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Old 01-12-2010, 03:38 AM   #1
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5) Confortable living conditions.
6) To be superior, winning, keeping up with the Jones.
7) Care and protection of loved ones.
8) Social approval.

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9 Learned Human Wants:
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1) To be informed.
2) Curiosity.
3) Cleanliness of body and surroundings.
4) Efficiency.
5) Convenience.
6) Dependability / quality.
7) Expression of beauty and style.
8) Economy / profit.
9) Bargains.

17 Foundational Principles of Consumer Psychology:
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1) The Fear Factor - Selling the Scare. Fear sells. It drives them to spend money. Fear causes stress. Stress causes action. Tap existing fears.

Four Ingredient Recipe for Using Fear:
1. It scares the hell out of people.
2. It offers a specific recommendation for overcoming the fear-aroused threat.
3. The recommended action is percieved as effective for reducing the threat.
4. The message recipient believes that he or she can perform the recommended action.

(Fear can also paralyze. Use specific, believable recommendations. Use fears that are specific and widely recognized.)

2) Ego Morphing - Instant Identification. "By purchasing the 'right stuff' we enhance our own egos and rationalize away." AKA. Retail therapy.
3) Transfer - Credibility by Osmosis. Symbols, images, or ideas. Cues. Institutions, celebrities, authorities. Experts i.e. "White lab coats."
4) The Bandwagon Effect - Give Them Something To Jump On. "Consensus-Implies-Correctness" heuristic. People want to belong.

1. Aspirational group - to which you'd LIKE to belong.
2. Associative group - to which you SHARE ideals and values.
3. Dissociative group - to which you DO NOT WANT to belong.

5) The Means-End Chain - The Critical Core. "Don't buy for what it does today - but for what it will do tomorrow!" Future objective.
6) The Transtheoretical Model - Persuasion Step by Step.

Stage 1: Pre-contemplation: ignorant of your product's existence.
Stage 2: Contemplation: aware and thought about using it.
Stage 3: Preparation: thinking about buying from you, but needs more information about benefits.
Stage 4: Action: "Here's my credit card."
Stage 5: Maintenance: continue to buy again and again. part of their daily lives.

1. Create ads that address all five stages.
2. Create a series of ads that progress over a period of time from stage one to stage five.

7) The Innoculation Theory - Make Them Prefer You for Life. Give them arguments against competitors. "Our competitors will tell you..."
8) Belief Re-Ranking - Change Their Reality. Appeal to either emotions like fear, humor, or guilt - or factual evidence and examples.
9) The Elaboration Likelihood Model - Adjust Their Attitude. Cues feel good, but Central Processing makes them PREFER you.

Two Routes to Change:
1. Central Route - persuading using logic, reasoning, and deep thinking. AKA. creating Preference
2. Peripheral Route - persuading using the association of pleasant thoughts and positive images. AKA. Cues

Central Route Processing: pour on the facts, stats, evidence, testimonials, studies, reports, and case histories. Weave an argument.

Peripheral Route Processing: load your ads full of colorful, pleasant images, humourous or popular subject matter, or celebrities. Visual anchors.

10) The 6 Weapons of Influence - Shortcuts to Persuasion.

1. Comparison: The power of your peers. Bandwagon effect. Social proof. Need to belong. Everybody is doing it.
2. Liking: The Balance Theory. "I like you... take my money!" Attractive people have greater influence. Consider trustworthy and likable.
3. Authority: Cracking the code of credibility. Mental shortcut. Man in the "white lab coat".
4. Reciprocation: What goes around comes around... profitably! Free samples and giving stuff away creates goodwill and obligation.
5. Commitment/consistency: The "Four Walls" technique. Box them in. Elicit small actions and "yes" responses that cultivate to a larger request.
6. Scarcity: Get 'em while they last! One day sale, limited offer, one while supplies last, first come first served, etc.

11) Message Organization - Attaining Critical Clarity. Ads must be organized and well-structured. Confusing ads and creatives won't sell anything.
12) Examples vs. Statistics - And the Winner is... Examples by far. Emotion is the key to sales. Testimonials and endorsements are more engaging.
13) Message Sideness - Dual Role Persuasion. Talk about both you and your competitors.
14) Repetition and Redundancy - The Familiarity Factor. People don't start seeing your ad until you run it seven times.
15) Rhetorical Questions - Interesting, Aren't They? "Aren't you glad you used Dial?" "How do you spell relief?" "What would you do for a Klondike?"
16) Evidence - Quick! Sell Me The Facts! Evidence can be facts, figures, testimonials, endorsements, research, charts, videos. As long as it's real.
17) Heuristics - Serving Billions of Lazy Brains Daily. "Length implies strength." Long copy pages, lots of media, testimonials, etc. Long = good.
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Ad Agency Secrets: 41 Proven Techniques:
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1) The Psychology of Simplicity - Use words effectively. Write so people can understand.

1. Use Short, Simple Words. - No $10 words. 5th grade level preferred.
2. The Shorter Your Sentances, the Better - Express only one thought in a sentance. No more.
3. The Short, Short Paragraph Trick - Limit regular paragraphs to 4-5 short sentances. Less in some cases (1-2) for easy reading.
4. Pile on Personal Pronouns - I, you, me, he, she, him, they, them, etc. Gives human flavor.

Quote:
"Write to the chimpanzee brain. Simply. Directly."
-Eugene Schwartz
Quote:
"Limit your opening paragraph to a maximum of eleven words."
-David Ogilvy
2) Bombard Your Readers With Benefits - Benefits are what you get from attributes.

Quote:
"Consumers buy based on what the product will do for them, not on what ingredients it has."
-Newspaper Association of America
3) Put Your Biggest Benefit In Your Headline - Always. Keep under 6-9 words. 12 Max. Best is 3 or less.

Quote:
"Unless your headline sells your product, you have wasted 90 percent of your money."
-David Ogilvy
Quote:
"Short headlines enjoy higher readership than long headlines. As headlines grow, readership shrinks."
-Starch Research
4) Crank Up The Scarcity - Hard deadline: "Sale Ends August 21st". Soft deadline: "Quantities limited." "First 100 Buyers only!"
5) 22 Psychologically Potent Headline Starters:

Quote:
"There are four important qualities that a good headline may possess. They are: 1. Self-interest. 2. News. 3. Curiosity. 4. Quick, easy way."
-John Caples
1. FREE: "Free Book Shows You How to Write Sneaky Advertising That..."
2. NEW: "Powerful New Seminar Teaches..."
3. AT LAST: "At Last.. A Bakery That Only Uses..."
4. THIS: "This New Invention Stops..."
5. ANNOUNCING: "Announcing The Hottest New Sandwich..."
6. WARNING!: "Warning! Some Dog Groomers Wrap a Noose..."
7. JUST RELEASED: "Just Released: Psychologist's Study Reveals Little-Known..."
8. NOW: "Now You Can Stop Any Attacker"
9. HERE'S: "Here's How A 95-Pound Granny.."
10. THESE: "These Three Very Italian Men Make a Pizza..."
11. WHICH OF: "Which of these Hot Bodies Would YOU Like to Show Off"
12. FINALLY: "Finally... A Self-Improvement Seminar.."
13. LOOK: "Look! Now You Can Buy Cotton Candy..."
14. PRESENTING: "Presenting the Easiest Way Ever to..."
15. INTRODUCING: "Introducing the Only Ice Stand in Philly..."
16. HOW: "How to Sing Like an American Idol in 90 Days"
17. AMAZING: "Amazing New DVD Lowers Your Blood Pressure..."
18. DO YOU: "Do You Know How to Stop a Wild Dog Attack"
19. WOULD YOU: "Would You Trade $5 For x"
20. CAN YOU: "Can You Be Sure Your Child Won't..."
21. IF YOU: "If You Hate Cleaning Your Pool, ..."
22. STARTING TODAY: "Starting Today You Can Dance 97% Better"

6) 12 Ways To Lure Your Readers Into Your Copy:

Quote:
Example Headline: "Just Released! Psychologist's Study Reveals Little-Known Speaking Patterns That Immediately Put Rude Salespeople in Their Place."
1. Continue the Thought In The Headline: "You know the rude salespeople we mean. The ones with the big mouths..."
2. Ask a Question: "How would you handle yourself in a situation like this?"
3. Quote a Respected Authority: "According to communication psychologist R. Butler Sinclair, there..."
4. Give 'Em a Free Taste: "The next time you're confronted by a pushy salesperson, do this: Wait until..."
5. Challenge Them to Prove it Works: "Here's what we want you to do. Read pages 8 and 9 of this book - no more. Then go.."
6. Start with a Story of Skepticism: "When we first received the manuscript from the author, we were skeptical..."
7. Tell What Others are Saying (Bandwagon Effect): Testimonials: "Nobody hates obnoxious salespeople more than I do.."
8. Play Reporter: "Philadelphia, PA - A New York psychologist..."
9. Get Personal With You, You, You: "Have you ever been hassled... Do you hate when people... Would you like to know... "
10. Tell a Dramatic Story: "According to communication psychologist R. Butler Sinclair, there's no longer any need for anyone to feel intimidated."
11. Give Super-Detailed Specs: "This amazing new book - a hefty 8.5x11-inch leather-bound, hardcover beauty, is jamed packed over 443 pages.."
12. Lure Them With a Very Short Sentance: "Don't you hate it?" "It makes me sick." ""

7) 360-Degrees of Attention-Getting Power - Use circle-shaped ads instead of common square/rectangular.
8) The Reverse-Type Pitfall - Don't do it. Reverse-type is light words on dark background.
9) Crush Your Competition With Extreme Specificity - Be extremely specific and descriptive when describing your product/service.
10) The Famous Ogilvy Principle - Start body copy with a Drop Initial. Massive oversized letter. Always run pics with captions!
11) The Psychology of Typefaces - Sans-serif for online (Arial, Verdana) and Serif for print (Helvetica, Times, etc.)
12) Insist on the Pro-Design Difference - Use a real graphic designer. Period.
13) The Power of Questions - They captivate and cause "open loops" in people's brains.
14) The "Granny Rule" of Direct Mail - Relate to your reader. Talk to them like a friend and make them like you.
15) The Psychology of "Social Proof" - People believe testimonials. Always use them!
16) The Guillotine Principle - Use pictures of heads and faces in ads. Preferably smiling and relevant to the offer.
17) PVAs - The Easy Way to Boost the Power of Your Copy - Powerful Visual Adjectives. "Rake in $2500 Cash Weekly!"
18) Directing Mental Movies -

1. Visual words (sight)
2. Auditory words (sound)
3. Kinesthetic words (feeling or emotions)
4. Olfactory words (smell)
5. Gustatory words (taste)

19) Battling Human Inertia - Get people to take ACTION! 1. Make it easy to act. 2. Ask for action.
20) Establish Your Unique Selling Proposition - Tell them the real reason why they should PREFER you! Be serious and descriptive!

Quote:
"Don't try to be amusing. Spending money is a serious matter."
-Claude Hopkins
21) Buy Your Own Island - Don't pay for a full-page ad. Use a Half-Page Island, which is a centered half-page ad that takes up space.
22) Authority Positioning - Become an authority in your industry. Share all of your expertise in free reports and guest posts.
23) A Sales Letter in Survey's Clothing - Ask questions about their relationship to your product. Thank you for participation is OFFER.
24) Power Your Ads With Pictures - Ads with 50% visuals = 30% recall rate. Ads with 75% visuals = 50% recall rate. Show the product + in use.

Seven Best Types of Photos:
1. Children and babies.
2. Mothers and babies.
3. Groups of adults.
4. Animals.
5. Sports scenes.
6. Celebrities.
7. Food

25) Grab 'em With Grabbers - Use something like a dollar bill or shot of change to grab attention. Tailor to niche.
26) Long Copy vs. Short - Long copy consistently outsells short. 2-hour sales visit vs. 5-minute visit. Who closes more?
27) Offer Testing - Find out what they want and give it to them. If they don't like your offer, change it!
28) Survey Power - What do people want? Ask them! Incentivize surveys. It all begins with research. Make it easy to reply.
29) Editorial Energizers - Make your ads look like News Editorials. "Camouflage"

Quote:
"It has been found that the less an advertisement looks like an advertisement, and the more it looks like an editorial, the more readers stop and read."
-David Ogilvy
30) The Coupon Persuader - Add a broken "coupon style" border to graphic ads. People are conditioned. Use "Double Coupons!" Light yellow bg tint.
31) 7 Online Response Boosters -

1. Best Frequency for E-Mailing - 31-35% => 1/week - 18% => 2-3/week - 13% => 1/month
2. CTRs - What to Expect - Declining for email. 1% for poorly crafted to rented lists. 20%+ for highly appealing offers to house list.
3. HTML vs Text - 60% have the ability to see HTML. HTML gets 200% better response rate. Some people block HTML. Must split test.
4. Best Way to Get Emails Opened - (60%+ is excellent open-rate) - 1. Familiar Sender. 2. Subject line must have their name. 3. Targetted offer.
5. Ad Size and Readership - Leaderboards and Skyscrapers outperform regular banners. Large > small. DHTML > non-interactive.
6. Animation Click-Through Booster - Animated = 15% higher than non-animated. Movement catches attention.
7. Mystery Ads Score High Click-Throughs - but low conversions to sales. Poor targetting. Don't confuse clicks for sales.

32) Multi-page Your Way to Success - (only applies to print)
33) Guarantees that Guarantee Higher Response - Use "Guarantees" generously. Buyers feel vulnerable. Use a long and strong guarantee.
34) The Psychology of Size - Bigger ads perform better.
35) The Psychology of Page and Section Positioning - Generally just doesn't matter. Ad creative matters most.

Quote:
"A good ad will get noticed irrespective of its position within the newspaper."
-Roper Starch Worldwide
36) The Fantastic Four - (only applies to print)
37) Consumer Color Preferences and How Color Affects Readership - 1. Blue. 2. Red. 3. Green. The older the bluer. Best combo: Blue-Yellow then Blue-Red
38) The Psychology of Pricing - Odd pricing conveys value ($77.95) Even pricing conveys quality ($1,000) Helps justify sale for "teeterers".
39) The Psychology of Color - "Darker is heavier" Apparent weight is higher as you get darker. White, yellow, green are lightest.
40) Wrap Your Ads in White - Wrap your ads with lots of white space. It garners way more attention. Pro tip.
41) Give Yourself a "Cleverectomy" - In advertising, it's not clever to be clever. Sell the benefits. No clever word jokes.
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BOOST YOUR AD RESPONSE:

22 Response Superchargers:
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1) Forget style - sell instead!
2) Scream "Free Information!"
3) Write short sentances and keep them reading.
4) Use short, simple words.
5) Write long copy.
6) Boil it down, cut out the fluff!
7) Stir up desire by piling on the benefits.
8) Show what you're selling - action shots are best.
9) Get personal! Say: you, you, you.
10) Use selling subheads to break up long copy.
11) Put selling captions under your photos.
12) Write powerful visual adjectives to create mental movies.
13) Sell your product, not your competitor's.
14) Don't hold back, give them the full sell now!
15) Always include testimonials!
16) Make it ridiculously easy to act.
17) Include a response coupon to encourage action.
18) Set a deadline to break inertia. (Expires: December 1, 2009)
19) Offer a free gift for quick replies.
20) Say the words "Order Now!"
21) Offer free shipping.
22) Boost response 50% or more with a "Bill me" or credit option.

9 Ways to Convey Value:
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1) Scream "Sale!"
2) Give them a coupon.
3) Diminish the price: "Less than a cup of coffee a day."
4) Explain why the price is low. "Our boss ordered too many!"
5) Amortize it: "Just $1.25 a day"
6) Boost the value: Tell what it's worth, not only what it costs.
7) Tell how much others have paid (and were happy to do so!)
8) Create a sense of scarcity with deadlines.
9) Employ psychological pricing.

13 Ways to Make Buying Easy:
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1) Give your street, email, and Web address.
2) Give your phone number.
3) Provide street directions and parking advice.
4) Say "It's Easy to Order..."
5) Accept phone orders.
6) Accept mail orders.
7) Accept online orders.
8) Accept fax orders.
9) Accept credit cards.
10) Accept personal cheques.
11) Get a toll-free phone number.
12) Include a long, strong guarantee - longer than your competitions.
13) Offer install payments for products more than $15 ("3 easy payments of just $10.99"), shown to boost response 15%.

11 Ways to Boost Coupon Returns:
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1) Tell them in the headline or subhead to return the coupon.
2) Say "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" instead of "50% Off".
3) Use a Big FREE! at the top of your ad.
4) Tell what the coupon brings; say it again inside the coupon itself.
5) Show what the coupon brings with a small photo or illustration.
6) Use a BOLD coupon border.
7) Set a hard (firm date) or soft deadline ("The first 100 people...")
8) Provide checkboxes to get people involved.
9) Say "Valuable Coupon" at the top.
10) Give sufficient room for fill-ins.
11) Point to the coupon with bold arrows.

46-Point "Killer Ad" Checklist:
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Headline:
1) _ Does it feature your product's biggest benefit? (The #1 Most Important Rule)
2) _ Is it a real grabber? Does it elicit an emotional response?
3) _ Does it use any of the 22 Potent Headline Starts shown above?
4) _ Is it significantly larger than your body copy? Boldfaced too?
5) _ Is it powerful enough to get people to read your body copy?
6) _ Does it make some kind of offer?
7) _ Is it authoritative and not wimpy?
8) _ Is the headline set in Initial Caps. (e.g. This Is Initial Caps) Use ALL CAPS only if 5 words or less.
9) _ Is it in quotes? This can boost reading 25%.

Body Copy - First Sentance:
10) _ Are you using body copy jump-starters from above?
11) _ Does it naturally flow from the headline?
12) _ Does it get right into the benefits, and not about company bragging?
13) _ Does it almost force them to read the second sentance?
14) _ Is "you" one of the first few words?

Body Copy - General:
15) _ Does it focus on how the reader will benefit?
16) _ Does it tell your readers why they should buy from you rather than competitor?
17) _ Is your product/service exciting? Does your ad sound exciting?
18) _ Does it progress methodically and logically? 1. Get attention. 2. Stimulate interest. 3. Build desire. 4. Offer proof. 5. Ask for action.
19) _ Are you trying to sell only one product at a time?
20) _ Do you use selling subheads to break up long copy blocks?
21) _ Is the copy colorful, sprinkled with power visual adjectives where appropriate?
22) _ Is it believable? (Not overblown or ridiculous.)
23) _ Is it respectful of the reader and not insulting to his or her intelligence?
24) _ Is it emotional? Does it create emotion?
25) _ Do you use the principal of extreme specificity?
26) _ Are your words, sentences, and paragraphs short? Simple words?
27) _ Is your web copy set in a sans-serif typeface such as Arial or Verdana?
28) _ Do you tell your readers what you want them to do in super-simple way? 1. Clip this coupon. 2. Bring it to our store by Aug 21. 3. Save 50%.
29) _ Do you outright ask for the sale?
30) _ Did you set a deadline, if appropriate?
31) _ If you have a lot of benefits, do you list them in bullet or numbered list form?
32) _ Do you use testimonials? If you don't have them, get them!
33) _ Is your business name and phone number large and instantly noticable?
34) _ Did you include your logo?
35) _ Do you give directions, maps, and landmarks, if necessary?
36) _ Did you key your ad to better track responses?

Layout and Design:
37) _ Did a professional designer produce your ad? (Not a layout person)
38) _ Is your headline big and bold?
39) _ Is the headline broken at the right words?
40) _ Is the ad easy to read? Is their a focus?
41) _ Is their sufficient white space? Did you wrap in white?
42) _ Did you indent your paragraphs? Makes reading easier.
43) _ Is the number of separate elements kept to a minimum?
44) _ Do you use art (photos and illustrations) relevant to your sales message?
45) _ Did you use a minimum number of typestyles? (One or two; three max!)
46) _ Do you feature a picture of a person looking at you?

Quote:
"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything."
-Thomas A. Edison
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I actually just finished this book and I feel it is a must read for any marketer or even business owner. There are so many gems in this book, I picked it up for something like $10 on amazon and it was well worth it. Ironlogik did a great job summarizing it but I still feel that it is one worth owning as I've referenced it many times already. Seriously, pick it up. One of the biggest changes that this book brought about in my ad and sales copy was how I tended to focus on features...in stead of benefits. Who gives a shit what the product does, what will it do for your customer? I know that's common knowledge for you seasoned guys, but that was a big "AH HA!" moment for me.
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Good Stuff, really trying to improve my average visitor time and CTR. Hope this helps.
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is it available in electronic form somewhere?
No kindle please, but I am willing to pay for PDF or epub form a merchant.

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I just finished reading this book a few days ago. It's really one of the best marketing books I've ever read. It has lots of tips that can be applied directly to internet marketing. It shows you how you can increase a lp page ctr or ad ctr. Pick it up at amazon , costs 10 bucks and is only 200 pages long .
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Awesome stuff. CA$HVERTISING

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I bought this book on Smaxor's recommendation, too - and actually gave a copy away for Christmas I thought it was so good.

If you are flying to ASW10 this book is definitely worth picking up to read on the flight.
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10 bones, huh. i'll give it a go
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This book is a great read. I got it on Amazon for cheap.
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i'll finally be able to use my mediatrust xmas present

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I just +rep'd all over your profile.
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Read that from top to bottom, +rep and thanks!
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I printed the notes above. They have replaced my previous sheet immediately next to my monitor.

Also, I ordered the book.
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You ever heard audio books in your life? I listen to them when I drive.
Agreed, audio books kick ass. All the time that used to be unproductive like shopping, driving etc. I can use to either listen to something I enjoy or something that I'll learn from.
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OP basically tl;dr-ed it, but it's still totally worth reading. You won't regret buying it. He compresses the big minds of advertising over the past 50 years into one book.

The whole "People buy because of emotion and justify with logic. Force an emotional by touching on a basic want or need." principle sounded bleeding obvious, but after looking at some of my landers - durrr, I wasn't really using it. Started using it and it works!
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That looks like a fantastic book OP! Just ordered my copy.

Also, here's a great little tool for you guys. You copy/paste paragraphs of text into it and it tells you the Flesch-Kincaid score (reading grade level) of your copy. I always try to keep it at the 7th grade or lower:

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Always run my copy through this before putting online, sending out, or Emailing.

Finally, these are 2 titles I own from Cialdini that seem to complement Ca$hvertising quite well (and recommended for everyone selling anything):

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I bought this book on Smaxor's recommendation, too - and actually gave a copy away for Christmas I thought it was so good.

If you are flying to ASW10 this book is definitely worth picking up to read on the flight.
That's why I love you!
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What did you think of it? Or will you be catching up with reading on the plane too?
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What did you think of it? Or will you be catching up with reading on the plane too?
I started it the other day, then 2 little ones got involved, so reading it on the plane!
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Agreed, audio books kick ass. All the time that used to be unproductive like shopping, driving etc. I can use to either listen to something I enjoy or something that I'll learn from.
Wish I could listen to them. My attention span sucks though when trying to listen to someone talk. I zone out and start thinking about other shit. Reading it's not a problem.

Anyways, big thanks to Smax for posting this recommendation in an earlier thread. I ordered this book about 2 months ago and have been casually reading it since. There is SOOO much gold in it, I've been reading it slow because I come up with tons of great ideas just from a few pages of material. +rep to the OP for the summary. Anyone who hasn't read this book that is serious about marketing, needs to pick up a copy ASAP.
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It's the best $15 I've spent. Seriously, go pick it up. It's a very light read and should be able to finish it in a day or two.
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Great book. That said, this summary is about as long as the book itself is. haha.
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Book looks good.

This guys a direct advertising surgeon? Where the fuck is the call to action to buy his book on Cashvertising.com? His website is also ugly as fuck.

That point above makes me skeptical of him personally, but the book still looks amazing regardless.
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Where the fuck is the call to action to buy his book on Cashvertising.com?
Right at the end of the copy on the bottom of the page (and navigation menu).
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I imagine a plane full with affiliate marketers all reading the same book heading towards LV. Just ask the stewardess if she will read it out loud on the intercomm
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Book looks good.

This guys a direct advertising surgeon? Where the fuck is the call to action to buy his book on Cashvertising.com? His website is also ugly as fuck.

That point above makes me skeptical of him personally, but the book still looks amazing regardless.
haaahaha he uses an amazon affiliate link. Making affiliate money, and money from publishing the book itself
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Now thats hustlin. But I went ahead and bought this today from Barnes and Noble for $16(I couldn't wait for the shipping). One of the best books I've ever read in my life
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Yep this books a deffinate good read, only done the first chapter but already some very useful info and helps you aquire different mindsets to aproach advertising.
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haha, same, went and picked it up at B&N. So far very good book. Every time he covers a new concept, I find a new way to how i'm approaching my current verticals. I've been wondering if this sort of psychology could be applied to convincing peoples reactions in real life, not just advertising.
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So did anyone find audio book? In fact, if you guys have any good audio books (non fiction) please share. I drive about 1 hour one way to my 9-5 and just hate this time go to waste.
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In fact, if you guys have any good audio books (non fiction) please share. I drive about 1 hour one way to my 9-5 and just hate this time go to waste.
"The 4-hour "Workweek" is one of my favorite audiobooks right now as well as "Arguing With Idiots"
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Free Report From Gary Halbert Reveals How You Can Learn Copywriting In 30 Days...

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You know, getting a good education in any field is tricky and, in advertising, it borders impossible. You see, most books written abut advertising are not just bad; they are downright dangerous! Many years ago, Claude Hopkins (the greatest ad man who ever lived) was asked to critique and offer suggestions on how to improve some college textbooks on advertising. His suggestion?

"Burn Them!"

Truly. Claude further went on to say that the "educators" involved had no right to impose such erroneous BS on a group of naive students, that it would take years of front-line experience to "deprogram" the students and free them up from all that garbage.
Don't fuck around with dickless wonders who regurgitate watered down rehashes mixed with bullshit. If you want to learn how to do this shit right, Gary Halbert shows you how it's done.

p.s. Pretty much all the real "gold" in that book can be found for free on Halbert's site and/or for the price of the few paperbacks he recommends.
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My copy from Amazon arrived today - I skimmed two pages before my IM marketing master mind group tonight and nearly jizzed my pants.

There is VERY good stuff in this book - I took it to my MM group and recommended it to all of them.
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haaahaha he uses an amazon affiliate link. Making affiliate money, and money from publishing the book itself
I always give myself an 8% Amazon discount by using my personal account to buy from my business account...

Also, another idea I have is to sell a how-to ebook on using the products I promote, which I'll sell and (and have sold by affiliates), and then all the PDF links will be to my affiliate sites. Double money bang bang!
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