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December 26, 2013The books I’ve read this year

My year in books: what does a copywriter read? As the year draws to a close, I thought I’d take a look at my bookshelf and, for the first time ever, analyse what I’ve been reading and why.

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November 18, 2013Christmas is getting earlier. Here’s why.

They say Christmas gets earlier every year. Particularly if you’re a copywriter. Why is it that brands are sending their Christmas messages out so soon?

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November 5, 2013Price isn’t always important. But value always is.

It’s an old question: do you compete on price or quality? The answer is neither: you compete on value. And a good copywriter can help you. Here’s how.

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September 24, 2013Where do all the old copywriters go?

Advertising, marketing, social, agency life… they’re all young person’s games. But where do all the old copywriters go? Do we stop being relevant at 30 (or 40)? Do we go off in search of different challenges? Or do we keep on writing?

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August 11, 201310 truths a freelance copywriter can tell you

Kissmetrics.com wants you to think that copywriters are deceitful and duplicitous. Yet their post about “lies” freelance copywriters tell you is duplicitous itself. Get the truth about what a copywriter means when he says “every project is unique” or “your email hit my spam folder”.

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July 15, 2013The web needs traditional advertising, not “native” advertising.

People want to be entertained and informed. “Native advertising” does neither. It’s time to look to more traditional campaigns for inspiration.

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June 29, 2013What’s the catch?

“Don’t think about the skeleton. Whatever you do, don’t think about the skeleton.” You’re thinking about the skeleton, right? Every time you mention something, you’re drawing a person’s attention to it. So what do you think I start thinking if you tell me “There’s no catch”?

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June 4, 2013How to inspire brand loyalty

As somebody who writes this stuff for a living, I consider myself pretty immune to marketing. But today I felt some brand loyalty stirring… what could have caused it? Had I stumbled upon brand loyalty nirvana?

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May 16, 2013Why I’ve started talking bollocks

Recently, a friend of mine told me about his new favourite pastime: endorsing people for skills they don’t have on LinkedIn. So I decided to take it one step further and add a skill everyone could endorse me for… I decided to tell everyone I was good at talking bollocks. Here’s why.

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May 4, 2013How to “Make it go viral”

“Make it go viral.” The brief that sends a chill down every creative’s spine. Next time you’re asked to make something go viral, explain that there’s only so much you can do. Good content goes viral. But if you’re lumbered with bad content, what can you do?

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