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The Future of Copywriting by Gemma Stride

Looking Back Before Looking Forward The craft of copywriting begins with a love of words from an early age. Being a keen reader, I can remember having my nose stuck in a book for a lot of the time. I would alwa...

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Results of our 2014 blogging competition

The results are in. But before I reveal the winner and runners-up in our blogging competition on The Future of Copywriting – here are a few thoughts on how the event turned out. The first thing that surpr...

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Is rigid thinking holding you back from copywriting greatness?

Being a copywriter is a lot like being a chameleon. Not the whole eye-swivelling, gross metre-long sticky tongue rocket thingy, but the ability to blend in with one’s surroundings. In our case, those surr...

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Ten copywriting ‘rules’ you should break before you die

Rules, eh? Doncha just hate ’em? Do this. Don’t do that. Show me a rule and I’ll show you a baseball bat. Copywriting is plagued with rules. You know, you buy a book by someone who says they’re going to teach y...

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I feel your pain

Understanding how your customer feels is crucial to establishing rapport, trust and, ultimately, the sale. In general, and perhaps a sad reflection on the human condition – or maybe just marketing –...

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Annals of really crap email marketing #21,875

Oh, Lordy, where shall we start with this one? The hopeless headline? The passive voice? The grammar meltdown? The exclamation mark? For me it’s not even the two different misspellings of special. Or the...

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The 7 telltale signs you’re reading “zombie copy”

She stands, screaming. Her feet refuse to move. She is rooted to the spot with terror. Slowly, inevitably, the bloody, walking corpse approaches. Arms outstretched, snarling, it reaches for her. It is hungry. A...

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The Copywriter’s Prayer

Oh Word, Let me compose sentences providing both meaning and pleasure. Guide me towards clarity, simplicity and truthfulness, And away from the seductive path of waffle, and the words whereof the weasel availet...

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Maslen on Marketing June 2013: Why double-amputees can make great copywriters

Many laypeople (and not a few copywriters) imagine the job of a copywriter involves sitting at a computer and typing. Well, that’s true as far as it goes. It does involve typing. But in much the same way as the...

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Wireless bras? Er, not sure this is meant for me…

The subject  line said New underwear range – buy 2 get 1 free. Somehow, though, I don’t think I am in the target demographic. To my female readers: where do you stand on the phrase “Lady lumps...

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