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Copywriting Book Reviews From 5 Stars Down to 1 Star

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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The full title of this book by Michael Masterson is

The Architecture of Persuasion: How to Write Well-Constructed Sales Letters

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Five Stars. This means it is Excellent and Very Highly Recommended.

Here is my review.

Very interesting with an emphasis on the teaser, headline and lead

I read a lot of business books and especially about marketing. I have to admit many of them are quite dry and only appeal to my inner geek who wants more knowledge and understanding.

Thus book is different. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Drayton Bird is

How to Write Sales Letters that Sell: Learn the Secrets of Successful Direct Mail

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it Five Stars. This means it is Excellent and Very Highly Recommended.

Here is my review.

An excellent book for people interested in copywriting

When I first became self employed, I decided I wanted to split my time between small businesses and bigger businesses who had challenging projects. My problem was how to reach the key executives in these bigger companies. LinkedIn didn’t exist back then and my answer was direct mail. [continue reading…]

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No-Hype Copywriting by Marcia Yudkin

The full title of this book by Marcia Yudkin is

No-Hype Copywriting: The Keys to Lively, Appealing and Truthful Sales Writing

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 4 Stars.

Here is my review.

Well meaning guide to copywriting

I believe there is a big difference between he British and the Americans when it comes to selling and “hype”. We are more sensitive and likely to be put off by the appearance of a long for sales letter or a website that screams “we want to sell” badly disguised as “you will want to buy” copy. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Shlomi Shraga is

The Business Owner’s Scientific Marketing Handbook: How The Direct Response Marketing Legends Would Fix Your Broken Advertising & Sales System

In m,y review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Good summary of direct response copywriting

The book started by reminding me of the 40/40/20 rule of direct marketing. This emphasises the critical importance of the audience and the offer.

The book then follows through talking about the market and finding the big idea as a bridge between customers needs and wants and your product or service. It then looks at the offer, bonuses and guarantee. [continue reading…]

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When I reviewed this book by Jon McCulloch,

Why Your Copywriting Sucks

on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it a rating of Five Stars. This means it is Excellent and Very Highly Recommended.

Here is my book review.

A fascinating book split into two parts

The author concedes too many copywriting books and courses are sold through hype and admits that the copywriting isn’t as important as the offer, the people who get to see the offer and any existing relationship.

The book is split into two sections and it’s almost as if these are two different books rammed together, the first for beginners the second for more advanced copywriters. [continue reading…]

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How To Write Great Website Content by Daniel Kaplan

The full title of this book by Daniel Kaplan is

How To Write Great Website Content: Get High In Search Engines and Increase The Leads, Sales or Donations Of ANY Website

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Part SEO guide and part copywriting guide.

A useful guide to preparing copy for a website.

I wasn’t entirely convinced by the advice on writing for Google. Ten years ago it used to be fairly easy to write for a high search engine ranking position but Google have deliberately made it much harder to predict. Updates called Panda and Penguin punished aggressive action. [continue reading…]

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