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This market spends $85 billion a year promoting its goods and services … it’s the largest Web writing market in the world … the largest user of email marketing … and it’s been called “the surest road to six figures” …
There’s only one problem: a lack of qualified copywriters!
On Tuesday night’s teleconference, veteran B2B star copywriter and acclaimed author Steve Slaunwhite made one thing very clear. “We need more good B2B copywriters. Come on over!”
Steve explained five big advantages of writing for the B2B (Business-to-Business) market:
- Lots of potential. The income opportunity is very real. Steve used to tell copywriters to expect $50K their first year, maybe $75K their second, and six figures in their third year and beyond. Those are conservative estimates that Steve has seen a number of copywriters beat. “Six figures is not a lofty goal. The pay rates and opportunities are such that you should be making that much,” says Steve.
- Lots of work. B2B clients churn out a lot of marketing materials – brochures, Web copy, lead-generation emails, e-newsletters, online video scripts, and more – and they need copywriters for all of it.
- A shortage of good B2B copywriters. There just isn’t a lot of competition right now. Clients want a B2B specialist. It’s different than writing copy for consumers – different language, different approach, different style. “It’s not difficult to learn,” says Steve, “but you do have to learn it.”
- A low-hype style of writing. If hard-driving, emotional, long sales letters aren’t your thing, B2B might be right up your alley. These are often lead generation or product education pieces – emails, Web copy, brochures – and they’re usually shorter than the typical business-to-consumer copy. It’s a learned style that Steve calls “business conversational.”
- Loyal clients. Clients often have ongoing needs. And they don’t want to have to look for a new copywriter each time they have a new project. Prove yourself from the start, and you’ll have steady work.
Lots of work and a shortage of writers = perfect timing to break into B2B. “And if you’re interested in Web writing, B2B is a paradise!” says Steve.
If the opportunity is so great, why aren’t more copywriters jumping on board? Well, some writers think you need to be a “techie” to write B2B copy. Not at all. You’re writing marketing materials, not technical manuals.
The other reason might be a lack of “glamour.” You won’t see any million-dollar B2B copywriters, but you will see plenty of six-figure freelancers in this market. Companies are used to paying the professionals they work with well … the accountants, lawyers, expert consultants.
Copywriters fall into that same category – professionals who know how to get work done that they don’t know how to do. The pay scale can be very lucrative: $4,000-$7,000 for a white paper, $2,000-$3,000 for a newsletter, $750-$1,500 for a one-page email.
Steve offers a couple of easy tips for establishing yourself as a B2B copywriter:
- Learn how to write effective B2B copy. Steve’s program, Secrets of Writing High Performance B2B Copy is the authority. The 16 lessons, with audio and workbook exercises included, are designed to give you everything you need to know to be a successful B2B copywriter.
- Create a website to promote yourself. Two-thirds of all potential clients will check out your website to ensure you’re the real deal before they hire you. So to ensure your website passes the “test,” Steve recommends writing it in a "business conversational" style that demonstrate your skills. TIP: be sure to include the words "business-to-business" or "B2B" displayed loud and clear. B2B clients are looking for a specialist, so make sure your website says you are!
BRAND NEW BONUS
JUST ADDED: In an exclusive webinar, Steve is going to show you exactly how to write (or re-write) your website to position yourself as a B2B specialist.
Okay … I know I’m “spending a lot of ink” on this today. But I feel very strongly about the potential of this opportunity for you. And I’m so impressed with Steve, his program, and all the “extras” he gives our members through his program that I feel like I’d be doing you a disservice NOT to spell everything out.
Here’s a perfect example of how Steve goes “above and beyond” … You don’t have to “go it alone.” You’ll get ongoing help and support from Steve and other successful B2B copywriters through the members-only B2B forum.
Think of it as a private B2B copywriting club …
Steve is very active on the forum … answering your questions … sharing special business-building strategies and tips for getting new clients. Plus, and this is huge … he regularly posts leads for projects he’s unable to take on due to his busy schedule. Steve told me recently that every lead he’s posted on the forum so far has turned into a client for an AWAI copywriter.
You won’t want to miss this …
Wealthy Web Writer Success Interview: Mailman, valet, waiter, and flight attendant … All jobs that AWAI Member Henry Bingaman held before he jumped – very suddenly – into the wild world of freelance copywriting.
Only one month after attending the 2009 Web Intensive with just 2 clients under his belt, he quit his full-time job and began his life as a freelance copywriter.
Next Tuesday (July 20), Rebecca will sit down with Henry to talk about the ups and downs of his first year and a half of copywriting … and a few mistakes he made that you’ll want to avoid.
As with all Wealthy Web Writer events that take place each week, this $79 teleconference is FREE for Platinum Members. Get all the details here.
More from Wealthy Web Writer …
Free Special Report: Four Strategies for Increasing the Money You Make From Every Project You Do is available on the Wealthy Web Writer site, ready for you to download absolutely free!
As a Web copywriter, you can almost always increase the money you make – from almost any assignment you accept.
Expand your projects by using the four strategies Nick Usborne has outlined so you can negotiate larger and more profitable engagements every time.
Your clients will ask you for it … will you be able to give it to them?
Google and MSN report that they increase sales by 72%. eMarketers predicts that by 2014, the amount of money spent on them will nearly quadruple to $5.2 billion dollars!. And Bob Bly recently said that it "is simply the most effective way to communicate with customers and help them make the buying decision."
I’m talking about online video, and if you’re not up to speed, there’s a good chance you’ll be leaving money on the table with your clients.
Pennsylvania copywriter and video marketer Henry Bingaman concurs, "I work in the health sector and I don't know any other copywriter who is providing their clients with online video. Yet, it’s something that comes up in most conversations when I'm talking to prospective clients.”
Fortunately, you can quickly get up to speed, and learn everything you need to know with AWAI’s Marketing With Video Online for Profit.
And until Tuesday, July 20th, 2010, you can save 50%.
Creating “personality” in copy … Nobody does this better than Dan Kennedy … and now you have a rare chance to see exactly how he does it.
For a limited time, Dan is making available an in-depth presentation he recently did called How to Create Personality in Copy.
While it’s geared toward business owners … these are the kinds of insights you need to know too … the strategies and techniques that can make you golden with your business owner clients.
Dan shows you how to create rapid, responsive fans for your clients … i.e., customers for life … by carefully, painstakingly developing your client as a heroic, fascinating, and unique “character” with whom they will have a continually evolving relationship.
Get “behind the scenes” with Dan as he shows you how to make your clients “come to life” through powerful, engaging copy.
How this “knitting grandma” built a website that rivaled an entire team of experts after only 11 days “live” … and how you can, too!
Last week, I reported that Sara Chute’s site, www.woolbabysocks.com, was coming up in the #3 position on Google for her targeted keyphrase of “knit socks.” She accomplished this after reading through and absorbing only about 10% of Nick Usborne’s How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites program and less than half of Pam Foster’s Site Audit Made Simple program.
The second half of her story gets even better.
Sara says, “With the confidence I gained from that first success, I decided to put my skills to the test on another site. A friend of mine was having some challenges with his site. A whole team of people had helped build it – SEO specialists, tech people, Web developers – but he wasn’t happy with the results he was getting.
“I decided to put to work some of the things I was learning and see if I could improve on it. I made a little 3-page site and showed it to my friend. After some consideration, he gave me permission to launch www.buy-a-villa.info in competition with his main site. We wanted to see what would happen, and how quickly (or not).”
“The site has been live for only 15 days now, and has already risen to a rank of 23,175 here in Canada, surpassing the original! Worldwide (out of an estimated 250 million websites), www.buy-a-villa.info ranks just under the million mark, only 56,000 behind his main site.”
“I’m just getting started,” warns Sara. “I wonder what will happen when I actually complete the courses?!”
The beauty of Nick’s and Pam’s programs are their simplicity. “It’s easy,” Sara says. “If you get off track or overwhelmed, just go back to the checklists. It’s great for keeping you focused on what’s important. You can start small and build from there.”
Sara admits to being a skeptical person – she needed to see the process work. The split-test approach is giving her tangible proof. “These programs are straightforward and back to basics. If you follow them one step at a time, they really do work.”
“Nick’s program takes what seems so complicated and breaks it down into manageable little pieces,” says Tracey Ahring, agreeing with Sara. “It’s well-written and researched, and makes building your own website completely doable.
“I have a lot more to do, but How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites gave me the desire to build my own site, the know-how to actually do it, and the practical methods to let me take my dream as far as I want it to go.”
Tracey’s site, www.StressFreeTomorrow.com, gives you natural methods for reducing stress and becoming more vibrant.
Free attention and traffic for your website. As a member of Nick’s Money-Making Website program, you’re entitled to have your website reviewed and featured on the AWAI website when it’s up and running.
Next week, we’ll be working on the 2nd edition of this catalog. So if you’re ready to tell the world your website exists, please fill out the review form here.
Note: All submissions must be received by tomorrow, Friday, July 16, to make it into the 2nd edition.
If you haven’t seen the Money-Making Websites Success Catalog yet, you can access it here.
We’ll be spreading the word about you and your website! We send the catalog to the press, as well as post it on AWAI’s homepage (which gets lots of great traffic).
This just in from Rebecca … sharing the link love: “We’re also working on developing a separate showcase area of the AWAI website, dedicated to promoting you and your website, and providing you with what we call ‘link love’ from the AWAI site. This showcase area will ensure that you will be found by Google and get free traffic from AWAI.
“Stay tuned for the unveiling … and, in the meantime, keep working on your site!”
How do you maximize your productivity? One idea – follow million-dollar alternative health copywriter Carline Anglade-Cole’s lead and get yourself a personal researcher. It’s one of three productivity tips she shared in her e-letter, Copy Star, and one that she didn’t discover until she was five years into her freelance career.
Once she did, it made a world of difference.
A good researcher will:
- Save you time. When you have a researcher, you can focus on writing, without getting distracted by each piece of research needed. More time writing = higher copywriting income. Do what you do best – write copy!
- Give your copy massive credibility. A good researcher will dig up expert testimonials, reputable sources, and other golden nuggets that you can incorporate into your copy. You’ll write stronger, more powerful copy as a result.
- Help you pinpoint and highlight the best the product has to offer. “Before I accept an assignment,” Carline says, “I ask the client about the research information he has. If it’s not adequate, I highly recommend that the client hire a researcher.” It’s that important.
It’s all about using your time in the best way possible. Need a researcher? If you’re serious about taking your copywriting to the next level, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to connect you with a well-qualified researcher in your niche.
Fear – Greed – Guilt – Anger – Exclusivity – Salvation – Flattery. These are the emotional hot buttons that make people respond … motivate them to order goods and services, donate money to charities, and send for more information, according to longtime DM pro Denny Hatch
Denny’s written a terrific workbook called The Secrets of Emotional, Hot-Button COPYWRITING. It’s filled with over 50 examples and 120 illustrations of controls from fund raising, financial services, book publishing, B2B, insurance niches, and more. It will give you insights into how the pros weave these emotions through their copy so skillfully.
Get your copy here.
“Exclusivity” is one of the hot buttons Denny highlights in his book.
A masterful example of exclusivity in copy is the classic International Living letter (#5 in your Hall of Fame book), which starts out, “You look out your window, past your gardener …”
AWAI board member Bill Bonner wrote that copy in 1979. It was an unbeatable control for over 25 years … and it launched Agora into the multimillion-dollar publishing powerhouse it is today.
Two of Agora’s websites still use the idea of exclusivity: www.oxfordclub.com and www.bonnerfamilyoffice.com. They’re worth studying.
Many, including Denny, consider Bill Bonner the greatest copywriter in the world today, and he’ll be making his first-ever appearance at AWAI’s 2010 Fast Track to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair November 3-6.
In fact, we’re assembling a “dream team” lineup of presenters that will make the Miami Heat look like a bunch of amateurs. Bill Bonner, Michael Masterson, Ted Nicholas, Mark Everett Johnson, Herschell Gordon Lewis, John Forde, Jen Stevens, Will Newman, Bob Bly, and more will be sharing their copywriting secrets.
Seats are filling fast, but the Early Bird discount is still available. Save $200 now …
New Job Opportunities added to DirectResponseJobs this week:
Opportunity for a Hard-Working Freelance Copywriter. A Fort Lauderdale insurance-related company is seeking a skilled, energetic copywriter to work with them on a freelance basis. You’ll take the lead on creating the copy for a multi-channel marketing campaign that involves a complete website redesign. You’ll need previous direct-mail and online writing experience, the ability to work as a member of a team, and project management know-how. A good understanding of social media is a plus.
Do You Have a Passion for Educating Children? CompassLearning is a leader in the educational software industry. Currently, they have an opening for an experienced copywriter to join their team. You’ll write collateral materials, social marketing campaigns, lead generation materials, and more. Social media marketing experience is a must.
Join the Macy’s Corporate Marketing Team. Macy’s marketing team has an opening for a talented and experienced copywriter. You’ll write online product descriptions, email messages, website headlines, and much more. Everything you do will work toward enhancing and promoting Macy’s online brand.
Get all the details about these jobs and more here.
More and more companies are looking for social media experience. Two of the three companies above included!
Not quite up to speed on social media? That’s ok. Jim Turner’s Social Networking: The 21st Century Way to Find New Clients will teach you everything you need to know, as well as how to use social media to land other clients too.
Writing Challenge Reminder: “My Best Summer Job” One winner will be selected from all entries received. If it’s you, you’ll receive a $100 American Express gift card and have your essay published on the AWAI website.
Deadline: Sunday, July 18, 2010
More details here.
And, to close up today …
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club,” said great American author Jack London.
I love sharing success stories like Sara Chute’s, productivity tips like Carline Anglade-Cole’s, and career and life-changing events like Joshua’s.
We’re doing everything we can here at AWAI to help you achieve your dream of living The Writer’s Life. But, as we both know, your success requires one thing that only you can do … and that’s taking action. So tell me … what action are you going to take this week that will bring you closer to your goal? Send me a note at email@example.com. I’ll be rooting for you!
Weekly Event Updates: July 16 – 22
To help you keep track of everything happening at AWAI, here’s a quick snapshot of next week’s events.
Topic: Mastering Headlines (Webinar)
Roberta Rosenberg leads the group through a Peer Review of headlines – your chance to get feedback on your work and to gain insight into creating powerful headlines.
Participants: Circle of Success – Taurus Group Date: Monday, July 19, 2010 Time: 12:00PM (EASTERN TIME)
Topic: Wealthy Web Writer Success Story: Henry Bingaman
Rebecca sits down and interviews Henry Bingaman about his recent success – since attending the 2009 Web Intensive. In this call, he’ll talk about the ups and downs of his first year and a half of copywriting … and a few mistakes he made that you’ll want to avoid.
Participants: Wealthy Web Writer members Date: Tuesday July 20, 2010 Time: 3:00PM (EASTERN TIME)
Topic: Mastering Headlines (Webinar)
Join Will Newman for a Peer Review of headlines – your chance to get feedback on your own work and, time permitting, participate in a discussion about the Bill Bonner bonus report.
Participants: Circle of Success – Zagros Group Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Time: 8:00PM (EASTERN TIME)
Topic: Monday Morning Jumpstart – Platinum Group
Joshua Boswell brings you highlights from ETR’s “5 Days in July” Internet Business-Building Conference – and his observations about how you can apply this information to your own business – or your client’s business
Participants: Monday Morning Jumpstart Platinum Group Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010 Time: 3:00PM (EASTERN TIME)
Topic: Dan Kennedy Post-Academy Teleconference Call
Dan answers questions that have come up since the Academy’s last meeting in May in Cleveland. He’ll also discuss marketing strategies and offer suggestions for growing a copywriting business further.
Participants: Dan Kennedy Business of Copywriting Academy participants Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010 Time: 5:45PM (EASTERN TIME)
Note: Access information about our events can be found on the AWAI Google Calendar: www.awai.com/calendar
As Executive Director of AWAI, Katie Yeakle has been helping people live the writer’s life since 1997.
“AWAI is built on a big promise … that we can teach you a new skill that can lead to increased income … independence from the 9-to-5 grind … and the freedom to live and work where you choose.
“All of us at AWAI stand behind that promise. In fact, that’s how we measure our success – by how many people we help reinvent their lives.
“Follow our proven advice, and you can be among the many successes we’re so proud of.”
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