Do you worry that you don’t know how to brief a copywriter, designer or other creative? Perhaps the thought leaves you cold with panic? What do you say? What do you want to do? Aarrgghh, does it all feel a little daunting? You may have a vague idea about what you want to achieve – e.g. more of your ideal […]

In last week’s blog, I talked about the value of e-newsletters for building relationships with your customers, creating warm leads and driving repeat traffic to your website. This week, I want you to consider how a free ebook, report or white paper on your website could be a great lead magnet for your business. A lot of people I’ve spoken […]

Have you ever been at a party and found yourself looking for the nearest escape route while the resident bore (and there always is one) bangs on about their latest accomplishments without once trying to actively engage you in the conversation? After all, shouldn’t you be grateful that they’re letting you bask in their reflected glory?! We’ve all been there. […]

Did you know that while eight out of ten people will read headline copy, only two out of ten will read the rest? I remember my jaw hitting the ground when I first read this figure early in my copywriting career. I realised then just how crucial a good headline is. It needs to grab attention and get people reading, […]

Does search engine optimisation leave you flummoxed and overwhelmed? For small business owners, SEO can feel like quicksand under your feet – just when you feel you’ve got a handle on what to do, the ground shifts beneath you. Google’s latest change in algorithm – Penguin 2.0 – was released on 22nd May 2013 and continues Google’s efforts to reduce […]

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 […]

To use your website and social media platforms effectively, you need to be visible – to your customers and to the search engines. Why fresh content matters You might have heard about Google Panda and Google Penguin – these were algorithm updates to Google, in 2011 and 2012 respectively, that meant websites could no longer get away with cheating their […]