John Kuraoka, freelance advertising copywriter
(619) 465-6100
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John Kuraoka, a San Diego-based freelance advertising copywriter with 35 years of experience in just about every product category.

Central Contractor Registration information:

DUNS number: 123569316
CAGE code: 668N8

Education (by-the-book):

I graduated January 1985 from California State University at Fullerton with a BA in communications (emphasis on advertising) and a very strong minor in English. I was also a member of Alpha Delta Sigma, presumably a national honor society associated with the American Advertising Federation. Have you ever heard of it? I thought not.

Education (real-life):

Since June 1989, I have been a freelance advertising copywriter, providing marketing and creative services to advertising agencies, design studios, and businesses worldwide.

From February 1988 to June 1989, I was a copywriter at Knoth & Meads, an advertising agency in San Diego, California. They later merged with Phillips-Ramsey, which is currently known as MeadsDurket.

From September 1984 to January 1988, I was a copywriter at Doyle & Partners (nee Doyle-VanFossen), an advertising agency in Laguna Hills, California. Mark Doyle was former creative director of Chiat/Day.

From September 1983 to September 1984, I was the entire creative department at Targeted Coverage, Inc., a direct mail house in Pomona, California.
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Interesting tidbit:

I am an Eagle Scout (awarded in 1980), and from high school through college spent my summers working at a Boy Scout camp in the Sequoia National Forest.

Copywriting experience by industry:

Click on the category below for a complete list of clients served. Some of the better-known brands are 3Com, Calavo, Frazee, Giant Bicycles, Lactaid, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Hyatt Regency, La Jolla Playhouse, Manheim, Rhino Linings, Southern California Edison, Simple Green, Sony Electronics, Stagg Chili, Standard Pacific Homes, Starwood, and Winston Tires. My copywriting has won numerous national and international awards; you can see samples of my advertising work in my portfolio; you can see samples of my brochure copywriting in my brochure portfolio. I have guest-lectured (on advertising copywriting) at San Diego City College and presented half-day workshops on small-business marketing for the SBA. I also created the world’s first free online mentorship program for aspiring advertising copywriters.
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Answers to frequently asked questions.

Why should you hire me as your advertising copywriter? | FAQ

Still more about me, me, me.

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Advertising & marketing advice.

Advertising strategy and other lies
An advertising copywriter’s bookshelf: recommended books
Brands and branding: a white paper
Do you make these mistakes in advertising?
Free (yes, free) advertising copywriting resources
Four ad copy traps that ensnare even experienced copywriters
How to become an advertising copywriter
How to take your copywriting portfolio to the next level
How to write a brochure: advice from an advertising copywriter
How to write better ads
Long John Silver on writing ads
More career advice: what’s it like being an advertising copywriter?
Napoleon’s advice to entrepreneurs, Part I: starting the enterprise
Napoleon’s advice to entrepreneurs, Part II: the entrepreneurial character
Napoleon’s advice to entrepreneurs, Part III: growing the enterprise
The ART of repurposing marketing copy (Or, why you shouldn’t use brochure copy as web content)
The economy (and what to do about it)
When you should consider hiring a freelance copywriter
Advertising copywriting mentorship
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Email me.

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Phone: (619) 465-6100

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