Happy National Thesaurus Day

The Thesaurus, a very clever piece of literature that dates back to 1848 and was crafted by a gentleman called Peter Mark Roget. As many of you will know, this is a book that lists groups of words with similar meanings, originally designed to help people to strengthen their vocabulary and improve their writing.

To celebrate Roget’s book, with the catchy title “Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition,” January 18th was named National Thesaurus Day.

You may not believe me, but paging through a hard copy of a Thesaurus is immense fun. I can remember as a child sitting with my Grandma, flicking through the Dictionary and Thesaurus asking question upon question about the various words, with an answer provided by the magical books.

Have a go yourself. Flick through the Dictionary, choose a page and a word on that page that’s unfamiliar to you, take in its meaning and then dart across to the Thesaurus for other definitions. Hey presto, you’ve learnt a new word along with broadening your vocabulary that bit further.

If words are really not your thing and want to write Search Engine Optimised web copy, a Press Release, a Leaflet, or anything else that may require the written word to help you connect with your audience, then please get in touch.

What does a Copywriter do?

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Many-a-time I have been asked the question – “so what do you do for a job?” In reply, I proudly say “I’m a Copywriter” – and they automatically think that you are some wordy geek that writes lustrous romance novels or gripping sci-fi books.  This article is to inform those who are not in the game, as to what business focussed, results generating word experts do.

Some may think that Copywriters write to evoke an action from the reader, and Content Writers simply write to inform, but just to challenge that, I’m a Copywriter that straddles both camps; with the added benefit of over 12 years’ Marketing and Communications experience!

What’s important to understand is that while words are the main output of a Copy or Content Writer, writing isn’t necessarily what we spend most of our time doing. We have to do a lot of research and thinking, tweaking and formatting, and many other peripheral tasks.

In fact, I’d say that I spend half of my time researching, a sixth actually writing the thing, and a third editing. Despite what some people think, copywriting is a lot more than just ‘wordsmithing’.

What drives Copywriters

I like to write and generate results for businesses.  Unlike a journalist I write with an agenda; to promote a product using catchy but imaginative words, alternatively, I take an informative corporate approach for a white paper or company document, or simply write a piece to educate others.

While I am passionate about every item that I write, Copywriters cannot be precious about their work; the norm being that the requesting company presents your words as their own.  Copywriters are like ‘copy chameleons’, adapting their tone of voice to suit the appropriate market and brand.

What do Copywriting Cameleons write?

  • SEO website copy. Copy can be written using keywords of your choice, alternatively, I am more than happy to make suggestions. This type of copy should ultimately increase online sales and improve your search engine ranking. It can take the form of – product descriptions, corporate copy, blog posts, product reviews, news articles.
  • Blog posts. These can range from 200 to 1,500 words and written using an informal tone of voice, normally with an underlying message relating back to the business that they are promoting.
  • White papers. These tend to be 1,500-2,500 words and are informative, educational documents that explain the origins of a problem and how it might be solved. Often that solution will be linked to what the client sells, but the majority of the white paper will be objective and useful.
  • Emails. Email campaigns are there to pique interest, raise awareness and prompt an action. They have to be short, enticing and informative.
  • Case studies. Short articles that explain how a company helped its customers. Case studies often have a standard structure but with a story encased inside it.
  • Industry reports. These are hardcore reports based on real research that illuminates or expands upon a certain issue, industry or trend.

Contact us today with your copywriting, editing or proofreading needs – Willabee a vet?  Willabee an engineer?  Or, Willabee a fashion expert?  Your copy decides!

Are you sporting a waistcoat today?

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As England get ready to face Croatia, both men and women are arriving for work in waistcoats, made famous by team manager Gareth Southgate.

Apparently, sales of this rather dapper item have gone through the roof since the World Cup has dominated our screens, seeing both genders and even our beloved pets donning a waistcoat.

The trending #WaistcoatWednesday on Twitter, above any mention of tonight’s game, displays the excitement of our Nation, although I am sure that this will change as the evening unfolds.  So, fingers crossed, enjoy wearing your waistcoats in this scorching heat, and I wish England all the luck in the “World” tonight.

Just a spoonful of sugar to save the human race

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In the words of Mary Poppins, and now indeed David Attenborough via his recent facebook campaign; without bees humanity would die out, as soon as within four years.

Bees play a huge part in our eco-system as one of our key pollinators and are responsible for the production of one-third of all the food we eat.  To simply leave a spoonful of a water and sugar mix in your garden will go a long way to rejuvenating our winged friends; being still doesn’t necessarily mean they are past their best, they just need a helping hand!

“In the last five years the bee population has dropped by 1/3,” the facebook post explains. “If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just four years left to live.

“This time of year bees can often look like they are dying or dead, however, they’re far from it. Bees can become tired and they simply don’t have enough energy to return to the hive which can often result in being swept away.

“If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee. Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach. You can also help by sharing this post to raise awareness.”

Unlike the bees within your garden, Willabee will never tire of receiving new projects, simply contact us today with your copywriting, editing or proofreading needs.  Willabee a mechanic?  Willabee writing for a supermarket?  You decide!