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How Copywriting Uncovers Hidden Value

A local paper ad caught my wife’s attention. It was promoting an international coin buyer’s event taking place over the weekend at a local hotel. Our experience prompted my thoughts about some important copywriting and marketing principles. I was reminded how it’s essential to think about the untapped value within your products and services. Along [...]

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3 Online Marketing Assets Worth Controlling

I have control freak tendencies. Why are you giving me that look? Come on now. You have your issues too! Truthfully, this sometimes freakish behavior has value. For example, you should consider it a good thing that you want to maintain control over your business assets. I marvel at people who face the wind while [...]

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“Est” Syndrome & How to Beat It in Your Content

Sometimes I can’t get-over-myself. This occasionally happens when I write proposals to promote my services to a potential client. My first hurdle with self promotion is taking myself just seriously enough to boldly inform someone that I’m the person to get-it-done for them. Something similar happens with product and service promotions. The “est” syndrome. This [...]

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How to Make Your Content “Sticky”

I walked across our kitchen floor a few days ago and experienced that somebody-spilled-something-sticky-feeling on the bottom of my bare feet. Ever done that? That’s bad-sticky! But when we talk about sticky-content…that’s good-sticky! Speaking of sticky – do you know the story of the Post-it® Note? You know, those little yellow notes we can’t live [...]

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How to Declare Your Independence & Do More Profitable Marketing

Some post-Independence Day reflection has me thinking about the value of the holiday – given what it represents. We celebrate with fireworks, grilling some form of meat, sipping a cold beverage, hanging-out with friends and family. And we remember – at the “twilight’s last gleaming”…as a celebratory burst of fireworks explodes overhead – to reflect [...]

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Vintage Copywriting: How to Re-Purpose Your Marketing Content

In my mid teen years my Dad bought an older house to salvage the lumber, brick, and stone for use to remodel our new home addition. I remember, as we speak, pulling what seemed like millions of nails from the lumber that would be re-nailed into flooring, wall studs, etc. in our new house. The [...]

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What’s unique about you?

My wife and I enjoyed dinner and good conversation with a friend last evening. Part of our conversation was about the value we bring to our work and the opportunities the marketplace gives us. Our friend is pursuing new job opportunities (and I happened to renew/write her resume – another value-add benefit of knowing effective [...]

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How to be known as an “industry expert”

“What do I really have to offer the industry or more specifically – the niche – I work in?” It’s an important question that forces me to inventory the benefits I deliver. This week I’ve been writing and editing a report that I’ll deliver FREE to my prospective client list. There’s an important reason I’m [...]

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How to Clean-up Your Copywriting for More Profitable Marketing

My wife gets the urge, on occasion, to have a garage sale. So we teamed up with a couple of neighbors on either side of us (one of them did the advertising so it was a nice way to piggy-back on their efforts) to unload some of our stuff. For those in other cultures, or [...]

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Why saying “trust me” destroys trust in marketing

A close family member recently experienced a salesperson’s attempt to close-the-deal by shoving a contract across his desk with the words, something to the effect of, “Come on…sign the (expletive) papers and let’s get this done…!” Had this been a multi-million dollar deal, built on months of negotiations, with significant upside potential, I’d understand the [...]

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