Artificial Intelligence – it’s everywhere today.
It’s evolving finance and insurance, cybersecurity and marketing, and now it appears to be arriving on copywriting’s doorstep. We all knew this day would come and I’m finding it amusing that people on LinkedIn keep smugly sending me these websites, saying: “Well, now you’re getting hit too.”
But is AI-powered copywriting what it’s all cracked up to be?
Who knows? Time will tell, but here are my initial thoughts from what I’ve been hearing and seeing from all around the industry and what you need to know.
Google AdWords, re-target marketing and browser cookies are staples in today’s marketing environment. Most, if not the majority of businesses, use some cookie-based advertising to get clicks, attract leads and secure conversions.
As businesses, we are familiar with it. As customers, we see it every day.
This type of targeting works by using data crumbs or “cookies” to target audience groups based on their web browser behaviour. This cookie-based advertising allows different companies to display ads throughout a user’s browsing experience once a web surfer has expressed interest in a certain product or service.
However, digital advertising’s reliance on third-party cookies for years is coming to an end.
So, what is the future of audience targeting?
Can you name a business that doesn’t use content in its marketing?
It feels impossible, right?
Hundreds of brands today are posting on social media to connect with their audiences. Start-ups have learned the value of blogs to get their names known out there. Even large and prominent businesses are using the power of videos and podcasts to remain relevant in these changing times.
That’s why content has become such an important business asset - serving as a digital currency that enables you to raise awareness, engage with customers and achieve excellent results through valuable conversions.
But how do you know what types of content to use? When is it best to create and publish a specific type of content to connect with your audience?
Let’s find out!
Website best practise changes quite a bit over time.
One of the most recent trends I’ve noticed is the SERVICE and SOLUTION pages.
Sure, you may be thinking ‘this isn’t new’, and perhaps it isn’t. But it’s certainly growing in prevalence today – and for good reason. You see, you have two types of customers.
These two website pages address one each and that’s why it’s useful to have both of these pages on your website. If you don’t, then you’re losing them.
Let me explain why it’s a great idea to have both a SERVICES website page and a SOLUTIONS page and what role they each play.
Every business loves social media today.
Why? Because all of our customers are there!
The growth of active social media users around the world continues to rise and this has encouraged brands from all industries and of all sizes to join them there. It makes commercial sense! But now that almost everyone is aware of how powerful social media marketing can be, the competition has become extremely tough, with every business vying for attention and trying to stand out from the crowd.
In the scramble, some brands are losing sight of how to incorporate social media successfully into their marketing strategies – especially as time goes on and trends change.
So, to help, here are 10 common social media mistakes that you may be doing and really want to avoid.
Every organisation has its own unique flow, process and rhythm.
These daily behaviours, values, language and activities between groups of people make up your culture. We all hear about how culture empowers teams and helps us communicate with our customers in a genuine way.
The question is: how can we incorporate this culture into our marketing to strengthen our brand identity? How can we have a strong brand culture that will enable us to generate excellent marketing results?
Here’s how you can incorporate brand culture into your business’ message marketing.
Every year, business and marketing practises evolve – and copywriting is no exception.
Of course, the biggest and most recent shift has come in the wake of COVID. While the physical impact is starting to pass, it has changed our global lifestyle significantly.
For one, we’ve all become more reliant on the digital world than ever before.
This has meant the demand for engaging content has completely skyrocketed. As part of this, quality copy is absolutely essential if you want your brand to get noticed.
Here are 3 of the 2021 Copywriting Trends we’ve observed that all brands need to pay attention to.
Want to know the secret to writing the best copywriting and creating the most effective content? Think like your audience does!
Sounds simple, right? But it's just not that easy. Here's what you need to know.
Let's discuss the grey area of SELLING within your content.
It's a tricky balance that all copywriters and content creators struggle to get right.
We want to provide value and interest, but it's still business, right?
Isn't it funny how even just the mention the word “selling” in the context of a written piece, such as a blog, can completely turn people off? Some readers will recoil almost immediately!
Why is this? And how do we manage this balance?
How do you make your copywriting work? How does copywriting generate results? Excellent questions!
Business has always been about outcomes and achieving a return on investment, however with the rise of digital marketing, assessing the success of our campaigns is easier than ever.
Every advert, promotional campaign or social media strategy can be tracked, measured and improved. But what about the copywriting element? Copy makes up a significant part of every marketing initiative, from your content marketing to website pages.
But how do we make sure our words are pulling their weight?
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a very popular marketing technique.
Why? Because search engines are how your customers navigate the internet. People today are hunters and gathers online - something comes to mind and BOOM, straight onto their phone or computer to find an answer, a product or more information.
If you do SEO well, you will get found at that exact moment of action!
That’s SEO. It closes the gap between customers who are looking for solutions and businesses like yours who can provide them with exactly what they need. But it’s not as simple as it may seem. It’s worth it, but it takes work.
It’s also changing rapidly. There are new SEO updates around search intent, voice search and much more.
So, we’ve prepared an SEO guide to help your business succeed with search.
Everyone uses email today.
That's why it's a popular choice as a marketing channel. Simple, easy and cost-effective, email marketing can be highly effective. But that doesn’t mean it just works instantly! While everyone always keeps an eye on their inbox, they need to be receptive to your message if you want them to pay attention.
Let’s talk about the most common challenges businesses face with email marketing and how to solve them, so you can make it a viable option for your business.
When it comes to content, there are five types, based on the impact they have on your audience.
This offers a great opportunity to mix things up, for both them and your brand.
Having a blend of all five also ensures that you're engaging your customers in a balanced way which inspires them to take action.
So, let's define the five types to check if your brand is creating everything your audience wants from you.
How genuine are your brand’s messages?
How honest is your tone and communication style?
Does the information you provide earn trust?
These are critical questions to ask yourself because your customer is very savvy, suspicious and intuitive today. They have wised up to the fake and they’re not afraid to tell you, tell others and walk away altogether.
Here’s why being genuine is so critical in marketing and what that even means.
It’s the beginning of a new year and it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of changes to pay attention to if you’re serious about success this 2021.
Due to the evolving demands (and expectations) of both B2B and B2C customers, together with the constant growth of technology, there are so many things your business needs to pay attention to in order to keep up, and even stay ahead of the pack.
On top of all that, your marketing strategies must be constantly innovative to ensure that your brand continues to be valuable and relevant to your audience.
So, in 2021 – how do you do all of this? By raising the standards of your content marketing.
Here’s what’s happening and how to get ahead this year.
Content marketing continues to be one of the most popular and effective marketing practises today (when done right, of course).
There’s no surprise why. Your audience loves it because they gain value on their terms, and this builds a trustworthy connection between you. That’s why businesses love it too.
But today, there’s heaps of noise, so many channels and countless options available, and you’ve probably seen that quality over quantity is the key to strong content marketing.
So, what do you do? Where do you go now?
Here are some content marketing pointers to make your year a winner, whether you’ve done it for years or your brand new.
Google is at it again!
More new algorithm updates that have everyone running around afraid that their content will become null and void.
But before everyone panics, can we look at what these changes actually do first? Let me take you through a few things about Google Algorithm updates and how they affect your content marketing.
Then you can act accordingly.
2021 is here!
So, it's the perfect opportunity to make some exciting plans for your brand.
The New Year is always a very motivating time in the business calendar when we’re all optimistic about making positive changes to the way our businesses operate and our brands behave.
But – what should you do?
Here are 8 brand improvement ideas to get your creative juices flowing and make your brand appealing.
Have you ever clicked on an article, only to get hit with a cringe-worthy page?
Nothing makes you want to flee faster than pop-ups, flashing advertising and huge walls of awkward text - because no topic is worth that!
That’s what many brands are forgetting: the Content User Experience (UX) is equally as important as the content topic, if you want your content marketing to have any impact at all.
Here’s why (and how) smart businesses today focus on their customer’s content experience to get the best results.
Have you ever gone on a big trip without any plan or preparation?
We’re all for spontaneity, but you’d probably get pretty frustrated very soon without the right directions or essentials. It might be fun here and there with some luck along the way, but let’s admit it - you’re facing far greater risks of encountering problems, getting lost, having inconveniences and wasting resources.
It’s exactly the same with content marketing. Without an organised strategy, it’s a pretty frustrating journey.
A lack of clear plans, tactics and goals can lead you farther away from accomplishing high returns, optimising your content and achieving long-term consistent growth for your business.
Let’s discuss how to put the right foundations in place for your content marketing plan.
Let me ask you a question (well, two – and the second answer will surprise you).
What do you think is the most common reason people come to me for content copywriting help? Better word choice? Stronger messaging? Content creation assistance?
However, here’s the second question: what’s the most common copywriting service I actually perform?
If you answered, “improve content flow”, you’d be right again.
But you probably didn’t say that, and you’re not alone. Content flow is the biggest challenge all businesses face when creating content, and yet most don’t even know what content flow is or that they’re even doing it wrong.
So, let’s discuss how poor content flow is costing you readers, and how to fix it.
2020 has been full of bumpy roads, unexpected turns and countless obstacles along the way.
It has been a challenging ride. But it has also made the world more innovative, resilient and strategic too.
The same goes for us Marketers – the unprecedented difficulties have made us more flexible and creative in promoting our businesses, connecting with our audience and overcoming our competition online.
This 2021, there will still be larger forces beyond our control. Nevertheless, we can prepare our brand as early as now to ensure that we’re earning amazing results in the near future.
How? Through the power of Content Marketing!
Yep – everyone can write!
You’ve probably been doing it all day and you’ve been writing since you were at school. So, why hire a freelance copywriter?! You’ve got this.
Why hire a cleaner when you can (probably) clean?
Why hire a designer when you can (maybe) design yourself?
Why hire an accountant when you can spend hours working out what to claim on tax yourself?
It’s the same thing with a professional marketing copywriter.
So, why would someone consider hiring a copywriter?
Here are 7 daily business scenarios that you’ll encounter as the perfect reasons to consider the services of a copywriter.
As a Copywriter, I find that many businesses focus on producing a lot of fresh content pitched towards lead nurturing and brand awareness to acquire new customer segments.
This is a very powerful and proven strategy, to be sure.
However, there is another side of copywriting and content marketing that seems to be going underutilised: engaging your current customer base to offer them ongoing value.
Producing 'current customer content' for them can be equally as effective and profitable (if not more!) as approaching new customers, because it fosters a stronger relationship with the people who are already familiar with your brand.
Here's how copywriting and content marketing can be used to develop stronger bonds with your current customer base, and how to reap the rewards.
Brands love to tell stories.
Why? Because people love hearing them (if they’re told well, that is). Stories are ingrained in the human psyche because they help deliver a core message in a flow the keeps people engaged throughout every stage.
However, while stories are as old as history, the typical story arc has changed - and your audience has changed it.
It’s time to adapt or get ignored. I know which option you’d probably prefer!
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