Writing day-to-day business emails: how to get better results

If you need to write emails for business, job, sport, hobby, charity, recreation etc. (and who doesn’t?) there are quite a few very simple yet effective tips to make yours get more engagement and results… the results you want, too.

Writing day-to-day emails top tips from HTWBThese tips are not the same as you would use for email marketing, necessarily, although there are some common denominators. However if you want help with how to write a stonking email advertising campaign, I recommend [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.

words and phrases that work well in local advertising HTWB

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: words and phrases that make customers groan

In this look at local advertising we’re going to focus on the next favourite words used by well-meaning but non-savvy advertisers … next, that is, after the famous first prize winner, WE (as in we-wee). This follows on from the last article which focused on the issues that cloud the effectiveness of the same ads.

words that make customers groan in local advertising
These words are not necessarily bad or even unsuitable (in themselves) for sales. However according to my research in dozens of local magazines and handbooks, they have become irritating because they are used by so many advertisers, and so they are relegated to cliché status. (Don’t forget that most clichés started out in life as very popular words which everyone loved and used over and over again, which is why they became clichés. One of life’s little ironies.)

The top 10 over-used words and phrases in local ads, and why they put customers off

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Local advertisers: key ways to p*ss off potential customers

What with we-weeing and more we-weeing being discussed at some length across the social media lately, with most comments and observations being positive and curative (!!) several readers have asked me to go into a bit more detail on the cringe making mistakes some local advertisers make with their hard-earned ad budgets in local magazines and other publications.

Local advertising mistakes on How To Write Better

Where I did my research on local advertising

In order not to get all the air let out of the tyres on my car and/or my house being burned down, I decided to preserve anonymity and gathered together a selection of local magazines – the types that are handed out free or put through mailboxes – from a number of locations in and around central England. These tend to be produced on glossy paper in either A4 or A5 sizes.

The common denominators were frightening in their vastness – it didn’t seem to matter what English county or city was involved. Everyone was making the same basic advertising mistakes that can be the difference between capturing live leads and losing them. [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.

Local advertisers we-weeing on their customers HTWB

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…]

Writing about yourself? You are the BRAND, baby

Probably the most important thing the internet and particularly social media have done is to turn marketers’ perception of us from that of basic, dim-witted consumers … to that of intelligent, questioning buyers who just aren’t going to be fooled by hard-sell bullsh*t any more.

Writing about yourself? You are the BRAND, baby

When you write about yourself for business you have got to look upon yourself not as the person, but as the brand your work represents.

In fact what we have seen is a massive paradigm shift from the days when writing about yourself was about selling yourself and your stuff to people in one-way communication…

…to a time now when you get involved with your marketplace, get to know the people, and then help them to buy.

And that’s whether you want them to buy your product, your services, or even you – yourself.

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