Be a better financial writer: 4 ways to sharpen your financial game

Whether you’re a seasoned financial writer who wants to navigate nuanced topics or a general copy writer who wants to improve your depth of knowledge, continuing financial education is essential. If you want to land complex assignments and assure clients that you’re fluent in their language, check out these four ways to sharpen your game:…

Follow up fearlessly with this guide

If you have a good system in place for following up with your prospects, you’re already ahead of most salespeople. According to Hubspot and the LinkedIn Sales Solutions blog, 80 percent of sales occur during or after the fifth point of contact between seller and buyer. Unfortunately, Hubspot finds that 44 percent of salespeople give…

Infographics 101

The basics about why they work, what they are, and how to use them. Why to use them We process images much faster than text. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Imagine a world where all the road signs looked the same, but had different messages. Stop. Deer crossing. Yield. School zone. How effective would these…

3 steps for effective selling

The traditional and incorrect view of the sales process as an underhanded, manipulative set of techniques for cajoling a prospect into spending too much money is outdated, with many thought leaders making only a general suggestion for salespeople to act like consultants. I think this suggestion is a little too general. Instead, an actionable goal…

Who do you think you are?

When I was in fourth grade, our teacher tasked us with writing our “autobiographies.” Given that a compelling and lengthy personal narrative is a rarity among 9-year-olds, she also told us to write a chapter about what we thought our futures would hold. I wrote that “I will be a linebacker for the Chicago Bears…

3 visualizations to bring clarity to your copywriting

Graphic designers might be the masters of all things aesthetic, but copywriters think visually, too. The images in our heads just manifest themselves as words, sentences and paragraphs, rather than colors, lines and typefaces. I grew up drawing, painting, and exploring all things creative. At one point, my family encouraged me to pursue visual art…

Never underestimate the power of must-click calls to action

  Does this sound familiar? You’ve poured time and energy into creating quality content and a beautiful-looking website, but no one is engaging with you or your company. Crickets … The problem may be that you don’t have clear goals for your content. Vague plans to “build awareness,” “engage customers” and “crush the competition” are…