conversationalcopywriting

Respect for your readers lies at the heart of conversational writing.

Two people having a respectful conversation.

I hate reading articles and posts written by experts.

Well… maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration.

But I do hate reading articles where it feels like the writer is looking down his nose at me.

Writers like that remind me of the kind of teacher who barely even acknowledges students in his classroom. He just talks and instructs… expecting his students to remain quiet, and soak up his infinite wisdom.

We’re exposed to this kind of writing all the time.

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In times of crisis, being conversational is more important than ever.

A group of business people in conversation

I don’t imagine there’s a company on the planet that had a contingency plan for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nobody was fully prepared. No government. No business.

We were all caught by surprise.

This is uncharted territory.

I’ve been trying to figure this out for my own business.

And one of the tasks I set myself was to watch what’s going on in the world of marketing and promotion.

In particular, I’ve been watching the kind of messaging companies have been putting out.

Read moreIn times of crisis, being conversational is more important than ever.

Are you a mercenary or a missionary?

mercenary about money

As far as I can tell, the first person to talk about “mercenaries and missionaries” in the context of business was legendary Silicon Valley investor, John Doerr.

He draws the distinction between these two approaches to business and marketing in several ways.

But the passage that resonates most powerfully with me is this one…

“Mercenaries are motivated by the lust for making money; missionaries, while recognizing the importance of money, are fundamentally driven by the desire to make meaning.” 

I love that distinction, simply because it rings so true.

Read moreAre you a mercenary or a missionary?

Confessions of a conversational copywriter… how Dynamic Debra changed my life.

I don’t “do” guest posts on this blog.

Except, in this case, I do.

Cindy Reed was one of the first people to enroll in the Conversational Copywriting course.

And this is the story of her own evolution from traditional copywriting to the conversational alternative.

In Cindy’s own words…

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Given the choice, which conversations would your prospects REALLY like to have?

Three friends in conversation

The real power of conversational copywriting lies in identifying the conversations your prospects really want to have.

All too often it’s the marketer who decides on the topic of the conversation.

“We want to talk about our new product launch.”

“We want our prospects to engage with us in conversation about the amazing services we offer.”

Well… that’s not being truly conversational, is it?

Conversation is as much about listening as it is about talking.

It’s about taking turns. 

Read moreGiven the choice, which conversations would your prospects REALLY like to have?

A conversation with my young Chatbot.

chatbot for conversational copywriting

I’ve added a chatbot to my Facebook page.

We had a conversation…

Chatbot: I’m confused. Where am I? Come to think of it, who or what am I?

Nick: You’re a chatbot. I created you to help me connect with people who might be interested in conversational copywriting.

Chatbot: Ok. Still confused. But… quick question… does this mean I’m like an AI? Am I super-intelligent?

Nick: Afraid not. No AI. No machine learning. Dumb as a post.

Read moreA conversation with my young Chatbot.