Category Archives: Copywriting

The Ten Most Common Mistakes in Marketing

Many years ago the Wizard of Ads®, sometimes known as Roy H. Williams, published a best-selling business book in which he discussed the Twelve Most Common Mistakes in Advertising. His insights were praised by advertisers and advertising professionals alike. Eventually … Continue reading

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Fishy Business: “Stop Running That Ad!”

The customer was obviously upset. She complained to the supermarket owner: I was listening to news talk 1150 and heard your advertisement for “Fresh Atlantic Salmon”.  I just wanted to let you know you are pushing a product that almost … Continue reading

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On Selling Soap (Meet My New Friend, Duke Cannon)

I made a new friend this past Christmas, thanks to my wife. His name is Duke Cannon. Duke sells soap, about which we’ll talk more in just a bit. Did you know that Soap-selling has a storied history? Andrew Pears (b. … Continue reading

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It’s Not What You Get, but What you Become

He said: “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” He also, more famously, said: “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Lawyers

It should not surprise you that my favorite business success stories are those having to do with the client’s skillful use of radio advertising. I never tire of these stories nor fail to learn something useful when reviewing them, whether … Continue reading

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Professional Voice-over and Narration for…Five Bucks?

The post at Radio Sales Cafe, from a Chicago-area radio guy, read: “5 DOLLARS! Check me out on FIVERR” Intrigued and a bit skeptical, I clicked on the link. Sure enough, there he was. Chicago-area radio announcer will cut your … Continue reading

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Expert Use of Radio Advertising by LASIK and Cataract Surgery Specialist – Another Radio Advertising Success Story

As radio advertising professionals, our job is to help businesses tell their stories in a way that engages the listener’s imagination. This is because the ultimate destination of any advertising message is the consumer’s brain, where judgments are made about … Continue reading

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“If I Don’t Go, I Don’t Get”

“If I Don’t Go, I Don’t Get” This ad was written in 1975 for The Warner & Swasey Company of Cleveland, Ohio, manufacturer of heavy industrial equipment and machinery, the latest installment (at that time) in a series of 1000 … Continue reading

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“How to Write Good” – Help for Ad Writers from Federal Employees

Many resources are available to assist aspiring ad writers, but who’d have thunk that Employees of the Federal Government of the United States would be among them? Meet PLAIN, the Plain Language and Information Network, a group founded in the … Continue reading

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I’d Like to “Buy Local” But… (Guest Blog)

Thanks to my generous and talented friend Blaine Parker for letting me share his insights with you.  This article originally appeared in his “relentless weekly screed,” otherwise known as Hot Points.  Get your free subscription here. As many of my … Continue reading

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