Direct Response Copywriter on a Great Winston Churchill Quote

Sir Winston Churchill was many things to many people. He was a Prime Minister, writer, painter, pig farmer, soldier, and orator. And that's just a few of the roles he accepted.

But part of me thinks he was a direct response copywriter. Take a look at this quote.

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.

That's a variation on the old direct response copy plan:

  • Tell them what you want to tell them.
  • Tell them.
  • Tell them what you just told them.

Churchill's point is superb.

There's no need to be clever or subtle with direct response copy. Emphasize the key point (big idea, key benefit, and/or USP) with intense clarity ... that's the pile driver.

Make the point over and over. More than three times.

"A tremendous whack" is some cricket lingo, I believe. I take this to mean getting the message across using every direct response copywriting technique in the book.

Branding copywriters can try to be clever or subtle. But, as a direct response copywriter, I'm following Churchill's advice.


On a separate note, if you're in New York City, check out The Churchill on East 28th Street. Music in the bar area but Churchill speeches piped into the bathrooms. A must.


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