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07/17/2020 12:33:18 AM (3 years ago)

Replying to marybaum:

The design is certainly a work in progress, and we have a lot to work through. We're all open to any refinements, particularly from an accessibility point of view.

In terms of the copy, it's tempting to think that a neutral tone and dispassionste listing of features would appeal -- but that doesn't even work in training materials. All that does is bore people. (Wonder why so many Americans never read their email? That's a big part of it -- in uni, a lot of us get taught to write in a way that makes us sound smart but does nothing to communicate with the actual human beings on the other side of the screen.)

The only people who get any training at all in how to connect with a human are journalists (often, just sportswriters) and novelists. And then we advertising and direct-marketing people have to retrain copywriters all over again.

But this is the closest we come to advertising. And in advertising, we remember two things: we are always and only ever talking to one person at a time, and we talk to the emotions -- to the benefits.

Nearly a century's worth of data has shown that time and again, people buy what they want (never what they need) and they buy from people who understand them -- who have walked miles and miles in their shoes.

Abha, Yvette and I have pinned several books and a few ads to both the 5.5 and 5.6 chats that teach this point -- And I'll leave you with the barest hint of a story to make my point that this is true at every level of society.

Want to know why so many Americans carry phones from AT&T Wireless? Especially when, at the dawn of the iPhone's history, the company Apple made the deal with was called Cingular, and it had the best reputation across US wireless companies? Well, I'm in a position to know that the first thing that happened in a long process was that the CEO of Cingular Wireless was rejected from a certain country club here in St. Louis, Mo. I kid you knot -- and it started a chain reaction that over the next many years led to the configuration of wireless tech companies we see today.

Of course there were many steps in the process -- but that was the trigger.

So, no -- all a neutral tone does is confirm a reader's fear that a given piece of copy is for someone other than the only person they ever want to read about: Me. Or, to us, You -- with occasional mentions of a supporting cast whose first names are all Your: Your friends, your family, your boss -- and more.

I've spent just about forty years studying this, and I don't consider myself all that good at it (yet) but any time I've deviated from the drama we all live in, called Life, and tried to talk down to or over the head of a reader, or to more than one person at a time, the only audience I've ever reached was (back when we printed things) a couple of fruit flies on the banana peel in the kitchen trash, where my group's copy ended up. And not one of them had any money ...

"I wonder if shifting the tone to be neutral and features-focused would engage a larger audience?"


  • Ticket #50416

    • Property Status changed from new to assigned
    • Property Focuses ui-copy added
    • Property Keywords needs-copy-review needs-design-feedback added; needs-patch needs-design removed
    • Property Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 5.5
    • Property Owner set to marybaum
  • Ticket #50416 – Description

    initial v28  
    1 This is where discussion and work will take place during 5.5 for the about page.
     1*I kid you knot --
     3I kid you not.
     5Oy gevalt. I really cannot type these days.
     7Error ID#10T.