Persuasion

Can You Keep This Simple Secret of Success: Simplicity IS the Secret… SHUSH!

Sissela Bok

“We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect.” – Sissela Bok, Born Dec. 2, 1934. Information is practically worthless nowadays. What you …

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How Painting Your Bottom Red Can Make You Stand Apart

Manolo Blahnik

“My shoes are special shoes for discerning feet.” – Manolo Blahnik, Born Nov. 27, 1942. You want your customers to have a special relationship to your products, your offers, and you personally. That’s called branding – that relationship that exists beyond and outside the immediate benefits of the product. And the secret of doing this …

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Getting Good at Lying Makes You Better at Making Truth Believable.

William McIlvanney

“Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.” – William McIlvanney. Born Nov. 25, 1936. People get upset when I compare marketers to liars. Or I talk about manipulation. And coercion. Your hands are already dirty! Just own it! It’s better! But I digress. Here is what you need to realize. Even …

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Most Writing Is Lame Because The Writer Forgot To Make It Cool

Steven Brust

“All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what’s cool.” – Steven Brust, Born Nov. 23, 1955. This quote is either more authentic or more stupid, depending on whether you think that stupid hat Steven Brust wears …

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No One Wants To Buy Your Product – This Is What They’ll Pay For…

Calvin Klein

“The only way to advertise is by not focusing on the product.” – Calvin Klein, Born Nov. 19, 1942. The art and skill and magic and OOMPH of writing promotions comes from the stuff you do that has NOTHING to do with the product itself. The product is just a token of value. It carries …

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