Tag: Direct Response

A simple, 3-step formula for writing adverts that work

A simple, 3-step formula for writing adverts that work

I want to take some time to write up a presentation I’ve given a couple of times on writing adverts. Though my thoughts on this were targeted towards writing adverts specifically for email (i.e. to be used in email newsletters like this one), the theory can be used for most advert varieties. So, whether you’re […]

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
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 | 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
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
Helpful advice for copywriters: an interview with Glenn Fisher

Helpful advice for copywriters: an interview with Glenn Fisher

I was recently asked to do an interview by a young guy in Germany who’s looking to start his own online Internet marketing business. As I’m grateful to the many people who accept my own interview requests, I happily agreed to spare an hour to take a Skype call with the chap. Indeed, if anyone […]

August 4, 2014 | By | 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
An interview with bestselling author and copywriter, Bob Bly

An interview with bestselling author and copywriter, Bob Bly

If you work in copywriting, there’s probably a copy of The Copywriter’s Handbook somewhere near you… Maybe it’s in that drawer you’ve not checked for a while… or hidden on the shelf between the Ogilvy, Hopkins and Schwartz… heck, it might be right next to you, acting as a coaster. Point is: this book is everywhere. And so it should be. You see, […]

July 21, 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
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 […]

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