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You ever get the fear? I do. All the time. That feeling when you’re staring at a blank page and just don’t know where to begin. How in the holy chicken nugget are you going to spew forth 40-50 pages of a sales letter from nothing? You start sweating…pacing the room…eating more biscuits than any one person should. You start imagining yourself in other careers…train driver…estate agent…children’s entertainer…who wants to be a copywriter anyway…it’s a…

Andy Maslen is sick to the back teeth with kids and their smart phones… “Why doesn’t anyone read books anymore,” he laments. “Or just observe the bloody world go by? Everyone has their head in a smart phone these days.” We’re talking about one of the key skills you need as a copywriter… The ability to observe. Andy worries people are losing this skill. Worse, he worries copywriters aren’t spending enough time studying people and what…

Copywriting can sometimes be like a lonely game… There you are, hidden away in your office, staring out over the rooftops, to the pavilion across the way… You see a man walking his dog and consider the fact that a few hours ago it would have been you walking your dog on that same pavilion. You wonder if, when it was you there on the pavilion walking your own dog, someone else wasn’t sat in…

A few weeks ago I sat down to speak with expert copywriter, Vikki Ross (of Sky, The Body Shop and Hotels.com fame). The feedback I received was great and I’m glad so many people found it useful. You’ll be pleased to know I’ve got a lot more interesting interviews planned… In fact, next week, I’ll be sharing an interview I just recorded with the legendary Drayton Bird. But after our interview Vikki decided it would…

I’m an idiot. I’ve had my suspicions for a long time. But now I know for sure. You’re probably an idiot too. Sorry. It’s just the way it goes with us copywriters. Yes, I’m suggesting most of us copywriters are idiots. “Hold on, Glenn. Not so fast. Don’t you know I’ve got a top level IQ and I always win the local pub’s quiz night?” Yep. Yep. I know all that, but if you’re a…

There you are in the grandly decorated lounge of Agora owner Bill Bonner’s 18-century chateau… Gathered with you are what you’ve been told are some of the best copywriters in the world… You’re excited. In fact, you’re only just starting to figure out what this copywriting lark is all about, so to spend time with real experts and insiders… brilliant. And there you are, split off into a group of three or four writers, one…

At this time of year, you tend to see every man and his dog laying down their predictions for the year… I find the exercise a bit ‘meh’, to be honest. Predicting how the world will change is a real fool’s errand. Don’t get me wrong… Keeping an eye on how general trends are shifting is worth doing and can help influence your copy to make sure it remains relevant. But trying to predict specific…

No doubt you’re currently languishing in some kind of post-Christmas/pre-New Year malaise. And like me, you’re probably regretting how much you’ve eaten and drunk already, whilst at the same time wondering just how much more it is reasonable to eat and drink tonight. I understand. It’s a difficult consideration. For that reason, I won’t keep you long today. But I did want to take this opportunity to write and wish you a happy New Year.…

Merry Christmas, my fellow copy enthusiast! We’re pretty much ready for the big day here at the Fisher household… Presents are under the tree… holiday odd jobs have begun in earnest (such as re-grouting the kitchen)… and the dog has his embarrassing Christmas jumper on (that’s him on the right there). I’m excited. Far from being a Grinch, I love this time of year and it’s always good to spend more time with family and…

Official figures vary… But somewhere between 55% and 75% of all email is now read on mobile. One report predicts by end of 2018… 80% of people will read their email on a mobile device. That’s huge. And as a copywriter, it’s something you must be aware of. Indeed, sat at a little wooden table in the corner of one of the few old-fashioned pubs still left in Shoreditch… I sip my pint and wonder…