Topic : Copywriting
Blog Du Jour
August 15, 2007
Visual Thesaurus subscriber Sarah Williams runs a busy copywriting company called Wordsmith, based near Oxford, England. When we spoke to her recently, she quipped that "copywriting is a bit like method acting." Hmm, that got us curious. So we asked Sarah to tell us more about her approach to developing her clients' communications. Here's our conversation: Continue reading...
Please Hold On
July 28, 2007
"Why do the people who write scripts for recorded announcements in elevators and shuttle buses and subway trains have such a tin ear for ordinary-sounding English?" wonders Language Log's noted linguist Geoffrey Pullum, after listening to a grammatically-challenged warning at the San Francisco International Airport. Why indeed? Read Geoffrey's thoughts here.
Subscriber Larry Oakner graciously sent us this terrific piece on branding -- and how the Visual Thesaurus can help. Read it carefully: Larry's been building brands for over three decades and is the author of And Now a Few Laughs from Our Sponsor. Thanks Larry! -- Editor
How do you describe a personality? You might call a witty conversationalist "clever." Your friend who bungee jumps? "Courageous" or even "fearless." The grandfather who counseled you on life's mysteries? "Wise," of course. We differentiate people's personalities by using words that describe their actions that set them apart. Branding works the same way.Continue reading...
Ad and marketing creatives
June 11, 2007By Steve Slaunwhite
You have an e-mail, direct mail letter, web page, or other promotional piece to write. How much copy is required to do the job? One paragraph? Five? Twenty?
Most marketing writers struggle with this question. And for good reason. There's a lot of misinformation out there. One so-called expert claims that all marketing and PR copy should be long and involved. Another insists that short and concise works best these days.Continue reading...
Ad and marketing creatives
June 4, 2007By Dianna Huff
If you're a copywriter or corporate communicator, you've been trained to not use the same words or phrases repeatedly in your copy. If you did, someone -- your boss or editor -- would strike the offending words as being repetitive, wordy, or even boring. As a writer, you're supposed to use your creativity, knowledge of the language, and intellect to craft beautifully written copy.
Imagine, then, when someone informs you that a new copywriting skill involves using the same words over and over again on a Web page. When you see the offending copy, you cringe. "Ack!" you think. "What hack writer got away with writing that... that... that stuff?" Welcome to the world of search engine optimization copywriting.Continue reading...
When we talk about writing style, we mean one of two things: a set of rules and conventions regarding words and punctuation (sometimes known as the "house style" of a given publication); or a distinctive, identifiable way of assembling words and punctuation (sometimes known as "tone" or "voice"). The first kind of style is all about standards: it's why newspaper writers spell out all numerals under ten and why New Yorker editors -- alone of all their tribe -- spell vendor as vender. The second kind of style is about deviations from the standard. It's what makes us recognize a passage of prose as indisputably Ernest Hemingway's or Joan Didion's or David Foster Wallace's or Maureen Dowd's. Continue reading...