Rod Stewart for 20 Bucks!

When you’re a copywriter, you’re responsible for every word on the page or on the screen. Big agencies have proofreaders, but still, you have to think about everything that’s there, and everything that’s not there. Even a single word can change the customer experience. Case in point. I recently bought tickets to see Rod Stewart for $20. I know! Sweet, right? Continue reading “Rod Stewart for 20 Bucks!”

In Praise of the Touchy-Feely Crap

If you look at my resume, you’ll see that most of my full-time stops at places have lasted for years. I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with some great people who have become great friends. Heck, more than that. They’ve become family. Now, I realize that’s not a unique experience. You spend a lot of time with the people you work with, and you either grow close or you hate each other. This is a story of both.

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No Substitute for Chopsticks

When you work with someone for nearly two decades, you have a lot of stories. At least four or five, anyway. Here’s another one about Joe, and oddly enough, lunch and an Asian restaurateur. And if you think I’m picking on Asians, relax. I’m half-Chinese, so it’s okay. Well, 38% anyway, according to my DNA profile on ancestry.com. On behalf of 38% of the billions of people who look like me, I give you permission to engage in good-natured observations of Asians. This story doesn’t really have anything to do with Asians, actually. There just happens to be one in it. Make that one and a half. It doesn’t really have anything to do with advertising, either. Just lunch in an advertising agency. In fact, you won’t learn a single profitable thing from this story, but maybe you’ll get a laugh heading into your weekend. Continue reading “No Substitute for Chopsticks”

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: School Plays

As you know, I am a professional Question Asker. I realize, though, that the talent of getting to the heart of the issue is not the sole purview of ad people. I would think teachers excel at this, as do most parents. So today’s post, frankly, is telling you nothing you didn’t already know. But as my faithful subscribers know (if you don’t subscribe, you are a source of sadness to me), my primary goal here is to brighten your day heading into the weekend. Sort of a happiness head start. So here’s one from the Reeves family archives about trying to get past the obvious. Continue reading “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: School Plays”

How to Write a Headline (Seriously)

As I’ve threatened for some time, I’m finally getting around to writing my post on how to write a headline. This isn’t one of my typical humor pieces. This is a real overview of how to do it, intended for the beginning copywriter. By the end of it, you’ll be an expert and I’ll be out of a job. But I’m a giver, so for all of you who got an A in English class and always think, “I could totally do that”, I’m pulling back the curtain. Continue reading “How to Write a Headline (Seriously)”