Category Archives: copywriting

Word of Mouth

The best way for business to come to you is word of mouth, when a satisfied customer passes your details onto others who need your services. I have been very blessed in this way which is why I have let my website alone for so long. I am not greedy for business. I have been able to happily maintain a good work/life balance and so I haven’t been “out there” hassling for business. Nor am I doing so now.

My purpose in writing this is just to let you know that I am still in business and welcome serious enquiries. Please feel free to contact me via the webform here.

 

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More than just words…

When Uriel Maimon contacted me to do some copywriting for his site, Nominal Accounting, I was more than happy to help out. As we worked together I was able to make suggestions which he took on board. It also transpired that he had other business requirements which I was also able to help him with. Here’s what he had to say about collaboration:

I would like to thank you for your help with copywriting content for our website and user guide.You have been very responsive to all my queries and flexible with our engagement.

I especially would like to thank you for assisting me with additional things like coming up with online support options and your awesome work on the IVR script and recording!

Above my expectations.
Thanks again and I am sure we will work together again soon.

Uriel Maimon
www.nominal.com.au

Another happy customer…

Here’s another testimonial from one of my clients. This time it’s Barb Cowen of The Quilting Connection who contracted me to help her with her blog.

Mine is a small business in a hobby industry, nevertheless, the sort of image I present to the public online is important to me.

I struggle at times to stay on top of the administrative duties and recently my blog had fallen behind. Munaiba Khan, came to my rescue!

Munaiba’s ability to turn a few short and jumbled notes into an attractive, smooth-flowing, and interesting read has been very helpful. I found her quick grasp of the topic most helpful and I am very impressed by her ability to adapt her writing style accordingly.

Munaiba was patient when dealing with some complicated software and proved to me her thorough grasp of copywriting.
Munaiba is a true professional, I have enjoyed working with her and I have no hesitation in recommending ‘The Copywriter Online’ to anyone needing assistance of this kind.

Good value for money.
Barb Cowan The Quilt Connection – Brisbane Australia

 

What my clients say…

Many times recently my clients have sent me some really lovely testimonials. I admit that I ‘ve been slack and not done anything about them. Anyway, New Year, new broom, so I decided to share some of them with you.

This one is from Catherine Saxelby of www.foodwatch.com.au

Munaiba Khan adds value to our business on two fronts.  Firstly, her copywriting skills are outstanding. She makes our web content sparkle, adds punch to our marketing material and lifts the tone of articles and product reviews.  With her honed editing eye, she makes the text read so well, it ‘sings off the page’. It’s a pleasure to read.  Best of all, now we never have an embarrassing clanger of a typo out there anymore!

Second, in addition to copywriting, her web knowledge is extensive, having had experience as a web developer and website backend admin expert. She’s across web structure and language so she knows what can and can’t be done. She can make sense of that geeky tech-speak that so many developers use these days.  We have used her as a consultant on two re-developments on our Foodwatch site and found her professional and thorough with an eye for detail.  She is responsible in a great part for the success of our current site.  I would have no hesitation in recommending her for copywriting or web work and have in fact given her details to several of my small business colleagues.

Catherine Saxelby

Nutrition and DirectorFoodwatch Nutrition Centre

www.foodwatch.com.au

Becoming Social Media Savvy

Becoming Social Media Savvy is pretty much a “must” if you want to run a successful business these days. With this in mind Catherine Saxelby from Foodwatch.com.au and I went to a meeting of Social Media Women on Tuesday evening.

Catherine Saxelby (left) and Munaiba Khan

Catherine Saxelby (left) and Munaiba Khan

The speaker was Valerie Khoo of the Sydney Writers’ Centre and she spoke very eloquently and amusingly of her journey through the social media minefield.

Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo

There were four take home messages from her talk and these were:

  • educate yourself even if it’s only by reading “Social Media for Dummies”. You need to know what to do to get your business seen online.
  • engage in a conversation – social media is about multi-way communication not a monologue.
  • create relationships; really engage with others and business will follow.
  • be authentic and reciprocate kindnesses, information sharing and help.

Written out like this these all seem like common sense – and they are – but many people tend to regard social media as “gimme”. They just want to take and not contribute. Obviously there has to be a balance but my thoughts are that you if you’re only out for what you can get it will show and you’ll put in a lot of effort for nothing.

Hollow transactions

This has been a pet hate of mine for some time and I thought I’d have a little rant about it here because I think it’s relevant. Have you ever signed up for a free eBook only to find out that there is very little of value just a thinly disguised advertising spiel? Did you buy? Probably not. That’s what I call a hollow transaction. You were promised 10 Sure-fire Tips for something or other and what you got was an ad pitch. I see so much web content like this these days and I really think it is counter productive. Yes you may get sales, but only once. Maybe if you get thousands of one-off sales you don’t care but if you want a reputable, long-term business then be authentic. Interact with your customers and potential customers as a human being and not a money grabbing machine.

Sometimes you get ripped off in the process, it has happened to me, where I have spent time and effort helping someone only to have them go to someone cheaper armed with the knowledge I have given them but you know what? They wouldn’t have made a good client anyway so it’s no real loss.

Thanks valerie Khoo

Thanks Valerie for an enjoyable and informative talk and thank you Catriona Pollard for organising the event. I know it took lots of work and it is much appreciated.

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Easy to understand product and user manuals

“10 good reasons why your product or user manual should not be written by you!”

Many people think that because they know their product inside out that they, or one of their employees, are the best person to write the user manual. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Here are 10 good reasons why you should not write your own product or user manual:
  1. You know your product too well. This causes you to assume a certain base line knowledge which others may not have.
  2. You tend to think in terms of features not benefits and although this is not a sales pitch you need to come from the same headspace as your customer and they want to implement the benefits your product offers.
  3. You see the bigger picture and not the smaller steps that may be needed.
  4. It’s difficult for you to be objective about your product the way your customer will be.
  5. A professionally written manual will save you money due to a reduction in customer help enquiries
  6. A well-written, easy to understand manual can reduce warranty claims due to the fact that your customers, use, store and maintain the product correctly.
  7. Great product manuals yield satisfied customers because they don’t get frustrated trying to use the product…
  8. … and that leads to valuable word-of-mouth product endorsements and the likelihood of increased sales.
  9. A well-written, authoritative manual adds to the status of your product as a professionally produced product that can be trusted.
  10. A well-written manual enhances customer satisfaction and promotes brand loyalty.
Save money on reduced enquiries and warranty claims and let The Copywriter Online write your next product or user manual.

Contact us for a quote.

Noticeable Newsletters

Newsletters are a great way to keep in touch with your customers and stay “top-of-mind”.

All savvy marketers use newsletters. Why? Because they can help to build relationships with customers and potential customers. A regular newsletter from you will keep your business in the mind of the customer so that when they come to the part of the buying cycle where they’re ready to buy, they’ll think of you.

What’s more, because all newsletter lists have to be “opt-in” lists, all of your subscribers are qualified leads so you can target your message more easily.

The down side

There is a down side to sending regular newsletters. In fact there are two. The first is that they are labour intensive. Someone has to spend the time thinking of something to write and then they have to write it.

The second is that if the content is not relevant, clearly written and interesting, it won’t get read. It’s a real challenge to send a regular newsletter with fresh, interesting content.

The solution

The solution is to engage a professional copywriter to write the copy and to advise on new and interesting topics to include in the newsletter. Newsletters are wonderful marketing tools so don’t throw away your investment in managing your list by sending out a humdrum publication that no one is going to read. Make the most of this opportunity to speak to your target audience. Contact The Copywriter Online to talk about your newsletter today.

Paper vs email newsletters

There are pros and cons to both. On the pro side, e-newsletters are cheap to send and cheap to put together; the major con being that they won’t reach customers who don’t have email.

The pro side of paper newsletters is that you can reach people who don’t use the internet and paper is easier to read than a computer screen. The major con here is cost. They can be very costly to produce and also to send.

A few e-newsletter tips

Make sure you have a great phrase for the subject line. “My company newsletter Issue No 4” just won’t cut it. Take the lead story and use that in your subject line. If you don’t, your newsletter may just go straight to the recycle bin!

Don’t make your newsletter too long. People don’t mind scrolling a bit but don’t make it longer than a full screen page and a half and don’t send it too often. We’ve received many interesting newsletters. Some which we really like to read but they come everyday or every week and we don’t have the time. In our view once every 3-4 weeks is an ideal frequency.

A few paper newsletter tips

Don’t make it too thick. People don’t have time to read another magazine. Many businesses think they are “adding value” by putting irrelevant, general interest items in their newsletters. They’re not. What are they are doing is making the relevant information harder to find and increasing the likelihood that it won’t be read.

Put an easy-to-follow table of contents on the right of the first page. Put some advertisements in for your own products or services as well as the articles and include response devices in them.

Take the pain out of your next newsletter and improve its response rate by letting The Copywriter Online write it for you. Contact us today!