Persuasion

    • The Persuasive Power of Analogy

      An elderly man storms into his doctor’s office, steaming mad. “Doc, my new 22-year-old wife is expecting a baby. You performed my vasectomy 30 years ago, and I’m very upset right now.” “Let me respond to that by telling you a story,” the doctor calmly replies. “A hunter once accidentally left the house with an umbrella instead of his rifle.

      Brian Clark/ Copybloggerin Content- 13 readers -
  • 3 Content Marketing Mysteries Solved

    … OK, confession time — when I was a kid, I was a complete Nancy Drew junkie. “Sleuth” sounded like just about the best way ever to spend one’s time. (Of course, that’s before I knew what a Chief Content Officer was …) This week, rather than figuring out Irene Adler’s cell phone password or who stole the missing emeralds, we’re working on “Why…

    Sonia Simone/ Copybloggerin Content- 12 readers -
  • 5 Writing Techniques that Stir Your Audience to Action

    … We all want a positive response to the content we work so hard to create. Not all positive responses, however, are created equal. I’m reminded of this David Ogilvy quote from Ogilvy on Advertising: “When I write an advertisement, I don’t want you to tell me that you find it ‘creative.’ I want you to find it so interesting that you buy…

    Brian Clark/ Copybloggerin Content- 12 readers -
  • Don’t Get Flattened on the Attention Superhighway

    … a massive amount of attention. It’s about gaining the right kind of attention from the right people … and continuing the journey from there. Copywriting formulas When you want to persuade, it’s useful to take a look at the classic “formulas” of copywriting — because copywriting is simply persuasion that takes place (partly or completely) without…

    Sonia Simone/ Copybloggerin Content- 16 readers -
  • Making Your Content as Tasty as Pie

    … Hey there — welcome back to the Copyblogger Weekly! It’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S., and we want to celebrate by stuffing ourselves until we’re unable to speak or move. No, wait, we want to celebrate by helping you make your content delicious. On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman showed us how to weave structure and intrigue together…

    Sonia Simone/ Copyblogger- 5 readers -
  • Prove It! 6 Persuasive Techniques for Making the Sale

    … A few months ago, I was struggling with writing a sales page for an upcoming program launch, so I showed my draft to my copywriting mentor and asked his advice. He scanned the page for about 20 seconds, then said: “You need more proof. This page should be full of stories and case studies about how your approach works. You need to show…

    Beth Hayden/ Copybloggerin Social- 8 readers -
  • Persuasion Lessons from the Political Trenches

    … Whew. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s been an intense election season in the U.S. And if you haven’t noticed … I hope your visit to rural Mongolia has been enjoyable and productive. Wherever you may happen to live, watching political campaigns is a fascinating — and sometimes nerve-wracking — way to see the art of persuasion…

    Sonia Simone/ Copybloggerin Content- 11 readers -
  • The Ultra Powerful 7th Principle of Persuasion

    …!) But the section I was keenest to read was the one on the “new” principle of persuasion he’s uncovered, in addition to the six he identified in his earlier book. He calls that principle Unity, and — as it happens — it’s one we’ve written about many times here on Copyblogger. What’s Unity? In the context of persuasion, the experience of a shared…

    Sonia Simone/ Copybloggerin Content- 15 readers -
  • How to Master the Art of Negotiation

    … Chris Voss, best-selling author of Never Split the Difference and former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI joins us for a powerful interview. For many, the idea of negotiating can be intimidating. Just thinking about it brings to mind ideas of stressful conflict between personalities and goals. But the truth is, in both…

    Copybloggerin How To's- 12 readers -
  • Influence and Persuasion: New Insights From Robert Cialdini

    … Do you want to persuade more people to become customers? Wondering what the latest science on influence and persuasion has to say? To discover new ways to prepare people for a sale, I interview Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of Influence and Pre-Suasion. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from…

    Michael Stelzner/ Social Media Examiner- 16 readers -
  • Why you need a signature story–maybe several of them

    …. If you haven’t written your signature story, use the guidelines here to get it done! Evoke emotions with a story One way to evoke emotions is with a story. The story can be specifically relevant to the product, but you should also have a signature story, one that shows your audience WHY you’re in business, why you want to help them. Your story…

    Ellen Finkelstein/ Change the World Marketing- 14 readers -
  • The Psychology Behind High Converting Sites

    … We all know the basics by now, right? Create a headline that hooks attention, display value with your CTAs, reduce distractions, simplify your pages so on and so forth. They’re actions well documented on sites like this and something we all know are conducive to better conversions. But the problem is, too many CROs are dependent on the test…

    The Daily Egg- 15 readers -
  • Your Content Stinks Because It’s Missing These Elements

    … – some readers are impacted by trust, facts, efficiency, emotion of combinations thereof. Balanced content that contains all these elements will connect with more readers. Persuade Action – include content that drives persuasion – linking, reciprocity, consensus, scarcity, consistency, and authority. Personalize – people don’t turn their lives…

    Douglas Karr/ Marketing Technology Blogin Content- 5 readers -
  • How to Use Emotional Content to Engage, Inspire, and Persuade

    Do you know which emotions will get your reader’s attention and pull her into your content? If not, how do you pin them down? And then once you’ve identified them, what do you do with them? Targeting your customer’s emotions in your content is a key content marketing technique that you can use to get your reader’s attention, keep her engaged, and encourage her to act.

    Copyblogger- 8 readers -
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