Let Me Repeat: Repetition is a Good Thing

Let Me Repeat: Repetition is a Good Thing

A strong idea or point deserves repeating. Why? People scan. Attention spans are short. And it’s repetition of an idea or unique selling proposition that reduces the chance that the casual reader will miss what’s most important. Skillful repetition of your idea builds long-term memory. So why do some marketers think repetition is bad?
 

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Three Copywriting Voices

Three Copywriting Voices

The other day I got an email from someone I hadn’t heard from in a while. The subject line was a casual “Hey Gary.” Wow, I thought! I haven’t heard from this person in a long time, so I eagerly opened the email. But in a split-second, I realized this wasn’t a personal email. It was an autoresponder. And it didn’t sound like the person I know who sent it. It felt like it had been written by a copywriter.

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Why People Buy

Why People Buy

Today, marketers and copywriters must probe more deeply to peel back the hardened layers that prospective customers add over time to their persona. For example: You’re selling a drill. Is it to drill a hole ... or build an awning? But is the reason deeper? Is the awning going to be a place where a child can sit in the shade when it’s sunny, and under protection when it’s rainy? Perhaps the reason to buy a drill is even deeper: The child is disabled, confined to a wheelchair, and the only time she can breathe fresh air is while sitting outside. Under the safety of an awning.
 

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