Discover why advertising has a little “Greek” in it.

By Genna Matson in Direct Marketing on April 1st, 2016

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But why would we need copy placeholder, you ask? Because if you insert recognizable sample copy then people will spend time scrutinizing the copy instead of looking at the font sections for the piece, be it direct mail, email or a website. During the comp or QA process marketers want you paying attention to the layout and overall aesthetics rather than actually reading. So, lorem ipsum is a solution for an age old problem.

Today, lorem ipsum generators can be found to suit any personality or interest, from  Cupcake Ipsum to Bacon Ipsum,  Zombie Ipsum to Samuel L. Ipsum, Cat Ipsum to Cheese Ipsum, and my personal favorite Pirate Ipsum. If you’re a fan of anything, there’s lorem ipsum out there for you — HODOR!