Category Archive for "Direct Response"

7 Tactics Drayton Bird Told Me that Most Marketers Don’t Know About

It’s unbelievable. But the sad reality is that a lot of marketers don’t study. They create campaigns based on intuition, creativity and hope, instead of studying classic ads from the last fifty years to see how selling in print is

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Dealing with Failure

We all have to face this at some point in our working lives. We work our fingers to the bone to get a campaign launched, only to see it fizzle for a while before dying completely. The clickthrough rate is

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The Simple Way to Write Copy

People often ask me what it takes to become a copywriter. What I tell them is this… to be a great (or just good) copywriter you don’t need to be able to write like Hemingway. But you DO need to

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Don’t Read this If You Are Happy Getting Mediocre Results from Email

Email marketing is the most profitable channel. See how I said that unequivocally. The reason is because study after study proves that it’s true: When it comes to purchases made as a result of receiving a marketing message, email has

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Final Week to Register for Copyhour in 2016

What’s the best way to get good, nay, an expert at writing copy? Copy that harnesses time proven persuasive techniques, emotional storytelling and buying triggers that send conversions to the moon? You could read all the classics by Hopkins, Bly, Ogilvy, Kennedy

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7 Easy Tweaks to Turn a VSL Dud into a Sales Rocket

My VSL campaign last week bombed – and I know why… Facebook’s targeting is now second to none. You can test campaigns for as little as $5 a day and find customers with diamond cutting precision. BUT… that doesn’t mean they’re

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How a Dog Helped De Beers to Sell More Diamonds

Did you know that a dog invented branding? Tis true. It wasn’t devised by an ancient sect of theologians, psychologists and savvy Greek business owners of luxury spas. Branding was invented by a dog. Allow me to explain… If you’ve

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The 5 Step ‘Sideways Sales Letter’ Method

Yesterday when I was working from a coffee shop when I overheard a conversation between a marketing consultant and a client. Let me tell you, it was painful listening. The consultant was trying to convince a rightly cynical client that

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9 Reasons Your B2B Copywriting Isn’t Converting

Slowly but surely, B2B copywriting is getting better. The message is getting through – you’re not selling to cold corporate entities. You’re selling to people. But occasionally, you still run into B2B copy that has the panache of an instruction

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Can You Sell Without Selling?

The game is up. Turns out copywriters aren’t needed anymore. The days of clever wordplay being effective at tricking people into buying stuff are over. People are just too savvy to fall for the same old mind tricks. There’s a new show

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