Reciprocity is the persuasion principle at play in most of our content marketing efforts and when we give out free trials. We’re banking on the idea that, if we do something generous for someone – such as giving them a free whitepaper, letting them try our software without entering their CC or writing super-helpful posts (ahem) – they will give back to us in kind. But if reciprocity is so powerful, why don’t more trial users convert? Why don’t more leads open our emails? And why don’t more readers comment on our posts?
Decent copy takes time & skill. Consistently high-converting copy takes time, skill, research, and statistical validation. If you’re outsourcing the job, this will cost you money — often quite a bit more than you might expect for what appear to be, you know, just words. So what should you expect to pay for stellar web or email copy? Use these calculations to find out.
You can make yourself comfortable at home. When you’re trying to grow your business, you’ve gotta make yourself uncomfortable. That’s what we’re challenging ourselves to do in 2015, as effing painful as it sounds. Check out how – and why – we’re going to make ourselves uncomfortable by clicking to read this.
We watch enough Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den to know that a ton of products just aren’t meant to be. The timing isn’t right. Or the audience isn’t there. Or the product is just a product, not a solution – not a painkiller, vitamin or addictive drug. In this challenge, we do the extremely difficult… and ask you to think about what in your life needs to go but hasn’t yet.
As our second challenge of 2015, we’re launching a brand new business called Snap. It’s a spin-off of Copy Hackers – but more of a Laverne and Shirley to Happy Days than a Joanie Loves Chachi to Happy Days. A good spin-off. Check it out and see how to put Snap to work for you as you build your own product that solves a problem for people you know.
In the first of this 4-part series on the challenges we’re posing for ourselves – challenges we hope you accept with us – we discuss our desire to start having fun as bloggers again. If you’ve been frustrated by the pressures you put on yourself to be a certain way as a business owner, share your experiences here.
Tens of thousands of freelance copywriters, designers and developers are on Elance.com and Freelancer.com. But how many of them are making real money? If you’ve struggled to figure out how to earn on Elance, read this post by freelance copywriter Danny Margulies, who earned more than $110,000 in 12 months on Elance – without running himself ragged.
Workers switch task as often as every 3 minutes, and they can take as long as 30 minutes to settle into a task. What does that mean? We’re unfocused at best – and it’s the marketer and copywriter’s job to engage in a little attention management to focus us, something magicians do exceptionally well.