Category Archives: Copywriting

7 Mistakes To Avoid In Your Next Webinar Invitation

I’ve written a number of times in this space about how to maximize response from email Webinar invitations. The campaign below from Parallels, a Swiss-based software company, provides a handy illustration of those techniques by displaying what key mistakes to avoid. For example: 1. Sell the offer, not the product…. Read More

Lipstick, Pigs & Lead Generation

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about putting cosmetics on farm animals. Naturally, this made me think of lead generation. No connection, you say? Consider this: Most lead generation campaigns are just internal strategy or positioning statements with some stock imagery added. These internal documents, meant… Read More

Oracle Webinar Invitation Needs More Detail, Less Fluff

Most of the discussion these days on how to improve e-mail response centers on technical issues such as deliverability, spam filters, and readability on mobile e-mail clients. It’s easy to forget, therefore, that the true keys to e-mail success are often none of the above, but rather more old-fashioned principles… Read More

Landing Page Optimization: 4 Basic Principles

Landing page optimization is a hot topic these days; indeed, whole companies have been built (and are thriving) on nothing but ensuring your landing pages generate the most registrations possible. Still, as I wrote in this previous post, most B2B marketers are still treating landing pages as an afterthought. For… Read More

Direct Marketing: Rules vs. Laws

The following post comes courtesy of guest blogger, CDI Creative Director Dave Dumanis (thanks Dave!): In demand generation, we have this phenomenon called best practices. In other fields, they’d be called rules, or guidelines. They’re pieces of information or advice that, if closely followed, can boost our odds: frequent calls… Read More

Tableau E-Mail Tells Their Story Well

In a recent edition of his newsletter “Business Common Sense,” Denny Hatch writes: One rule I came to late in life: You cannot judge good direct marketing; it judges you. In other words, good direct marketing does what it was designed to do. It doesn’t matter if you hate it/don’t… Read More

How Not to Market a Marketing Magazine

I received an unsolicited copy of Deliver Magazine this week. I don’t get a lot of business mail in general, and, as a certified junk mail junkie, I look at everything. It took me more than a few seconds, however, to discern the focus of the publication (more on that… Read More