Following on from the great Professional Copywriters’ Network conference last Friday, I’d like to take a moment to discuss the crossover between content marketing and copywriting. The most contentious issue of the day was the merits (or lack of merits) of content marketing, which Andy Maslen has done a great job of summarising in his blog. Rather than recycle his words, or any of the other genius imparted throughout the day, I want to take a moment to spew out my own thoughts on content marketing and blog writing. In short, that online content, even when perceived as a marketing tool, often has nothing to do with copy. Continue reading
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Yesterday was the annual ConnectedTV Conference Brighton, where a range of industry experts guided us through the changes that are effecting the way people consume television. There were many lessons regarding the inevitable changes in how content is written, and how advertisers can interact with the audience. I’ve chosen to summarise what was most interesting to me, and that fits into two blog posts about TV advertising, audience consideration and content writing insights. This one concerns storytelling and the audience in modern media; I’ll follow it with one that’s all about the YouTube insights.
In my downtime between copywriting tasks, as any budding freelancer should, I scour books and blogs for tips and tactics to better understand the world of content writing. Half of the people on the internet offering advice, it seems, have one incredible tip that could change everything for you. They’re anxious to share it with you, but it’s hidden behind a fortified essay of additional information.
I often see content marketing heralded as a novel concept in modern online advertising, with some writers even making the distinction that they are a content writer and not a copywriter. But the idea of writing helpful content as a form of business promotion is not a new one – International Paper were doing it very successfully in the 1980s. And I doubt anyone involved in that campaign would kid themselves into thinking they weren’t writing advertising copy. Continue reading
A few months ago, my brother made an impression on me by scorning the idea of advertising in general – as he bitterly spat venomous words my way it got me thinking well, that’s pretty much what I do. But it’s a changing game. Whilst writing a few articles to help steer students into digital marketing, I thought it time I put up a little celebration of the field. So here’s a few quick ideas about what makes digital marketing great:
What’s the most memorable business principle you’ve learnt from a book? There’s a ton of them out there, but one from Ogilvy on Advertising always sticks in my mind. It’s a principle I repeat to a lot of people, because it says so much, not just about good advertising, or good copywriting, but about good business in general. That concept is Joel Raphaelson‘s theory behind ‘the positively good’. Continue reading
When thumbing through some cooking magazines looking for new and exciting recipes, I was drawn more, as I tend to be these days, to their adverts. I’m always interested in how effectively the advertisers address niche interests, and found some excellent examples here. Seeing as my past posts on copywriting examples found in general publications and for luxury hotels proved popular, it seemed only right that I pop up a bunch of food adverts to join them. And that’s what you’ve got here: Continue reading
I was bowling around Aldi earlier, like you do, when I spotted some Head and Shoulders shampoo. I needed some of that (I don’t mind admitting it, that’s the first stage to overcoming dandruff) and scurried over to get some. I’d stumbled into the oldest gun in Aldi’s arsenal. Why, that wasn’t Head and Shoulders at all. I should’ve known better. It was Head Strong all along. But still, they won me over with their audacious attempt to trick me. No I didn’t buy it, but I had a little chortle and took a bunch of pictures to share the genius of their mimicry branding techniques. Continue reading
I seem to have spent more time looking for work than actually working, as any freelancer is likely to find. And I’ve also, somehow or another, ended up hiring replacements for almost every job I’ve ever left. This lengthy exposure to the world of recruitment, has given me more experience with recruitment ads than I’d like to have thought possible. Often they’re painful to read, and provide prime examples of copywriting neglect – just do a quick search on Indeed and see. For the sake of my sanity going forward, and for the sake of those both looking for work and those hiring staff, here are my tips on writing better recruitment ads. (Please note that these tips concern adverts for active jobseekers, to help sift through candidates, rather than more dynamic branding adverts used for competitive recruitment advertising.) Continue reading