Understandably, the areas seeing the biggest cost reductions are physical events and print, with 75% and 45% of marketers reducing spend respectively. Furthermore, 44% of marketers are also reducing content spend.
As we are all aware, content marketing is now one of the most effective channels to reach audiences isolating at home. However, decreased budgets make agencies out of the question for many marketing teams. As a result, it’s the freelance writer who offers a more affordable alternative. Nevertheless, how successful they are is ultimately down to your brief.
How you structure your brief has a big impact on the final piece of content your freelance writer produces. You can’t give a freelancer a vague topic and act disappointed when what they independently produce doesn’t match up to what you envisioned. You must research and determine the arguments you want them to make in the article so they are reflective of your intentions for the output. In addition, this will also ensure the quality bar is set high.
A brief for an article should include:
If you’re working with a single writer on an entire report or guide (multiple chapters), they still need a brief for each individual chapter/article. You should present the article briefs in the order you expect each piece to appear in the final document.
This is a real example of an article brief we gave to a freelance writer. This particular brief was for an article within one of our long-form guides:
Primary target audience: CMOs, VPs of marketing, Marketing directors (the people who set strategy within the marketing function)
Secondary audience: C-suite (those who set strategy within the business)
This article will open the entire report. It will explore the business value of customer obsession and why it’s such a powerful strategy for businesses. It will set the scene for the chapters that follow, on how to successfully design and implement a strategy and culture around customer obsession.
CX and marketing leaders. Focus particularly on those with a strong LinkedIn and Twitter presence, if possible.
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Like I said earlier, the more detailed you are in your brief, the happier you’ll be with what your freelance writer submits. As you’ll be able to see from the article, our freelance writer took our brief and incorporated the majority of the content we wanted to be included. This still allows space for the writer to be creative and do their own research. However, it means they have a crystal clear understanding of what we want from them. The tighter the brief, the better the output.
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