|What Content Writers can learn from SkyMall|
|Written by Anthony Verre|
|Wednesday, 09 November 2011 00:00|
There are few things more fun and more entertaining on a plane, than reading SkyMall. Sure, it’s interesting to see what types of products people are coming up with to “make lives easier”. Who doesn’t love it? But, have you ever read the descriptions? In the span of no more than a paragraph or two, nearly each product description fills the need of reader/user, and there’s a lot product description writers can learn from SkyMall.
Product Descriptions are Content Too
Content. A topic that continues to resurface frequently in last nine months. In the Panda era of Google, it is quite possibly one of the single most important aspects on the website. And, while SEOs know it’s a key area to shape up, most product and service descriptions on majority of websites are the same as they ever were: bland, weak, repackaged and general.
No one is taking the time to create unique product and service descriptions.
The argument of, “but we have hundreds and thousands of products,” just doesn’t hold water anymore. The fact of the matter is you can’t afford not to create better, more unique product and service descriptions. Beyond helping your cause with Panda, it helps with intriguing, engaging, and explaining the need to users. Products on SkyMall are not unlike site product descriptions. In fact, SkyMall products have it worse, because they are all jockeying for attention, and the only user-intent is that they picked up the magazine.
Breaking Down a SkyMall Description
SkyMall does a fantastic job of making every product in the magazine seem special and unique. Most of all, they do a great job making every product seem necessary to fill the void. Even if it is a remote controlled car that squirts water. So, let’s breakdown a product from the SkyMall catalog to give us a guide as how to write great, unique, and necessary product and service descriptions.
Example Product Description
Things SkyMall Does Well
And, this product did all of that in under 100 words. Of course, there are things that could be improved; however, it meets the qualifications for a great product description: unique, fully describes the product function and who it can benefit, and adds value/life-improvement statement. This isn’t solely for B2C services and products either. B2B services and products can use this too. Sure, the products aren’t as sexy. And, yeah, they’re downright utilitarian.
But, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress them up. It doesn’t mean that you should be answering those questions for your users. In the end, all your product and service descriptions need to be answering the Who, What, How, and Why you need it. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. SkyMall products can answer those questions in 100-130 words. Can your product and service descriptions do the same?
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 13:57|
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