Writing for business in the third-age: old? No, new.

People in the “third-age” who are running businesses are not old f*rts. In fact many of them are new entrepreneurs.

When I go home to Canada every summer I work a lot with my good friend and colleague Trudy Van Buskirk – a stalwart women-in-business coach and networker, founder of a number of online and offline business networking groups in Toronto. And just to make the challenge a bit more interesting she also a) is the wrong side of 60 and b) has disabilities.

Writing for business for third-age entrepreneurs on HTWB

Thanks to the internet it’s very easy for anyone of any age to keep bang up to date with their chosen business or industry.

What has struck me over the last few years of leading blogging and business writing workshops for Trudy and her clients are the high levels of energy, enthusiasm, business acumen, hunger for further learning and downright grit that all of these people pour into their businesses. [Read more…]

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…]

Network marketers, IFAs etc – yes, you CAN blog if you want to

If you are a network marketer, franchise owner, IFA or other profession working with a brand that controls your marketing communications, you may be under the impression that you can’t use independent blogging as a means to promote yourself to potential customers.

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Often when I’m out at face-to-face networking events I speak to IFAs (Independent Financial Advisors), distributors/consultants for brands like Utility Warehouse, Forever Living, Mary Kay, Stella & Dot, Arbonne and more, franchise owners of “umbrella” real estate and other similar businesses. Often they say that they aren’t able to blog because of restrictions on what they can and can’t say according to their respective brands’ guidelines. However …

Unless your business’s restrictions forbid all social media communications, there  ARE ways you can use blogging and social media to enlarge your “tribe” without breaking the rules.

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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: 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.

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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…]

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