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Category Archive for "Direct Response"

Ever tried the “Columbo close”?

This post is based on Mark Joyner’s presentation “Trump Cards of Persuasion” at Project Persuasion Goes Dark 3.0. Ever tried the “Columbo Close”? This is where you’re reaching the end of your sales letter… your prospect is wavering… and you

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Mass Hallucination

I’m guy wearing the hat second from the right back row Last weekend I attended Project Persuasion Goes Dark in Phuket. Over 3 days I was lucky enough to rub shoulders and grab quick chats with legendary marketer Mark Joyner,
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Use Toll Free Numbers to Build a ‘Red Hot’ List of Prospects at Low Cost

Click costs are outta control. On Facebook they’ve rocketed from a reasonable $0.27 at the end of 2016 to a budget busting $1.72 today. And with 2 million advertisers (and rising) all fighting over that sweet Facebook traffic, the costs

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VSL copywriter Matt Ambrose with direct response legend Drayton Bird

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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VSL copywriter shares his insider tricks to high converting VSLs

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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