How to Succeed in Social Media

“A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.” ~Lisa Kirk

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Copywriting Maven’s Marketing Makeover: BookClubClassics.com

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Kristen Galles wants to help book clubs tackle and appreciate good books, both classics and more recently due to customer interests, hot new titles. Until recently, Kristin was selling 2-3 kits per week but sales have seen a downturn. She’s looking for a tidy annual revenue.

  • Product Summary: Standard and Custom Kits for Book Clubs to help members tackle and appreciate the classics. Kits include questions, bookmarks, menu ideas, vocabulary lists, activities, etc.
  • Promotion Medium: Google AdWords primarily
  • Total Budget: $100/month
  • Creative Objectives: $25,000 annual revenue
  • Offer: None, sample kit is viewable from site
  • Target Audience: book clubs that focus on fiction, primarily female
  • Product Price: varies, starts at $10/$15 up to $25

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Why Valedictorians Make Lousy Bloggers (And Class Clowns Rule)

Customer Relationship

Care to play a little game?

Okay, think back to your days in high school for a moment. Try to remember some of the class clowns. You know, the people that never seemed to get any work done, preferring to either tick someone off or make everyone laugh.

Can you remember what they looked like? If I asked you to tell me a story about them, could you do it?

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Four Ways to Target Online Buyers
With the Right Words

Buying Online

Building a commercial website means finding the right style, tone, and words that convert hits to sales.

That goal isn’t an easy one to reach. One word – just one – can mean the difference between a trickle of sales and a whole lot of success. That’s one of the reasons split testing your copy is an important part of the online business process.

Who’s reading your content, though? Who skims the headlines of your web page? Who’s your ideal customer?

Most likely, you have some idea. You may know the person’s demographics, interests, and preferences. Go further. Do you know what type of buyer you’re targeting?

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The New Media Model for
Creating Lifelong Customers

Customer Relationship

Do you ever feel like the world is starting to look at lot like Bladerunner? Or maybe Minority Report. Something by Philip K. Dick, anyway.

We’ve got ads on grocery receipts, ads on toys, ads on cars, ads on diapers, ads superimposed on top of other ads, ads that look like tv shows, ads that look like movies, ads in our email box, ads in our snail mail box, ads in church, ads at school, ads on airplanes, ads in restrooms. Of course, that’s in addition to the traditional ads on radio, television, magazines and newspapers.

There are even ads on Sesame Street. Nothing is sacred.

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Free Access to Wordze
Keyword Research Tool

Wordze

Good news for Copyblogger readers…

The generous folks over at Wordze have agreed to give a free 7 day trial to each and every one of you. If you don’t think the Wordze keyword research tool is right for you, simply unsubscribe before the end of the trial, and you’ll never be charged a penny.

Cool, huh? Well, there’s more.

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Why Affiliate Marketing Will Save Free Online Content

Copywriting for Affiliate Marketing

Publishing online content is great… if you have something to sell.

Many people who publish online are still seeking that almighty advertising dollar, but the results for most are dismal. And there’s evidence that things will actually get worse, not better.

Why?

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Give More Than Words for
Extreme Reader Response

Extreme

American rock band Extreme released the ballad More than Words in 1990. The romantic lyrics blended with melodic acoustic guitar soon became a huge hit, as the song raced up the charts all the way to number one.

More than words to show you feel that your love for me is real.
What would you say if I took those words away?
Then you couldn’t make things new just by saying I love you.

The theme is a simple one—show love with more than words. It’s a wonderful thought, making even the hardest hearts melt around the edges.

Look around you, though. What do you see? Words and text everywhere.

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Does Your Customer Want What You’ve Got to Offer?

Turning blank paper into money

Years ago, a friend of mine… who built up a $200 million travel club business from scratch… told me his entire philosophy of direct response marketing could be reduced to just two magic words:

The Offer.

He told me he had tested every variable imaginable both online and offline – lists, headline, body copy, colors, text sizes, formats, you name it. But when push came to shove, he said, nothing — absolutely NOTHING — produced sales like an irresistible, no-brainer, “you’d have to be crazy not to accept it” offer.

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Why Writing for Spiders is the
Least Sticky Strategy of All

Robot Spider

Are you writing for (search engine) spiders? Take a quick look at this copy:

This article provides free writing tips, so be sure to check out this free writing tips article if you are interested in free writing tips.

Does that writing style sound familiar? I’m sure anyone familiar with search engine optimization and SEO copywriting realizes that an article with such an “introduction” is (desperately) optimized for the term “free writing tips.”

But is this approach one that actually works?

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