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Good testimonials: how to make them write themselves

Back in 2011 when this article first was published, testimonials were still relatively simple to do – perhaps because most business audiences were not as cynical as they are today, so believed what was written in them unconditionally.

Sadly though in recent times we have been plagued by businesses “creating” testimonials – many based on the real thing, but not quite the real thing – and sticking them up in writing on websites. And sadly, that has given rise to testimonials having a dubious complexion.

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If you simply ask someone to give you a testimonial without giving them any guidelines, you’re leaving it up to luck as to the quality and nature of their response. BUT, there’s a big difference between that and putting words into their mouths. 

It’s only in comparatively recent times, when advertising in most industrialised countries has been regulated, that readers know testimonials have to be genuine – or else. There may still be the odd person or two who sneers at testimonials and endorsements, but in the main people now accept them for real, and believe in their honesty. This makes them powerful.

However getting a good testimonial isn’t easy, and for a variety of reasons must not be “written” by someone other than the person giving it. Without putting words in someone’s mouth, then, how do you go about getting good testimonials for your business, website, CV/résumé, etc? [Read more…]

Local advertisers: some new words to make your ads work MUCH better

In this article in the series for local advertisers, I’m putting my money where my mouth is. In other words here are suggestions for more powerful alternatives to the words and phrases which sadly have become clichés – and therefore have lost their fire power.

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So many words you can use in local advertising … but which ones really work to get your business quality leads?

Here are the top ten that were listed in an earlier article (with a reminder in italics) along with some better ideas…

The top 10 cliché words and phrases in local ads, and what may work much harder for you

Established for XX years. This rightly suggests long-term commitment and experience, but should never get in the way of how your business is bang up to date with its products and services. The reality is that how long you’ve been established isn’t a benefit to customers [Read more…]

Local advertisers: stop writing we-wee and start getting a decent ROI

Just over three years ago we published about the we-weeing problem in marketing material, and much as most pro writers like me bang on about it, it’s still raging away.

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This historic little guy, Manneken Pis, has been we-weeing on people in Brussels, Belgium for 400 years. Fortunately this is good, for his business.

The reason why I am throwing the toys out of my pram this time is because I feel sorry for the ever-constant stream of local magazines that set up in all good faith, sell advertising space to local businesses, and go out of business themselves within a couple of years.

Why? Here’s my theory and it’s not their fault … it’s the fault of the we-wee local advertisers who, because they we-wee, don’t get the results they should from their advertising and so eventually abandon the local magazines as not cost-effective. Naughty, naughty and frankly, bloody ignorant.

Local advertisers: stop writing about how wonderful you are

(NB: After my rant, you’ll find 10 Tips on how to do it right, below!) [Read more…]

Copywriting: how to write a powerful USP that attracts customers and prospects

Especially – but not only – if you run an SME business, do you know how to express your “USP?” (Unique Selling Proposition/Point?) And do you know why your USP is so important to support your brand?

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Is your USP about what you do, or what you can do for your customers?

Recently this topic came up at a very lively regular business networking meeting I attend and I was surprised that some members of the group hadn’t really considered either a) the importance of a USP for any business or b) what it should be based on. Here, then, are some tips on how to identify yours and make it work for your business. [Read more…]

Why network marketers are gagged from writing nearly everything

Welcome network marketer Jenny Hall, who shares an honest appraisal of how network marketers should go about promoting their wares – and how they can avoid being cited as the “bad guys…” Over to Jenny…

Why network marketers are gagged from writing nearly everything

Network marketing companies have to be extra-vigilant to ensure their promotional material is ethical and honest.

The marketing message disasters we see today…

Have you ever seen anything like this online? [Read more…]

How to write better leaflets and fliers – 10 Quick Tips

Much as we depend on the internet to announce and publicise events and business offers, printed documents – leaflets, or fliers as some people call them – are often the first line of action. And that’s especially relevant when you’re looking at a local or otherwise geographical “plottable” area.

And, welcome to our new Back To Basics series on How To Write Better for 2016 … everything you need for business and other writing … simply explained and easy to use.

How to write better leaflets and fliers - 10 Quick Tips

It’s better to stick to a more conversational tone, although obviously you need to match your writing style to the style that’s appropriate for your offer or announcement, and of course for your readers.

Here are my 10 quick tips on how to write better leaflets, so they work harder for you

1. Be sure of exactly what the leaflet has to achieve, and don’t expect it to achieve more than one main objective with perhaps 3 or 4 subsidiary ones. People don’t have the time or patience to absorb more than that. Keep your leaflet uncluttered and inviting to read and look at (see below). [Read more…]

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