Tag Archives: content marketing

Why content often has nothing to do with copywriting

content marketing copywritingFollowing 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

Video marketing insights from Brighton SEO

video marketingFor me, one of the most interesting talks of BrightonSEO came from Phil Nottingham of Distilled (where he has the remarkable title as Head of Trolling and Memes). It’s an apt talk to follow up insights from YouTube at the ConnectedTV conference. Shooting out valuable tips and links at a mile a minute, this is effectively what Phil advised: Continue reading

Changing content considerations: YouTube Insights from Brighton CTV

youtube connected content writingThough I’ve already summarised the storytelling aspects of the , a talk that stood out for me on the day was that of Richard Waterworth from YouTube / Google. Aside from the sweeping stats showing how popular YouTube is (very popular), he gave a clear summary of how the next generation of internet users have adapted thanks to the ease of creating and sharing video content online, and how that can influence content creating strategies. Continue reading

Writing content that works the room:
Part 3 – Respecting each other’s time

respecting time, networking

Effective time management is important if you want to make the most out of a networking event, and the reasons for this are equally important when networking online. When to arrive, when to leave, how long to focus on one person or one conversation or one topic – these are all concerns which will have an impact on how well you are received. Just as what you say and how you say it will affect what people think of it, so will your attention to timing. Continue reading

Writing content that works the room:
Part 1 – Networking ideas

working the room, writing contentAt a Brighton Chamber of Commerce event focusing on networking tips for creative industries, I met a fellow freelancer who offers very similar services to me. He asked me a question that I thought was a fantastic way of looking at content writing, because it says a lot about what how, and why, we write online: When you’re writing content, do you sometimes feel like you’re working the room?

This is an ideal analogy, because writing online is a form of networking, with many similar motivations and problems. And it’s possible to take some of the best tips from networking and apply them to your writing. Worthy, I thought, of a whole series of articles. So, to get started, how exactly is writing content like working the room? Continue reading

What content writers should take from “the power of the printed word”

power of the printed word, content writingI 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

4 effective ideas for business blogs from casino blog examples

casino gambling business blogsWhen running a business blog, sometimes it’s not enough to have vague ideas of what to blog about. I find it inspirational to look at unrelated areas of business to see how I can apply blogging ideas to my own. So I thought a quick case study of casino blog ideas (which are easy to generalise) might be inspirational for other businesses. The following article is based on blogs I had written for an online gaming marketer, but they requested that I not share the links here – so if you’d like to read the articles do ask and I’ll send you some copies: Continue reading

A copywriter’s lessons from BrightonSEO

Brighton SEO copywriter

You might be wondering what you missed with the chaotic revelry that was BrightonSEO. Or you might be wondering how you could easily summarise all that you saw. Fortunately I’m here to help. I had simple dreams going into BrightonSEO last week, concerning (1) learning enough exciting new things for dozens of blog posts and (2) getting some free beer. The talks I saw weren’t entirely applicable to me (though fascinating), so instead of dozens of blog posts about my main learning points from BrightonSEO, I’ve come away with just one big fat summary. And a hefty hangover. Continue reading

6 food advert examples with effective niche appeal

tomato copywriterWhen 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

How my Twitter strategy started to make feel dirty

twitter strategyWhen I started out running my websites, the online marketing possibilities seemed endless, but ultimately concentrated my efforts on blogs and Twitter. Reading stuff like this, I had high hopes for both. They worked well together – blogging gave me content worth sharing, Twitter gave me somewhere to share it. It was a noble and relatively innocent plan. Until recently, when I stepped back and saw what it’d become. Continue reading