Creating Marketing Content That Works for Customers & SEO
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Writing Effective Sales Copy
Creating Marketing Content That Works for Customers & SEO

Revised February 14, 2019
Originally Published December 11, 2008

Business owners often feel intimidated, confused, and shy about putting together online copy (written content for sales, marketing ads, or website). For whatever reason, many find writing content for online marketing collateral such as a website, a daunting and overwhelming task.

While more known, traditional forms of marketing, may seem old-hat and easy; many people mistakenly believe that writing online content is different.

Yes, search engines do take into account such things as keywords that can help search ranking results. However, the overall theory behind writing content for the web is really no different than writing content for an offline advertising campaign.

Whether writing copy for online or offline marketing, more common sense is used, than a degree in writing.

Regardless of the type of media, well written marketing content will include the following:

Message Aimed to Proper Audience

As with any advertising campaign, making sure that the content is aimed at your target audience is the first key to success. A good business owner will know who their target audience is, and use appropriate language that communicates with this group of individuals.

Make sure to use language that is clear to the target audience. If the audience is a younger audience, you don't want to use language that's above their reading level. If your audience is to an older generation, you don't want to use lingo of recent generations that the older crowd may not understand or misinterpret.

Make sure the content of the message is clear with no ambiguity. Don't leave any potential confusion.

Clear CTA's (Calls To Action)

Another aspect for successful marketing and web content is having a clear Call To Action, also known as CTA.

CTA's are imperative to capture the visitor's attention and direct them how to "Act Now".

Many people write content with the thought that it's "intuitive" that the person should know to click or call now to receive the offer.

However, more often than not, people are overwhelmed with all the information available online, and taking everything in at once.

This is where clear CTA's help to eliminate any confusion and create an understandable line of action for the consumer to move forward, and purchase, or submit their information to be contacted.

CTA's should be set apart from normal website content paragraphs, perhaps in a heading or button format, so as to make it clear that this is an actionable item.

Proper Keywords & Phrases

When writing content for offline or online marketing, keywords and related phrases will occur naturally pending the written content is descriptive using product details, service names, related attributes, or key features & benefits.

As discussed in many keyword related articles, keywords are simply the "important" and "relative" words that best describe a process, industry, company, product, or service:

  • Keywords are descriptive versus vague.
  • More often than not, keywords and phrases for a company website are the literal terms or names used to describe:
    • processes
    • products
    • services
    • other similar industry related terminology and jargon.
  • Most businesses will find the important keywords already readily apparent when reviewing their existing offline marketing materials.

Regardless of the medium for which marketing content is written, avoiding vague or nondescript words such as "it", "that" or "those" instead using descriptive verbiage will always result in stronger, more persuasive, and effective content.

Note the Benefit for Customers

Today's customers have the internet at the fingertips, and can research literally anything. When it comes time to buy, customers want to know that a product or service's features will benefit their needs as a customer. The best way to meet this need is with descriptive and in-depth content, and clear CTA's for company offerings.

The content should portray the following:

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