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A Step-By-Step Guide To Managing Your Content Calendar

You wake up on Monday, ready to start managing your content calendar. You take a sip of your favorite coffee (or tea) and breathe. Then, you decide today’s the day you’re going to get it all together. You open your calendar, and it hits you. 

It looks like a mess! Where do you even start?

Right when you start to organize, you remember a client meeting you have in 10 minutes. At this point, it’s easy to let the idea of planning go and move on. But then you’re back at square one every following morning. It becomes a pattern that you don’t know how to stop.

Don’t give up yet! There are steps you can take to reach peak efficiency and productivity. You can find a way to crack down on managing your content calendar – no matter how many meetings you have. 

Even if you don’t have the time, we do! Hire a copywriter to help create your business’s content.

10 Steps To Managing Your Content Calendar

Take each of these steps at your own pace. It’s essential not to feel overwhelmed while you make changes to your content management process. Loading up on too much can leave you feeling burnout and unmotivated to follow through.

1. Applications To Use For Improved Prep & Planning

Today, there’s an app for everyone! Regardless of what industry you’re in, everyone from social media managers to engineers can use these tools.

ClickUp

This project management app has everything you need in one place. Delegate tasks, track progress and even insert documents, pictures, and so much more. ClickUp is popular with marketing and advertising pros, IT teams, and project managers.

Monday.com

A nod towards the beginning of the workweek, monday.com is an app with plenty of templates for every industry, business, and team. People like it because it’s ultra customizable and has in-app automation. This app is good for growing businesses, enterprises, and small businesses.

Hive

Program managers and even attorneys like Hive. Why? Because it’s a visual project and time management tool that keeps things organized. Users note that it even saves time on billing.

2. Utilize App Features For Your Benefit

Don’t be afraid to dive into whatever project management tool you use. Explore all of the features that your app has to offer. You don’t need to use every feature, but experiment to find what works best for you. Hate the way your dashboard looks? No problem! Most applications are easy to alter without changing the settings for everyone.

You can find a video on YouTube to walk you through using the app and find what you like. Features like color codes can highlight the client you’re working on, which stage in the process you’re at, or pinpoint your task among many. And don’t forget to use your calendar to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

3. Organize The Old School Way

Physically writing your notes helps you remember and understand better than typing them up on a laptop. This doesn’t mean you need to write everything down, but there are some classic tools you just can’t beat, like a notebook.

Additionally, use sticky notes for ideas or notes you need to jot down quickly. If you allow too many of them to pile up, you’re more likely to take a look at them to clear them out.

Also, it’s important that you don’t leave out a handy desk calendar. Yes, you can still have all of your meetings recorded online. But let’s face it, computer and mobile alarms fail! So, it’s helpful to write it down and increase your chances of remembering it later.

4. Map Out Your Content Ahead Of Time

Plan ahead and make your life easier by having the following information ready to go.

  • Your Industry
  • Products or services
  • Strengths and goals
  • Social platforms you plan to post on

That way, the content can flow out of you, and you’re already on top of your publishing schedule.

5. Prioritize To Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed

Prioritizing goals is a must for any industry – delegate responsibilities wherever they need to go. If you’re a perfectionist or even a people-pleaser, assigning duties is tough. Talk to your people and ask if a task fits in with their workload. Set reasonable and defined goals for yourself and others to avoid feeling like you have to do it all.

6. Treat SEO As A Separate Task

Don’t lump your search engine optimization (SEO) tasks into your writing tasks. Not only is there a chance you’ll skip it, but SEO should be its own assignment. You don’t want to rush the process of searching for keywords. Additionally, you should allow yourself time to compare, do a little research, and give your content a better chance to rank higher than other pages. 

7. Ensure Your Team Is In The Loop With Open Communication

Errors and mistakes happen, but you don’t want them to become part of your regular routine – especially if a lack of communication causes these mistakes. Diminish the chances of making a copy fail by keeping the conversation open with your teammates. If you have questions, ask! Check-in with your colleagues, so you’re all on the same page.

Doing so keeps everyone involved in your process as you go.

If you need a content writing team in your corner, we’re here to help!

8. Keep An Eye On The Workflow

Don’t lose track of where you are on a project. Think about adjusting certain calendar settings that can help you keep up. Using features like weekly views and time slots will help you remain aware of which phase a project is in. However, avoid going overboard and onto the extreme micromanagement side. Finally, stick to deadlines, so you and your team don’t fall behind.

9. Leave Room In Your Schedule When You Need It

We’ve all overbooked our planners on the self-made promise of… I can absolutely get all of this done today.

But how’s that going for you so far?

Spread out your workload, remain within client deadlines, and keep your clients happy. But more importantly, leave room to breathe and make yourself happy, too.

10. Have Extra Content Ready To Go Just In Case

Missing information, unreachable clients, and emergencies happen. So work every month and get ahead of the game! Create evergreen content (for your business and your clients) like blogs, newsletters, and social media posts. That way, they’ll never age out, and you can use them to fill in the gaps when you’re behind on regular content.

Talk To The Team At FocusCopy For Your Next Project

We know managing your content calendar is important. Clients appreciate the extra effort, and that effort allows the work you produce to truly shine. We know because we’re always working on multiple projects at once. Without processes for content management, we’d be lost!

Looking to partner with a group of content writers for your next task at hand? Give us a shout!

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Copywriting Help Your Business

How Does Professional Copywriting Help Your Business Grow?

You have your product, a clear idea of what it does, how it helps people, and the price of sale.

And you have all the numbers, figures, facts, and marketing strategies all brainstormed and laid out. 

Even though you keep seeing recommendations to hire a copywriter or are studying writing techniques yourself, you aren’t placing too much stock into the idea. 

After all, words are just words. Right? They’re easy enough to put down. Even though it’s been a while since high school English and freshman composition class, you send texts and emails every day. So putting together a few sentences about your product and uploading them to your website should be plenty. 

You’ve also budgeted for social media ads that you’re feeling confident about writing yourself. After all, isn’t it really the product that matters most and not the advertising attached? 

So, you move forward with your launch. It’s an exciting moment! You’ve been working your way up to this point for quite some time, and you’re ready to help people and change the world. 

However, after a few months, you aren’t making many sales. In fact, it doesn’t seem like your web traffic is even breaking more than a few visitors a day. Or maybe you’re having the opposite problem. Maybe your ads are getting a lot of clicks, but no one is making the purchase.

What gives? 

It’s Not What You’re Saying – It’s How You’re Saying It

Believe it or not, you do need more than a few sentences on your website or advertisement to actually convince people to buy your offer. 

Now, you’re spending extra hours in the morning and late into the night learning about copywriting because it keeps coming up as the missing piece to your success

But, “what even is copywriting? Isn’t that like a trademark?” You think to yourself. 

Copywriting is a powerful form of marketing that has been used for more than two centuries. Even if the practice has looked different throughout the passing of time, copywriting’s goal has remained largely the same. 

The end goal? To close sales, of course! But when done well, copywriting can even position your business and brand as leaders in your industry – making you stand out from the competition and rise to the top. Your customers’ problems are solved, and your dream of having a successful business is accomplished. 

Therefore, it’s really no surprise that copywriting can help your business thrive. Because no matter its form, the aim is always to move prospective customers closer to hitting that “Order Now” button on your website. 

4 Ways Professional Copywriting Can Help Your Business

Copywriting – not to be confused with copyrighting – encompasses many different parts of a marketing strategy. So, it’s easy to understand how you might feel a little unsure at first how it can actually help your business. 

At the most basic definition, copywriting is any piece of writing or content you might find on a website, billboard advertisement, newspaper ad, and even a flyer you receive in the mail. 

Copywriting is also part of commercial advertising (if you’re still watching cable television these days), as well as slogans, catchphrases, and infomercials. 

Really, copywriting is everywhere, and has been for quite some time!

Nowadays, thanks to so many businesses moving online, it’s especially beneficial for businesses both new, old, large, and small. In the digital realm, copywriting takes the shape of sales letters, email newsletters, social media posts, blog content, video scripts, and more. 

From coffee roasters to law firms, no matter your industry, product, or service, copywriting acts like support beams to your entire foundation. It helps you solidify your mission and message, connect with your audience, and grab the attention of those who’ve never heard of you. 

1. Copywriting Improves SEO & Increases Organic Traffic

Recently, you’ve been looking for new desks through Google. So, you’ve been searching for things like, “best desks for home office” and you immediately have a wide variety of beautiful desks in front of you. 

You click on one of the first few websites that come up because they grabbed your attention. 

Well, that’s copywriting (and a little SEO strategy) in action. Not only does copywriting help your website actually show up in search results from Google, but that brief little description underneath the website link was written by a copywriter. You knew almost exactly what you would find before you even clicked on the link. 

But, maybe you want to learn more about this specific brand’s furniture. You might not find it featured prominently, but if you dig around a little, there’s a good chance you’ll find a section dedicated to Blogs. 

Why is that, you might wonder? Well, blogs are a form of copywriting that actually serve two big purposes. 

Blogs Offer Free & Valuable Information

First of all, blogs are a way for brands to provide valuable information to their customers – which often leads to better B2B or B2C conversions. 

Maybe you want to know how the desk you’re thinking about buying was made. Look through their blog, and find the piece that covers their whole assemblage process! 

Maybe you care about the environment and you want to be sure the desk is constructed with sustainable materials. In their blog section, you’ll probably find articles detailing their commitment to sustainability. 

See what’s happening here? You had questions and their blog has already provided you with the answers. So, essentially, the goal of blogs is to address your questions, needs, and concerns in greater detail. 

What kind of business would you most likely purchase a desk from? The one that has a lot of information available about their desks and products? Or the one that has nothing but a desk and a check-out button? 

This example can be applied to a lot of different kinds of businesses and industries. 

Need to schedule a dental appointment but you can’t choose between two different offices to call? 

While one has good reviews, you can’t find anything about their services, pricing, or commitment to providing you a good, pain-free experience. The other office, however, has full-on articles and FAQs about ways in which their dentists help you through dental anxiety – which, (we know the feeling, believe us) is something you’ve struggled with since you were a kid. 

So which office has closed the deal and earned your call? I’ll let you decide! 

Blogs Boost SEO 

The value of blogs doesn’t end with informational content for your customers. You see, the only reason you clicked on that website with all the desks in the first place, was because of a little thing called SEO

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is like putting up highway markers leading to your business. Picture the interstate highway system lined with every furniture store on the internet. If you just type in “furniture store online” into Google’s search bar, you’re going to find a lot of results. 

That’s because all of these businesses have put up signs that say something like, “This is a furniture store. We sell furniture here.” 

But let’s say you type in “furniture stores near me.” Now, your search is going to be more localized. You may have fewer results, and the stores will specifically be in your area. 

Can you guess why? 

The furniture stores near you have indicated to Google that they sell furniture in a certain area. They probably have a physical storefront, as opposed to furniture stores that sell exclusively online. 

But how did they get Google to register their business in a certain area, and understand what it is that they sell? 

For this part, look through their website! 

What words do you see on their page? If they have a blog, what kind of topics are they writing about? 

When a business wants to show up on search engines for certain phrases or search queries, they use copywriting to incorporate those words into their web pages or blog content. 

This signals to Google to show their business for the keywords people are searching for. 

Simple enough, right? 

Well, good SEO doesn’t quite end here. 

Word Count & Quality Content 

You see, the more content a business uploads each month, the more web traffic it generally will receive – which makes sense if you think about it. 

The more signs they put up on the highway, the more road trippers start to recognize their brand and offers. 

We won’t get too technical here. Generally speaking, blog content with a word count of a thousand words or more is thought to be “quality content” in Google’s eyes. While word counts of two thousand words or more will yield even better results for your website. 

In fact, there have been several studies from notable content marketing agencies over the past two years that have done deep dives into the correlation between word count and SEO results

However, the content must be quality. This means well-researched, well-formatted, and well-written! You shouldn’t expect grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, or incomplete thoughts to bring in much organic traffic. 

Additionally, you should never copy and paste someone else’s entire work onto your website or blog content. Seriously, don’t. 

Google has ways of recognizing bad content that’s just trying to game the system and will punish your website link by making it more difficult to find or remove it from its results completely. 

Ready to have a steady stream of quality content up on your website? Schedule a discovery call with FocusCopy, and we’ll take the content process off your plate. Freeing up your time to focus on your clients, business, and personal life. 

2. Copywriting Builds Relationships With Your Audience & Fosters Community

Brands and businesses benefit a lot from having an active online community. 

For example, do you want constant feedback on your offer? Having an online community to engage with on social media allows you to easily take stock of customer opinions. 

Additionally, you can get to know your customers on a more personal level, which helps you better serve their needs (more on that later). 

Copywriters can help your business build an online community by creating email newsletters, content pillars, and by giving away free information such as the content on your blog. 

Content pillars are like ebooks or in-depth articles about specific topics in your industry. The goal is to provide value to customers even if they don’t all make a purchase. 

Encouraging visitors to sign up for your newsletter allows you to communicate directly with your customers through their email inboxes. But you need a persuasive subject line and copy to really convince customers to take action on your promotion or offer. 

3. Copywriting Speaks To Your Customer Needs 

Understanding your customer needs is a big part of having a successful business. And it can mean several things. 

For example, your customers are more likely to respond to brand voices that they connect with or relate to. Copywriters are effective at capturing brand voices and speaking your customer’s languages

And once you’re speaking your customers’ language, you know their goals, problems, and where they are mentally and emotionally. 

Because even though copywriting is about closing more sales – it does this by solving customer problems. Effective copywriting does this by making your customers feel heard, understood, and that your business cares about helping them. 

Let’s solve problems together. Schedule a discovery call with us, and we’ll help you make your business vision a reality.  

4. Copywriting Strengthens Your Power Of Persuasion 

The purpose of copywriting is ultimately to drive customers and users to action. 

Whether that be signing up for your newsletter and email list, following you on social media, or of course, choosing to buy one of your products. Good copywriting leads your customers through a funnel. Until, eventually, you close a sale! 

The more effective your copy and research, the more likely you are to generate revenue. However, good copy still needs a quality product or service to offer potential customers. 

The most persuasive copy won’t help you if customers are leaving bad reviews about your product and telling all their friends and family about their horrible experience. 

Increase Your Conversions With Focused Copy 

Your business deserves to be on your customers’ radars. You’ve put time, money, and a lot of effort into making a service and product that actually helps people and improves their lives for the better. 

Don’t you want the best team of copywriters at your side, supporting you each step of the way? Contact us today, and together, we’ll develop a plan to tackle each one of your business’s objectives.

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pillar blog post

Create A Pillar Blog Post That Sells

You’ve heard of a pillar blog post before, but can’t help but feel lost. You’ve been working on your marketing and you’ve nailed the use of keywords throughout your blogs. Or so you thought. That’s all it takes, right?

It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Write relevant and engaging blogs and plug in the keywords as you go. But you’d be misinformed to think that blog posts with keywords are all you need to rank ahead of your competitors.

Now, you’re not entirely wrong. Blogging for SEO used to be an amazing way to boost your website traffic. However, content marketing has changed and requires a little more work than monthly blog posts.

Enter pillar blog posts. We’ll talk about what they are, and how you can create one that helps you make money.

Would you rather get pillar blog post assistance directly from the experts? Get started with FocusCopy.

What Is A Pillar Blog Post?

A pillar blog post is a long-form piece of content that is written covering a specific topic. It should be broad enough to offer a comprehensive look at the subject. Yet, it should also be definitive enough to get into some, but not all, of the nitty-gritty details. 

How To Write A Pillar Blog Post That Sells

Find out what you need to get started writing a pillar blog post for your business. 

Start the structure, then write! This will help you save time whenever you’re ready to write.

Collect Your Keywords

Before you sit staring at a blank page, you need to start with the keywords you’d like to target. Use whatever tools you normally would to narrow down some reasonably achievable keywords that apply to your business and what you have to offer. 

When it comes to the keywords you’re aiming to target, make sure they:

  • Are relevant to your business
  • Can be combined in discussion with a service or product you offer
  • Are interesting enough to pull in your target audience

Once you have your keywords rounded up, you’re ready to put together an outline. Putting together the foundation of your pillar post will help you (a lot). That way, you have something to go off of when you’re writing, and you don’t need to struggle to come up with the next topic as you go.

Define Your Topic Clusters

If you’re unfamiliar with topic clusters, they’re truly simple to understand. What your pillar page is about will be your broad topic. 

As an example, this may be “Facial Plastic Surgery” if you’re a cosmetic surgeon. Or you may want to talk about “Air Conditioning Maintenance” if you own an air conditioning company. Both of these are broad enough to have the ability to discuss a bunch of other topics within them. These are called topic clusters and will consist of related topics you go a little more in-depth with. However, you shouldn’t worry about discussing each one in too much detail. You only need to talk about each topic enough to give a comprehensive view and why it’s essential.

Using our example as a cosmetic surgeon, you may want to discuss the following under your “Facial Plastic Surgery” pillar blog post:

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Chin implant
  • Cheek enhancement
  • Brow lift
  • Lip fillers

For your “Air Conditioning Maintenance” pillar blog post, you may want to cover:

  • HVAC definition
  • Common problems resulting in AC failure
  • DIY fixes
  • Benefits of AC maintenance

As you can see, there are several things you can talk about. Each one of these things makes up a topic cluster. Flesh out your topic cluster based on the broad topic you’ve chosen. Then, you’re ready to move ahead with your pillar page.

Don’t Forget The Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks define your content – ultimately defining it as a pillar page. Adding hyperlinks into your content allows the reader to click and reach another page on your website. Whether it takes them to a more in-depth blog or service page, these links will help Google navigate your website, improving your ranking. 

Another important element here is making sure that the linked page is also hyperlinked to your pillar page. This way, your reader can get right back to the pillar page without any trouble. It creates a sort of full-circle moment and helps Google understand what your website is about. Then Google can determine whether you’re offering valuable content rather than stuffing keywords into copy that isn’t well-written or helpful.

Is A Pillar Page A Blog Post?

Yes and no. This can be difficult to understand because pillar pages look like web pages but are longer than regular blog posts. The truth is, they’re a combination of the two with a purpose.

Your typical blog posts are pretty specific, and the reader knows exactly what to expect from it. This type of blog post is probably about 1,500 words. Its topic is narrowed, coming from the expert (you), and can contain many keywords to help your ranking. 

However, you can think of a pillar blog post more as a what-you-need-to-know page. It’s full of topic clusters, which help organize your content as you go. You can talk about them all on your pillar page, but you wouldn’t go into as much detail as you would on a devoted blog. You can also use the space to answer commonly asked questions your clients are most likely to ask.

RELATED: 6 Essential Elements In A Blog You Need To Include Today

Can I Use My Page As A Blog Post?

Yes. As mentioned above, pillar pages have an interesting blend of blog and website components. Additionally, you can use them as blog posts for your business as long as they have the necessary aspects needed to serve as a pillar page genuinely.

How Long Is Too Long For A Pillar Blog Post?

Let’s start by saying pillar pages do need to be long. And they certainly need to be longer than your regular blog posts. However, there’s no need to go overboard and write 20,000 words on a single page. Your sweet spot will be at 2,000 words. It’s okay to go over a little bit, but you don’t want to overwhelm your readers and force the topic if you’re starting to lose your intention.

If you’re having trouble and don’t know where to start, talk to the team at FocusCopy.

Perfecting Pillar Blog Posts For Clients In All Industries

Google and its algorithm can be a nightmare to navigate, especially if you’re not too up-to-date in the digital marketing world. But that’s okay! As a business owner, you’ve already done so much and perfected your own craft. So, if you feel like you know where to begin, but don’t have the time and tools to do it yourself, allow the experts at FocusCopy to guide you. 

We can not only walk you through the process, but you’ll have open communication every step of the way.

What do you say? Let’s grab a virtual coffee and get going on your digital marketing goals.

Need help writing pillar blog posts for your business? Contact FocusCopy for help.

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Lead Generation Ideas

5 Effective Lead Generation Ideas To Earn More Leads

Finding the best lead generation ideas doesn’t have to be a lengthy or complicated process. There are certainly ways to freshen up your pool of potential customers without having to spend a ton of time, resources, and money.

Maybe you’ve been feeling uninspired about reaching out to earn more business. You might feel stuck in a routine, finding it hard to break through that barrier to see new opportunities.

The truth is, we know because we’ve been there ourselves.

Feeling uninterested and unmotivated can take a toll on yourself, and your business. But lucky for you, we’ve got 5 quick tips you can use to kick your brain back into high-gear. That way, you can narrow down your next steps and focus on what you’d like to see happen first.

Implement These 5 Lead Generation Ideas

Put your budget towards the back of your mind for a second. There’s no need to start sweating bullets because most of these ideas won’t cost you a dime. This means even if one of these tips isn’t exactly the route you want to take, it isn’t a wasted effort. It’s just an additional opportunity to find out what works.

Share these best lead generation ideas with your team and collaborate on how you can go about implementing them. You might be surprised at how much others want to become involved. It can even reignite your inspiration and passion to help get you back on the right track when promoting your business.

If you see something you like but don’t want to write it yourself, give us a shout!

1. Get Social & Connect On LinkedIn

As the most trusted social network in the U.S., you could be part of an expansive group of professionals who can help one another out. Whether you have 5 or 500 connections, keep it moving! 

Continue to ignite new relationships with your target audience and others within your industry. Even if you reach out and connect with people who say they aren’t interested in your services at the moment, their circumstances can change. And when they do, you’ll be right there to remind them that you’re available.

Keep in mind that connecting goes beyond sending an invitation. It also means posting articles, sharing news, and discussing industry-related content with others. By bringing value to your niche, people will begin to notice you more and remember your name when they think of products or services similar to your own.

LinkedIn Ads

If you have a little extra money to work with, you can put it into a social media ad budget to give yourself an extra boost. But it isn’t completely necessary. You may be surprised how far simply connecting with others can take you.

2. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Referrals In Your Meetings

You’re already talking to customers who know you and value what you do. At some point, it’s okay to reach out and ask for referrals to help your business grow. 

If you’re stuck on feeling awkward, start by saying something like, “I really appreciate your business, and I’m hoping to expand my business to serve others like yours. Do you know anyone who may be interested in what I have to offer?” 

It doesn’t need to be complicated or sound pushy at all. The worst-case scenario here is that your clients don’t have anyone they can think of immediately. But they may have someone in mind for the future!

Again, take the chance to ask for more business without being too aggressive, and stay true to your brand voice.

3. Type Up A Guest Blog Or Two

The term “guest blog” might sound strange, but it does have a purpose. Guest blogs are blogs you write for someone else’s website discussing matters your industries have in common. Within that same blog, you’ll feature their (and your) services.

As an example, say you work as a professional flooring supplier and installer. You may find a mutual partnership with a real estate agent, home building company, or others who work in construction and real estate. You’ll then write your blog on a topic like “The Best Types Of Woods For Flooring”. But then you’ll feature your partner’s services and link back to yourself. This way, interested readers can visit your site from theirs. 

Doing guest blogs boosts your reach, SEO efforts, and gives you a little more recognition outside of your primary audience. According to Optinmonster, “62.96% of readers perceive blogs with multiple authors to be more credible.” 

Ultimately? Guest blogs can benefit both your partner and yourself. 

4. Put Your Perspective To Paper & Post A Blog

Publishing a blog on your own website is a little less complex than a guest blog but is also one of the best lead generation ideas you can integrate. Blog posts from you (the expert) establish yourself as an authority figure and help you outrank your competitors on popular search engines like Google.

As long as you practice the following key aspects of blog writing, you’ll do just fine:

  • The blog topic is helpful, educational, or interesting
  • Punchy headings and subheadings
  • Call-to-actions (CTAs) throughout
  • Images when necessary
  • Links and sources wherever needed
  • Proofreading before you hit publish

Related: Read 5 Benefits for Writing Business Blog Posts (And How To Start Publishing)

5. Revive Your Online Presence With New Website Copy

When was the last time you updated your website copy? If it’s been longer than a few years, it may be time to take a second look. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to scrap every bit of information. It does, however, mean that you need to take a deeper look to ensure your website’s copy answers the following questions:

  • Who do you serve?
  • Who are you?  
  • What value do you bring?
  • How will you solve the problems of your customers?
  • What is your reputation?
  • Is your contact information easy to find?
  • How much do your products and services cost? 
  • Are your call-to-action buttons clear?

If your website can answer every single one of these questions and reads well, you’re probably okay. But even if it already does, it may add value to your business if you freshen up the copy while staying consistent with your brand voice.

Feed Your Focus With A Little Help That Goes A Long Way

Are you worried about not having enough time to execute these tactics? Even some of the best lead generation ideas amount to nothing if you can’t incorporate them in a timely and efficient way. 

But don’t feel too overwhelmed. We’re the copywriting experts who know effective branding begins with compelling copy. You may be considering a massive email marketing campaign. Or perhaps you’d like to start small with a blog or two. Whatever you choose, we’ve got your back!

Get started on creating the best lead generation ideas for your business.

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Why You Need A Blog As A Health And Wellness Coach

Calling all coaches! Have you ever thought about why you need a blog as a health and wellness coach?

You may think they’re only for semi-famous coaches or professionals who use their website as their main source of traffic. You may even think you just don’t have the time for it because it won’t benefit you.

But health coach blogging of any kind can do wonders for your business as well as the brand you’re building. And they’re not just for cutesy photoshoots to share on social media platforms! In fact, Harvard Health Publishing says that health coaching is effective

Blogs that are written in your voice share a sense of your personal side, which helps your audience to connect with you more. Blogs also help place you as a quality resource or authority within your field, which looks incredible to readers who are open and willing to learn more about what you have to say.  

Still not convinced? Read on and find out more about why you need a blog as a health and wellness coach.

Have other questions about copywriting for your business? Reach out to get going on blogging, website writing, and so much more.

4 Major Reasons Why You Need A Blog As A Health And Wellness Coach

The best part about blogging is that you don’t need to overthink it. As long as you have genuine advice and put it together in a way that makes sense, you’re golden! 

Not to mention, having one blog, even if you aren’t sure what you’re doing, is better than having nothing at all.

Let’s take a look at exactly why health coach blogging can help you.

1. Boost Your Website’s Ranking

When it comes to battling it out for a better online ranking, health and wellness coaches who already blog have a leg up. However, it’s important to say that it’s never too late to start blogging. Because the algorithms change so much, no one is guaranteed a top spot on any search engine. Boosting your website’s ranking takes some time and work, but can improve greatly with blogs.

The cool thing about blogs is that they have a few elements built within them that bump up a website’s ranking without thinking about it too much. 

Target Those Keywords

Keywords are going to look like what most people would search when hopping online. In the health and wellness industry, for example, that may look like the following phrases:

  • Finding a local holistic health and wellness coach
  • Delicious vegetarian recipes with added vitamins and minerals
  • Best exercises for maintaining a balanced mind

On the other hand, they may look more bare-bones like:

  • Health
  • Healthy living
  • Mental health
  • Wellness tips
  • Daily health practices

As you can see, many search terms range from extremely broad to very specific. But that’s what’s great about the internet…there’s something for everyone.

Target certain keywords surrounding your business by using some helpful (and sometimes free) tools like Yoast SEO and Semrush.

Include Headlines And Subheadings

Headings and subheadings may seem like they appear because an English teacher told you they had to be placed within an essay forever ago. And they were partly right!

Not only are they an ideal way to break up the text, but they also provide some mega bonus points in the SEO department.

Place in headlines and subheadings that include your target keywords or phrases. Doing so will place your blog above others without headlines and you’ll show up easier without having to search for specific terms.

Come Up With Relevant And Original Content

This is important because you don’t want to get too caught up in replicating someone else you may admire. You also don’t want to get flagged for plagiarism. One way to avoid these things is by using your blog as another form of communication with your clients.

In other words, talk to your audience in your blogs just as you would speak to them in person. It omits the use of words or phrases that you wouldn’t normally say and prevents you from sounding too cookie-cutter.

Set Internal Links

Internal links are all a part of playing the game of SEO. These links lead to other pages on your website, leading your audience where you’d really like for them to go. Whether that’s a contact or purchase page, internal links help them get there quickly.

Furthermore, using these links within your blogs helps your website rank as Google is able to find it easier. They help gauge how your website is put together and what you find to be a priority. If Google finds it important, it’s more likely to rank higher than other pages and websites.

Add Videos And Images

Videos and photos are a fun way to keep your audience engaged throughout your blog discussion. They can even help pull them in and persuade them to read a blog they didn’t intend on reading. In addition, if you’re explaining something that may be tough to understand, photos and videos can help.

Choose high-quality images that are relevant to your subject. Then, by adding a caption, your image is about 300% more likely to be seen than the body copy itself.

2. Establish Yourself As An Authority Figure

Who do you turn to when you’re searching for information online?

Chances are, you read blogs to get information from people or organizations who have an established blog page. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are the end-all and be-all of the subject matter you’re searching. But it does mean they did the work to put together the material and publish it online. Because of this, you and others are more likely to see them as authority figures and return to them for more information in the future.

You know your material, and you have a passion for it that goes unmatched. Show it with a blog packed full of your insight and best practices wrapped up in your voice. Ask for engagement and thoughts. Get others involved in the discussion and answer your clients’ frequently asked questions comprehensively.

3. Lead An Audience To All Other Tools Offered

Blogs are a natural way to lead your target audience to your services and products for sale. This step is better known as the one that hopefully makes you some money!

For example, you’ve just written a blog on ten best practices for meditation at home. Someone reading and getting to the end of your blog may want to know who they can hire to help them with more stuff just like that. Here’s where you come in with some killer call-to-actions (CTAs).

These CTAs can be:

  • Interested in my services? Contact me today to get started on your health and wellness journey.
  • Ready to reach the better version of you? Order the health and wellness package that fits you best.
  • Tired of feeling mentally exhausted? I can help. Call me today to get started.

They’re simple but effective ways to lead someone to another level of your business. The end goal? Getting them one step closer to making a buying decision.

4. Build Your Brand

Finally, health coach blogging builds the brand that is you and everything you have to offer. You may be on every social media platform that exists and then some. Or you may be sticking to your website. Wherever you are in your business journey, blogging can help expand your audience and target those you want to work with.

When people read your blogs, they get an idea of:

  • Who you are
  • Your voice
  • How you can help
  • Why they should care about you

Anything that puts more of a face to your business as a health and wellness coach couldn’t hurt. 

Now you know why you need a blog as a health and wellness coach. Remember, ranking with SEO methods is just as important as making it less about B2B writing and more about the human-to-human connection.

Having trouble navigating your branding? Contact us today and we’ll get started from scratch just for you.

No Time To Write? Not A Problem.

You believe in helping others. And we believe that you have something important to say. This means there’s no need to hold back when it comes to marketing your own health and wellness business. 

If we know anything, we know blogging as a health and wellness business does so much more than people realize. If you’re aware of why you need a blog as a health and wellness coach and just want to get started, you’re in the right place. With us, you’ll get a better blogging plan and a copywriting team whose main move is making your business its top priority. 

Grab a cup of joe with us and see how health coach blogging for your business can get you results and revenue you may be missing out on.

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6 Essential Elements In A Blog You Need To Include Today

Anyone can write a blog. 

But not everyone can write with all of the essential elements in a blog.

It does seem as though anyone can place a block of text online and call it blogging. And we love reading blogs of all kinds as they can come in handy.

Recipes, how-tos… you name it! But there are some pretty critical elements a blog needs for it to offer any true benefits to your website. That’s right. There’s personal blog writing and then there’s blog writing to improve your business.

Don’t get us wrong! Blog writing for businesses by no means has to be defined as boring. A blog should still have flair and personality. But it should also take the time to hit all of the right notes and provide quality content to the reader.

In addition to connecting with your audience, you can get some pretty incredible boosts through Google and other popular search engines as well. Continue reading for more information on the 6 essential elements in a blog.

Include These 6 Essential Elements In A Blog

It’s possible to put together a captivating blog with your voice, even if you aren’t a professional copywriter or content writer. Here are 6 ways you can create all of the essential elements in a blog that flows with ease while including the information you want, all in one place.

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1. Attention-Grabbing Headline

Make it snappy. Seriously, there’s no need to over (or under) explain yourself. If your headline says everything it needs to in only a few words, don’t feel pressured to make it longer. On the other hand, you don’t want it to be too short and unable to stand out among a variety of other blog topics.

List-Making

When making lists, it’s always nice to keep it to the few most important points and say it all within the header. For example, when looking at “Different Ways To Bake A Cake” versus “5 Ways To Bake The Perfect Birthday Cake”, which one would you rather read?

The point is, you could very well have all of the essential elements in a blog. But if the title doesn’t grab the attention of the reader, they’ll never know because they won’t read it at all. 

How-Tos

It’s okay to spell out headlines with words like “How To” if that’s what your blog is about. In fact, if someone is looking up “how to change my oil”, they may be more inclined to click the one that says, “How To Change Your Oil In 7 Easy Steps”. 

A headline that includes its intention is way more helpful than one that is too vague or unclear such as, “Changing The Oil Of A Car”. There is no excitement or defined direction of where this type of blog will go. 

Technical Writing

When you’re writing more technical pieces, this is where you’ll want to be a bit more information-heavy. These types of headlines should be straight to the point and descriptive. This means your headline should be descriptive enough for it to grab the attention of someone within the industry who’s also familiar with the material.

2. Captivating Introduction

Pull your audience in. Tell a short story, hit them with a fun (or shocking) fact, and make them want to learn more. You can do yourself and your readers a lot of good by starting with a lighthearted anecdote before diving into the details.

A solid introduction should be under 300 words, long enough to fill out the beginning but short enough to prevent any rambling. And of course, end with a call to action (CTA) in case your reader makes a quick decision based on your brilliant writing.

3. Balance of H2, H3, and H4 Headers

What would you rather read… one block of text of over 1,000 words? OR 1,000 words broken up into helpful tidbits along the way?

Even with all of the other essential elements in a blog, long blocks of text are unsightly and boring. In addition, they can be confusing for someone who is trying to read quickly and stay on track. Break them up with smaller headlines and, on occasion, bullets to make it flow better.

These types of headers combined with keywords can also give your SEO ranking the push it needs to reach your reader’s top search pages when they’re looking for expert advice.

4. Featuring Image (With Alt Text)

Also known as alt tags or alt descriptions, images with alt text help increase your SEO ranking. It also helps those who are visually impaired know what an image is without being able to fully see it. Alt text on your images can also assist readers if your image glitches or appears broken. There won’t simply be an empty space there; text will let readers know something is there.

5. Featured Keyword or Keyphrase

Having a keyword or keyphrase within your blog is critical to its relevance and ranking. If you use a keyword or phrase correctly, you can increase your views and bump up your website’s ranking. 

But be careful! For example, if you own an auto shop and write a blog on the most common causes of a check engine light, the phrase “check engine light” may be your go-to keyword phrase. But if you use it too much and too often, your blog can be flagged for “keyword stuffing”. However, there’s an easy fix. Go ahead and use the key phrase 5-6 times (based on a 1,000-1,500 word blog). Then, use phrases such as “check engine signal”, “check engine alert”, or “check engine warning” to add some variety and get the SEO police off your back. 

6. Links

Similar to using keywords and phrases, adding links throughout your blog can advance your website’s ranking. However, links also give your readers more resources and information as they read along. This is especially great if you’re using your blog to inform your audience and sell them on something you know can help. 

Links can also be a great way to cite sources, take your audience straight to your list of services, and assist them in exploring outside of your blog. 

7. Actionable Call To Action

Sprinkle in a few CTAs throughout your blog that apply to your topic or offer a service related to its subject. 

For instance, you may be writing a blog about blog writing for businesses (wink wink). Take the time to save your audience from doing their own deep-dive and present them with comprehensive copywriting services tailored to their needs within the same line or paragraph. 

This is a sleek and simple way to guide your audience where you want them to go without shoving a loud ad in their face as they read.

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Interested in learning more? Contact us today and we’ll find a way to work together.

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Prioritizing Marketing Tasks

Prioritizing Your Laundry List of Marketing To-Dos

As an entrepreneur, many things are pulling your attention – growing your team, serving your clients, keeping your books in order, and so on. 

But what about your marketing? 

You’re told to write a blog, send an email newsletter, create SEO content, post on social media, create video content, learn all the algorithms, paid advertising, speaking engagements, and the list doesn’t stop there.

But through the noise, do you feel like marketing experts think about you and your capacity (brainwidth) as a small business owner?

Here are some things you can do to start prioritizing marketing tasks.

Get Organized And Start Prioritizing Marketing Tasks

A great place to start is by making your dream list. Come on, let’s brainstorm together! 

Ask yourself, what is your all-the-bells-and-whistles checklist? You know, the whole laundry list of marketing ideas you’ve ever wanted to implement. If you’re stuck or need some suggestions, you can:

  • Review your website copy. Does it still fit you and your company’s vision? Find a copywriter who can spice it up.
  • Are you getting any traffic? Use a writer who knows SEO to help.
  • Do you have social media followers? Work on a social media strategy that can boost sales for your business.

Now look at your list and ask, what is your more sensible barebones checklist? 

This checklist is what you need to begin and get going on building your marketing strategy.

Whether you’re running the show or you have a team of helpful employees, there are some small things you can do to be productive and get organized. 

ClickUp is an online task management tool that you can use to plugin projects you need to get done, set deadlines, assign tasks to staff, and so much more. Because it’s such a user-friendly system, prioritizing your laundry list of marketing to-dos is that much easier.

A Breakdown Of Marketing Strategies

Let’s talk about several marketing strategies you may have seen over time. Let’s determine if it’s something that you want to focus on and use for your business.

Blogging

If you don’t have an SEO strategy or you don’t have a lot of website traffic, blogging could be a useful channel. With blogs, you can kick up your ranking through SEO best-practices. Doing so gives your prime audience helpful information and a sneak peek into your industry.

Lead Magnets

Your traffic rate is reasonable, but you don’t have a substantial email list of current and potential customers interested in your services. Lead magnets can get you into your customers’ minds to find out what their pain points are and what’s important to them in a solution.

Call-To-Action

It’s okay to put your customers on the spot. Ask them for their email or create other ways to encourage them to take an action on your page. Use phrases like:

  • Subscribe
  • Sign Up
  • Learn More
  • View Pricing
  • Order Now

Landing Page

A useful landing page is an engaging and easy-to-read snapshot of your business and its services. It helps to lead a viewer to click and take them to the next step. Whether the page leads them to a phone number, email address, or order form – you want your customer to take action here.

Cheat Sheet Or Guide

Post a simple cheat sheet or guide informing others of your business model or the way you produce a product. This is a quick way to get them to understand more of what you do. Again, you want them to take action and reach out to you.

Video Or Audio

Think of a video or audio bite as a more modern version of a cheat sheet. Not only can you show off a bit of your personality here, but you’re also giving your audience a way to interact. By doing so, they are more likely to make an action on your page and seek your services. 

Quiz 

There’s nothing like a fun quiz to get an audience engaged and interested in signing up for future emails (check out this fantastic example here). Quizzes are an interactive way to get your audience to question themselves and realize they may need your help. Whether you want to lead them to make a purchase or sign up for your emails to reveal their answers, you really can’t go wrong with a winning quiz.

Email Marketing

Some lively and informative email marketing can help you turn your traffic into leads and eventually into buyers. A good email marketing strategy keeps subscribers in-the-know and consistently aware of your brand.

Social Media

It’s okay to start small with social media. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with the idea of posting on all outlets every day. It’s better to create a stable community of advocates and promoters for your business little by little.

Paid Advertising

Paid ads can kickstart awareness of your business. This can help grow your following, traffic, regular subscribers, etc. It pays to invest in yourself.  

What Are Your Marketing Priorities?

Keep in mind that you can do it without feeling like you need to do it all. 

For this upcoming quarter, make a list of 3 things you’re going to do well. It could even be cross-sections of a topic (i.e. send one newsletter a week instead of full email marketing campaigns). Then determine whether it genuinely looks doable to you.

If you know the direction you would like to go in, but you’re struggling with writer’s block, take a look at our blog 11 Tips on How To Overcome Your Writer’s Block.

Check Us Out & Check Off Your Marketing To-Do List

We’ve listed some insights into what you should really focus on between all of the agencies, consultants, and experts so you don’t skip the important stuff. Make reasonable requests for yourself. Can you put out one email a month? One blog a month? What about one social media post a week?

As a small business owner, it’s important to be true to yourself, your capabilities, and your budget.

Need some help with your prioritizing marketing tasks or creating content? Give us a shout, and we’ll get you where you want to be – operating in a timeframe that works for you.

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5 Benefits for Writing Business Blog Posts (And How To Start Publishing)

Blogging is certainly not dead – especially when it comes to B2B blogging. Some 700 million blog posts are published each month on WordPress alone. 

Today’s web users can hop online and find a blog on pretty much any topic you can imagine. 

Searching for a step-by-step guide on how to perform an oil change? There’s a blog for that. 

What about finding the perfect chocolate cake recipe? Yep, there’s a blog for that, too. 

More often than not, the blogs with sufficient information may eventually lead you to an expert within the field of what you’re searching for. 

This is excellent news for businesses – boasting numerous benefits for writing business blog posts.

5 Benefits for Writing Business Blog Posts

We could go on for hours listing the benefits for writing business blog posts, but we picked these 5 benefits because they directly impact your bottom line. At FocusCopy, we would never recommend anything that doesn’t produce sales or makes your company more efficient (and thereby more profitable).

1. Blog Posts Provide Social Media and Email Content

You want to keep your audience engaged, right? If you’re like us, you’ve been subject to opening a marketing email only to hit close as soon as you scan it (even if you get that far). One way to positively use the blogs you’ve written is to include them in your marketing emails paired with a catchy headline or phrase to draw your audience in. By doing so, you keep readers engaged with relevant content to your business, boost your click rate, and improve website traffic…. Ultimately generating more qualified leads for your business (paired with a few other things).

Plus, with so many tools available like MailChimp, Campaign Monitor, and so on, you can use these platforms to help monitor your email marketing performance, making it easy to see which emails featuring your blogs tend to outshine one another. You can then plan and strategize additional content to work better for you and your business in the future.

In line with sharing blogs to your email efforts, you can pad your social media calendar with shareable posts featuring your blog. All it takes is a simple graphic, engaging copy, and a link to your blog to quickly get better engagement on your social media platforms. With almost half of the world’s population using social media, you really can’t go wrong by creating some buzz around your blog posts using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social-sharing software.

2. Blog Posts Boost Search Engine Optimization

According to OptinMonster, “Companies who blog get 97% more links to their websites.” That statistic alone should be convincing enough to start blogging. 

The bottom line is that more traffic to your website means more potential sales. Writing a blog and sharing its content any way you can help build the number of visitors who end up on your site. As you consistently continue producing relevant content written with SEO in mind, you’ll see your SEO performance build and improve over time.

Chances are, someone who conducts a search on Google looking for a how-to on best business practices during COVID will likely run into a few high-ranking blogs covering this topic. As a result, the business blogs that appear on the first or second page are likely to see improved engagement and viewers on their website.

As long as you have an individual or team member regularly creating, publishing content, and monitoring your results, there is no reason your SEO and, in turn, your business shouldn’t see some improved engagement.

Case Study: Publish Consistently Now

As a new business, we consistently published weekly blogs from August 2019 to April 2020. This was a critical step to start building the SEO snowball. 

Then between April 2020 and September 2020, our blogging became a little more inconsistent because… Well, we were too busy writing for our clients. Yet, our traffic was still growing. 

In October 2020, our blogging became non-existent through the remainder of 2020. We were simply too busy to even schedule posts on social media! All our focus was on our client’s copy and their marketing. 

Yet, our traffic grew and grew. This is the power of publishing business blog posts. This is what we refer to as the SEO snowball effect.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Chinese Proverb
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3. Blog Posts Educate Your Target Audience

There is a ton of information out there online. But you’re the one who knows your business best, so who better to talk about it than yourself? People want to know accurate and readable information that will help them. Don’t be afraid to give your blogs everything you’ve got and go into as much detail as you can in an organized format that flows with ease.

A simple benefit you can add to your blogs includes graphics, videos, and photography to help users visualize the discussion topic. It’s not entirely necessary, but for businesses who offer intricate services or products, these elements can break down some more technical content in a digestible way.  

(P.S. We’re experts in capturing your brand voice, learning your story, and communicating it with SEO and your target audience in mind. Want to learn how we make your blog production easier? Schedule a call with co-founder Lauren Jefferson today.

4. Blogs Posts Position You As a Brand Authority

As the expert, you want to let others know that they can turn to you for the information they need now or might need in the future. With each blog post, you build brand authority for yourself and become a reliable resource for your audience to turn to.

One way of serving as a brand authority lies in sharing information backed by reliable resources, data, or reports. You can also rely on the professionals around you to get the latest industry updates and material to improve your content. Finally, you can answer some FAQs in depth through blogs that are both requested and informative. Each of these factors sets the tone for your blog and provides a safe space for others to turn to when they need trustworthy information.

5. Blog Posts Create More Opportunities to Sell

If you have your sales process down, blog writing may be the solution you need to pour more leads into your funnel. You see, the more content you produce backed by appropriate facts and figures, the more people will be geared towards your website and brand. As users get to know your brand better and become more familiar with who you are, the more likely they are to use your product or service.  

According to Hubspot, “Marketers who prioritized blogging received 13X more ROI than companies that did not in 2019.” Hubspot’s findings make blogging one of the most useful marketing tools out there on top of creating other inviting digital content. 

How to Start Writing Blog Posts for Business

If you’re tired of being left behind in a digital world, get started today on setting up a blog for your business with just a few quick steps.

Figure Out What You’re Going To Write About

Where do you start? Understandably, you may have a lot to say but don’t know where to begin. Whether you use your smartphone, laptop, or pen and paper, you should kick off your blogging venture by jotting down your best blog ideas. Some components to think about include:

  • Timeliness. Is what you want to write about pertinent to right now?
  • Substance. Is there enough to talk about when discussing a specific topic?
  • Benefits. Will your blog be able to highlight something that your business has to offer to help its readers?
  • Content. Is the content being discussed relevant to your business?

If you’ve answered “No,” to any of these questions, it may be time to discuss more openly with your team about what would work when it comes to blogging for your business.

(Need help thinking of potential topics? FocusCopy is here to help! Contact us today to learn how we make this process easier for you.)

Decide How Frequently You’re Going to Write Blog Posts

Some websites will tell you you should blog twice a week, once a week, or once a month. Depending on your business, you may want to post more or less. If you don’t have the bandwidth to start posting numerous times a day, work on getting your posts written and provide yourself with a bank of blogs you can rely on when you’re ready to start publishing.

“Blogging frequency has a direct and significant impact on lead generation.”

SEO.co

We take a little different approach when it comes to choosing frequency. At FocusCopy, we want to see consistency in your marketing. If that’s every week, go for it! But if you can only manage one blog a month, that’s great. Start building that rhythm so you can produce more content down the line. 

Determine Who Is Writing Your Blog Posts

I you are considering starting a blog, think no more. Get your blog up and running with a content writer who knows the ins and outs of blogging, wordplay, and adapting to your company’s work model, style, voice, tone, and attitude.

We get it! You may not have the time for blogging. Lucky for you, we’re the experts you need in that department. FocusCopy offers content writing for your business – bringing your brand to center stage for the audience you crave.

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Different Types of Top of Funnel Content

29 Different Types of Top of Funnel Content To Offer

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for content marketing. 

The type of content your website should provide to your customers should depend on what they want to buy and how much time they want to spend reading your site before they buy or move on. 

In today’s digital age, the opportunities to sell are endless. There are so many different types of content that you can create and offer to your audience. In this blog, we’ll focus on the content that targets individuals or businesses that…

  • May not be aware of their need for your product or service 
  • Need to engage more with your brand before they click “buy”

But first, let’s talk about how this audience is different from others you market to and why they require different kinds of content.

Why Offer Different Types of Content For Each Stage of the Sales Funnel

Each customer that will eventually buy your service or product has their own journey that starts at awareness of your brand and moves to being an active promoter of your brand.  

In marketing, this customer journey is called the sales funnel. It has three stages:

  • Top of funnel
  • Middle of funnel
  • Bottom of funnel

Top of Funnel (TOFU)

Top of funnel (or TOFU for short) is the stage where prospects become aware of their problem and your solution.

They must become aware that you exist. 

You want them to engage with your content. 

And to get them to do that at this stage, your content should be freely available. 

In other words, it should be ungated – while still having the option to provide their email for more information. 

Middle of Funnel (MOFU)

Middle of the funnel (or MOFU for short) is the stage where prospects become customers. It’s all about conversion here! At this stage, content might look like providing a free resource in exchange for your customer’s email or selling your customer a product or service.

Bottom of Funnel (BOFU)

Bottom of funnel (or BOFU for short) is the stage where customers become excited about working with you. By this time, they will:

  • Ascend through your different offerings
  • Be ready to buy higher-value content
  • Advocate/promote your brand to their network

The Purpose of Top of Funnel Content

The value and purpose of content needs to change at each stage. And the first stage, TOFU has the widest audience. The goal of top of funnel content is to build, connect, and interact with your audience.

In dating terms, this is making eye contact and asking that person out for coffee. It’s safe and non-committal. It’s just expressing interest and seeing where it takes you! 

Different Types of Top of Funnel Content To Offer

Here are some different types of top funnel content that will help you make a great first impression with your audience.

Blog Content

Highly competitive companies in nearly every industry incorporate blogging into their overall marketing strategy. Although it’s not an exact science, you can follow these simple guidelines to make very effective blogs. Plus, blogs are one of the most versatile examples of TOFU content. Here are some blog content ideas. 

1. Company News

Your company is accomplishing amazing things that set you apart from your competitors. Blogs are the place to show that off! Celebrate your hard work, explain difficult decisions, and discuss your growth and major milestones.

If your audience is captivated by your story, they’ll want to learn more, engage, and cheer your company on.

2. Product Announcements

Speaking of company news, blogs are a great way to announce the launch of new products. This might include: 

  • Software announcements
  • New updates
  • Added service offerings

A blog post lets you go beyond a general product description. It gives space for you to tell a story with more detail. How did you identify the need? What inspired its design? How will/have customers’ lives changed because of the new product? 

3. Cornerstone Blogs

Cornerstone blogs are articles your audience will want to refer back to time and time again. Just like we pin important posts to the top of our Facebook pages, cornerstone blogs are substantial and noteworthy.

A great cornerstone blog will be:

  • All-inclusive of your entire process
  • Approximately 3 times the length of a normal blog (2,500 or more words)
  • Filled with crosslinks that lead customers to your other content

For an example, check out Digital Marketer’s cornerstone blog on the customer value journey.

4. Comparisons

Everyone wants to use the best products and services possible. But the average person will not have time to do all the research themselves to find the right solution for them. Save your audience time (which they’ll appreciate) by doing a comparison blog. 

For example, to write about “what’s the best project management software?”, you could: 

  • Pick 2 of the most popular contenders
  • Compare and contrast product features
  • Note their reviews
  • Talk about ease of use and customer support

This is extremely common for software. 

5. How-Tos

Comparison blogs aren’t the only way to save people time. How-tos are also really valuable for this! Give a quick and easy tutorial on how to do something. To make your post even more valuable, include screenshots or photos of the process and mention anything your company offers that can make it even easier.

6. Quiz or Survey

Nothing says engagement like an interactive blog post. Include a quiz or survey in your next blog. Here are some ideas for making it fun and useful:

  • Keep it short and sweet with 10 questions or less and 3-6 options per question
  • Include a text box on surveys where your audience can ask questions
  • Make it easy to read by pairing text responses with images
  • Provide a next step by including a call to action at the end

With a quiz, you’ll increase engagement and learn more about your target audience. It’s a win-win!

7. Q&As

Another type of blog that has lots of value is a Question and Answer (Q&A) post. This is where you go over questions your customer asks (or what you think they’ll ask). Here are a few ideas: 

  • After you’ve collected survey results, duplicate that content by turning the responses into a Q&A blog
  • Create a Q&A blog from frequently asked questions about products or services – “6 Questions We Get About [Your Product]”
  • Conduct an interview-style Q&A with an expert from your team

Q&As help resolve common questions and draw awareness to your products and services. 

8. Wikis

Wikis are a straightforward repository of useful information that your audience can turn to for facts and definitions in your company’s industry. While every type of blog content we’ve discussed so far should be written with your brand voice, Wikis should be written with a more logical tone. WikiCFO is an example of a wiki from The Strategic CFO.

Audio Content

Some people prefer listening over reading – they may learn auditorily. That’s where audio content comes in. 

9. Podcasts

Podcasts are quickly gaining popularity and are a great way to fit lots of information into an easily digestible format. 

Check out one of our client’s newly launched podcasts here!

Email Content

Every email on your email list is not created equal. Some people who are in the top of your sales funnel might not make it to the middle. Email content helps you rebuild your targeting list by pulling in possible leads. 

10. Email Newsletters

Keep your company visible by showing up regularly in your audience’s inbox with a roundup of content. Here are some best practices for making an email newsletter your audience will look forward to:

  • Don’t spam their inbox
  • Have an eye-catching subject line
  • Highlight your other recent content
  • Give email-exclusive offers

Well-crafted email newsletters have the power to bring people from TOFU through MOFU to BOFU.

Images

You know what they say… “An image is worth a thousand words”. Image content can communicate so much about your company with just one glance. Plus, get double the visibility by reposting images from your blog onto Pinterest. Here are a few kinds of image content. 

11. Photos

It’s time for a brand photoshoot! Photo content can give your audience greater insight into the personality of your company. Take photos to:

  • Display a product
  • Demonstrate a process
  • Introduce members of your team

(If you’re searching for some talented corporate photographers, reach out to us here to connect with our photography partners.)

12. Quotes

Try overlaying an image with an inspiring quote – especially ones from your own brand! Your audience will start to picture you as an authority figure and leader. If you’ve been quoted, you’re legit and on a fast path to becoming an authority leader.

13. Infographics 

Reading through a long detailed process description or trying to visualize complex stats is confusing and boring. Don’t be boring. Keep your audience’s attention with clear infographics instead. They’ll be engaged and ready to learn more. Here is an example of an infographic we created. 

Learning Content

Does your company have expert knowledge that your audience will benefit from? Turn it into learning content through webinars or a video series.  

14. Video Series 

Create a company YouTube channel! There, you can post a series of videos where you teach your audience. To get the most out of a YouTube video series, include links to your other content in the video’s description and embed those videos into blog posts.

15. Webinars

Webinars are a more interactive type of learning content. Your audience will be able to tune in live, ask questions, and get specific feedback. Increased engagement means more opportunities for you to show the value of your products or services.

Video Content

Aside from learning content, video can also do so much more for your marketing strategy. Here are some different types of top of funnel content to create from videos.

(We have a number of incredibly talented videographers that we’ve partnered with. If you’re looking to up your video game, reach out to us here to get connected to our partners.)

16. Short Video (< 10 minutes)

In 10 minutes or less, you can: 

  • Demonstrate a problem that your company solves
  • Flaunt a product or service
  • Show a compilation of testimonials

17. Long Video (> 10 minutes)

Use videos that run longer than 10 minutes for more detailed story-telling like:

  • Vlogs (video blogs)
  • A case study or success story
  • Behind the scenes footage

To keep your audience’s attention, your video should get more interesting as it gets longer. Introduce at the start that something exciting will be revealed at the end. And then deliver on that promise.

18. Interviews

Channel your collaborative side by recording an interview with a team member or someone from your business network. Also look out for opportunities to be interviewed by other companies to get even more visibility.  

Outside Content

Diversify your reach with outside content like magazine articles, press releases, and Q&A forums.

19. Magazine Articles

Being featured in a magazine article will build trust and recognition for your brand. Identify some popular magazines that get a lot of traffic, and then pitch your story! 

PLUS since most magazines also publish their articles online, you’ll have the added benefit of growing your back-link network to increase your website’s SEO.  

20. Press Releases

Need some help pitching your story to magazines? Press releases can help grab the attention of journalists and media outlets so you’ll be more likely to get on their radar. Press releases spark curiosity in a broad audience and give them a reason to visit your website, find your other content, or try out your products. 

(We’ve recently partnered with an incredible boutique PR agency that customizes solutions for each of their clients. If you’d like a warm introduction, reach out to us here.)

21. Q&A Forums

Establish your credibility as an expert and grow your community by answering questions in Q&A forums. Try out these 2 forums: Quora and Alignable

Social Media 

Now more than ever, people are spending an unprecedented amount of time on their social media. Take advantage of their undivided attention by showing up regularly with awesome content in their feeds.

22. Social Media Posts

Each social network has their own content style. With all that variety, you can post about the same topics on different platforms while still making it look like different content.

23. Facebook Group

Leverage Facebook groups to engage with your audience on a whole new level. Being part of a Facebook group helps people feel more connected to your brand and each other – making them one step closer to reaching the BOFU.

24. Facebook or Instagram Live

Interaction gets even better when the experience is happening live. Your audience doesn’t even need to leave their home to have face-to-face access to you. Show a live demo, interview, or Q&A! Host the live content with collaborators in your network to reach an even broader audience.

24. IGTV (< 5 minutes)

Instagram introduced IGTV last year, making it a hot new avenue to post your content. The best part is, you don’t need expensive professional equipment to shoot your content. The platform is meant to be made right from your phone.

26. Social Media Advertising 

What most people don’t know is that when you do social media advertising, your ads can appear outside of social media networks. When you take out a Facebook ad, it can appear in the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. Take advantage of this extra visibility! 

Website Content

Finally, there are different types of top of funnel content that can exist right on your website and require little to no updating. These are things like online calculators, product or services pages, and microsites. 

27. Calculators

One kind of TOFU website content is a calculator – like the calculators found here. Many mortgage lenders have calculators on their websites. If done well, it can act as a lead generator to get a mortgage quote. 

(HAR.com)

28. Product / Service Pages 

Does your website have seperate pages for each of its products or services? This is a great way to expand your content and make it easier for your customers to find you online. Check out FocusCopy’s tips for updating your website copy to make your products and services pages work well at the top of your marketing funnel.

29. Microsites

Microsites are great ways to capture more attention and direct them to your website. It’s usually a single page or cluster of pages meant to complement a specific activity.

One of our favorite recent use of microsites is Tulsa advocating to Tesla to build a plant in their city. So they created TulsaSaysYes.com. 

(TuslaSaysYes.com)

While that’s enough to at least put a case together for Tesla to consider Tulsa, they took it one step further. They created AustinSaysNo.com. 

(AustinSaysNo.com)

The results… Elon Musk himself said this:

While this campaign only had a target audience of one, it was extremely effective and targeted. 

What Types of Content Are You Working On?

These 29 different types of top of funnel content are just the start. There are so many varieties of content for different stages of the sales funnel. What kinds of content is your company working on now? Creating content consistently can be a lot to keep up with. If your team is looking to grow your visibility by outsourcing your content writing, FocusCopy can help.

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8 Major Oversights Content Writers Should Avoid When Blogging

Blogging isn’t just for beauty influencers and foodies. It’s 2020, and the most competitive companies in all industries have blogs associated with their businesses. 

Never considered blogging before? Well, you might be missing out on some major growth opportunities! 

If you feel behind in the blogging scene, don’t worry. I’ll go over the 8 major oversights content writers should avoid when blogging, so you can start blogging like a pro. 

PLUS right now is an optimal time to invest in a blog for your business.

Why now?

Because many of us are at home, tuned into our preferred devices. Your audience is at attention. Strategically, if you’re looking for growth in the next 6 months, you need to start working now by investing in and increasing your organic traffic. 

What is Blogging?

Before we get into the 8 major oversights content writers should avoid when blogging, let’s break down what blogging entails. 

A blog is a collection of content available on a website or social media profile (like LinkedIn). It’s a log of a company’s insights, knowledge, experience, and tips for readers. 

Blogging as a practice: 

  • Helps your customers find you more quickly and easily on the Internet – Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Encourages your customers to realize that you have something valuable to offer – Value-Added Information
  • Drives new customers to your company without paid advertising – Organic Traffic

Why is Blogging Important for Your Overall Marketing Strategy?

Whether it’s a written, video, or visual log, a blog is important for your overall marketing strategy. At its core, marketing is a way to warm up your prospects in order to convert them into sales. In the digital world, marketing is also what  converts leads into customers. 

A strong marketing strategy cultivates a relationship between your customers and your company. And this is essentially what blogs are built to do! They create trust and familiarity through consistent and valuable communication. 

And it’s not just a one-way street. Blogging doesn’t just create an opportunity for your company to share insights and stories with prospects; it also allows your customers to share their stories and experiences too – through comments. In other words, you have the ability to advertise and conduct market research, all in one place. 

8 Major Oversights Content Writers Should Avoid When Blogging

Now that you understand the value blogging will have for your business, let’s talk about how you can approach it like a professional. Here are 8 major oversights content writers should avoid when blogging.

1. Not Breaking Through Your Writer’s Block

Most clients come to us for 1 of 2 reasons:

  1. They hate writing. Writing well can take time, and not everyone has the patience for it.  
  2. They take forever to write. Some people get stuck staring at a blank page or writing and rewriting things to no end.

To start a blog, you’ll have to write regularly. Many content writers don’t expect to run into writer’s block. If and when it hits, they’re stuck! Don’t give up. Breaking through writer’s block is a key skill for successful content writing.

Need some tips on overcoming your writer’s block? Click here to read our blog about it.

2. Not Editing And Proofreading Work

Although it might seem obvious to some, many content writers take editing and proofreading their work for granted. This is a major oversight that can reflect negatively on your brand.

Having content that is free of grammatical and spelling errors helps show that you care behind your content and ensures you’re communicating effectively.

Check out our blog post filled with proofreading tips, so you can edit your work like a professional copywriter. 

3. Not Outlining BEFORE You Start Writing

Some writers just write in a flow. That’s alright, but if you want to write strategically, always start with an outline. 

Creating an outline before you start writing will help you…

  • Write faster. Once the structure of your blog is there, it’s easier to fill in the blanks.
  • Organize your thoughts. You’ll avoid veering off course from your intended topic and ensure you’re not covering too much in one post.
  • Increase your SEO. When you have structured headings and subheadings for your blog posts that use similar keywords or SEO synonyms, it’s easier for search engines to detect the topic of your blog and direct people to it based on their search. 

Here’s an example of what an organized outline can do for your final product.

The outline:

 Major Oversights Content Writers Should Avoid When Blogging

The final product:

 Major Oversights Content Writers Should Avoid When Blogging

4. Not Showing Some Personality

A blog post isn’t a formal document. People don’t want to read something dry– even if the topic is “boring”. They want to read something entertaining! 

In the past, I’ve written blogs for CFOs about financial forecasting using an example of Hooters girls. Show some personality in your writing. It breaks the ice. 

5. Not Narrowing Down Your Focus

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Likewise, a single blog post cannot be all-encompassing. Don’t try to solve every problem or address every topic in your individual blog posts. Pick one small topic and cover it extremely well. This will have more value for your audience and encourage them to come back and read more…

If you envision your company’s blog covering several topics, you can create a tagging system. This lets you cover a range of topics across several blog posts in an organized way.

First, identify one major-topic. Narrow down that topic even more. Then get even more specific. You cannot provide real value on a given major-topic with just one blog – there’s simply too much information for a reader to digest at once; therefore, you need to get specific. Remember, blogs are not novels or dissertations, they are intended to be relatively small, quick to read, and easily absorbed by their audience.

 Here are a couple of topic progressions to get you started. 

Overarching TopicKey Areas in Major TopicSub-Topic of Key AreaSpecific Detail Related to Sub-Topic
CoffeeWays to make delicious coffeeFrench PressFrench Press Best Practices
Content MarketingBloggingLaunching a BlogOversights Content Writers Make When Blogging

6. Not Using Research To Defend Your Claims

An entertaining blog on its own might give your company some visibility. But when it comes to converting to sales, you’ll want to leverage some research in your writing. 

As the saying goes, people tend to buy on emotion and justify the buy with logic. Compelling evidence to support your claims will underscore both the emotional and logical aspects of your pitch.

These can include…

  • Published studies
  • Striking statistics
  • Case studies
  • Testimonials
  • Easy-to-read charts and graphs

7. Flat Out Plagiarizing

This goes without saying – don’t plagiarize. Cite all quotes and sources. No one wants to come off as unoriginal or deceiving. Your company will lower its credibility when your plagiarism is discovered (and it will be!).

Giving others credit where credit is due is the right thing to do and can be really helpful for your SEO! Include outbound links to sources in your blog posts. 

8. Perfecting It So Much It Never Gets Published

A “perfect” blog post is never published because it’s never done. At some point, you just need to press “publish”. If you ever want to change anything, all you have to do is edit that content and update it. 

Put yourself out there and see how your audience responds. Remember, your audience is looking for consistent and regular communication. Don’t trade perfectionism for building a relationship with your customers. They’ll be happier to hear from you regularly. If you don’t include something in your current blog, you can always write about it in the next blog. Just keep the content and communications flowing to your followers and customers.


Looking for help launching your blog or increasing your number of subscribers? FocusCopy can do your content writing for you and even craft newsletters that go directly to your customer’s inbox.