• 10 Content Writing Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make

    You’ve worked hard to turn your dream of starting a business into a reality. Now it’s time to share the awesomeness with the world.

    Any marketing expert will tell you content writing is key to getting the word out about your startup. The Internet is dependent on quality content; therefore, you must deliver. However, you can’t just slap some words on a page and call it a day.

    Content writing requires finesse. It doesn’t matter where you hope to publish the content: a noteworthy media outlet, your own website, or in outreach emails. There are certain blunders that can instantly make your writing efforts less palatable to the reader. If you want your content to work, avoid these top 10 mistakes startup owners commonly make when writing about their new business ventures.

    PR Mistakes

    Every startup needs to engage in some PR – it’s how you get the word out about your services or products. While you may know that your business is stellar and everyone will benefit from it, it’s often difficult to convince bloggers and journalists. There are a few mistakes startups often make that unnecessarily block the PR process:

    1. Assuming Your Story is Unique and Interesting
    Every entrepreneur has a story. Many times the story involves a hardship, an epiphany, and then eventual success. Assuming your story is unique is a mistake. Assuming your story is interesting to the masses is an even bigger mistake. When you pitch your company, it is important to remember readers aren’t interested in your story – they are interested in information that will help them write their own stories.

    2. Failure to Provide Applicable Information
    Don’t write a profile piece about your startup. To you, your startup’s story is an interesting story (of course it is –you lived it!). Few readers, though, will feel the same as you do. Also remember, a blogger’s or a journalist’s job is to provide useful information to a reader. You will only find PR success if you can help them do this while simultaneously tooting your own horn.

    Talk about the mistakes you made, the knowledge you gained – anything that will benefit a reader. Readers don’t want to know about you; they want to know what you know. If you can help make their lives more successful, only then will they begin to show interest in your company.

    3. Pitching Low-Value Publications
    There are millions of places where you can get exposure for your startup; however, not all media outlets are created equally. If you pitch a crappy publication, you’ll get crappy exposure. Don’t waste your time or money!

    Emailing Marketing Mistakes

    Email marketing can be extremely useful for your startup, and you must avoid certain obvious errors to make the process fruitful:

    4. Writing Generic Subject Lines
    Getting readers to open your email is the first step in a long chain of events. If readers don’t even open the message, you don’t stand a chance of getting them to read what you wrote. Here are some tips for writing attention-grabbing subject lines:

    • Give a sneak peak at some of the benefits the reader will find inside.
    • Play off a reader’s emotions.
    • Be bold – so bold it almost seems unbelievable.
    • Let readers know they are making a mistake, and the contents of your email will rectify that mistake.

    5. Writing to the Masses
    When you send out a mass email, you are obviously writing to more than one person. However, you need to draft each message as if you are writing to one reader. By focusing on one individual person, you message will come across as more personal. The readers will feel like you are actually interested in them and their needs, and this will build trust and enthusiasm for your company.

    Content Writing Mistakes

    Your startup’s website is one of the most valuable marketing tools at your disposal. To make it work as effectively as possible, you’ll need to avoid these common writing mistakes that interfere with the conversion process:

    6. Focusing on Features
    Before visitors convert into paying customers, they need to care about your products and services. The best way to induce passion is to emphasize the benefits of your products and services rather than the features. It’s easy to list all the features your product has, but the average reader doesn’t really care about the hypoallergenic fabric or the organic cotton filling; they care about the anti-aging benefits and the reduction of fine lines.

    7. Being Too Technical
    Your startup is your baby — you know it inside and out. As a result, it can be easy to go overboard with technical jargon associated with your company. Instead think about your company’s goals. Create a concise message that sums up what you are about by providing jargon-free content with value. You’ll be amazed at what you can convey with a simple, one sentence message.

    8. Creating Friction
    Visitors are reluctant to part with their stuff – whether it is their contact information or their cash. Don’t use call-to-action buttons that make the friction worse. Rather than use the word “submit” on a registration form, consider “sign up for free.” If you must use something blatant like “buy now,” also add something like “90-day money back guarantee.”

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