3. If you’re ghost writing, make sure you pay a lot of attention to the way your client speaks. You don’t want to depart too far from that, even if your job is to sell. Remember, you should inject the sales skills, but the tone of voice needs to remain authentic, otherwise once you’re gone, the illusion will break and you will have failed your client.
I’m pretty much a stickler for the hand copy idea, as I have been through copyhour not once but twice! I reckon I have copied over 140 letters by hand (yes, it hurts) The strange thing is that I find that actually trying to write my own copy has been a better exercise than copying others. I’ll keep doing the hand copy though because it forces you to read successful copy s-l-o-w-l-y and take it all in.
Step 4: Produce and optimize your content. If you’re starting with original, high-quality content that you’ve invested real time and money to create, you’ll want to get the most out of every asset. You’ll also want to be sure your content stays fresh—out-of-date, no longer relevant content hurts your brand’s credibility. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your content marketing, remember the three Rs: 

I’ve just set up my own website, now, and those early gigs have provided some great testimonials, which is a huge boost to confidence. I used Blogger for my own website – it’s free, apart from a fiver a year for a custom domain, and it’s surprising how versatile Blogger can be, with a little practice. I’m now ready to start doing all the things Neville recommends in the above article, and the future looks loaded with potential.
Announce a sales contest Contact customers with inactive accounts for sales purposes Extend an invitation to attend a trade show, seminar, or conference Extend Mother's Day or Father's Day greetings and/or announce sales or promotions for these days Follow up after a sale to thank the customer and offer service Follow up after a sales appointment or telephone conversation Follow up after a sales presentation or demonstration Follow up on a sales interview, presentation, or exhibit Follow up on a sales offer Introduce a catalog, brochure, or other sales literature Introduce a product or service Introduce gifts to customers and prospective customers Invite a customer to request a sample product or more information Invite a prospective customer to a sales appointment, presentation, or demonstration Motivate a sales force Offer a discount for early payment on products or services Promote a product by announcing a special sale or complimentary gift Resell to long-time customers Respond to a sales rejection Respond to an inquiry about products or services Sell a seminar or conference Solicit mail orders for your product Strengthen relationships with customers Welcome a new account or an account reactivation Welcome a new customer or client Welcome a potential customer or client to the area Write a sales letter Write an insurance sales letter Accessories Activities/Services Activities Arts/Environment Assistance Auto Loans Auto Services/Repairs Automobile Business Loans Catalogs/Brochures Catalogs Catering CD ROMs Cell Phones Christmas Sales Cleaning Clothing Collections Computers/Electrical Cosmetics Credit Cards Credit Unions DVDs Educational Fundraising Equipment/Merchandise Exercise/Spa Extend an Invitation to a Demonstration Extend an Invitation to Tour a Facility Extend an Offer to a Previous Customer Feedback Fitness at Clubs/Centers Flowers Follow-Up Food and Giving Food For Holidays Food Games General E-Commerce General Insurance General Sales General Subscriptions/Memberships General Hair/Shampoo Health Home Builders Home Expos Home Furnishings Home/Personal Property Home Homeless Hospital Hotels Household How to Journals Lawn and Garden Life Long Distance Magazines Materials/Aids Medical Memberships Miscellaneous Collection #1 Miscellaneous Collection #2 Miscellaneous Collection #3 Miscellaneous Services Mortgage Loans Mortgage Music Newsletters Nutrition Offer a Discount Office Opportunities/Starting Ordering Online Personal Loans Pets Photography Planning/Costs Planning/Investing Prescriptions Professional Development Questionaire Real Estate Renter's Sales - Referrals Sales School Loans Security Services/Repairs Services Skin Care Special Lines Supplies Taxes Thanksgiving Sales Time Management Valentine's Day Sales Videos Web Design Weddings Yard
The reliable source of traffic and leads from your evergreen content will give you the flexibility to experiment with other marketing tactics to generate revenue, such as sponsored content, social media advertising, and distributed content. Plus, your content will not only help attract leads -- it will also help educate your target prospects and generate awareness for your brand.
I got my first writing gigs by responding to a craigslist ad for a blog post writer. The pay was horrible, like $5 per post, but they only took about 15 minutes to write so that is $20/hour which according to one of Neville’s posts that is about average pay for a freelance copywriter. Good experience in that it showed me what companies were looking for in word counts, topics, SEO. It also forced me to work quickly.
Consider a technical writing certificate. Technical writing is a type of content writing that focuses on communicating technical material through manuals, reports, and online documents. This could be a how to guide, a safety manual for a worksite, or a document on a process or procedure. There is a growing demand for technical writers who can explain complex procedures to the average reader.
We know this is a lot of information, but the work has just begun. It takes time, organization, and creativity to grow a successful content marketing strategy. From building the foundation of your content marketing plan to adding tools to better manage your content, setting up your strategy for the new year won't be a hassle if you follow the steps and explore the resources here.
Content writers may need a bachelor's degree or higher. Many employers hire writers with degrees in English, journalism, communications, or creative writing. Depending on the subject matter, content writers might need a degree in a particular field. For example, a content writer creating content for an online math course might need a degree in math in addition to demonstrating solid writing skills.
A wise marketer once said: copy is design. And we couldn’t agree more: the shape, flow, and feel of your argument forms the best architecture of a page—and visual design pours in to animate it. Of course, we’re happy to generate ideas with our visually-oriented counterparts. But please resist lorem ipsum text. That leaves copy as an afterthought—and invariably sells your story short.
Very nice article. I’ve been writing and traveling the world, full-time now, for three years. I can’t think of an easier way to make money than writing. No costly inventory, no expensive website, and little investment needed. When I started all I had was a gmail address, and a small portfolio. I would cold contact 10-15 websites a day offering my services. Three years later I’m farming out the small jobs, and still have repeat business from when I first started. It’s a great way to live.
Read Joe Pulizzi's excellent book Epic Content Marketing. I started reading it after I wrote this post and it confirmed and expanded what I already knew about content marketing, with much more detail than I could ever go into here. Something Pulizzi emphasizes which I originally left out was the importance of focusing on producing mobile-friendly content, since smartphones are becoming the dominant way in which most of our customers access content. Also read Michael Hyatt's Platform, mentioned above. Frequent websites like those of Content Marketing Institute, Ragan, Copyblogger, Michael Hyatt, and Gary Vaynerchuk and sign up for their email newsletters. It won't take you long to become not just familiar with content marketing, but an expert.
Basically, the only exercise I DON’T do is #5. Mostly because I have plenty of copy to write as is. I know there’s value in copying stuff by hand, but I’ve just never felt it was necessary for me personally. However, if I remember correctly, that’s how Dan Kennedy built up his mad copywriting chops – just rewriting hundreds of sales letters by hand.
For businesses, sales letters are very important. Those in charge of writing the letter should research all that they can about their target audience and their product too. While composing the letter, you should be able to show your product or service in the best possible light to entice your readers and generate interest. To help captivate your audience, here are some tips:
If you’ve ever slogged your way through reading a piece of marketing and only finished reading because you had to, then you’ve experienced bad content marketing. When I speak to companies about content marketing I tell them that content is good if they genuinely want to read it. Content is great if they’re willing to pay to read it. If you want to see great examples of content, just look at what you’ve paid to read, watch, or listen to lately. If you watched The Lego Movie this year, you saw one of the greatest examples of content marketing to date. Oh, you thought they made that movie in order to sell movie tickets? Think again. That was a 100 minute toy commercial, and rather than using a DVR to skip it you paid good money to watch it. Is it any coincidence that Lego recently leapfrogged Mattel, the creators of Barbie, to become the largest toy company in the world? You may not have the budget to make a feature film to promote your company, but you can still give potential customers valuable information.
Most people start out with blog posts, but if you want to venture out and try producing other content pieces, consider which ones you want to make. For instance, if you've been doing weekly blog posts for the past year, creating an ebook that distills all your blog posts into one ultimate guide would be a one way to offer information in a different format. We'll go over several different types of content you can use further down on the list.
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