Why Your Marketing Generates Yawns, Not Sales

buyers ask what's in it for me

My mentor in this crazy world of direct response copywriting was Andrew Wood, also known as “The Legend.” An excellent marketer and copywriter, Andrew hired me to write some copy and he gave me a checklist… One item: Always answer the most important question the customer is asking: What’s in it for me? As a […]

When Fear-Based Marketing Stops Working, Try This Instead

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If you have any copywriting training, you’ve probably been taught to find the emotional “pain button” of your prospect … and push it until they’re practically begging for your solution. While this technique is actually quite effective to capture attention and get sales, if you’re using it too much, you may be hurting your repeat […]

How to Write Like a Hipster (And Be Professional Too!)

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Hipster is sort of a dated and overdone term, but we all understand what it means. A hipster is someone who’s super cool, ahead of the times, and has a little bit of an edge. A hipster is found at an underground club in an indie urban neighborhood, rather than in a suburban shopping mall. […]

The Key to Creating Loyal Customers

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The secret is out: Repeat customers—or loyal customers—are the best customers! Just look at these findings from the European Management Journal: The cost of acquisition happens only at the beginning of a relationship, so the longer the relationship, the lower the cost. Long-term customers help spread free word-of-mouth promotions and bring in referrals. Regular customers […]

AIDA: A Proven Copywriting Formula for Generating Leads and Revenue

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No, it’s not about Verdi’s Opera. AIDA stands for: Attention Interest Desire Action If you’re new to copywriting, or you’re a copywriter staring at a blank page, the AIDA copywriting formula is an “old standard” that routinely produces rock-solid results. You can use AIDA for every type of direct response ad: sales page, squeeze page, […]

The Dynamic Power of Headline Influencers

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Have you ever tried hitting a moving object, except the moving object is a millisecond glance? That’s what crafting digital headlines feels like, at least for some of us. Internet surfers glide through dozens of headlines daily, stopping to click only when… Only when what? When they see how many people tweeted it? When a […]

Writing a Guarantee That Converts

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Regardless of what many businesses believe, a guarantee is more than a promise to return the prospect’s money. The right guarantee builds relationships with your customers and inspires trust. It’s much more than a return policy with strings attached. The guarantee is possibly the strongest sales tool anyone can leverage. It tells the prospect that […]

What 7 Legendary Copywriters Can Teach Us About Web Copy

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It’s an easy mistake. Each generation of copywriters is probably the same. We think that writing has changed. We try to re-invent the wheel. We hunt the web for the latest, newest, shiniest tips. Web copy is different from old-fashioned ad copy, isn’t it? Yes, of course, some things have changed. We have to deal […]

Can These Old-School Ads Help Your Bottom Line Today?

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If you come across a marketing guru who claims to be “innovative” and “cutting edge,” then run the other way. It’s true that innovative, cutting edge technology can make marketing easier (sometimes), but when it comes to direct marketing techniques, what worked 100 years ago (in those old-school ads we often roll our eyes at) […]