sure to draw you in and invite you to explore a whole new world.
Less is more. This means writing, editing, erasing, and repeating this process until your copy is enticing enough. Use words sparingly to create a sense of curiosity that invites the reader in.
Example: Shorter copy with AI
How many words can you chip off your homepage headline using the power of an AI writing assistant?
Get to the core of what you need to say. Then, say it in a way that invites them to take concrete action.
Experiment with the text shortening feature to get AI-powered shortened versions of your sentences.
2. Warby Parker writes copy about the benefits, not the brand
Focus less on your brand and how much you love it, and more on your customers’ needs and benefits.
Benefits can be on the functional/rational scale (increase conversions, boost sales) or on the emotional/social one (reduce stress, feel your best).
Warby Parker understands that its customers are busy and like to have options. Its copy brings two functional benefits together (having more frames to try on and shopping from home).
Example: Let AI find the benefit
What is the number one benefit your brand promises its customers? Is it emotional, social, or rational? Customers will always respond better to headlines that focus on the real benefit they value.
As an example, you might assume that your jewelry brand has emotional appeal, but customer research may reveal that your customers are more likely to respond to a functional benefit, like “certified jewelry with a high resale value”.
- Read a few dozen reviews by satisfied customers to gain insight into whether emotional (makes me feel great), social (makes me look good), or rational benefits (easy purchase process, certification, resale) move their needle. Use these insights in your copy.
- Based on your own knowledge of the company, write an elaborate prompts that specifies your company's unique advantage
- Ask AI to sum this into a 5-word copy
- Skim through the results and choose the best option
3. BerryLook changes up the CTAs on their homepage
Can you imagine a physical shopfront with only a giant nameplate and no cool window displays to draw you in? A similar rule should apply to homepages.
Many websites don’t change the copy on their homepage unless they are doing a website refresh, which could take years! Even more businesses don’t view their homepage as a place for self-promotion.
Fashion brand BerryLook has adopted a different approach. Its current homepage is a powerful advertisement for its Black Friday bargains.
Example: A/B test various CTAs using AI
Start experimenting with different homepage copy and offers, including seasonal ones. Measure how each change to your headline and offer impacts conversions or clicks.
Connect homepage ads with time-bound offers to specially made landing pages (check out landing page copy tip #5) to drive conversions even higher.
4. Healthy Snack Solutions is specific and preempts questions
Facts and figures help people process the benefit or outcome more easily than vague text. Make sure your copy clearly explains what they can expect to find and how it can benefit them. Use copy that helps your customers feel confident enough to make a buying decision.
Healthy Snack Solutions offers healthy snack packages at wholesale prices, and it knows that’s a pretty unusual offer. To make sure the offer is as clear to a potential customer as possible, the company has added copy that works in tandem with the visuals.
Example: Ask AI to come up with stats
Highlight any vague or generic copy on your homepage. Consider adding specific benefits, value, social proof, or even prices to it.
Instead of saying “Night lights trusted by hundreds of Bay Area moms,” tell the prospect why your brand is trusted.
For instance, “Over 75% of moms in the Bay Area trust Hailey’s baby-safe night lights in their nurseries.”
Specificity drives credibility, which builds more trust, which drives more clicks.
Here are the steps to find relevant stats using AI:
- Write down your initial point
- Click the plus icon and choose "Statistical Fact"
- Choose the most relevant statistic and note down its source
5. ConvertKit writes copy for an audience of one
If you try to appeal to everyone, you’ll end up appealing to no one. What kind of person does your homepage talk to?
The copy on the ConvertKit website clearly identifies who it is talking to and says exactly what they need to hear. The company speaks directly to singers, and it follows up with a testimonial and benefits from a real singer.
This isn’t for all “creative people,” but specifically for singers, authors, podcasters, and coaches.
After scrolling, it gets even more specific:
Example: Ask AI to come up with stats
You can make your homepage (or landing page) copy audience-specific by following these steps:
- Choose the specific target audience
- Do your research! Gather information, including facts, stats, and motivators about your audience
- Write copy that addresses their emotional, social, or functional needs and motivations. You can use a prompt like "Write for an audience of product managers
- Write it as if you were having a conversation. If you were riding in an elevator with a prospect and had two minutes to pitch your product, what would you say? What one benefit would you highlight?
Pro tip: Tone matters. It’s not just what you say, but how you say it.
Use Wordtune’s formal or casual tone feature to play with different tones of voice and make your copy even more relatable to your specific audience.
After covering copy examples for the site's main page, let's look at some highly effective landing page copy.
6. LMS Paradiso offers a choice of CTA
LMS Paradiso pops up a splash page after you’ve spent time browsing the site and before you are about to leave. It boldly gives you two CTAs or options for next steps.
If you’re a parent, you’ll know this is a great strategy. When you offer two options, rather than posing a binary “yes/no” question, you increase the chance your child will pick one of the choices. For example, I never ask my kids if they want to eat. Instead, I ask if they want to eat before or after their bath.
Example: Generate multiple CTAs with AI
Consider when and what you want your splash page to accomplish. Make the CTA irresistible by offering two options in the headline.
Some brands offer an opt-in and an opt-out button, where the latter actually helps highlight the benefit of opting-in.
For instance, this Men’s Health splash page asks if you want to get stronger, faster, and healthier or pass (i.e., not get stronger and healthier).
7. Instapage writes copy that eliminates sign-up friction
No one likes filling out sign-up forms.
Copy that is human, relatable, and focused on solving real problems will entice prospects to sign up. Furthermore, they must believe that signing up has real value for them.
This free workshop sign-up page for “no-code landing pages” illustrates a common marketing fear: the need to hire coders and developers to accomplish basic tasks.
The copy is non-technical, addresses the prospect’s fears upfront, and promises to help solve a very real and specific problem.
As an example of a problematic sign-up page, this one for J.Crew offers plenty of value but misfires by being confusing. It addresses multiple needs (social: privileges, rational: free shipping, emotional: birthday gift), and it includes two CTAs (Join Now and Learn More). By simplifying and condensing the copy, this confusion can be avoided.
Example: Ask AI to summarize your multiple pages into one copy
As you write landing pages for your various Black Friday offers, think about how you can bring your understanding of the prospect’s needs into the copy.
Research and in-depth knowledge of the customer’s hopes and fears are crucial, not just to craft the offer, but also to create copy that will make the offer compelling.
Identify the big customer need or pain point your offer addresses and write landing page copy to appeal to that emotion.
8. The Copy Cure doesn’t stop at the sign-up
The “thank you” page should be just as compelling as the landing page. By doing so, you emphasize the importance of what they just signed up for.
The Copy Cure’s webinar sign-up page, for instance, doesn’t stop at the sign-up. It adds a second screen with a CTA to add the webinar to the customer’s calendar, and it cleverly asks for a phone number as well. By disguising this as a benefit for the customer, the CTA becomes even more effective.
This approach turns a free webinar into something that customers consider much more valuable.
and here is the second part of the landing page:
Example: Find other purchase reinforcements points using AI
Rather than writing extensive copy on one landing page, break it up into two: the sign-up page and the “thank you” page.
This not only increases the value of the entire effort for the customer, but also simplifies the data gathering process.
9. Robin Sharma writes squeeze page copy that doesn’t choke prospects
The unfortunately named “squeeze pages” are those bullet point- and testimonial-filled pages that you can scroll endlessly.
This squeeze page for a paid course from Robin Sharma includes credibility-building facts, urgency, and additional-value deal sweeteners. It uses an active and direct voice, addressing just one person.
Example: Make AI write to a specific persona of yours
Write squeeze page copy for one individual. Write in active voice, second person (“you”). Make it feel like a real conversation by speaking to the prospect, not at them. Tell a story, and make your customer the hero.
Keep the content skimmable. Squeeze page copy can be long and repetitive, but there is a reason for that. The right structure and bulleting make it easy for customers to find what they need. Keep your squeeze pages free of navigation tabs and hyperlinks to minimize distractions and keep them on the page for longer.
Keep the focus on outcomes. If you are getting people to sign up for a skill-building workshop, focus your copy on what life would be like when they can earn money from their skill (outcome), rather than the exams (process) or the certification (output).
Use testimonials, quantifiable results, or before-and-after data and visuals to show them how life will change after the workshop.
Below you can see an example of some regular text we picked up from Loom, and made it fit their engineer persona:
10. Michael Kors writes search-optimized copy for special events like Black Friday
Searches spike during special events. Black Friday, for example, is a time when everyone is shopping for their favorite deals.
Create landing page copy that’s search optimized to cover all the long-tail and niche keywords that your customers might search for.
It might be worthwhile to optimize for terms such as “Black Friday sneak peek” or “Black Friday luxury bag deals”, like Michael Kors do. This might help drive traffic from people in your niche looking for deals.
Example: Adjust your copy to specific dates
Optimize existing website pages for sale-specific keywords.
Add teaser splash pages that entice prospects to sign up for Black Friday deals, and keep the excitement high by leveraging countdowns and weekly reveals.
In the example below, you can see how we took a regular title (from the communication startup Twillio), and made it fit the new year using AI technology.
This article was co-written with Wordtune. Wordtune didn’t write the whole piece. Instead, it contributed ideas, suggested rephrasing alternatives, maintained consistency in tone, and of course - made the process much more fun for the writer.