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Is interaction design just for designers?

Ok, so if you got to this point, you’re maybe interested in interaction design and what it’s all about for converting users and customers. What does interaction design mean, then? Well… here’s pretty much the easiest way for me as a user to find out: Interaction design at work — 3 (easy) steps 1) I go to […]

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What makes the perfect ad? Two advertising myths debunked

What makes a perfect ad? In a 2013 post on the psychology behind ad and digital copywriting, I elaborated on a fundamentally different appeal that traditional ads (print, radio, TV) make to “captive” audiences, versus content & copy for digital experiences – where by nature we participate in the medium rather than being subject to it. On […]

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When — and when not — to use target=”_blank”

Ah, to open a link in a new tab or not… that is the question. Sure, might not be the type of critical life question you find yourself faced with regularly (fortunately) but it’s a good one for us in the digital space to examine – whether you’re a UX or an SEO person, content strategist/manager, […]

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5 copywriting tips for better SEO & UX

Why you should know the rules, and then break them. (Sometimes.) Despite the overwhelming ubiquity in digital copywriting – everyone wants good SEO – there’s no magic formula to original, share-worthy content. The numbered-list format, for example, only works if you understand WHY your audience is drawn to click: a promise of usefulness in the post/article itself. What I want to […]

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UPDATES: freelance SEO work

May of 2015 has been a busy month… I recently updated my resume to reflect a freelance SEO gig I’m doing for Jigsaw – an agency based out of Milwaukee – and their healthcare client. I’m optimizing site content for natural search behaviors (e.g., improved navigation, H2s, strategically placed keywords) as well as working with a digital […]

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Button blindness: the dreaded Learn More

(Or, why you should avoid bland CTAs and button copy.) In some side work I’m currently doing involving content management & strategy, I’m on the hunt for ways to reach new “untapped” audiences. This article content we’re working with lives in the digital media world, however, where any sort of promotional messaging that might dilute the integrity of the […]

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“Start something new”

I recently came across a page I really liked (read: nerded out on) and wanted to share here: apple.com/start-something-new. Not only is the concept cool and different – marrying artistic inspiration with Apple products – but I liked that the “preview” copy held my attention even though it wasn’t a traditional intro in terms of length. It’s breaking the rules just a […]

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Advertising strategy: “tell me what I want”

What is it about a certain ad message that resonates and stays with us? Is it a feeling of being assailed – by Old Spice’s clever (and now-trademark) use of the bizzare, for example? Is advertising’s appeal in its ability to “arrest the human intelligence long enough to get money from it,” as the quote […]

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Outside the box: job roles in digital media

In a previous post I talked about my current UX strategy work, and how some organic traffic challenges can prompt innovative thinking and perhaps even success – in my case, creating usable travel guides using archived travel article content (as old as 2009!) and the site Storify. Today I wanted to look at the big […]

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Job seekers: know how to brand yourself

While in the job hunt over the past few months, I’ve come to realize the value of “it isn’t what you say, but how you say it” – not just in the packaging of all I represent as a job seeker to potential employers – but in the aesthetics of my work. It doesn’t mean […]

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