Best Marketing Content Creators On YouTube

In my spare time, I love to learn digital marketing from a wide variety of experiences. I love learning about new platforms, techniques, and all the best practises. It helps me become better at my job and is often the inspiration for new blog guides and articles, as well as Instagram content. In previous blog posts I’ve talked about my favourite marketing Instagram accounts, the digital certifications your career needs, and the marketing newsletters that are essential for your work inbox… so, this week, it is YouTube’s turn in the spotlight!

Alex Cattoni

The queen of copywriting, Alex Cattoni, creates quality content with selling techniques, copywriting exercises, and speaks a lot of sense about how to wield words in order to sell. I found her YouTube account in the early days of looking into entering copywriting as a professional, and her educational videos were a great way to get started.

Anastasia Blogger

Anyone looking into paid digital marketing should consider Anastasia Blogger‘s content required viewing. I particularly love her Pinterest videos, which are incredibly insightful and help me keep up to date with the algorithm and policy changes. She also talks about working from home, making money online, and insightful tips for finding the right blogging niche.

Wayne

Anyone considering freelancing – in particular, on Fiverr – should be watching Wayne. He covers policy and algorithm changes for Fiverr, handy guides on how to get started, tips for making a secure income on Fiverr, and how to grow your account with quality reviews. I absolutely owe the beginnings of my freelancing career to Wayne’s solid advice and resources.

Lauren Taylor

Life With Lauren Taylor covers a wide range range of working-life topics, including home office makeovers, content creation, fashion hauls, self care, and vlog-style content. I love her relaxed, realistic approach to talking about the realities of life as a professional in the digital marketing industry.

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3 Ways To Be A Better Copywriter

Anyone can become a copywriter. On the surface level, it is fairly straight forward: writing product descriptions, headlines, landing pages, social media posts, and marketing materials. As any copywriters nows, though, the learning never stops for a copywriter: we’re always seeking to develop and refine our craft.

Short, Sweet, And Simple

On the internet, attention spans are short, and time is precious. Spare your readers from unnecessarily waffle and padding by keeping your writing short, sweet, and simple. In other words: provide as much detail as is required to convert, and nothing more. It can be tempting to embellish copy to make it sound fancy, or be creative and experiment with your text, but copywriting must prioritise the end goal: conversions. Contrary to popular belief, writing large chunks of text – even for a beginner copywriter – is easy. The hard part? Cutting and chopping it down until only the essential parts remain.

Know Your Product

It might seem obvious, but a copywriter performs best when they have access to all the information about their product. However, sometimes we need to make do with limited information. No matter how detailed your product specification is, becoming a better copywriter is all about immersing yourself in the product: thoroughly understanding the use, benefits, and barriers to purchase for your audience.

Sell The Fantasy

A good copywriter should seek to sell the product… but an excellent copywriter will need to sell the fantasy of the product. The audience should be immersed in a vision of what their life will be like with the product, and how they will benefit from its unique properties. I use this concept particularly when I am writing copy for luxury items because prospective customers will think more carefully about buying higher-ticket items. For example, a luxury clothing brand might focus on the elegance and refined aesthetic of their products and how well this will reflect on their customers’ reputation. Luxury resorts, too, will often use happiness, relaxation and enjoyment at the front of their marketing materials. Selling the fantasy is absolutely everywhere in marketing – and for good reason. It works!

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5 Content Ideas For The New Year

New year, new you? Maybe you’ve put a lot of thought into your new year’s resolutions, but what about your blog? Some of you have been planning content weeks and months in advance, but some of us create on a more immediate basis, or might be going through a content rut. Whatever your situation, here are five ideas for content creators in 2021.

Talk about something you love.

The best content begins at the root of the things you love. Of course, keep it relevant to your niche, but don’t be afraid to experiment and pick discussions that genuinely excite you. Your enthusiasm will feed through into your content and make it all the more enjoyable for your audience to consume.

Get personal.

During this time of isolation and the global pandemic, people are craving connection. Talk about your personal life – within reason, of course, and only sharing details you are comfortable making public.

Learn something new and document the process.

Copy and Bake was founded from a love of learning and a passion for digital marketing. Dedicate your January content towards learning and share the experience with your audience. Celebrate mistakes and record all the things you’ve learnt!

Create a tutorial, guide, or printable.

The internet is a cluttered place, and the best way to grab your readers attention is by offering value they cannot get elsewhere. The best way to provide value? Exclusive tools, crafted your your unique experience and expertise. It could be something as simple as a hot chocolate recipe or as complicated as building a fully-optimised PPC campaign. It doesn’t matter! A unique piece of content is a very valuable thing in the internet age.

Post an interview, host an online panel, or record a podcast/webinar.

A great way to bring new readers into your blog, and entertain your existing audience, is to involve other sources of expertise into their orbit. No matter your niche, there will always be something to learn from your peers, and your audience will be grateful to the heap of value in your content.

ICYMI: you might want to explore My Marketing Goals For 2021 and My Top Marketing Instagram Accounts In 2021.

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My Marketing Goals For 2021

2021 is rapidly approaching, and so are the usual social media posts, filled with goals for 2021. New Years Resolutions can be a great way to set challenges and push yourself in new directions – but this year, I’m putting a marketing spin on things. Here is my checklist of 15 marketing-related things I want to do in 2021.

  1. Learn about SEO. I have a basic concept of this now, but as my workplace gains more tools to help us with SEO, I was to learn as much as I can about best practises and the practical techniques I can use to improve our rankings on search engines.
  2. Gain confidence with marketing reports. I’ve made an early start on this in the last two weeks of 2020, as one of our marketing team is currently helping with customer service since we’re so busy this time of year. I’ve always had a fear of numbers and maths, so marketing reports are extra scary for me… but I’m learning, and I’m practicing. I want to do more with this in 2021.
  3. Create a brand kit. I learnt about these from a module I took in magazine publishing, and a lot of online brands have them! In 2021, I want to finally create my own brand kit, and document the process.
  4. Earn my first pay check from blogging. Yes, I have a full time job, and no, I don’t need this blog to survive – but I would like for it to become a secondary source of income, at least enough to cover hosting and advertising costs.
  5. Reach out to brands & interview their marketing staff. I want to learn from marketing experts and find out how they got started in the field, as well as their top tips for improving and developing within marketing.
  6. Feature my first guest post collaboration. Setting this up while working a full time job and dodging around burn out is difficult, but I’m planning to start up a regular guest posting spot on the blog.
  7. Create a content calendar. At the moment, I’m planning and creating content very close to the publish day, and it means I often take breaks when I’m too busy or overwhelmed with my full-time job. In 2021, I want to post less but have more planned out in advance.
  8. Optimise my blog navigation. I want to develop more pages, categories and ways of navigating the blog, including an index.
  9. Add alt captions to my images. The benefit is two fold: it helps people using screen readers, and it is a best practice for google’s crawlers. I also want to put this in place on Instagram to experiment and see if it has an impact on impressions or reach.
  10. Create marketing / social media printables. This one goes hand in hand with the idea of a second income stream. I want to create printables – a mixture of free and paid templates – for others to use. I would like to specialise in copywriting and social media content planning.
  11. Connect with other digital marketing interns. During the pandemic, I feel almost complete cut off from the marketing industry, outside of my small team at work. I want to find and join communities dedicated to marketing!
  12. Complete my copywriting accreditation. I keep putting it off, and I shouldn’t! I’m already planning for my next accreditation (SEO for websites) and the one after that (social media).
  13. Craft an update to date CV. I’m not planning on going anywhere, but I want to create a CV to reflect all my achievements, and consider how far I’ve come since the start of my marketing career.
  14. Get on top of Pinterest. It is the newest platform I’m using and I want to dedicate real time to optimising and generation impressions, saves and clicks. At the moment I only run the occasional bit of paid activity, but my organic reach is zilch.
  15. Get rid of imposter syndrome. Definitely going to be blogging about this last one, but imposter syndrome in the marketing industry is real, and I want to acknowledge and deconstruct my experience… which can be difficult, during a global pandemic, when so many friends and graduates seem much more deserving of a job than I do.

What is on your marketing checklist for 2021? Share your goals in the comments below, tag on me on Instagram, or tweet me!

5 Ways To Rest And Recharge This Christmas

2020 has been an incredibly tough year and none of us are sure what 2021 will bring – especially in the UK, where new restrictions are gradually rolling out across the country. I live in London, where we’ve spent Christmas in Tier 4 Lockdown… giving me the perfect chance to really examine how I am relaxing and recharging for the year ahead.

Candles, Diffusers, & HOME FRAGRANCE

I’m sure I’m not alone in my obsession with candles. Thankfully, those in my life know me well – and Christmas saw an influx of great-smelling candles. I’ll be filling my room with these gorgeous fragrances to combat the darkness in the evenings, as well as the minor mould problem my very old bedroom currently has. I’m particularly loving the festive yankee candles at the moment, although soy candles from places like Etsy are more environmentally friendly.

INVEST IN HOBBIES

By investing, I don’t mean spending money, I mean investing time. If your hobbies don’t get much attention during the working week, take this festive season as an opportunity to fall back in love with those hobbies. It might be painting, video games, working on a novel, candle making – anything that makes you happy, and is something different from working, is an essential part of relaxing.

GENTLE (OR NOT-SO-GENTLE) EXERCISE

The one thing I dislike about winter is how dark it gets in the evenings – giving me limited time to go for walks or runs. I want to get into jogging properly – but the hours I work, and the commute I have at the moment, aren’t best suited for winter jogging. So, this festive season I am going to be getting my fair share of gentle exercise and appreciating the natural beauty of the parks and open spaces I have nearby.

volunteering

Depending on coronavirus restrictions in your area, you may be able to go out and volunteer over the festive period. This is a thoughtful way to give back to your community and make the best of spare time over Christmas. In the UK, Do-it.org is an excellent service, listing a wide range of volunteering opportunities for local charities – many of which can be done remotely, or with minimal travel.

LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS

Christmas can be a happy, peaceful time for many – but it can also be distressing, lonely, and frightening for others. Reach out to your friends and family this Christmas – especially those you haven’t heard from in a while. Need help for yourself? Mind is an amazing charity dedicated to supporting anyone through a rough patch.

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Top Marketing Instagram Accounts In 2020

I follow incredible content creators in the marketing community. These Instagram marketing accounts are excellent resources with their educational and entertaining content across social media, copywriting, sales, SEO, and more. I can’t possibly list every marketing creator here, but I can highlight my favourite accounts for the brilliant posts they produce.

Cyndi, @ascent_storycraft

With a feed full of entertaining reels and bite-sized educational content, Cyndi (@ascent_storycraft) is truly an incredible content creator and a long-time aspirational figure for my own account, @copyandbake.

GG, @gg_communications

Next up, we have GG (@gg_communications). Her incredible Instagram feed combines stunning aesthetics with rock solid advice about social media and marketing.

Abby, @abbxdesign

I love the educational content Abby (@abbxdesign) creates around building a social media presence, creating business content, and advice for attracting clients.

Harsh, @harsh.content

Harsh (@harsh.content) has truly created his own space in the Instagram world. I love to see accounts with a solid vision of their social media brand who execute it perfectly.

The PR Princess, @the.prprincess

Specialising in a mix of public relations and social media tips, The PR Princess is a recent graduate making a splash in the marketing community. I thoroughly enjoy watching the journeys of other graduates from 2020 – it’s been a rough year, but we’re all having a go at making the most of it.

Hamza, @thecopywolf

I couldn’t create a list like this without including my favourite copywriting Instagram account! As a copywriter myself, Hamza (@thecopywolf) creates content all about selling through copywriting that is genuine, authentic, and always useful.

Grace, @gracebeverley

While the last Instagram account on this list isn’t strictly Marketing, Grace (@gracebeverley) is an incredible example of success in business and a leading public figure. She is the founder of TALA and Shreddy – sustainable companies in the health/athletic sphere – and her Instagram content is such a source of inspiration for my personal journey.

Who are your favourite content creators in the marketing community? Tell me in the comments below!

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Trustworthy Digital Marketing Certifications For Your Career

Digital Marketing is an ever-changing industry, with trends and algorithms seeming to come and go as they please. It is also an industry with a lot of potential false information. Anyone can hop on Instagram and claim to have groundbreaking social media strategies – stay up to date with these Digital Marketing certifications from genuine, authentic platforms such as Facebook, Google Skillshop, and LinkedIn Learning.

Fundamental Of Digital Marketing

The Fundamental Of Digital Marketing is a free course from Google provides a great foundation for anyone interested in digital marketing. The course includes a free certification, meaning it is accessible to anyone and everyone.

Analytics Academy

The Analytics Academy contains courses for getting certified with Google Analytics. Analysis is a huge part of learning to become successful with digital marketing, so for recent graduates and anyone applying to entry-level jobs, this could be a great way to stand out.

Google Ads Search

Want to learn about paid marketing platforms? The Google Ads Search certification, part of the Google Skillshop platform, is a professional-level certification. While it is free, the course has a tricky exam at the end and Google recommends it for people who already have some experience using the Google Ads platform for Search ads.

Master Digital Marketing

If you have a LinkedIn account, you can get access to their Master Digital Marketing learning pathway with their premium subscription. The platform works similarly to Netflix – one subscription price for unlimited course access. No time limits and no additional fees for any of their certifications. LinkedIn offers a free trial of premium, so you can try before you buy!

Facebook Blueprint Certification

Do you use Facebook Ads regularly? The Facebook Blueprint exams may be worth your time. These exams range from marketing associate to professional levels. Even without taking the certification exam, you may still be interested in the Blueprint learning platform.

College of Media and Publishing

Most of the certifications on this list are free and come directly from the marketing platforms themselves. The College of Media and Publishing is the only paid certification on this list because it is accredited, affordable for most young professionals, and as one of their students I can vouch first-hand for the quality of their courses.

I am enrolled on their Copywriting Course, but they also offer a Social Media Marketing Course, Business Writing Course, SEO Content Writing Course, and much more. Please note, the College of Media and Publishing is aimed at marketing students in the UK.

Things To Consider Before Starting A Blog

Start your blog with confidence! Suitable for veteran bloggers and complete newbies alike, this guide covers the basic building blocks of creating a blog, from niche and target audience to design and hosting.

Find Your Niche

The first step to creating a blog is simple: finding your niche. This may change over time, but a solid, well-defined starting point is essential. A great resource is How To Choose A Niche For Your Blog, which covers a long list of profitable niches. Most important, though, is picking a niche you have a genuine interest in – an interest you can sustain in the weeks, months and years it takes to build a successful blog.

Your niche should be based on a topic you:

  • have a natural interest in
  • have an authority to speak on, some degree of expertise, or even a professional/educational interest in
  • want to learn more about

Research Your Target Audience

So, you know what you’re writing about – now you need to know who you’re writing for. Your target audience is your ideal reader. It may help to create a mental picture of your reader.

Ask these questions to clarify your target audience:

  • How old are they?
  • Where do they live?
  • What are their likes and dislikes? What is their biggest concern? What problems do they face? Identify a few pain points – and, when you are writing your blog, consider ways you can provide them with valuable solutions.
  • What level of education do they have? What is their occupation? What are their career goals and ambitions for the future? Will it be appropriate to use jargon, or formal language, or write as you speak?
  • What are their political beliefs? Are they open minded to different opinions? Are they looking for a balanced world view, or information that supports their perspective?
  • What other blogs do they read, if any? Analyse your competitors, from successful blogs to other newcomers, and identify ways you can provide a unique variety of content.

Aesthetics & Design

The design of your website will have a huge impact on your success. Your blog doesn’t need to do everything at once – if anything, it is better to start small and expand as you gain experience – but it should be easy to read, navigate, and be visually appealing to your readers. These 6 Tips For A Great Blog Layout are helpful points for consideration.

When it comes to blog design, you should ask yourself:

  • Which colours represent your blog?
  • How will you categorise your content?
  • Will you use stock images, personal photography, or create your own graphics? How will you ensure your graphics and photographs are high-quality?
  • Will you include an about page, FAQ, homepage, contact page, and product pages?
  • How will you ensure your blog is optimised for search engines and sharing? This is related to your content writing as well as your website design. Google prioritises websites with a great user experience!

Hosting & Domain Name

The most important step involved in creating a blog is picking a site name, domain, and website host. If you’re new to blogging and taking it up as a hobby, you’re probably going to want to opt for a simpler deal with a free blog.

When considering your hosting options, you might like to consider:

  • your budget
  • the time commitment you can make
  • your level of IT/technological literacy

I personally use WordPress with the premium theme, which makes the whole process relatively simple on my side and allows me to focus on the front end of the blog. Considering WordPress? Help support Copy&Bake by signing up through my referral link.

If you are looking to have more control, you might want to consider setting up hosting and domains yourself. A Total Beginner’s Guide To Website Hosting is a great guide for learning the basics of website hosting.

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The Marketing Newsletters Your Inbox Needs

There are so many ways of learning about marketing: books, online courses, videos, university degrees, and much more… but the ultimate way of staying up to date with relevant industry information? Newsletters!

The Daily Carnage

The Daily Carnage is all about being the sharpest marketer in the room, delivering a handpicked list of the best marketing content to your inbox each day. Recent examples include Who’s Asking, Feeling Content and No Big Deal.

Content Marketing Institute

Looking for resources specific to content marketing? The Content Marketing Institute newsletter is a great subscription. Alongside a newsletter, the CMI also has a Podcast Network, Magazine, and a wide range of website resources.

Marketing Dive

The Marketing Dive newsletter covers everything from social media to data analysis as well as mobile and video marketing. Their website also covers the latest news in marketing, including deep dives and analysis of current large-scale marketing campaigns.

The Mention Memo

The Mention Memo brands itself as “the only marketing newsletter you’ll want to read”. The newsletter runs twice a month and features:

  • A summary filled with insightful commentary around a trending marketing or social media topic.
  • A roundup of our most popular blog content, cherry-picked by us.
  • Free and practical resources you can use for your own marketing.
  • Lots of cheeky one-liners and puns!

Think With Google

Why not go straight to the source when it comes to marketing through Google? The Think With Google newsletter covers all the latest features and trends on the Google Network. The website is also packed with helpful resources such as consumer trends and the future of marketing with machine learning.

3 Work From Home Lockdown Essentials

With the UK in Lockdown 2.0, I’ve been adjusting to working from home for the first time. As an English graduate, I’m no stranger to working independently, but working from home during a lockdown brings on new challenges: learning Zoom, creating my own schedule, and finding ways to spice up my daily routine to stop every day blending into monotony.

Learning New Recipes & Balanced Eating

Cooking is one of my favourite ways to be creative, outside of writing. Lockdown means I have more time to really enjoy cooking. I’m currently working my way through the Wagamama cookbook.

I also now have a subscription to Oddbox, a company seeking to reduce food waste by allowing its customers to “rescue” boxes of veg that are rejected from supermarkets for being too large, the wrong colour, or in surplus. Their refer a friend scheme is also great – anyone looking to try OddBox out can get £10 off with my referral link.

An Exercise Routine

Heading into lockdown 2.0, I knew I wanted to invest in my physical health – in other words, treating myself to workout gear from TALA, and starting to go jogging in the morning. Not only is TALA an incredible brand from Grace Beverly (with an inspirational level of social media marketing) – they are also entirely sustainable, with a brand statement all about “slow fashion”.

Looking After Yourself

The term “self care” is thrown around a lot, but what I mean by this segment is paying close attention to how I feel. This might mean lighting a candle while I work, or dusting, or putting the laundry on, or anything on a long list of chores to keep my workspace clear. I’m also making sure I take proper time away from my work as well as social media.

A Helpful Note From Copy & Bake

Copy & Bake is all about transparency! The Oddbox link provided in this blog post is part of their affiliate scheme, which means I receive a discount on the service for anyone who signs up through my link.

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