Archive for July, 2014

  • Monday, July 28th, 2014

  • Here I Come to Save the Day!

    You know the stories about every day heroes, invariably mixed between the headlines of this crisis or that. Stories that serve to uplift, inspire and give us hope reminding us that there is a great deal of good left in this world. Most of my heroes don’t make the headlines, but they are still remarkable to me. Those who put it on the line and say “Yes, I can” when others simply bow out become my heroes.

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    As a child, you are told that it pays to be positive. This theory has carried through as I’ve grown older and ventured into the professional world, particularly when it comes to writing. You shouldn’t write negative headlines – it gives the wrong message for your brand. But a recent study is telling people to bring their worst and it may give the best results.

    In a study of 65,000 headlines, Outbrain compared positive, negative, and no superlative (using words like best or better) headlines. The study found that headlines with positive superlatives performed 29 percent worse and headlines with negative superlatives performed 30 percent better. The average click-through rate on headlines with negative superlatives was 63 percent higher than positive ones. (more…)

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