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New copywriters make this ONE mistake all the time

New copywriters make this ONE mistake all the time

You can’t prove that your exciting new product works before you’ve proved that it’s exciting in the first place. Think about that. Because it’s a flaw with long direct response copy that I see over and over. Too soon a copywriter will start trying to prove a product works before they’ve proved to the reader […]

October 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Why you should sit on your arse and read more

Why you should sit on your arse and read more

Hurrah! I’ve finally got a chance to relax and take the time to say hello. More than that, I want to share some thoughts that I’ve been having since I attended a writing retreat in France last month. But before I do anything… I should apologise: I’ve been out of action for a little while. […]

October 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Copywriters: Are you writing truly enough?

Copywriters: Are you writing truly enough?

“And the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them.” These days it’s almost cliché to say so… But, as a copywriter, I find the writing of Ernest Hemingway such a useful resource. If you’re not regularly reading his […]

July 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
What hip-hop star Drake can teach you about renewal copy

What hip-hop star Drake can teach you about renewal copy

I’ve been in the cash machine queue half an hour already… But I’m not getting anywhere. Plus, I’m losing the will to live. The drinks queue is equally stupid, and I figure by the time the main act is on, even if I swap queues now, I’ll only have time for one pint anyway. That […]

April 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Let me tell you a story: the importance of narrative in copywriting

Let me tell you a story: the importance of narrative in copywriting

For some strange reason, a lot of people seem to think the business world should be a grey, lifeless place that exists between 8.30am and 5pm (if you’re lucky). People assume that you’re not allowed to be interesting, that you have to talk in facts, figures and graphs; the boring stuff, basically. You only need […]

April 1, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
The overlooked art of reassurance in copywriting

The overlooked art of reassurance in copywriting

Reassurance isn’t a term that’s widely used in copywriting. Have a quick scan through the index pages of Cialdini’s Influence, Daniel H. Pink’s To Sell is Human or even Ogilvy’s On Advertising and you won’t find any special preference given to the word. Does that make it redundant? Does the fact that late greats and […]

January 7, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Copywriting Infographic: How to Structure a Sales Letter

Copywriting Infographic: How to Structure a Sales Letter

With the help of the always excellent @rhinett, I’ve updated and expanded my popular copywriting infographic… It now covers an entire direct response sales letter. As you can see below, I’ve included the main sections you’ll find on a typical letter and offered some advice on how to handle each. Of course, this is by no […]

December 18, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
A slideshow all about creativity and ideas

A slideshow all about creativity and ideas

After spending an evening with social media expert and general ‘smart guy’, Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee), I decided to check out SlideShare. Have you come across this yet? It’s basically a social network based around sharing slideshows. Sounds weird, I know. But I kind of like it and spent some time designing my own presentation. I think […]

December 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
In the bath with Vince Stanzione

In the bath with Vince Stanzione

For reasons that are quite frankly beyond me, I was recently reading a sales letter in the bath – Vince Stanzione’s Making Money from Financial Spread Trading, to be precise. I realise it’s not an image you want in your head… But there you have it. I’m sorry. The good news: There were three very […]

December 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
Let’s get physical: How to move your reader like a marionette

Let’s get physical: How to move your reader like a marionette

You know that feeling when you read something you agree with and you start nodding? Even though you’re just reading words on a page, the author has written something that strikes such a chord, you can’t help but crack a wry smile, nod along and think: yeah, I thought that too. Do you ever get […]

November 21, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More