Making Ads Pay: Timeless Tips for Successful Copywriting


Making Ads Pay: Timeless Tips for Successful Copywriting

by John Caples

John Caples was a pioneer of direct-response copywriting.  In Chapter 8 he presents as series of paired ads which were tested, followed by analysis of why the winning ads outperformed.  The winner often outperformed the other by a wide margin—up to five times as many responses. Continue reading “Making Ads Pay: Timeless Tips for Successful Copywriting”

Scientific Advertising


My Life in Advertising and Scientific Advertising

by Claude C. Hopkins

Claude C. Hopkins (1866-1932) was a pioneer in the advertising industry. This volume consists of his two books: Scientific Advertising, written in 1923, and My Life in Advertising, written in 1927. NBC and CBS were founded around the time of Hopkins’ retirement, so his work predated the broadcasting era. The media of his time were newspapers, magazines, and direct mail.

“Salesmanship-in-print is exactly the same as salesmanship-in-person.” If the purpose of advertising is to sell, then its effectiveness can be measured by resulting sales volume. Hopkins tested ads on a small scale before risking money on a large-scale campaign. He also compared results using different headlines in order to discover the best performing approach. Continue reading “Scientific Advertising”