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The Science of Love and Persuasion

Quick -- what do testosterone, estrogen, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin all have in common? They're the...

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The Positioning Myth

In the classic marketing book, "Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind," authors Trout and Ries made it clear. In any marketing challenge,...

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Seven+ Ways to Keep Your Clients

Over the years, have I written my share of crotchety emails to product managers, traffic managers, legal assistants, publishers, and...

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How Curiosity Can Save a Copywriter

Somebody once asked David Ogilvy for a list of traits that matter most when hiring copywriters. Above all, he said, they have to have an...

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The Simple Secret of… Complexity?

Says Kramer, "It appears that we are, in fact, set up to respond favorable to complexity. Decades of work in experimental psychology have...

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Read this NOW, or the Puppy Gets It!

Years ago, I think it was National Lampoon sent out a mail campaign trying to get subscribers... or maybe it was renewals... with a picture...

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Idea Angst and How to Beat It

You hear a lot about something called “writer’s block.” Then there’s that thing we all used to get when most...

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What’s Your Best Offer?

"Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry," Donald Trump once said, "I like making deals. Preferably big ones."...

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The World’s Most Famous Copywriter?

Claude Hopkins looks like a crotchety chemist. Or a vacuum cleaner salesman. At least, he does in most of the pictures you’ll find of...

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How To Tame Technology

One thing that's definitely true about the world of online marketing is that it has closed distances and allowed lots of small "niche"...

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