How to turn mediocre copy into tantalizing content

We’ve all been there. You write the best blog post, ad, white paper, story or (fill in the blank) ever. And then someone dumps all over it. The red sea of edits and corrections makes you wonder what went wrong. The thrill is gone. But you can bring it back. Here’s how … Know the […]

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He chose … poorly. What does your word choice say about your business?

Malapropism is one of my favorite words. It sounds like a deadly disease for old boats, but it means you said something that was really close to – but not quite – the word you meant … and people laughed. Named for Mrs. Malaprop, the character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s play, “The Rivals,” the most commonly […]

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Get the most bang for your trade show buck

Trade shows are a large investment, so do everything you can to make that investment pay off for your company. Trade shows can be a great way to promote your business, brand, and products and services. A strategic approach to your pre-, during- and post-show marketing and public relations will give you an edge when […]

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Short on cash? Cutting marketing will cost more than you think

When business is slow, everyone in the organization feels it — from the owner to the employees. Morale can go down the toilet and productivity often follows. The typical knee-jerk reaction is to halt discretionary spending, including marketing. Big mistake. This shortsighted view will cost you a lot more over the long haul than you’ll […]

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Create a killer ad campaign and make your business irresistible with this 7-step formula

In any business, ads are important for brand awareness, engagement and survival. Even with a small adverting budget, you can maximize your customer reach by reinforcing your message. The key is to repeat the overall theme or tag line throughout your marketing program. The more you repeat your advertising message, the stronger it becomes – […]

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Why generic ‘Hi, [YOUR NAME],’ email wastes your money and the 5-step fix

Email marketing is alive and well, but I’m surprised some companies continue to send faux personalized messages with blind pitches like this: “Hi, Dawn — hope you’re well. I’m hoping you might be able to help me out with a favor. I’m looking for an advertising contact at The Simons Group. Have you thought about […]

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Create a following with copy that sticks

Traditional advertising still does volumes in boosting brand awareness, but the influx of flashing lights, bold fonts and “Click here!” buttons leaves us all feeling bombarded by messaging that screams “Buy me! Buy me!” We adapt to it like we do to any constant frequency, and accept it as ambient noise. The remedy: content marketing. […]

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