The Art of the Content Brief – Part One: Top Brand Tips for Writing a Great Brief

Whenever you are asking a travel writer to create content for you, a clear and unambiguous brief is vital. From the perspective of clients and editors, creating a thorough brief may seem like a lot of time and effort, but in the long term it’s an invaluable time-saving – and consequently, a great money-saving – tool. Getting your writer brief right should mean a quicker writer delivery, less editing work and, most importantly of all, a superior finished product.

So how do you go about crafting the perfect travel content brief? At World Words, we both work to detailed client briefs and create our own briefs for writers, so we can attest to the important of clear guidance. So, from setting carefully-considered word limits to making your SEO needs clear, and from providing writing samples to creating comprehensive a style guide, we’ve come up with our top tips for getting the most from your travel content brief.

(This is part one of our mini series on a travel briefs. Next month, we’ll look at how writers can follow client briefs).

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The Fine Art of the Travel Content Brief: How to Write One… And How to Follow It 

In travel writing, as in all content production, a clear and unambiguous brief should always be the starting point. For writers, knowing the brief inside out before you start typing is key to knowing exactly what the client or editor expects and meeting their expectations. From the perspective of clients and editors, meanwhile, getting the brief right will mean less editing work, a quicker writer delivery and – most importantly of all – a better finished product.

So how can clients craft the perfect travel content brief? And, from the other point of view, how can writers ensure they answer it in the intended way? Scroll down to read top tips from our staff content editor – and writer – Eilidh.

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A Dream Amid Sea and Sky – Our Web Copy for Hotel Villa Franca in Positano, Italy

“Perfectly situated on a hill between the craggy cliff tops and the glinting Mediterranean Sea, Hotel Villa Franca is romantic Italy at its most ravishing. With the picturesque cobbled piazzas of Positano and two blissful beaches just steps away, this stylish hilltop retreat offers the chance to check out from reality and absorb the glamor and gorgeousness of the ever-enchanting Amalfi Coast. A cool calm envelops this Italian idyll where bewitching coastal beauty dominates the window views and pines and citrus scent the air.”

So begins our web content for Hotel Villa Franca, a hotel in Positano, Italy. HVF approached us earlier this year to completely re-work their website, making the content throughout inspiring and informative. So we did. We rewrote all of the copy on the website (a total of around 5,000 words, all in US English) and then had our words translated into Italian, French and Spanish by our translation contacts. The paragraph above is the very first thing that visitors read on the homepage, but it’s just the start. We have included several content snippets from the website below…

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Website Content for Off The Map Travels

Have you ever wished your travel website was working just that little bit harder? Have you yearned for copy that’s beautifully written to catch the attention, while also getting your key sales messages across to the right audience?

That’s what Off the Map Travels wanted – and that’s why they came to World Words.

Off the Map Travels, a customised travel planning service set up by avid traveller Sara Nakash, asked us to create new website content that would engage their audience – an intrepid bunch looking for local culture, adventurous activities and a little bit of luxury too – and also clarify the key sales messages and increase the visibility of calls to action. We began by reworking the content that was already there, and then suggested our own new additions.

The new website has now gone live, so you can see the fruits of our labour by clicking here. Or for a taste of how our content works even without a fancy design, scroll down to read our copy for the homepage and ‘About’ page.

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