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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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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‘Clickbait’ headlines won’t help you in the long run

We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling down a page, and there it is: a cryptic headline that promises to reveal something shocking, life-saving or unbelievable … all you have to do is click. Sadly, the content behind the link is usually as disappointing as the headline was mysterious. As marketers, we know that measurable results […]

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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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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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