10 reasons to appreciate a kick-ass editor

Everyone needs an outstanding editor. Even those writers who have years of experience and the skills to match need fresh eyes on their copy. Great editors find and question holes, ensure stories flow logically, make dull copy shine, trim flab, erase errors, and work with writers to help them improve. For many writers, the devil […]

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3 visualizations to bring clarity to your copywriting

Graphic designers might be the masters of all things aesthetic, but copywriters think visually, too. The images in our heads just manifest themselves as words, sentences and paragraphs, rather than colors, lines and typefaces. I grew up drawing, painting, and exploring all things creative. At one point, my family encouraged me to pursue visual art […]

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Writing for a financial audience? 3 tips to nail the delivery

When it comes to creating impactful financial writing, subject matter expertise is a great start. Solid marketing chops and a well-crafted editorial plan help, too. But what about the content itself? Here are three quick tips to enhance your financial communications. Know your audience As fellow copywriter Dave Argentar wrote in his recent blog post, […]

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Who do you think you’re talking to?

Before I followed my passion and made writing and content marketing my career, I took some time after college to get my head together and mature a bit. Many of my friends did the same; backpacking around Southeast Asia, working on a fishing boat in Alaska, or embarking on similar pursuits. I, on the other […]

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Are you guilty of lazy marketing?

I have a confession. It’s not as bad as stealing coins from a blind man or cheating on a test, but it ranks high in the thou-shalt-not-commit-marketing-sins category. Ready? Here goes … I’ve let an occasional hackneyed phrase remain in my content marketing, even though it made my teeth itch. The reasons are complicated, but […]

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4 steps to creating attractive content

Content constantly clamors for attention. Everywhere you turn, a blog or “listicle” is trying to catch your eye and send some kind of message. With this much competition, how can you make sure your content stands out from the crowd? Here are four quick tips to write content that your audience will actually read. Get […]

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The biggest mistake you’re making in your website content

Here’s a quick test: Go to the home page of your website and read the first sentence or phrase. Does it start with “We”? If so, it’s time to change your perspective. Just like your eyes glaze over when your date drones on about his latest juice cleanse, a prospect will lose interest fast in […]

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Your guide to having style

Is it “don’t” or “do not”; “can’t” or “cannot”? Can a subhead be a question? Is the hyphen necessary in “non-essential”? What’s the plural possessive of your company name? Is it even OK to modify the company name? These questions – and more – can pop into a writer’s head within minutes of working on your […]

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