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***”Key word continuity” increases online conversion
Key word continuity simply means making sure that the main
key word or phrase used in the headline of your online ad ?
or in the subject line of your e-mail ? also appears on the
headline of the landing page the ad or e-mail hyperlinks
Why is this important? It assures the reader that his click
has brought him to the correct landing page ? one that
features the same product or offer that enticed him to
click through in the first place.
Worst mistake you can make: hyper-linking product or
offer-specific online ads and e-mails to your home page
instead of a landing page that talks specifically about
that product or offer.
Almost as bad: linking to a landing page that promotes the
right product but fails to even mention discounts,
premiums, or other special offers promised in the e-mail.
***Do “vanity” 800 phone numbers work?***
Response rates to radio commercials increase on average 58%
when you use a “vanity” 800 number ? a letter-based number
that spells out a word describing what you?re selling ?
e.g., “800-SALAMI” — instead of a numeric toll-free
Reason: even thought a vanity number is more difficult to
dial (because you’re unused to dialing by letter), it’s
easier to remember, especially important since many people
hear your radio commercial while driving and do not have a
pen and paper to write the number down.
Source: “Quick Hits,” Fuel, 5/07, p. 2.
***Beware of using colloquial English when writing copy for
Coors put its slogan, “Turn it loose,” into Spanish, where
it was read as “Suffer from diarrhea.”
Clairol introduced the “Mist Stick”, a curling iron, into
Germany only to find out that “mist” is slang for manure.
Not too many people had use for the “manure stick.”
In Chinese, the Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan
“finger-lickin’ good” came out as “eat your fingers off.”
Source: Aimee F. Schenkel, Esq.
***Tip: choose file names wisely***
When naming files, use descriptive names that are
meaningful to people who download and work with those
files, not just to you.
Example: one of my e-book writers turned in a Word file
That makes sense to him, because my name is Bly and the
project is an e-book.
But on my hard drive, that file name is generic: all my
e-books are e-books … and all my writers write for Bly.
Better of course, would be the subject of the e-book with a
suffix indicating the type of document, e.g.,
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***Tips for page layout and design***
When setting type for e-books and other PDF or print
documents, be sure to eliminate the following mistakes that
distract readers and decrease comprehension:
* Paragraphs ending in very short words or word fragments.
* Too many hyphens in a row.
* “Word stacks” ? the same word repeated in multiple lines
in a paragraph and happening to land one above the other.
* Overly tight or loose lines.
* Words that hyphenate at the bottom of a right-hand page
so the reader has to think about what the ending may be as
they turn the page.
Source: Michele DeFilippo, www.1106design.com
***Is reading dead? Not quite yet….
Just when I think books and reading have become obsolete,
the American public proves me wrong ? bless their hearts.
According to an article in the New York Post (5/23/07),
Americans spent $24.2 billion on books in last year … the
same amount of books they bought the year before that.
That’s more than twice what Americans will spend at the box
office going to movie theaters.
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***Quotation of the month***
“When it comes to copywriting, everybody is an expert. From
an early age, we are all taught to write words. Everything
we do and communicate uses words, for example essays,
tests, and term papers. Everyone by nature is somewhat a
–Joseph Cupani, Chief Creative Officer, Unit 7
Source: Cupani, Joseph, “Everyone’s a Critic of Great
Copy,” DM News, 2/17/07, p. 10.
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