Traditional advertising starts with, “Just shut up and listen”.

man shouting at woman through megaphone

Shut up and listen to that radio ad.

Shut up and watch that TV commercial.

Shut up and read that magazine ad or direct mail promotion.

This is the nature of traditional advertising. It’s one-way. You’re broadcasting a sales message to an audience that can’t talk back, or write back.

No wonder advertising is such a hit or miss affair.

No wonder response rates are so low.

Think about it… Nobody likes being told to shut up and listen.

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Short copy rocks.

Choose between long form copywriting and short-form copywriting

When I sing the praises of short-form copy, I often get pushback.

Particularly from some of my fellow copywriters.

I’m told that short copy isn’t up to the job.

For the tough jobs… the heavy lifting… only long copy works.

I’m not so sure.

I think short copy can also get the job done.

In fact, I think some of the most powerful copy is really, really, short.

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5 Simple ways to improve every page of content you create.

Write on laptop creating web content

We’re all guilty of rushing when writing web content.

Well, I am. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone!

A 500-word blog post? Maybe I can get that done before my meeting at 11:00. Or I’ll squeeze it in before finishing up at the end of the day.

It’s weird, because we rarely think the same about writing a more “important” page, like a sales page.

But… your content pages ARE important.

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3 Tips on Writing Better Headlines.

Over the years I’ve written a lot about writing headlines.

I even teach a course on the subject.

But of all the tips I share, I have three favorites.

In fact, these are the tips – or filters – I use myself when trying to improve my own headlines.

Let’s get started…

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4 Ways to earn and maintain the trust of your audience.

Young boy expressing trust by holding man's hand

Edelman is a communications agency, well known for what it calls its “trust barometer”.

They track the public’s levels of trust when it comes to business, the media, institutions and government.

As you can imagine, the results over the last few years don’t paint a pretty picture. Trust levels overall are down.

Even while people are looking to inform themselves with the latest news, Edelman reports that 73 percent are worried about fake news being used as a weapon.

And we need look no further than companies like VW and Facebook to understand why our trust in companies and large corporations is being eroded.

So… what is one to do?

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My main focus is now on a whole new project and website…

conversational copywriting

I’ve been writing posts for this site for over 15 years now… and I’ll continue to do so… occasionally.

But for two or three years now I have been spending most of my time on a whole new project and website.

This is a real passion project for me. It’s something I’ve been leading up to for decades.

And it comes with a full-length course.

What’s this new project of mine?

It’s about Conversational Copywriting… check it out…