13 Damn Good Ideas from 13 Dead Copywriters

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Advertising is an ancient art.

In the Babylonian sea ports, merchants hired barkers to announce the arrival of wine, spices, and fabrics.

Citizens in Greece hung “Lost” posters in hopes of being reunited with children, jewelry, or slaves.

And elaborately painted signs (billboards) sprung up throughout Pompeii to announce plays, carnivals, and races.

Surprised?

You shouldn’t be. The history of advertising is full of the tools, tactics, and strategies you — as online marketer — still use.

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How to Write Killer Bullet Points

Keep your readers running down your page like water on a slide.”

Wouldn’t you like your copy to have that effect?

Of course. Who wouldn’t?

And while writing great sentences and using persuasive words are essential elements for making it happen, don’t overlook the importance of bullet points.

Because well-crafted bullet points make your copy more readable.

And they allow you to do something else that is very important, as well.

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8 Ways a Digital Media Platform is More Influential than “Marketing”

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Imagine this scenario.

Two attorneys are chatting against the beautiful tropical backdrop of the Cayman Islands. The elder lawyer suggests to the young rising star that he “grab a Red Stripe,” which leads to the selection of the Jamaican-brewed beer from an ice-cold fridge.

So simple … but it’s a powerful association between the “good life” and a particular brand of beer. Did it work?

Within a month, sales of Red Stripe in the United States increased by over 50%. Within a few weeks of that, the company collected a $62 million payday by selling a majority interest in the brewery to Guinness.

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Make It Rain: LinkedIn and the “Media not Marketing” Model

Jason Miller Authority Intensive

Congratulations to Copyblogger’s Brian Clark and Robert Bruce on the New Rainmaker podcast.

Episode 1 was so compelling that I almost walked into oncoming traffic on my walk to work the other day.

Episode 2 made me even more of a believer, though perhaps even less safe.

In anticipation of the forthcoming Rainmaker Platform, Brian asked me to write this article to offer some ideas about promoting it on LinkedIn. While certainly savvy, today’s “Sophisticated Marketers” still have a thing or two to learn about using LinkedIn.

Namely, how to take full advantage of its brand new functionality.

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How to Know When Your Web Design is Done

Pamela Wilson Authority Intensive

My eyes were starting to lose focus.

It was 2:00 in the morning. My hands were coated with pastel dust. An inch of cold coffee sat in the mug next to me.

I stared at the drawing I’d been working on. I took a step back and tried squinting, then I moved in close and looked at the details.

Was I done?

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7 Proven Secrets of High-Converting Checkouts

Joanna Wiebe -- Authority Intensive Speaker

Your checkout is not just bleeding visitors …

It’s a burst artery.

And all those prospects you worked so hard to attract and persuade are gushing out of your site at a mind-boggling rate.

Studies show that 67.89 percent of online shopping carts are abandoned.

To put it in perspective, that’s like walking into a grocery store and seeing seven filled carts just sitting there, abandoned, near the checkout … while only three people walk out with groceries…

But we can fix it.

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Don’t Waste Your Time with Native Advertising

It’s a brilliant piece of native advertising.

Visually appealing and information rich, this sponsored content walks you through numerous variations of oysters, where they hail from, and interesting facts about each.

The New Orleans, we learn, was the preferred oyster of Jean Lafitte, and is the key to Oysters Rockefeller. The sweet and succulent Tangier oyster captivated Captain John Smith when introduced by Pocahontas, and the rest is history.

Next, you’re hit with the ultimate pairing sensation, as you imagine washing down these delicacies with a cold beer. Not just any beer, of course — a Guinness Extra Stout.

I don’t even like oysters, and this sounds amazing right now.

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How to Write Damn Good Sentences

Well look at that.

Can you believe this is already the fourth installment in our 11-part series on the essential ingredients of a blog post?

Time sure does fly when you’re having pure podcasting fun … and churning out a new bite-sized episode each week.

We’ve already explained how to write a magnetic headline, discussed how to nail your opening, and (hopefully) convinced you about the importance of using persuasive words.

Today, we take it one step further.

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7 Creative Proofreading Tips To Transform Your Jaggedy Draft into a Polished Post

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I don’t get it.

When you find an article that is helpful or empathetic to your situation, you want to comment on it and share it with your friends.

You probably do the same when you find an article that is offensive.

What do both of those scenarios have in common? You understand the message the writer intended to convey … or at least you think you do.

So chances are good that the writer proofread the piece with meticulous focus and a creative spirit.

Wait, creativity and proofreading can go together?

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A Rabble-Rouser’s Rules for Writing Kick-Ass Closing Paragraphs

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Phew.

You’ve nearly finished your blog post.

You’ve gathered your most useful tips. You look forward to your readers’ comments. This might be your best post ever. Yay!

But you can’t hit “Publish” yet … you still need to write a final paragraph.

You stare out of the window for inspiration. You reread your post. Nothing comes to mind.

Sigh.

What more is there to say?

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