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The Simple Truth Copywriters Know About Copy that Converts

The Simple Truth Copywriters Know About Copy that Converts

Ten years ago, almost to the day, I was working in a summer camp.

If you’ve ever worked at a camp before, you know that you bond with people really quickly. You’re all thrown into this brand new situation together and become fast friends.

Because of that intensely close bond, I did something pretty stupid. Keep Reading »

What the French Know About Effective Branding

What the French Know About Effective Branding

I’m doing something a little bit weird right now.

I’m reading a French parenting book…which is weird because a) I’m not French and b) I’m not a parent.

A friend of mine was telling me about this book a few weeks ago and it sounded so fascinating that I had to check it out…kids or no kids.

The book is Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.

The way of the French parent is very, very different to the way we raise kids here in the US. And it has a pretty big effect on the children.

(Picture eloquent little three-year-olds who order foie gras off the menu — “S’il vous plait, monsieur!” — and sleep through the night after two months.)

I came across a story in the book that teaches an incredibly important lesson about copywriting and branding, so I just had to share… Keep Reading »

Steal this Disney strategy to make your writing more interesting (…and have more fun writing it!)

Steal this Disney strategy to make your writing more interesting (…and have more fun writing it!)

One topic that comes up again and again in Facebook groups, webinar comments, and my audience surveys

How to make your writing more interesting.

Writing in a way that lets your personality shine through is tough. How do you find that fine line between being authentic and being unprofessional?

As someone who lives on that there fine line, I’ve got a really fun copywriting trick to share with you today. Keep Reading »

The Simple Pre-Launch Survey for a Triple-Threat Launch

The Simple Pre-Launch Survey for a Triple-Threat Launch

Launching is overwhelming.

I won’t try to convince you otherwise!

There’s so much to do. So many potential strategies to consider. And a crazy amount of moving pieces to keep track of.

The best plan of attack is to focus your limited energy on the things that matter most. Yes, there are a million and one things you could do. But that doesn’t mean you have to do #allofthethings.

You can instead focus on #onlythesmartestthings…
 
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7 questions that get better client testimonials

7 questions that get better client testimonials

One thing we all want as business owners?

More and better client testimonials.

And with good reason…

88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.

68% of buyers read reviews as they’re building their short-list of purchase options.

71% of people agree that consumer reviews make them more comfortable that they’re buying the right product/service.
 
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5 Simple Email Scripts to Build Your Client List

5 Simple Email Scripts to Build Your Client List

One of the best parts of being an entrepreneur is the work.

Unlike your friends with a j-o-b, you get to decide which projects you take on, which challenges will stretch you creatively, and which tasks are the best match for your skill set.

One of the worst parts of being an entrepreneur? Finding that work.

When you dreamed of being your own boss, you didn’t fantasize about sweaty palms at networking events. Awkward sales conversations. Struggling over how the heck to install a Facebook tracking pixel.

And hey, networking events and social media can be great ways to find new clients. But there’s also a beauty in getting back to basics.

Finding clients doesn’t have to be complicated or anxiety-inducing. It can really be as easy as sending a few simple emails.
 
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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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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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