Writing Great Product Titles and Descriptions
Outside the photos you take of your products, the next most important aspect of displaying your products effectively on your blog or in your Etsy store is to craft compelling product descriptions. Without the right product description your target audience might not even find your store, much less your product.
As you write your product descriptions, seek to answer the following questions:
1. Why is your item the one to buy? – What makes is super awesome and why would the target audience want to/need to purchase it?
2. What makes your item special? – Write down something really special about your product. Perhaps you were inspired by your father’s old-time watch to paint a rendition of a clock that takes your breath away.
3. What is your item’s biggest selling point? – If you can’t name the one big thing that makes your item worth every penny you’re asking, you may need to try creating different products. It should be obvious what makes this item the most salable.
4. Why are you proud of this item? – Post items you’re super proud of and tell your customer why you are. For example, “I wasn’t quite sure how to get the brush strokes just right, so I practiced for six weeks before I got it just right.”
5. What are the top three to five benefits of this product for your customer? – Even when it comes to crafts, art, vintage and collectables, it’s all about the customer. Not you. Seek to explain the benefits from their perspective.
6. What are the descriptors that are needed for this item? – Is it 12′ x 16′, the same size as a beach towel? What size is it; what color is it; what are the things you can describe about the product?
7. What will shock and awe your audience about this product? – Is there a little unknown fact about the topic, subject, or inspiration behind making this item? Tell us.
8. How is this item good for ______? – Fill in the blank. It could be a holiday such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and so forth. Giving your customers gift ideas is a great way to increase sales.
Simply answer the questions without thought to anything but the answer. Then, refine the answers using important keywords that your target audience would use when searching the internet or Etsy for items that interest them. Do not use false keywords; use keywords that truly describe your product.
Now, add in the benefits, and descriptors about the height, weight, colors and other features that are important to identify for your audience. Within this description you might also want to include something about the item that will surprise your audience. For instance, are you offering free shipping, do you provide gift wrapping and gift cards, or do you personalize the product in some way?
Mention other items your audience member might want to see within your store front. You should also always link to publications you’ve been in. Name dropping is a good thing; it adds credibility if it’s true. And if you’ve been talked about or written about, you want to let your audience know. It builds trust. Speaking of trust – you want to also add testimonials to your listing to further the proof that your products are of high quality and made with special love and care.