Copyblogger Weekly Wrap: Week of March 21, 2011

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My birthday was on Wednesday (I turned 17 and my dad says I can drive his car to the prom – SCORE!), and I got about fifty billion of those little Facebook notifications of people writing on my wall to say Happy Birthday. Got a ton of tweets saying the same. And now I think I get it. Mark Zuckerberg isn’t any kind of a genius who recognized the need for a comprehensive network of interpersonal connections.

Clearly he was just a guy whose birthday was perpetually forgotten.

Anyway, consider that as you read social media posts here on Copyblogger. Rather than asking whether what you’re doing will expand your reach, instead ask if it’ll get you more birthday salutations.

Here’s what happened this week on Copyblogger:

Monday:

How a Single Bullet Can Get a Customer to Buy

This post is about the power of outstanding, compelling bullet points in copy, and how just one great bullet point can make a sale, but I found myself instead thinking about silver bullets. A silver bullet wouldn’t get you to buy, but it would keep werewolves away. NOTE: I once went running under a full moon and actually had the thought that the pepper spray I carry for angry dogs wouldn’t stop werewolves.

Read the full post here.

Tuesday:

109 Ways to Make Your Business Irresistible to the Media

Posts like this one are always painful for me because I can’t stop thinking about the insane amount of work that goes into them. You want 109 ways to make your business irresistible to the media? Well, guess how many fully fleshed-out ways there are in this post to do just that? That’s right: thirty-seven. Or possibly more.

Read the full post here.

Wednesday:

The Simple 5-Step Formula for Effective Online Content

This is a really good post about how to create content that will help grow your business… the Copyblogger way. Some of it’s advice you’ve probably heard before but could stand to hear again, and some of it feels totally fresh. And sure, it’ll help you develop a good content marketing strategy, but the big question is: Why was there no mention of werewolves? Every other post this week besides Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Friday’s had a strong werewolf focus. Let’s keep on task here, people.

Read the full post here.

Thursday:

Write Better Copy with Set-ups, Open Loops, and Emotional Payoffs

This post about seducing your audience by first setting them up and then paying them off is pretty awesome once you realize that there’s no lust, sting operations, or bribery required. Want to deliver an emotional “big payoff” that will entice readers and keep them coming back? Well, you’ve got to do the steps beforehand that build tension and make the payoff possible. Also learned: Why I need to start wearing fake pearls more often.

Read the full post here.

Friday:

The Critical Online Marketing Question You Need to Answer … Now

I’ve heard the crux of this episode of the IMfSP podcast called “Shiny Object Syndrome,” and I really like that expression because it conjures up much funnier imagery than does any talk of “fad strategies” that distract you from doing the things that matter in your business. Imagine a guy looking around and saying, “Ooh, shiny!” every few seconds and then ask yourself if you want to be that guy. Because if you do, you’re definitely a party and I want to meet you.

Read the full post here.

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About the Author: Johnny B. Truant specializes in selling through stories and is the proud creator of The Badass Project, a site profiling amazing people who make your excuses look stupid.

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  1. Thanks for the wrap-up, Johnny, and for this week’s cool links. I haven’t seen that feature before – is it new, or have I just been sleep-reading too many posts?

  2. Great summary of the week Johnny, i’m glad I didn’t miss any of the articles.

  3. Wearing fake pearls would only help if you looked like Jackie K. O. You don’t, do you?

  4. Kiki Polglase :

    Must irritate you and first send you my belated Birthday wishes…

    Thank you for the weekly wrap, I like the feeling of having it all in one flow. First time I had a really good laugh whilst reading a developmental/learning curve blog… Birthday flood indeed.

    All joking aside, I like and appreciate your crisp and still chatty style. Lot of the ‘stuff’ I am signed up to either washes over my head or is a sales hype even I am able to look through by now. x

  5. I’m all about the “get you hooked and dupe you into continuing to read” style.

    (Emoticon redacted.)

    • Kiki Polglase :

      I think you have ‘hooked’ me… things are SLOWLY sinking in and making sense…Thank you ! x

  6. Great weekly wrap glad I really liked the post on “How a Single Bullet Can Get a Customer to Buy”

  7. Hey Guys
    I love getting your content in my mail box everyday, but i don’t get to read it daily. I wanted to know is there a way that i could just subscribe to your weekly wrap.

    Thanks