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What’s the Secret to Selling Bad Products?

Copywriters are hired guns. We usually don't create the products we sell, just get hired to sell them. So how, pray tell, are you supposed...

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What Keeps Your Customer Up at Night?

But in each case, what makes the headline work is not just empathy for a reader's concerns. That's only the hook. Where the copy works is...

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The Marketing Test That Saved the World

In 1977 in the Horn of Africa... a marketing test saved the world. But let's back up just a second......

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A Painful Lesson in Supreme Service

With a pivot and a leap, I landed back on another moving walkway ready for another full tilt run... when something went "pop" in my left...

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Brainstorming By the Rules

Alex Osborn, a founder of a super-successful New York ad Agency and of the Creative Education Foundation, came up with a list of...

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“Need to Tell” vs. “Want to Tell”

Dumping a gut full of "want to tell" copy onto the page can feel cathartic. It can make you feel smart. It can make you sound funny or...

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7 MORE Ways to Thank YourCustomers Like You Mean It

In the another post, we figured out how to heap lots of “thanks” upon the plates of our best customers. Without further ado,...

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Time-Tested Fridge Wisdom

It’s commonly said that the Greeks talked about two kinds of knowledge… One you gain from study, the other you gain from...

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#486: A Sweet, Dark History of the Promise Lead

When writing a Promise-Driven Lead, where should you start? The default for most marketers is to study the product and just figure out what...

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Can You Judge a Customer By His… Computer

A few years back, Apple had a long-running ad campain, “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC.” It worked, but why? Perhaps because...

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