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Never waste a piece of copy

Never waste a piece of copy

Working in the world of direct response is great. Why? Because it’s cold, hard and emotionless. Wait. That doesn’t sound good. But it is. Trust me. Of course, we copywriters spend the majority of our time desperately trying to inject emotion into our writing and into our readers… But in the true light of day, […]

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Forget your fancy ideas, they’re nothing without value

Forget your fancy ideas, they’re nothing without value

The local shop in my village has finally figured out the perfect marriage of impulse purchase and value. There I am… Waiting for the assistant to pack my stuff and ring it through the register… And I notice them… Four Kit Kats for £1. I know I shouldn’t. But four… FOUR… for just £1. That’s […]

September 29, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Time management tips for direct response copywriters

Time management tips for direct response copywriters

Copywriting should be fun. It should be challenging too. But if you’re finding it too challenging, it’s wearing you down or it’s taking up too much of your time… You’re probably doing something wrong. So here I want to give you some tips on how to better manage your time as a copywriter. Most of […]

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
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 | 1 Reply More
“I don’t want to have to use this gun”

“I don’t want to have to use this gun”

Imagine you’re living a roguish life as a bank robber in the Wild West… You drift from town to town ‘sticking-up’ the local bank… You’re damn good at it too. Just yesterday you moseyed on in, stuck your gun in the bank teller’s face and delivered your usual “this is a stick-up” line. The teller […]

August 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Two clever puppets explain why ‘clickbaiting’ is bad

Two clever puppets explain why ‘clickbaiting’ is bad

I’m a huge fan of the Glove and Boots blog. There are very few sites on the web that I actively visit to check for updates, but Glove and Boots is one of them. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll remember I first featured them in my 15 other things to do if […]

June 28, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
See ‘the Four Us’ put into practice LIVE (well, almost live)

See ‘the Four Us’ put into practice LIVE (well, almost live)

One of my mentors, the American entrepreneur and writer Mark Ford, once taught me a simple way to improve problematic headlines using ‘the Four Us’. I’ve written about the idea many times before, but today I thought I’d put it to the test LIVE. Or rather, as I write this article. Why not, eh? Indeed, I’m […]

June 18, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
The “Live. Die. Repeat.” approach to writing headlines

The “Live. Die. Repeat.” approach to writing headlines

“Live. Die. Repeat.” That’s the tagline of Tom Cruise’s new movie, Edge of Tomorrow. Have you seen it? Basically Tom Cruise gets the blood of an alien on him, which means that whenever he’s killed he returns to the day he got the alien blood on him. He meets Emily Blunt and then he has […]

June 7, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
An offer you CAN refuse – a better way to deal with trial periods

An offer you CAN refuse – a better way to deal with trial periods

Where did the 30-day trial period come from? Seriously – if you know, please comment below and tell me. If you’ve written copy for online products or services, no doubt you know the 30-day trial well. Or maybe, if you’ve written for a product or service that’s being sold on Clickbank or some other joint […]

May 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
A tiny tweak to your email copy could be hugely profitable

A tiny tweak to your email copy could be hugely profitable

At last count, it was estimated around 300 billion emails are sent on a daily basis. 300. Billion. A day. That’s a damn lot of emails. So, with so much other email copy competing with yours, it hardly seems worth spending much time on it, right? Wrong. Even a small improvement in your email copy […]

February 17, 2014 | By | Reply More