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7 Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Write Effective Marketing Copy

Posted By Guest Blogger 18th of February 2014 General 0 Comments

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This post is from Leslie Anglesey, writing coach and a contributor to Essay Tigers

You may be asking yourself: “How do I write copy that sells?” – Too many of us get distracted by myths about the rules of communication, marketing messages, and stuff like that.

Today’s post blends together seven out-of-the-box ideas for effective marketing writing into a comprehensive guide that can drastically improve the value of your blog. While there’s little left in this contemporary culture that could be considered out-of-the-box, these ideas are most definitely not orthodox.

If you want to make your blog writing memorable, follow these tips to make it shine.

Idea #1: Actually Get to Know the Audience

While it may seem cliché, in reality very few marketing-based writers take the time to get to know their audience beyond the bare essentials. The devil’s in the details ladies and gentlemen. We’re in an era of big data and the analytics abound. Use them. Many of these sources of information are free, for example Alexa.com, while other more specialized software options can be pricier but well-worth the investment.

Regardless, what separates the sheep marketing writers from the shepherds can be quantified in consumer behavior tracking, bounce rates, conversion rates along with split-testing. DATA. Oftentimes even the most creative and accomplished writers must bow and sacrifice for data that says, “This audience prefers this over this.” Typically that means shorter sentences, more precise statements and verbiage that first-graders consider elementary.

Idea #2: Base Your Marketing Writing on the “SEO of Tomorrow”, Not Today

How effective would your marketing copy be in terms of ranking (exposure/traffic) if it was written according to the SEO status quo of five, or even one year ago? Yeah, that’s how fast search engine technology and algorithmic innovation is moving. Take a look around at what the status quo considers to be highly optimized marketing writing today and then project a mere six months into the future. Where are we headed?

  • Conversational: The cryptic corporate-speak of the advertising world is no longer effective. At the slightest hint of unwanted sales pitches consumers click away. Marketing writing must speak the conversational language of the particular audience searching for and reading it.
  • Human: The more authentic, genuine and informative the writing the more valuable it will be even if the topics include technologies and things which are rapidly evolving. Forget about writing for search engine algorithms and write only for human beings.
  • Mobile-Friendly Inquiries: The inquiries of tomorrow will be spoken, not typed into search bars. Think about that carefully as you consider how to title your writing and craft it.
  • Authority: All marketing-based writing should to some degree seek to build/maintain perceived authority to be of any use in the online marketing realm of tomorrow.

Idea #3: Throw Traditional Outbound-Voice Completely Out the Window

This has to do with being transparent, conversational and human. The modern person’s brain completely shuts off the moment it perceives/hears a blatant pitch. Instead, write in an inbound-style that seeks to educate and inform the audience into making a purchasing decision without asking for it. Ideally, without even mentioning products or services until deeper within the sales funnel.

Idea #4: Consider What Your High-Brow Competition Isn’t Doing

Speaking of the SEO of Tomorrow, make your marketing writing stand the test of time by being the most important things a) relevant and b) authentic. No matter how amazing your writing may be, if it’s about a common subject it’s going to be almost impossible to stand apart from the crowd. Moving forward simply repurposing content isn’t a viable route. It has to be not only relevant, but authentic.

This means branding, updated user experience (the design that is shaped around your writing), and incorporating something unique. For example, a bamboo company can’t expect to rank by simply regurgitating common bamboo knowledge at this point. But, if they involve images, video and marketing writing that involves their farm, their day-to-day operations, their installations etc. that is unique. That’s what most of the competition ISN’T doing.

Idea #5: Play with a Niche-Focused Approach

Most marketing writing is meant to appeal to wide arrays of potential clients/readers, rather than being laser-focused on one specific niche. Instead of selling one type of bamboo to solve one issue or problem, common (ineffective) copywriters try to sell it to anyone willing to buy. As a matter of course, even the most conversation language no matter how finely formatted, comes across as generalized.

Moving forward the most effective marketing writing will be written by copywriters with specific knowledge about the niche/audience. Like studying the audience on a deeper level, being “niche” these days requires more narrowing.

  • The writing is for a specific kind of bamboo buyer from a specific region or location.
  • The writing focuses on specific benefits that these bamboo buyers need, ideally just one.
  • An example would be for hedging bamboo or privacy bamboo in particular using the most popular species of clumping bamboo.

See the difference between that niche-approach and writing basic post for the bamboo niche at large?

Idea #6: Understand the Dynamics between Genius & Creativity

Here’s how the most creative minds approach a problem, and it is a signifying trait of results-based genius (vs. traditional IQ tests). First, when presented with a problem, for example a 1200 word piece of marketing copy for a niche client, their minds go completely blank. Yes, nothing but mental cricket sounds can be heart initially.

Then, they allow the first random thought to surface without resistance and from there without any pattern go from one thought to another associatively. They sit back and wait until something relevant surfaces that leads to another until they can combine them into a creative and unique approach to the material. Once you understand how it works, you can employ this as well which makes writing first drafts far easier and less of a headache from a creative standpoint.

Idea #7: Elevate the Inbound Value of the Material

Regardless of how you define successful marketing writing, the bar is being raised whether you know/like it or not. What was considered premier web content a year ago is outdated and nearly irrelevant now. That’s a fact. Part of writing for the optimization of tomorrow is knowing that quality of content is measured in utility and accessibility.

Sometimes raising the inbound value doesn’t have to do with maxing the copy longer, or adding more unique geo-tagged photos or meta-data enhanced videos, but simplifying the message so that it’s genuine and almost child-like. Viral marketing has demonstrated this time and again through many well-documented marketing campaigns over the last decade.

Conclusion: Differentiation & Definitive Branding

Effective marketing doesn’t only make a sale or convert organic traffic, it expands brands, builds online empires, established internet credibility, generates perceived authority and differentiates common knowledge through unique content.

Voice is a component of branding, and intonation is the main ingredient of effective human communication. Everything needs to come together in harmony: branding, niche copy, conversational human engagement, excellent scanner-friendly formatting and a focus on concepts/platforms rather than rudimentary keywords. That truly is a quality recipe for effective marketing writing that you can bank on.

Leslie Anglesey is a writing coach and a contributor to Essay Tigers, a website that provides writing tips for college students and recent graduates.

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  1. What a wonderful post.. This is very informative and I’m sure that it will be effective way to market many things. Thanks.

  2. Nice Post..Your points are good and really helpful for create a effective marketing blog. Mainly i liked Idea “#1: Actually Get to Know the Audience”. It is very essential for every blogger to understand the what readers needs from your blog. That’s the main aspect of every blogger to create his/her blog on the basis of what his readers needs from them.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Thanks a lot for the info you have provided I will definitely use them in my blog. Please keep them coming :)

  4. Thanks for Publish these tips for blogging, it is a great help, thanks again …

  5. Awesome guide..!!!
    I think marketing s the most tough job to do n this world..!!! You have to be regularly updated..!!!

    As far as my thinking is concernerd.. targeting audience in accordance with their interest and being human is the most dificult task to do while writing..!!!

    Also you rightly said that you have to be niche specific..!!!

    Thanks for sharing such an awesome article..!!!

  6. I agree that we should be focusing on one niche at one time but now a days I am seeing a lot of people making blog on multi niche and not getting success.

  7. There are many things you can do. Though one of the most important things is continuous communication.. Thanks for the Tips/Ideas.. I really like the way you have illustrated #1.


  8. Leslie Anglesey says: 02/19/2014 at 7:44 am

    Thank you for stopping by and reading :)

    Makes my day reading comments like these.

  9. Again, it comes down to great content. If you want to write a marketing article, don’t hide behind gimmicks. Just write it. Everyone knows you’re in business. Just balance the marketing stuff with more informative, quality and interesting articles. Thanks for the great tips!

  10. Tip 6 understanding the dynamics between genius and creativity is a million dollar advice. It happens with every blogging chore that both are mixed together and one fails to understand is he applying his creativity or proving how genius he is. Both must have an objective and must not be applied just for their own sake.
    Thanks for sharing such unique and awesome tips.

  11. Hi Leslie,

    Great tips to write effective marketing copy. These ideas are amazing and really out of the box. Mostly I like #1 its a great idea to look in your audience’s mind for what they want from us.

    Thank you for sharing these amazing tips with us.

  12. That means the art and science section of a copy is what which makes it good?

    I like the storytelling copy and I always try to explain everything briefly with personal experience, thats why I always read blogs that provides storytelling copies like SmartPassiveIncome and SocialTriggers etc.

  13. look around at what the status quo considers to be highly optimized marketing writing today and then project a mere six months into the future.

  14. Hello Leslie,

    Nice post. There is no denying that writing for your target audience is the most effective way to write a copy that sells. As the advertising legend David Ogilvy famously said “If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.” I believe the more informative your content, the more effective and persuasive it will be. You need to sell benefits to your audience first and not blindly emulate your competitors.

    Thanks for the lovely post.


  15. Leslie very informative and insightful post. I learned a lot here. Especially liked contrast between genius and creativity. In fact all of seven points were quite helpful.

  16. Leslie Anglesey has shown a lot of experience in this post. The article is in-depth in content as well as in context. Every marketer should readily make the most of this copy and apply the ideas shared.

    Writing marketing copy is a continuous thing that embrace abiding by the rules of big data and webmaster guidelines by search engines. Its always better create and present contents that would be evergreen.

    I have shared this comment in kingged.com – the content syndication, aggregation, and social bookmarking website for Internet marketers and bloggers, where this post was found and “kingged”.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor


  17. Fabulous article. Really good job. I read it complete and after that i realize verily this is wonderful aticle.
    Thanks for sharing

  18. These 7 tips are really great. but I like number 2 which talks about the SEO of tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Excellent post Leslie! 7 Great tips are very helpful. I really like tip #1. I will apply each to my blogging. Thanks!

  20. This is a sure-fire list of ideas that Leslie Anglesey shared with us here. The first thing I advise is to identify the glitch or glitches in our marketing copy before making a resolution.

    Great ideas, well, I must add that written words are a powerful marketing tool. Your marketing copy must have the ability to persuade, to reason, to explain & direct the reader to take action.

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social networking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

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