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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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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 crotchedty chemist. Or a vacuum cleaner salesman. At least, he does in most of the pictures you’ll find...

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A Direct-Mail Designer’s Open Letter (to Copywriters)

We write plenty here about writing copy, but not so much about how it should look when it hits the mail (or the web). Lucky for us,...

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Getting the Most Out of Sales Letter Layout

Great design can't do diddly to help bad sales copy. Great sales copy can often succeed despite bad design. But when great copy and great...

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Why I’m a Fool For Cupertino

It’s shameless, really, the way I dote. To some of my friends, it’s even downright embarrassing. Yes, I confess, I’m...

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Better Than Money

“We must not be free because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner My friend Paul...

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