I love your voice. Thank you for your emails and all the knowledge you share. Sometimes I’m a bit suspicious and wonder why do freelancers share their knowledge and let others do and grow in the same field… Well, let me tell you that although I had never thought that I could write for money, six months ago I got my first freelance writing gig… and I was not looking for that. I used to be an export director but after having kids my life changed drammatically, so my last job was as an account manager in a company that builds websites for state agencies. I realised that most of my clients got blocked when I asked them to send me the copy for their brand new website. They didn’t know how to describe their services, how to talk about the team, etc and they sent the copy full of old-fashioned expressions that I don’t like myself to find anywhere. So I used to write the copy for them… for free! I just wanted to help them and have the job done, you know, I got paid when the website was finished. So one of these clients told to a friend that I wrote the whole copy of their new website for them, and this guy came to me asking if I would rewrite his company’s website (300 employees, that’s quite a big company in Spain). I did it (not for free, but I just counted the invested hours). Afterwards, he wanted me writing the weekly posts for the company’s blog. This time I’m getting paid not only for the invested hours but also for my creativeness. Last week another big company asked me for a quotation, we will start working on his blog after summer. I’m so happy with my new career! Now I’m part of my husband’s small company and I offer my services as a marketer and copywriter.
I personally prefer things simple, so I think of content marketing technology solutions in terms of "need it" or "nice to have." Nice-to-have technologies are things like competitive intelligence tools, market research tools, or software that clues you in to real-time trends. Experiment with these on a rolling basis -- most will offer a free trial so you can validate it. But first, make sure you're set up with the core technologies every content marketing team needs.
Announce a sales contest Contact customers with inactive accounts for sales purposes Extend an invitation to attend a trade show, seminar, or conference Extend Mother's Day or Father's Day greetings and/or announce sales or promotions for these days Follow up after a sale to thank the customer and offer service Follow up after a sales appointment or telephone conversation Follow up after a sales presentation or demonstration Follow up on a sales interview, presentation, or exhibit Follow up on a sales offer Introduce a catalog, brochure, or other sales literature Introduce a product or service Introduce gifts to customers and prospective customers Invite a customer to request a sample product or more information Invite a prospective customer to a sales appointment, presentation, or demonstration Motivate a sales force Offer a discount for early payment on products or services Promote a product by announcing a special sale or complimentary gift Resell to long-time customers Respond to a sales rejection Respond to an inquiry about products or services Sell a seminar or conference Solicit mail orders for your product Strengthen relationships with customers Welcome a new account or an account reactivation Welcome a new customer or client Welcome a potential customer or client to the area Write a sales letter Write an insurance sales letter Accessories Activities/Services Activities Arts/Environment Assistance Auto Loans Auto Services/Repairs Automobile Business Loans Catalogs/Brochures Catalogs Catering CD ROMs Cell Phones Christmas Sales Cleaning Clothing Collections Computers/Electrical Cosmetics Credit Cards Credit Unions DVDs Educational Fundraising Equipment/Merchandise Exercise/Spa Extend an Invitation to a Demonstration Extend an Invitation to Tour a Facility Extend an Offer to a Previous Customer Feedback Fitness at Clubs/Centers Flowers Follow-Up Food and Giving Food For Holidays Food Games General E-Commerce General Insurance General Sales General Subscriptions/Memberships General Hair/Shampoo Health Home Builders Home Expos Home Furnishings Home/Personal Property Home Homeless Hospital Hotels Household How to Journals Lawn and Garden Life Long Distance Magazines Materials/Aids Medical Memberships Miscellaneous Collection #1 Miscellaneous Collection #2 Miscellaneous Collection #3 Miscellaneous Services Mortgage Loans Mortgage Music Newsletters Nutrition Offer a Discount Office Opportunities/Starting Ordering Online Personal Loans Pets Photography Planning/Costs Planning/Investing Prescriptions Professional Development Questionaire Real Estate Renter's Sales - Referrals Sales School Loans Security Services/Repairs Services Skin Care Special Lines Supplies Taxes Thanksgiving Sales Time Management Valentine's Day Sales Videos Web Design Weddings Yard
Content marketing requires manpower, so the first step is figuring out who is going to head up the program. There's no one-size-fits-all for team structure -- it depends largely on the size of your company, your marketing team, and your budget. But if we assume that those three things are interlinked, as they often are, I can provide you with some frameworks based off of other content marketing-focused companies' structures. These should help you hire the right people, and have them "sitting" in the right spot in your organization.
It's important to do regular reporting -- I recommend monthly -- on each of these metrics so you know where your growth levers lie. Regular reporting also helps you identify negative trends or plateaus early-on so you can address them before they become bigger issues. Most importantly, however, tracking the success of your initiatives makes it easy for you to repeat what works, eliminate what doesn't, and promote the success of your content marketing program so you can justify its expansion, and its seat at the modern marketing table.
Get familiar with the content writer pay scale. Many content writers starting out in their careers are not sure how much they should be paid per word. Most publications pay by word, or by hour, with a certain word count expectation. On average, content writers should be paid no less than $0.02 per a word, but may not reach more than $1 a word. Salaried positions are different, as you will be paid a yearly rate for a certain amount of work. It can be difficult to get a salaried position fresh out of graduation or when you're just starting out. Most content writers will start out working per word, or per hour.
So please allow me to publicly give you my heart-felt THANK YOU, not only for helping me to sharpen my copywriting skills and for being a great business mentor to emulate, but in particular, for being the catalyst for me launching my freelance business with my first paying customer. I know I sent you a private email but I want to thank you again for the invitation to write for you back in February (https://kopywritingkourse.com/how-to-write-a-cover-letter). That guest post resulted in a nice spike to my email list (I still get people trickling on to it today!) and a few paying resume gigs and inquiries. You’ve had a wonderful impact on my copywriting business!