Entries by Amy C. Teeple

FREE is powerful, but dangerous

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Last Updated on April 28, 2014“Free” is a very effective power word. It grabs your reader’s attention and may even convince him to take that next conversion step.
However, if you use “free” incorrectly, it could cost you.
Does “free” remove value?
I recently witnessed the following scene.
A 15-year-old boy uses color ink to print the informational page […]

Who cares about Passover? Holiday marketing examined

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Last Updated on April 14, 2014At sundown tonight, Pesach, known in English as Passover, will begin. According to Judaism 101, Passover “is one of the most commonly observed Jewish holidays, even by otherwise non-observant Jews” with 67% of Jews routinely attending a Passover seder, while only 46% belong to a synagogue.
Easter is more than a […]

Many writers, one voice – it IS possible

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Last Updated on March 31, 2014Your in-house marketing team may consist of several copywriters … or at least numerous team members who contribute content.
Your website may include:

Product pages written by your creative team
How-to pages written by your tech team
About pages written by upper management
Blog posts written by members of various departments

So how can you ensure […]

3 tips for a high-converting in-house copywriting strategy

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Last Updated on March 24, 2014Your in-house copywriting best practices were probably well thought out when they were created, but are they still up to date?
Sometimes, in-house writing teams can fall into the trap of the “this is how we’ve always done it” mindset. But what happens when Google makes another algorithm update and your […]

Are your complimentary services free? Understanding word choice

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Last Updated on March 17, 2014During some recent holiday travel, I saw this sign in the San Diego airport. I had to take a picture of it because I wondered how many people asked. “How much does it cost?” before they added the handwritten sign “free.”
Who are you trying to reach?
A 2012 report indicated that […]

Step away from the thesaurus!

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Last Updated on March 10, 2014Although it’s true that synonyms are an SEO copywriter’s friend, not every word in your thesaurus is created equal.
Don’t turn to a thesaurus unless you know how to use it.
Make sure the words you choose really convey the proper message.
It’s a lurking marketing nightmare
A few years ago, I walked past […]

Content marketing: Madonna or Cyndi Lauper?

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Last Updated on March 3, 2014I will admit it. I love ’80s music. Born in the early ’70s, I was a pre-teen and teen in the 1980s and loved pop music (or whatever we were calling it back then). Wham!, Bananarama, Corey Hart, Joan Jett, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, The Police, Paula Abdul, Prince, […]