• copywriting,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  Product Launches,  Website

    How Sophisticated Are You and Your Clients? (Part 3)

    When I first started out in online marketing, it never occurred to me to even remotely think or care about my client’s sophistication level when it came to my courses or services. There were way too many other things that sucked up my time – like – how to get new clients and start making money! Besides, how in the world does knowing WHAT my dream client’s sophistication level is have anything to do with selling them something? I thought sophistication levels were only important when ordering wine, managing money, buying real estate, or dealing with technology. 😉 So if it never occurred to you to look at your dream…

  • Clients & Customers,  copywriting,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing

    Understanding This One Concept Could Change the Way You Do Your Marketing…(Part 2)

    I had this feeling wash over me this morning while I was writing this post… It was of wonderment and even hilarity about all the idea lightbulbs going off in my brain. The more I read and study about marketing and copy. The more my understanding grows deeper. Earlier, I’d had my head buried in a couple of books – E5 Method by Todd Brown, and The Story Factor by Annette Simmons. As I was pondering the many popcorn thoughts running through my brain while I was trying to write, it stopped on this thought of a long overused metaphor my therapist back in the day used to tell me… This moment felt like that – whenever I’d have…

  • Attitude,  Balance,  Clients & Customers,  Coaching,  Communication,  copywriting

    Journey into the Human Psyche (Part 1)

    Have you ever had a moment where you read something, watched something, or maybe a friend told you about something that totally grabbed your curiosity, and you had to dig deeper to discover more? Well, that’s where I’ve been these past several days… Ever since I started reading the True Believer by Eric Hoffer, this journey into the human psyche has really got me incredibly curious. The fun part is my spouse Ally is just as fascinated by the human psyche. Usually, before she heads off to the hospital, we always have our coffee and talk. Lately, we’ve been reading aloud from True Believer and having some insightful conversations. (I do love being with…

  • Clients & Customers,  Communication,  copywriting,  Marketing,  Prospects,  Uncategorized

    Confessions, Word Choices, & Websites

    This is a little out there and something I noticed this morning when I was doing my morning reading. (I read at least 30 minutes every morning to stimulate my brain. Remember, I’m a learnaholic, so this fuels me and my day. 🙂 When I was reading, I noticed how this writer used the word “but” a lot. I mean, “but” is an ok word yet in my somewhat limited grammar experience, (Grammarly.com is my friend.) ”but” is a conjunction (i.e., a linking word) that’s used to introduce a contrast. So it always negates what comes before it. (Yeah, I did have to look that up to get the right…

  • copywriting,  Marketing,  Product Launches

    The Naked Truth – A Parable

    I want to share a story with you: “Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village. Her nakedness frightened the people. When Parable found her, she was huddled in a corner, shivering and hungry. Taking pity on her, Parable gathered her up and took her home. There, she dressed Truth in story, warmed her, and sent her out again. Clothed in story, Truth knocked again at the doors and was readily welcomed into the villagers’ houses. They invited her to eat at their tables and warm herself by their fires. — Jewish Teaching Story” I found out that this story has been told and…

  • Clients & Customers,  Communication,  copywriting,  Marketing,  Prospects

    Have You Hugged Your Customers Lately?

    There’s been a lot of hugging going on this week for me, which I love since it feels like the pandemic madness of “no touching” is slowly being lifted as more people have gotten vaccinated. (In our little part of Northern CA, if you can believe, only 28% of folks have gotten vaccinated – hmmmm…) So what’s all the hugging about? Well, it was my spouse’s birthday this week, and yesterday was our 2 year wedding anniversary. So lot’s to celebrate and happy we can do that with friends. There’s just something about hugging. You know when you get a really good hug that lasts a few seconds more than…

  • Attitude,  Clients & Customers,  Communication,  copywriting

    Are you manipulating people with your copy or are you using influence?

    Last week one of my clients asked me if I write these weekly emails in advance and simply set them up to go out each week in an email campaign – interesting. That’s a terrific idea. I wish I could sit down and bang out 10 of these at once. Yet, that’s not my process. I have so many ideas and things I want to share with you each week. It’s more fun for me to write either the day before or the day that I send out the email. Like I’m doing now. 🙂 My goal is to have them fresh, interesting, and sort of my stream of consciousness of what I’m…

  • copywriting,  Dog Marketing,  Marketing,  Productivity,  Technology

    Before Creating Something New – you have to do this…

    After my email about swipe files last week, I had several folks respond with some questions about how to capture screenshots.  Check out the P.S. to see a quick video I created to show you how to do it. Hope that helps! This week I wanted to share with you some specific ideas around how I believe we need to do a little disrupting in our industries. Let me explain – I’ve talked about Bernadette Jiwa several times in my past emails. (If you don’t recall them – no worries, check out the P.S. for a link to my reviews of her books.) I LOVE Bernadette and all the books…

  • Communication,  copywriting,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  Productivity,  Technology

    Don’t Ever Create Any of Your Content From Scratch Again

    How many times a day, week, month or more, are you creating content for your business? It could be social medial content for posts, content for emails, blogs, write sales pages, optin pages, maybe notes or questions for podcast guests. Or maybe you need some scripts or templates for videos you’re going to create. Content, content, content is the name of the game in marketing. It’s always been content, now it’s really becoming a force to grow your business. Being successful in business, your marketing isn’t just about selling anymore. It’s about attracting, connecting, personalizing, and solving your customers’/clients’ problems. My favorite clients are the ones that have a ton…

  • Communication,  copywriting,  Marketing,  Product Launches

    Getting Your Personality In Your Copy

    Before I give you some of the mind-blowing lessons from what I believe is one of the greatest direct response marketing copywriters – Dan Kennedy, I wanted to share a quick story.  Later in my career as an online strategic marketer, what was exciting to me was sharing the same stage with Dan at his request. Then later working with him and Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle for a year. Working with him and actually meeting with him on several occasions, not to mention the two writing contests I’d won where he granted me two separate live, in-person (obviously before the pandemic) 30-minute consultations about my business.  What I learned from this copywriting…

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