I am working on copywriting for my website, and am wondering whether or not I should use periods at the end of my headlines. The headlines will probably be used both as headlines for news articles, and as calls-to-action in a marketing sense to promote the new features of the website. So I am curious both as to whether it is "proper" to use periods, as well as if there is incentive for or against it in terms of marketing and persuasive writing. An expert opinion? :)
Headlines are basically titles, and the reason periods aren't usually put in titles is:
I don't know about its being proper or not, but I know there are incentives as to why periods aren't used in titles.
From Press Release, which I hope is expert enough:
No. For one thing, headlines are almost always not sentences. For another, there is a reason why a period is called a full stop; this is the same reason why we do not want them in headlines.
protected by tchrist Jul 15 at 2:47
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