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Why Helping Beats Selling Anytime

October 31st, 2012   •   no comments   

Jay Baer (courtesy of about.me)

In a cluttered world littered with a gazillion advertising messages, there is only one way to truly stand out from the crowd. And that, according to Jay Baer, is to focus on helping your customers rather than selling to them.

Thanks to a podcast from Copyblogger Radio, I learned from Jay that there are three ways to fill the top of the communication funnel.
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How to Make Your Blog Great

November 12th, 2008   •   2 comments   

Are there ways to stand out from the 133 million blogs which are tracked by Technorati (and probably a gazillion more which are untracked)?

Can your blog be a favourite bookmark for the thousands of online surfers?

How can one distinguish and differentiate one’s online real estate against the competition?

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The Rule of Three

December 20th, 2007   •   5 comments   

Courtesy of Hale Popopi

Came across this brilliant piece of copywriting advice from Copyblogger and how the “Rule of three” works universally in capturing people’s attention. It is simple, effective and oh so true.

Here’s a quote from the post:

…information presented in groups of three sticks in our heads better than other clusters of items. For example:

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people”

“Friends, Romans, Countrymen”

“Blood, sweat and tears”

“Location, location, location”

“Father, Son and Holy Spirit”

“Faith, Hope and Charity”

“Mind, body, spirit”

“Stop, Look and Listen”

“Sex, Lies and Videotape”

“I came, I saw, I conquered”

Perhaps the next time you are tasked to write an advertisement, a speech or powerpoint presentations, see if you can dissect them into 3 key points.

7 Steps to Great Writing

July 26th, 2007   •   7 comments   

Copyblogger, one of the world’s most popular for writing aficionados like yours truly, featured this excellent post on writing effective copy by Brian Clark. I have read plenty of copywriting tips in my lifetime, but this is probably one of the best I have come across. Read it, apply it to your writing, and voila! Watch those customers come queueing at your doors…. (if only it was this simple)

  1. Beneficial Topic

    Is what you’re writing of interest to the reader? Does it solve a problem they have and add value to their lives? If not, nothing else you read here matters.

  2. Magnetic Headline

    Likewise, nothing else matters if your prospective reader never makes it past the title or headline. Your content could be amazing, but if no one is compelled to invest the time to read based on a boring or vague headline, all is lost.

  3. Strong Opening

    The purpose of the headline is to get the first sentence read, and each subsequent sentence needs to keep the reader rolling towards to the close. The momentum you create with your opening can make your job easier the rest of the way.

  4. Helpful Structure

    Are your transferable lessons easily digested via bullet points and numbered lists? Are you providing compelling subheads that act as encouraging signposts for the diagonal reader to dig in deeper?

  5. Smooth Transitions

    Good writing uses transitional words and phrases to help the content read more smoothly. But good copy also uses psychological connectors to persuade and keep the reader engaged. We’ll talk more about that soon.

  6. Instant Understanding

    Orson Scott Card once said that metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. The same is true of stories, and being highly specific facilitates understanding, holds attention, and enhances credibility in ways that general assertions cannot.

  7. Actionable Close

    How you close a piece is determined by what you are hoping to accomplish. If you’re not sure what you’re trying to accomplish, you might ask yourself why you’re writing it at all. That actually helps you to determine whether to revamp the content or to put it out of its misery.