Writing For Public Relations

Written by Ana Ventura

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This doesn't sound like such a great deal, right? Well, if you know where to look for great writers, you could get a pretty good deal. There are a lot of Internet based companies that can dorepparttar work for a much more reasonable price. College students that are learning how to write for their majors can oftentimes write a release or an article that is just as good as a pro. And what starving, struggling college student wouldn't give you a deal?

If you would like to find a freelance writer within your immediate area so that you can communicate in person, try looking in your local phone book or asking a large PR firm for some names.

Inrepparttar 129945 long run, it will probably save you a lot of time and headache to hire someone else to do your PR writing for you. So take a look around; chances are you'll find a great writer that fits nicely into your budget.

Ana Ventura specializes in helping businesses, organizations, and individuals get media coverage. She is a PR expert at DrNunley's http://FullServicePR.com , a site specializing in affordable publicity services. Reach Ana at mailto:ana@fullservicepr.com or 801-328-9006.

10 Keys to Writing Copy That Sells!

Written by Alexandria Brown

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6. Nixrepparttar jargon.

Avoid industry jargon and buzzwords - stick torepparttar 129943 facts andrepparttar 129944 benefits. An easy way to weed out jargon is to think of dear old Mom reading your copy. Would she get it? If not, clarify and simplify. (This rule, of course, varies, depending on who your target audience is. For a B2B audience, you should upscale your words to what they're used to. In these cases buzzwords are often crucial. Just make sure your points don't get muddled in them!)

7. Keep it brief and digestible.

No one has time to weed through lengthy prose these days. The faster you convey your product or service's benefits torepparttar 129945 reader,repparttar 129946 more likely you'll keep her reading. Fire your "biggest gun" first by beginning with your biggest benefit - if you put it towardrepparttar 129947 end of your copy, you risk losingrepparttar 129948 reader before she gets to it. Aim for sentence lengths of less than 20 words. When possible, break up copy with subheads (see no. 4), bullets, numbers, or em dashes (likerepparttar 129949 one following this phrase) - these make your points easy to digest.

8. Use testimonials when possible.

Let your prospects know they won't berepparttar 129950 first to try you. Give results-oriented testimonials from customers who have benefited immensely from your product or service. Oh, and never give people's initials only - it reminds one of those ads inrepparttar 129951 back of magazines with headlines such as "Lose 50 Pounds in Three Days!" Give people's full names with their titles and companies (or towns and states of residence) - and be sure to get their permission first.

9. Ask forrepparttar 129952 order!

Tell your reader what you want her to do - don't leave her hanging. Do you want her to call you or e-mail you for more information? Order now? Call to schedule a free consultation? Complete a brief survey? Think about what you'd most like her to do, and then ask her. It's amazing how many marketing materials I come across every day that don't make it clear whatrepparttar 129953 reader should do. If you wrote interesting copy, your reader may forget you're trying to sell something! Tell her what to do, and she'll be more likely to do it.

10. Have your copy proofread!

Good. Now have it proofread again. Don't risk printing any typos, misspellings, or grammatical mistakes that will represent your company as amateurish. Hire a professional editor/proofreader to clean up your work and double-check your grammar. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impession! Oops -- *impression*.

Alexandria Brown's FREE biweekly e-zine gives "how-to" tips on writing compelling copy for Web sites, brochures, and e-zines. Learn how to ATTRACT NEW CLIENTS and strengthen your customer relationships! Subscribe today at http://www.akbwriting.com or via mailto:AKBMarCom-On@lists.webvalence.com

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