It’s a strange quirk of technology that just as two of the most powerful forms of writing – letters and books – come under unprecedented attack from new channels of communication like email, SMS, social media and e-books, the written word itself has never been more important.
We may not be writing as many letters or buying as many books these days, but written communication is at the very core of today’s marketing mix. From social media to brochures, case studies to newsletters, it is words – and the way we use them – that are critical in attracting and engaging audiences.
Copywriting in professional services
For professional services firms, the renewed focus on written communication is a massive opportunity. As a true ‘knowledge industry’, professional services lives and dies by its words – whether it is delivering advice and guidance to clients, attracting and retaining staff, or communicating its key messages to the market. These new channels open up new opportunities to engage with people. New ways to present the firm to clients, to explain your USPs to potential recruits, or to strengthen internal communication.
At the same time, however, the preponderance of new channels means there is more market ‘noise’ to cut through. Audiences have so many channels to choose between, so much material to process, that you have to work harder to make yourself heard – which raises the bar in terms of both quality and effort.
Invest in copy-writing that communicates effectively
Because we’re all bombarded with a barrage of marketing messages every day, we are much more aware of what works and what doesn’t; what rings true and what sounds like hollow promises. As a result, we are more discerning about which messages we engage with. Or, to use a bit of consultancy speak, we know what good looks like. And if the words we read and messages we understand don’t measure up, we tend not to take much notice.
As professional services marketers and copywriters, therefore, we can’t afford to waste a single word we write. Every web page, every newsletter, every brochure or partner profile influences your audiences’ perceptions.
Poor grammar, meandering sentences and jargon overload are obvious no-no’s. But some things are not so easy to correct. A e-newsletter might be grammatically perfect, but if it is written in a style that is too dull and overly formal, readers will soon find something more engaging to read. Equally, a web page might provide a word-perfect overview of your capital markets practice, but if the writing is too long-winded and complicated, no one is going to stick around long enough to find out.
That’s where professional copywriters can add real value, helping you make sure that the values and strengths of the firm are not just superficial embellishments to a brochure or homepage, but that they permeate down through every level of your marketing material.
About Wordsworks Copywriting
Wordsworks provides specialist copywriting and editing services to the business, trade and professional services sectors.
Our team of three highly experienced in-house copywriters are led by creative director Gareth Chadwick. We also have a pool of tried-and-trusted associate writers to call on if required. It’s a collaborative approach that gives us the flexibility to cope with all manner of deadlines and the capacity to take on all sizes of projects.