Posts in Copywriting

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How can financial brands improve clarity of copywriting?

Copywriting within the financial sector is notoriously difficult to get right. 

According to a recent study by Edelman, even the top ranked websites are failing to reach expected standards of readability. This means many websites are made up of convoluted sentences in the passive voice and overly complex language.

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B2B email creative doesn't have to be all bells and whistles

The worlds of B2B and B2C marketing are more alike than they have ever been, from freemium model software such as Dropbox and Slack, to lookalike marketing or retargeting.

Sadly that means some B2B email marketers attempt clever, quirky or fun copy (like that more suited to smoothie packaging) and often fail to get their complex message across. One recent example I saw springs to mind – design studio Nucco Brain's GDPR repermissioning email (shown below and taken from our repermissioning roundup), which flogs an analogy to death.

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How communication theory will help you write better microcopy (& make better products)

I recently went to a talk at Zone by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler in which they promoted their excellent new book, The Communication Book. 

As a UX writer, I’m naturally interested in communication. All the microcopy I produce needs to communicate the right information in the right way at the right time. So I was keen to hear about the theories they’ve spent years researching and testing.

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10 brands with hilariously funny product page copy

Quality product descriptions can make a huge difference to the ecommerce user experience. 

Not only can good copy nudge consumers and increase conversion rates, but it can also help to differentiate a brand. Humour is one effective way that brands can make product descriptions stand out, with an increasing number choosing to be quirky and fun rather than just informative.

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15 marvellous microcopy examples (and how they improve UX)

The devil is in the detail, or so they say.

When it comes to creating a great user experience, this certainly seems to be the case. From slick pop-ups to real-time social proof – there are many features that can help create user flow.

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Eight time-honoured tips for writing awesome email copy

From send times to split testing, there are many factors that can impact the success of email marketing campaigns. 

Copywriting remains one of the biggest, often being the difference between a mediocre email (sent straight to the trash) and one that prompts the recipient to take action.

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10 brands with superb social media copywriting

When it comes to writing on behalf of a brand, social media tends to get a bad rap. Surely it’s all just GIF’s and silly one-liners - not half as hard as ad slogans or in-depth marketing copy?

In reality, social media copywriting is not as easy it sounds. In fact, with a limited word count and countless trolls ready to bite back, some might call it a fine art.

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Four key traits of ‘human’ brands

As the year draws to a close, talk naturally turns to what the biggest trends of 2018 will be. Will AI dominate? Is personalisation yet again going to take centre stage?

Interestingly, it seems the one thing consumers will look for in the year ahead is a brand that sounds exactly like they do. In other words, emotional intelligence – i.e. the ability to empathise and engage like a human – will become the biggest consumer expectation of all.

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Four simple tips to make boring copy more exciting

Certain brands are born to sound sexy. Take Burberry, for instance, and Mercedes-Benz and Apple - these brands sell luxury products with such slick and alluring design that they almost sell themselves.

But what if your product is far less appealing?

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Four examples of persuasive packaging copy

We often talk about online copywriting here on the blog. From product descriptions to SEO-friendly headlines – it’s easy to focus on how brands use words to draw in digital shoppers.

But what about copy in a real-life context? 

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Emojis in email subject lines: smiley face, or smiley poop?

Emojis are in lots of subject lines these days. But do they work?

We get asked this question all the time. Here’s what we learned about emojis by looking at >1.5m subject lines.

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How five charities convey purpose through tone of voice

Copywriting is an important consideration for marketers in all industries, but never more so than in the charity sector.

Not only are words used to persuade (i.e. to drive fundraising and donations) but they’re also used to inform, educate, and simply comfort people in need.

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