Persuasion

When It’s Ok To Lie

We were at brunch when the beautiful blonde took a sip of her mimosa and said, “I don’t get what the big deal is. Everyone lies.” The other three women shook their heads in agreement and took a bite of their salads. No one seemed shocked or put off by the comment (except me). I…

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Lessons From Selling Barstools

A few weeks ago I listed three bar stools on our apartment’s internal bulletin board. I list things on there all the time because I’m a weirdo who likes practicing my sales and copy skills in my free time…some days it’s shoes, other days it’s a juicer. This time it was barstools. 9x out of…

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Before You Buy That Online Course – Read This

Professor Richard Feynman once tweeted, “The trick to learning is enjoying.” Except, he didn’t actually tweet it because he’s dead and someone else is running this twitter account. But it doesn’t matter because that’s not the point of this article. The trick to learning is enjoying. When was the last time you actually enjoyed learning? Frantically…

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The 5 Best Marketing Blogs That Will Make You A Better Marketer

When it comes to marketing, there is a lot of content out there. But there aren’t many platforms that consistently provide high-quality content year after year. As someone who’s spent the better part of the last decade reading marketing blogs, I’ve grown accustomed to seeing an enticing headline that immediately lets you down once you get to the content.…

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One of The Greatest Sales Pitches of All Time

The following transcript is an addendum to the article Honest Selling Secrets From a Dishonest Man published on Think Growth. Read the article here.  This is minutes 14:31 -16:50 of There Will Be Blood where Daniel Plainview makes an offer to a group of townspeople for a lease to drill for oil on their land. [Voiceover begins: Shot of Daniel Plainview…

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Marketers Manipulate Behavior and This Is Why You Should Too

There’s a common saying in marketing circles that “You’re only responsible for what you put out, not what people take away.” I’ve even preached it as an inevitability of being in the Arena. People will skim and miss your point. People will love you a LOT or hate you a LOT (both of which have nothing…

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The Genius Marketing Strategy Behind Traffic & Conversion Summit 2017 That You Probably Missed

Two days before Digital Marketer’s Traffic and Conversion Summit 2017, I went to check the mail and found this: Junk mail means “beautiful” in DR marketing parlance. Not one to throw away some high-end direct response (DR) copy, I opened up the letters to examine their contents. One of the pieces of junk mail was…

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Why You Keep Falling For Fake News

There is a strange thing that happens anytime we see something published. Intellectually we know, just because it’s published, doesn’t mean it’s true. It just means it’s published. Yet, when we see something published, we start to behave like someone who’s never seen a newsreel before. We’re in a trance. There’s something about being “published” that…

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