Ben Settle

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Your Daily Email Addiction

1. If it jiggles it’s fat (not just talking about Schwarzenegger’s take on weight loss, applies to editing copy too…)

2. Only emailing your list when you “have something to say” means you don’t have much to say

3. Nobody emails enough — including me

4. You won’t know you’ve gone too far until you’ve gone too far at least once (hat tip to personal branding author Peter Montoya)

5. Playing your game will ultimately make you more successful than playing someone else’s game

6. You don’t have to end all your prices with a 5, 7, or 9

7. Testimonials are not always required for high response

8. You don’t always need to offer a money-back guarantee

9. The answer is always in the market

10. Kneeling only makes it easier for them to lop your head off

11. People donate to victims, but they don’t buy from them

Believe it or not:

The above are some of the most profitable insights I’ve learned, observed, or had to figure out over the years. And while some may not seem like “copywriting” at a glance, they all can apply to every piece of copy you ever write.

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A customer notices something in the milk ain’t clean:

I recently unsubscribed from an email copywriter’s print newsletter (I respect him a great deal and have learned a lot from him so far). But I wanted to go deep into your methodology without anyone else in my ear giving me conflicting data.

Another reason though is a bit more subtle, I felt like he copied you (or tried to at least imitate you) without giving the full credit or paying homage. I’d notice little things he’d say, do and teach and it seemed like he’d try to “be different” just for the sake of it, but really I know he got his knowledge from you.

YOU pay homage to Matt Furey and all the other greats who’ve helped you. You dedicated an entire podcast (and a book) to Matt Furey and suggested us to buy his products – which is great. I appreciate you being honest and non-needy. Yet I’ve never heard this guy “big you up”, even though I know he was an EP subscriber when he was new – I’ve seen his questions to you on your blog and his testimonial in your book.

And then there’s other details – like his print newsletter comes in an identical envelope to yours with the same layout that says “your paid newsletter enclosed” or something like that – it’s in a black box in the exact same place as yours. It’s the exact same address printed in the same place on the envelope as well. The whole thing just doesn’t feel right! I know this is a small detail and it might be accidental but I don’t like it.

And then he just imitates all of your product ideas! Like, it’s annoying to ME.

You got a list building product, he got a list building product. You got a “good enough” sales letter product, he got a “good enough” sales letter product. You got a print newsletter, he got a print newsletter. You got an email copywriting book, he got an email copywriting book.

Those little details, even if they seem stupid, put me off a little bit.

I really respect how you go about business, especially when it comes to paying homage to those who came before you. But then ur still original – as you teach in Brand Barbarian.

I just wanted to tell you about my experience as a customer of yours compared to my experience with others. And you win, by a country mile.

I’m starting to understand more and more what you mean when you say “think for yourself” – something as little as envelope design has repelled me (amongst other things). I’ve definitely learned from this and will apply it in my own business.

“Always copied, never duplicated” is just how it goes ‘round here.

Market grifting & offer cloning is just how 95%+ of direct marketers are “wired.” So I figure these guys doing it with my stuff literally can’t help themselves. And, as the above testimonial proves, they ultimately end up making me sales.

Maybe I should be thanking them?

Whatever the case:

If you want the real deal and not just a streaked copy, of a grainy fax, of a faded xerox, of a blurry scan, of a low res screenshot of something that kinda sort looks what I am doing & teaching, that’s what Email Players is for.

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Many years ago, I remember reading a blog that had the “cure” for despair.

Or anxiety.

Or just plain old insecurity & uncertainty.

I’m writing “to” business people here.

But it is just as applicable to one’s personal life as it is to business.

Anyway, what is this cure?

Whenever you are worried about something — anything — and anxious ask yourself:

“Isn’t there something better I could be doing?”

No, I am not saying it will fix your problems. But at the same time, I cannot even begin to tell you all the immediate and long term benefits of doing this one simple thing that literally anyone reading this can do. God gave you quite a magnificently designed instrument when He gifted you that brain of yours. It’s an extremely powerful tool that is literally built for problem solving — on both a conscious and subconscious level. Great copywriters (Gene Schwartz, Gary Bencivenga, Dan Kennedy, etc) for example, will often teach how to use both to create sales copy, headlines, bullets, etc.

There’s nothing woo-woo or mystical about it.

It’s simply how your brain was designed.

And by asking it questions it will very often give you answers.

And so it is with this particular question:

“Isn’t there something better I could be doing?”

I don’t care if you’re worried about your business.

What that medical diagnosis will be.

Or even if that girl you like will text you back.

In many ways, these 8 words are the ultimate cure to Neediness, too. And very few things in this world — from a purely business & marketing POV — will kill your marketing response, influence, and ability to persuade like Neediness.


This won’t solve any problems by itself.

But it can get you moving forward and doing something, at least — instead of sitting around worried. And that movement very much can lead to even extremely dire problems solved, constructive use of time, debilitating anxieties relieved, and, yes, outright despair either destroyed or at least severely “blunted.”

Best part:

You can test it at any time and see for yourself.

It doesn’t “cost” anything.

You simply ask, at any time you are stuck, afraid, or anxious about anything:

“Isn’t there something better I could be doing?”

All right enough bull brain soup for the soul.

This mindset can do wonders for your copywriting too.

Especially when worried about having nothing to say, not knowing what to write in a headline, mind going “blank” for a good story, having a weak grasp on market research and the list goes on, and on, and on.

Copywriters are often an insecure, and worry-prone bunch.

Although few of them will admit it…

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They clearly want one for some reason.

For example, not long ago, I heard from a Friday night troll who sounded like he had one drink too many, has his Bens confused, & can’t remember who to blame for his stupid decisions.

Here is what he said:

Aren’t you the Ben who started the “Book Club” that floundered and cost me a bunch of money years ago?


ps: I’m not really expecting a reply

Clearly he wants a reply.

If he didn’t he wouldn’t have said anything about a reply.

So I shalt give him one, but only to make an example out of him:

1. I never had a “book club”

2. It’s hard to imagine how a book club floundering would cost anyone money

3. A little detail goes a long way – and this lacks any details

Just a drive-by loser.

What could he have done to get a reply?

Well, first, he’d have to have more influence than I do.

I am not the world’s most influential guy, so this is not all that big a deal. But, I make it a rule never to engage with a troll — outside of mocking them publicly like this email is — unless their “reach” is bigger than mine.

What would be the point?

Secondly, don’t drink & type if you’re going to troll.

Wait’ll until the next day.

Then re-read the drivel you wrote.

Then edit it.

Then when you got it out of your system and wasted all that time delete it.

That’s my free advice to trolls.

And yes, I realize not a single one will take it.

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In my humble (but accurate) opinion:

The single most important “foundational” program for business, marketing, success of any kind — that I wish someone handed to me, forced me to listen to “Clockwork Orange” style (even though it’s an audio…), and drilled into my head — is Earl Nightingale’s magnificent work:

“Lead The Field”

I listen to it at least once or twice per year.

And each time I get some kind of insight, idea, or strategy from it.

At the very least, I am reminded of something important.

Take, for example, a part in the program where he says he was vacationing at a California tourist trap town, and was sitting in a cafe and over heard some young people who were also visiting.

Earl overheard them say something like:

“Wish we could live here! But nobody will give us a job!”

You don’t hear Earl get angry in his programs.

But you could hear the utter contempt in his voice when he talked about how ridiculous what they were saying was, waiting for someone to “give them a job.” And he goes into a glorious tirade about how they didn’t need someone to give them a job. They simply needed to study the community, and think of ways to be of service to it. Like by doing a car washing & detailing business right on the peer where the tourists are hanging out in their dirty vehicles from traveling, etc.

He was all about service being the #1 key to success.

To shamelessly paraphrase the late Gary Halbert:

Service is like a giant battle axe cutting through the sea of humanity… separating businesses who constantly struggle playing the marketing game on “hard mode” instead of breezing through the levels and destroying their competition with ease by playing the game on easy mode.

Or in this case, maybe it’s more like “simple” mode vs “complex mode.”

Whatever the case:

Want to make more sales in your business?

Be of more service.

Want more testimonials?

Be of more service.

Want more clients?

Be of more service.

Want more JV opportunities, more deal, more professional connections, more leads, more opt-ins, more traffic, more interest in whatever you’re working on, or more of anything else you want, need, or desire in business?

Be of more service.

So simple.

So not very sexy.

Certainly you won’t hear any blue light specials pounding their chests about it in a mastermind where all people want to do is hear and share “tactics!” with each other.

But I’d argue service is the ultimate tactic.

No other tactic can get you the clicks, sales, response superior service can.

Not in the long term at least.

Anyway, end of PSA.

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Below is a snippet from the “Gran Torino” screenplay.

In the scene the old grouchy main character Walt — played by Clint Eastwood — is talking to the young loner teen Tao who he befriends about the valuable tool set in his garage, and how he got it.

WALT: What?

TAO: I can’t afford to buy all this stuff.

WALT: I didn’t buy all this stuff at once, blockhead. I’ve lived here for fifty years. A man stays in one place long enough he tends to attract a decent set of tools.

TAO: Yeah, but…

WALT: Look, kid, I think I know where you’re going with this. You don’t need everything to maintain a house. I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

[Walt rattles around his tool bench and slaps down THREE items in quick succession.]

WALT: This is for you. Roll of duct tape, can of WD-40, and a pair of vise-grips. Any man who’s worth a shit can do half his household jobs with these three things. In the odd chance that doesn’t work out, you can borrow something.

And so the script goes…

Here’s the point:

When it comes to starting, growing, and eventually conquering in the freelance game especially — copywriting, coaching, any other kind of service business of the sort — you don’t need to have every info product, every piece of software, every lead’s contact info, or every anything else to get things rolling.

Way back in 2002 I barely had enough money to buy a book on copywriting.

So I spent what I had:


Time to research who the best teachers at copywriting were.

I chose Dan Kennedy’s Ultimate Sales Letter book.

Cost probably $12 or so at the time.

I don’t really remember.

I read that book several times — many of those read-throughs in one sitting — and then I found a small forum of other online marketers and, following the forum’s rules, made an offer to everyone there for my services.

That got me something like 5 clients.

Not a single one paid me even a single penny, due to my inept negotiation skills.

But it did get me experience dealing with the realities of clients.

It did get me testimonials.

And, most important of all… it did get me working hard to write full length sales letters using nothing but what I learned from that one book, from which I produced a pretty decent newbie’s portfolio. And I took that portfolio to one of the freelancer sites (eLance, I think) and that got me my first for-real paying assignment that added up to $850 in fees. I took that money and immediately invested it in two higher-ticket copywriting products to further my education.

Then I took the money from applying that info to buy more info products & education.

Then I took the money from applying that new info to buy even more education.

And so on, and so forth.

Eventually I got into some JV’s that paid enough to wipe out my credit card & car payment, and be able to move out of the shyt hole state I’d lived in my whole life to somewhere more sane, as well as get my toe into some bigger doors in the industry.

Which brings me back to the above movie script:

When a man sticks with a skill long enough, he attracts a decent set of info products on the subject. This is especially the case with copywriting & marketing. Although the glut of crap products available today that weren’t around then makes discernment a lot more important than it was for me.

But you don’t need to start out with a huge budget.

You need only the copywriting equivalent of duct tap, WD 40, & vise-grips.

Then you work, invest, acquire more.

Work, invest, acquire more.

Work, invest, acquire more…

Over time.

And, yes, for the rest of your business career.

That is, if you want to be not just good but great at what you do.

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A few years ago I was telling “Email Players” subscriber and the “founding father” of online advertising & email marketing as we all know it Ken McCarthy about why — barring a death in the family, and even that may not happen… — I refused to do any plane traveling.

There is a burnout aspect to it after the last few years.

Not to mention all today’s requirements to fly.

But, more than that, I always found airports only slightly less depressing than casinos.

Last time I flew was in October 2018, when speaking at AWAI’s copywriting bootcamp and then the great Brian Kurtz’s master class right after that, and it was intolerable.

Not just from the crowds.

But, the utter unsanitary conditions of even so-called “clean” airports.

I hear tell covid protocols has made places be cleaner, but who knows.

Anyway, Ken’s response (with his permission) is below.

It’s quite the lesson in and of itself for business people:

I’ll tell you, not only are they depressing, they are literally sickening – as are air flights and hotel rooms and restaurant food.

I can drive to Kennedy (LONG but doable) and I’m going to shoot for a place to stay with OPEN windows ideally where I can make some of my own meals.

I always found travel a little rough, but now that I’ve looked into the matter in depth I realize that when we go out into “the world” we might as well be crawling through a sewer.

In terms of toxins that are in the air, in synthetic carpets, chemical cleaners, air “fresheners” that are literally neurotoxins and on and on it goes. It’s quite a lot to process. Human beings aren’t built for it and in takes a toll.

You are right on the money to be living by the ocean and NOT traveling

And I can go into a lot more gruesome detail!

Some people depending on genetics, constitution, overall health – various factors – are a lot more impacted than others, but bottom line all these places – airports, airplanes, hotel rooms are absolutely ghetto-sewer shit.

It’s kind of a joke that we look at them as “luxuries”

Cap’n Covid or no Cap’n Covid:

This is why I can’t stomach even the mere brain fart of being a digital nomad. I just don’t see what’s so exciting, thrilling, fun, and great about traveling from one petri dish to another full of human stench, terrible hygiene, boogers, farts, screaming kids, nosey travelers, long lines for terrible food, sticky bathroom floors, overachieving (and overreaching) TSA agents, being forced to breathe my own CO2 for several hours, and other assorted horrors that airports & even hotels offer.

This why I’m far more content being a Baggins than a Took.

Adventures make one late for dinner.

And are highly overrated IMO.

All right, enough warm fuzzy feelings for the traveler’s soul.

It’s not all doom & gloom.

Because if you know what you’re doing, you can use plain, simple emails to make sales anywhere — at home, in an airport unfit for human habitation, or even in a dirty hostel in the middle of nowhere occupying the same dwelling with 5 total strangers all sharing the same bar of soap with a pubic hair stuck to it.

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Here are 13 examples of shallow thinking in marketing:

1. Slave to marketing metrics at the expense of (or even outright ignoring the existence of) all the intangibles in a business that are just as important

2. Prioritizing the selling of offers over the building of a business

3. Relying completely on social media

4. Setting goals that are outcome dependent (i.e., make X sales by Y date) vs goals that are not outcome dependent (write & send 1 email each day for the next 30 days)

5. Building a list instead of an audience

6. Think having a funnel is the same as having a business

7. Selling offers that don’t logically link to other offers

8. Assuming they can only inexpensively get leads & traffic by being on social media

9. Relying on one merchant account — especially Stripe or PayPal — and not at least making plans for more

10. Having 50% or more of their income tied up in ONE offer or client, and isn’t at least in the process of working to change that

11. Thinking marketing or copywriting is more important to sales than status

12. Selling the “thing” they offer before selling themselves

13. Making transactions at the expense of relationships

These are just a few examples of shallow thinking.

And if you happen to fall into more than one of the above I suggest changing that, fast, if you want to not only be able to compete in, but conquer in your market, industry, product category in the coming months, years, and decades.

It’s also mandatory to not do the 13 things above to use Email Players.

The newsletter simply won’t work for shallow thinkers.

Which is why they never last long, and why I try to turn them away.

They are much better off buying elsewhere.

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Once upon a time I saw a perfect example that shows the importance of owning, creating, and/or controlling your own media empire in a New York Times article.

It was about a 15-year old snot nose who had 1.2 million Instagram subscribers, pulled in some $10k per month with it, and he was full of piss & vinegar (who wouldn’t be?), ready to conquer and pillage.

But then… Instagram shut him down without warning.

The reason:

Violating rules, etc.

His entire business gone — with the push of some button somewhere.

And of course, like a lot of influencer types, he could not replicate his massive success, because he was simply all intelligence and no wisdom.

The worst part for him though:

“A lot of my friends think I’ve become depressed, and I think that’s right,” Rowan said. “I’ve been feeling insecure about a lot of things, like how I look and act and talk. I talk a lot less than I used to. I’m a lot less confident. Losing my account is the main reason I feel like this. With @ Zuccccccccccc, it felt like I had a purpose and was doing something that benefited a lot of people, and now I kind of just feel — I feel lost.”

Such is the spooky fate of being high on intelligence but low on wisdom.

I also daresay it’s the fate of many-a-business in the not-too-distant future. Especially anyone naive enough to rely completely on a platform they don’t own or at least control and export their audience/list from.

And it all starts with having strong email game.

From there, you can apply it to other media.

(Social media, mobile apps, whatever it is).

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“Daly is the ‘asshole god’ of this virtual world, and his word is law.”

— Walton
Black Mirror
“USS McCallister”

I can’t say I’m a Black Mirror fanboy, but the show definitely has its moments. Including a few of the best scripted single TV show episodes I’ve ever seen.

One of which is titled:

“USS McCallister”

It’s about the CTO of a tech-entertainment company who nobody likes or respects and even finds creepy when working at his company in the day. But at night he is in his own private cinematic cyber universe — based on a TV show he watched as a child — as the commander of a starship exploring new worlds, with his “crew” being the digitally cloned consciousnesses of the people who treat him like crap and ignore him in the real world.

In this world he is “god.”

He can control matter itself, and does so in horrific ways to keep everyone subordinate.

And what he says is the way it is. Anyone who disobeys him is, for all intents and purposes, condemned to a hell of Daly’s own creation that is a bit disturbing to watch.

This is a power that he abuses, of course.

And, he suffers the consequences of that abuse.

Reason I bring this up today is because, while having your own media platforms doesn’t give you the power to bend reality, it can give you a lot more power over your fate, and the fate of those you serve and sell to, than you might think.

Some medias give you more power than others.

Like, for example, social media has rules you have to follow. Same with mobile apps or even email and a website (which your host can always shut down).

But a media you sell via the postal system, for example, has no rules I can think of, as long as you are not doing anything illegal. You can “say” whatever you want in a print newsletter or book, for example, and other offline media you own. In the US you are even protected by the First Amendment to do so.

Point is, each media available to businesses is different.

With their own pros & cons, their own reach, and their own profit potentials.

And the real power is NOT in controlling and mastering just one media, but stacking and combining as many as you can, in as many ways as you can, selling with them in all the means for doing so as you can.

Which brings your non-god-like narrator & pal to the point:

About learning to think like a multi-channel, multi-media platform marketing publisher, and not just an “internet marketer” or a “copywriter” or a “coach” or accountant, attorney, or whatever the thing is that someone does in their business.

It’s the difference between thinking like a publisher and not just a “writer.”

An agency owner and not just a “copywriter.”

A restaurant chain owner and not just a “chef.”

A network owner and not just a “Youtube influencer.”

And so on, and so forth.

It’s a state of mind.

And in my opinion, it begins with tight email game.

Then, stacking other medias on that, all working together.

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