A New Year. A new beginning. January 1 holds all sorts of possibilities, opportunities to start anew, opportunities to wipe away the old and begin with a fresh slate. It seems I’m not alone in my rose-coloured-glasses view of New Year’s resolutions. Around 50% of Australians make a New Year's … [Read more...] about A New Year. A New Resolve. A History of New Year’s Resolutions.
Seth Godin, the veritable David Ogilvy of the 21st century, was in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, brought to our fair city by the gals over at Business Chicks. I’ve been an avid reader of Godin’s blog for some time now; part marketing expertise, part big-picture, societal commentary, it’s always … [Read more...] about Seth Godin: Are You Going to Matter?
Anyone that knows me knows that I am a self-confessed history buff. I love nothing more than soaking up the tales of time gone by, losing myself in romantic notions of kings and knights and damsels in distress, immersing myself in the lives of the Medici family, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Botticelli. It … [Read more...] about 7 Lessons from David Ogilvy on Writing
Stories matter. Not just in marketing, but in real life. Think about your own life: last time you caught up with your best friend over a creamy latte, what did you do? Did you stare in silence into the foamy milk? Highly unlikely. Did you provide a polished run-down of the events of your life since … [Read more...] about Once Upon a Brand: Why Every Brand Should Tell Its Genesis Story
Tackling commercial life as a copywriter can be confronting, particularly if you are more comfortable with creative writing pursuits, with perfect pieces of prose penned just for you. There are a few invaluable pieces of advice that I have been lucky enough to come across during the last few … [Read more...] about Six Home Truths about Commercial Copywriting
The whole concept of becoming a freelancer (whether in the field of writing, or software development, or graphic design) is appealing because of its broad, almost limitless, scope. Just this week, all in the same day, I have penned: the story of an illiterate Bangladeshi woman, educated by a global … [Read more...] about Freelancing: Generalist versus Specialist
Writing Tips That Will Make You a Better Writer All of history’s great authors have struggled to produce pithy prose at one time or another. Publishing houses have rejected them. They’ve tried and failed, and then failed some more. They’ve suffered from writer’s block, and thought about throwing in … [Read more...] about Top 7 Writing Tips From Great Authors
Developing an Effective Organisational Approach to Content Marketing Last week, I went along to How to Be An Effective Content Marketer, a seminar at which Todd Wheatland was one of the keynote speakers. Todd has recently joined one of the largest content marketing agencies in Asia Pacific, King … [Read more...] about Content Marketing as a Culture Shift