10 Eye Popping, Jaw Dropping Ad Copy Secrets Back in the late nineties, the phrase 'Content is King' was repeated and repeated and repeated by site owners and marketers alike. The belief was that the more content you had, the greater the number of visitors you would attract. Of course, the content had to be well written, relevant and easy to find. Many sites built very successful businesses as a result. And then something happened. Big money from venture capitalists burst onto the scene. Suddenly nobody was talking about content. (Where's the big investment return on 'content'?) Instead the attention went to businesses that came up with some kind of unique 'technology solution'. Then the dotcom bubble burst. And here we are. Is content still impor...(related: Copywriting) In a previous article I talked about a few similarities between writing direct mail packages and writing web sites. In short, I concluded that as online writers we could learn a lot from ...(related: Copywriting)
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Whether you're selling a product or service, the 10 tips below are your keys to writing great copy that communicates and persua...(related: Copywriting)
10 Things You Should Expect From Your It Copywriter
Anyone who's ever tried marketing IT products or services knows that it's a specialist field. Your customers in the IT industry have very unique and specific requirements, and that means you do too. In order to write compelling copy around your offering, you need a copywriter with a solid understanding of the IT world ? someone who's not afraid to call themselves an "IT Copywriter". So how do you know when you've found an IT copywriter? And ? more importantly ? how do you know what to expect from them? The following 10 tips will give you a good understanding of the qualities to look for ? the things that make a copywriter an IT copywriter. 1) IT backgroundPerhaps the most beneficial quality in an IT copywriter is a solid background of some sort...(related: Copywriting)
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As websites and electronic commerce are becoming more and more common, business owners and marketing managers are realising that quality web copy is every bit as important as impressive design. And with the ever increasing importance of search engine presence, the role of web copy has never been more critical.But in such a relatively new field, customers are still coming to grips with what they can expect of their website copywriter. The question a lot of people are asking is, "How do I know I'll get what I pay for?"Before engaging a website copywriter for your next project, ask them whether they're able to provide you with the following ten essentials?1) Fixed QuoteA lot of website copywriters will tell you they only work on an hourly rate. They'll cite varying require...(related: Copywriting)
10 Tips For Aspiring Freelance Copywriters
Every week I receive a couple of emails from people seeking advice on how to get into freelance copywriting. While there's no simple answer, and no answer which applies to everyone, there are a few tips which I believe will help most people make the move into freelance copywriting, and survive the first few months at least.1) Invest in a websiteThe best place for any freelance advertising copywriter or website copywriter to start is to fork out for a website. A website is invaluable because when you cold call and email prospects, you'll need to direct them somewhere that gives them more information. Keep your website simple, include a portfolio page, add any samples of any sort of copywriting you've done, talk about the places you've worked,...(related: Copywriting)
10 Tips For Tech-writers
Tech-writing is a tricky business. It's not a very high profile industry, so there's not much support around. Follow these 10 quick tips, and you'll be well on your way to a satisfying tech-writing career.1) Follow a sensible career path?
10 Tips For Writing Effective Web Copy
On the Internet programmers and designers rule, not the writer. Yet words drive targeted traffic to your site, carry content, make the sale, convey marketing messages, persuade people to buy and make the difference between your site's success or failure.Here are 10 tips for writing effective web copy:1. Make sure content is easy to readIn the online world, less is nearly always more. Write your copy for the impatient, onl...(related: Copywriting)
10 Tips For Writing Web Copy
One of the most important aspects of a website today is the webcopy - sometimes called the sales let...(related: Copywriting)
11 Reasons Not To Hire A Freelance Copywriter (and Why Theyre All Poor Excuses)
Think you can take the Copywriting Challenge on your own? Allow me to convince you otherwise! Here are eleven reasons why business owners typically choose not to hire a writer, and my argument for each.Excuse 1. "Why pay someone else ...(related: Copywriting)
11 Things You Must Know Before Hiring A Copywriter!
If you're considering hiring copywriting help for your next brochure, Web site, or marketing project. Congratulations! You should get great results if you hire a pro to do it right.Many business owners and marketing professionals have valid co...(related: Copywriting)
11 Ways To Get An Editors Attention
I worked as a business magazine editor for about 20 years. During that time, thousands of news stories and press releases crossed my desk.How does an editor decide what stories to run, and which ones to throw away? If you know what an editor looks for, you've got a better chance to see your work in print.Not all editors are like me. But the following items attracted my attention:1. A great headline ? I always looked for (1) unique news or (2) something that solved a problem.If you can combine the two, that's even better. Example: "Local man alleviates mosquitoes with homemade organic remedy."2. Expert advice ? What do you know a lot about? Can you write about it from a READER'S perspective? (I discuss that in Chapter Two of my book "Words That Stick.")If your writing can ref...(related: Copywriting)
12 Copywriting Tips To Make Your Advertising More Profitable
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13 Steps To A Slippery Slope Online Sales Letter
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You could spend thousands of dollars on advertisement and have extremely low or no results in sales because of your poor planed copy. You shouldn't be amazed by the fact that huge corporations all over the world do that mistake and waste millions of dollars on false advertisement campaigns.However, how can you write good sales copy, killer ads that get the attention of people? There are no ...(related: Copywriting)
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The sales letter is the key; the sales letter is the key - echoes through the Internet marketing mountains.Ad copy, sales copy, sales letter, copywriting or whatever you want to call it ? the goal is the same for every Internet marketing business.Get the traffic and convert the hits into cash. And how do you do just that? With an effective sales letter.Let's find out how to make your sales letter more effective.1. Create a "teeth-pulling" headline. We live in a headline society. Ignore this fact, and you lose. With the overload of information, people don't have the time to stop at every webpage and read it. Instead, they use the headlines to direct their attention. If your headline doesn't pull them to your sales lett...(related: Copywriting)
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Web copy that's intended to sell or generate leads needs to quickly reach out and grab attention and build rapport with a target audience. You can connect with your audience more effectively if you understand something about how people process information, and how they think.Every one of us is constantly sorting, distorting, and generalizing what we perceive, just to stay sane.As a result, different people see the world differently. You probably want to appeal to as many of them within your target market as possible. Here are three simple tips you can use when it comes to editing your web copy.1 - An idea can...(related: Copywriting)
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Doing the copywriting for your own website without the proper knowledge and tools is pretty much like flying blind in a snowstorm without piloting expe...(related: Copywriting)
3 Reasons Why Content Is Still King
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3 Steps To Great Copy
Nothing irritates me more than being told that there are '3 Secrets' to great copy. Worst still are those marketing promises that say something like, "3 Secrets that the copy gurus don't want you to know".Here's an example I received just the other day..."Just imagine... a report with the *exact* words to use to maximize your influence and communication effectiveness..."For me to believe that I could write good copy simply by having access to these *exact* words, I would also have to believe that if I had access to the *exact* set of brushes and paints used by Picasso, I could become a great painter.It's all nonsense.However, there are some simple steps you can take which, when taken in the right sequence, can improve your copy.St...(related: Copywriting)
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3 Tips For Writing Content That Will Make You Sales
Content is king. Without content your website is an empty shell, a skeleton with no flesh, an empty vessel. Content can redeem the worst designed website. The right content can make your phone ring off the hook and flood your inbox with people wanting your product or service. Content is the most important ingredient in the recipe for your website's success. If you have en...(related: Copywriting)
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I have read thousands of ad copies online and offlineover my lifetime. I have read excellent ad copies thatmade me buy right away and some that may have hada decent product, but had a poor ad copy that turnedme away.Now that I am in business, I have written some of myown ad copies. Some of them have worked, some ofthem have bombed. The key is to keep changing andtesting your ad copy, don't just write one and thenstop. I don't have a college degree in copywriting, butI know to learn from the mistakes and never give up.Below I've made a list of 42 deadly ad copy sins thatI've made over the years and that you can learn from:
5 Critical Mistakes Most Freelance Copywriters Make
Think you have what it takes to be a freelance copywriter? I wasn't so sure I knew when I first started in 1999. All I knew was I desperately wanted to work from home to raise my two sons after my divorce. It took a lot of trial and error to get to the stabile and profit...(related: Copywriting)
5 Deadly Copywriting Mistakes That Kill Sales
Chances are that you are making many, if not all, of these 5 copywriting mistakes. I call them "deadly" because theyre killing your sales and your profits.Let me make you a bold promise: examine your own sales copy and eliminate these copywriting mistakes, and you will see an instant improvement in your sales.L...(related: Copywriting)
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Most salespeople have great ideas, but when it comes to putting those ideas on paper for their prospects, they ramble on for pages and quickly lose their readers' interest. Why do brilliant salespeople often have such a difficult time writing effective sales materials? Quite simply, these professionals haven't mastered the 5 rules of effective written business communications.Unfortunately, few salespeople receive formal training on how to write. While they may have taken a few writing courses in college, such courses don't adequately prepare people for real-world business writing. But with the proliferation of e-m...(related: Copywriting)
5 Ways To Instantly Improve Your Copy
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I recently sponsored and attended Joel Christopher and Ted Nicholas's Double Birthday Bash and Interactive Marketing Summit in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.There was a fantastic lineup of speakers including John Assaraf, Joe Vitale, Brad Fallon, George McKenzie, Shawn Casey, Alan Bechtold, Tom "Big Al" Schreiter, Brian Keith Voiles, Rosalind Gardner, and Sydney Johnson.And, of course, both Joel Christopher and Ted Nicholas presented as well.Don't know who Ted Nicholas is?Ted is a living legend in the offline direct marketing world. He's considered the &...(related: Copywriting)
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Would you like to get more sales from your online sales letter? Here are 7 easy tips that you can improve on your ad copy instantly and generate more revenue:1. Have a Strong Call to Action. Decide what is it that you want your prospect to do when reading your sales letter. Are you asking your prospect to subscribe to your mailing list? Or is it to make a purchase? Lead your prospect to the conclusion you want by making your offer sound really attractive (eg. give valuable bonuses) and making it easy for him or her to take action.2. Get help in spotting errors. It's tough to have a 100 percent perfect ad copy. Solve this problem by giving a reward to your readers who spot more than five errors in your ad copy. Alternatively, ask your personal friends to help you to check for errors and buy them lunch!3. Give a percenta...(related: Copywriting)
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Nothing can turn strong copy into a 97-pound weakling faster than a flawed review process. The result is severely handicapped marketing efforts and, alas, fewer sales.How can you avoid this dire marketing situation?By having a smart and consistent review process that preserves the selling power of your marketing communications. Following are 7 ess...(related: Copywriting)
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Many of us have been asked to write an article at one time or another. Maybe it's a contribution to the company newsletter. Or a promotional article to gain publicity for ourselves or our companies. Some of us write articles regularly for clients.No matter why you're writing an article, it's your responsibility to make it be interesting - otherwise no one will read it. (Except you.)So how can you make your article interesting and engage your reader? It's all about the ANGLE. First pick your topic. For example, let's say your topic is something boring ... "car wax." Now, here's where many people start writing.Stop! You need an angle! What aspect of car wax do y...(related: Copywriting)
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Your sales letter is the most important component in yourweb site or marketing campaign. It will introduces yourproducts or services to your visitors and how people react(buy, bookmark, leave) is 80% entirely depends on yoursales letter.Below, I will show you how to make you sales letter aCompelling, Non-stop, 24/7 cash generating machine!1. Tell a good story in your sales letter.Every body loves a good absorbing story, with a good storyyou will create empathy with them.Give story that relates to your reader's situation, T...(related: Copywriting)
7 Steps You Must Take Before Writing A Word Of Copy!
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Thinking of hiring a staff writer? Think again. Below, I will give you eight geat reasons to reconsider and outsource instead.1. Save MoneyBy hiring a professional wri...(related: Copywriting)
8 Tips For Writing Headlines That Grab Attention (and Keep Prospects Reading!)
Effective headlines make all the difference in whether your prospect reads your marketing materials or simply tosses them to the side. You don't even have a chance for a sale if the audience won't read what you write. One way to keep prospects reading is to give your copy attention-grabbing headlines. Here are eight tips to make sure your headlines get the message across:1. Turn each headline into a problem or benefit-oriented statement. What interests a prospect most about what you offer? Reading headlines that tell how great your company is or focusing only on the features of your product or service won't cut it. Instead, speak to what appeals most to a prospect ? usually, that's the fact that you offer the solution to their problem.2. Make headlines short, sweet and to the point. Your reader's attention span can be measu...(related: Copywriting)
9 Tips For Great Design Of Your Marketing Materials
1) Don't just hire a good designer. Hire someone who has had plenty of experience designing business collateral. Your designer needs to ask you the right questions about the project. And he/ she needs to be able to turn the design round reasonably fa...(related: Copywriting)
A Copywriters Rant: Either You Get It, Or You Dont
Today I am having a rant inside of my own head. Woo hoo, the copywriter is losing it again! Maybe.Maybe not, though. I like to think that these internal mini earthquakes I have are the root to a more productive mindset. Are you a copywriter, too? Then you probably share my angst. Let's work this one out together.Here it is. I have the pleasure of chatting with many marketers who go through the swinging door of my freelance business. I've come to the conclusion that they either get it, or they don't. Meaning, they get my drift, my style, my meaning. And if they don't get it, all the articles and advertising concept pitches in the world aren't going to make them see it my way.I will give you an example of people "not getting it." Maybe you can relate.A client comes to me with some fairly dull website copy....(related: Copywriting)
A Copywriting Lesson From Dr. Seuss
Looking for inspiration for your next marketing communication? Try the children's bookshelf.Dr. Seuss has entertained young (and old) audiences for nearly 50 years with titles such as "The Cat in the Hat," "Hop on Pop" and "Green Eggs and Ham."The reason why his books remain so popular says something about what makes for good writing (and reading), no matter who the audience is.Nouns and VerbsNothing keeps readers moving like strong noun-verb combinations. If the sentence were a train, nouns and verbs would be the engine. Adjectives, adverbs and the other parts of speech make the train longer and slower. Dr. Seuss' sentences have strong engines pulling light loads to kee...(related: Copywriting)
Back in the late nineties, the phrase 'Content is King' was repeated and repeated and repeated by site owners and marketers alike. The belief was that the more content you had, the greater the number of visitors you would attract. Of course, the content had to be well written, relevant and easy to find. Many sites built very successful businesses as a result.
And then something happened.
Big money from venture capitalists burst onto the scene. Suddenly nobody was talking about content. (Where's the big investment return on 'content'?) Instead the attention went to businesses that came up with some kind of unique 'technology solution'.
Then the dotcom bubble burst.
And here we are.
Is content still impor...(related: Copywriting)
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Long Copy Versus Short Copy
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My name is Ann and I'm a grammar geek. There, it's out and I'm relieved. Does this mean my writing is perfect and consistently conforms to grammar rules? Heck, no. It does mean that I spend hours perseverating about serial commas, dangling participles, and feeling guilty if I end a sentence with a preposition. I worry endlessly about what I call the PowerPointification of America (i.e., the ...(related: Copywriting)
Copywriting Makeover: Search Engine-friendly Can Also Mean Visitor-friendly
When it comes to search engine optimization, copywriting plays a big role. You want to have excellent copy that appeals to both your visitors and the engines in order to create pages that will rank highly. However, sometimes there can be potential problems with fitting copy into certain types of sites. Due to space constraints, page layout requirements or other issues, some site owners hesitate to include SEO copy thinking it will detract from the visitor's experience. It won't if you do it right!Gigmasters.com is a database site that allows visitors to search for any number of entertainment options then bo...(related: Copywriting)