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In a Rush? Here Are My Top 16 Quick Writing Tips

Sometimes it’s two days before your honeymoon, you’ve got all your packing to do, one more deadline to hit for a client, the dog’s yapping at you for a walk, your in-laws are coming for dinner, and you’ve recently signed up several new blog readers who are fairly new to the copywriting game. So, what…

Tone of Voice: Has Conversational Copy Had Its Day?

There are 9 million bicycles in Beijing. That’s a fact [Source: Katie Melua]. There are 171,476 words in the English language according to the Oxford English Dictionary but you don’t need to know all of them to be a copywriter. That’s a fact too. And lots of people seem to think copywriters know very few…

Why Are Questions Such a Powerful Copywriting Tool?

Using questions in your copy can be really powerful but there’s more to it than that. The moment your brain sees a question it answers it – you can’t stop it – which is why questions are so effective. You simply can’t ignore them. Don’t believe me? Let’s give it a go. Can you remember what…

Clear Messaging: It’s Not About Your Vorsprung Durch Technik, You Know

In fact, it’s not about you at all. It’s about your clients. When people first come to you they’re often looking for help with something with that age-old marketing mantra in mind: WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?) That’s not to say you shouldn’t talk about what you do, what makes you different, your credentials…

Copywriting Conference 2019: Are You Coming?

Drum roll, please… I’m very excited to announce that I’m on the bill of the ProCopywriters’ Copywriting Conference 2019 in London in October alongside two of my absolute copywriting heroes. Joanna Wiebe and Richard Shotton are speaking at the conference and I’ll be running a workshop called Applying Behavioural Insights to Supercharge Your Copy. Copywriting Conference Speakers Jo has…

A Quick Guide to Writing Must-Open Blog Titles

A couple of years ago, I was the chief blog writer for one of the world’s largest paint manufacturers. You might be thinking paint would be dry subject matter, but it was actually pretty wet (boom boom!) and I had a lot of fun writing the posts, especially the titles. My personal favourite was one…

How to Use Statistics in Marketing

Statistics are often used in marketing to add authority and act as proof of a claim. We love the specificity of figures too: “A 250% increase in turnover” sounds so much better than “a big increase in turnover” doesn’t it? But the numbers don’t always add up. Anyone remember the Whiskas adverts in the 80s?…

citizenM Hotels: Gob-smackingly Good Copy

I stayed at the Tower of London citizenM hotel on Sunday night to wake up bright and breezy for a workshop there with a new client on Monday. And now I’m a little bit in love with the brand. From the jaw-dropping view of the Tower of London, to using an iPad to control everything in your…