Sara Howard spent two days mingling with CMOs at Sydney's APAC B2B Marketing Forum, and is relieved to report marketing is finding new and proactive ways to use content to enable sales - with measurable results. Read more
Telling good copy from bad isn’t always as straightforward as you might think. There’s a lot to consider – while keeping a lid on your personal preferences. Fortunately, the fourth instalment in our ‘Getting better words’ series makes it easier for you by highlighting the essentials.
You wouldn’t trust a plasterer to fix your boiler. You wouldn’t trust an accountant to service your car. And you wouldn’t trust Erica in Sales to remove your tooth. So, argues Richard, why trust someone who doesn’t write for a living to write your words? Read more
Every writing project stands or falls by the quality of the brief. We all know that. Which would be a problem if the third instalment in our ‘Getting better words’ series didn’t offer a simple guide to making the whole process plain sailing.
Getting a reasonably accurate cost for a writing project is rarely straightforward – and it can be even harder to tell if it’s good value. But don’t worry, the second instalment in our ‘Getting better words’ series helps you tiptoe safely through this particular minefield. Read more
In today’s world where branded content is, quite literally, everywhere, people can be quick to dismiss an authorless article coming directly from a brand. But chances are you’re too busy running your business to regularly develop, write and publish insights (even if you’re a talented wordsmith) – and that’s where a ghostwriter can help. Read more
The best story you can tell about your business is the true story. And if the true story doesn’t get your juices flowing (or your employees) – your customers won’t buy it either. Read more
Finding it hard to let go, but need words - fast? Sara shares her tips for successfully outsourcing your marketing copy. Plus, a handy matrix to help you justify it to the boss. Read more
Too many brands are trying too hard to make their tone of voice shout louder than the crowd – without considering the potential implications for their relevance, their credibility and, in some cases, their dignity. Read more
To that long list John Cleese mentioned in The Life of Brian, we can add the Five Canons of Rhetoric - or the basis of good writing. But what's been good for two thousand years seems to have fallen by the wayside of late. Read more