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Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

SEO Workshop Part 4: Body Copy

June 19th, 2012
Content For Your Web Pages

Welcome to the forth installment of our SEO workshop series.  Today we will guide you through the world of writing good body copy in order to both satisfy your visitors and the Search Engine Crawlers you are viaing for the attention of.  Before you start working on your body copy make sure your site is first optimized for the human experience, you have your most important keywords in hand, and you have dedicated your…

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Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:30 am

12 Days Of Conversions: Day 5-Paid Search Campaigns

November 29th, 2011

Keyboard with blue christmas tress and red 2011 keysSpend more to get more.  That saying is more important to ecommerce sites during the holidays than during any other time of year. Aggregate conversion rate throughout the web increases over the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, so it is only natural to increase PPC spend during this time.  Make sure your additional spend is as fruitful as possible by following these 5 tips to increase revenue on PPC spend over the holiday season:

#1 Maintain Scent

The…

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Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

Got Personas? Three Ways to Leverage Them in 2011

February 7th, 2011

We’ve written plenty of posts over the years about what marketing personas are, how to create them, and why they’re useful. This post assumes you’ve already done the hard work of creating marketing personas. You’ve got them, and boy, do they look pretty! But they’re essentially gathering dust on your Marketing Shelf, when you should be leveraging them to make your marketing more customer-centric.

Note: This is “Personas 201″ so, if you need “Personas 101″ first, we suggest you start with our free…

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Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 at 8:01 am

How To Loosen Up the Tone of Marketing Emails

January 6th, 2010

My inbox is a battlefield.  It’s where the chosen few companies/brands that I allow into my consciousness battle it out for my attention, my clicks, my time, and my credit card.

I scan the list of unread messages in waves: First, I pick off the obvious junk messages.  Then, I scan the “From” fields and subject lines to make sure I at least recognize who these messages are from and that they’re “legitimate.”  If anything looks questionable, it’s…

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Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 at 9:16 am

Who’s Working Your Website Assembly Line?

December 21st, 2009

online workers assembly line

Henry Ford perfected the assembly line concept in the automobile industry many years ago, and it has been utilized successfully in many industries since. Before Ford implemented the highly successful assembly line, instead of focusing on what each skilled worker specialized in and passing the car down the line to the next worker, the skilled workers crafted cars one at a time together as a team. Ford’s introduction of the assembly line resulted in the development of affordable cars (decreased…

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Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 at 9:00 am

“Click Here” Makes Me Rip My Hair Out

November 20th, 2009

"click here" makes me rip my hair outEvery time I see a button or text link that includes or says “click here,” I pull 10 hairs out of my head.  I have a lot of hair, so the good news is that I won’t go bald anytime soon.  It’s troubling to see that so many sites are still using this language within their calls to action. Using this flimsy phrase makes the call to action weak!

If the call to action is underlined copy, visitors realize…

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Monday, Sep. 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Nobody wants to read your sh**!

September 21st, 2009

Stop TalkingMost valuable writing lesson ever. Or so says Steven Pressfield in this blog post on how his first professional job as an advertising copywriter indelibly carved this truth on his psyche:

“Nobody wants to read your shit.

Let me repeat that. Nobody–not even your dog or your mother–has the slightest interest in your commercial for Rice Krispies or Delco batteries or Preparation H. Nor does anybody care about your one-act play, your Facebook page or your new sesame chicken joint at Canal and…

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Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Six Ways to Sell Your Expertise Online

August 19th, 2009

expertMany of our clients are in the business of being Experts. Some are consultants, some are advisors, some highly-skilled professionals within their field. The challenge with using the Web to market one’s expertise is that the online world is full of charlatans, and most people who’ve hired a few “experts” have had at least one of them not live up to their claims and produce poor results.

Selling expertise face-to-face is quite bit easier. The true Expert’s skills come across in their…

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Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm

How to Handle Jargon and Acronyms

August 13th, 2009

JargonHere’s an issue/question that arrived in a comment to my post on Playing an Idiot Online [emphasis mine]:

“Brilliant post. We get this all the time, when designing websites for our clients……..But our clients will often use the line “but my customer understands this terminology, these acronyms, my customer is from a particular niche and they all use this terminology”…….It can be hard to argue this point, the client knows their customer better than us…… Yes usability tests would be a good…

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Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm

When We-We and SEO Copy Attack

July 21st, 2009

Perhaps I haven’t had enough coffee this morning…you know us Seattleites

But I just felt I had to call out an example of how poor copywriting and writing for search engine robots can ruin a decent Unique Value Proposition.

wewe.and.seo.copyI was referred to a site to look at their homepage design (see screenshot, highlighting is mine), and immediately noticed that they had a prominent Unique Value Proposition (UVP) statement, which was promising.

The UVP statement wasn’t the best I’ve read, but at least it…

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