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Copywriting Tip #13

Make your sentences pack a punch.
Don’t write -
“Give us a call to find out more”
Swap it round -
“To find out more, give us a call”

 

Press Releases

Don't put the cart before the horse

Make your sentences pack a punch

What do you make of these sentences?

"Start using our great new CRM system to improve your efficiency."

"Call us today to find out more."

"The directors are facing some tough decisions, if they want to sort out this mess."

Notice anything odd about them?
 

Avoid cliches like the plague

Don't you hate cliches?

I do.  I reckon we all do - well, at least those of us who care about using language to communicate clearly and effectively.

First off, clichés are boring.  In fact, they're so boring, that when I come across more than two or three in one piece of text, my knees ache.  But what upsets me about clichés more than anything else is that they’re a symptom of my other pet hate - laziness.

 

Bite that bullet!

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What’s so special about bullet points?

✓ They’re great
✓ They look cool
✓ Admit it - you love ‘em
✓ Use them … and your readers will love you too

 

Do I have to repeat myself repeat myself repeat myself?

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Once upon a time, there lived a young, ambitious, better-than-averagely-good-looking politician.

One day he stood up in front his audience and promised, “When I become Prime Minister my 3 main priorities will be education, education, education”.

His early years as Prime Minister went rather well.  It was only towards the end of his term of office that things went somewhat awry for Tony Blair.
 

Is Usain Bolt really the King of pace?

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He certainly knows a bit about going flat out, but when we're writing, isn’t pace more subtle than that?

You’ll have noticed that I’m always banging on about the virtues of keeping things short.  Short words, short paragraphs, short sentences … but hang on a minute.  Does this always have to be the case?  Look what happens if your sentences become unrelentingly punchy.
 

Proofreading Perfection - just a pipe-dream?

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Welcome to tip No. 1  from your Friendly Copywriter.

Read on or, if you prefer,
click here for the video version.

Proofreading.

Don't you just hate it?
the art of the impossible.
18 months ago, I produced our very first Copywriter Pro leaflet.  The design was great Thank you Mark Coster from Pixooma.  The print quality was the best (fine work, The Braunston Family from Braunston Print).
OK - enough plugs for these wonderful people.

Punctuation - does it really matter?

When it comes to getting your message across, does punctuation really matter?

Well, some, like the much maligned semi-colon, perhaps we can live without.

But there are others, like the cute little comma, whose absence could have disastrous results.

 

 

Mind the Gap

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Gaps matter - they really do.

Admit it.  When you write something, more than anything you want to keep your reader engaged.

Whether you're writing a 1,000 treatise or a note to the milkman, your aim is the same - to keep the reader with you - to the bitter end.

WHEN IN ROME ...

... DO AS THE ROMANS DO.  WHEN IN BUSINESS, BE AN ANGLO-SAXON.

You’re writing a Sales Letter, promoting your latest filing system. So – what’s the most important thing?

'Be professional?'

Well yeeeees …. But what do you mean by ‘professional’?

'Make sure I use proper business-like words. Like this –'

 

Dear Mr. Jones

THE JARGON BUSTER No. 1 - Focus on the business drivers that provide a tangible compelling reason to leverage mobility in various functions

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