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Why Doing What You Do Best is Key to Success (Plus, Help With Your Content Plan)

Why Doing What You Do Best is Key to Success (Plus, Help With Your Content Plan)

It’s so easy to start an online business these days. Got a domain, some hosting, and a business name … you are off and running.

It may be a cinch to get all of that stuff but where do you go from there? Your website won’t create itself, sadly. It needs two things. Words and pictures.

Yep, content and images are the crux of a good looking, customer attracting, audience pleasing site. Sounds simple enough, right?

Anyone who has been in those shoes knows otherwise. Unless you have serious photog skills (and if you do, yay you!) then you will have to find a source for those pretty images that align with your brand.  And even those of you who love to write need a solid content plan. Journal style writing isn’t going to cut it online, sorry to say.

While I am the first to admit I definitely do not have picture taking skills, my biz is all about writing. And while it’s something I love to do, and my clients seem to love too, whether I’m writing for a client or my own site, it takes a bit of prep.

Here I will walk you through the basics of setting up a content plan for your site. Those of you who already have a site can use this as a checklist to see if you need to add anything new.

As for those images … I’ll let you in on where I source mine. As I said, this is all about doing what you do best. And if pic taking and writing copy aren’t two of them, hire them out so you can do what you are all about. It’s the key to a successful biz and a happy you.

 

How to Plan Copy for Your Website-2

How to Plan Copy for Your Website

Decide on pages: First off, what pages do you want to have on your site? A good natural beauty site has the basics: home page, about page, ingredient commitment page, and product pages. You may also want a blog on your site.

What you’ll share: What will you share on these pages? A home page should introduce your brand, tell your visitor why they are there, and offer the solution they are looking for. Your about page should tell your readers about you, why you started your brand, interesting facts, a bit about your team if you have one, all in a format that sounds like YOU. Ingredient commitments are pretty straightforward. Use mine if you want and add in your hero ingredients. Product pages, huh? These need to be super enticing and make your customer’s trigger finger twitchy. And if you are an online store, copy and pasting from brand sites is not acceptable.

Get it down: Write it all out on paper or put it in a word or google doc. Read it and read it again. Have someone else read it if you need a fresh set of eyes. If you are happy with it, feel it delivers what your customers are looking for, and feels like it jibes with your brand, go ahead and upload that good stuff onto your site.

Blogs and email: Blogs are so yesterday, right? Wrong! A healthy site blog lets you share new info with your followers and is a place where more personal info can live. Super into drinking chlorella at the moment? Talk about on your blog. Have a unique way to use that new facial serum you created? Tell ‘em all about on your blog.

Guess what? Your blog content also makes great email content. Yes, it’s almost too good to be true. But it is, it’s true! Take a piece from your blog post and use it as an excerpt, along with a fresh intro, as your email that links back to your blog, where your followers can read more, browse around, buy your stuff, you get the drift.

Editorial calendar (yep, you need one!): One rule of thumb I swear by, for myself and my clients, is an editorial calendar. You can come up with one for each week, each month, or each quarter. Heck, you can create one for the whole year if that’s your kinda thing. Don’t worry, you can always go in and switch things around or add to it, but having an ed cal in place is key to consistently delivering new material, sticking with your plan, and eliminating that gut wrenching feeling of having to come up with a new post spur of the moment.

Two things that make my life a ton easier.

Ok, remember it’s all about doing what you do best and supporting others who do what they do best. For me, writing comes easy. Making my site look gorgeous, not so much.

To make the site layout a ton easier, I use Bluchic templates. They are designed for female entrepreneurs, super easy to use, and affordable. There are templates for ecommerce too, so go check them out. If you are wondering, I use Jacqueline here.

Those images I keep referring to? Here’s where I source mine. They look profesh, can be used in a thousand different ways, are totally in sync with my brand, and worth every cent I’ve ever spent.

Hope this info helps you get your site snazzed up. If the whole content process sounds like a mind blower, time sucker, or completely out of your wheelhouse, let me know. It is what I’m all about and I’d love to help you with it too.

Why Words are So Important When Shopping Natural Beauty

Why Words are So Important When Shopping Natural Beauty

Natural beauty is all about being good to your skin and body. Using the best, healthiest ingredients. Getting a glow that’s as naturally gorgeous as your products are good for you. Right?

Of course, using natural beauty IS healthy, and better for you and the enviro. And yes, it IS all about the highest quality, natural and organic ingredients. So what the living heck do words have to do with all of this?


Words are the first tip off to who you can trust, and who you can’t.


If you’ve even tip toed around the natural beauty world, you know that not all brands are as pure as they’d like you to believe. Yep, greenwashers have always been (and still are!) a big ugly zit on the face of healthy beauty products.

Why? Money, honey. The natural beauty biz is a-boomin’ and folks want in. For a more in depth look at how this looks in today’s natural beauty climate, check out an article I wrote for Organic Authority with the help of some of the most authentic natch beauty brand founders around.

Back to those faux naturals. It’s all about marketing and most greenwashers are good at it. They use words that make them seem super natural and nontoxic and hot button phrases that catch consumer attention. Once you get the hang of how these posers work, you’ll be on your way to identifying fakes in a flash and stick with supporting the authentic brands who make the planet a better place for all of us.

Think words can’t possibly sway your view of a product so easily? Think of it this way. You meet up with a new acquaintance for coffee. She seems super nice, smiles a ton, and makes appropriate eye contact. But once you are seated and sipping your coconut milk latte, she can’t quit complaining. She looks sweet, her expression is happy, but she’s bitching and bashing to no end. Would you overlook her words and set up another coffee date simply because she looks good on the outside? Please tell me you would not.

You choose friends based on what’s on the inside. You should do the same with your beauty products. That cool label means nothing compared to what a product is truly made of, and hopefully that’s healthy ingredients.

Words to Look Out for on Natural Beauty Product Labels

Natural — I know, I know. We ARE talking about natural beauty products here. Is it really so weird that the word would appear in product marketing? The problem with the word natural is that it has no legal definition, and is flung far and wide on beauty product labels. Don’t put stock in a product that is merely labeled as “natural”.

Organic — This one seems like a no brainer, right? Organic is good, but it’s the other ingredients comingling with the organic ingredients you need to be concerned with. If a product is labeled “100% Organic” you can trust it is made entirely with organic ingredients. Otherwise, more investigating is required to ensure a product is toxin free.

Pure — Again, no legal definition. This one can be spotted on authentically healthy products and those who simply want to appear that way.

Paraben Free (or Phthalate Free, Petroleum Free…(you get the picture) — A decent marketer knows which ingredients have made the most headlines and will grab consumer attention. A product can be free from parabens or phthalates or petrolatum or any other nasty ingredient and still contain other toxins.

The moral of this story? Read ingredients listings. Check out a brand’s story and commitment. Follow and support brands who back up their labeling with clear information, and have values that align with your own.

How to Write Copy for Your Brand (The Formula I Use for My Clients)

How to Write Copy for Your Brand

Branding. It’s all about creating a cohesive and memorable experience for your followers. Know what is one of the most important elements in any brand? Your words. Yep, they should be as consistent as your brand colors, fonts, and images. Today I’m sharing my formula to teach you how to write copy for your brand that is 100% YOU!

Writing in your own voice seems like it should be easy, right? Then you imagine it going out to your followers and you think twice about that snarky line or slang term. Or maybe your voice is inconsistent. As in, sometimes you write in a casual, creative way, and other times you tend to sound more by the book.

The best way to keep you on the same track when writing your own copy is to have a formula. A guide that you can refer to that keeps your words sounding like your brand.

How to Write Copy for Your Brand

My Formula for Creating Cohesive Brand Copy

 

  • When I take on a new client, the first thing I do is have them give me a few words or phrases that they feel best describes their brand. I may or may not use the actual words in their copy, but they definitely give me a vibe to base things on.
  • Next up, I ask them for any keyword terms or tags that they would like included in the copy I write for them. These are usually well researched and highly important to the brand.
  • Third, I work up a voice and tone. Most often brands will have an idea on this already. If not, I give them an idea on voice and tone for their copy based on the description they give of their brand.
  • I also like to know the main demographic a brand works with. Who reads their blog, follows them on social media, and subscribes to their list? Are they thirty to forty year old mothers who are strapped for time? Are they twenty-somethings with less disposable income? Are they 50-ish and looking for high-end items that make them feel fabulous? It’s important to dial in on your target audience before you start writing.

If you are wondering how the heck you are supposed to make all of that happen, let me break it down for you. Fill in the blanks below and you are on your way to creating your own brand copy formula.

4 Key Elements to Creating Your Brand Copy (Fill In the Blank)

1. Your Brand Terms and Phrases: Which three words or phrases best describe your brand? Do you feel your brand is authentic? Luxe? A catalyst for change? A mother’s best friend? Try to think of how you want the user of your products, services, or site to feel.

 


2. Your Brand Keywords and Tags: You probably know which keywords and tags are most important to your brand for use on your site, blog, and social media. If not, head on over to Google Analytics keyword analyzer and get busy.

 


3. Your Brand Voice and Tone: These two terms are thrown around a lot in terms of copywriting. But what are they, really? Voice is your brand’s overall personality, while tone is the feel of your brand. For instance, my brand voice is straightforward and knowledgeable. My brand tone is casual and fun. I like to communicate my message in clear terms that are backed up with experience and know how, but in a way that is relatable with a bit of slang thrown in. Make sense?

 


4. Your Brand Demographic: You know who you are dealing with. Jot down the demo!

 


Now, follow these guidelines whenever you write any copy for your brand. From product descriptions, to emails, to that new downloadable guide you are wanting to write. This way you will have a professional brand that conveys your important message, and your followers will recognize you in a heartbeat.

There you have it. My formula for writing cohesive brand copy. Not feeling the DIY method? Get in touch so we can talk how to create your brand copy!