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Launching Soon? Warm Up Your List with This Pre-Launch Email Sequence

Launching Soon? Warm Up Your List with This Pre-Launch Email Sequence

I’ve had veggies on my mind a lot lately.

With farmers’ markets in full force for the season and a teeny little herb garden growing on the patio, we’re enjoying a plethora of fresh produce in good ol’ NJ.

It’s really amazing what a difference a freshly-picked ingredient makes.

I mean, when you cut yourself a bite of bright red tomato over a thick slice of fresh mozzarella drizzled with thick, syrupy balsamic vinegar? Omg HEAVEN.

You just can’t fake the freshness. No matter how tasty your cheese or how many years your balsamic’s been aging, if the tomato’s underripe, you’re going to have a pretty lifeless bite on your hands.

One of the most common problems entrepreneurs face is not generating enough sales with their launches. And tomatoes are to blame.
 
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8 foolproof ways to pull readers in with your intro

8 foolproof ways to pull readers in with your intro

With dominos — as with writing — everything hinges on the start.

The first domino is your headline. If you can’t catch someone’s attention, you’re done before you begin.

The second domino is your introduction. And that’s the crucial domino we’re focusing on today.

Domino numero dos needs to pull readers in, piquing their interest juuuuust enough to keep their eyes moving down the page.

So how do you knock that second domino over?
 
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From Brilliantsburg to Shitetown: What to do when copy just doesn’t come together

From Brilliantsburg to Shitetown: What to do when copy just doesn’t come together

I quit.

And I know they say that quitters never prosper. But I’m actually okay with it.

I just spent the past three hours writing and re-writing and re-writing some more, only to realize that the blog post I was working on was, to steal a phrase from my British boyfriend, utter shite.

At first, I thought it would be brill. It involved a great anecdote about runny egg yolks, leading into practical tips for capturing creative inspiration the moment it strikes.

But with every draft, it moved further from Brilliantsburg and closer to Shitetown.

…Until it eventually got cozy, dropped a 20% down payment on a condo, and opened its doors to the Shitetownian Welcoming Committee.

And you know what? That’s okay.

 
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How to use subheads to improve your copy

How to use subheads to improve your copy

Once you’ve grabbed a reader’s attention with a compelling headline, guess how long you’ve got to keep it?

 
No, seriously, though. Give it a think.

 
How long before the average reader clicks away from your email / blog post / sales page, off into the abyss that is the internet?

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5 ways to make your emails more readable

5 ways to make your emails more readable

In life, there are things we should do.

And things we actually do.

Like buying local squash. (Just go with me.)

In a perfect world, I’d shop at the farmers’ market every week. I’d write out a grocery list, pack up my reusable grocery bags, and ride my bike out to the cute little market down by the water.

Green. Local. Slow and simple. Pretty great, right?

Oh, but wait…
 
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9 Quick ‘n’ Dirty Tips for Conversational Copy

9 Quick ‘n’ Dirty Tips for Conversational Copy

When it comes to talking, we don’t have to think too much.

Words and phrases move effortlessly from our brains to our mouths.

Heck, sometimes we don’t even use our brains at all — the words pop out faster than booties pop at a Beyoncé
concert.

But when it’s time to sit down and write? Total crickets.

Something just…happens when we stare at a blinking cursor.

That incessant blink!-blink!-blink pressures to say something brilliant, witty, powerful, brilliant, and meaningful. Also: witty. Keep Reading »

6 Clever Ways to Use the P.S. Section of Your Emails

6 Clever Ways to Use the P.S. Section of Your Emails

Have you seen the movie Inception?

You know, that Leonardo DiCaprio flick that twisted your brain and kept you up for HOURS afterwards, trying to figure out what level of the dream they were in inside each world?

Okay. Now, if I told you to think of ONE scene from that movie, what would it be?

I’m guessing you’re picturing the iconic final scene, with the top dancing maddeningly across the polished mahogany table.

Am I right?

BOOM. Clearly, I just proved I’m a mindreader. #endofblogpost

Okay, that actually wasn’t the point of this point aaaaaand I’m actually not a mindreader. (Although I would kill to know what my dog is thinking as he lies curled up on the floor as I write this!)

I just know an important psych principle about why that particular scene stands out. Keep Reading »

The key ingredient you need to nail your positioning

The key ingredient you need to nail your positioning

Growing up in England, my boyfriend Joe has some childhood memories that are really interesting to me — so different than my experiences in suburban New Jersey.

One of those memories involves a hot, beefy liquid called Bovril.

According to Wikipedia, Bovril is “the trademarked name of a thick, salty meat extract, developed in the 1870s.” You mix it with water to create a beef broth of sorts.

According to Joe, it’s heavenly.

Most of his Bovril talk centered around one warm and fuzzy memory: Keep Reading »

Steal this: The proven persuasion strategy for 75% higher conversions

Steal this: The proven persuasion strategy for 75% higher conversions

Nora Roberts is an inspiration for just about any woman following a dream.

She first tried her hand at writing during a blizzard. The stay-at-home mom was snowed in with her two young boys and, as Nora describes, “a dwindling supply of chocolate.” Might as well give novel-writing a go, right?

Since that fateful February blizzard, Nora has written 124 New York Times bestselling novels, many of which debuted in the #1 spot and more that have been made into movies. She’s been called by The New Yorker as “America’s favorite novelist.”

And she happens to have a pretty fabulous attitude about taking chances. Keep Reading »

8 common grammatical errors explained…with Harry Potter references

8 common grammatical errors explained…with Harry Potter references

Wanna have your mind blown?

Some copywriters intentionally add grammatical errors to their copy.

WHAAAAT?!

I know. But it’s true.

They believe that snafus catch attention and make the writer seem more relatable. (“Hey, this guy makes mistakes, just like me!”)

Now, I’m all for relatability with your copy but I prefer a bit more professionalism, m’self. Keep Reading »

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