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.
This year has gone by faster and wilder than a rollercoaster!
With the year drawing to a close, I guess what really matters is: did you enjoy the ride?
Are you happy with how you spent the last 365ish days?
Come to think of it, those are a whole lot of days! It just makes me wonder if we were able to get the most out of each day that passed. So, let’s take a second to review your year and see how we can build upon that to make next year even better.
Do you want to stand out, be known and make a big impact?
Wait… you don’t have to answer that – because we ALL know the answer!
With all the different marketing practises that businesses are doing today, how can you stand out and be noticed? YES, everyone says they have the answer, but the answer is not complicated – it’s more execution that is.
What’s the answer, you ask? BE RELEVANT TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE.
People want, desire and crave things that are relevant to them. If you’re relevant, they care.
See – simple? But… how do you become relevant?
Message marketing is the way. Here’s how.
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!
Can you believe that 2021 is right around the corner?
Now’s the time to call your team in for a huddle, evaluate your performance and start raking your brain again for new marketing strategies, plans and innovations to grow your business in the new year.
So, how will you use marketing to grow in 2021?
In our previous blog, we discussed the 10 key trends that are expected to have an impact on digital marketing throughout the upcoming year.
In this blog, let’s delve into 8 more marketing trends that may transform your marketing, ramp up your content and meet the evolving expectations of your target audience.
2020… well… yes… let’s just say it was an experience.
From natural calamities to political unrest and a global pandemic - there’s no denying that businesses have experienced an unprecedented shakeup and are now trying to keep up with the evolving demands of customers, the “new normal” restrictions and increasing competition online.
Digital marketing, however, has shone through. It’s how we’ve all been able to still communicate with our audiences, keep our services relevant and carry on.
This upcoming year, digital marketing will continue to play a crucial part in business growth.
So, now’s the time to look at the key 2021 marketing trends to consider adding to your marketing plan in the new year.
Here’s some that we’re looking at.
Quality Copywriting and Content Marketing - the two essential tools in business today.
Most brands understand the role they play in engaging with their audiences on a far deeper level. They also generally understand the impact this has on achieving their goals.
However, the problem is the common knee-jerk resistance internally, which I like to call the Frequently Raised Objections (FRO).
Here are the top five FROs, and how to overcome them to help implement a better Copywriting and Content Marketing program for your business' success.
Is your brand just online? Or REALLY online?
Businesses of all types, sizes and industries share one common thing today: we all have audiences whose eyes are glued to screens and rely on the internet for solutions.
Since these potential customers can stumble across websites, social media pages, ads and other digital content at literally any time, you need to be there.
Not just there, but providing an engaging experience that makes you relevant in their eyes.
Strong copywriting is the standard for building an online presence that moves people.
Here’s how (and why you need to implement it yourself).
Writing a blog is not a new practise, but it has evolved quite a bit over the digital era.
What started off as an online diary has now become an active way people and businesses are using to communicate with their audiences.
Different blogs see different levels of success, and as a Blog Copywriter and Content Marketer, many ask me: is having a blog for my business worth it?
Here's my answer along with how to create a successful blog that earns an ROI.
Every organisation must reach their target audience, whoever they may be.
So, how do successful businesses do this? Through high-quality copywriting which captivates, informs and drives behaviour, of course!
Copywriting is a very powerful Marketing tool that businesses use to offer people value, earn trust and nurture profitable relationships.
But what is copywriting and how can copywriting help your business communicate with your customers?
Let's discuss what copywriting is and how you can use it to achieve successful outcomes.
Who are your competitors?
How many of them are there?
Due to the influx of brands over the last few years, we can assume they come in a range of sizes and shapes – from online businesses with delivery services, to brick-and-mortar shops with established products and big companies with large marketing budgets.
So, how do you position your products and services to still earn the attention of people, despite the crowded market?
Great copywriting, of course.
It can help you articulate the value your business provides, helping you persuade an audience that you’re the right choice.
Here’s how copywriting helps you stand out for all the right reasons.
Content Marketing is a popular business practise today.
However, there are a lot of common content marketing FAQs that I get asked every day by clients.
Questions like: where do I start with content marketing? How does content marketing work? Is content marketing right for my business?
If you have content marketing questions, I have content marketing answers!
I’ve put them all in this blog for you to enjoy.
Just like a shop front or office space, your website is another entry point for your customers.
AND just like any physical location, it should be maintained, updated and polished regularly.
Your website makes up the majority of your digital presence. It’s like a virtual shop where people go to browse through your products and services, and learn more about your brand.
But most importantly - a website is a place where they will decide if you can be trusted with their needs.
Is your website putting on a good show for them and winning them over?
It should be. Here’s how.
Do you need words to make a big marketing impact?
Every business needs to communicate clearly with their audience to engage them with relevant messages that educate and inspire action.
To do this effectively, you may be considering hiring a professional freelance copywriter.
But – what’s the process involved? How does hiring a freelance copywriter work?
What’s it like to work with a freelance copywriter?
No worries – I’ll explain everything.
In today’s marketing, consistency is key.
This certainly applies to the way your brand communicates through its messaging, style and tone of voice.
I can’t make it any simpler than that. While you do need to vary up your types of content to keep things fresh and, yes, brands do evolve over time, it’s very important to have a consistent core message that forms a relatable identity.
Here’s why your brand needs a core message and how to do develop your own.
Content marketing is a popular marketing strategy for all kinds of businesses across different industries today.
It’s no surprise - quality content sparks engagement, delivers value and connects well with an audience.
However, while many businesses think content marketing is easy, not all brands achieve great results from it.
That’s because content marketing is not as simple as it seems.
So, to make sure you’re on the right track with your content marketing, here are a few common pitfalls you must avoid.
Content Marketing is highly mainstream today.
But it’s also powerfully effective when done correctly. Why? Because your audience is actively hunting for valuable, entertaining and informative content every hour of every day.
Look at what you’re doing right now! Look around at everyone on their phones.
Searching for content is ingrained into our lives.
So, what types of content do you need for content marketing?
What content does your brand need to create to be successful?
People today use search engines like Google, Bing and Safari so often that we can’t imagine the internet without them. They’re doing billions of searches every week across the globe, hunting pages for unique terms, phrases and questions.
The search results that come back are where most traffic gets funnelled into (especially on the first page!).
What does this mean for businesses, then?
It means your brand is sitting amongst fierce competition, all scrambling to become relevant.
So, how do you get search engines to pick you over others?
Do you want your content to go further?
Is your content continuing to offer you results?
Most of your content should be working hard for you on an ongoing-basis.
If not, then it's time to plan the use of your content better! Having a more robust approach to content marketing offers many advantages and it's beneficial for both your customers and your brand.
Here's how to prolong the strength of your content, so it can go the distance for the good of everyone.
Do you pay much attention to how you format your copywriting?
Whether you're writing a website, a blog or marketing collateral, simply throwing words on a page can doom your content from the very start.
Your readers want information - but they won't stay engaged if you make reading the text really hard to do. It provides a poor experience and they will probably just abandon it.
Don't do that to your brand (or your reader)!
Here's why formatting your copywriting is crucial for content marketing success and how to format your copywriting effectively to maximise results.
Your brand is one of your business’ most valuable assets.
That’s because it stands as a beacon that your audience can recognise, understand and relate to. But it only gains this value through its own strong identity.
A brand identity is much more than just aesthetics like colours, prints and typography - it is how your brand defines itself.
Here’s how to build a brand identity using copywriting.
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