Category Archives: Copywriting

bad copywriting

Bad Copy is Your Campaign’s Weakest Link

In the days of Mad Men, advertising clients wouldn’t dream of writing their own copy. Advertising was about big ideas, big concepts, and crafting that story was left to the professionals. In the digital age, all that has changed. With rare exceptions, “big idea” marketing is regarded as a quaint… Read More

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Why Are People Not Engaging With Our Content?

According to a recent report, “The Content Marketing Paradox,” content marketing output increased by 35 percent in 2015, while engagement dropped 17 percent. The author of the report, digital marketing solutions provider TrackMaven, theorized that the primary reason for the discrepancy is that there’s a “limit to how much content… Read More

BDR campaigns

Step Away from the Email Software and No-One Gets Hurt

Marketing technology is a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands, and nowhere is this more evident than in the recent surge of interest in automating BDR campaigns and other sales communication. In both technology (see companies like InsideSales.com, ToutApp, and others) and application, sales enablement is a hot topic in… Read More

words to avoid

B2B Copywriting: 5 Common Terms & Phrases to Avoid

Copywriting success may depend on finding the precise mix of language that resonates with your audience, but success or failure can just as easily rest on which words you don’t use. Here are my candidates for 5 common terms and phrases that every B2B writer should eliminate from his/her vocabulary:… Read More

holiday email campaign

Why This Holiday Email Campaign Misses the Mark

It’s that time of year again, and B2B marketers everywhere are dusting off the usual holiday clichés in an attempt to weave good cheer into their demand generation campaigns. Take the email campaign below from security vendor Symantec. Sure, they can be forgiven the holiday theme (gift boxes, fir trees,… Read More

content syndication leads

A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads

It’s important to recognize that content syndication leads are not like most sales leads. When someone registers to download a white paper or podcast or case study about the business challenge that your product solves, he or she is expressing an interest in that topic, not necessarily in your product…. Read More

Allocadia ebook

Email Critique: When a Good Offer Just Isn’t Enough

Here’s a list of the things I love most about the email below from Allocadia, a Vancouver, BC-based developer of Marketing Performance Management (MPM) software: 1. The offer image. Yeah, that’s about it. Seriously though, that is one gorgeous white paper. It’s visually stunning, professional, colorful, even the title is… Read More