copywriting

Business profile

How to write a business profile

It’s worth spending the time writing a strong business profile as you may be able to use or repurpose this content on your website, in your marketing materials, tenders or proposals, or across other professional documentation. Brainstorm your key messages The first thing to do is to brainstorm your key messages. Think about what your point of difference is, and why a customer should choose you over a competitor. Your differentiator could be your customer service, range of products or…

How to write a business profile was last modified on August 21st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
Read More
content is king

Content is king!

Many companies use it to connect with and engage their customers. However, producing it is not necessarily easy. Writing is a specialist skill and many marketing budgets do not stretch to an in-house resource… That’s where we can come in, lightening the load and writing content to your brief and brand specifications. Get bang for your buck with content you can use on your website, in newsletters and on social media. And with this taken care of, you can focus…

Content is king! was last modified on August 16th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
Read More
English book

Quids in. A language lesson from the UK

Online comments from an unhappy UK shopper have made headlines this month. After visiting major retailer John Lewis, Donna Hewer posted a review criticising what she perceived to be a shop assistant’s overly informal manner. ‘Saying quid when quoting a price is uxeceptable in any shop. I expect better from John Lewis,’ said Donna. Her comments immediately made two things crystal clear: the language you use in a business scenario matters to your customers, and Donna struggles with the spelling…

Quids in. A language lesson from the UK was last modified on July 31st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
Read More
Why you can’t be too careful about the words you choose

Why you can’t be too careful about the words you choose

Cultural appropriation? Just ask Kim Kardashian West. In these culturally sensitive times, only those businesses operating in an alternative space and time continuum would risk serious brand damage by falling foul of the PC police. Still, that didn’t stop one Kim Kardashian West recently choosing the name ‘Kimono’ for her latest range of shapewear. Claims of it being ‘a play on words’ fell on millions of deaf ears and the Kimono name vanished faster than you can say “My corset…

Why you can’t be too careful about the words you choose was last modified on July 23rd, 2019 by Thomas
Read More
You can’t be too careful when it comes to the English language, here's how to save your bacon

How an innocent mistake can turn global relations nasty

You can’t be too careful when it comes to the English language, here’s how to save your bacon. There are times when, with no apparent effort at all, businesses can find themselves at the centre of a publicity nightmare after seemingly innocent statements assume a life of their own. Take Swiss bank UBS in China recently. An epidemic of African swine fever has had a hugely detrimental effect on China’s pig industry, with almost 100 million – some 20% of…

How an innocent mistake can turn global relations nasty was last modified on July 17th, 2019 by Thomas
Read More
Testimonials

Why trustworthy testimonials make marketing easier 

You’ll know that LinkedIn has a section for testimonials in each profile and plenty of websites have pages with case studies and positive feedback. Apart from a customer’s personal experience, the most valued opinion comes from someone they trust. It’s for this reason that word of mouth referrals are so valuable.   The next best thing is a testimonial. It’s a third-party endorsement, most likely from someone you don’t know which makes it credible. It’s like testimonials that appear on book…

Why trustworthy testimonials make marketing easier  was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
Read More
Write

Everyone can write, right?

Most can write, but most can’t write well! Writing is hard: it’s not only thinking up the ideas, but articulating them, linking them together and crafting them into a neat package. It takes practice – and sometimes many attempts to get right. Here are some of the traps that novice writers often fall into: Choosing difficult words: Overly formal language is usually a turn off for readers. If there is a simpler everyday alternative that you can use, then do…

Everyone can write, right? was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
Read More
Boring

Take the boring out of business writing

There’s nothing more dull than stiff, formal language, long, complicated sentences, and copy that’s thick with words that add no value. While those who adopt this heavy-duty style think it makes their writing weighty, it has the opposite effect: convoluted language tries to sound impressive but delivers little; it’s almost always vague, light on substance, heavy in obfuscation! It certainly doesn’t impress the reader who is left bewailing “What does this even mean?” And if you’re not writing for the…

Take the boring out of business writing was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
Read More
writing style

What’s your writing style?

What’s your writing style? Do you plan it out or make it up as you go along? Some business writers just start writing; they don’t know where they’re going, but trust that they’ll find their way as they write. Sometimes it leads to more creative writing as the mind is free to wander and discover new possibilities. Other times, the writing completely loses its way and becomes unfocused and repetitive. Certainly, most people find magic happens when in the creative…

What’s your writing style? was last modified on June 12th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
Read More
Mark ups

How to avoid this simple mistake in your content writing

Copywriting experts may instruct us to ‘write as you speak’, but there are times when it’s better not to. You’ll often hear people say phrases such as: My own house… Let’s connect them together… It’s a true fact… It possibly might… 2am in the morning… We first conceived of the idea… There are 5 different cafes near here … We received a free gift… Exciting new innovation… If you were to write these phrases, a good editor or a good…

How to avoid this simple mistake in your content writing was last modified on May 10th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
Read More
Contact us for a free, no obligation chat about your tender writing, copy writing, editing or proofreading needs
Phone 02 8036 5532
Privacy   |   Tender writers, copywriters and copy editors