Philippa Dowding is the author of the award-nominated
Lost Gargoyle Series, for children ages 9-12:
The Gargoyle at the Gates (2012, Dundurn)
The Gargoyle Overhead (2010, Dundurn)
The Gargoyle in My Yard (2009, Dundurn)
Her poetry has been published in The Literary Review of Canada, The Adirondack Review, Blue Skies Poetry, and many other journals.
She is an award-winning marketing copywriter for various clients including magazine publishers, NGOs, fundraisers, business-to-business, movie producers, corporate clients and more (client list below)
2000 – Present
Freelance Direct Marketing Copywriter
Work with various publishing, business-to-business, educational and fundraising clients, to provide copy and concepts for new subscriber and retention web campaigns and acquisition mailings, e/renewals, e/bills, brochures, e/newsletters, in-book promotions, inserts, radio, telemarketing and television scripts, press releases, one-sheets, and more.
Recent Clients Include:
The Hockey News, Style at Home, Canadian Living, Elle Canada, Homemakers and more
Rogers Publishing: Hello! Magazine, Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, LOULOU, FLARE
More magazine clients: Fly Fusion, Chirp, Chickadee, Owl, Magazines Canada, Canada’s History Magazine, GardenMaking, Zoomer, Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, The Malahat Review, Canadian Art, Horse Country, Toronto Life, Quill and Quire and others
Other recent clients include:
Canada's History Society (fundraising)
CARP (Canada’s Association of Retired People)
Canadian Tree Tours (self-guided park tours)
LavaLife (online dating service and corporate)
Industry Awards: Copywriting
ACE (Award for Circulation Excellence) 2013
Zoomer Magazine, new "cold file gift campaign" - #10 package drove gift subscriptions from current subscribers
Zoomer Magazine, 3rd party upsell series with H&R Block
Canada's History Magazine, new 3-part Christmas gift renewal series
Chatelaine in-book “Treat Yourself” ad. Beat response to previous in-book ad by 2 to 1.
Maclean’s shorter renewal series to loyal subscribers; reduced number of renewals sent, increased retention.
ACE 2000 & RSVP Certificate of Merit 2000
Maclean’s “professional package”, larger order form and push on three year term. Tripled cash with order, lengthened average term.
Maclean’s “magalog” Free Standing Newspaper Insert (FSI), 12-page full colour magazine format. Creative Platform: “Canadians are nice, quiet, rather dull people. (Yeah, right).” Control FSI for 3 years.
RSVP, Certificate of Merit, 1995
Today’s Parent control acquisition package, with “It’s 3 a.m. Your child has a fever of 102.1...” Was the grand control package for 12 years.
RSVP, Silver, 1993
Maclean’s Christmas “reindeer” ad series