I'm sick of people trying to scam other people. I don't mean those poorly punctuated 'Dear Beloved' emails. Nor those irritating Amway-ers who were school friends...
By Tiffany Markman 3 Feb 2014 08:37
Trends pieces. From November onwards, they're everywhere. Everyone with strong opinions, an active pulse and the ability to use a keyboard is looking at the year that was and using that, with tweaks, to predict what's coming.
By Tiffany Markman 14 Jan 2014 06:30
Tackling multiple tasks at once means faster results. Also, it's a great way to impress a boss. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'll bet 'good multitasker' appears on every CV you've ever sent. But the newest thinking is, however, that multitasking is actually a weakness, not a strength. (video)
By Tiffany Markman 30 Sep 2013 08:40
Reflections on textual pickpocketing... by a victim of copy thieves.
By Tiffany Markman 24 Jul 2013 05:37
I've been ranting and raving for the last two hours. My face is red and I have a large vein pulsating on my forehead. Simply: I am irate beyond reason. This is why...
By Tiffany Markman 28 Jun 2013 04:23
Here's my list of old 'new' language rules for 2013: things that have evolved over the last few years, things pro writers are using in certain contexts and things you will see more and more in today's writing, now that you know what to look for. [Please note: the listed items are to be used only in light of the mini-disclaimer at the bottom.]
By Tiffany Markman 15 Jan 2013 12:05
You and I have come a long way together. We began our collaboration some 25 years ago, when you'd regularly forgive my crayoned abuse of your good nature. Then, we became allies: just you and me, against the world, using permanent marker to 'correct' the punctuation on signs proclaiming Ladies Room.
By Tiffany Markman 19 Oct 2012 08:16
In a recent column on how (and why) a company has to have a corporate profile, I emphasised the value of providing a compelling reason for the reader to choose you - specifically, outlining what it is about your business that elevates it above your competitors. To do this, you need to use good adjectives. Un-boring ones.
By Tiffany Markman 19 Sep 2012 05:58
There are 300 million PowerPoint users worldwide. There are 30 million PowerPoint presentations happening daily. About a million right now, as you read this. And at least 50% of those (but probably more) are unbearable. In short, 500 000 audiences wish the boardroom ceiling would fall on them. Or on the speaker.
By Tiffany Markman 19 Jul 2012 12:37
I was invited to a talk on neuroeconomics. Yes, really. And it blew my mind. Here's why: presented by Prof Don Ross* of UCT, the talk unpacked the brain's reward system, what motivates people to act, and - most importantly for me as a copywriter and communicator - how to entrench a short brand message in the reader's mind.
By Tiffany Markman 12 Jun 2012 09:10
I wrote a piece recently on the five things you should look out for on Twitter. And then, oh then, what happens but several fascinating case studies emerge before me. Not one. Not two. Three.
By Tiffany Markman 9 May 2012 10:28
Let's say you're new to Twitter. Okay - no-one who reads Bizcommunity is new to Twitter. Let's say you've been on Twitter a while and you mostly love it, but you have minor reservations about a) its time-wasting potential, b) its actual value to your brand, or c) when and whether to distance yourself from your fellow tweeps.
By Tiffany Markman 23 Apr 2012 14:02
Oy vey. What a can of worms. In part I, I raised the question of whether FNB's lofty promises, delivered via the chirpy 'Steve', were empty. I did so, as you know, publicly. And I learned two very important things. Here they are:
By Tiffany Markman 12 Mar 2012 10:14
I seldom pick sides in fights such as #bankwars. Barring an ambivalent flip through the twitterverse to find out who hates who and get a glimmer of insight into why, I wait for the cacophonous twysteria to die down; for my stream to return to 'normal'. But this time, I have a definite bias.
By Tiffany Markman 27 Feb 2012 10:05
Wait. That's a bit of a fib. Sorry. Every year, my Biz Trends contribution is a wish list of stuff I'd like to see happen in marketing, communication or writing. I'm often right. But this year I want to be right.
By Tiffany Markman 11 Jan 2012 12:09
My grandmother was a remarkable woman. Outspoken. Opinionated. She had a tracksuit. (And she wasn't a tracksuit person. She was a dress-with-matching-belt person. She wore anoraks. And sensible shoes.) The tracksuit was blue. But every time you suggested that she wear her blue tracksuit, she'd snap, "It's not blue. It's turquoise, dammit!" She was right. Here are four quick and easy ways to write and speak specifically...
By Tiffany Markman 25 Nov 2011 12:49
You'll agree that what I'm about to say is not rocket science. Here goes: a report is written to be read by someone else. Now, if this is the central goal, a lot of your focus should fall on that 'someone else', and on giving them what they need, in a format that'll work for them, so that they read what you've written and rapidly agree with it.
By Tiffany Markman 7 Oct 2011 11:18
I'm asked this question a lot. Usually after I explain that, "No, the copywriter isn't the person who puts the little 'c' into the circle. That's copyright." I'm also often asked the difference between copywriters and editors. So, in case you've ever wondered what we do, or whether you need one of us to assist you, here's some insight for you.
By Tiffany Markman 20 Sep 2011 11:43
Ciao. Yours truly. Regards. Yours sincerely. Thanks. TGIF. However you choose to close your business emails, there's a message there. And that message is the last impression with which your reader is left. So you may as well get it right.
By Tiffany Markman 3 Aug 2011 14:01
Dear Sir/Madam. Hi there. Greetings. Howdy. Howzit. Dear Beloved. However you choose to kick off your business emails, there's a message there. And that message is the very first impression your reader gets. So you may as well get it right.
By Tiffany Markman 4 Jul 2011 13:42
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