How to Get Copy Clients to Believe You’re an EXPERT in Your Industry

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Today I’m going to show you one of the BEST ways to become an EXPERT — or, at least, a PERCEIVED expert — in your industry.

But, before I tell you the secret, let me ask you this:

Who makes more money …

A general practitioner or a cardiologist?

A general practice attorney or an intellectual property litigator?

A school teacher or a college professor?

Even if you don’t know for sure, you can probably guess!

In just about every instance, you’re going to make more money as a specialist instead of a jack-of-all-trades!

So, today’s tip … correction — today’s advisement (doesn’t that sound more expensive than “tip”) … is to niche yourself. The sooner, the better!

A “niche” is a TINY, distinct segment of a market. A niche makes you a specialist in the land of generalists.

For example:

“I’m a copywriter.” That’s general — and there’s a huge pool of folks to draw from.

“I’m a direct-response copywriter.” Okay, that’s a little more specific — but still a crowded field.

“I’m an alternative health direct-mail copywriter” — now, you’re talking about a tiny segment — and I’m ONE of the elite members!

So, my specialist title sends a message: Don’t come talking to me about writing for the financial market … Can’t help you with your nonprofit mailings … Not interested in helping you sell People magazine.

But, if you’re looking for the BEST in the sliver of the market called alternative health — well, look no further — you’re about to get the crème of the crème!

You get what I’m saying?

When I decided to niche myself as an alternative health direct-mail copywriter — my business changed in three ways:

#1: I write faster copy.

I’m immersed in my niche. I know the alternative health field — so I don’t need to “learn” it with every new project. I can focus on the uniqueness of the product I’m writing about, and the background info about health just comes naturally to me. Writing faster copy means I can write more promotions — and that increases my odds of getting more successes!

#2: I become more credible.

When I turn down — or refer to others — projects writing for the financial or gardening markets, because they’re not my “field of expertise,” I’m being viewed as a health writer by clients … and, eventually, a health expert! It wasn’t intentional on my part — I wasn’t that smart back then. But I’m sure glad it happened!

#3: I charge more money!

After all, I’m an EXPERT! It would be an insult to my clients NOT to charge them top dollar. Think about it: if you can buy a Rolex for the price of a Timex … hmmmm … are you getting a REAL Rolex?

So, if you forget everything else I’ve said today, just remember this one thing: Find your niche — and become a master in it!

And, if you’re having trouble identifying your niche — let’s talk about it! Share your comments here.

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Published: July 31, 2019

4 Responses to “How to Get Copy Clients to Believe You’re an EXPERT in Your Industry”

  1. Hi Carline.I am an experienced accountant by profession.In my portfolio can I put Copywriter with x years accounting experience,Or what is a better description?
    I agree with you copywriter alone is too vague.
    Need to be more specific but I just don`t know how.
    Will appreciate any advice given Thanks

    Copywriter53July 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

  2. I am very happy to have found you and be a part of your class; I know I am going to enjoy every minute of it because I want to be as crazy as you. I still haven't found the dates and times of the classes. I'd really appreciate it if you can email me that information.
    Thank you, Pat

    Guest (Pat Barriga)July 31, 2019 at 8:29 pm

  3. I know web development is a wide niche, but that’s my expertise for the past 30 years. How could I find a smaller niche in this field and still write as an expert?

    apoundsAugust 1, 2019 at 10:13 am

  4. I am having trouble choosing my niche because I've burned out on my area of experience/expertise. Choosing a new niche to concentrate in is proving difficult because there is so much to choose from and because I have a pretty good idea of how long it takes to become an expert. I already did it once, and I'm not sure I want to do it again.

    Karen LeeAugust 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm


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