Thanks for this post. It verified what I thought was true. I was recently employed and given the role of content executive. My manager asks me to write product copy on a daily bases which I’m really not confident doing. I can write long blog posts without any issues but writing short one liners gives me anxiety. I don’t know if I should admit this or not…. They also think SEO is simple copy.
Content writing is the art of creating content. It needs to either inform, educate or entertain; it needs to have a clear purpose and/or reason behind the piece; it needs to represent the brand’s voice; it needs to be a good read/watch/listen. The best content writing is focused on the quality of the editorial, no matter if it comes from a brand or a publisher. For brands (and some data-driven publishers), content writing aligns with strategic business and marketing goals to attract audiences and potential customers.
I think that award applications, press releases and speeches is something that’s become common for a content executive as content is seen as a broad skill and so can be applied to many areas of writing. Though if this is something you’re not comfortable with, then perhaps raise it with your line manager or look at ways to improve on these development areas.
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I want to get into copywriting big time. I work with an Advertising Agency and have rather working knowledge of copywriting. If you have an assignment at hands can you share it with me. I’ll spend some time doing it and will share my copy with you. That way you can give me your inputs on how am I doing, what needs work and so on. You can give me a live assignment may be some of my thoughts will add to your existing thoughts!