Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on LinkedIn.
Mama said there’d be days like this, and she probably also warned you get what you pay for. In the world of writing – especially freelance writing – truer words have never been spoken. As the business or brand ordering content, you get what you pay for. And as the writer, well, sometimes – okay, most times – you don’t get paid what you’re worth.
A vicious storm is brewing atop the waves of the Internet. It’s been bubbling and brewing for some time like the witch’s brew of Macbeth. It’s an ugly and monstrous storm; a squall directly linked to the SEO-driven monsoon of mediocre material audiences around the globe are currently drowning in. Let’s face it; so many people want written content for practically free that quality has grown atrocious! Continue reading “You Get What You Pay For”
So you have a website. Perhaps it’s a personal blog. Perhaps it’s a page for your product or service. Maybe you’re trying to build an audience for something big. At this stage in your content creation journey, I’m sure your biggest question is, “How the hell am I supposed to get people to read my copy?”
Creating compelling copy for your website or blog is no small feat. However, it can be done. And perhaps it’ll be easier than you think! So buckle in and hang tight because we’re going to bring you not five, not 10, not even 15…but 20 tips for creating compelling copy! Continue reading “20 Tips for Creating Compelling Copy”
Copywriting is a word all too often confused with copyrighting. We see inquiries where a potential client would like more information about our copywriting services, but somehow the word copyrighting gets into the mix. A sizeable chasm spans the rift between the act of copywriting and copyrighting. Just what is copywriting and how does it differ from copyrighting? Let’s find out! Continue reading “What Is Copywriting?”
You’re a smart person. You understand the how and why behind content. You see how it can expand your professional reach, establish authority, bridge engagement, and even morph into a lean, mean marketing machine. You’re all about it! Maybe you’ve started a blog or are guest posting on major websites in your industry. Maybe you’re venturing into the creation of infographics and articles for social media engagement. You’re on the right track, but chances are you’re overlooking one crucial content strategy component: a content calendar or schedule. Continue reading “Creating a Content Strategy: Why a Content Schedule Matters”
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the technicalities of planning a content strategy. If you’re new to the world of content and copywriting, the entire process can seem overwhelming and confusing. Thankfully, you don’t have to face it alone. You can select a content creator and leverage teamwork to get things done. One of the most crucial elements your team will tackle in creating a content strategy is finding and nailing your voice. Continue reading “Creating a Content Strategy: Finding and Nailing Your Voice”
We live in the age of the niche. Targeted marketing campaigns require an intimate understanding of our target audience coupled with a well-planned and consistent content theme. Our chosen theme needs to match our business and entice our audience. The truth is a content theme isn’t an element of only the copywriting world; it’s relevant to all lines of business from service and product offerings to independent authors. Continue reading “Creating a Content Strategy: Picking a Content Theme”
Storytelling is one of the most important elements of writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re an independent author writing fiction, a copywriter creating content for a business or a student writing a paper for school. Knowing how to tell a great story can make the difference between capturing and losing your audience. Continue reading “How to Tell a Great Story”
Creating content minus a clear view of your audience is like throwing darts blindfolded; you might get lucky and make a bullseye, but chances are you’re hitting everything BUT the target. There’s a strong probability you aren’t even hitting the board. Planning a powerhouse content strategy begins with identifying your target audience. Continue reading “Creating a Content Strategy: Identifying Your Target Audience”
It’s common to hear the terms “content strategy” and “content marketing” used interchangeably. In fact, it’s such a common occurrence the majority of small business owners have no idea their content strategy is not exactly the same thing as their content marketing strategy. When you work with a copywriter, copywriting agency, or content creator, the focus should be on your content strategy. After all, it’s a major part of the planning process. So just how do you plan a content strategy? Continue reading “Planning Your Content Strategy”
A few short weeks ago, we discussed how to spot a high-quality writer. We identified four anchor qualities of outstanding talent, and we talked a little about the importance of quality content. Now, we’d like to take the discussion to the next level and cover exactly how you can choose a copywriter or content service provider to meet your needs in this condensed guide to selecting a content creator. Continue reading “A Guide to Selecting a Content Creator”