Congrats to OmniActive!

OmniActive Health Technologies has won Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award for Eye Health Ingredients.

OmniActive won for their Lutemax 2020™ combination of lutein and zeaxanthin, which outshone best-in-class competitors by excelling in unique product development, quality assurance, market acceptance, potential growth opportunities and brand perception.

OmniActive Vice President Hiren Doshi said, “On the day of this singular recognition from Frost & Sullivan, we thank all those who have assisted in researching, producing and marketing this unique ingredient worldwide.”

To Hiren I say, “You’re quite welcome!” The Natural Health Writer was the voice behind one of OmniActive’s biggest marketing initiatives of 2010, part of a tremendous team effort that contributed to their award-winning year.

All kudos to OmniActive: One of the industry’s brightest companies, with an amazing team, an unparalleled dedication to quality, and a line of science-backed products that represent the very best of what nutritional supplements can achieve.

Nature’s Plus

In 1996, I bought my first cannister of Chocolate SPIRU-TEIN as a college student. Seven years later, I was writing SPIRU-TEIN copy for Nature’s Plus. Incredibly delicious.

The Natural Health Writer has been the voice for this nutritional supplement trifecta....

In 1996, I bought my first cannister of Chocolate SPIRU-TEIN as a college student. Seven years later, I was writing SPIRU-TEIN copy for Nature’s Plus. It’s funny how the universe works. Nature’s Plus gave me my start in the Natural Products Industry, and for that I am forever grateful.

At the time, I was working in a private investigation firm. I saw the ad for a copywriter, applied and was called in for a “test.” My boss wouldn’t let me take an afternoon off, so I had to quit my job in order to take the test. I later learned that this was the third test given to find a copywriter; no one had passed. It was me and ten other applicants in one room. We were given company literature and asked to write product copy in 30 minutes. I remember chuckling to myself as I wrote about Animal Parade children’s supplements: “Cherry Elephants, Lemon Lions, Nutrition in Disguise!” I got the job.

In R&D, I had a fantastic crash course about writing for the industry. Anyone who knows Nature’s Plus is familiar with their rapidly expanding product catalog. The workflow was brutal at times, but I absorbed like a sponge. I didn’t just churn out product copy, I created a “voice” for Nature’s Plus that resonated with Founder Gerald Kessler’s style. This is especially evident in my writing for  Source of Life, SPIRU-TEIN and Animal Parade: Three flagship products and true industry icons. It was a privilege to write about them!

Writing for Health Freedom

Oh byoooooteeeeful, for spaaaacious skies, for amber waves of graaaaaain...

The Natural Health Writer is the voice of the Nutritional Health Alliance. The NHA was founded by industry giant Gerald Kessler, who helped create the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).

As the NHA’s writer, I adopted Kessler’s bombastic style to advance Health Freedom. The concept: We are one bad bill away from losing access to supplements. I believe in this cause; Europe has already set the precedent. Click the Capitol to read my latest NHA column.

The Lesson: Hiring a nutrition writer? Make this your first interview question: “Can you explain DSHEA?” If the candidate looks flabbergasted, move on. I have written about DSHEA since 2003. I understand DSHEA, and I know how the FDA and FTC regard supplements. This knowledge is supplement marketing gold.

The Time is Now

Global Vitamins Market to Reach US $3.3 Billion by 2015.* The time is now. Seize this opportunity. The natural health industry is booming, and all indications point to even faster growth ahead.

If you are in the industry, you’re standing on the X. Treasure is right below you. I have a shovel.

If you’re looking for assistance, you’re in the right place. I am a natural health industry writer and publisher with proven success for supercharging nutritional supplement sales.

Whether you’re just starting out or well-established, I have insight and expertise that will help you succeed. Tips are scattered throughout this site, but for peak results commission me.

*Global Vitamins Market to Reach US$3.3 Billion by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., 2011.

Supercharge or Sabotage?

Nutritional supplement marketing is a moving target. On one side, the ever-shifting language regulations of the FTC and FDA. On the other, the critical need to educate consumers with engaging, accurate content. It’s a treacherous tightrope walk.

Maybe that’s why so many fall.

This blog follows marketing failures of hapless grammar, eyebrow-raising claims, and flabbergasting direction. Our industry is nothing if not positive, however, so equal attention will be paid to those nutrition writers who have found the balance that works.

Along the way, learn the success secrets of one of the natural product industry’s most accomplished writers. That’s me, the Natural Health Writer.

Why would I share? Because god dammit, I love this industry and all that it stands for. In the nutritional supplement industry, fortunes are waiting to be made — but more importantly, wellness is waiting to be won. Communication is the catalyst that either realizes these missions or dooms them to failure. Let’s do it right.