6 November, 2013

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Marketing Research

Meclabs quarterly research digest is hot off the presses and a can’t miss for anyone who does anything online. The PDF is over 200 pages featuring pearls of wisdom gleaned from scientific testing. Most interesting to me are those tests measuring long versus short copy. And, no, shorter isn’t automatically better. In fact, Meclabs has […]

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5 November, 2013

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Tuesday Tip: Copywriting That Works

Originally posted on Insight Marketing Solutions – Outsource Marketing:
  When writing copy on any platform for your business, you’re technically always selling. Whether it’s your brand personality or a particular one of your products, your “sell” will only work if it’s authentic. Step into the mindset of your target market and think about the…

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5 November, 2013

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Best in Voice….

Thank God for Duluth Trading Company’s consistent and fearless devotion to its own true voice. Here is an enviable mix of humor, snarkiness, and just plain old mojo.   The company’s catalog has been a favorite of mine for the last 4 years, with copy like: “Free-swinging flannel shirts” that “turn you into a lumberjack” […]

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30 October, 2013

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On Momentum

Anyone who says it’s good to take a break from blogging is lying. Maybe if you blog to excess. But I’ve taken a 3 month break and it’s only languished because I’ve lost my momentum. And that’s a big factor for a blog, as well as for any other effort in life. Let’s take the […]

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24 June, 2013

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All About Web Copy

Jacob Nielsen’s Alertbox today proves some site users may read copy on a webpage quite extensively particularly when it is designed and written properly. The eye tracking studies done on this are great. The article again reinforces the “F” shaped pattern that most people adhere to when scanning a webpage. Funny, b/c I’ve overheard more […]

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16 June, 2013

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The Multi-Disciplinary Nature of Web and Digital Copywriting

Customers generally do not just drop from outer space onto a web page. A user has a thought, a series of synaptic firings, an experience before they ever reach a page of digital content. The variety of external triggers and influencers that direct people to content are many and it becomes increasingly clear that I […]

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4 June, 2013

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Error message du jour

I found this gem of a 404 error message today on fitsugar.com:  

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16 May, 2013

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Google’s Impending Updates – Content Impact

A Google algorithm update  is on the way, reports Google’s Matt Cutts. (In fact, the sheer volume of content being generated on speculation is impressive.) Cutts says Penguin updates are on the way, but that “if you’re doing high quality content when you’re doing SEO, this shouldn’t be any big surprise, you shouldn’t have to […]

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28 April, 2013

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Content “Zumba” – Lose the Lazy

If you’ve ever seen one of those Zumba infomercials or participated in a Zumba class (very hot right now), then you know it’s not for the lazy. The point is to get moving, burn crazy fat, all while having fun. Simplified–it’s moving around versus sitting still. Growth vs. decay. Hypertrophy vs. atrophy. If your digital […]

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14 April, 2013

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What Industry Does Great Storytelling?

Some of the best storytellers in marketing work in the beverage industry–alcohol. Beer, wine, scotch, all have companies with compelling and creative stories. In the case of micro-brew beer vs. big beer corporation, the borders are blurred and the marketing targeted to specific drinkers or audience segments. For example, I heard a really good ad […]

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11 April, 2013

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Eye Catching Footnotes

The almost forgotten footnote — used widely in print, but infrequently online. Which may be a good thing, b/c when something like a footnote is not plastered everywhere, there’s more opportunity to leverage it when really necessary.  I opt for the traditional hierarchy of footnotes: *, †, ‡, §, ¶, || (the true hierarchy of […]

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18 March, 2013

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Prove Content Value and They (and I) Will Pay

Hulu. Which Test Won. PicMonkey. These are just a few of the sites I use regularly that deliver awesome content– I know because much of it has been presented free either in the past or is currently and I have benefited from it. That’s key….I have benefited from the free content (on multiple occasions). Because […]

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17 March, 2013

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Instant Engagement: Communicating Difficult Ideas and Concepts

Ever find yourself tongue-tied when trying to verbally describe a complex idea to someone else? Conveying a POINT can be nigh impossible particularly when the crux of that point is technical, abstract, industry-specific. Add to that challenge the fact that we often find ourselves (as part of a digitally distributed team) on the phone, video […]

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11 March, 2013

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Getting Beyond the Same Ol’ Call-to-Action

Our digital environment is literally pock-marked with calls-to-action and most of them not particularly illustrious. “Learn more” “Click here” “Read more” “Buy now” “Sign up” “View” “Update” “Submit” – we could go on and on. The above are the usual cast of characters. Easy, utilitarian, handy, go-tos–they are like affordable parts for a GM or […]

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17 February, 2013

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Do you think outside the body copy?

Traditionally, web copywriters write a lot of body copy….text that typically occupies the middle column of many webpages. And the other stuff (headlines, calls to action, button text, form text, etc. ) gets added by developers, designers, and even business owners themselves. Why? Because the text needed is short-ish in length and therefore “easy?” Because […]

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7 February, 2013

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Can’t Keep a Good Blog Down

Content marketing alternatives can’t outdo the no-brainer-ness of blogging. Publishing original content on a blog, on a regular basis, continues to be one of the best strategies for drawing search engine “love.” Low barrier to entry – you can get a standalone blog for free (I have a handful of them that I’ve blogged on […]

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