How to Begin Your Sales Copy With a Story

 When I'm running copywriting workshops, two of the most popular questions I get is: "How do I begin my sales copy? How do I kick it off in a way that's compelling and holds the prospect's attention?" "I've heard storytelling can boost my response and conversion...

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How to Plan an Email Follow-up Campaign

Okay. You're sitting down to write a series of follow-up emails to those who've attended a webinar or downloaded a white paper. You know those emails are key to driving more conversions, so they've got to be good. What are you going to say in each of those messages?...

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Why it pays to say “Thanks” in an email marketing piece

I recently came across a survey, by BoomerangApp.com, which showed that closing an email with some sort of “Thanks” will boost response rates. In fact, “Thanks in advance” did a little better than “Thanks” or simply “Thank you”. (By the way, “Best” scored the lowest.)...

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4 Surprising Traits Clients Want in a White Paper Writer

I had an opportunity recently to interview some clients about their experience with white paper writers. (As well as those who write special reports, ebooks, and other types of “long form” content.) The results were interesting — to say the least. Much of what these...

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How to Double the Effectiveness of Testimonials

Do you have glowing client testimonials on your website and in other marketing materials? If so, great! But are prospects actually reading those testimonials? Or just looking at them? I just published an article on my other blog (at the Copywriting Training Center) on...

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Double the effectiveness of testimonials

There's a good reason why some websites (mine included) feature so many client testimonials. They build belief and credibility like no other copy element can. In fact, these days, prospects get suspicious if your website doesn't feature clients or customers saying...

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Do “snail mail” sales letters still work?

During a workshop recently, a participant asked me if an old-fashioned snail mail sales letter still works for generating leads. I answered the question with a question. "How many here found out about me as a result of a letter I sent them?" Out of a group of 31,...

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Writing white papers (and special reports)

I posted a great interview with Gordon Graham yesterday on my other blog at the Copywriting Training Center. Gordon is the leading expert on conceiving and writing white papers (as well as its close cousin, the special report). This is a Podcast-style interview (just...

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How to write copy, faster

Yesterday I was writing a sales page for a new program I'm offering. It wasn't a particularly complicated job so I didn't think it would take long. In fact, I sat down to write at 8am and figured I'd be done and sipping a congratulatory Starbucks by 10am at the...

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How to write copy, faster

I just posted a new article on my blog over at the Copywriting Training Center. It's about me trying to write a web page to promote a new program, and finding the writing process slow and painful. Can you relate? The article is geared toward professional copywriters,...

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Writing for Ad Agencies & Design Firms (Part 2)

I was overwhelmed by the response to Part 1 of my teleclass on writing for ad agencies and design firms. More than 2,200 people downloaded the recording or listened to it on my blog. Part two is now available. You can listen (or download) it using the player button...

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