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19 examples of cringeworthy ‘about us’ agency copy

Here is a checklist you can hold against your agency’s ‘about us’ section. Don’t worry, it is equal parts ‘do’ and ‘don’t’.

Make sure you weed out examples of the latter and add in some of the former and your copy should improve. This list is solely about the content of your copywriting, the words you choose, not the formatting or style.

If you wonder why I’m qualified to create such a checklist, I can only cite my personal and professional interests in writing. I haven’t worked for many clients or won any awards but I have doggedly scrolled through many agency websites.

I must say that my favourite, in the end, was e3, which forgoes an ‘about us’ section altogether, opting instead for a little piece of copy on the homepage.

However, there are lots of great ‘about us’ pages out there, and even some of the ‘don’ts’ I have gathered work well in context. That means having a great copywriter on your team is essential.

Aside from this checklist, other resources worth looking at include my post on building a personal brand, and Chris Lake’s oldie-but-goodie, the A-Z of online copywriting.

The complete guide to creating compelling marketing tweets

I like to think I’ve seen a lot of tweets, enough to know a good one when I see it.

So often, I am completely exasperated looking at the dadaist sludge that dribbles out of corporate and brand Twitter accounts. So I’ve decided to do something about it and write this complete guide to writing interesting tweets.

It’s somewhat subjective, but I’ve given at least 60 tweets here to illustrate my various points. I’ll define interesting as something funny/persuasive/compelling/thought-provoking/informative etc – pretty much any tweet that can draw the user’s attention.

There is a lot of ‘don’t’ as well as a lot of ‘do’, and of course, knowing your brand and your audience is key to interesting your followers.

Hopefully there’ll be some scenarios you recognise in here, and some reminders.

Please leave your pet hates and great loves in the comments below.

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Social listening industry thrives as marketers tune into customer voice

This year’s newly published Social Listening Buyer’s Guide from Econsultancy highlights the latest trends in an industry driven by the growing strength of the online customer voice.

The buyer’s guide, which is an update of our previous Online Reputation and Buzz Monitoring Buyer’s Guide, includes profiles of 14 vendors of social media monitoring technology and services.

The report covers those providing listening and management services catering to enterprise companies, as well as those catering to smaller businesses or specific objectives from their monitoring and influencer outreach activity.

A bookmarkable guide for digital marketing newbies

The list below includes links to useful resources that you or new staffers can read in month one of a career in marketing. The list is my idea of what is most important or most eye-opening for those beginning their careers.

I’ve been working at Econsultancy London for three years. When I started I didn’t know what the acronym ‘SEO’ stood for. Our recruitment policy has since been firmed up, but the complexity of working online has increased.

Hopefully, whatever your industry or business size, you can read and bookmark this post, or pass on to new colleagues.

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What are the most important trends occurring in the SMMS market?

Earlier this month we published 2013’s Social Media Management Systems Buyer’s Guide, which saw 18 vendors of technology and services profiled, and the state of the industry discussed.

Before we put together our guides, we often seek the input of professionals from the vendors and elsewhere, to give us their views on current and future trends in their industries, and these quotes are included in the guides.

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38% of companies will be increasing their investment in Social Media Management Systems this year: report

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In the last couple of years Social Media Management Systems (SMMS) have cemented their position in the marketing arsenal of many large companies.

The Econsultancy / Responsys 2013 Marketing Budgets survey recently revealed that 38% of companies will be increasing their investment in SMMS this year, and 62% will increase their social media investment. 

This highlights the strength of an industry which has seen some major acquisitions in the last year, but is still experiencing an influx of start-ups due to sustained investment and interest.

How to adapt your Facebook strategy for success in the MENA region

packshotEconsultancy has published its first Facebook for Businesses in the Middle East and North Africa best practice guide, authored by digital marketing consultant, Husam Jandal.

Focused on the region-specific factors that need to be considered when creating a Facebook page for businesses, the guide stresses the importance of understanding your audience, taking cultural and religious influences into account when pushing out content via a Facebook page.

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Q&A: Husam Jandal on SEO in the Middle East

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Econsultancy published its first Search Engine Optimisation Best Practice Guide for the Middle East in July, authored by digital marketing consultant Husam Jandal. I spoke to Husam about his thoughts regarding SEO in the region.

The guide focused on country-specific search engine marketing strategies, and stressed the importance of understanding your audience and producing locally relevant content for both the English and Arabic-speaking population.

Below, Husam discusses the SEO trends specific to the MENA area, and some of the differences in SEO best practice between the Middle East and other regions.