Here's a little something to help while away those self-isolation hours. My family have been playing this for years. It's a simple word game. Well, what do you expect? Words are my life and many would say I'm simple! You can play this at home but it also works using Zoom or other conferencing platforms.
Mar 31, 2020
Do you care about grammar? I'd hazard a guess that Catherine Tate's redoubtable character, Lauren, almost certainly doesn't. But when we write copy, should we slavishly follow the rules of grammar? Are you sure?
Mar 23, 2020
Every other Thursday, I enjoy the great pleasure of an hour or two in the company of a man called Martin Beckley. There’s plenty to admire about Martin. Not only is he splendid networking company. Not only is he a terrific graphic designer. Martin also happens to be a speaker worth listening to.
Mar 9, 2020
In recent blogs, we've been looking at writing your own web content. We've already covered - what your website is for - What do you want it to achieve? and - who it's to - Who’s your reader? In this and the next couple of blogs, let's look at the final pieces in your preparation jigsaw. Your web pages - their structure and how to organise them.
Feb 24, 2020
In the last article, we looked at the importance of preparing your web copy before launching into the creative part. Here, we'll examine a vital, but so often neglected, aspect of effective copywriting - thinking about who your website is for . Who are you trying to attract? Yep, I know. It sounds pretty obvious, but, you'd be astonished how many copywriters give this essential part of their preparation so little thought.
Feb 11, 2020
So. You're thinking of having a crack at writing your own website copy? Good! But hold on just one second. As with any craft worthy of the term, preparation is all. Well, maybe not quite all, but it matters more than you may realise. Ask any craftsman - a chef, a DIY expert, a mechanic, an artist, a fisherman or, yes, a copywriter. The reply will be the same. (unapologetic cliché alert) Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail. Fail to step back and consider the fundamentals of your website project before you start, and you’ll be wasting your time.
Jan 26, 2020
It's odd (and a source of considerable dismay to professional copywriters) how the value of words in business, and the skill required to craft them effectively, so often goes unappreciated. Yes - we copywriters feel unloved. Our products (words) and our skill (putting them in the right order) are the sad, neglected, Cinderella of marketing.
Jan 13, 2020
Those witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth sure knew a thing or two about writing great copy - particularly when it came to that all-important Call-To-Action. They knew that, to get someone to do something, it's no good pussyfooting around. Just tell 'em!
Dec 9, 2019
...of being scary. After all - it's Halloween! It's true. I'm an old grump. But just for once, I'll park my traditional curmudgeon and invoke the nonsense world of spooks and ghouls. Believe me - I don't find this easy. This post is all about scaring your newsletter readers into action. Why? Because it's the best route to newsletter success.
Oct 14, 2019
Fonts - why they really matter Have you ever visited a website and been totally turned off by the font style? The words may be elegantly and succinctly crafted. The website itself might be the work of a graphic genius. But … if the font makes the reading experience like a trudge through sticky toffee pudding, then – what’s the point?
Oct 13, 2019
“Look – I’m a technician. I haven’t a clue about words. It’s your job is to come up with all the flowery language.” These were the words of Bob, my lovely new client. Once I’d stopped smiling, I had to let Bob down gently and remind him, that of the many services offered by Copywriter Pro, being the purveyor of ‘flowery language’ definitely isn’t one.
Sep 29, 2019
Ernest Hemingway - now he knew a thing or two about Copywriting In spite of what you might have heard, Copywriting isn’t easy – not even for an experienced copywriter. But boy it can be tough for a novice!
Sep 22, 2019
When going through one of his demented, delusional, yet piercingly insightful phases, Shakespeare's King Lear, once intoned threateningly, "Nothing will come from nothing!". Was he right? I guess he probably wasn't referring to the art of effective business writing. But if, by chance, he was, then he was surely way off the mark. Because, in all kinds of business writing, plenty will definitely come from nothing.
Aug 31, 2019
So many of us start our blogs with unbridled enthusiasm, words tripping gaily from finger-tip to web page. With manic diligence, we regularly dispense morsels of knowledge to our fledgling audience.
Aug 23, 2019
Don't you just hate it? Several years ago, I produced the very first Copywriter Pro leaflet. The design was great - thank you Mark Coster from Pixooma . The print quality was the best (fine work, The Braunston Family from Braunston Print ). OK - enough plugs for these wonderful people. What about the copy? Well, it was, of course, almost perfection itself! Almost - but not quite ...
Jul 24, 2019
Once upon a time, there lived a young, ambitious, better-than-averagely-good-looking politician. One day he stood up in front his audience and promised, “When I become Prime Minister my 3 main priorities will be education, education, education.” His early years as Prime Minister went rather well. It was only towards the end of his term of office that things went somewhat awry for Tony Blair
Jun 15, 2019
This saying is attributed to Oscar Wilde - the chap on the right. But this blog is really about a gentleman who bears no resembance whatever to the famous Victorian man of letters. This blog is about Sean. Sean is a landscape gardener, local to Northampton. I first met him a while back at a networking breakfast. He immediately struck me as a nice chap, attentive and courteous in every way. Sean even had the good grace to listen to my unfunny anecdotes.
Jun 10, 2019
... small is beautiful Was it Winnie The Pooh who once said - "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'" Imagine the scene - You’re writing a Sales Letter, promoting your latest widget. So – what’s the most important thing? 'Being professional?' Well that's arguable. What do you mean by 'professional'?
Apr 28, 2019
That Usain Bolt - he certainly knows a thing or two about going flat out, but when we're writing, isn’t pace more subtle than that? You’ll have noticed that I’m always banging on about the virtues of keeping things short. Short words, short paragraphs, short sentences … but hang on a minute. Does this always have to be the case?
Apr 26, 2019
It's all about clarity Some of the biggest brands ignore this one. When you write your domain name, either as your email address or your web address, always capitalise the first letter of each word - like this - www.CopywriterPro.co.uk. It makes it so much easier for the brain to take it in.
Apr 24, 2019
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Mar 25, 2019