Knowing Your Audience: How to Choose the Right Content for the Right People

Long gone are the days when online content was written for the benefit of Google alone. Packed with keywords and soullessly written simply to trick the bots into pushing the website up in search rankings, it didn’t make for enjoyable reading for real people. Thankfully, the online content of today is a whole different ball game. Original, engaging, juicy content that answers questions, enlightens or inspires online readers is the name of the game.

The key however, is delivering the right content to the right people. On these pages, you’ll find all kinds of advice on creating high quality travel content, from considering article length and structure, to using imagery to inspire your copy, to ensuring content works for mobile. Yet none of it matters if you don’t know who the content is for.

Knowing your audience is one of the foundation blocks of travel writing. It affects not just the subject matter, but the tone of voice, the language used, and even the style of the content. So read on to discover why you should be providing your content writing team with as much information about your target audience as you possibly can.

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Hand-in-Hand: Why Travel Content and Social Media Will Work Better Together

In the modern world, we’re seeing more and more travel brands using social channels as their primary platforms for branding and marketing. In fact, some have ditched blogging and other common forms of content marketing altogether in favour of the more immediate gratification and precise targeting offered by a social-only approach.

It’s understandable, as social media – and especially Instagram – has been a gift for travel brands, with the visual focus offering a chance to show off available destinations and experiences at their most enticing. However, we believe that social media is a tool that should be used to complement other forms of content marketing… not to replace them. For us, the best form of relationship is a symbiotic one. Here’s our take on why social and content marketing are tailor made for one another, and how you can use the two in tandem to boost your travel brand…

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Going Mobile: Creating Travel Content That is Smartphone and Tablet Friendly

In the modern world, smartphone-friendly content is vital. Mobile is no longer man afterthought when it comes to producing content, and quite rightly – the stats for users accessing websites on phones and tablets are up year on year. With phones increasingly the primary – and even sole – device for users, it’s no wonder so many brands now follow a mobile-first approach when designing their content. Luckily for us, travel content thrives on mobile.

For those of us in the travel industry, there are several advantages when it comes to making travel content work for mobile. Effective travel content is fundamentally very visual, and lends itself well to mobile-friendly formats that tend to prioritise images and concise information over reams and reams of text. So if you’re planning your travel content for the months ahead, here are some of our top tips to ensure it’ll be a hit with phones and tablets too…

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The Art of the Content Brief – Part Two: How Writers Can Follow a Detailed Brief

Any travel content writer with even a little experience will attest that a clear, detailed and unambiguous client brief is hugely appreciated. After all, it makes the writer’s job so much easier. The more you can know about the wants, needs, goals and preferences of a client, the easier it is to write content that meets – and ideally exceeds – their expectations. Clients and editors expect writers to know their requirements inside out, and having this information written in black and white – and available for repeated reference throughout the writing process – is a huge help.

Yet, just as important as having a good client brief, is knowing how to follow it effectively. At World Words, we have a wealth of experience in both following client briefs and creating our own editorial briefs for writers, so we know how to make the process as straightforward as possible. From reading the brief again and again – and again! – to making sure you take style guides seriously, here are our top tips for following a travel content brief to the letter…

(This is part two of our mini series on a travel briefs. Last month, we offered advice on how to write a great brief).

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