Copywriting that sells is copywriting that connects with readers on a level beyond facts and features. It focuses on benefits and appeals on an emotional level. It’s aspirational, inspirational, packed full of promise and written in a language that the reader inherently recognises and understands. What do I mean by this? Let’s take my own business as an example. One […]

In the past six months, I’ve written copy for 31 new clients, all of whom represent small businesses. Very early on in our working relationship, typically during the enquiry stage, nearly every one of those soon-to-be clients has asked me, ‘So, what happens next?’ It struck me that working with a freelance copywriter for the first time can feel like […]

If you run an established company, when was the last time you thought about your brand and what it says about your business? When you started out, did you create your brand consciously or make it up as you went along? If you’re just starting out, have you managed to define the brand you want to build? Are you even […]

Have you ever stopped to think about why you’re in the business you’re in? What is it about it that gets you out of bed in the morning? Do your customers know how you feel? Do you talk about your business in terms of why you do what you do, instead of what and how? The reason I ask is […]

There are good writing days and bad writing days; days when the creative juices are flowing like bacchanalian wine and days when you would be excused for thinking that your creativity had emigrated to sunnier climes. So, what can you do to get over writer’s block when it strikes? Here are my top seven sure-fire ways to get the copy […]

Today has been a good day. I woke up feeling focused, hyper-efficient and buzzing with thoughts and ideas just waiting to be turned into clients’ blogs. I only turned Facebook on during designated break times. I checked my emails first thing, at lunchtime and this evening. I hit every deadline I had set myself. I love days like today. Now, […]

As human beings, we love nothing more than a good story. Throughout history, we have built our societies around a rich oral tradition, as well as the power of the written word. We tell stories to connect with others, to make sense of our journey through life, to share our knowledge – good and bad – as well as to […]

Copy v. design – for many people, it poses the same dilemma as the age-old chicken and egg debate. Which should come first? Which is more important? Can you get away with poor copy as long as the design looks great? Can compelling copy close a sale even if it’s poorly presented? If yours is a small business with a limited […]

It probably won’t come as a surprise that I love writing in all its forms. As a child, I loved nothing more than to write stories, plays, poetry – I experimented with words, threw caution to the wind, let sounds roll from my tongue on to the paper with no preconceived ideas about how the words should fall together. Sometimes […]

Essentially, my job as a copywriter is to use language to persuade people they need to sign up to a mailing list, buy a product or use a service. I know all about using words that create urgency and taking the fear away by giving reassurance. Still, I’ve realised that my children could teach the most experienced copywriter a thing […]