Putting Your Phone Number in a Radio Ad is a Bad Idea. Here’s Why.

February 4, 2018
You’re not one of those advertisers who just automatically throw their telephone number into their radio commercials, are you? Good. Didn’t think so. You know better. You chuckle as you imagine somebody pulling over as they’re driving down the road, scrambling to jot down that telephone number. And you recognize […]

How to Write Good in Plain English

October 4, 2017
Meet P.L.A.I.N. – short for the Plain Language and Information Network. Founded in the 1990s “…to promote the use of plain language for all government communications. We believe that using plain language will save federal agencies time and money and provide better service to the American public.” Wait a minute. Federal […]

Best-selling Wizard of Ads®Trilogy – FREE!

September 19, 2017
I’ve read and reread the books in their original published format and more recently have enjoyed listening to the audio versions on multiple CD’s.  I’ve also purchased copies of his books and his DVD, The Most Common Mistakes in Advertising (worth its weight in gold, without qualification) to give to clients. If […]

A Lesson in Staying Relevant From Crayola Crayons

September 13, 2017
Crayola Crayons have been around since 1903. The name “Crayola” derives from the French word for “chalk” and the suffix “-ola” meaning oily, thus “oily chalk.” Its inventors, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith, had been supplying chalk and pencils to schools. Crayola manufactures 3 billion crayons a year–about 650 […]

High Praise from the World’s Most Highly-Paid Ad Writer

August 15, 2017
A year ago, I was asked to update the tags to Clearview Eye Clinic’s testimonial ads, to introduce the new surgeon who’d joined the practice. I had misgivings about messing with the commercials that had taken so long to put together, I decided to enlist the help of Roy H. […]

Radio Vs. Pay-Per-Click

July 24, 2017
The following article is reprinted from the Monday Morning Memo of Roy H. Williams, July 24, 2017. Radio versus Pay-Per-Click Listen You hear a lot of talk these days about how no one listens to the radio anymore. Interestingly, the people who make these claims offer no evidence beyond the […]

For All Your [Fill-in-the-Blank] Needs

July 18, 2017
cli·ché (noun) – a phrase that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought Just for fun sometime, make a mental note of all the ads you encounter that contain these five words: “for all your __________ needs.”   Every time you hear or see that phrase, know that the copywriter […]

In the Studio with WSU Baseball Legend “Bobo” Brayton

July 7, 2017
In his feature story on Chuck “Bobo” Brayton following the legendary baseball coach’s death on March 28, 2015, SportspressNW.com writer Howie Stalwick provided a thoughtful summary of Bobo’s remarkable career. One sentence in particular made me smile: Brayton’s gravelly voice could often be heard on radio commercials during WSU baseball […]

Effective Advertising and the Law of Exclusion

March 15, 2017
Is your business defined principally by what-you-sell or what-you-do? Are these the things you talk about in your advertising? May I suggest that you are also defined by what you won’t do or sell, by what you exclude. The principle of exclusion conveys that you’ve drawn a line in the sand, […]
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