Mastering Socialese: 5 Tips for Social Media Copywriting

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Copywriting |

Writing good marketing copy for social media platforms is rapidly becoming an art. Added to the existing challenges of copywriting, there are more stringent requirements with regard to grabbing and holding the readers’ attention and saying what you need to say in as few words as possible.  Considering all of this, writing good copy for any and all social media platforms is a bit like learning a new language. It can be a bit intimidating understanding and making yourself understood when mastering a new lingo, but don’t worry. Take these five tips to heart and you’ll be conversing (and selling) in socialese in no time! Arouse Curiosity – Don’t Satisfy It With any social media post, you want to arouse interest and prompt the reader into clicking that link or finding out more about your product in some other way. Ask the question – but don’t answer it. Let your website do that for you. This is not only a more effective marketing strategy, but it also helps you to keep things brief. One way to do this is to focus on the benefits of the product rather than the product itself. Tell readers upfront what your product will do for them, while keeping the details of the product vague. If they want the benefit you offer, they will click to find out more. For example, instead of saying “Car X is a new-generation hybrid that will cut your fuel costs in half,” rather say: “Want to cut your fuel costs in half? Here’s how.” Build Everything around Your USP If you are not able to express your unique special offering (USP) by rote, in a single sentence, then you are likely to have a problem with your marketing strategy in general, let alone with your social media. You need to push your USP in every tweet or post. Regardless of the specifics of your tweet, the USP needs to be immediately discernible at a half-second glance. If it isn’t, users will simply scroll down and you will get lost in their newsfeed. Hone that USP until you can’t any more, then hone a bit more. Then push it consistently throughout the content strategy.  Use Active Voice  Passive verbs have their place in everyday language, but they should be pretty much forbidden in your social media posts. The active voice keeps the message more brief and to the point. Compare the following sentences that say essentially the same thing: “Your life will be changed by this product.” “This product will change your life.” Address, Don’t Broadcast  Speak directly to your reader as if you are having a conversation with him/her alone. Don’t broadcast a general message like you are...

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5 Common Mistakes That Are Killing Your Blog

Posted by on Aug 6, 2019 in Blogging |

Blogging is easy, right? All you have to do is pick a topic, throw together a paragraph or two and the job’s done. Well, that seems to be a common perception – but it’s quite far from the truth. Effective blogging is a specialised marketing skill. A good blog has the potential to make your brand a household name, while a bad one can see you relegated to cyber-obscurity. Fully conscious of the irony in blogging about blogging (call it meta-blogging, if you like), we are going to go through the five most common mistakes that bloggers make, why they should be avoided and how you can steer clear of them.  Formal tone and content A blog needs to be a quick, easy read, written in a conversational tone. If you make it too stiff or fill it with jargon, your readers are likely to click elsewhere before they even get past the first paragraph. Relax, think as if you’re chatting to a friend and then say what you want to say in the simplest, most informative way possible. Too Broad or Vague Topics Nothing annoys a reader more than clicking on a link only to find a blog that doesn’t deliver the information it promises or offers too little substance. This is often the result of a topic that is too broad, tries to cover too much ground or offers only basic, general knowledge on the subject. Once you have chosen your subject, zoom in and pick a very specific aspect of it, then address that with a sharp, narrow focus. Try to ensure that the reader sees your topic from a different angle.  Plagiarism This is probably the most common sin in the blogosphere. Keep your content original, use your own voice and viewpoint and never copy and paste. There are only so many ideas under the sun and it’s often necessary to draw on the ideas of your colleagues, but should you need to do so, make sure you cite your sources clearly. Random Posting No matter how good your blog is, it will have a diminished impact if you just post at random, writing on whatever idea comes to mind and not following a schedule. A reader can spot this randomness a mile away and it flags you as sloppy or unprofessional. Before you start writing, develop a content plan that serves your marketing goals. Then execute that plan according to a carefully drawn-up content calendar.   Not Substantiating Your Argument  Just because a blog is informal, that doesn’t mean that you can make statements without backing them up. It may not be an academic essay, but you still need to show proof for your...

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