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Increasing Newsletter Registrations

Are you really satisfied with the response rate of your newsletter registration form on your website?  Do you think that, just maybe, your list could be bigger? Instead of thinking of the sign-up form as a sign-up form, think of it as a transaction.  The user - a prospective client - is paying for your newsletter with their data.  They weigh the value that they may receive from you against the value of their first name, last name, and email address.  If the transaction seems "pricey" - there is not enough value - then you have not earned the right to have them on your list.  They don't [...]

Trust: Earning the Right to Ask

How often have you walked in a shop, only to feel pressured into buying something you didn't really want?  Perhaps you were at a restaurant, and the waiter actually sits down at your table, introduces himself, and asks for your order?

Or maybe you found yourself in the position I was in at a Danier Leather store late last year, with my two-month-old leather overcoat that had a piece of leather that had separated.  "Sir, you may leave your coat here, and we will send it to our head office for inspection.  They will determine if it even is a defect, and how much you would have to pay [...]


Three Blog Archetypes: Writing for Results

Have you noticed that each magazine, newspaper, and TV news show has its own style?  They do so because style builds brand equity with their target audience.  But look underneath the glitz of style, these pros have structured each story almost exactly the same. They understand the power of the archetype.

If you haven't thought about structuring your communications more formally, consider how you too can use these powerful forms.  Becoming more intentional in your writing will more quickly bring results.

Archetype One:  The Case Study (demonstrates experience)

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and