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5) Marketing Experience
Actual marketing experience is a big plus. It brings with it a broader understanding of strategic marketing and realities of working with a range of challenging people and evolving products and services. Look for an IT copywriter with corporate experience as a marketing manager or marketing coordinator, or someone who runs a copywriting business with a heavy marketing focus.
Anyone can call themselves an IT copywriter; few have client testimonials to prove it. Testimonials are a great way to validate your IT copywriters claims. Ask to see some and read them carefully. Dont just look at company name and logo. You need to determine if clients words back up copywriters claims. And make sure testimonial relates to type of work youre commissioning (or something with similar requirements).
7) IT Samples
The proof is in pudding. ALWAYS ask potential IT copywriters to send you samples of their work. And as with testimonials dont be fooled by flashy packaging, big names, and recognisable logos. Read words. Are they relevant to your project? Do they convey a clear understanding of subject matter? Do they convey benefits or just features? Are they written in a style that you find easy to read, yet compelling? And after youve read words, double-check exactly how much input copywriter had in their writing. Not all copy is written from scratch. Some copywriters work in teams, and others do more editing than writing. Make sure you get a clear understanding of your IT copywriters abilities and experience before commissioning them.
8) Understand Benefits
Your customers arent interested in what you do; theyre interested in what you can do FOR THEM. In other words, theyre interested in what benefits your product or service will deliver. How will it make their day easier, more enjoyable, less stressful, safer, or more profitable? Identifying benefits is one of hardest tasks in any advertising project. In fact, many people rely on their copywriter to help them uncover most compelling benefits. Does your IT copywriter truly understand benefits youre promoting?
9) Contributes value
A good IT copywriter should have solid professional experience. They should bring value to your marketing push which goes far beyond written word. Strategy, tactics, imagery, contacts, anecdotes, corporate identity
Your IT copywriter must bring more to table than grammar and punctuation. Expect them to make suggestions, not simply take notes and say Yes.
10) Plus all normal copywriter requirements
Of course, your IT copywriter must be able to satisfy all normal copywriter requirements. Ask for a contract of works to be completed, a time estimate, a plan of attack, a CV, and SEO copy skills (if search engine presence is important to you). For more information about what to expect from a normal copywriter, see http://www.divinewrite.com/websitecopywriter.htm.
Traditionally, copywriters have been seen as a small cog in big advertising machine. As a result, most copywriters have risen through ranks of generic advertising agencies. These days, however, more and more people are sidestepping agency and going direct to copywriter. This approach gives them consistency across all of their written collateral, more compelling and engaging copy, and more responsive service. Within industry, this change means that copywriters arent confined to ad agencies, and are able to specialise. The end result to you? While finding a good IT copywriter with an IT background is still a big challenge, its certainly becoming easier. You simply need to take time to ask right questions.
* Glenn Murray is an advertising copywriter and heads copywriting studio Divine Write. He can be contacted on Sydney +612 4334 6222 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.divinewrite.com for further details or more FREE articles.