Category Archives: Copywriting Examples

Articles analysing examples of copywriting, to teach good practice and avoid bad copy.

Narrative Adverts: right and wrong ways to tell a story

narrative adverts right and wrongDuring frequent recent trips to the cinema, I’ve been inordinately exposed to the San Miguel advert that insists there’s a beer with an interesting story. It’s 29been bothering me for a while, but it didn’t bear dwelling on until I happened to be exposed to Johnnie Walker’s The Man Who Walked Around the World from some six years ago (while at whisky school, if you must know). That video shone a candle on everything that’s wrong with the San Miguel advert, and made me realise how much, between them, the two adverts say about a good narrative. Continue reading

Моя любимая реклама – exploring an old ad

ferroro rocher russianFor something a little different, I’ve decided to write a short advert analysis in Russian rather than English. Because let’s face it, that’s the next logical step for a blog about copywriting and advertising. So here’s my account of a much loved childhood advert. Fear not, there’s a translation below. And, of course, the actual advert. Continue reading

Why disruptive animal adverts don’t work for me

copywriting clichesWe live in a world where advertisers are being encouraged to come up with original branding at all costs. Even if it has nothing to do with the product. FirstDirect are trying to convince us they’re worth using because they’re unexpected (which is exactly what I don’t want from a bank), while O2 are trying to convince us they’re worth joining because of a cat behaving like a dog (which I find rather baffling, as they’re actively eschewing the quiet dignity of cats). Avoiding clichés is an admirable thing, as anyone can tell you, but sometimes I’d rather people erred more on the side of the unoriginal to give a convincing message. As I hope my latest real-world copywriting example will demonstrate.

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Latest website design and content: OpenWater

website design example for manufacturing consultantsThis week I completed the design and content of a new website for OpenWater, a medical devices manufacturers’ consultancy firm, based in Hayward’s Heath. OpenWater have clients of all sizes (from start up to multinational), and offer a vast pool of experience in every stage of device manufacture, with expertise in design, production, quality assurance and bringing products to market. Amongst other services. They’re also lovely people. Continue reading

How words can sell food: copywriting in menus

copywriting for menusEvery time I visit Las Iguanas, before I’ve even ordered I find myself longing for my next visit. One look at their menu tends to make me think a single meal is not enough. You can see on their website and promotional material that they put a bit of effort into their copywriting, but it’s impressive, and worth noting, that their sales efforts continue after you’ve settled down to eat. I imagine there’s some personal preference involved (if you despise Latin American food then you might not be convinced), but I can’t help but be drawn in by every item on the menu. Continue reading

Harnessing the strength of consumer comments through interviews

interview customer testimonial, case studyWhen I worked in media research, one of our most valuable commodities, as a company that put video cameras in people’s homes, was footage of customers singing the praises of a product in a natural environment. Short of trialling the product, what could build more consumer confidence than seeing real people recommending it to friends and family, without prompt? These beautiful moments were rare and difficult to come by, trawling through the hours of video footage, and riotous celebrations would shake the office when we discovered such a scene. It was a feeling I unexpectedly recreated last week, when I happened upon the online equivalent of such a scene, by developing a thankful consumer comment into a broader interview. Continue reading

5 examples of successful business blogs

business blog examples

Taking a break from talking about what use a business blog is or why you might have one, here’s a quick list of 5 examples of successful blogs. The first is a catch-all example most people will know, followed by two examples that relate to business as a topic, then two successful business blogs used to sell to an unrelated niche. Continue reading

What content writers should take from “the power of the printed word”

power of the printed word, content writingI often see content marketing heralded as a novel concept in modern online advertising, with some writers even making the distinction that they are a content writer and not a copywriter. But the idea of writing helpful content as a form of business promotion is not a new one – International Paper were doing it very successfully in the 1980s. And I doubt anyone involved in that campaign would kid themselves into thinking they weren’t writing advertising copy. Continue reading

4 effective ideas for business blogs from casino blog examples

casino gambling business blogsWhen running a business blog, sometimes it’s not enough to have vague ideas of what to blog about. I find it inspirational to look at unrelated areas of business to see how I can apply blogging ideas to my own. So I thought a quick case study of casino blog ideas (which are easy to generalise) might be inspirational for other businesses. The following article is based on blogs I had written for an online gaming marketer, but they requested that I not share the links here – so if you’d like to read the articles do ask and I’ll send you some copies: Continue reading

When a picture’s worth more than words: a theatre advert

theatre play advert example

I often put up advert examples with the aim of analysing the copy and discussing effective writing. In this case I want to do the opposite, because a flyer was given to me this morning that I thought perfectly encapsulated its story without a single word. (Lies, actually, it’s got a few written details about when the play is on and its title, but they’re not the sale.) So here is a great example of where copy is not needed: Continue reading