Do your marketing materials talk to your customers?

Connecting with others

You open a brochure or go to a Web site and it doesn’t take long before you decide that this isn’t the product or service for you. What comes across isn’t how you benefit from the product, but how wonderful the company is that is selling it. In a teleseminar hosted by a colleague, one of the points we discussed was how many companies think it’s important to “strut their stuff” and tell their prospects just how wonderful their company is. However, what many companies don’t realize before they … [Read more...]

Remember the opera “AIDA” when copywriting to generate leads

Copywriting that generates leads

Paula Pollock of Pollock Marketing Group invited me to be a guest speaker on one of her "Operation Lead Generation" teleseminars. She asked me to discuss how writing marketing copy contributes to lead generation for one’s business. I know you understand the value of good copywriting when creating marketing materials for your business. And perhaps you've heard or read about "AIDA" in the past. Here's a refresher - a summary of the main points Paula and I discussed … [Read more...]

How Your Cowbell Can Increase Your Joy

The Cowbell Principle

Thanks to guest bloggers Brian Carter and Garrison Wynn Have you seen the More Cowbell sketch from Saturday Night Live? It’s more than just funny. Believe it or not, it’s a powerful metaphor for a successful work life. And it provides insight into the kind of people you need on your team, and what makes an effective team. Everyone has at least one cowbell — it’s your unique, profitable talent people pay you for or your company's unique offering. It’s something people have a fever for. … [Read more...]

Copywriting Tip: Make Emotion Part of Your Promotion

Copywriting w/emotion

A few years back, Ethan Boldt, editor of Inside Direct Mail at the time (now an Executive Director at Rodale Press), interviewed me & wrote an article entitled, “How to Make Emotion Part of Your Mailer.” This topic came up in a recent discussion so I thought it was worth sharing Ethan's piece with you here. I think you'll find these copywriting pointers beneficial when creating your next marketing … [Read more...]

Are You Building a Community?

Are you building a community?

“An individual artist needs only a thousand true fans in her tribe. It’s enough.” — Seth Godin Tribe . . . fans . . . . followers . . . Whatever you call your “peeps,” a crucial component of your marketing success is developing a community—people who turn to you because they value your expertise and knowledge. One way to gather your tribe is to provide them with information that makes their (personal and/or professional) lives easier. Once they arrive at your website, in addition to blog … [Read more...]