Copywriting ads for food brands involves channeling your imagination, using the right CTAs, and having the perfect combination of a certain amount of words. Crafting exceptional food ad copy on the other hand, involves all of the above AND adding different layers of flavor (every pun intended)! Depending on the type of food brand you’re working with, you may select descriptors that create an image in the customer’s mind, choose words that evoke their sensations, or focus on the nutritional benefits.
At ChuckJoe, we are passionate about the conscious food space and have created organic and paid evergreen content for many clients. With our expertise in the ever evolving digital landscape mixed with our years of experience, we’ve curated 5 tips to help you write copy for food ads like a pro!
1. Define Your Goals
Determine the most relevant ad objective for your business before you even draft a word! Perhaps you have a new fruit coming out next season, in this case you’ll want to increase brand awareness and reach. Or you have a new cooking demo on your website, instead you’ll need to drive traffic to your page. Knowing your goals can help develop copy that will guide your target audiences to take the specific actions that you want. Ad objectives will also determine which Call-To-Action will be the most appropriate for that ad. Don’t assume the reader will know what action you want them to take, so remember to choose a clear objective-based CTA.
2. Do Your Due Diligence
When you’re starting a new campaign, the best thing you can do as a copywriter is to… research, research, research! There’s no doubt that you’re a skilled and excellent writer, however familiarizing yourself with your client’s brand voice is the key. Research the nutritional facts, the pain points, target audiences, and learn all the minuscule details. Gather enough details to the extent where it feels like you can be their brand ambassador!
Learn how to adapt your writing style based on the food brand’s tone and personality. This technique will help your copy resonate with your current or potential audiences. This means that you don’t need to completely reinvent the cheese wheel! Chances are, the brand has already done the nitty gritty work of finding keyword differentiators that make them stand out. Take advantage of those keywords and use them as the base of your copy.
3. Avoid Writer’s Block
Once you’ve done your due diligence, start drafting copy right away! The hardest part about writing ads is starting the first sentence. There’s a famous saying, “write without fear, edit without mercy.” That still holds as great advice today. Don’t get caught up trying to create the perfect copy in the first attempt. Great ads takes writing, reading, more writing, and re-reading a couple more times until it can’t be revised any further.
Some additional steps that you can take to prevent getting stumped on words is to develop copywriting pathways, curate a collection of food adjectives, and focus on food benefits. Pull adjective inspiration from menus you’ve encountered at restaurants. Remember that consumers are attracted to products that can improve their lives. Highlighting benefits that they’ll receive by purchasing your product is the best course to take!
4. Ditch The Clickbait
Generally, clickbait has been a profitable marketing technique since the beginning of advertising for every industry. Though the times are changing and our millennial consumers are shifting more of their dollars towards conscious brands. You may be tempted to reel readers in with bait, but remember that it can damage your brand image and it can also break trust with consumers. Believe in your clever or out-of-the-box thinking, and you’ll be sure to come up with catchy copy that resonates better with your readers. Additional reasons why you should avoid click bait or engagement bait can be found on Facebook’s tips on how to avoid low-quality ads.
5. Quality Assurance
The last step is the most important of all, review your work! Even if you’ve won first place in your 5th grade spelling bee, it’s a best practice to QA your work. Grammarly is one of the best free tools on the web and can save your brand from losing its credibility. Another tried, true, and trusted tip is to read your copy out loud. If it doesn’t sound natural, there’s still revisions that need to be made.
When all is read out loud and done, your ad copy variations are ready to be tested! Whether you’re testing shorter or longer ads, this benefit or that benefit, there will most likely be a better performer of the bunch. Be sure to optimize towards your best food ad and never stop testing!
A top objective for any social presence is to stand out and be remembered. This can be accomplished with stellar content, spectacular visuals, spot on formatting, and more. The one aspect that regularly gets overlooked is voice
Finding the right voice for your social avenues can be more complicated for a multitude of reasons, especially on accounts where more than one person curates content and copy. Not to mention, a tone or voice that works really well for one company may be the completely wrong voice for another. So while you might love how Wendy’s interacts with other fast food restaurants, it might not be the best tactic for your non-profit organization.
It’s important to define and refine your voice. How do you want your customers to perceive you? Are you a silly company? Funny? Serious? Edgy? Remember, the behavior consumers MOST want from any brand on social is HONESTY.
How do you choose a voice for your brand?
1. Cast a Critical Eye on Your Current Content
Gather together a wide variety of the content you already have. Videos, web pages, social calendar, email blasts – and take a long look at what you’ve already got. Which of these are so generic they could be from your competitors? The idea is to narrow them down to pieces that are unique to your brand. These are the examples of the brand voice you want to embody.
2. Create a Life for Your Voice
Look over the pieces you singled out in step one, and find the common themes across all the content.
If your brand was a person, how would you describe its personality? It’s also a good idea to discuss how one would describe your competitors personality as well. Are they forceful? Jovial or serious? An optimist or realist? President of the pep-squad? Then decide how your brands traits make you different?
Break it down even farther by deciding how these traits show up while communicating with your audience.
Go as far as naming this persona! Give it life! This makes it easier to “get into character” when creating content. A few name suggestions to get you going: Maisy, Annabelle, Blaze, Freya, Gertrude, Darrius, Captain Thunder…
3. Make a Voice Chart
Now that you have a general definition of your brand’s voice, demonstrate how it will appear in real life branded content. This chart will be an important point of reference to visit over and over as your team changes and as time goes on.
4. Instruct Your Writers
Make sure your team is ready to put your brands defined voice into action by meeting with team members who may be creating content or communicates with the public via social channels. Walk them through your new Voice Chart.
Create some examples to show them the intentions of the chart, and demonstrate how you would change some other content to better fit the newly defined voice.
Be sure to give them access to, and encourage them to use the Voice Chart for a quick reference.
5. Think of the Voice Chart as a Living Document
It is imperative to revisit and revise the brand chart as the company changes over time. Don’t think that just because you’ve created this chart it has to be this way until the end of time. A company’s voice can change and adjust depending on the growth and direction of the company itself.
It’s also important to update the chart with common writing problems your team comes across.
Once the voice chart is established, consider writing a more in depth document that details the specificities of certain situations. Some companies have been known to have voice reference documents that are over 100 pages long!
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You may be wondering, “How much should I budget for my paid media campaign?” As much as we’d like to give you a magic number, it’s almost impossible to do so. Why? Because every business is different and it depends on a number of factors. Here are a few things to consider when you’re budgeting for your paid media campaigns.
Goals. What are your specific goals? Are you trying to increase video views and drive website traffic? Or maybe you want to get more Facebook page likes, email signups and so on. The key here is to be specific. If you have a specific objective in mind that you know you want to hit, you can then take a step back to determine how much money you need to spend. With estimated cost per results, you’ll be able to get an idea of how much to spend in order to hit that goal.
How much content do you want to promote? Whether it’s an engagement campaign, brand awareness, or video views, knowing how much content you want to push will help you gauge the amount of money to put behind it.
Targeting. Who is your audience? How many different audiences do you want to reach? Do you want to just target existing fans or website visitors? Do you want to test between multiple interest audiences on Facebook, for example? It’s very important to know who you want to target. Some marketers bundle their audiences into one, but we don’t recommend that because you won’t get any insights or analysis on which audience performed best. The size of your audience and the number of different audiences you want to test directly impacts the media budget.
Timeframe. How long will these campaigns run? One day? One week? One month? One year? You want to make sure that you’re not spread too thin with your budget.
In general, you want to budget enough to achieve your goals, promote all the assets that you want to be seen by the right audiences, and get the maximum amount of juice and learnings from your campaign.
It’s super important to focus your efforts. If you have a smaller budget, prioritize the most important metrics you want to test at once. If you have a larger budget, you can reach more people, do more creative testing and achieve more varied marketing objectives all at once. However, even with a small budget, you can also do all of that over time. For example, if you only want to spend $1,000 per month, you can test one audience one month and another audience the next. This way, you can allocate your budget across multiple months and still gather data and insights without spreading it too thin.
Know your goals. Know how much content you want to promote. Know your target audience. Know your timeframe. Once you answer these questions, you will be able to plan your paid media budget and get things moving in no time!
Need more information? Tap into ChuckJoe’s experienced team of media buyers!