It's no secret that creating free content (no matter the form—written blog posts, videos, podcasts, etc.) is an awesome no-cost way to gain visibility, build your credibility, grow your community, and attract paying clients. But for a lot of folks, this is one of those "easier-said-than-done" strategies. So today, I'm sharing three tips to help you easily and quickly craft … [Read more...] about 3 Tips to Creating Content That Sells
Have you ever seen the movie The Prestige? (Quick synopsis: After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.) In it, one of the main characters dissects the elements of a magic trick. First, you show the object that will be manipulated (i.e. the rabbit in a hat that … [Read more...] about What the Movie “The Prestige” Can Teach You About Copywriting
It’s simple: If you want people to take action and buy what you’re selling, you’ve got to ask for the sale. Yet I can't tell you how many ads, websites, brochures, sales letters, branding campaigns, etc. are floating around out there without the ask—the “call to action.” Let's start by defining call to action (CTA). It's a clear statement that spells out the action … [Read more...] about Copywriting 101: How to Seal The Deal
I believe one of the things that prevent people from fully realizing their creative potential is the idea of stereotypes. For example, maybe you think you “can’t” be creative, because you don't look, act, live, etc., a certain way. Unfortunately, that kind of belief can become so powerful, it actually ends up crippling your creativity. That’s why today, I’m wanted to … [Read more...] about Are Creative Stereotypes Holding You Back?
Here's a little truth about success. If you want to succeed, especially as a business owner or entrepreneur, you have got to be creative. It's not enough to just master the current "hot" marketing tactic. The industry is changing so rapidly that the smart money is on what Stephen Covey called "sharpening the saw" or taking care of YOU. Your creativity, your knowledge, … [Read more...] about Quiz: Are You Creative?
As a professional writer (copywriter, blogger, fiction and nonfiction book author), not only do I write a lot, but I also read a lot. In addition, I'm also committed to me becoming a better writer, so I'm constantly looking for ways I can up my game. One of the things I've noticed that sets the good/great writers apart from the “so-so” writers is rhythm—how the writing … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Writer: 3 Tips for Improving Your Writing Rhythm
I was recently cleaning out some old papers I happened to find at the bottom of my desk, when I came across some teachings from Dan Kennedy. If you haven't heard of Dan Kennedy, he's this old, grizzled marketing and copy guru and author of the No BS series of books. In the beginning of my career, I learned a lot about how to write traditional copy from him. (He was also the … [Read more...] about The Secret to Building a Business That Can Weather Any Storm … No Matter How Scary
Niche and Ideal Client are buzzwords among business owners, right? And in many cases, they’re used interchangeably. But as I explained in a recent post, “3 Reasons Your Ideal Client—Not Your Target Market or Niche—Is a Cornerstone of Building Your Love-Based Business,” there’s a huge difference between niche and ideal client. The distinction is an important one, and … [Read more...] about Niche vs. Ideal Client – Which Is Better to Grow Your Business?
I'm going to start by making a bold statement about the mighty bullet point: In addition to being benefit-rich, as I mentioned in The Bullet Point: The Holy Grail of Copywriting, if you want to inspire your ideal client to buy, your bullet point should come from a place of love, rather than fear. As you know, it’s my mission to give heart-centered and conscious … [Read more...] about The Mighty Bullet Point: How to Write Love-Based Bullet Points That Inspire Your Ideal Clients to Take Action