• Copywriting By Committee Is A Recipe For Disaster

    It’s funny, isn’t it? No one wants the job of creating content for your business, and yet, when you get a professional copywriter in to do the writing for you, suddenly everyone wants to be heard.  The process usually goes something like this.  The person who (in their eyes) drew the short straw finds a […]

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  • Your Content Must Concentrate On Benefits and Strengths, Not Your Competitors’ Weaknesses

    Focusing your content on the benefits your product or service offer is something I’ve covered in the past so I won’t go over ground. However, if you want a memory refresher on this topic, you can ready about why you should focus on benefits here. Now that one’s out the way, let’s look at why you […]

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  • How To Write For Your Market

    Before you sit down and start writing, how much thought have you given to the people who will be reading your content? Hopefully, a lot.  The way you write will have a huge impact on how well it’s received and how effective it is. Using the right tone, vocabulary, and style will decide whether your […]

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  • Content Creating – The Number One Mistake You’re Making

      Content creation is a big part of running any business. It doesn’t matter if you’re a one-person band or a multinational corporation, you need content. The problem is, many companies create their own content. Nothing wrong with that you might think, but nine times out of ten they fall into the same trap. This […]

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  • Why Writing Copy Is a Lot Like Cycling Up a Mountain

      Having returned after a two week cycling holiday in Gran Canaria, I was reminded of a blog post I wrote four years ago after cycling in the Alps. For many, placing ‘cycling’ and ‘holiday’ in the same sentence might seem peculiar, but for me, they go together. Admittedly, having not ridden my bike for over […]

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  • How To Make Your Marketing Stand Out When You Don’t Have An Obvious USP

      You are advised continuously to promote your USP in all your marketing materials to make you stand out. OK, that makes sense. But what happens when you don’t have an obvious USP? Plus, what if you work in a less-than-glamorous industry (aka one that’s as boring as hell) in which you and your competitors […]

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  • The Copywriter’s Green Cross Code

      If you’re a similar age to me and grew up in the UK, you’ll probably remember the government’s various public safety films that featured the likes of Tufty Fluffytail, ‘Charley says’, and the Green Cross Code Man (aka Dave Prowse who also played Darth Vader). Well, the copywriter’s green cross code is nothing like […]

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  • Focusing Your Message – What Are Your Priorities?

      One of the biggest issues I find in the marketing world is clients not knowing what their priorities are. Or, to be precise, they think they know what they are, but they’re wrong. Let me explain. When meeting with a client for the first time, I’ll spend a lot of time chatting about what […]

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  • Blogging Hell – Generating Ideas

      Every day, before I start client work, I try to write a blog. This has been my routine for the past ten years. Sometimes the ideas flow and, before I know it, another blog is scheduled for publication. On other days (like today) I have nothing, zilch, nada. I’ve been staring at my screen […]

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  • Why Aren’t People Reading Your Content?

      The simple answer to that question is because it bores the pants off them. Harsh words, but very true. Yes, you may well have spent hours labouring over your article. I’m sure it is incredibly well researched and has been proofread within an inch of its life, but that still doesn’t mean it’s interesting. […]

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