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I came across marketing masters Andrew and Pete when I was doing research for my Content Marketing Primer. I’ve been following them avidly since, watching, reading and learning from them as they teach people like me and you how to make our editorial business promotion more interesting and accessible (which in turn will help us to be more engaging and discoverable).
To give you a taster, I’ve chosen three of my favourite Andrew and Pete resources.
I picked the following blogs/videos not just because I think the advice makes sense or because it’s presented beautifully (which it does and it is) but because I’ve implemented it and believe it works.
Oh, and be ready to hear the word ‘awesome’ used a lot (I think it’s their favourite)!
Creating high-quality images for online promotion can be tricky if you’re not a design guru and don’t have access to expensive, top-notch software. I’d played around with Word, Publisher and PowerPoint because they’re already on my desktop, but the output was okayish at best. Then I found Canva and was converted.
Still, I wasn’t getting the best out of this excellent tool, mainly because I’m a fiction proofreader and copyeditor, not a designer.
Andrew and Pete to the rescue … I did exactly what they told me to do. And it worked! I was really chuffed with my first attempt – a really high-quality image that I’ll use as a booklet pic for my April article on client loss and emergency marketing. I reckon it’s my best pic ever and it gave me confidence. So then I updated my Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook banners using the same method. And I've also played around with the idea in this blog post. Sky's the limit, I reckon! I recommend you have a go.
Get it here: How to Create Social Media Graphics (video and blog)
If, like me, you’re committed to creating blogs posts with substance (no soundbites and clickbait for us!) then you, too, might end up with a lot of text.
The audience for The Proofreader’s Parlour expects that substantive content, but could I make it more interesting without compromising on tone and detail?
Andrew and Pete's post made me think about not only how I might use images more creatively (see 1 above) but also how I might complement, rather than change, what I’m already doing with multimedia. I’ve still some way to go before I make full use of their advice but I’ve started (see 1 above) and plan to develop this aspect so that I can make much more of my content accessible to multiple readers with multiple preferences.
What really grabbed me is the concept of taking the key points of a written message and delivering them in alternative formats. Many of us aren’t new to embedding templates, screencasts and instructional videos into our blog posts, but Andrew and Pete have inspired me to expand the ways in which my readers can access the core textual content in my blogs, too.
If you have substantive text-based posts that your visitors return to often and your editorial blog’s heavy with content, some inconvenient trawling might be required by your readers to locate that information. Repurposing sections of the material in, say, booklet form turns a post into a tool, because the valuable stuff you’ve created can be downloaded onto your readers’ chosen devices and accessed at their convenience.
Get it here: How to Write Better-Looking Blog Posts (blog, video and booklet)
I overhauled my home page after reading this post.
Get it here: Home Page Design | Making Your Home Page a Knockout (blog, video and checklist)
... So those are my top tips to introduce you to the world of Andrew and Pete. I love their full-on and fun style of sharing their wisdom. It’s engaging and inspiring.
The biggest pull, though, is their handholding approach. They assume no prior knowledge, so even if you’re a newbie marketer you, too, can follow their step-by-step guidance.
I hope you’ll find ways to incorporate their advice into your own marketing journey. If you’re nervous about business promotion, just remember that you don’t have to do everything in the zany way they do it! Take the core learning points and decide how you might use them in a way that feels comfortable for you, works with your brand, reflects your business goals, and engages with your clients.
There’s plenty more on offer via the Andrew and Pete website. And you can find them on Twitter at @AndrewAndPete.
Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copyeditor. She curates The Proofreader's Parlour and is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors and proofreaders.
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