Tips for Writing Killer Website Copy

Writing website copy can be difficult and time consuming. It’s an important part of your overall content marketing strategy but can be incredibly frustrating when you just can’t seem to get it right. Contrary to popular belief, there are a number of quick and easy tips you can use to drastically improve your website copy:

Imagine your ideal reader
If you can clearly picture your ideal reader in your head, your copy will be more concise and speak to that particular audience. (If you’re struggling to really nail your ideal client, The Social Boffin offers services that help you create a persona.) 

Tell a story
There is so much content out there, that making yours stand head and shoulders above the rest can be difficult. People don’t want to read about how great you are, how wonderful your services are, or even what you offer. Entertain them with a story that provides subtle messages about your business.

Use SEO responsibly
SEO is a great tool for online copy, but don’t let it rule your life. If you always write for the machines, the humans won’t read it. This sums up the previous two tips – think of your audience and tell them a story. This will be much more powerful than SEO-heavy copy, you can work on the SEO stuff afterwards.

Be human
This builds on the SEO side of things. Being overly formally in your writing can be a big turn off for a lot of readers. The trick is to be educational whilst maintaining a strong voice. Write naturally and let your personality come through.

Avoid repetition
Avoid repeating yourself at all costs. Coming back to a point you’ve already made and elaborating on it is fine, but if you’re reader feels like you’re just repeating yourself (and adding no additional information), they’re likely to stop reading.

Use short sentences
Shorter sentences are great. They get to the point. They don’t ramble. And they make it easier to read. Don’t restrict your writing though, and let it flow naturally, but if you do notice a lot of long sentences, see what you can do to cut them down.

Use short paragraphs
Short paragraphs are also a benefit. When a visitor comes to your website, large chunks of unbroken text can easily encourage them to look elsewhere. They don’t look great on the page – especially not on a digital one – and most people will skim read your copy anyway. Sub headings is a great way to do this.

Avoid jargon
Complicated words can be a turn off for many people. Especially those who are new to your topic. If you’re writing for beginners, or creating an introductory piece, then jargon will do nothing but ruin a perfectly otherwise good bit of writing.

Edit

When you’re finally done with your copy, put it to one side and then come back and edit at a later date. A fresh pair of eyes is the perfect solution to finding the bits that don’t work and assessing the overall quality of the piece.
Jump in and have a go!
Looking at a blank page when trying to craft new copy is daunting. The important part is to just start writing, don’t give your brain a chance to think too hard. Getting stuck in and getting words on the page is the only way to start creating killer copy.
If you’re still not feeling that your copy is quite doing what you want, why not get in touch with me here and see how I could help?
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The Beauty of Evergreen Content and Why You Need it in Your Strategy

Evergreen content and SEO are two buzzwords that have recently been making the rounds. Although many believe they’re employing both of these techniques in their strategies, others are still being left behind in terms of giving their website a boost.

What is evergreen content?

Simply put, evergreen content is content that is continuously relevant. It is a topic that can be read now and in 12 months with tips or advice that is still relevant and on-trend. Those who make a conscious effort in producing evergreen content will see a boost in their SEO rankings, providing its done correctly.

Similar to the deciduous trees used at Christmas time, evergreen content is considered to be long-lasting and self-sustaining for a prolonged period of time – long after its publication date.

Content formats that are evergreen

Generally speaking, evergreen content is very easy to produce and can come in a variety of formats, including:

  • How-to guides and articles
  • Beginner’s guides
  • Curating other content – as long as the content you curate is also evergreen
  • Definition discussions – similar to this blog post
  • Lists
  • Checklists
  • Looking at the detail of a particular niche – sometimes there are too many generic posts and an in-depth article is the ideal evergreen content

Obviously the content of your article or blog post will very much determine how evergreen it will be, but these formats are often very popular choices.

How to write evergreen content

When it comes to constructing evergreen content, there are a few things to remember:

Write for beginners – most evergreen content is designed to help beginners and so this is who you need to be writing for. Keep in mind your audience as you write and use that to try and frame how your blog post will take shape.

Be precise – keep your topic on point and use this to showcase your knowledge. Evergreen content is a great opportunity to show how authoritative you are in your niche.

Revisit it every now and again – keeping it up to date is vital to ensuring its evergreen. Revisiting your posts every so often is very important; check them for facts, make sure they’re still topical and ensure they don’t contain outdated methods or resources.

Why use evergreen content?

This kind of content is the perfect backbone to your content marketing strategy. It provides a focal point which you can build on and will continuously work hard to improve your SEO ranking. If you often use time-relevant content, then interweaving evergreen into your strategy will be the perfect way to establish authority and maintain those all-important SEO rankings as well.

Struggling to plan your evergreen content?

Sometimes the hardest part to creating great evergreen content is getting started. If you’re struggling to make inroads into your evergreen content, get in touch with me here, I’ll be more than happy to help you out.

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3 Tips for Success on Social Media

social media tips nottinghamSocial media is an integral part of daily life for everyone, especially millennials. So it’s no surprise that businesses are expected to be online, active and engaging in order to win client business. With so many different social media networks and a whole host of faux pas that can be made, how do businesses keep on top of their social media?

1. Choose the right channels

This is an important one and should you get this wrong, it could ruin all your future efforts. Some businesses make the mistake of investing in too many social media channels too soon and so it’s important to establish just which channels you should be on.

The best method for choosing the most appropriate channels to use is to find out where your customers are. If your customers primarily use Twitter, then there’s no point in investing in Instagram or Pinterest. Once you’ve established which network your customers are on, you can begin planning out a social media strategy.

Start with just the one network and then branch out into another and another as you see fit. It’s important to ensure you presence on each network lasts so don’t rush the process.

2. Create a routine

Sporadic social media usage will not work in your favour. It’s important to make social media part your routine. Dedicate time in your daily or weekly routine to post on your channels. Assign time where you can check in, respond to questions and engage with fans.

The best tactic is to create a posting schedule. Implement some consistency with a model you’re confident you can follow. You need to work out how many times you want to post to each network and on which days of the week.

3. Use images

It’s a known fact that images on social media have a significantly higher interaction rate than a standard word-only update. This is supported by the image-first networks such as Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest.

The idea that a picture speaks a thousand words is clear from the level of interaction seen on all networks but using any old image isn’t enough. Good quality images that have been carefully selected will go much further.

It’s important to use the right images that convey the message you want to send. It’s all too easy for pictures to give the wrong message. If you can take the time and effort to invest in well photographed and good quality images, your social media feed will look much better because of it.

Of course there are a million and one other social media tips out there but these three are what I consider to be some of the most important and a great starting point to help you achieve the ultimate social media success.

6 Common Blog Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Blogs are the new communication tool for businesses. They’re the perfect opportunity for man-791049_1280companies to reach out to current and future customers, to spread their brand message and uphold their company message. The only issue with commonality of the blog is the scope for things to go wrong.

With so many blogs out there, it soon becomes clear who can and can’t. Today I’m going to share with you some classic blog mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Your blog isn’t SEO optimised

SEO has become a buzzword in the recent years, but there is a fine line between being SEO obsessed and not paying it any attention. Optimising your blog for specific keywords related to your business is the best approach but don’t get too carried away.

2. Your blog isn’t collecting emails

Collecting emails is a fundamental of most websites. Communicating with current and potential customers is key to a successful marketing strategy. Email addresses are a precious commodity when connecting with customers and can be the difference between making a sale and struggling to meet targets.

3. You’ve published off-topic content

Every company has a purpose. It’s no good if a company that sells luxury hand-crafted soap and is a big believer in animal welfare starts blogging about social media marketing strategies. The content is irrelevant to the customers visiting the site. Off-topic content can be damaging to a blog and is likely to confuse website visitors.

4. Your blog isn’t connected to social media

Social sharing is one of the best ways for getting your content out there. By making it more difficult to share your blog posts on social media, you’re making it harder for your content to be seen. When it comes to installing social media sharing buttons, make them identifiable and easy to find.

5. You ignore blog analytics

On the one hand, don’t get obsessed with blog analytics but on the other hand, don’t ignore them either. Blog analytics are the only way for gauging how well your blog is doing. But analytics are also pretty important for telling you what doesn’t work and allowing you to steer your blog in a better-performing direction.

6. You rush your blog titles

Jumping the gun on your blog titles can be incredibly damaging. At the end of the day, they’re one of the most important aspects of a blog post – if the title is rubbish then people won’t want to read the rest. Spending a good amount of time on catchy, clickable, interesting blog titles is half the battle.

What is Content Marketing and Why Businesses Need to Start Doing It

Content marketing has become a buzzword in recent years and although most businesses know they should be doing it, it’s surprising just how many aren’t.

So what is content marketing?bag-1565402_1280

In principle, it’s a marketing technique where businesses create useful, relevant and sometimes technical content based around their expertise with the sole purpose of establishing themselves as an authority figure within a niche and drawing in business.

From its inception, content marketing, like all forms of digital marketing, has grown exponentially. Initially executed with blog posts, content marketing can include a whole host of different types of content including videos on YouTube, presentations on SlideShare, audio for podcasts and the increasingly popular infographics.

The next question is why do businesses need to start doing it?

The simple answer is keeping up with the competition.

In all business marketing, knowing what your competitors are doing and keeping pace is a large part of maintaining your clientele. When it comes to building a name and a brand, keeping pace is often not enough.

More importantly though, it gives your business a voice.

Boosting brand awareness should be a top priority for businesses. Content marketing is perhaps one of the best ways of doing this because not only can you create fresh, shareable content but you can establish yourself as an expert, encourage your customers to take action and keep your website fresh – all at the same time. It really is a win-win situation.

There are other benefits to content marketing than just giving your business a voice. If you name any globally recognised brand, I guarantee they’re doing content marketing and what’s more surprising is they’ll be doing it in a way no-one else is. Because content marketing is such a broad term and encompasses a wide range of formats, there is a lot of ideas to play with, the question is how restricted is your creativity?

So when it comes to assessing your marketing strategy, it’s important to consider the power of content marketing within your niche and what exactly it could bring to the table. With the business world becoming increasingly competitive, content marketing is one of the very few tactics that could make your voice heard above the rest.

4 Social Media Channels You Need to be Using

Running a business involves just more than a business idea and good clientele. Most businesses have an online presence of some sort, whether it’s a website, a blog, or both. But a website or blog alone is not enough. The digital world has become much more complex in recent years and with more content than ever, it’s important to make finger-769300_640your voice heard above the noise.  The most effective way of doing this is by using social media.

Twitter
Twitter has become one of the most used social media platforms, easily rivalling Facebook. The unique angle of limiting each update to 140 characters means that each tweet counts. Businesses are now able to directly connect with fans and followers like never before, opening them up to a whole new way of promoting themselves.

Google+
As a rival to Facebook, Google+ was launched. An ideal platform for businesses, Google+ is the perfect platform for sharing content and engaging with followers. Despite the appeal of Twitter’s 140 character updates, Google+ has a more permanent appeal when it comes to sharing content – similar to that of Facebook. And if that wasn’t persuasion enough, Google+ is integratable with just about every application online, thanks to Google themselves.
Google+ is more than just a page where you share updates. It’s integrated with a number of Google’s other applications including Circles, Hangouts and Gmail but more importantly, all updates on google+ are indexed by the mass search engine Google, thus influencing search engine results.

Instagram
All social media channels have been gravitating towards the power of pictures in recent years and Instagram has made a real breakthrough. Built entirely upon images, Instagram has become the go-to network for sharing brand and company message.

Snapchat
Perhaps the newest social media network in this list, Snapchat is fast becoming a tool for businesses to utilise and this is due to its users. The majority of Snapchat users are under 34 with the highest percentage falling within the 18-24 age bracket which means it’s one of the most effective communication tools for millennials – and it’s pretty fun too.

Do you have the time for all of this social media?

Social media is time consuming and to get the best results you want, you need to put time into it. Scheduling software can save you hours but there is still the process of creating and curating your content. If you’ve hit a brickwall with your social media marketing get in touch for a chat and let’s see what we can do together.