Month: February 2017

[Story Sells] How to Capture Drifting Attention with the Captain “Hook” Rule

You will lose sales unless you hook your customer’s attention with the very first sentence. But what do you say? Well, to figure that out, let’s look at what not to do. And then just do the opposite. Captain Hook and his pals at Jake and the Neverland Pirates hold the treasure we seek. If …

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Ep 107: Kim Schwalm – Consistently Beating Control Ads

   In This Episode Kim Krauss Schwalm is the perfect follow-up to Clayton Makepeace’s copywriting masterclass. Kim is a top-level copywriter Brian Kurtz couldn’t hire fast enough to work for Boardroom… … where she became the first ever female copywriter to beat one of their controls (her first Boardroom project out-performed a 7-year Parris Lampropoulos …

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Ep 44 – The Rocky Balboa Guide To A/B Split Testing with Allison Carpio

   In This Episode Here’s the reality when it comes to testing: There are no “failed” split tests. You’re always one step closer to your big win with every test… if you do it right. Today I’ve got freelance copywriter and A/B testing specialist, Allison Carpio, on the show. She has helped clients in her …

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Stephen King’s IT And The Secret To Creating Emotion-Driven Copy That Converts

It’s one of the most notorious openings to any novel… Shocking, gruesome… …and so very, very vivid. From Stephen King’s epic 1986 tale, IT: “A small boy in a yellow slicker and red galoshes ran cheerfully along beside the newspaper boat. The rain had not stopped, but it was finally slackening. It tapped on the …

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Ep 106: Clayton Makepeace – Selling on Emotion ($1.5 Billion Worth!)

   In This Episode Clayton Makepeace is the mind behind ads that sold a Billion and a half dollars worth of products in the health and financial markets. There aren’t many copywriters alive who can bring a whopping four decades of in-the-trenches experience to the table. So naturally, Makepeace is also one of the most …

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[Story Sells] The “Mother Rule” for Keeping Faith with your Prospect

Sell on emotion, justify with logic? Yes, but … Stories teach us that emotions have a logic of their own. We may be irrational, unknowable creatures … But at least in stories, emotions must make sense. If they don’t, then we the audience won’t believe what’s happening in the story. Like when characters do dumb …

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Ep 105: James Schramko – “Reprogramming” Your Brain For Success

   In This Episode Imagine reading what your babysitter thought of you when you were 4-years-old. Would it foreshadow the persona you are now, or would you be shocked at what you read? James Schramko, founder of SuperFastBusiness.com, is known for taking entrepreneurs under his wing and showing them the amazing world of “wealthification“. As …

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Ep 42 – The Hidden Power of A Well-Placed Case Study With Brian McCarthy

   In This Episode Here’s the thing about testimonials: You have to have them, but they rarely get read. So… What else can you do to beef up the social proof of your offer? Today I’ve got freelance copywriter Brian McCarthy on the show. He has helped big names like Ramit Sethi get more sales …

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Ep 104: Frank Kern – Becoming The “Rolling Stones Of Marketing” (Then Quitting The Band)

   In This Episode “I’ve only done like three podcast interviews…” Frank told me just before rolled tape. I knew right then this would be extra juicy, and I wasn’t disappointed. If you’ve been around marketing for more than a hot minute, you know the legend of Frank Kern. He pioneered online video as we …

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Ep 41 – How To Build Customer Loyalty Like The Big Brands With Nicole Piper

   In This Episode If you’re in business for yourself and you’ve always thought “I don’t need a brand”… I’ve got some eye-opening news for you today. Here’s the reality: You have a brand identity right now. Either you are controlling it, or your audience is creating it on their own. My guest today, Nicole …

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