Start Writing A Blog

My writer’s brain tells me to stop obsessing about content and speak about blogs instead. I am cool with it and will try giving an honest opinion about it. Or blogs per say.

Being thoroughly annoyed by Grammarly corrections interrupting my flow of thought. A pro tip: never install the chrome extension of Grammarly on your device, ever. 

Somedays are blog days, and those days you write. Here is a list of fun facts of blogs.

BLOGS-

  1. Are fun to read. 
  2. Tell you so much about the author
  3. Is partially informative
  4. Most blogs are patterned, structured rants
  5. Are amateur writers’ online journal
  6. Sometimes pretentious
  7. And redundant
  8. But they target keywords
  9. And become more important than ever for content marketing
  10. A unique style matter
  11. I love lists
  12. But, importantly, they keep readers engaged
  13. And hooked to the value of content
  14. However, Entertainment Companies get more visitors, likers, hater, trollers for the blogs they write
  15. Because Gossip is everyone’s go-to

WHEW!

Anyhow, contemplatively, blogs are important. To discover a niche in the virtual world, blogs build repetitive, often times intrusive, but a permissible cycle of client engagement.

Start Writing A Blog.

 

Why You Should Read To Write Well

Where most students straight out of my high school knew what they wanted to do with their lives, I was perplexed. I never had the clarity nor the sensibility to establish an ambition for myself. I didn’t know back then, but now when I think about it I had crazy Existential thoughts and life questions;

  • Like what is the purpose of it all?
  • How can choosing a career or making money empower me?
  • If my destiny is driven by nature, how is living a stable life under my control?

On some days, I wished I could make a career out of reading books if that was even possible. I thoroughly wished it was an option on job listing websites. I don’t have an achievers’ story here, but I will tell you this,

I figured writing can be my forte only because,

A. I think in a weirdly structured manner.

B. Each thought in my mind processes itself into Pros and Cons.

C. Writing is substance visible as content for the world to read and interpret.

D. I LOVE TO READ

Which brings me to tell you that good reading habits can pave the way into expression, either in the form of content or context.

Firstly, reading shouldn’t function like a chore but a habit that is indulgent and free from time constraints. The words of the book should engulf you into imagination. There is no such thing as skimming over a chapter or a few pages. When reading happens, you have to flow with the words. Avid readers never consciously read each word in their minds but devour the essence of the story.

Secondly, each book has a story. Whichever genre you choose to pick, the ethos will likely create enthral.

Lastly, the flow of words, sentence formations, and chapter distribution binds into homogeneity. Really good authors know what debunks chaos. It can be very distracting and frustrating to absorb content which lacks readability.

Which bring me to stating why you should read to write well. Besides experiencing the aforementioned, writing will make you conscious about the reader’s expectations of you.

Reading creates an understanding of words and how context can be divided into different paragraphs while writing. Or how phrases can be incorporated into content, or how building climax in writing can generate suspense into reading.

More so, the continuity factor of reading guides writers to create content which is decipherable or understandable. Like, fashion, writing can know no bounds in having a groundwork of desirable trends.

The obvious advantage I miss out here is Vocabulary. Reading devices a thirst for words and meaning.

Sure enough, this blog shall get you into writing or reading or both. If you are already an avid reader, then I hope you feel a connect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know What Inbound Marketing Can Do For Your Business

Inbound Marketing

You may have found this term floating around the internet and are not quite sure about what it entails and how you can use it. But again, marketing is a term you understand.

Inbound Marketing is precisely what you think it is. It is an umbrella term for all kinds of marketing, content creation and promotion done online; like Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media, Blogs, Websites, Discussion Forum, etc.

Whereas, Outbound Marketing is done through TV, Magazines, Newspapers, Hoardings and Sponsorships.

I stumbled upon a really amazing blog written by Vital. The blog postulates differences between Inbound and Outbound Marketing in good vocabulary.

Inbound Marketing happens in circles; to draw an example from a product based brand, diversifying across India: Chumbak.

Chumbak in 2010, started out as a small retail kiosk in Shopper’s Stop, Bangalore. The company hasn’t looked back. Chumbak acquired customers and received great feedback; their product philosophy was cherished as it was unique; colourful. What did they do next?

They built their e-commerce website and started extended their product range and stores in different locations of Bangalore. Today, they have stores in all major cities of India. They got the youth hooked online on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Customers receive updates about new product launches, sales, events and programmes through creative, quirky emails. Surprisingly, Chumbak doesn’t invest at all in outbound marketing.

What do they invest in?

  • Design, Concept, Colour and Illustration
  • Targeting the right audience
  • Branching out; Stores
  • Social Media
  • Word-of-Mouth Marketing
  • Email Marketing

Chumbak is growing since.

In the same manner, many companies and brands find investing in inbound marketing crucial for the growth of their business. Why is that? Because each one of us is a potential customer who has gadgets at their disposal to browse, locate and discover what is trending locally as well as globally.

Our immediate response or reflex to acquire information has become searching for it online, or to use the lingo, Googling it. Our brain and behaviour have channelled us to incessantly quest knowledge by browsing or reading feeds.

Fun stuff; audiences’ search behaviour and virtual existence can be tracked and located online. Which gives companies realistic figures about their marketing ROI.

What keeps companies and brands ahead in the game?

Content stays as the highest authority for Inbound marketing. But for prospects to convert into effective leads or customers, inbound marketing has to be strategic and planned.

Content relies on keywords, but not heavily so. The written copy must effectively and coherently speak to, talk to and relate to the audience receiving it. The company or brand must have a sure management strategy as to how it plans to attract a potential client. The content Marketing team should vouch for the content to be:

  • grammatically flawless
  • coherent, clear
  • audience specific
  • meticulous
  • well – planned

Inbound Marketing will have dominance over all forms of marketing in the near future. Businesses and start-ups who plan to grow steadily with an assured customer base should look for the best content strategy, right away.

Market the Right Content

In the day and age of hashtags and ‘U versus you’, when e-commerce is taking over 3D shops, content marketing can be a total game-changer for your business. Good quality content represents all that is your company and its products/services, it establishes your brand ideology. With just a few well-chosen words, you get to directly communicate with your consumers.

What exactly is ‘good content for marketing‘?

When your content is getting too long, too boring or too filled with grammatical errors – that is when you have officially lost the good content tag.

While looking at product or service descriptions, advertisements, captions etc; consumers will generally gravitate more towards concise yet clear content. The better you portray what you write, the more people will not mind reading and in turn having a look at it. With retail dynamics shifting online, sellers are devoid of physical contact with their customers.

Good content is like your online window display, it attracts people towards your business and piques the interest of passers-by.

Don’t rely on amateur writing; like other aspects of a business, professional help in content marketing can truly elevate the look and feel of your brand.

Charismatic writing and personality are what you look for in your sales team and is what you should be looking for, in the words of your content creator.

Online or offline, make content king; for he represents your entire kingdom!

Boost Your Brand Voice

In this post, I am going to list out few of my favorite brands and share my views on how they uphold the very image through effective content marketing, powerful images, responsive templates, and strategic business goals.

ZARA

Zara speaks fashion through a soft, and bold play of colours and textures incorporated into the design. It’s a clothing line for women, men, and children. Women and men in almost all photographs carry a strong, plucky, upfront kinda look. Maybe, Zara takes their clothing line way too seriously, and so models are expected to carry such a look too. This brand’s philosophy, I assume is to say less by saying more. Check out the website. The website layout too is very minimalistic and not peppy. They keep followers engaged through social media, especially Instagram and Youtube.

You will also find the product descriptions of each piece of clothing written in a factual, descriptive manner. No pompous extravaganza of words there. Zara is not for everybody, and in not too many words they get the message out; straight enough.

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Barbeque Nation

Has the most delicious, mouth-watering cuisine. Unlike most restaurants, this one has a barbecue pit embedded right in the centre of each table. They offer live grill of a vast variety of starters, both veg, and non-veg. You don’t place an order in this restaurant. You only have options to choose between veg or non-veg. Once you have belted enough of the endless starters, they invite guests to savour their taste buds with a delicious buffet. It is truly a nation for barbecue lovers.

You need to book your spot beforehand and choose from their pre-meditated time frame; the time which suits you the best. Speaking of brand, the management is very, very hospitable. The starters keep pouring in; through the course of my visit there, the attendants kept asking many a time, if the food was good, was I comfortable, would I like anything off the menu and the like.

The restaurant is truly charming and optimally uses technology. They have their own mobile app. What I like best- unlike most commercial fast food brands is that this restaurant maintains the quality of served food.

Barbeque Nation is booked out most of the time! They keep their customers engaged and wanting for more through networking effectively on social media and Youtube.

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Titan

Titan Company is the parent company of brands like Tanishq, Skinn, Titan watches, Titan Eyeplus, Zoot, Sonata, Mia Collection and Fastrack. Titan offers long-lasting durable products. You can trust the brand for they offer great service and have responsive customer care.

I have owned many Titan products. I love how they engage customers by evoking overwhelming, touching life stories to die for. Their advertisements are warm, affectionate and chummy.

Plus, Titan Company’s products are inspired. For instance, the Raga collection of watches for women is inspired by women who love to wear their watches as pieces of jewellery to create a fashion statement. These watches look outstanding with ethnic Indian wear.

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IKEA

Is a home furnishing store. Ikea believes in organizational, movable, flexible, sturdy, eco-friendly furniture. Ikea stores are Disneyland for working people and budding entrepreneurs. The company uses soft colours for furnishings that can be mixed and matched. Products can be easily assembled.
The brand promotes functionality of furnishing over the extravaganza of high-end interiors. The products are very reasonably priced.

About the Brand; Ikea connects with the larger customer base of working people living in smaller spaces. They use powerful images, like this picture below to state their unique taste. They engage customers through influential content that lay greater emphasis on functionality and ease of use.

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Jio

Jio is a mobile network operator in India. The brand name ‘Jio’ meaning to ‘live’ in Hindi, launched its services in September 2016. It has the highest user penetration in India. Most Indians use the Jio network as it offers free 4G services, free local and STD calls; and to add to their kitty, they offer a free download of thirteen applications.

Jio speaks it brand through unlimited offers and promotions. The company heavily runs advertisements on all forms of media be it print, virtual or offline.

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Tara Stiles

Is one of the founding members of Strala yoga. This form of physical fitness activity focusses on the flow of body movements and human emotions.

Tara built her fan following on Youtube. Her short, warm, energizing videos portray yoga to be a relaxing and easy endeavour. Her name endorses yoga, globally.

I like how they have done their website. The content preps reader to start practising yoga. They are compelling on all social media platforms.

Tara Stiles has now become an International fitness celebrity!

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Forest Essentials

Is a luxury Ayurveda brand. I love reading through their product descriptions; the explanations are a rich mouthful of words. Use of content to promote business is their key selling point.

For example, the product description of this body cream:

SOUNDARYA RADIANCE CREAM WITH 24K GOLD AND SPF25

“Ayurveda speaks of flawless skin as lustrous, smooth, evenly coloured, firm, elastic and with a golden sheen.

Based on the age-old Ayurvedic formulation called Swarn, the Soundarya Radiance Cream uses the power of pure 24-Karat Gold to work its revitalizing magic on your skin

Gold is a metal that easily absorbs into the skin, protecting it from the sun and environmental damage, improving its elasticity and working as an extremely powerful age-defying agent.”

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I hope this helps you brand your business or yourself. If you have further queries, drop an email at hello@plushpenchants.com

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6 Key Tips for Writing Quality Content!

For each one of us writing comes as an extended, implausible thing to do. In the beginning, it almost feels like a forced attempt to express oneself, express feelings. Especially now, when writing has taken such a leap; virtually.

But for me, It’s more or less like committing myself to exercise. To explain myself better, I am going to draw similarities between physical health and good writing practices.

YOGA

WRITING

I started with researching upon the best asanas for my body type and then trying them out at home. And through incessantly probing the internet, I sadly discovered my fitness level to be: Beginner!

I started researching all kinds of blogs online that gave me the confidence, perspective, and understanding of quality content. And offline, I scrambled through many libraries.

I set myself a schedule to practice Yoga every day in the morning. Waking up early was a challenge I had never thought of;

I charted how to systematize and schedule writing content. I chose a topic, jotted down key elements of the article, drew a memory map of important facts that needed mentioning and lastly, the tone of voice.

To follow a routine is the most difficult task. Self – motivation doesn’t come easy. My reinforcement to doing Yoga was – “I want a slim waist to flaunt skinny jeans with my belly flashing through.”

Self – motivation to write right, happens only with practice. I always make sure I am writing every day. Not only does it hone my skills to better express the topic in hand but also improves vocabulary.

I reached my goal soon enough! Because perseverance is the key to achieving the most difficult tasks.

Well, with writing there are no measuring scales. I may write for years and still would be improvising. What keeps me going is readership engagement and feedback, at all times.

If this analogy helps you tackle your writing dilemmas, I am more than happy to help. Check this list of tips to help you fight bad content writing techniques.

  • Research

I thoroughly research the web, and books in the library for any given topic. Books are my go-to most of the times. At other times, I rely on my Kindle. Trust me, research helps! You will get to know how different people approach the topic you are planning to write. I recommend keeping a dictionary handy.

  • List of words

This tip is not mine but of my elementary school teacher. She suggested always listing out keywords, adjectives and other words that can help with writing an article. For a single blog post, I jot down 50-60 unique words. This surely helps with writer’s block.

  • The word count

Decide upon a word count. Writing can get very exhilarating, and sometimes having a word milestone can tackle overwhelming feelings. Especially when I reach the end of an article, I have a sense of accomplishment that my floating thoughts and expressions are finally in print! If I happen to cross the word limit, I am super happy with myself as I get more room to edit!

  • Tone of voice

Resounds with consistency. A good writer ensures the tone of voice to be uniform throughout the article. And that’s because it improves the readability of the work.

  • Proofreading

Check, check and check. I likely spot four to five errors and mistakes through each round of proofreading. As a rule of thumb, I proofread my article three times for errors. Later, when I think the article is good to go, I run it through Grammarly.

  • Editing

Mostly, I spot a sentence or two which are amateurishly structured. So, editing and revising those bits improvises my prowess.

I hope this helps you tackle you content writing dilemmas. If you have further queries, drop an email at plushpenchants@gmail.com

If you have other tips that help you write better; share it in the comments box below.

Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Outsource Your Content

Like most other services available online, content writing solutions have the highest number of searches online. Have you ever wondered why established marketers, agencies, and companies are on the lookout for writers?

Online content marketing is totally sought after.

At meetings, our team interacts with clients who know what their businesses stand for, its mission and vision, the growth ratio and the means by which they would like to grow their venture. But what mostly confuses them is how should they be promoting their enterprise?

Know; content is the key to all doors of marketing and customer engagement.

Sometimes, the written copy should deliver short, crisp, consumable bits of excerpts; which are invariably used for advertising. Sometimes, the customer base of the company is old-school, to which the content has to be eloquent, meandering and thorough.

But, for different kinds of content to flourish for any company, strategic planning and marketing is a must. And for that, an amateur writer of an agency or firm will not do a quality job of generating good literature.

That’s how content writing companies come in picture. We have listed out 8 reasons why any agency, company, freelancer or start-up should outsource a tasking job of writing copies, to professionals.

THE QUALITY

Is Unmatched. And Profound.

Quality is the brother of the brand. As people, we trust brands because they give us nothing less but the best. The same goes for content. Good, really good content speak volumes. To say the right thing at the right time may be a challenge for amateur writers but for agencies who hire professionals, quality is the skill you can bank on.

EXPERIENCE

Content writing agencies have an experience of working with many clients, different businesses and start-ups. That’s the icing on the cake. The experience really matter. Professional writers already know how they need to curate content for you. The protocol of most content writing agencies is more or less the same;

1. The order is discussed and strategized.

2. The tone of voice for that copy is sorted keeping in mind the readership audience.

3. An expert from the team is chosen to write it.

4. A team of proofreaders and editors brainstorm, to perfect content.

5. You get your copy.

JUDGEMENT

Have you ever wondered how fashion designers and tailors create the best fit on the basis of body type? The designers are so sure about the cut, the fitting and the fabric’s potential to withstand embroidery and stitches.

In the same manner, when content writing services get your project to write content on any given topic or genre; they know what fits well, which words need targeting and the type of catharsis it should create for the reader.

CURATION

It basically means to organize data, strategize the flow of thoughts and use expert knowledge to improvise the literature copy. A piece of copy should marvel the reader to an extent where he or she is only done reading content when it’s finished. And after reading it, it should spark an excitement and the right level of curiosity.

The reader then converts into a follower and a potential lead for the company.

ROI

Return On Investment. A term you might be very familiar with. Let us say you are an established firm looking for content writers. Your HR department set interviews and also hires one.

Let us say, the writer has experience and has worked with other companies before, but what he or she may not give you:

  1. Faster turnarounds. Your project assigned would take longer than the dedicated time-frame.
  2. A three-dimensional take on content strategy. A single person working on your project will only give you a single dimensional strategy on content.
  3. Return On Investment. More money is invested every month on employee management. A writer may take more time to curate content compared to an entire team.

STRATEGIC

Quality content is the sweet end product of exceptional strategy. The content will have a high score on readability and customer conversion if it is well planned.

REASONABLY PRICED

Content writing services give faster turnaround time frames. Thus, you get with very reasonable prices; a quick end product.

You have that important meeting with a client or that board meeting with other corporates which will happen next week. You need a white paper for your company within no time.

Well, you can get it quick and ready, if you contact a content writing firm.

CONSULTATION

Companies, freelancers, and startups should opt for content consultation. Content writing services will help you plan customer engagement and marketing timelines for your project so you can measure conversions just through the best content curation, in no time!