Call it advertising, call it promotion, call it marketing, but whatever you call it, every business and organization depends on words with impact. You need to grab the attention of potential customers, clients, or supporters and call them to action. Few among us are born talented copywriters, that rare combination of both facile wordsmiths and natural salespeople. Most of us need some help, and even naturals can improve by studying the best. Victor O. Schwab was one of the greats. Considered a marketing master during his 44-year career, he was the copywriter who propelled Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People into a mega-seller.
How to Write a Good Advertisement, Schwab’s classic guide, has stood the test of time. In just over 200 pages, this book clearly explains the core elements of an effective advertisement. Schwab shows us how to
- Get attention
- Build credibility
- Create winning layouts and choose the best ad size
- Test ad effectiveness
- Convert inquiries to sales
- Make special offers that dramatically increase response and sales
How to Write a Good Advertisement gets you quickly up to speed with examples of powerful profitable headlines (with explanations of why those headlines work so well), and quick lesson reviews that help you turn what you’ve read into skills you own. Schwab provides us shortcuts without sacrificing long-term understanding. Fifty years after publication this book is still the standard bearer, sought after by a new generation of copy-writers and businesspeople. Read it, apply it, and watch your sales soar.
My favorite of the “classics” of copywriting. Some of the other books that come up again and again in discussions of copywriting can sometimes feel a little too theoretical to be actionable. Not How to Write a Good Advertisement. It’s written in a really engaging style, it’s chock full of useful examples with great commentary by the author, and it lays out the process of writing an ad step-by-step.
Are you a copywriter? Then you’ve got to read this book. Like…mandatory. It’s basically a text book but it reads well. Trust me, you’ll get a lot from it. Only if you like being good at what you do.
One of the best books on copywriting and advertising mentality I’ve ever read. Straight advice, humor, and lessons learned in the trenches give you the skills to improve.
There is gold in the old!
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