How to Get High-Performance Sales Copy Without Hiring a Copywriter

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One of the hardest things to do as a business owner is write and research your own product. It’s pretty common to sit down in front of a computer screen and think that you’ll turn out ready-to-use copy in a jiffy. But, more often than not, you’re left scratching your head and wondering what’s wrong […]

Selling Sunlamps in the Sahara: The Formula for a Powerful Offer

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I’m sure you’ve heard a version of the old saying, “That salesperson…they’re so good, they could sell sunlamps in the Sahara—or ice cream to the penguins!” My travels have not taken me to the Sahara but I’m extremely confident that when I finally take my Saharan adventure, I’m not going to run into someone selling […]

How Power Words Can Help You Sell

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We know great marketing copy when we see it. With just a few words, brands are able to appeal to our deepest desires, personal goals, and hopes to be our best. Without even blinking or thinking twice, we’re ready to click ‘add to cart’ or ‘learn more.’ And it’s because of great copywriting. How do […]

21 Call to Action Examples and 3 Rules for Effective CTAs

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I started this article looking for 101 call to action examples. My plan was to review the all-time great copywriting controls and find the calls to action that made them so effective. After all, they were written by the historical greats. But I hadn’t read more than a handful of mailings when I discovered something […]

Two Words To Turn Ho-Hum into Powerful Copywriting

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Two words are all that stand between you and better copy. What are they? I won’t keep you in suspense. It’s a simple two-word question: “So what?” Asking yourself this one simple question will dramatically improve your copy. And yield powerful copywriting. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing an email to a colleague, a memo […]

Talking Salesmanship: John Carlton on the (Un)Importance of Design & Crime Fiction

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Welcome to Part 2 of my interview with marketing legend John Carlton. In the first installment, John discussed the importance of salesmanship in marketing. Here in Part 2, John talks about the single element that trumps even great salesmanship when it comes to successful selling. Plus — you’ll discover the relationship between design and copy, […]

Talking Salesmanship: John Carlton on the Art of Feeding a Hungry Crowd

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You may bristle at some of the ideas covered in this interview. If you do,  it’s a really good sign you need to pay extra close attention. Why? This interview digs into one of the most important (yet distasteful to many) concepts you have to understand to be a successful marketer: Salesmanship. And there’s truly […]

Are You Committing This Business Writing “Sin”?

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Marketing is all about communication. And when it comes to business writing, communicating your message clearly to your prospects is priority number one. Unfortunately, this basic principle seems to go unnoticed far too often — especially in the world of business-to-business (B2B) marketing. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing to the CEO of a billion-dollar […]

What’s In A Name? How To Use Naming Conventions To Convert

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When parents welcome a new baby into the world, they grace their child with a name. My parents chose Emma, and that name followed me through infancy to school to college, and then to adult life. Names conjure up certain ideas and preconceptions, whether we like it or not. A name’s important, and not just […]