3 Differences Between Content Writing and Copywriting


Hey guys, its Alex and in this video I’m
going to share the 3 major differences between content writing and copywriting. So, if you’re a freelance writer looking to
start a copywriting business, it is absolutely critical that you know the difference between
these two art forms, so you best know how to present yourself and find new clients. On the flip side of that, if you’re an entrepreneur
or a business owner looking to hire the freelance writer, knowing the difference will make sure
you hire a writer that suits your needs. And let me tell you a copywriter is very different
than a content writer, they often have different styles, tones, techniques, processes, and
even personality types. So, if you fall into either one of those categories,
whether you’re looking to start a copywriting business or scale your business through copywriting… Make sure to hit subscribe for plenty more
videos and copywriting basics coming your way. But, before we dive in to the 3 key differences
between content writing and copywriting, I want to dispel one gigantic myth… And to be honest, it’s kind of a crock of
crap. I hear it all the time. “Alex, I cant write my own copy. I’ve
never been trained to write correctly, I didn’t do well in english class in school or in college
and I just don’t have that formal writing ability.” I’ll be honest with you, some of the best
copy out there, copy that I’ve read, copy that I’ve written, is actually super informal… It’s fun, its engaging. This might blow your mind a little but there
has been copy split tests that have proven copy written at a 3rd grade level actually
out performs copy written at a college level. It just goes to show that we love information that’s
easy to consume, that’s simple and that gets the point across. Okay, so with that here are the 3 key differences
between content writing and copywriting. Okay, the first key difference between content
writing and copywriting is the purpose. Copy is written with the purpose of creating
a sale. So this might be a webinar script, a sales
letter, a video sales letter or a Facebook ad. Anything that’s written with the purpose
of creating a conversion or a sale. Content, on the other hand, is written with
the purpose of creating engagement. So think blog posts, videos (like I’m recording
now) Instagram posts, captions, images, graphics… these are all pieces of content that are used
to create engagement. The second key difference between content
writing and copywriting is the direction. Copywriting is extremely one-directional. It’s linear, it’s strategic, it’s intentional,
and it ends with a singular call to action… which is normally to buy, or to opt-in. A very good copywriter will write every single
sentence in a way that entices the reader to read the next sentence. They’ll guide them through a buying experience,
with the end result of taking that most wanted response, whatever that might be. Content, on the other hand, is very multi-directional. It’s like a conversation between friends.
There are tangents and sidebars and “oh my god did I tell you about this” and “by
the ways.” So think of a blog post and how it creates
conversation and engagement… There’s often links to multiple different
sources and locations, and multiple different questions and calls to action included in
that blog post. So the 3rd and final key difference between
content writing and copywriting is the goal. As I mentioned before, copy presents an offer. So the goal of a good copywriter should be
to increase conversion rate and, ultimately, increase revenue. Content, on the other hand, creates engagement
and builds brand loyalty. So the goal of a content writer should be to get more likes,
shares, comments, and add goodwill and value to your business. Now, one isn’t more important than the other,
in fact every business absolutely needs both. The more content and value you add, the more
brand loyalty you create, and the easier it is to sell. So a content writer really makes a copywriter’s
job a whole heck of a lot easier. My advice to you is whether you’re a content
writer or a copywriter, stay in your lane, hone your craft. The more confident you are
in what you do the easier you’ll be able to find clients and present your skills in
a really powerful way. If you found this video helpful please like
and share. And in the comment section below, ask your
#1 most pressing copywriting question. If I pick your question to answer, I’ll
be sure to give you a shoutout in my next video. Till then, I’m Alex. Ciao for now!

19 thoughts on “3 Differences Between Content Writing and Copywriting

  1. What is the best way to create engagement through your content? Can you have a “lifestyle” blog/IG page that includes randomness or should it just be for one thing? I hope this makes sense.

  2. Interesting perspective. Ive always seen 'content' as the overarching umbrella…then you can segment further by 'types of content' Ie: Sales 'content' (sales letter, ads, vsl, advertorial) ; Engagement 'content' (videos, blog post, podcast, infographics, native)

  3. Here’s my question

    Knowing what you know, if you weren’t in copy writing how would you go about hiring a sales copy writer.

    What would you look for ?

    What would you look out for?

    What steps would you go through?

    Thanks Alex! Keep doing your thing!

  4. Hi Alex i just found your video, its cool information , thanks honey, i got a question; what is the difference between engagement and conversion, arent they the same thing

  5. Hi Alex,

    Can you use a simulated copy (for an imaginary client) or other current copy – sales letter, fb ads, webinar scripts, etc.

    Thank you for providing value for us.

  6. I have just discovered your videos and find them so useful, this one, in particular, was brilliant. I never realised they were two different things and now have a clearer focus. I am ready to binge-watch the rest of your informative videos. Thank you!

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