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EP 242: New Breed: Arthur Lih – The tricky business of saving lives

    In This Episode Today’s episode could save lives – no joke.  Arthur Lih is my guest, he’s the inventor of LifeVac (lifevac.net), a simple, plunger-like device that has saved 160+ lives (70 of them children) since he invented it.  His “reason why” story will break your heart, as will the many stories of …

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Easy leads

If you’re a copywriter, there are two types of leads you can get all day long with very little effort… The “lowest bidder” leads on freelance marketplaces like Fiverr and Upwork where you’re forced to do a high volume of low dollar gigs.  (The only way to “win” this game is by living in the …

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EP 241: Wisdom Tree: Ryan Lee on reinventing your business without losing your way

   In This Episode How does a high school gym teacher with dial-up internet end up starting, running, and being the face of multiple companies across vastly different niches, all without any formal business education or investors of any kind?  By not overthinking it.  Ryan Lee is a master of “ready, fire, aim” style entrepreneurship, …

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Three superstar guests joining me… (guess who)

  I was recently on a Facebook live with special guests… master copywriter David Deutsch, uber-successful entrepreneur, Ryan Lee, and celebrity productivity expert, Adrienne Dorison…           Watch the replay to get an actionable preview of the kind of tactics we’ll be sharing at the upcoming Freelancing Transformation Bootcamp in November.  Over …

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EP 240: Freelancer’s Journey: Laura Belgray – How To Create (And When To Kill) A Hot Offer

   In This Episode Dropping services you no longer enjoy delivering is hard for freelancers. Especially when those services are in demand. It takes a giant leap of faith to believe that by creating that space, better things will come. Copy Chief Live guest expert Laura Belgray has made a career of creating wildly popular …

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EP 238: Freelancer’s Journey – Dean Edelson, ClickFunnels Senior Copywriter

   In This Episode Dean Edelson was a stand-up comic working the NYC club scene with legends like Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David… then he started writing TV promos and movie scripts in Hollywood before getting into real estate investing where he realized he loved writing the stuff to sell properties more than selling properties.  …

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EP 237: Coffee With Kev – The 3 things I would teach my kids about freelancing

   In This Episode If I could corral my on-the-go teenagers for three days of focused attention, these are the 3 things I would want them to know about how to work with great clients, from anywhere, on their own terms. I came to these 3 things by reviewing what the most successful freelancers in …

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EP 236: New Breed – Mike Michalowicz on how to Get Different (minus the clown shoes)

   In This Episode Best-selling author Mike Michalowicz (Profit First, Clockwork) has a new book about how to stand out in the deafening world of marketing noise. It’s called “Get Different” and it’s really good.  “This isn’t about putting on a clown costume and making the ‘wonka, wonka’ sound,” Mike clarified to start the interview… …

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Here’s what I’d teach my own kids about freelancing (3 things in 3 minutes)…

I’ve got two teenagers (15 and 17) who are preparing to take on the world, so I think a lot about what I can give them to make the journey ahead a little less treacherous.  Sure, I welcome all the ass-kickings they surely will endure – and survive – because wisdom from experience is the …

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EP 234: Freelancer’s Journey: Claire Fernan – The Pharmacist Turned Copywriter

   In This Episode Making the “big leap” is never an easy decision, and that’s why Claire knew if she didn’t make two of them (ending her stressful career AND marriage) simultaneously, she would likely put them off too long, or even forever.  Today you’ll hear how Claire found the courage – and the path …

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EP 233: New Breed: Sammy Musgrave – Instagram Caption Copy That Converts

   In This Episode Sure Instagram is a visual platform… but if you’ve been overlooking the copy in your captions, then you’re missing the biggest conversion factor.  Copywriter and prolific Instagrammer, Sammy Musgrave is back to explain how she’s using proven copy strategies for turning scrollers into subscribers. Listen to Copy Chief Radio #233 New …

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How to solve ANY freelancing problem in 10 mins or less

We’ve just opened up a very few spots in my Freelancer’s Journey Accelerator coaching program.  Accelerator is my mid-level coaching program where twice a month I host a call and give you 1-1 advice and action plans for… Resolving tricky client issues Raising your fees Specializing your services Connecting with copy-centric companies looking to hire …

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EP 232: New Breed: Casey Stanton on Fractional CMO-ing

   In This Episode Fractional CMOs are essentially a hybrid of Marketing Consultant (which nobody really wants) and Chief Marketing Officer (which many companies can’t afford or aren’t yet ready for). Whether or not you feel equipped to step into a company as their fractional CMO, today’s episode will expand your thinking about… – Positioning …

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The latest (and most ironic) trend in freelancing…

I just finished a call with one of the most in-demand freelancer’s I coach… He’s got a lot going on.  Full roster of well-known clients where he primarily consults on, rather than writes, their ads. A suite of training products he sells consistently for thousands in passive monthly income. Paid workshops that fill to capacity every time …

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EP 231: Freelancer’s Journey: Csaba Borzasi – Growing Your Business By Showing Your Work

   In This Episode One of the fastest ways to build a strong reputation for yourself as a freelancer is to create Authority Content by simply teaching what you’re learning. Csaba Borzasi (CH-aba Bor-za-SHE) has done an amazing job of this with his recent public challenge to break down 100 Legendary Sales Letters in 100 …

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EP 230: New Breed: Laura Lopuch – Cold Outreach Email That Actually Work

   In This Episode Today I’m talking with Laura Lopuch who spent a gruelling three months sending cold emails into the silent void before she finally broke through and figured out why they weren’t working and what to do instead.  The results were impressive: A quickly filling schedule of clients, her emails being forwarded to …

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EP 229: Freelancers Journey: Angie Colee “Making the big leaps”

   In This Episode At some point, every freelancer will face “The Leap.”  That Leap can be a calculated choice from a position of safety – for instance, finally having the confidence to quit the “main job” and go freelance full time. Or it can look more like life giving you a swift and unexpected …

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EP 228: New Breed: Adam Hunt is revolutionizing humor in marketing

   In This Episode The only thing worse than having boring sales messaging these days is trying to be entertaining and missing the mark.  The fails aren’t just cringeworthy, they can cost you big – and at worst even sink the entire ship.  So, it makes sense that most business owners avoid the risk of …

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EP 227: Wisdom Tree – Chris Haddad, “My brain is a very frightening place”

   In This Episode “I hear stories about how horrible I was to people, and I say, ‘I’m sure that’s true, and I’m very sorry… but I have no recollection of it’.” If you’ve ever woken up after a wild night cringing because you can’t quite remember everything you did or said the night before, …

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Well, THAT went well…

How ‘bout a little look behind the curtain today?  This’ll be revealing to you if… You love copywriting and freelancing… You consider yourself to be a natural teacher… You’ve thought of creating your own courses and products… Many freelancers do, over time. Others don’t. They prefer to hang behind the scenes and produce. Which is …

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EP 226: Coffee With Kev – Copywriting Crash Course During A Car Chase Movie Scene

   In This Episode Hey! It’s Sammy Musgrave here for Copy Chief, your comrade in freelancing and copywriting.  Tell me… how did you feel when you found out direct response copywriting was a thing? At first, I thought the chances of “making it” were as likely as starring in the next Avengers movie alongside my …

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EP 225: Freelancer’s Journey: Addison Rice – His recipe for digital nomad freedom

   In This Episode Addison Rice is on one hell of an adventure. His journey into copywriting started with a question… and a Negroni. “Hey, how would you go about making money with music online?” The answer sparked a conversation that moved Addison out of Phase 0 (searching for salvation) and catapulted him into Phase …

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EP 224: New Breed: Elite Email Copywriting with Chris Orzechowski

   In This Episode When it comes to learning the absolute essentials of email copywriting…  … the proven message frameworks… … the exact order of sequences, … the psychology behind every email you send (right down to the subject line), … and in what order and timeframe to send them… There is only ONE email copywriter I trust …

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EP 223: New Breed: Marcella Allison – The Sexist Secret to Succeeding as a Woman in Business

   In This Episode Marcella Allison is a copywriter of the highest calibre. Her controls dominate the most aggressively competitive markets like health and finance.  If that was all she did, I could interview her endlessly on the topic of copywriting alone.  But, she does SO much more than write amazing sales copy.  Today we …

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EP 222: Freelancer’s Journey: Anna Iveson – Delivering your best work – Even if you think you aren’t ready.

   In This Episode Landing your first few gigs as a freelancer can be an exhilarating combination of intense excitement and gnawing fear.  It’s natural to be nervous… after all, you want to deliver great work your client will love… but there can be a whole new set of internal fears that come leaping forward …

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The best email copywriter I know?

The numbers are in, there are now over SEVEN MILLION copywriters calling themselves “email copy experts”…  … and that’s just in the dating niche! (Ba-dam, tsss) There are a few million more self-titled “email wizards” now teaching super wizardly email tactics like…  “writing as your dog”“spicing it up with memes” and “using whacky ‘from names’” Holy …

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EP 221: New Breed: Johnny Crowder – Behind his TEDx talk and wild year revolutionizing digital mental health

   In This Episode “I have a confession to make… and I need your listeners to know this…” said Johnny when I asked a non-related question. His big confession was that he’d been “holding a microphone in front of his face” the entire interview, which covered his acclaimed Tedx talk, the wild financial ride of …

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EP 220: Wisdom Tree – Showing up in your reader’s dreams with Laura Belgray

   In This Episode There is magic in Laura Belgray’s writing.  And she’s used it – with her email list specifically – to go from a TV Land promo writer, pumping out clever callbacks to Andy Griffith episodes… to running a seven-figure business from her couch.  All with her words.  The phrase, “I want to …

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EP 219: Freelancer’s Journey – Becoming Your Own Best Client with Kevin Rogers and Rachel Mazza

   In This Episode If your freelancing business is starting to feel like a sh*tty job… and, worst part?… YOU are the nasty boss! Demanding these long hours, the “working weekends”, and now that you’re thinking about it, the pay kind of sucks, too!   Then, we feel you. Every successful freelancer we know has been …

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EP 218: New Breed – Decision fatigue is very real (how to manage it) with Adrienne Dorison

   In This Episode Productivity expert Adrienne Dorison (RunLikeClockwork.com) is one of the experts I sought advice from last year when the pandemic poop hit the proverbial fan.  Today we’re examining the changes that actually came from working in a year in lockdown. How are we working differently, which changes are here to stay, and …

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EP 217: Freelancer’s Journey – Sammy Musgrave, Going full time and loving it

   In This Episode Sammy Musgrave is a rule breaker.  She discovered her love for copywriting before she even knew it was a thing – during a sales presentation workshop… “Looking back, it was all copywriting principles – and I LOVED it.” Against their warnings, she used what she learned in that presentation to update …

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The “no outcome pending” method for making big connections

Do you love April Fool’s Day?  Have you been planning for weeks exactly when to drop the plastic spider from the ceiling above the toilet and phone-record a family member screaming half-pantsed down the hallway?  That’s some Tik Tok gold right there! (forced segue alert…) But, ya know…  One place it’s ALWAYS UNCOOL to try …

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Hunger, Smarts, and _____ Clayton Makepeace’s 3 traits every copywriter needs

I recently joined a panel of the world’s best copywriters to honor Clayton Makepeace.  It’s been a year since the industry was rocked by his untimely death soon after being hospitalized.  His wife, Wendy, as always, was at his side as he passed. She then served as our “rock” by inspiring us with how she …

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EP 215: Freelancer’s Journey – Ross O’Lochlainn (The original “entrepreneurial freelancer”)

   In This Episode Like so many freelancers, Ross O’Lochlainn was waiting for “just the right time” to quit his job at an engineering firm and strike out on his own full time.  Then “fate stepped in” and forced his hand.  Dive into this in-depth review of how Ross has gone from nervous newbie (Phase …

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The “make or break” part of freelancing no one prepared you for

There’s a problem freelancers face when it comes to personal productivity:  Knowing how to use our time! It seems so elementary, but it’s understandable why we struggle with this. Because, as independents…  No one teaches us how to manage our own projects, let alone which things will actually grow our business and which are a …

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Everything I would tell you about copywriting on a long road trip

…(as we escaped the law!) Let’s imagine that you and I were thrown together by some random “madcap” movie plotline… Something really zany, like I’ve been falsely accused of a bank heist because I’m a dead ringer for the actual bank robber (played by Bryan Cranston)… who the cops don’t know just escaped through the …

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The “invisible” reason why sales copy thrives or dies

  What makes the difference between a piece of copywriting that stirs a deeply positive emotional reaction in the reader… and one that has them trashing it immediately. Or worse… forwarding it to a government agency as a potential scam? Very different reactions, clearly.  And yes, the stakes really are that high.  The difference comes …

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The entrepreneur’s “DNA test” (which type are you?)

  Wanna know what defines an entrepreneur? It isn’t the “billion dollar” ideas… Or the scrappy rebelliousness… Or even the ability to create revenue. Those things are inherent in most entrepreneurs, but also in wantrepreneurs – those who chatter about starting a business but never make the leap.  To me, what defines an entrepreneur is …

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EP 195: Mike Rinard’s (it was ugly for a minute) Freelancing Journey

   In This Episode Mike Rinard has his business running smooth on all cylinders right now. He’s been a frequent guest on CCR talking about his story-driven copywriting frameworks that are outperforming everything else on Facebook, and how he’s created a long string of super successful workshops and “mini-offers” to his growing email list.  Today, …

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Ep 194: From Old School Hustle To Internet Marketing Muscle with Jay Jackson

   In This Episode Jay Jackson began his rise to marketing expert status legit old school hustle style – hanging out in the parking lot of Whole Foods pitching customers on his fitness training as they scurried nervously to their cars.  Then he discovered the world of online marketing and quickly tripled his income. Now, …

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Ep 193: The Art of The One-Sided Conversation (5-min coffee break)

   In This Episode As copywriters, mastering the one-sided conversation is a major part of our job. We assemble the people we’ll be talking ‘to’ (our customer avatars) from research, and some real-life people who match the audience, then go about constructing a very personal conversation that hopefully triggers no threat alarms at all. No …

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Ep 119: Why Certain Copywriters Get Paid Better

   In This Episode Just you and me talking today… I had a bit of a “eureka” recently around why some copywriters seem to skyrocket to industry stardom, while others feel tethered in place. What’s making the difference here? Hard work? Connections? Luck? No. It’s something else. Resources Join Copy Chief today by clicking here …

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[Story Sells] How a “Ticking Time Bomb” Helps Capture Attention

Nothing motivates action like a time limit. It’s why sales and coupons don’t last forever. Deadlines seem to be hard-wired into our brains. It goes back to caveman days: “We get home before sun goes down, Thog. That when monster attack.” And when it comes to closing a sale, time limits create urgency to act. …

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[Story Sells] The Booster Rocket Tactic to launching a product’s Big Idea

  We live in the “golden age of television”, we are told. First premium cable, and now streaming, unshackled us from the constraints of storytelling dominated by commercial breaks. Now we can enjoy long, satisfying story arcs. The Sopranos. Breaking Bad. Game of Thrones. Westworld. Etc. All well and good. But don’t throw out traditional …

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Ep 148: Justin Brooke – How To Make (And Keep) A Bunch Of Money With Cold Traffic Ad Buys

   In This Episode Just hung up the call with Justin Brooke from adskills.com. He’s the most sought-after traffic guy in the game right now. Also one of the best teachers about how to convert on cold traffic, which is the HOLY GRAIL of any marketing business. We went deep into the psychology of winning …

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Ep 147: Mike Morgan – An Introvert’s Path To Copywriting Royalty Status

   In This Episode “I get asked to do these every week and I always say ‘no’ because I hate doing interviews… but with you I feel pretty good.” Truth is before now I didn’t realize Mike Morgan was an extreme introvert. We’ve had some night of gut-busting laughter together hanging out with our friends. …

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[Story Sells] Use this Spider-Man ‘Twist’ to Make Your Sales Story Unforgettable

There’s one story principle that’s tough to execute, but very valuable if you do it right. This principle gives a story added depth. What does that mean? Simply, the tale penetrates deeper into the audience. The story stays with them, echoes in their minds in the days after they first see it. Instead of dissolving …

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[Story Sells] “Ice-Breakers” in Ads: How To Gradually Introduce a Radical Idea

J.R.R. Tolkien had a big problem. He loved the ancient, epic tales. He began writing his own (see The Silmarillion). But he quickly discovered that these ancient worlds of honor and vengeance, with black and white heroes with little characterization, were almost totally inaccessible to a modern audience. All that oath-swearing. And listing of lineage. …

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[TAM] Ep 139: My Best Advice For Freelancers

   In This Episode “The reason people wanna become freelancers is we’re rebels, man. We’re outcasts… we don’t really fit into a regular job structure.” We’re doing something new this episode. There’s no guest! It’s a “one-sided” conversation plucked out of a previous interview I did about freelancing. As you already know, the freelancer’s journey …

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[Story Sells] Beef Up Before and After Testimonials with this Story Technique

In Blake Snyder’s useful screenwriting how-to book, Save The Cat, he talks about two scenes you must have in your movie. An opening image. And a closing image. And one more thing: They should be OPPOSITES of each other. Why? To show how the character has changed and grown. This journey is the character’s “Arc.”. …

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Ep 76: Money-Making Health Headline Strategies with Jason Rutkowski

   In This Episode Most marketers believe a “big benefit” driven headline is all you need for a successful ad. Truth is, that’s not gonna cut it anymore in today’s more sophisticated markets. Especially if you’re in the health space. In fact—chances are your perfect prospect has already seen your headline or “hook” before. So… …

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Ep 75: How You Can Use Basic Songwriting Principles To Guarantee Powerful Copy with Addison Rice (Part 2)

   In This Episode Singer-songwriter and premiere copywriter Addison Rice returns to the show today for the second episode of a two-part series where we go DEEP on how you can use the basics of songwriting to beef up your sales copy. If you haven’t heard the first part, go back and check it out …

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Ep 74: How You Can Use Basic Songwriting Principles To Guarantee Powerful Copy with Addison Rice

   In This Episode Reality is, copywriting is much like a performance art. And one consistent thing I see in great copywriters is… … they all have an interesting hobby or passion that fuels their creativity. In fact, the most compelling copy usually packs a rhythmic punch just like a good song. So it’s no …

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[Story Sells] How to Name Your Products So They Stick

Han Solo. Gilderoy Lockhart. Benjamin Grimm. These names of fictional characters are easy to remember. Why? For one thing, they are all examples of “sympathetic naming”. That’s where you name a character after a trait they possess. So Han faces life pretty much “solo,” a lone-wolf. (Except for Chewbacca, who’s kind of like a dog.) …

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[Story Sells] How to Answer Customer Objections with the “Death Star” Solution

As I write this, San Diego’s Comic Con just wrapped up. Fans were served tasty selections of their favorite fictional universes. Predictably, some offerings unleashed a flurry of geek-citement. But others ignited a firestorm of critiques. Cause few folks are as argumentative as fanboys. As a market, they’re sophisticated and very vocal. That’s why storytellers …

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The 1-Sentence “RAD” Trick That Transforms a Commodity into a Brand

We live in the age of Branded Characters. Leave no lunchbox unclaimed by a caped crusader or a spiffy cartoon. Thank goodness. Who wants a boring blue box when you can have a universe of possibilities unfold every time you reach for a PB&J? And every single character has a little “TM” next to it. …

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How to use the “Doctors Dumbfounded” effect to Build Credibility & Desire: From Shyamalan to Schwartz

There’s a simple story technique you can use to quickly build credibility and desire for your product. The best novelists and filmmakers use it, as so do the best ad-slingers. In fact, Eugene Schwartz lists it as the 7th (out of 13) way to “strengthen desire for your product.” I recently saw this storytelling tool …

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The 5 C’s of Indoctrination: Essential Website Elements To Welcome Cold Prospects And Convert The Curious

If you only sell to people who know the value of your product or service you’ll quickly run out of new customers, doomed to forever be a small fish flopping around in a shallow pool of revenue. To expand your market and increase sales you must indoctrinate new prospects. The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of indoctrination …

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[Story Sells] Prevent prospects from abandoning your ad by fixing the “Broken Film” mistake

I used to work at a movie theater in high school. One of my best jobs ever. I could watch any movie for free, and eat all the popcorn and drink all the soda I wanted. But some days were bad. When the film skipped — or worse — broke. (These were in the old …

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Ep 120: Todd Brown – The E5 Method for Marketing The Big Idea

   In This Episode Here’s the reality: if the ONE thing distinguishing your business from the other guy is that “you’re better at it”… … it’s only a matter of time before you’re dead in the water, unless you quickly get hip to the single biggest profit multiplier for your business today. In fact—your sales …

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Ep 59: The BAR Method For Addictive Storytelling with Carolynn Ananian

   In This Episode It’s more important than ever to inject persuasive stories into your marketing. In fact, just “telling a story” won’t cut it with today’s attention spans. You’ve got to hook ’em fast… otherwise they’ll click away and buy from someone else. So… how do you tell a story so good that you …

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Ep 58: How Freelancers Jump To The Next Level (Without Burning Out) with Pete Michaels

   In This Episode As a freelancer, you absolutely must carve out some daily “white space” to recharge your creative battery. Ignore this―like most freelancers do (especially earlier in the game)―and it’ll only be a matter of time before you burnout. So… how do you strike the perfect balance between doing good work and staying …

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How to tell your story like Tolkien (and stop losing prospects to your competitors)

If you had to tell me your story right this second, would you be able to do it … or would you choke? You’d think it’s easy explaining who you are and why people should care. But if this were true, nobody would need copywriters. Bad storytelling means we risk confusing or boring people … …

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Ep 118: Roy Furr – The PAISA Framework For Writing Rock-Solid Financial Controls

   In This Episode “We talk a lot about entering the conversation already going on in your prospect’s head… but what does that really mean?” Roy said during our interview. My guest today is top copywriter Roy Furr. He has written control-busting copy for the likes of Bill Bonner and Mark Ford at Agora. Roy …

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Ep 57 – Secrets of a High-Converting Email Affiliate Funnel with Chris Orzechowski

   In This Episode Here’s the reality: Most of your prospects are seeing the same cut-and-paste emails promoting a product launch… … and it’s because business owners shelve crafting compelling launch copy till it’s too late. This kills your sales. So, how do you quickly inject high-converting emails into your launch without burning your budget? …

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[Story Sells] The Joy of Bob Ross: the hidden selling technique used by this mild-mannered painter in nearly every episode

When I feel stressed out at the end of the day, and I need to relax, I’ve got something better than single malt scotch. I tune in to an artist with a big ‘fro named Bob Ross, and step in his world of Happy Little Trees, in the Joy of Painting Series. (How’d he get …

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Ep 117: Perry Marshall – The “Homer Simpson Trick” For Attracting Your Perfect Prospect

   In This Episode “I’ve never had a conversation quite like this before…” Perry said to me as we wrapped up the interview. “This was not the standard set of canned answers…” My guest today is a decorated veteran of internet marketing who has been in the game since 2003. Former engineer turned marketing consultant …

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David Bowie: The Ultimate Artist-As-Entrepreneur?

June 2017 marks 50 years since David Bowie released his first album. The title of this landmark record? Somewhat unimaginatively, it was called: David Bowie. Ironic, because nothing else in Bowie’s extraordinary life was ever that predictable again… The Ultimate Artist-as-Entrepreneur As a long-time fan, I was recently struck by just how well some of …

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[Story Sells] The Harry Potter trick to easier storytelling

Got a “productivity hack” for you today. Especially for all you procrastinators out there, as you sit down in consternation at your vintage Corona-Smith typewriter. (If you’re a hipster or an oldster, that is.) If you don’t know how to start your story, use a trick from Harry Potter-author J.K. Rowling. To explain: You remember …

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Ep 54 – How To Be More Human Through Automation with Mike Rinard

   In This Episode Here’s the reality: You’re likely addicted to getting the sale―like most marketers are―without even knowing it… … and your prospects can FEEL it. In fact―the harder you chase the sale, the farther away it slips from you… and these days, prospects are not giving you a second chance. So… how do …

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Ep 53 – How to prove your value like a lawyer proves facts with Candice Lazar

   In This Episode Proof is the lifeblood of your sales message… … and with today’s hyper aware consumer, it’s more critical than ever that you nail your offer’s proof. (In fact–your prospect is waiting for you to get this wrong, so they’ll have the perfect excuse to click away and buy somewhere else) Here’s …

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Ep 52 – How to develop a voice that cannot be ignored with Jody Raynsford

   In This Episode Would you be shocked to know that striving to “develop your authentic voice” is actually killing your connection with your audience? Here’s the thing: most sales copy your prospect reads comes off bland (even if you think you wrote something completely unique)… … and without a confident voice leading your prospect …

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[Story Sells] Establish Authority by Copying This Novelist Trick

  Can you establish credibility while lying your ass off? Yep. Novelists and other storytellers do it all the time. And when you tell true stories as a marketer, you can copy their technique to build trust. (Bonus: when you pull from real life, you don’t have to work as hard as professional liars.) Here’s …

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Ep 51 – What I learned Writing Copy For Frank Oz with Hillary Styles

   In This Episode “Frank Oz sits me down to review the draft and goes: ‘This writing is too cute for this project’…” Hillary told me during our interview. Today copywriter Hillary Styles joins me on the show. She’s currently helping Frank Oz with the sales copy for a new documentary. (He’s the puppeteer behind …

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Ep 111: Terry Dean – The Truth About The Selling Power Of List Indoctrination

   In This Episode “I was going door-to-door trying to sell satellite dishes to the Amish… I sold a grand total of zero…” Terry told me during our interview. Introverted, stuck delivering pizzas for $8 an hour, and bombing hard in belly-to-belly sales… … Terry Dean turned it all around and is now flourishing in …

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Ep 50 – Why you must understand the conscious consumer with Pauline Longdon

   In This Episode There’s a new reality about to dominate the marketing world: Your customers are more hyper aware than ever… … this “conscious consumer” sees everything you’re doing. Stay blind to this critical shift and your business will die off like the dinosaurs. (And if you’re thinking this is just another fad─like most …

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Ep 49 – The Revenue-Boosting Power of Sub-Niching Your Product with Jason Leue

   In This Episode Here’s the reality: It’s one thing to sell something on a platform like Amazon… … but to sell your product or service on your own website (with cold traffic) is the Holy Grail of sales for your business. Today, former animator turned online entrepreneur Jason Leue joins me on the show. …

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Ep 48 – How To Beat Back Impostor Syndrome And Thrive with Max Hamm

   In This Episode Do your heroes and favorite experts struggle with the same mental hurdles you wrestle with in your business? Here’s the thing: Everyone has Impostor Syndrome at one point or another. No one’s safe from it… … and if you never have it, you’re probably a sociopath! Today freelance copywriter Max Hamm …

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Ep 47 – The Huge Opportunity Hiding In Short Explainer Videos with Dean Edelson

   In This Episode What if you can get your prospects hanging on to every word of your sales copy like they were kids hypnotized by their favorite cartoon? Today, former screenwriter and stand-up comic turned copywriter, Dean Edelson joins me on the show. Dean helps high-level clients craft compelling marketing messages using explainer videos. …

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Ep 46 – Spice Up Your Messages with “Snapshot Copywriting” with Pete Michaels

   In This Episode You ever notice how people are happy to carry around a thousand page Stephen King novel? What if it was possible for you to connect with prospects so strongly that they can’t stop reading your sales copy? Today freelance copywriter and Copy Chief founding member Peter Michaels joins me on the …

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The Voice Mistakes That Are Costing You Money (And How To Fix Them)

How do you measure whether your voice is a success? Here’s a quick test. Try reading this out loud: It’s impossible not to read it in Liam Neeson’s voice. If you’ve nailed voice, that’s exactly what you should be looking for when someone reads your copy. They need to hear you. On Copy Chief, we’ve …

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[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 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 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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Here’s The Secret To Copy That Keeps Your Prospects Coming Back For More

Recently a writer wanted her copy critiqued for an email lead generation campaign. It was for a watch targeted to bodybuilders. The writing style was “upbeat and cheerful.” Hey, wait a minute. That feels off to me… I looked at the company name and wasn’t familiar with the brand. But “upbeat and cheerful” wasn’t what …

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Ep 39 – Freelancers: Why You’re Not Getting Hired Pt 2 With Abbey Woodcock

   In This Episode Abbey is a freelancer herself, and recently switched to the other side of the table when she needed to hire some writers. She was surprised to see how many applicants were making foolish mistakes ruining their chances of landing the gig. These are common mistakes that most employers never share with …

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[Story Sells] How To Make Your “AHA!” Moment Believable with this “Dr. Strange” Magic Trick

The latest Marvel blockbuster ‘Dr. Strange’ makes you believe in magic. To the tune of $653 million and counting. And one of the secrets of the believability is a little storytelling magic trick you may use in your next promotion. We live in the Golden Age of Fantasy Movies. From epic fantasies like Game of …

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Ep 101: Parris Lampropoulos – Next-Level Persuasive Copywriting Pt. 1

   In This Episode Parris Lampropoulos is universally regarded as one of the best living copywriters. He’s a face on Brian Kurtz “Mount Rushmore of Copywriters” for the record number of control ads and revenue generated at Boardroom. His list of winners is mind-boggling. Parris credits his incredible success solely on the bullets in his …

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Ep 38 – Freelancers: Why You’re Not Getting Hired Pt 1 With Abbey Woodcock

   In This Episode If you’ve been in the freelancing game long enough, you know exactly what it’s like to be turned down for a gig with no explanation at all. In this episode, you’ll learn how to increase your chance of landing a gig and why talent is only one small factor in the …

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The #1 Way You’re Accidentally Killing Your Own Sales… And How To Fix It

As an entrepreneur in the self-improvement world, you’re pouring a ton of blood, sweat and tears into your business on a daily basis… You’re creating life-changing products and services and putting beaming smiles on people’s faces without them needing to gorge on an entire chocolate cake. You’d figure your work is done right there, and …

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Ep 99: John Carlton – The One Skill Every Copywriter Must Master

   In This Episode A long overdue episode with the world’s most ripped off and respected copywriter alive, John Carlton. I’ve had the privilege of hosting a podcast with John called Psych Insights For Modern Marketers. It’s an amazing show that I describe as “hosting John’s brain”. Listeners of the show can’t get enough, and …

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Ep 36 – The Hidden Power of Weekly Newsletters with April Dykman

   In This Episode In this episode, Copy Chief member April Dykman will show you how to discover how to create a newsletter that your readers look forward to reading and what you must do if you want to monetize your newsletter (without jeopardizing the new relationship you formed with your readers). Resources: There’s no …

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Ep 97: Scott Haines – Shortcutting Your Way To High Converting Copy

   In This Episode NOTE: Sadly, one week after this episode published, Scott Haines suffered a stroke on Christmas day and did not recover. He passed away on January 11th 2017, surrounded by friends and family in Tulsa, OK. This was his last interview. Another exciting episode for Truth About Marketing with a copywriting great, …

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Ep 35 – Flash fiction for powerful story copy with AJ Silvers

   In This Episode Another hot episode with a Copy Chief member, AJ Silvers. He’s here to help you discover how to make your sales copy more engaging and effective in boosting the bottom line using flash fiction principles. Resources: Learn what “flash fiction” means and how to use it in the name of higher …

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How to 2X the value of your case studies (follow these 4 steps)

You already know case studies inspire hope, prove you’re credible, and give your reader that “If they can do it, so can I!” feeling that makes them take action. But done right, they can do a whole lot more. They can uncover objections and fears you didn’t realize your audience had. And ensure you write …

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Ep 89: Joanna Wiebe – Saying “Yes” When It Scares You Most

   In This Episode Today, I’m glad to have Joanna Wiebe with us. We’re going head first into freelancing to find out what makes freelancers successful (and what holds others back)… You may know Joanna as the woman behind CopyHackers.com. She’s a passionate copywriter who created this site to help copywriters and freelancers build their …

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Ep 87: David Garfinkel – Brainstorming Great Hooks

   In This Episode David Garfinkel is a living legend in copywriting. Also known as the “world’s best copywriting coach,” David works exclusively with seasoned copywriters and direct response companies. He’s the coach that modern day copywriters like Chris Haddad and Million Dollar Mike Morgan credit with their development. David also wrote two best-selling books …

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More writing, happier clients: 5 ways to handle the business side of copywriting

The dream of becoming a successful freelance copywriter is an alluring one. You make your own schedule. You work with who you want to work with. And you get paid handsomely for all of it. Plus, your job is to learn about psychology and persuasion — skills that improve every single area of your life. …

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Ep 24 – What you need to know before hiring a copywriter

   In This Episode Today, Abbey and Kevin help businesses owners understand what to look for when hiring a copywriter, plus how to overcome the anxieties of reaching out to a copywriter. You’ll also learn (if you’re a freelance copywriter) how to make it easier for clients to choose you… Resources: To get all the …

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Ep 85: Taylor Welch- Making A Million Bucks By Becoming Scarce

   In This Episode Great to have my friend (and a marketing superstar) Taylor Welch on today’s episode. He’s living proof of someone who went from hand-copying ads to landing his first client. He got his first experience in marketing working for his wife’s salon business, took off running with client work, and quit his …

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[Story Sells] Sell On Emotion, Justify With This …

My nephew recently asked me how The Flash got his super-speed powers. My answer: “Barry Allen was struck by lightning while standing in front of a shelf of chemicals. The combination of the chemicals and the lightning gave him super speed. Lightning is very fast, after all.”* This story made sense my nephew. Lightning is fast, …

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[Story Sells] Exposing the 60 Second Sales Hook: When Your Story Sucks

The 60 Second Sales Hook can ignite a timid prospect into action. Or it can freeze ‘em faster than the Ice Bucket Challenge – if you’re telling the wrong story. In a sec, I’ll give you a simple rule on how to chose which story to tell. First, a brief refresher of the Hook by way of …

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[Story Sells] The Bradbury Trick for Spinning Easy Story Copy

Ray Bradbury fumbled his early stories. They took him a long time and were boring to read. Until in his twenties he stumbled upon a “trick” that gave him an endless supply of story ideas … giving us Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and creepy tales like Something Wicked This Way Comes. With this trick, he …

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