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Find time to write blog posts – 5 top tips

Do you struggle to find time to write blog posts? If you do, you’re not alone.

In a recent survey of small business owners, 68% of respondents said the number 1 reason they don’t write blog posts is because they don’t have the time.

So, why is it important to write blog posts anyway? Here are 5 reasons:

  1. Adding fresh content to your website will help improve your Google ranking – when you include keywords relevant to your business
  2. Publishing quality content establishes and builds your authority
  3. Blog articles have the potential to help people know, like and trust you
  4. Generate more traffic to your site by sharing links to your blog articles on social media or other websites
  5. You can repurpose your blog posts into content for your client newsletter, use them as the basis for an eBook, short course or podcast

Now that you know some of the ways blog posts can help to drive traffic to your site and boost your authority, let’s share a few time-saving tips so you can get more posts written.

5 tips to help you find time to write blog posts:

  1. Keep an ideas file

    Every time you see something that may be relevant to your audience, file it. Keep your ideas in a plastic or cardboard folder if you’re a paper lover, or use an app such as Evernote, OneNote, Google Keep or SimpleNote. You’ll never have to stare at a blank page hoping for ideas again. You’ll have a ready-made list of topics, just waiting to be written up.

  2. Create a Blogging Schedule

    This is simple a timetable of your upcoming blog post topics. The schedule details when posts will be published and who will write them. By committing to publishing a post on a certain day or days of the week, fortnight or month, you’re more likely to actually get the posts written and published. Your audience also knows when to expect to see the content and this helps increase your credibility.

  3. Batch your writing

    Try writing once a month. Allocated a chunk of time to write and write 2 posts, 4 posts or 10 posts – however many you need for the month. Sit down with your list of topics and plan out the posts and you’ll be halfway there in no time. Writing the posts is much easier once you have a clear topic and plan in place.

  4. Schedule your postsWhen you write your posts in advance, you can schedule them to be published at any time or date in the future using WordPress. This is particularly handy if you wish to maintain the same time and day for publication of each post, but you’re not always available at that time. Posts can be scheduled as far in advance as you like.
  5. MAKE the time to write

    Allocate a chunk of time in your schedule for writing. Make it non-negotiable and just use the time to write. Turn off email and social media. Switch your phone to silent. Ask not to be interrupted. Use a timer to set a deadline if that helps. Do whatever works to get the writing done!

 

The above tips are just a few suggestions to help you find time to write blog posts. If you have any other tips, tricks, hacks or suggestions, please feel free to let me know via info@ProfessionalWriter.com.au and I’ll add them to the list.

Hi, I’m Lyndall Guinery-Smith, The Professional Writer. I write copy dedicated to attracting and engaging your customers – and improving your bottom line. I happily work with clients all around Australia. Email me to arrange an obligation-free discussion about your latest project. Or if you’d like to learn how to connect with your audience and build your business, why not input your email address and receive my regular marketing updates in your mailbox? You can sign up for our mailing list at the base of the Home Page on www.ProfessionalWriter.com.au.

 

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7 ways to build trust with your readers

Want to know how to build trust with your readers – and get them to buy?

If you want people to buy from you, they need to first know, like and trust you. A good website will provide enough information for interested readers to get to know and like you, but influencing a reader to trust you is a much bigger step.

In the past, you’d meet people face-to-face and have the opportunity to form a connection and build the “know, like and trust factor” through things like your conversation, body language, tone, rapport and your follow up afterwards.

Now that so much business is done online, we need to establish that connection, build rapport and engage customers quickly – so it’s essential that you have the right type of content on our website. Even if they know and like you, most people won’t part with their hard-earned dollars until they trust you.

Here are 7 ways to build trust with your readers…

1. It’s about them NOT you

This may seem counterintuitive, but the first and most important thing to understand is that the message needs to be about the reader, not about you. A lot of business owners are passionate about what they do and want to tell everyone how good they are at it, but unless you tell the story in a way which quickly and clearly illustrates, “What’s-In-It-For-Me?” to the reader, then you’re likely to lose them.

You need to tell the reader what you can do for them or how your product or service will improve their lives before they care about who you are. Of course, credentials are important, but in terms of capturing the reader’s attention, they are secondary to addressing the needs of the reader.

2.  Know who you’re talking to

So, exactly who is it you’re trying to attract? Who is your target audience? Do you have an ideal customer? It’s important to know who you are targeting with your message. You cannot possibly target everyone with one message. What’s important to one may not be relevant to another. Get clear on who your target audience is – and write the message as though you are speaking directly and personally to them.

3.  Know what their pain points are and address them

A good way to build rapport is to talk about an issue which causes your target reader pain or stress and let them know how you solve their problem. For example, if you’re a fashion company targeting the mature woman, their pain points might be that they want clothes which fit and flatter their body, which are comfortable.  Find your readers’ pain point/s.

4.  Answer questions your current customers ask

What are some of the questions your customers ask you? Take these questions and expand upon them, providing comprehensive information about each answer, so that there are less questions in your reader’s mind.

5.  Offer the reader something useful for nothing

You can also build trust with your readers by clearly demonstrating your knowledge and experience – and then giving it away. One good way to do this is by offering a free eBook or short online course which contains helpful or useful information. If you’ve given your reader something of value for nothing up front, you establish a relationship and they get to know you and what you offer. They are then more likely to buy from you.

6.  Use a case study to illustrate and tell a story

A great way to demonstrate your skills and experience is to use case studies. Showing before and after photos if possible, mapping out the issue and how you solved it, to show that you can actually do what you say you can do.

Use a testimonial from the previous customer if possible – this will reinforce your offering, especially if it’s a video testimonial or links to the person’s website. Use a photo or the company’s logo to reinforce the validity of the testimonial.

Case studies show that you can be the solution to the reader’s problem.

7.  Build authority by demonstrating you know what you’re talking about

Make use of your site’s blog section (or get one added if you don’t already have one). Write and post regular content with a variety of topics to educate and engage your readers – and build authority. Not only will this information help the reader, it will also show how you can help solve their problem and that you can be trusted.

 

Hopefully, the above information has provided some tips you can use to build trust with your readers. What do you already do to build trust on your website? Do you have any additional tips to add? Please leave your comments in the box below, thank you.

 

Hi, I’m Lyndall Guinery-Smith, The Professional Writer. I love to write copy dedicated to attracting and engaging your customers – and improving your bottom line. I happily work with clients all around Australia. Email me to arrange an obligation-free discussion about your latest project.

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How to write the best About Us page for your site – Top 5 tips

Do you want to win more business? Take a close look at the About page of your website. Does the page provide the information your customers are looking for, or is it a boring re-hash of your Company History?

Whether you realise it or not, your About page isn’t really about you, it’s about your customers, and getting them to know, like and trust you. If you want to capture their attention, and their business, you first need to tell them how you can solve their problem, then back it up with the reasons why you can do this.

Following are my Top 5 tips to write a winning About Us page for your site:

1.  Before you start writing, consider your customer

Think about:

  • Who is my customer?
  • What problem do I/can I solve for them?
  • What does the customer want to know about our company/me?
  • What voice or style do they respond to? i.e. formal or more friendly/casual?

If you’re unsure of the answers to these questions, ask your customers.

2.  Tell them HOW you help solve their problem

Make a clear and concise statement about what you do for your customers. This gets their interest and provides motivation to read on.

3.  Tell them WHY you are the best choice

Here’s your opportunity to make them want to deal with you by expressing your personality, being informative and entertaining, as well as conveying your company’s culture and values. This enables you to engage them with your personal and/or company’s story and to build trust.

You can then include the qualifications and experience you have to back up your claims. Highlight your expertise – accomplishments, awards, volunteer or charity work, associations, education, passion, links to media/press articles you’ve features in, tell them why you do what you do so well.

4.  Express your point of difference

Remember your reader is most likely looking your competitor’s sites as well, so it’s important to clearly state your UVP (Unique Value Proposition – or what makes you stand out from your competitors) on your About page. Research your competitor’s sites to ensure yours stands out.

Simply expressing your story and humanising your organisation can be your point of difference too. People want to know who you are, what you stand for and why they should trust you. It’s important to be honest, authentic and real in order to be trustworthy.

5.  Show your face

Personally, I much prefer to deal with an organisation where I can see photos or video on the Home page or About page. Displaying a photo or video provides a further opportunity for people to get to know, like and trust you. Whether you use individual shots or a team picture, it is essential that you include pictures.

One more tip

Invite them to connect with you on social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+. That way, they have the opportunity to get to know you before they give you their business.

Should you be feeling a little overwhelmed about writing your About Us page (or any other web page), engaging the services of a Professional Writer can often save you time, money and heartache. Feel free to email me to discuss your project – I’d be happy to assist.

If you’d like to receive more writing tips, please connect with me on Facebook or sign up to the newsletter on my Professional Writer website.

And lastly … I’d love to know – what do you think makes a great About Us page?  Please comment below.

 

Lyndall Guinery-Smith is The Professional Writer. She loves to write copy dedicated to attracting and engaging your customers, and improving your bottom line.

Lyndall has a strong background in Real Estate and is a specialist Property Copywriter. She happily works with clients all round Australia. Email her to arrange an obligation-free discussion about your latest project.

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Top 10 ideas for writing business articles

When you sit down to write an article for your company’s newsletter or blog, do you struggle to find ideas? Stop wasting your valuable time. Try one or more of the following tips from the toolkit of a Professional Writer.

1. Look at your FAQs What are the questions most frequently asked by your customers? Make a list and answer then. If you don’t already have an FAQ section on your website, the information you gather could form the basis of an FAQ page, as well as inspire an article on one or more of the questions.

2. Tell them what they don’t know For example, you could write, “10 things you need to know before selling your home”.  A title such as this often draws attention, as most people want to be sure they know as much as they can about a particular topic – especially when selling a home!

3. “How to” articlesRelate the article to one of your most popular products or services. Share the information you usually give to customers when they purchase from you, and add a little bit more if you can. This builds confidence in your prospects and may also reinforce your relationship with current customers.

4. Tap into your testimonials Hopefully you’ll already have some statements from happy customers. You can build an article around these, for example, “How we helped Bob catch a record-breaking fish”.

5. New products or services People often enjoy reading about innovative products or services. Be sure to detail how this can improve their life, for example, “How a revolutionary new printer cartridge helped business save 50% on their stationery bill”.

6. Interviews – Profile a trusted customer or top employee, detailing what they like most about your organisation, how you’ve helped them or the importance of their role in your business.

7. Current trendsLook at what’s going on in your industry or the wider business community at the moment. Is there a trend that people want or need to know more about?

8. Think about the season Whether it’s Christmas, Easter or Valentine’s Day, you can often find a way to link a product or service to the occasion. For example, “Top 10 quick and easy Christmas lunch ideas”.

9. Link to events – There are so many events throughout the year that you could link your product or service to, for example, “Top 6 training tips for your fun run”, or “How to have the best experience at Big Day Out”. Just take care not to detract from any charity events.

10. Share your experience – Think about some of the important lessons you’ve learned during your time in business. For example, you could write about, “What I learned in my first year in business” or “What I wish I’d known before I ran a marathon”.

I hope these prompts have got you thinking about writing your next business article. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me.

Still got “writer’s block”? Try this.

Hi, I’m Lyndall Guinery-Smith, The Professional Writer. I love to write copy dedicated to attracting and engaging your customers, and improving your bottom line.

I have a strong background in Real Estate and I’m a specialist Property Copywriter. I also enjoy writing Company Profiles and Social Media/Blog content for all types of businesses, and happily work with clients all round Australia. Email me to arrange an obligation-free discussion about your latest project.

 

5 quick tips for article success

OK – so you’re keen to get an article published in your industry magazine, online journal or local newspaper. Most publications are happy to accept article submissions from your small business – as long as you have an interesting angle!   So, what’s the key to success?

Following are 5 quick tips to help you write an article the editor will love… and want to publish!

1 – Who’s your target market?

Let’s say you’re a freelance make-up artist. Your target market might be teenage girls who want professional makeup for their formal /graduation or young women who are potential brides, as well as their mothers.

If you coach kids after school, you’d target working parents who need help with getting their kids’ homework done or parents looking to improve their children’s academic results.

 2 – Where is your article being published?

Your story needs to capture the attention of this specific target audience. What type of publications or online media is your target market reading?  Approach these publications first.

If you’re really struggling to find an angle which fits your business, your target audience and the publication, you may need to approach a different publication.

3 – What does your audience want to know?

Consider what type of information your audience is looking for. What can you say that will elevate you to the level of expert in your field and influence them to call/email you to make an appointment or purchase your products? Think about the questions you frequently answer for your customers. Offer helpful information in your article –  they’ll want more.

4 – Keep it simple

Choose one angle per story. If your first story is of interest, there’s most likely going to be opportunities for further articles in the future, so save the other topics for later – or another publication.

5 – What’s your best angle?

Consider these potential angles as a starting point –

  • Is your business innovative or the first of its type in your community?
  • What specific problem do you solve for your clients?
  • How does your product/service help enhance client’s lives?
  • Do your products/services help clients save or make money?
  • Have you recently been nominated for, or preferably WON an award?
  • What’s your personal story/background – what led you to start the business?
  • Can you tie your business into something which is a current media issue?
  • What’s your point of difference? What’s your Unique Selling Proposition?
  • Listen to your current customers – why have they come to you and how have you helped them – Incorporate testimonials from your current and/or past clients to reinforce the point you are making. Testimonials are very powerful, but you must seek permission to publish the name and suburb of each person providing them.

Attention – How to get your article published

Now that I’ve got your attention … let’s find out how you can attract more business with a targeted article or press release.

If you’re thinking of writing an article or press release about your business, you’re going to need a good story angle if you’d like your story published. Here are some suggestions:

  • Does your business help customers save time or money?
  • Do you help people plan for a family holiday or a better future?
  • Do you have a link to a current news story?
  • Is your business organic or green? (very topical and popular)
  • Did you business come to life out of a significant event in your life or someone else’s?
  • Do you have a celebrity customer?

Once you’ve settled on a story angle, you need to carefully consider your target market. A lot of business owners consider “everyone” to be their target market, but you really need to think about who your ideal customer is – perhaps its the person who spends often and regularly, then refers their family and friends to you. Think about your ideal customer’s specific needs. Are they young mothers or mature women? Do you work with people who are conscious of the environment or those who are interested in development? What ever their interests are, your article needs to connect with them and address their needs.

Now think about the publications your ideal customer reads or watches. You need to know whether they are reading so that you can target those particular websites or print publications with your article. Depending on your audience, you may also need to think about the tone of the language used in the article.

Targeting your article to the right audience is vital if you want your article published, read by customers and the final outcome … to bring more customers into your business.

 

Lyndall Guinery-Smith is The Professional Writer. She loves to write copy dedicated to attracting and engaging your customers, and improving your bottom line.

Lyndall has a strong background in Real Estate and is a specialist Property Copywriter. She happily works with clients all round Australia. Email her to arrange an obligation-free discussion about your latest project.

5 top tips to help get your business article published

You want to promote your business and attract more customers. You’ve done your research and found out that writing a press release or article is a great way to start the ball rolling.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Know your market – Before you begin, you need to know exactly who your target market is, i.e. who will buy your products or services, then tailor the press release or article specifically to attract the attention of that target market.
  2. Where to publish – Once you know your market, you’ll need to find out where they get their information, i.e. do they read certain websites or publications? Where are you most likely to get their attention?
  3. Set the tone – Knowing your target market, are they more likely to relate to a formal, business-like tone or a more relaxed and friendly approach?
  4. Your story angle – To get the attention of an editor, you’ll need a good story angle – something that is of interest to their readers. Can you: Save them time, money or stress? Help them plan for a holiday, better future or family needs? Think about how you can help solve the reader’s problem.
  5. Research your publication – Contact the magazine, newspaper or website where you wish to publish your article and ask whether they take freelance submission or press releases before you start writing. If the answer is yes, ask them what their editorial guidelines are and make sure you stick to those rules when writing and submitting your article.

 

Lyndall Guinery-Smith is The Professional Writer. She loves to write copy dedicated to attracting and engaging your customers, and improving your bottom line.

Lyndall has a strong background in Real Estate and is a specialist Property Copywriter. She happily works with clients all round Australia. Email her to arrange an obligation-free discussion about your latest project.