Copywriters: need some linguistic inspiration?

Copywriters are always searching for the perfect word or phrase to describe a concept or sell a product. Sometimes the perfect words are difficult to come by. If you've ever needed a word to describe 'a face badly in need of a fist', 'a beautiful girl viewed from behind' or 'the itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whiskey', you're in luck. Copywriters should take inspiration from this excellent blog post: 25 Handy Words That...

GoCardless Paylinks: Finally, a PayPal Alternative?

GoCardless Paylinks: Finally, a PayPal Alternative?
 £50 credit towards GoCardless fees: simply use our referral link. I've had an eBay account since 2002 (yikes!), so I was a very early adopter of PayPal. Although I think they've improved over the last couple of years, I still don't really like to use the service. In my experience, their refund and dispute policies are questionable, their fees are extortionate and their support is pretty dire. We've been looking for an alternative for a long time, an

Ghost Blogging: Who Really Owns the Copyright?

If you've hired a writer to do some ghost blogging, how do you know that the copyright is yours? Sometimes, copyright is taken for granted when you initially outsource a blog. It's only later that the question comes up, and then, nobody knows where they stand. Mathew and I have now made the issue much clearer in our Terms and Conditions, but we thought it also warranted a blog post. Copyright for Ghost Blogged Content Copyright for ghost blogs or arti

Up with the Olark: Instant copywriting quotes

Up with the Olark: Instant copywriting quotes
For the last month we've been trialling Olark, a service that allows us to interact with clients - and track our website visitors - in a totally unique way. When we're online, you'll see a little blue bar at the bottom right hand side of the screen. Click the bar, and you'll be able to chat instantly with one of us using the box that pops up. Get a quote in less than a minute, or get a speedy answer to a question about the way we work. That little box make

The quirks of Word for Mac

While writing the manual for Progress with Quest, I came across a really horrible quirk in Microsoft Word 2011 on the Mac.PDFs exported from Word on the Mac don't have active hyperlinks. This happens no matter which settings you use: Save As PDF, or Print to PDF, etc. Exporting PDFs with links actually used to work in older versions of Word on the Mac but was inexplicably dropped recently.The lack of links in the finished document caused me quite a lot of
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