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I was really impressed with a chap I’ve been working with this week. We’ve been trying to figure out a way to sell his product and have tried numerous angles that just don’t seem to work. So, we jumped on the phone and talked it out. There were a lot of dead ends, unfinished thoughts and some good discussion – just the way it should be when you’re figuring things out. But what really impressed…

One thing that struck me recently is how confused some people are about the kind of copywriting I do. You see I recently sponsored the ProCopywriters Conference in London (#CopyCon17). It was an interesting day, happily spent in the company of 200 or so professional copywriters. You may well have been one of them. If so, you may have even seen me doing my best impersonation of a professional conference attendee, loitering weirdly in the…

The local shop in my village has finally figured out the perfect marriage of impulse purchase and value. There I am… Waiting for the assistant to pack my stuff and ring it through the register… And I notice them… Four Kit Kats for £1. I know I shouldn’t. But four… FOUR… for just £1. That’s damn good value. Especially when you look across the counter and realise one Kit Kat alone costs nearly 70p these…

If you work in copywriting, there’s probably a copy of The Copywriter’s Handbook somewhere near you… Maybe it’s in that drawer you’ve not checked for a while… or hidden on the shelf between the Ogilvy, Hopkins and Schwartz… heck, it might be right next to you, acting as a coaster. Point is: this book is everywhere. And so it should be. You see, its author Robert W. Bly – or Bob, as he’s better known – is one of the most respected copywriters…

I’m a huge fan of the Glove and Boots blog. There are very few sites on the web that I actively visit to check for updates, but Glove and Boots is one of them. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll remember I first featured them in my 15 other things to do if you don’t get Buzzfeed article. Reason I’m writing about them today is that in their latest video, they very wisely…

I recently put together a free copywriting ebook that reveals five easy ways to write better copy. I think it’s a cracking little download and it’s all been very nicely laid out by my @rhinett. But best of all, it is completely and utterly free. HOORAH! It’s aptly titled Five Easy Ways to Write Better Copy, which goes an enormous way to describing what you’ll find inside the guide. Yes – I’ve collated five ideas that…

For some strange reason, a lot of people seem to think the business world should be a grey, lifeless place that exists between 8.30am and 5pm (if you’re lucky). People assume that you’re not allowed to be interesting, that you have to talk in facts, figures and graphs; the boring stuff, basically. You only need to scroll through the average inbox these days to see so much copy that is dry and void of life,…