You might be thinking, “Land clients without experience? You are crazy!” But there is a valuable tool to show your potential clients what you can do, even if you have never had a paying client before: spec ads.
In this episode, Nicki and Kate discuss the ins and outs of spec ads, including their many benefits and some common misconceptions. Landing clients without experience is not an impossible task, especially when you are using spec ads to your advantage!
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A Sneak Peek at the Episode
[2:00] Nobody was born knowing copywriting! The good news is, copywriting is a merit-based career. Nicki and Kate discuss proving you can write copy (through spec ads).
[3:40] Nicki and Kate explain what spec ads are and common worries that copywriters may have, such as writing a spec ad for a company you have no contact with.
[5:15] Could a spec ad count against you? Nicki and Kate discuss what companies are thinking when they see spec ads in your portfolio as well as why someone (even an experienced copywriter) might want to add spec ads to their portfolio. Spoiler: spec ads are never bad!
[8:00] Nicki and Kate compare applying for a job with just a resume versus applying with a portfolio of just a few spec ads.
[10:40] Okay, but how does one approach writing a spec ad? Kate and Nicki go over what’s most important to consider when writing a spec ad. They suggest writing it just like you would a paid ad.
[12:13] How many spec ads should you have in your portfolio before pitching clients? Nicki says 3–5, but there are a few exceptions.
[14:07] Nicki reads a message about success from one of the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy students.
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