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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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‘Twas The Last Sale Before Christmas

Six months before Christmas, I first saw the signs -- shopping malls had traded palm trees for pines. / By August, “Jingle Bells” from...

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What Nascar, Kool-Aid, And Purple Oreos Have in Common

How sick and tired are you of having to choose between brands?...

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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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Make the Most of It, Starting Now…

Sometimes, it's all too easy for your best intentions to... er... fall flat on their face. I'm sure you know what I mean, especially this...

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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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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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