Engaging Your Reader Through CopywritingAugust 30th 2012 Sally Ormond copywriter, copywriting tips, marketing tips
This post originally appeared on our other blog, www.freelancecopywritersblog.com, but we also wanted to share it with you here.
The written word is a powerful tool when used correctly.
The effectiveness of all your written marketing communications, whether they are web pages, blog posts, white papers, case studies or brochures, relies entirely on engagement.
If they don’t strike a chord with the reader they will have little or no effect.
Writing marketing materials within your organisation can often lead to text that is full of jargon, unclear and downright boring, which will reflect the reader’s perception of your company. And that’s not good.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking – you’re a copywriter, you’re going to say that aren’t you.
Yes I am, and I make no apology for it. And that’s because over the years I’ve seen a lot of marketing materials produced in-house and, pretty much all of it (with the odd exception), is like that.
The problem is, when you are part of a company, you are usually too close to your product or service to see it objectively. It’s almost impossible to mentally remove yourself from what you know and write about it from your customers’ perspective.
That’s why writing with a copywriter can really help – because they are trained to write compelling copy that will engage your readers.
Different writing tasks
When writing something, do you actively think about what you need to produce and tailor your writing style accordingly?
You see, every type of writing demands different disciplines:
Working with a copywriter
First off, let’s get one thing straight – it’s not the copywriter’s job to know everything about your company.
You’re hiring them because they are professional writers and can put across your ideas and information in an interesting, engaging and compelling way.
Therefore, you will need to help them by providing them with background information and other materials to help them get to grips with your business and brand (including your style and tone of voice).
Plus, make sure you give them time to absorb all the information.
The copywriter/subject matter expert relationship
If this is going to be successful, it’s essential everyone knows where they stand from the outset and what they are to bring to the table:
Only by working together can they really do justice to your products and services by shaping and developing great copy.
So next time you engage a copywriter to help you with your marketing materials, remember they can’t produce miracles alone.