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Copywriting Clarity - the most important quality of all
Those who know me well (yeah, I know. It's tough!) will be aware of the Copywriter Pro strapline - Clear, Concise and Compelling. The greatest of these is Clarity (Now where have I heard a line like that before?). And that's the problem with this election card.
Jun 28, 2024
Knowing your copywriting onions
Peeling back the layers to generate compelling copy Doubtless you get as excited as I do, every year when National Onion Day comes around. With so many across the nation, celebrating this important day, let's look at how great copy is so much like a big, crunchy onion. Just as an onion has multiple layers, our most effective writing requires depth, structure, and a gradual unveiling of ideas.
Jun 18, 2024
Learning from the best
I'm writing this on June 16th and I know exactly what you'll be doing today ... Celebrating Bloomsday! James Joyce Day - a day to reflect on the life of a man renowned for writing one of the longest sentences in literature - a staggering 3,000 words. It’s a day to honour his contributions to literature and to appreciate the unique style and innovative techniques he brought to the world of writing.
Jun 15, 2024
How to catch your reader's eye – and keep it 'caught' - The value of visual engagement
  You know what catches my eye? Young children with umbrellas. OK – not the best joke, but hey – it got your attention … which is what you aim to achieve whenever you write a blog, a social post, an email or a newsletter. Capturing and maintaining our reader's interest online is a challenge we all face. How often do we start reading a webpage only to lose interest before reaching the end?  
Mar 3, 2024
How to write a Mission Statement
A mission statement is more than just words. It's a commitment to what makes your business significant. It guides actions, attracts customers, and provides a clear sense of direction. Crafting a meaningful mission statement can significantly impact your brand's identity and success.
Feb 29, 2024
It's a Numbers Game
Are you about to write a blog … or an email newsletter ? Want to get your hands on a secret weapon – a magic potion that will intrigue, entice and convince your readers?
Feb 18, 2024
Football commentators can teach us a thing or two about copywriting
"… and you join us in the final minutes of the F.A. Cup Final, with the score at 0-0, as Northampton Town's Sam Hoskins cuts in from the right. The Liverpool defenders back off, but the Premier League's leading scorer curls an unstoppable shot into the top right-hand corner to win the match!"
Feb 9, 2024
Make your opening blog sentence count
Your blog's first sentence acts as a magnet. It's your one shot to captivate your audience and make them eager for more. Think of it as your blog's handshake - it needs to be strong, confident, and memorable.  
Feb 7, 2024
Pack a Powerful Copywriting Punch - make the most of strong verbs
Strong verbs should be the rocket fuel of your writing, propelling your sentences with power and precision. By choosing strong verbs, you'll transform your writing from flat to fascinating. Let's look at how strong verbs will elevate your writing, making it more compelling and engaging for your readers.  
Feb 3, 2024
Your readers need to see, hear, feel, taste and smell your world
Which do you prefer? "The sunset was beautiful"? or "The sky melted into shades of gold and pink, casting a warm glow that flooded the horizon."? If you and I are to remain friends, it had better be the second one. Why does it work? Because it uses language that appeals to the senses - sensory language.
Feb 2, 2024
Are you telling your story?
The Ancient Art of Storytelling. Think back to the earliest days of human society. Our ancestors, gathered around fires, shared stories that became the bedrock of cultures. They used tales to impart wisdom, foster community, and create a shared identity. This art form has endured, evolving to fit our modern world. In your business, have you ever employed the ancient art of storytelling to engage your audience - to 'turn them on to your message'? Maybe it's time to start.
Feb 1, 2024
Sarcasm - a great way to appeal to your reader ...
... except it isn't. Do you get my sarcasm? Impressed? Well, you shouldn't be. Don't get me wrong. If you want to raise a smile, sarcasm can be really effective. But NOT with the written word. It rarely works. Believe me. I know. I've done it more often than I dare admit. I bet you have too.
Dec 27, 2023
Tone of Voice guides - can you live without one?
  Is your brand just an empty shell? Ninety-five percent of large organisations have brand guidelines. These are filled with pages of information on the correct and incorrect ways to make use of brand components like logos, colour palettes, and photography. There's even direction for the proper spacing of margins and columns. However, not all organisations have guidelines on brand voice. Has yours? It hasn't? Maybe it should.  
Oct 12, 2023
LinkedIn Profile Photos. Do they matter? Yep they do.
Your LinkedIn profile picture is your first impression - your virtual handshake with potential employers, collaborators, and connections. A picture speaks a thousand words, and your profile photo is no exception. It's the visual representation of your professionalism and approachability. And in case you're wondering ... yes, these LinkedIn profile photos are all, in their own sweet way, crap.
Aug 21, 2023
How to craft an impressive LinkedIn Profile Banner - 8 ideas
Your LinkedIn profile is your virtual business card - your professional identity. The banner at the top will always be its most eye-catching and crucial element. This space offers a unique opportunity to make a strong first impression and communicate your personal brand to potential employers, clients, and colleagues. Let's look at your LinkedIn profile banner's key elements – the components that will make you stand out amongst the crowd.  
Aug 20, 2023
Subject lines in email newsletters ...
... and why I'm NOT wishing you a Happy New Year. or ... why email newsletter subject lines matter SO much Let's get one thing out of the way first - Of course I wish you, yours and everyone a utterly lovely and very Happy New Year! (OK - let's exclude global despots, scammers, conspiracy theorists and the rest of the world's ne'er-do-wells - but you get my drift.)
Dec 31, 2022
How to write a Call To Action that works.
Calls To Action - we all know how important they are. But how easy are they to write?
Dec 13, 2022
Headlines, sub-headlines and the art of seduction
HEADLINES AND SUB-HEADLINES - Why do they matter? Headlines and sub-headlines are a bit like dating. (As if I would know! It's been 42 years!)  
Dec 9, 2022
Who should it be? I or We?
When I'm deep in discussion with a solo client, and we're working through their website copy , we wrestle with one particular challenge more than any other. Should we use the pronoun 'I' or 'We'?  
Nov 30, 2022
Jargon in copywriting
JARGON – DOES IT HAVE ITS PLACE? We all know what a turn-off jargon can be. If you want to disengage your reader with your copywriting , go ahead. Flummox them with the finest jumble of gibberish your industry, sector, trade or profession can summon up.
May 26, 2022
How long should a sentence be? Striking a Happy Medium
I'm always banging on about the perils of yawn-inducing long sentences and the painful impact on the brain of repetitive short ones. So what's the answer? In our blogs, our web copy, our newsletters, our sales copy ... How long should our sentences be?
May 23, 2022
Sarcasm in Copywriting
Oh Mr. Lineker, what have you done? Did you realise? You committed one of the biggest copywriting sins of all - sarcasm.  
May 15, 2022
When 'Sorry' really is the hardest word
It's never easy to say 'I'm sorry' - and mean it. We do almost anything to avoid the humiliation. And even when there's no alternative - when we know we just have to kneel before the one we have wronged and admit our shortcoming - we still try to weasel our way out of making a full-on apology. And we often do this by twisting the way we use language.
Nov 9, 2021
How to write great sales copy
Mask-wearing and writing sales copy that works There is a link. Mask-wearing is very much back in the news. The Leader of the House of Commons tells us that we won't catch the virus, as long as we're amongst friends. That's a relief. Better find myself a friend
Oct 23, 2021
Beggars will be losers
Not long ago, a newsletter nervously poked its head into my inbox. Nothing unusual there. Nothing unusual about the subject matter either. It was the tone that really struck me. Maybe 'struck' is the wrong word. This newsletter assailed my senses with all the force of a soggy haddock. It was a right 'turn-off'. I'd have preferred a pushy, 'salesy' approach.
Sep 6, 2021
Blog writer's block - a cure
Does writer’s block put you off writing a blog? You might have read that distraction is the best cure - take a walk, cook a meal, phone a friend, bath the dog, cook the dog, bath a friend. Any of these might work … or they might not. Sooner or later, we must drag ourselves back to the PC and get serious about writing.
Jul 26, 2021
Your menu tabs - how enticing are they?
We often tend to take our website menu titles for granted. But shouldn't we think more carefully about how we word them?
Jul 22, 2021
Don't be Passive - be Active
... or how to come across as the warm, welcoming business you really are. How do you want to come across in your business communications? 1. Officious? Stand-off-ish? Remote? or 2. Warm, friendly and approachable? Let me have a wild guess. I'm going for no.2.
Jul 17, 2021
Long sentences ... not such a great idea
Did you know? The world's longest non-life sentence was imposed on Thai pyramid scheme fraudster Chamoy Thipyaso, who was jailed for 141,078 years in 1989. But, of course, as you've already worked out, this article is about sentence length in your writing - what works and what doesn't.
Jul 16, 2021
How to write a Press Release
Who needs Press Releases? As part of the Newspaper dinosaur family, aren't they pretty much extinct? You might think so, but you’d be wrong. If you have a business, you need Press Releases. Find out why, how to write them ... plus get your Press Release template.
Nov 17, 2020
How to write a Case Study
CASE STUDIES - AUDREY HEPBURN HAD THE RIGHT IDEA Have you noticed how few businesses bother with Case Studies? They seem to think that all that's needed to open the floodgates of customer enquiries is to tell the world how great they are. Sure – promoting your products or services matters. But there's much more you can do to draw in your potential clients - adding Case Studies to your website being a prime example.
Oct 28, 2020
How to write a Sales Letter Part 2
‘Oooh lovely! A Sales Letter … just what I fancy reading!’ When was the last time you responded like this to a Sales Letter that gate-crashed its way onto your doormat? Get ready for a surprise. You might not love them, but the evidence is clear - Direct Mail Sales Letters are more effective than ever before. Today I’ll show you the proof. Then we’ll look at a few easy tricks to give your sales letter a greater chance of success.
Oct 27, 2020
How to write a Sales Letter Part 1: Knocking on the door
How's your direct mail program working? How are your response rates? In this two-part article, you’ll pick up a handful of hints and tips that will make all the difference. Say a big ‘hello’ to the most powerful instance of copywriting you’re ever likely to use. The Sales Letter. What? More potent than web copy? Yep – most certainly.
Oct 5, 2020
Double or treble your webite engagement rate. It's easy!
Did you know? There's a simple trick you can use to double or even treble your website's engagement rate. Zero effort. Zero expense. All it takes is a scintilla of original thinking. I'll leave it to the 13-year-old boy to explain ...
Sep 14, 2020
What's the ideal word count for a web page?
4 answers to 5 questions Here are five questions I’ve asked of ‘experts’ in recent months? How big does my turkey need to be to feed a family of 16? Why won’t the lawnmower start? What’s the best way to get moss off my roof? For how much longer do I have to keep taking this medication which makes me so sleepy all day? Are you sure it’s my turn to take the bins out? Straightforward questions to which there are straightforward answers - but how about this one? What is the ideal word count for a web page?
Sep 7, 2020
What does it take to become a copywriter?
You? A copywriter? Forget it! Only the uniquely gifted possess the rarefied talents required to become copywriters. Only the chosen ones can even dream of attaining the almost super-natural skills required to make words do the business for their business. Right? Wrong – very wrong.
Aug 24, 2020
Get to the point. Avoiding flowery language
“Look – I’m a technician. I haven’t a clue about words. It’s your job to come up with all the flowery language.” These were the words of Bob, my lovely new client from a few years ago. You'll appreciate I've had to let Bob down gently. I quickly reminded him that, of the many services offered by Copywriter Pro, being the purveyor of ‘flowery language’ isn’t one.
Jun 30, 2020
3 little words
We often hear about the importance of writing with empathy - of making our readers feel we’re ‘with’ them. All the best writers manage this. No more so than Maya Angelou. She famously wrote about using words to express empathy. “I’ve learned that - people will forget what you said. people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So, we all know the value of writing with empathy - but how to do it ... that's another matter. One sure-fire way is to use three common, yet exceptional, words.
Jun 29, 2020
Less of the hype
Apparently, I'm awesome. No - really.  I must be. Well, at least that's what some clever marketing whizzo thinks. I've rarely felt so insulted.
Jun 22, 2020
This time it's personal
Using empathy to engage your readers.   Remember those heady days when mail merge was first available for PC users? You do? I’m not sure I believe you. No matter. If you truly are that old, you’ll recall the excitement. At last you could write 'personal' emails ... or do I mean 'personalised'? Is there a difference? You bet there is.  
Jun 21, 2020
Longest day? - Longest word, sentence and novel
Well - that was a nice weekend. Did you enjoy 'the longest day?' Was that you I spotted dancing naked round a bonfire in your back garden - maintaining social distance at all times of course? So - from longest days to longest words, sentences and novels.
Jun 21, 2020
Curiosity does more than kill cats
This moggy's curiosity may place it in great danger but your curiosity is the one trait that will make or break you as a writer. No - I'm not suggesting you have aspirations to be the next Tolstoy, J.K. Rowling or Jeffrey Archer (Forgive me. I don't know where that last one came from). Rather, I was thinking about your approach as you write your blogs, your newsletters - even your everyday emails.
Jun 14, 2020
The most powerful word?
A recent survey concluded that the most powerful word in the English language is ...
Jun 14, 2020
'Drop that gun!' he shouted disarmingly
Ever heard of a ‘Tom Swifty’? Well, it’s a wonderful pun-loving phenomenon. Tom Swift is a fictional character from a series of books by Edward Statemeyer. The puns are based on adverbs or adverbial phrases … and they look like this –
Jun 9, 2020
Famous last words
'The trouble with you', I was cruelly, but possibly accurately, reminded the other day, 'is that you always have to have the last word' ... which got me thinking. There have been some pretty memorable 'last words'. Here's a handful -
Jun 9, 2020
You go Uruguay and I'll go mine
It had to happen. No lover of words can go for long without stumbling across the wit and no-little-wisdom of the great Groucho Marx.
Jun 9, 2020
Don't sell the product - sell the result
Features & benefits Putting the ‘why’ before the ‘what’. Yes - it’s that old chestnut - The Tweedledum and Tweedledee of commercial copywriting - features and benefits. I can hear the collective groan - “Oh not that one!  Everyone knows the difference.” But do they? Some have a funny way of showing it.
Jun 8, 2020
Bite that bullet!
Bite that bullet - One of the easiest and most effective ways to encourage your reader to stick with you
Jun 7, 2020
Beware of Hellenomaniacs
Hellenomania - a madness for things Greek - and sometimes Roman too. This unfortunate condition most frequently crops up in the world of words.
May 31, 2020
How should I use testimonials on my website?
Have you noticed how some businesses cram bucketloads of testimonials on a single web page? It all looks over the top, don’t you think? Be honest – do you ever trudge through them all? I don’t – not ever. My response is usually, ‘OK – I get it. You’re brilliant. Let’s move on’. So - for testimonials to be effective, how should we use them?
May 24, 2020
A limerick for copywriters
It was National Limerick Day the other day. I can't resist posting the Copywriter's limerick composed by Monica Sharman -
May 23, 2020
Fire your copywriter ... today!
Isn't it great news? At last, you can get rid of that massively overpaid word nerd. You've always known you're a great copywriter. From today, you can prove it once and for all. With uncharacteristically selfless generosity, I'm going revealing to you a wonderful little tool that's available to us all, but is usually tucked away where we can't find it. Five minutes from now, you'll know how to test everything you write - every blog, every web page, every email, letter, press release, case study or white paper - the lot. You'll be able to check them for readability ... in just seconds.
May 23, 2020
How do I write a Press Release? Your easy-to-follow template
Press Releases - possibly better to call them Media Releases these days, as they're used across all kinds of communication format. Some say these little nuggets are a thing of the past. They're wrong. Look at Press Releases as free advertising - but without the dubious odour of commercialism. They're a great way to communicate a piece of news about your business - expansion - a new appointment - an exciting contract - an acquisition - a major investment. Press Releases are also a vital tool for putting a positive spin on bad news. Whatever the function of your Press Release, you need to follow a pattern.
May 16, 2020
Copy Editing. Your online tool review
Typos - aren't they shockers? Who occasionally makes these annoying errors? Well, you do for a start. And, as long as you promise to keep this between us, I'll confess - I've been known to commit the odd erratum too. Of course, we all do. Often our little mistakes have little or no consequence. On other occasions, the impact can be somewhat serious. Here's a salutary tale -
May 16, 2020
Can the Can ... a tiny, yet vital, copywriting tip
Back in 1974, American songwriter, Billy Swan, released his only hit. I've a sneaking suspicion that, as he penned the lyrics, the last thing on his mind was pitching for business. Yet, the title of the one-hit-wonder seems to be used by almost every business in almost every marketing pitch. And the song is - I Can Help .
May 12, 2020
How does a copywriter work? The Client Brief
Is the client brief the most critical part of a copywriter's work? Well, there's certainly a case to be made for this being true. Without knowing the client's - target market - project goals - market conditions - competitors - brand values - USPs - tone of voice how can a copywriter even make a start on the project?
May 11, 2020
Shine the Spotlight on Your Reader
When you put together your website content, your blogs, your emails, or any kind of copy, who do find yourself writing about? Yourself? Other clients? Or your precious reader? Well, this article is about the worst words in copywriting, I, me, mine - along with their abominable cousins, we, our, ours. At the same time, let's celebrate the finest of copywriting words - you, your, yours .
May 10, 2020
How much should I pay for copywriting?
How much should I pay for copywriting? What a great question - and oddly enough, one that so many copywriters seem scared to answer. But think about it. We’re talking about your money after all and how you might be choosing to spend it - so it seems pretty reasonable to ask, ‘how much does copywriting cost?’ Imagine you’re standing outside a restaurant, examining the menu, but the menu shows no prices. What’s more likely? That you take a table or that you move on down the street? Well it’s the same with copywriting. ‘How much?’ is an excellent question.
May 10, 2020
Oh Mr. Obama! How could you?
My wife, Ali, and I sometimes play the game of celebrities we'd like to invite round for tea. Bradley Walsh is on the list. So is Richard Osman. Then there's Stephen Fry. Countless others, who simply come across as nice people who do good - or at least, do no harm. High on the list is that nice President Obama, who would, of course, be welcome to bring Michelle along. (His successor as President is not so high on the list. Neither is Andrew Windsor).
May 10, 2020
Your Website Home Page Banner ... is it working for you?
Shops. Remember them? Those places in town where you used to get stuff? They had windows, displaying a selection of the goods for sale. These visual showcases were always reckoned to be pretty important - a vital part of enticing passers-by to drop in and browse ... and hopefully, spend. They were like your Home Page banner. Both need to be designed with care. Both must be attractive. Both must be relevant. Remember - your banner serves one single purpose - to persuade your visitors to explore your wonderful website.    
May 2, 2020
Heart Attacks and Newsletters - there's a link
I suffered a heart attack in 2020. It came as a bit of a shock. In the great scheme of life (and, I guess, death too) - heart attacks are not unusual. They happen. Although, for me, I suppose this was a first. The unhappy event came as a particular surprise. You see, my family basks complacently in a history of hale and healthy hearts. Going back generations, ancestor after ancestor has successfully defied the odds of coronary mortality. My lot simply live a long, long time. A fact freely acknowledged by friends and business associates who forever remark (usually when they think I'm out of earshot) upon my ability to 'go on and on'?
Apr 18, 2020
Word Squares - beat those Coronavirus blues
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
Grammar in copywriting? Bovvered?
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
Space ... Copywriting's vital ingredient
Every other Thursday, I used to enjoy the great pleasure of an hour or two's networking in the company of a man called Martin. There was plenty to admire about Martin. Not only was he splendid networking company. Not only was he a terrific graphic designer. Martin also happens to be a speaker worth listening to.
Mar 9, 2020
Writing your own website content? Preparation part 3 - build a solid structure
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
Writing your own website copy? Preparation Part 2. Who's it to?
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
Writing your own website copy - Preparation is all - Part 1
So. You're thinking of having a crack at writing your own website copy? OK - well, it's your decision! 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
Copywriting ... The Cinderella of Marketing
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
'Be bold, bloody and resolute!' How to write a great Call To Action
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
A seasonal newsletter tip! Don't be wary ...
...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
What's the best font to use in Copywriting?
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
Get on with it!
“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 new client. 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
A copywriting tip from one of the great storytellers
Most copywriters would agree that the trickiest part is keeping your copy brief. (My family will tell you that brevity in conversation isn't my finest quality). When you’re writing copy, the easy bit is bashing out your ideas onto a Word document. The tough part is the cutting. To write winning copy, we have to cut. Then cut some more and then, cut once again. Oh – and then … cut one more time.
Sep 22, 2019
King Lear and the art of Nothing
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
A top blogging tip - inspiration is at hand
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
Proofreeding is SO boring
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
The Power of 3 - a massively effective writing tool
Once upon a time, there lived a young, ambitious, 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
Try not to write. Just speak!
"Be yourself - everyone else is taken" This saying is attributed to Oscar Wilde - the chap in the photo. But this blog is really about a gentleman who's nothing like the Victorian man of letters. It's about writing in a natural, conversational way. But first, I'd like to tell you about Sean.
Jun 10, 2019
Size matters. Or to put it another way ...
... 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
Copywriting - How long should sentences be?
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
A Capital Idea
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 -  It makes it so much easier for the brain to take it in.
Apr 24, 2019
What's your favourite word?
First of all, I'll tell you about mine.
Mar 25, 2019

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