headlines

Headline Advice to Confuse You and Kill All Creative Impulses

What do I know about writing headlines? Yesterday I was asked to lead a headline writing session at a major marketing conference. I accepted. I’ve done it many times before and enjoy it. An infographic I created about headlines (presented below) is one of my most popular pieces of content. I’ve written several posts featuring…

How to Move Readers to Share Stories [71.4]

I spent some serious time messing with the headline above. It’s a good one, but I’ve done better. Keep reading and you’ll understand. First, know this: I want a lot of people to read this blog post. Bloggers generally attach great value to the number of viewers a post earns. And a proven strategy for increasing the…

Our 13 Most Popular Posts of 2013 and Why Readers Responded

  Noooooo! Not another year-end listicle of greatest hits. Wake me when it’s over. But wait. It’s not quite that simple. Oh sure, one reason I’ve created it is I believe there is a ton of value in these articles and if you missed any, I’m hoping my resurrection of them will help you learn…

Beginner Copywriting Tips for Effective Online Marketing

  “I can’t write.” It’s the resignation declaration of the self-defeated. It’s also a fat slice of baloney. You won’t write? You don’t want to write? I’m willing to buy these statements. But “can’t?” Sorry friend, you can. You’ve been writing your whole life. You write now. You write emails, greeting cards, shopping lists, meeting…

Funny Headlines Make for Seriously Effective Content

Damn man. That’s kind of a sweet headline. It’s on topic, spells out a benefit, and has potentially two keyword phrases that might just rock the search Gods. Damn ma’am. That headline bites. This is supposed to be an article about the joy of funny headlines and this one’s 100% yuck-free. Ain’t life ironic? I…

The most important headline writing tip ever: forget about tips.

COPYCATS: Edition #1 with John Runk He’s one of advertising’s headiest headline writers. Here, he dogs on the formula approach to copywriting. I’m going to call this series “Copycats,” and in each edition, strive to get a pair or more of copywriters on the same page talking about their craft. Though I’ve read the work…

Getting Ideas to Flow: The Naked Truth.

For a copywriter, or any idea professional whose tasks involve coming up with a concept, a form of writer’s block is, well, not being able to come up with a concept. I find this frightening phenomena tends to strike when I’m at my desk, staring at my screen, and torturing myself with the notion that…