Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on April 25, 2013
Believe it or not, the best way to get people to re-tweet your tweets is to ask them. This doesn’t mean begging, “Please retweet my tweet.” Instead, link your question to the tweet. For example, “Will Google’s new Department of Culture support poetry? Check out the cultural czar’s blog post.”
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on April 20, 2013
Take it from an advertising copywriter: the first headline you write is rarely the best you can do. Brainstorm a list of options without judgment, and don’t pick the one you’re going to use till the end. If you have time, set the list aside for a while and come back to it with fresh […]
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on December 16, 2012
Good grammar isn’t just a smart choice, it’s a better pay check. You may not care now if you don’t know the difference between “you’re” and “your” but you certainly will when you realize that statistics prove professionals with better grammar are more likely to be promoted to higher positions. You could be a contender […]
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on December 9, 2012
Keep blog posts short and on point. Deal with one topic per post. Encourage people to click past the jump point by telling them something that’s new or not widely known.
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on December 2, 2012
What’s the most-read part of a direct mail letter? The postscript. P.S. Works in blog posts and emails too.
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on November 25, 2012
Do you wonder why assignments to creative people often run amok? Build the sturdy box called a creative brief to corral wild and woolly writers and art directors so they can deliver on-target work. Boil down the key selling proposition—what you most want to convey—into a single message. Creatives will kiss your feet, and you’ll […]
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on November 18, 2012
Make emails more effective by dealing with only one subject per email. Sum up the main point of the email in the subject line.
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on November 11, 2012
Dangling participles are the curse of writers and comic relief for editors. Usually they happen when a writer forgets what a participle is qualifying. “Waiting in line at the grocery store, the eggs fell off the shopping cart and splattered the woman behind me.” This sentence literally means that the eggs were waiting in line […]
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on October 31, 2012
You may be surprised to know that headlines are lazy. They often lie dank and listless without an interesting visual. Take it from Cynthia, a longtime ad agency creative director: almost any headline can be saved with a great image. Select an interesting photo or illustration that adds information to the headline and doesn’t just […]
Posted By Cynthia Hartwig on October 30, 2012
I’ve seen plenty of great three-word headlines, and I’ve seen three-line headlines that knocked my socks off. Good headlines can be any length, as long as they speak to readers and pull them in. A short headline is revered by creative directors the world over, but a long headline can often provide a compelling thought […]