What You can Learn From Starbucks Coffee's Blogging Boo-Boos

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Oh Starbucks. Why are you walking away from the conversation? As…

What Stephen King Taught Me About Online Writing

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I love Stephen King books. "Carrie."  "It." "The Stand."…

Starbucks Coffee and Their Breakfast Sandwich Blunder

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Don't get me wrong. I adore Starbucks coffee. My friends tease…

What Rodney Dangerfield and SEO Copywriters Have in Common

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The comedian Rodney Dangerfield coined a brilliant one-liner…

SEO Copywriting Tough Love: Control What You Can Control

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I've just returned from DMA '08 in Vegas. In a neon and gambling…

Don't Tell Me What I'm Thinking: Does Your Messaging Miss the Mark?

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It’s funny when television mirrors reality so closely. I was watching Mad Men, the AMC series about 1960’s-era advertising executives. The setup: A client, Playtex, craved a new advertising campaign. A group of men (who assumedly have never tried to squeeze their man-breasts into a push-up bra) and one woman was assigned to the campaign. The group (without the woman’s help) developed a campaign around the assumption that women wanted to either be like Marilyn Monroe or Jackie Kennedy, and all advertising should be centered on those two female icons. Problem is, the men didn’t ask any women if they related to either Jackie or Marilyn. They didn’t ask the opinion of the lone woman working on the campaign. In fact, they even dismissed her opinion after she disagreed with their ideas. Just like what happens in hundreds of companies and ad agencies every day, the men of Mad Men ignored the real data in front of them, and chose to make assumptions about their target audience.

What to do right now: Planning ongoing SEO content

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So, what new articles are you adding to your site this month? I know, I know. Adding additional Website content seems like “too much work” when time is already short and your nerves are feeling frazzled. You can’t ask your marketing department to do it – they’re already maxed out. Fighting for freelance budget seems too overwhelming. And heaven forbid that you add something new to your plate… …sound familiar?

Why Direct Response Writing Skills Are so Damn Important

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Where has SEO copywriting gone wrong? I had an interesting…

Who's Really Writing Your Web Content?

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Yesterday, I received a disturbing voice mail. The caller…

Breaking Through Blogger's Block

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I admit it. I'm a SEO writing slacker. It's been two weeks…