Tag: Copy Psychology

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
Direct response copy is about more than just a sales letter

Direct response copy is about more than just a sales letter

Let’s take a field trip… Indeed, I’m editing this following a field trip of my own to Delray Beach, Florida. I was there for the annual copywriting conference held by @AWAI_online. As it’s the home of many Agora affiliates, I’ve been visiting Delray for many years to regularly catch up with some of the top […]

October 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Seven Stages of a Desperate Copywriter – Guest Post

The Seven Stages of a Desperate Copywriter – Guest Post

‘When we tell stories about creativity…we neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problem was impossible. Instead, we skip straight to the breakthrough. We tell the happy ending first. ‘The danger of this scenario is that the act of feeling frustrated is an essential part of the […]

August 15, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
An inspirational way to end a direct response sales letter

An inspirational way to end a direct response sales letter

I want to talk about the end… The moment you know the inevitable is upon you. The moment you see everything flash before your eyes and wonder if you’ve done enough. The moment you quietly whisper into the vast, empty abyss and ask… Dear reader, do you actually want to buy this? Yes – I’m […]

March 21, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
A seemingly minor error that can kill direct-response copywriting

A seemingly minor error that can kill direct-response copywriting

I often compare writing a successful direct-response sales letter to passing your driving test… Providing you don’t make any major errors and you manage to keep the minors to a minimum – you should be OK. If figures then that when you start learning about copywriting, you generally tend to focus on avoiding the bigger […]

March 17, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
This old bird can teach you a lot about good copy

This old bird can teach you a lot about good copy

I’ve had a lot of emails from people asking which copywriting products I think are worth the money… It’s difficult. A lot of stuff is nothing more than swipe file collections (which you can build for free), audio interviews (which involve one copywriter gushing over another) or long and boring part-work courses (that take forever […]

August 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
Car crash copy: why bad news is better than good

Car crash copy: why bad news is better than good

You get an email telling you the good news… If you act in the next two hours, you can claim a £100 discount on so and so’s latest copywriting seminar. That’s great news. But is it the best way to promote that offer? Is good news always a good thing? Not necessarily. When it comes […]

August 11, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Does brainstorming help you write better headlines?

Does brainstorming help you write better headlines?

Brainstorming is a bit crap. Or is it? It’s a difficult one. I say this: You should never disregard brainstorming as a tool for generating ideas. As a copywriter, when it comes to generating original and engaging headlines for a promotion, you’ve got to develop your own style. Me; I tend to pace up and […]

November 29, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
The key to understanding your reader’s most immediate objection

The key to understanding your reader’s most immediate objection

Whatever your promotion is selling – regardless of which niche you might be working in – the most immediate objection that readers of ANY long copy promtion will raise is exactly the same… “Why the hell should I give you my money?” That’s it. Really. That is it. More advanced copy theory will tell you […]

August 5, 2011 | By | Reply More