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The Boron Letters By Gary Halbert

In my review of this book

The Boron Letters By Gary Halbert

posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it four stars. This means I think it is good and worth reading.

Here is my book review.

“Babblings” of a great copywriter from prison

I first read these letters written by the author to his son from prison on the Gary Halbert Letters website and bought the book to add to my copywriting and marketing library.

These letters date back to 1984 so don’t expect tips about the Internet, email and social media. Instead expect advice that goes deeper than modern media. Their purpose was to teach his youngest son about marketing and life. [continue reading…]

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Smart Marketing for Engineers by Rebecca Geier

The full title of this book by Rebecca Geier is

Smart Marketing for Engineers: An Inbound Marketing Guide to Reaching Technical Audiences

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of 4 Stars. It is good and well worth reading.

Well worth reading if you work in a large electronics company

There are few marketing books which look at B2B marketing issues and those that focus on selling technical products or services to engineers are rare and precious.

This one looks at the post Internet development of inbound marketing, sometimes called content marketing. It’s about establishing credibility so customers come to you when they want to buy. This contrasts with traditional marketing where businesses blast out marketing messages to anyone and everyone who might buy some time. [continue reading…]

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Internet Business Manifesto by Rich Schefren

The full title of this report turned into a book by Rich Schefren is

Internet Business Manifesto: A Big Business Was Just A Small Business That Did The Right Things. A Wealthy Business Owner Was An Opportunity Seeker Who Became An Entrepreneur

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Stars. I need to explain.

Here is my review.

How much? That’s ridiculous

It was hard rating this legendary report on Internet marketing at the 3 stars level but let me explain my rating.

1 Star for anyone trying to charge £396 for a printed version of this promotional report. It was available online for free for 10 or more years as a PDF. It’s not worth it at these prices.

5 Stars for the original impact the report had on Internet marketers in general and on me in particular.

Back in the mid 2000s, Internet marketing was often promoted as an easy way to make big money. Thinking back, this was strange when there seemed to be new, essential to know techniques coming out every few weeks. [continue reading…]

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101 Headline Templates That Crush It by GN Reed

The full title of this book by GN Reed is

101 Headline Templates That Crush It: How To Get Your Emails Opened Fast

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of 4 Stars. This means it is good and well worth reading.

Here is my book review.

The headline is the “ad for the ad”

All copywriters who get paid for results know the importance of the headline in its role as the ad for the ad.

If you’re sceptical, you just needs to reflect what happens when you read a newspaper, in print or offline. You read the headlines and if relevant it interesting, you’ll read further. Otherwise you don’t have the time to read everything. [continue reading…]

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How to Write Copy That Sells by Ray Edwards

The full title of this book by Ray Edwards is

How to Write Copy That Sells: The Step-By-Step System for More Sales, to More Customers, More Often

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of 4 Stars. This means it is good and well worth reading.

Strong on copywriting techniques

The author is an American copywriter with more than 30 years experience and has written a wide-ranging book on writing copy.

As you’d expect, the book is easy to read. It flows nicely and us very clear. There is also a helpful summary at the end of each chapter. [continue reading…]

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Copy Logic! by Michael Masterson & Mike Palmer

The full title of this book by Michael Masterson & Mike Palmer is

Copy Logic! The New Science of Producing Breakthrough Copy (Without Criticism)

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of 4 Stars. This means it is good and well worth reading.

Here is my book review.

Good for professional copywriters, not so relevant for others

This is an interesting book which introduces ways to review draft copy.

The traditional approach is based on criticism. The headline is no good, the lead is weak, the guarantee is too waffly. .. all of which puts the copywriters on the defensive and doesn’t really point to improvements, just to areas if weakness. [continue reading…]

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Great Leads by Michael Masterson and John Forde – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Michael Masterson and John Forde is

Great Leads: The Six Easiest Ways to Start Any Sales Message

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of 5 Stars. This means it is excellent and very highly recommended.

Here is my book review.

Very revealing guide building on Eugene Schwartz ideas

I was a fool. It has taken be more than 5 years to read this excellent copywriting book after buying it.

I’m struggling to justify it to myself. I read widely, not just copywriting or even marketing books but that’s no real excuse. The title perhaps undersells it and, back in July 2013, the book didn’t have all these glowing reviews. I buy a lot of books and kindle books can quickly drop outside of my eyesight unlike a physical book which nags away, demanding to be read. [continue reading…]

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How to Get Your Web Content DONE! by Criss Ittermann

The full title of this book by Criss Ittermann is

How to Get Your Web Content DONE!: How to write, what to write, and why you’re writing it

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 4 Stars rating. This means the book is good and well worth reading.

Here is my book review.

Short guide to your website packed with common sense

This book won’t take you long to read, probably between 30 to 60 minutes but it will lead you into taking action on your website, whether it’s a new one with blank pages or an existing, under-performing one.

I agree with much of what it says about the purpose and contents for your home page, about pages, products and services page etc. [continue reading…]

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The Direct Mail Solution by Craig Simpson with Dan Kennedy

The full title of this book by Craig Simpson with Dan Kennedy is

The Direct Mail Solution: A Business Owner’s Guide to Building a Lead-Generating, Sales-Driving, Money-Making Direct-Mail Campaign

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of 4 Stars. This means it is good and well worth reading.

Here is my book review.

Useful guide for mass mailings but it won’t teach you how to write the sales letter

This is a useful guide to direct mail although it’s more targeted to B2C mass mailings than it is for anyone who wants to mail to B2B targets and small lists.

As is often the case when there is a bug name author sharing credit with a less known author, it us the less well known one does most of the work. To be fair, there are more chapters from Dan Kennedy than I expected. As is normal in his books, you’ll be urged to buy plenty of other DK books. [continue reading…]

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Inside Story on B2B Copywriting by Tom McCauley

In my review of the book,

Inside Story on B2B Copywriting by Tom McCauley

posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of 4 Stars. This means I think it is good and well worth reading.

Here is my review.

A refreshing focus on marketing to business customers

Many of the great copywriting books focus on selling to consumers by generating emotional wants and ignore the more rational b2b markets where products and services have to be bought to satisfy needs.

In fact, there is very little on offer which focuses on b2b copywriting and marketing so this book fills an important gap. [continue reading…]

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