What writers & others say
“Pages with too many microcontent elements are like a busy intersection with too many road signs.”
— Amy Gahran, creator of the weblog Contentious.com
“The often overlooked subhead is really a stealthy and lethal ninja writing weapon just sitting there quietly waiting to be put to good use.”
— Gary Korisko, author and expert blogger
“For a company with 10,000 employees, the cost of a poorly written headline on an intranet home page is almost $5,000.”
— Jakob Nielsen, “the king of usability”
“Subheadings have the power to reel the reader in. While the headline may grab the user’s attention, you need to do more than that in order for the user to stay.”
“I’m often amazed at how much energy writers put into perfecting the analogy in the 32nd paragraph of their piece when those same folks toss off a headline in the 17 seconds before happy hour on a Friday evening. Most of your readers will never see the 32nd paragraph of your brilliant copy. But many more will read your display copy.”
— Ann Wylie, corporate writing coach
How can you reach non-readers with words?
“Readers” don’t read. Even highly educated web visitors read fewer than 20% of the words on a page.
Learn how to reach people who spend only two minutes — or even just 10 seconds — with your message at Catch Your Readers, our persuasive-writing workshop, starting April 5.
There, you’ll learn how to put your key messages where your readers’ eyes are. You’ll discover how deliver your key ideas to people who don’t read the paragraphs. And you’ll find out how to draw even reluctant audience members into your message.
Save up to $100 with our group discounts.