Tag: Headlines

The C.I.A. secret for identifying good ideas

The C.I.A. secret for identifying good ideas

Before you write any piece of copy, you need to figure out if the idea you’re writing about is any good. If your idea sucks ass, your copy will suck ass. Worse: A bad idea will make it even harder to write the suck-ass copy, which is just dumb. Why spend extra time writing bad […]

September 15, 2017 | By | 1 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
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
The six-letter word that lazy copywriters rely on

The six-letter word that lazy copywriters rely on

There’s a small, six-letter word that’s used far too much in copywriting… And I don’t like it. Do I hate it? Possibly. To me, it’s a sign that – as a copywriter – you’re being lazy, that you’ve run out of steam and can’t be bothered to think properly about what you’re writing. Actually, to […]

September 25, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Copywriting Infographic: How to structure a sales letter

Copywriting Infographic: How to structure a sales letter

Take a look at this copywriting infographic… Of course, there are many weird and wonderful ways to structure a direct-response sales letter. As with most things in copywriting, there are no hard and fast rules. But… There is one particular structure that I return to time and time again and it always produces good results. […]

February 2, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
How Kurt Vonnegut could help improve your headline

How Kurt Vonnegut could help improve your headline

I think it was Kurt Vonnegut who said it… “If you can’t explain your story to a fourteen-year-old in one sentence then you’ve got a problem with your story.” Something like that. Possibly. And hell, if he didn’t say it, he should have. It sounds like something he’d say. Anyway, the point is, it’s a […]

January 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
If this headline were a question, you wouldn’t click on it

If this headline were a question, you wouldn’t click on it

Questions in copy can be so dangerous… Do you agree? No. And there you go, my question is answered. Just like that, it’s all over. Sorry to waste your time. I’ll speak to you another day. OK. OK. What happened there? Well, I asked a question… You had an answer, and hell… I wouldn’t blame […]

December 18, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Bob Bly’s small piece of advice for making big promises

Bob Bly’s small piece of advice for making big promises

One of the most fundamental things you can do in a headline is to make a promise to the reader. In fact, it’s probably one of the most often used techniques when it comes to writing headlines for direct response copy. With financial copy I’m sure you’ve come across many headlines promising that if you […]

November 5, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More