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How To Create An Effective Radio/Television Commercial Without A Script – Tim Burt Explains

Local radio and television commercials are usually ridiculed and ignored far more often than they are acted upon by the audience. They’re on in every city, every hour, every day. The owner of (insert business here), rambling on from a … Continue reading

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TV Commercial Fail: FedEx “Auto Repair Shop”. Tim Burt Critiques

When you absolutely, positively have to have a misguided, lame advertisement….watch this 2011 commercial for FedEx: The first time I saw this my initial reaction was it was for Google or another search engine company. THE ISSUE When the “shop … Continue reading

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A Common Advertising Mistake To Avoid: Arrogance. Tim Burt Explains

Here’s a virtually sure-fire way to drive potential customers away from your business: arrogance (but not to be confused with ego). For example: “At ABC Orange Juice, our juice is the best. We use only the ripest Florida oranges, hand … Continue reading

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What People Hear Vs. What Is Actually Said In Commercials – AKA “The Phantom Message”

We’ve all heard commercials where the offer you perceive is not actually the message trying to be communicated. HOW AND WHY THIS HAPPENS It all stems from my first rule of advertising: Every good commercial or advertisement is rooted in … Continue reading

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(video) How To Make A Better Commercial? Use The “Post-It Note” Formula + “The Two B’s”

How do you make a better commercial? It all starts with these critical elements: “The Post-It Note Formula, and “The Two B’s”. I discuss how to implement them in this video: (I’m about to board a plane and can’t post … Continue reading

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Recipe Ingredient #10 To Make A Bad Radio Or Television Commercial: Asking A Dumb Question

A common misconception among copywriters is: “Don’t start off a commercial with a question. If the listener/viewer answers ‘no’, you’ve lost them“.   I agree with that to a point. But there’s one very important word missing from the first … Continue reading

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Recipe Ingredient #9 To Make A Bad Radio Or Television Commercial: Script By Committee

What happens when too many people¬†offer opinions into a script? (note: This is most common with commercials in the medical field.) MYTH All decision-making employees should have an opinion on what the commercial should “say”…which leads to… Trying to cram … Continue reading

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