Posts Tagged ‘freelance copywriter’

How Bewitched turned me into a copywriter

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In my household, we sometimes debate the merits of science fiction vs. fantasy. (You’ve got a copywriter and a composer living under one roof so stuff like this comes up.) To make matters worse, I study people and their motivations, even my own. So it’s not surprising that I can now come clean and pin my […]


Copywriter script for Venture Card

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I had the pleasure of writing a script for one of my favorite actors, Alec Baldwin. Alec was spokesman for a campaign by Capital One for their Venture Card, called the Venture Match My Miles Challenge.


Writing email subject lines: 3 keys to rock your open rate

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Writing email subject lines that compel readers to open your emails isn’t rocket science. Just follow these 3 keys to create winning email subject lines.


Why writing ads is like diapering a water tank

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This fabulous quote about writing ads is from noted copywriter and advertising executive Philip Dusenberry, who chaired BBDO and was responsible for the famed Pepsi tagline, The Choice of a New Generation. It’s funny, but it also points out an interesting notion about what’s required when writing ads. Let’s compare your typical ad to an average […]


Copywriting typos and why we don’t see them

Copywriting means typos and here's why

Even the most vigilant copywriting means making typos. And sometimes, those typos get published. Some are hilarious, some are just downright embarrassing. But all are due to the fact that we see what we expect to see. Seeing copywriting that isn’t there The reason we miss typos is that we look for what writing is […]


Copywriting for real estate advertising

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Copywriting for real estate advertising isn’t that different from copywriting for any other type of product. But it’s probably most similar to copywriting for automotive advertising. Put your audience inside the product. Writing for any product requires the copywriter to identify with the audience. You need to understand what motivates them, what gets to them […]


The Four Species of Imagination

The four species of imagination, shared by copywriter Karen Goldfarb

There are Four Species of Imagination – the experimental, the visionary, the intuitive and the calculative, as demonstrated in the work of major innovators of the 20th century. This infographic shows how they map out. That said, are there really only four? Seems like an instant oversimplification. Although infographics tend to have to find ways […]


John Cleese on creativity and comments from a copywriter

John Cleese on creativity and copywriter comments

As a copywriter, I’ve often wondered where creativity comes from, and even more so, how to tap into it and “package” it, for lack of a better term. After all, when you work professionally as a creative, clients are essentially paying you to be creative on demand. And on deadline. Sure, some copywriters and art […]


7 Steps To A Brilliant B2B Marketing Plan

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See on Scoop.it – Advertising, I say An Infographic showing the latest research on how companies are using inbound marketing and digital marketing with advice on key issues to think through at each step which are relevant to all involved in inbound and content marketing. The results across different studies show that while many companies […]


[How to] Write the Perfect Blog Post [Infographic]

See on Scoop.it – Advertising, I say Just add copywriting. See on ijustdid.org


An Inconvenient Truth For Copywriters: How To Write Headlines And Why Your Career Depends On It | articles

See on Scoop.it – Advertising, I say Hello, young copywriter. I am here today to tell you that you are a member of an endangered species. I’m very sorry, but it’s true. See on ihaveanidea.org


Why Copywriting is the Litmus Test of Your Online Marketing …

See on Scoop.it – Advertising, I say Online marketing requires considerable planning, especially to those promoting a service. Service business owners and independent professionals face multiple challenges of promoting themselves as well as communicating … See on www.sitepronews.com


How Great Direct Mail Helps a Retailer Win Back Customers | Smart Marketing Strategy

See on Scoop.it – Advertising, I say A direct marketing success story: How Chico’s, women’s retailer, got customer win-back direct mail right and 6 lessons for a smart marketing strategy. See on www.gianfagnamarketing.com


How These Two Barstools Will Help You Write Your Greatest Copy

See on Scoop.it – Advertising, I say “If you’re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use… See on www.wearethefreeradicals.com


Creative Legend George Lois on Ideas as the Product of Discovery, Not Creation

See on Scoop.it – Advertising, I say How to cultivate the mental medley that sparks the alchemy of ideas. See on www.brainpickings.org


Cut through the hype about brand storytelling

Brand Storytelling Is Hype

Every time I see the words “brand storytelling” and read about its importance, I get butterflies in my stomach—not the good kind. And I’m a professional writer, so I can only imagine what it’s doing to marketers out there who don’t write for a living. Here are examples of the phrases that get me: “Content […]


Five Reasons Why Marketers Should Care About Stories

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See on Scoop.it – Advertising, I say Stories have always taught, inspired, motivated, and engaged us like no other form of communication has. Here are five reasons why marketers should care about the craft. See on www.mpdailyfix.com


Apple .Mac emails

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In 2002, iTools became .Mac. In 2008, .Mac became MobileMe. In 2011, MobileMe became iCloud. I was the writer for many of Apple’s emails when it was still .Mac, some of which are featured below.


Evoz Baby Monitor website

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For parents who want to geek out (and I’m one of them), Evoz provides a new way to stay connected to your baby, whether you’re walking in your garden or working in another country. I was copywriter for the original beta website.


Facebook Ads

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From 25 characters for the headline and 135 for body copy to 25 characters for the headline and 90 characters for body text. Whatever Facebook dreams up next for advertising, I’ll still be writing Facebook ads, even when they only let you have one character, a pixel or the head of a pin. Here are […]


Miraval Resorts brand launch

Miraval Ad

I was copywriter and brand marketing strategist on the launch of this world-renowned spa in Tuscon, AZ. Most of the work was done while there were still bulldozers on the property and none of the rooms were finished. Sometimes we’re not just creatives, we’re illusionists.


How to convey passion and excitement in a case study

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I’ve been wondering this for years, because as I explained to a client recently, while I think case studies are valuable, I think the case study format is tired. And I see a lot of tired writing plugged into case studies. I like Jack Price‘s answer to this question on Quora. He writes: “A common […]


How did a copywriter pick her client’s top-selling product?

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When you think of a copywriter, you think of someone who puts words on a page. Someone who comes up with creative ideas for selling your product. Not someone who actually picks your biggest selling product of the season. And let’s face it, I didn’t expect to be in a position to be advising anyone […]


5 tips for creating a blog calendar

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Writing a blog becomes a lot easier when you have a framework to follow. (Hey, it sure beats scratching your head each week trying to figure out what to publish.) What I found for most clients is that, at a minimum, it’s best to set a quarter as a goal for your plan. Even better […]