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March 27th, 2013 — blog, blogging, blogging for business, Content marketing, Content writer
This is a guest post written by Jenn Greenleaf. The views expressed in this post are entirely the author’s own and may not reflect those of Freelance Copywriter’s Blog. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please get in touch with your ideas
To some, building an audience is second nature. It seems like no matter what these business owners say or do online, they have a genuine following. How does this happen, you wonder? Before getting into that, let’s talk about why they are so
engaged with their audience. The main reason is business. There’s a secret I’m going to let you in on when it comes to building an audience – your business will grow proportionally in size. Here are some tips about how to build an audience.
Keep your blog updated frequently
Deliver Content Consistently
Avoid generalizations when writing on your website; instead write as though you were talking to them directly. Develop content that is specific to your niche, especially if you’re selling a specialized product or providing a particular service. Content can be in a variety of forms including blog posts, articles, newsletters, interviews with other experts in the field, product reviews. Visitors to your website want fresh material delivered regularly covering topics relating to their interests.
Everyone loves to get something for free, as long as it has perceived value. It’s a perfect way to gain a following for any blog or business. To maximize your benefit, make sure the recipient provides their email address so you can maintain contact. Provide mechanisms for your audience to share these freebies with their own audience on social media. It can be as simple as placing a request to share on the front cover of an e-book or employing a “pay with a tweet” deal, where the person only get the product if they tweet about it. Ebooks are an obvious candidate for free products, but there are many other possibilities including free Kindle books, White Papers, companion guides and webinars. Offer substantial value in the product and avoid using it as an opportunity to sell.
Your audience should never wonder if they are important enough to talk to
Visitors are discouraged when a business owner spends little time posting quality content and rarely engages with readers. The lack of interaction makes the site feel barren and neglected. Provide an immediate and positive response for every blog comment, Facebook post, or tweet. This attention to detail builds respect and garners trust among your audience. As this trust continues to build so does your reputation and ultimately your business, because everyone like to do business with people they can trust.
The Bottom Line
Whether you use social media, search engine marketing or SEO to attract visitors, be as human as possible. Search engines don’t read your blog, people do. There is a fundamental shift occurring in the online world, away from writing for SEO to creating content for human beings. Building your audience is the best way to build a business and insulate yourself from any changes in the major search engines. Great content inspires people to share and gives your business yet more exposure.
Author: Jenn Greenleaf writes about a number of topics including gardening, parenting, and legal matters. You can find out more on reputation.com
February 20th, 2013 — article marketing, article writing, blog, blogging, blogging for business, Content marketing, Content writer
As an online marketer you understand the need for a constant stream of content.
Regardless of whether you’re a B2B or B2C business (i.e. whether you sell to other businesses or direct to consumers), to gain a strong foothold in the search results you must produce lots of high quality content.
The problem is, the time needed to produce that amount of content is rather hard to come by. We are all over worked and finding a few extra hours a week to write can be tough.
Of course, you can lighten the load by encouraging key staff members to produce content for you – many hands and all that – but there are also some other tricks you can use to help generate content and make the most of the stuff that’s already out there.
Recycle your content
We’re not talking about spinning articles for multiple sites, but rather taking a look at the content you have and making the most of it.
If you have a long article, why not break it down into bite-sized chunks – you may get 2 or 3 articles out of one.
Another great tip is to reuse white papers and reports. They will be full of useful information that can easily be broken down into smaller articles and re-written in a more informal style suitable for your blog or website.
Moving away from text, why not re-create the information in a more visual style such as an infographic? That way you can also make use of social sites such as Pinterest. Or you could create videos from the text for your YouTube channel. Everyone likes to take in information differently so by having it in a text, visual and video format there’s something for everyone.
This one is more to do with making the most of your content through optimisation.
Everything you produce should be in line with your current SEO (search engine optimisation) strategy utilising one keyword/phrase per article.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that keyword also appears in the URL of your article and in the Alt tags for the images you use.
The whole purpose of content marketing is to make it stand out and get it read. If you go for a wishy-washy format that’s pretty boring to look at, no one’s going to take the time to read it.
Make sure you use a strong headline and social sharing icons that indicate how many people have shared your material. Bulleted lists, charts and diagrams all help to add interest and, by keeping your article relatively short, you’ll encourage readers.
Call to action
These are not just for websites and sales materials.
They can be visual cues such as the social share buttons. If you want people to share your stuff or become a fan on Facebook, have markers to show how many people follow you or ‘Like’ you – they won’t want to be left out.
You can use your call to action to get people to sign up to your newsletter, go to a landing page, make a comment, in fact almost anything you can think of.
If you want people to read your stuff you’ve got to let them know it’s there. Tweet about it, link to it from Facebook, put it on your website and mention it in your newsletters.
Interact with your readers by encouraging comments and responding to them and, as already mentioned, make sure the social share buttons are present to encourage readers to share it with others.
You see, content marketing is not just about generating a constant stream of fresh material; you also need to think about what you already have that can reused in a different format.
By looking at it that way, you should be able to keep up with the demands of your marketing strategy.
January 21st, 2013 — Building a business, Content marketing, copywriter, copywriting tips, website copywriting
Promoting your business online needs a lot of content.
Your website copy, blogs or articles must be relevant, interesting and useful to your readers otherwise they will be no more that just a collection of words.
When you’re a sole trader it’s very easy to fall into the trap of writing about yourself.
Hang on a moment…
Oh, hi Joe (Joe’s a self employed plumber), how’s it going?
What? Yeah, fine. What do you mean trap? Of course I’m gonna write about myself, I am my business and people want to know about me.
Are you sure about that Joe?
Are you taking the p…
Hang on, there’s no need to be like that. Look at it from your customer’s prospective for a moment.
Yeah, they want to know about me, who I am and what I do, obviously.
No, they don’t. They want to know what you can do for them.
No it’s not. Look, the fact that you’ve been in business for 10 years, you drive a blue van and your favourite pizza topping is ham and pineapple is of no interest to your customers. They want to know how quickly you can get to them, and the type of work that you do.
Yes, really. If they’re searching online for a plumber it’s generally because they have a leak, need a new bathroom installing or something else along those lines. In other words, they have a problem to which they need to find a solution – you. That’s why your web copy, articles and blogs all have to be focused on what you can do for them.
OK, you may have a point.
There’s no maybe about it Joe. If you want your content to be read and you want people to come to your site and think ‘hey, Joe’s the guy for me, he offers the service I need and can come out to me quickly’ then you have to write it for them. If you just fill it with loads of information about you and only you, you’re not giving them what they want.
Joe…hey Joe, where’ve gone?
Just looking at my web copy again…don’t suppose you want to write it for me?
Writing for your readers
Separating yourself from you business and writing about it as though you were a customer is difficult.
You have to place yourself in the shoes of your readers and think about what’s important to them.
These are the basis of the benefits of your product or service – the things that add value to your customers. Keeping them at the heart of everything you write will keep you on track.
One final word – to make sure you don’t deviate, make sure you use ‘you’ instead of ‘we’ on your website, even on your About Us page.
Here are 3 takeways to remember when writing your content:
- Always write for your reader not yourself
- Use a lot of ‘you’
- Write conversationally to boost engagement
November 2nd, 2012 — Content marketing, Content writer
What is content marketing?
It’s the production and publication of relevant, valuable and interesting content that is aimed at a specific audience.
Why bother with it?
Because once you’ve engaged with your audience, the content is then designed to get them to take a specific action (visit your website, sign up for newsletters etc.)
Who should be doing it?
But they are not the 3 most important things you need to know about content marketing.
What really matters is how you put your content together.
Make sure you write in the second person and use lots of ‘you’ – this will have the effect of creating a conversational style of writing, which is the best way to get your ideas across.
Then make sure you tell them what they want to know. If you’re writing about marketing, give them something valuable to take away with them. In fact, whatever the subject matter, make sure you give them something that’s valuable to them.
Finally, write it in a way that’s easy to understand. Forget jargon, multisyllabic (big) words and other techno mumbo-jumbo. By keeping your language simple and clear, you’ll enhance your audience’s understanding and come across as an approachable person.
That’s all you need to know about content marketing – so what are you waiting for, crack on.
Sally Ormond is MD of Briar Copywriting and provides copywriting services for clients around the world.
August 27th, 2012 — Content marketing, Content writer, copywriting tips, marketing, online marketing
With Google’s ever evolving algorithms, producing fresh content is more important than ever.
But does it have to be high quality or will any old thing do?
If you’re outsourcing your content production, don’t let financial matters cloud your judgement, as quality will always outweigh quantity.
OK, look at it this way. Everything you put out on the web is there to promote your business in some way shape or form. It may not be a blatant advert, but it will be designed to drive traffic to your website and therefore will be associated with your company.
Now are you beginning to see why quality is important?
If you’re still struggling, here are 6 points worth remembering when it comes to content marketing.
As mentioned above, every piece of content you put out under your company’s name will reflect on you.
If the content is sloppy, grammatically incorrect and downright boring, it will damage your reputation.
Because there’s loads of content on the Internet, yours has got to stand out if it is going to be seen. Second-rate articles will fall by the wayside, but something that’s well written, engaging and informative will rise to the top of the pile.
Google is the master at moving the goal posts, as demonstrated by its constant algorithm changes. The latest one, Penguin, can sniff out bad content a mile off. It looks at the time people spend on pages, how many shares they get and bounce rates etc., making it easy to sniff out the bad stuff.
So if you want your content to perform well in the search results, it’s got to be good.
Unlike print, what appears on the Internet today isn’t going to be tomorrow’s chip wrappings. Once you publish an article under your name, it’s there for life. So if it’s badly written, it will have a long lasting detrimental effect.
5. Quality vs price
Rather than swallowing hard when the copywriter you approach tells you how much it will cost for a high quality, well researched and superbly written article, consider this. If the content is good and demonstrates a compelling reason for the reader to buy your product, its value is considerably more than one written as SEO padding that couldn’t even tempt someone lost in the desert to buy a bottle of water.
6. Business magnet
In the same way that people will judge your business on your website, brochures and emails, they will also judge you on your online content.
Badly written articles and blogs won’t inspire anyone to pick up the phone and want to do business with you.
These 6 reasons are why it is vital you put quality content before price. Even if that means you put less ‘out there’, what you do put out will bolster your reputation as a quality company that offers great information to its clients.
Can you really afford to jeopardise your reputation with sloppy, substandard content?
I doubt it.