My BNI Embarcadero presentation yesterday focused on what I called “Comedic Copywriting”. I have enjoyed inserting humor, where appropriate, to get the attention of readers of advertising projects that I’ve written for over 35 years.
These are some of my highest response projects for San Francisco direct response copywriting across the financial, hearing, healthcare and consumer packaged good industries.
I’ve written thousands of projects over the past 35+ years, so it’s pretty hard to choose my favorite copywriting headlines. But here are ten of them that I presented last week to my networking group: BNI Embarcadero…
“I’m not a doctor, but I often play one on the Internet.” – Gil Zeimer, Medical Copywriter Vein Centers for Excellence of Greenville: George Hincapie, Tour de France Cyclist and “The World’s Ugliest Varicose Veins” Hormonal Clarity Diagnostics: At-Home Hormonal Testing Kit Simplified With a White Board Video Orthopedic Center of Illinois: TV & Radio […]
As a San Francisco copywriter, I presented this PDF today at BNI Embarcadero to provide an overview of my services across five industries and the best referrals within each one.
It was the day before The Bloom Agency in Dallas, TX was going to make a new business presentation to Porsche Dealers of North America in 1985. While sitting on the “throne” at the office while taking a break from my Senior Copywriter job, I saw a small blurb in the Sports section of the […]
A client of mine, Allison Bliss Consulting, asked me to write scripts for :15, :30 and :60 radio commercials, copy for both animated and static ad banners, and edit her newspaper ad copy for the SF Chronicle’s Pink Datebook section. Before I could recommend a media buyer/planner for the project, she had already found Ellen Young […]
A graphic designer I’ve worked with in Toronto knows a marketing manager at Doha Bank in the Middle East. He recently asked me to collaborate with him on a campaign of four ads to celebrate Qatar being the first Arab nation to be selected to host the World Cup. Here are the four initial ads […]
When the San Mateo County Health System needed a freelance copywriter for a new education campaign, I recently collaborated with Nora Isaacs, another writer, and Kuleana Design in San Francisco. Collectively, we created this campaign to tell young mothers that each additional month they breastfeed helps their child grow stronger, gives them a healthier future, […]
Travel Copywriter I’m proud to have over 25 years of freelance travel copywriting expertise across a wide range of clients and periodicals. These include resorts in North America, top-rated airlines that cross the globe, one of the world’s most popular cruise lines, a leading watersports activities company, restaurants in Northern California, and adventure/scuba diving magazines […]
This is the first of a series of branding ads to promote the mindful awareness resources of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in West Marin. It’s been around for about 30 years, but few people know that it offers a full program of ongoing classes, daylong programs and residential retreats. Andre Cohen of Andre Cohen Marketing […]
I have a vast portfolio of financial copywriting expertise. Over the past 25 years, I’ve produced memorable print and broadcast work, attention-getting promotions, high-level Web site content, plus high-response print and email direct marketing campaigns for many financial institutions. Read some of my success stories.
Earlier this year, I worked as a freelance copywriter with the very talented San Francisco art director John Donaghue on a new direct marketing campaign for Midland National’s Annuities Division. The goal was to create a new brand for this seven-year old division of a 100+-year-old insurance company to recruit insurance agents who could sell […]
About 10 years ago, I was called by a local ad agency who needed a freelance San Francisco copywriter to craft a promotional ad for DHL Worldwide Express delivery services. The art director and I started kicking around some concepts. I asked if we could show snow globes of various cities where DHL delivered globally. […]
As a freelance San Francisco copywriter, I’ve created campaigns for Viking Freight, DHL, Emery Air Freight, Consolidated Freightways and Greyhound Package Express. For decades, Viking Freight operated in the Western states and American Freightways operated in the Midwest and Eastern states. A few years ago, they both decided to merge under the name of Fed […]
This is one of my favorite ads for two reasons. First, the headline is humorous and embodies a product benefit because someone you’re related to can collect, organize and share your family’s history with “Family Gathering” geneaology software. And second, the ad features a photo of my daughter Sara when she was about two years […]
Wells Fargo EquityLine Platinum Card Acquisition Letters For one of Wells Fargo’s design agencies (Damore Johann), I wrote a series of direct response letters to Equity Line Platinum Card owners with a promotional overlay from Home Depot. Download Wells Fargo EquityLine Platinum Card Acquisition Letters 3-Page PDF. For Wells Fargo, I also wrote a project […]
Healthcare Copywriting is one of my specialties. Because I’m a San Francisco freelance copywriter with vast expertise across all media, I’ve had the good fortune of working with a wide variety of healthcare products and services over my 25-year career. View my specific healthcare copywriting credentials.
As a San Francisco copywriter, I’ve been an ad agency staff and freelance copywriter for virtually every financial institution in California, from Bank of America and Wells Fargo to Charles Schwab, Visa, and some dot coms, like Yodlee and Intuit. Here are my favorite ads, ad banners, and radio commercial that I created as a […]
One of my favorite clients when I was a young copywriter at Ketchum Advertising, San Francisco (now TWBA Chiat-Day) was also one of my first clients ever: Lindsay Olives. I’ve always believed that advertising copywriting should be entertaining with humorous headlines. So here are two I wrote that I still like, many years later. The […]