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Persuasive Writing. AIDA AIDCA AIDPPA DDPC PPPP. Emphasize Control. “The First USA puts the right person in charge of your interest rate. You.”. Tap into Fear. “What will you do when you lose your job or health or…”. Promise to unlock a Puzzle.

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persuasive writing

Persuasive Writing






emphasize control

Emphasize Control

“The First USA puts the right person in charge of your interest rate. You.”

tap into fear

Tap into Fear

“What will you do when you lose your job or health or…”

promise to unlock a puzzle

Promise to unlock a Puzzle

“Learn how to double your income in one month”

promise exclusivity

Promise exclusivity

Our credit card is not for everyone. Not everyone who applies for membership is approved.”



“Think how wonderful it would be to wake up tomorrow knowing you never have to work again.”

show what s in it for me

Show what’s in it for me

“Save up to 60% on all your future purchases on brand name items.”

use headline grabbers

Use headline grabbers

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paint a picture

Paint a Picture

“Imagine spending your Christmas break relaxing on the balmy, sunny beaches of some exotic island in search of Mr./Ms. Rich Right

stress convenience

Stress Convenience

“Never stand in line for another ticket”

emphasize the negative

Emphasize the Negative

“Are you making these seven common mistakes in managing your office staff?”

play on the underdog appeal

Play on the underdog appeal

“They thought I lost my mind when I invested in ….”

ask provocative questions

Ask Provocative Questions

“If a disaster strikes your company, how long would it take you to recover?”

use the barker techniques

Use the “barker” techniques

“Call your friends and get ready to rock…because you are about to become our next PCH winner!”

appeal to curiosity greed

Appeal to curiosity/greed

“If you thought you couldn’t get a car, a boat, a trip, a six figure income for life, guess again. For only $22.50…”

elicit guilt stress urgency

Elicit guilt; stress urgency

“In the 10 seconds it took you to read these words, 10 people died from..”

“In one week companies in your city will pour thousands of tons of pollutants into the air you breathe unless..”

use bullets

Use Bullets

People skip-read, so:

Bullet important points

Bullets help to clarify information

the persuasive business letter

The Persuasive Business Letter


Prods the reader to do something

Motivates the reader to expend effort

three components of persuasive letters

Three Components of Persuasive Letters

Attention getter

Explanation of the proposed request

Action getter

interest creating opening with a problem

Interest-creating opening with a problem

“With the recent change of WBCY-FM to a hard rock music format, those of us who enjoy listening to musicals such as Phantom, Cats, etc. are stuck. There remains only one such station in our community. And because of no competition, there is little music and increased advertising.

avoid running afoul in persuasive writing

Avoid Running Afoul in Persuasive Writing

Show the reader what personal benefit is to be gained for them.

Ex: I must raise $ to win the election

Ex:The amount of $ is what it will cost to help your rep win the election

selling reader benefits not product features

Selling Reader Benefits, Not Product Features

Features simply describe;

Benefits sell

common mistakes

Common Mistakes

This product is the only one on the market which can do this, that, and those. (selling the features but failing to sell the product.)

features benefits


“This machine can do this, that, and those and what this means to you is that you can do, save,

getting the reader s action

Getting the Reader’s Action

Action steps should be what and when specific

the tone of the action step should be assumptive (the customer wants what you have to share.)

your task

Your Task

You work for a company in which 15% of the orders are processed later than time agreed upon with the customer. Your department’s service is the lowest in the division. You are getting lots of heat from the area manager. The problem has been going on for several months with no apparent solution.

problem cont

Problem cont.

Your district manager has just hired a new management trainee to help you. She hasn’t been assigned any permanent duties. The company is planning on paying her out of the temp/overtime budget. The plan is to use her only as long as needed.

problem continued

Problem continued

Two tasks to be accomplished:

1. Keep our customer base intact and happy. Figure out how to touch base with our customers to ensure quality customer service.

2. Send a memo to the district manager’s office to see if he would be willing to front half of the new girl’s salary ($15,000)