There are many of us in the industry (PR and marketing in general) that can’t change how we write. It’s not fair.
It’s not fair to those who we are trying to reach with our writing. Being in tech PR and marketing, for me and my clients, it’s usually CIO’s and IT managers looking for good enterprise technology products.
Tell me, how is fair for those folks to have to read something like this?
The explosion of data coupled with data center modernization, virtualization and cloud computing have overwhelmed traditional backup methods and led to poor recovery times, potential data loss and higher costs and business risk.
This was actual text in a press release last week from a company I won’t name. It could be from any one of a number of companies
If these folks are like me, they have notification windows popping up on multiple corners of their screens every few minutes. Everyone’s working harder, so why should we subject them to serialized hyperbolic adjectives like “an innovative, high performance and cost-effective solution”? Why should they have to read a sentence like the one above three times to figure out what it says?
One of the reasons I started this blog is to improve my writing by doing more of it, and to break some bad habits. I’ve been with David Meerman Scott from the time I read New Rules of Marketing a PR four years ago that we need to avoid “gobbledygook” at all costs.
I’m guilty at times of reverting to the old rules. Old habits die hard. For example, I used the word “leverage” in my first post here to talk about how I “leveraged” my client’s social media presence. It took an editor from Ragan’s that syndicated the post there to point out how that word always gets a bad reaction from its readers.
I soak up posts and articles from those bloggers I admire whenever they talk about what makes them a better writer. Following are 10 of the best tips I’ve saved over the last couple of years. I hope they help you, and I hope you’ll pass them along to others by tweeting them.
What would you add to the list?
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