Johnny’s Copyblogger Wrap-Up:
Week of March 22, 2010

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I know what you’re thinking. Here you thought it was Saturday, and yet there’s a new post on Copyblogger.

So either you’re drunk, or it’s actually a weekday and you stayed home by mistake and now you’re going to get fired and lose the family farm.

Or maybe this is a new feature. Maybe each Saturday, I’m going to run down the week’s posts for you in my own inimitable style so you can see what you may have missed in concise little blurbs.

Think of it as the Readers’ Digest or Cliff’s Notes version of copywriting and content marketing . . . on crack.

Here’s what happened this week on Copyblogger:

Monday:

The Ancient Persuasion Tactic Behind “But Wait, There’s More!”

I was really happy on Monday to be greeted with a photo of the ShamWow guy as Brian Clark told us how to use the power of dirimens copulatio – the ancient art of “turning up the volume” on an offer – to improve salability. Brian tells you why this old-school persuasion technique was adopted by the informercial industry, and how to use it in non-ShamWow ways for yourself.

By the end, the person reading your copy should be saying, “He’s tripled the number of Ronco juicers I’ll get, he’s cut the cost in half, and he’s providing the inside-the-shell egg scrambler for no extra cost! I can’t afford not to buy it!”

And then if you’re my mother, you buy whatever it is and put it in the basement and drape laundry over it.

But wait, there’s more! Read the full post here.

(This post also made me miss Billy Mays. Can you imagine how loudly he could have sold ShamWows? You’d be like, “Man that guy’s loud. I really need to get some of these.”)

Tuesday:

Why The New FTC Guidelines May Become Your Best Friend

It does my heart good to see posts like this one by Barry Densa, about FTC guidelines that are going to make life obnoxious for flashy, deceptive marketers.

Copyblogger readers, on the other hand — who typically are of the more ethical, more transparent Third Tribe mindset — are probably going to benefit from restrictions such as:

  • No more one-in-a-million case studies used as if they were typical results
  • No more seemingly impartial reviews that are actually paid affiliate endorsements

The net effect? Marketers are going to have to become more honest.

Read the full post here.

Wednesday:

The Sales Boosting Logic of the P.S.

Finally, Sean D’Souza has given me a legitimate reason to throw a “hey, by the way” at the end of my marketing emails in the form of a P.S. Because I like to do that, but needed someone to tell me it was cool.

Basically, the idea is that in any longish sequence of points or ideas, your reader’s brain only has enough energy to remember the first thing, the most unusual thing, and the last thing. Lazy, inefficient brain.

Sean tells you how to use the indubitable post script to inject valuable, memorable information into your reader’s mind as the last thing. And this part will really bake your noodle . . . sometimes the P.S. is the first thing people read after the headline.

Read the full post here.

P.S: Mitch Hedberg said, “I like to end my letters by writing, ‘P.S.: This is what part of the alphabet would look like if Q and R were eliminated.'”

Thursday:

The Bobby McFerrin Plan for Creating A More Remarkable Business

I’ll have to admit that when I saw the title, I immediately figured Pamela Wilson was going to tell us that where business is concerned, the message is: Don’t Worry. Instead, maybe, as an alternative, we could Be Happy.

But you know what they say about figuring . . . it makes a fig out of me and . . . erm, nevermind.

See, it turns out that Bobby M. holds a unique kind of concert. He doesn’t plan what he wants to sing or do in advance. He doesn’t have a band, or traditional backup singers, or hired dancers, or anything else. He doesn’t define his audience’s experience, and then perform for them.

Instead, he performs with them, and Pamela reveals how you can do the same with your customers or clients.

I guess you could also toss in there some Not Worrying and a dash of Being Happy too. But that’s just my own suggestion.

Read the full post here.

Friday:

The Difference Between Salad and Garbage

Thank God Sonia had this post online before lunch, because it saved me from embarrassment and an encounter with E.coli poisoning.

Frank Kern or Dan Kennedy or one of those guys said, “The difference between salad and garbage is timing.” In this case, we’re talking about the timing of any offer you’re making to a prospect.

Insurance advice when you’re not interested in getting new insurance? Garbage.

Insurance advice when you’re looking for help navigating the labyrinthine maze of insurance offers and trying to choose a plan? Salad.

Sonia reveals how to provide more salad and less garbage through content and specialization. She also shows how, unlike real-world garbage, offers for products and services can go from stinky trash to fresh and tasty salad by staying in front of prospects on a regular basis.

You know, you’ve really got to feel for real-world garbage — always refusing to move on, always pining for its younger salad days.

Read the full post here.

About the Author: Johnny B. Truant has a dumb blog at JohnnyBTruant.com. You should also really check out his Jam Sessions with Charlie Gilkey, because they’re filled with tasty informational nuggets that will make your business better.

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  1. Woot, Johnny, way to overdeliver. Neat to have the week summed up like this.

  2. Yep, this reminds me on what I might have missed! Although could do with a little more guts and a little less glitter :)

  3. Sherice, you may not know this, but in the Copyblogger offices we call him Johnny Glitter. Besides, any more guts and people may not read the original post. And we can’t have that, now can we? :)

  4. Mark Malafarina :

    Proof that some of the most useful & valuable additions are the simplest. Great idea, Mr. Truant!

  5. Kind of like each week’s own little P.S. I like it. And I loved Mitch Hedberg. One of my favorites from him was, “I like a escalator, man, ’cause an escalator can never break. It can only become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign, only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience.”

  6. Joe, I like that… Johnny’s Weekly P.S. Hmmm….

  7. Sonia Simone :

    Heh, very nice.

  8. Brian,

    that’s a neat way to deliver more content and to keep readers sticked to your site. I wonder, do you also have a newsletter that sums up the posts?

    I’m using feedreaders, though I’ve always liked email better. It’s more personal to me than ‘yet another RSS feed’…

    -Dave

  9. Sherice, Brian actually removed some of the guts I had put in to make it glitterier. If you’ve met him in person, you’d understand. He’s more Bedazzled than Elton John.

  10. I did one of these weekly since August 2009, week in and week out.

    Linked to the week’s posts, spotlighted a few cool bloggers, usually backlink supported at least one person often 4 or 5, always tried hard to come up lots of cool new stuff for readers.

    Finally gave it up a couple of weeks ago.

    These were _very_ popular when they published, but they get zero traffic afterwards. Over the life of my site, the whole collection sits at the bottom of my article traffic. A corral of losers. Given how long I spent crafting each one (many, many hours), just couldn’t see the case for continuing.

    I’ll be watching here, though, perhaps I’ve missed something critical. Maybe I’ll be inspired to start them up again with a different angle. These were my favorite articles to write every week.

  11. Sonia Simone :

    @Dave, you can indeed subscribe for blog post updates by email. The sign-up is in the very upper left side of the site. We also offer an additional newsletter, which you can learn more about here.

  12. Sonia Simone :

    @Johnny, that is true. Few people realize that Brian was the real-life model for the Dr. Frank-N-Furter character from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tim Curry studied Brian’s movements and gestures for 6 months before filming. Fascinating story.

  13. @Dave Doolin – You got it. We’re doing this purely to boost weekly traffic, and convinced Johnny to do it by assuring him he’s actually funny.

    @Johnny – Pay no attention to Dave Doolin.

    @Sonia – You’re fired again.

    ;)

  14. Now I’ve got Chuck Berry stuck in my ear for some reason. Thanks for that.

  15. Dude, let him out. It’s gross in there.

  16. Copyblogger has posted awesome articles this month, too bad I wasn’t able to read them due to my exams, but now I’m reading the latest posts of all my favorite blogs, keep it up Copyblogger !!

  17. @Go Johnny go, yeah, I know. I’ll change the sand in there next time I go surfing.

  18. Very cool summary. Does this mean I don’t have to visit in anxious anticipation every day?

    … probably not

  19. Wow Great idea! Will this be weekly? I love it!
    PS sorry if you answered it in other comments… I just thought the more demand, the more chance of it happening… you all rock!

  20. This is awesome! I already love your daily blog, but now I can share with others your weekly recap :-) Specifically with my non-Tweeter followers. Your blogs are always full of great information. Thank you for your commitment to always deliver with a bang! I so appreciate all you do!! As Kelly said before me… “you all rock!”

  21. Good stuffs Johnny! Thanks for the weekly round-up, it’s great to refresh some memory that faded over the week.

  22. Can’t people just scan the articles on the homepage?

    Isn’t this is why categories and archives where created in the first place?

    I mean come on already, enough of the round-up type of posts. The Internet is already filled with millions of doorway pages.

  23. Hi guys,

    I really enjoyed reading the blog entitle “The Bobby McFerrin Plan for Creating A Remarkable Business” and “The Difference Between Garbage and Salad.” Both were very entertaining and informative to me.

    Kind regards,

    Sam
    X

  24. can not wait to wait for next week.

  25. I enjoyed these tips who taught me many things, especially about’…. but wait, there is ‘more’. The phrase is often found in many money makers!