#031: For Better Copywriting, P.A.S.T.O.R. [Podcast]

If your copywriting is not selling enough, maybe it’s because you have failed to P.A.S.T.O.R. And I’m not talking about preaching…

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Copywriting: The Key To Wealth Generation

If you can write effective sales copy, you can literally write your own paycheck.

There really should be no such thing as a “broke copywriterr”.

By definition, good copywriters can create money out of thin air. So why does copy so often fail?

Copywriting Fails When You Ignore Universal Principles

There are universal psychological triggers that help you sell more effectively.  Certainly, there are universal principles to writing persuasive sales copy.After all, as John E. Kennedy taught us, copywriting is merely “salesmanship imprint.”

You can hardly “swing a cat” without hitting a copywriter who has a “formula” for writing copy. Most of these formulas are actually quite good. The one I’m going to share with you today, though, is intentionally based on these universal principles.

To Sell More, P.A.S.T.O.R. Your Customers

Most people associate the term “pastor” with the preacher at church. While this is certainly true in most cases, the original meaning of the word “pastor” was actually “to shepherd”. And what does the shepherd do? He or she cares for, feeds, and protects the flock.

Now, before we go any further, I should address the habit that some marketers have of referring to their customers as their “herd”. It seems to paint an unflattering picture. This kind of imagery is not what I am invoking here. The actual role of a shepherd is a loving, caring, and protective one. In fact, Jesus, who called himself the “good Shepherd”, actually laid down his life for his flock.

I am certainly not suggesting any religious overtones for your copy: what I am suggesting is that you adopt the same loving, caring, and protective role as you write copy for your prospects and customers.

And, as you might’ve guessed, P.A.S.T.O.R. is also an acronym for pieces of your copy. Here is the explanation:

  • “P” is for PROBLEM
  • “A” is for AMPLIFY
  • “S” is for STORY and SOLUTION
  • “O” is for OFFER
  • “R” is for RESPONSE

If you apply the mindset of being a shepherd to your readers, and you follow the sequence of the P.A.S.T.O.R formula, my prediction is you will experience more sales, more profits, and more happy customers… more often.

Spiritual Foundations

When we pray, something always happens. The key is to look for what’s happening.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6

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23 thoughts on “#031: For Better Copywriting, P.A.S.T.O.R. [Podcast]

  1. @RayEdwards Yes, I was observant and noticed the delay… but know as well that LIFE GETS AWAY FROM YOU sometimes. And btw – as a Pastor, I enjoyed the P.A.S.T.O.R. acronym. I’m curious how this acronym and approach integrate with the “Why, What, How, What if” etc. idea you’ve highlighted in the past.  Any thoughts on that?

  2. @rayedwards Just listened to this a second time and had to come back to say “GREAT SHOW!” Ray. Very clear and powerful in the application. BTW, you asked for feedback in the last show regarding the placement of the spiritual foundations. I like it better before the main content… helps me get my mind in the right place in order to better receive the main content. Just me… but thought I’d offer up that bit of advice.

  3. Ok, I am way behind…downloaded some of the first podcasts…listening to them as I run. I have just finished 4 of them this week and am loving all of them. Ray, the material you are giving is so helpful to me. I am sure if a person would just go through this material you are giving for free and organize the notes they would have a full course on how to get going in information marketing. You have given away the farm…and I am enjoying the eggs and bacon. Thank you!
    I will get caught up. 🙂

  4. Love the P.A.S.T.O.R. formula. Very simple and straightforward. I have tacked up the words on my computer monitors and used it several times already. Thank you!  Also, I’m headed out to PLF tomorrow. Hope to see you there!