The Art of Writing Attention-Grabbing Headlines

Essential Tips for Strong Ad Headlines

Writing, Eye-Catching Headlines, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Strong Ad Headlines, Tips, Tricks, Audience, Short and Sweet, Numbers and Statistics, Urgency, Questions, Powerful Words, Testing, Refining

What is one of the first things you notice when browsing your favorite blog, scrolling a social media feed or perusing Google search results? Most likely it’s a headline, the initial string of copy designed to communicate the essence of the content as succinctly and interestingly as possible. The same principle applies when creating an ad campaign; you have a very short amount of time to catch your audience’s attention before they move on.

Knowing how to write attention-grabbing headlines is a vital art form, so here a some ways to take your headline writing skills to the next level.

1. Know Your Audience

Before you can write an effective headline, you need to know who you’re writing for. Who is your target audience? What are their pain points? What do they care about? What motivates them? Once you have a clear understanding of your audience, you can craft headlines that speak directly to them.

2. Be Efficient

Your headline should be concise and to the point. Ideally, it should be no more than ten or twelve words. Remember, you only have a few seconds to grab someone’s attention, so make every word count.

3. Use Numbers and Statistics

People love numbers; they provide a sense of credibility and make your ad more tangible. For example, “Get 50% off your first order” is much more compelling than “Get a discount on your first order.” Also, by using statistics, you will be able to communicate the authenticity and trustworthiness of your offer at first sight, providing a highly efficient way of communicating to your audience about what sets you or your product apart from the competition. 

4. Be Urgent

Create a sense of urgency by using phrases like “limited time offer” or “act now.” This gives people a reason to act quickly and not put off making a decision, capitalizing on the need to stop scrolling and click on your ad.

5. Ask a Question

Asking a question can be a great way to pique someone’s curiosity and encourage them to read on. By asking a question, it prompts the reader to visualize a response, hopefully creating a positive answer to that question involving your offer!

6. Test and Refine Variations

Don’t be afraid to test different headlines and see what works best. Use A/B testing to compare different headlines and see which ones get the most clicks. Refine your headlines over time to improve your ad performance.

7. Use an AI Tool

If you find yourself out of ideas or struck down with writers block, using an AI tool to help generate headline ideas is a great fast-track to getting headlines quickly that can be shaped and molded to better suit your ad. ChatGPT is very popular and free, but there are alternatives out there more geared toward marketing specifically such as Jasper or the writing tools featured on Grammarly’s suite of products. Just make sure to adapt what is generated to bring some color and life into the headlines.

Remember, your headline is the first thing people see, so make it count.

At AdClass, we love providing learning opportunities to help further opportunities for those seeking to grow their business or launch an offer whether you’re starting at square one or already rolling with an established brand. A great way you can get involved is by joining our free Facebook group, being involved in a community hungry to learn and grow together, and participating in weekly live training sessions.

Want to learn more about the basics of paid advertising or how to design a robust advertising strategy for yourself?

Click here to schedule a personal one-on-one strategy session today and see how AdClass can take your marketing to the next level.

Want to Learn How to Run Ads for Profit
(Without Paying for an Agency)?