Side Hustle Spark 183: Blather on…(with a purpose)

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More advice from Drayton Bird.

Choose long copy over short copy.

I have seen this advice for years. (And yet, Side Hustle Curator, your posts don’t show it…)

It seems counterintuitive considering many readers’ harried pace and scattered attention.

Some of Drayton’s theories why:

  • Some customers just like to read.
  • The longer the copy, the more ‘triggers’ you the writer can include.
  • Because many readers’ attention bounces around, the longer the copy, the better the chance at least a portion of your copy will resonate.
  • Length of copy suggests ‘importance’ to some folks.

What to include in your long post?

Drayton says ‘story’ and ‘repetition’.

Check out his proposed ‘outline for an effective long fundraising message‘: [Seems this applies to product or service sales, as well.]

  • Introduction: Why I’m writing to you.
  • Ask.
  • Why your gift is so important today.
  • Ask.
  • How much impact your gift will have.
  • Ask.
  • Story that demonstrates the need.
  • Ask.
  • Remind the donor of his values and connection with the cause.
  • Ask.
  • Another story.
  • Ask.
  • Help the donor visualize what will happen when she gives.
  • Ask.
  • Conclusion: Thank the donor for caring. Ask again.

Here’s the link to sign up for his emails. Pretty sure you won’t be disappointed–funny and informative stuff.

Also, consider signing up for “Drayton’s 51 free helpful marketing ideas – all proven and easy to implement.”

From Drayton: “You’ll find all of them cost nothing or very little to do.

And I’ll wager if you try just three of them, you’ll see why they are so popular.”

Note: There’s no affiliation with the site. Just wanting to share good stuff.

Side Hustle Spark 182: Avoid flatulent puffery.

I love that term.
Gotta say, Drayton Bird doesn’t just know copywriting. He knows marketing. And he knows straight talk. 

Here is a Drayton post I enjoyed recently. He teaches a few writing/marketing lessons as he hammers away at some failed email copy strategies. Fun stuff. You’ll find the term (borrowed from advertising legend David Ogilvy) ‘flatulent puffery’ inside the post.

Here’s the link to sign up for his emails. Pretty sure you won’t be disappointed–funny and informative stuff.

Also, consider signing up for “Drayton’s 51 free helpful marketing ideas – all proven and easy to implement.”

From Drayton: “You’ll find all of them cost nothing or very little to do.

And I’ll wager if you try just three of them, you’ll see why they are so popular.”

Side Hustle Spark 163: Ten email subject lines that worked on me…

  1. This never fails. Have a look and you’ll see why
  2. Your productivity is not a measure of your worth.
  3. These are the 10 best ads of 2020. [‘Best’ lists almost always get me.]
  4. Are you afraid to fail? [A question that provokes a lot of us.]
  5. Why great copy isn’t enough
  6. Secret tricks businesses use to impress you.
  7. The Letter that Keeps on Giving
  8. My Toxic Family, Then My Toxic Family Found Out
  9. If Only… [So open-ended, I had to follow it…]
  10. A free video on how to write great copy [which I will point to in my next post]