“12 Blazing Speakers / 1 Day / 1 Beach” Copy Cabana promises a lot. It didn’t actually deliver on every promise. Calling it “The hottest copywriting event around” is a bit of a stretch when the rain’s coming at you sideways off the sea and someone’s sheltering under a pizza box with what looks like […]
LinkedIn. Doesn’t really get the pulse racing, does it? It even sounds stupid when you say it out loud. “LinkedIn.” “Linked In.” “Link Din.” Meh. It’s not got the instant gratification of Twitter or the mass market appeal of Facebook, but poor underrated LinkedIn has generated more business for me than any other social media […]
“I wish I worked from home. It sounds like a great skive.” “Do you spend all day watching telly in your kecks then?” “Some of us need to get up and put a suit on. Some of us have real jobs.” Since I started working for myself, I’ve heard it all. Freelance life is all […]
Do you know what the first piece of marketing copy I ever wrote was? Of course you don’t. You don’t know that it was for a small boutique hotel, or that a 200 word piece came back with six recommended amendments from the Head of Copy. Most importantly, you don’t know that it was a […]
I bumped into an old school friend a few weeks back. I’d not seen her in about 15 years, and she had no idea what I did for a living. I write, I said. “Fiction? Novels?” No, I replied. I’m a copywriter. I’m no good at fiction. Fiction’s basically just lying for money. “Isn’t that […]
There’s a word that keeps coming up in meetings I have with clients. It comes up when they ask me what I think’s really important when it comes to putting their message out there. The word is disconnected. It’s not a word I see used often on copywriting blogs. Maybe other copywriters bring it up […]
There’s more to my job than writing copy. There’s reading copy too. I read a hell of a lot of copy. Some amazingly good, some toe-curlingly bad, most of it fair-to-middling. Quite often, the reason I’m reading a piece is that a client has asked me for my opinion. To see what I think. Whether I […]
I’m used to reading Tweets from “experts” making outlandish claims about how audiences react to content, or which method of outreach is now “dead,” so it takes something fairly incendiary to get me to engage. Something like one of Sports Illustrated’s digital team putting a hard cap on the amount of words you can use […]
Bloody Theresa May, coming in here with her run on sentences and her ad-hoc approach to line breaks. I tell you what, this’d never have happened if Milliband had been able to eat a sandwich correctly… Don’t worry. This isn’t that kind of post. It’s not about those Tories. And I definitely won’t be telling […]
“It’s easy. It’s just churning out bumpf. Just writing a few words. Won’t take you long at all. It’s only a short email.” Every single copywriter has heard those words. In the interests of positive copywriter/client relations, I won’t tell you the sort of words we say to ourselves when we hear those words. But […]
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