Is there anything more delightful than a beautiful bunch of blooms? Well actually, the girl behind Rock n Rosie's greenery is pretty delightful herself.
Girl bosses and wine... now these are a few of my favourite things! Chuck in some charisma, some character, a good story and a cool business ethos and you pretty much have my ideal client right there. Which is why I'd like to introduce you to 3sixty2, brought to you by vintner, Alice Rule, a hard working Kiwi gal with big vision, big balls and a big heart.
Kearose is an opulent candle collection that captures complex fragrances within the elegant simplicity of iconic monochrome.
Kearose's vision is to create beautiful scents that connect memories with a time, a place or a moment - but how do you communicate the power of these scents through words, so that your audience can connect with a fragrance and imagine it in their own home?
Pouch Products is a home-grown business in Kuku, a rural settlement nestled below the Tararua Ranges, with sustainability at the heart of its ethos.
Sharyn Foster is the talent behind these handmade, eco-friendly, reusable bags. Her vision is to create smart and stylish solutions for more sustainable living, every day.
The Authentic Lab is a boutique beauty salon based in the beautiful beachside town of Papamoa in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.
Director, Natalia Reti, is a botanical beauty therapist, and after travelling the world, returned home to set up The Authentic Lab, a salon inspired by the beauty and mystique of Morocco.
It’s that prediction-picking time of year. What will be the content marketing trends of 2018? I’m often reluctant to have a go at this, because hole-eee things more pretty fast these days, it’s hard for anyone to know what is actually going to be around the corner (like, jeepers, who saw fidget spinners coming?).
BUT, because several of you have asked, I’M DOING IT, HARRY. So, here are my picks:
For small business owners and solopreneurs - particularly heart-centred businesses - a genuine ‘about me’ page can be the clincher that gets a new customer over the line. It’s a page that needs a bit of love and attention. There are plenty of articles about what you should write in your bio - that’s not the hard part. Be authentic! Cool, thanks for the advice generic blog post!
The smartphone has changed our expectations on how we consume information. Having moved beyond just being a tool for messaging and social apps, for most of us, our smartphone has become the first port of call for researching new products and services at the very moment that we want to know something.
With mobile now surpassing desktop for number of web page views, I’m encouraging clients to think about content with a mobile-first approach. That is, prioritising the experience of consuming content on mobile, rather than on desktop.
It pays to know what you’re getting yourself in for. This isn’t just a blog-and-they-shall-come scenario, I’m sorry to say. Content marketing requires a dedicated, regular, and consistent approach – but before I scare you off, content marketing is also fun! It’s an opportunity to really stamp your unique mark within your industry, while really showing off your skillz and know-how while you’re at it.
Before you begin, it’s a good idea to map out the steps you’ll need to take to really achieve content marketing domination in your niche. Lucky for you, I’ve done that for you. Follow these six steps for successful content marketing campaigns:
If you want to continue to grow your business, without having to blow large amounts of cash on advertising campaigns that don’t provide measurable results, then you need to consider an inbound marketing (content marketing) strategy.
One of the most common reasons that business owners or solopreneurs engage me to help them with their website copywriting is because they want to achieve an authentic voice that accurately reflects what they want their brand to be.
Sounds a little counter-intuitive though, right? To have someone else write your ‘authentic’ voice? Well, sometimes it’s just that you need a little bit of a helping hand to try and package it up and refine your message.
Here’s the reality: if you want your business to not just survive, but beat the pack, in this digital age, you need to be creating not just a great product or service, but also great content in order to promote it online. The goal of content marketing is to convert prospects into customers, however it requires a shift in your focus when it comes to advertising
A welcome email, or on-boarding email, is a communication opportunity that’s not to be missed. It’s not just a chance to say ‘hey!’ but also a chance to get your relationship off on the right foot.In my opinion, there are four main points that you should aim to cover in your welcome email.
For so many of my clients, the hardest part of getting a blog strategy started is thinking up blog topics. You are certainly not the only business owner who thinks, ‘I don’t really have anything interesting to write about’.
But, I’m here to challenge you on that.
In my experience, one of the biggest reasons that a lot of people struggle to write their web copy is because they are not even sure who they are actually talking to. They’re trying to be everything to everybody – but not being true to themselves in the process.
Believe me, I understand it’s hard – think of my role as a copywriter: my interested audience is broad, and I could pretty much consider every business as a potential customer, so how do I speak to my customers in a way that compels them to use my services?
Including case studies on your website is a great way to demonstrate your expertise and creativity to hot leads. Done well, they have the potential to be the tipping point for getting a lead over the line to be a customer.
Case studies are particularly important if you’re in a role where your services are based around creating solutions for your customers. It’s an opportunity to provide some social proof that you are just as good as you say you are!
Having written a ton of them for a wide range of clients, I’ve picked up a few best-practice pointers along the way. Here are my 5 tips for crafting case studies that convert
There seems to be a conspiracy that writing like a robot completely void of emotion is the way to go when it comes to e-commerce communications. It’s everywhere: bland monotonous copy that is easily forgotten. Here’s a wee guide on why writing like a real life human being is the way to go.
Due to the nature of e-commerce sites, the first impression viewers are presented with is that of a faceless company. Websites need to actively prove their authenticity because it’s in a viewer’s nature to be sceptical.
So, how do you prove your business isn’t run out of a garage in Uzbekistan?
Internet users are impatient. They want information fast. So on your homepage, you’ve got approximately thirty seconds to set the scene and establish what you’re about in the minds of potential customers.
Design is important but even the slickest of designs can be let down by poor content. First impressions are of the utmost importance so you need to be clear and concise, with content that has impact.
The term SEO is used pretty frequently these days, and yet, when I sit down with clients, many of them say, ‘So, Monica, what exactly does SEO mean?’ I think many people wrongly assume it’s going to be far too technical for them to get their head around, and while you don’t need to understand all the techy ins and outs, it is certainly a concept that you should be giving your attention. A better understanding will help you make better decisions – whether that is to tackle your SEO yourself or invest in SEO services.
Social media should no longer be thought of as just a place for serial procrastinators – Social media might just get you a job. It’s becoming more and more common for employers and recruiters to use a little online site called LinkedIn to source potential talent for their company or business.
Jobseekers will be well aware of the importance of a well-crafted CV and cover letter – writing a resume takes a lot of careful deliberation. That same care should be applied to your LinkedIn profile. At Mark My Words, we like to think of your LinkedIn profile as a powerful source of personal marketing and branding – just like any effective piece of copywriting – with the ultimate aim of getting you employed!
If you are thinking of joining LinkedIn, or you are thinking your current profile needs a spruce up, here are our tips to write a great LinkedIn profile that will get you noticed by the right people.