08 Nov 2016

Copy-writing best practices you should know about before launching your website

Copy-writing best practices you should know about before launching your website

Mapa Social is a social media company based in Richmond BC, with a global reach. we write and guide many company’s online persona using many services including writing.

Writing for the web isn’t like writing an essay or a letter. In order to write for social media or website design you need a few key elements to really stand out.

The best things you can do are:

  • Use Bullet Points to be concise
  • Bold Important words
  • Focus on the User
  • Keep content short and to the point
  • Break text up
  • Use plain and simple language
  • Use calls to action to guide readers to the next point
  • Hyperlinks should describe the actions
  • Keywords are essential for getting notice online (SEO)
  • Use Visuals effectively

 

The first few points explain themselves, others need to be flushed out though. When keeping content Short and to the point it is important to be direct, without loosing detail. Explain yourself fully without wasting words. This makes your content very user and social media friendly.

To do this, you should write your initial draft. When you begin editing, take out words that do not need to be there to get your point across. Do not lose detail, only repetition. When working on website design, having every detail will ensure your readers come back for more.

Breaking up text is simple. It is best to use short paragraphs, 2-3 sentences in length. Each paragraph should contain a single idea, with following paragraphs giving supporting details.

Breaking up your writing in this manner allows your writing to be scanable for easy and quick reading. This formatting also prevents readers from becoming bored. Meaning that your whole article will be read. This is especially important for social media sites like Facebook.

Calls to action are also very important, they let you tell your reader what to do. This could be to visit a website, click a button, or write an E-mail. Each call to action should be short and brief to be effective.

Hyperlinks should be made easy to understand. For example, when telling a reader to visit your website or Amazon. Link the words directly to the sites as we did here.

Keywords are critical to get noticed by users who are surfing the web. They make you stand out when someone googles content like yours. This is called Social Media Optimization and will get you noticed online.

Finally, any visuals you use should be near the subject they are involved with.  Avoid making them larger than they need to be so that they don’t shift attention or confuse readers.

Following these best practices for website writing will allow your readers to skim through and extract the most important information from your writing. Your readers will enjoy your articles and how they flow quickly and easily. At Mapa Social we offer copywriting services ensure your copy is the most effective on the internet. We are located in Richmond BC, but can be contacted from anywhere!

08 Nov 2016

Mapa Social gets nominated as one of Richmond’s most excellent businesses by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

The business excellence awards have honored the outstanding achievements of Richmond Businesses since 1977. This year, the Richmond Chamber will celebrate it’s 39th Annual Business Excellence Award at the River Rock Casino Resort on November 17th and we’re honored to have made the final 3 in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category!

For us is an honor and a very humbling experience to be selected as one of Richmond Most Excellent Businesses, said Maikel Parets, Mapa Social’s Principal Consultant and Owner.

The Richmond Chamber gathered nominations from the community and the 3 finalists were announced on October 20th at a reception hosted by the Quilchena Golf & Country Club.

After the selection, the finalists have a one on one interview with the Judges –a team made up of prominent local business owners and city officials to help select the top businesses in our community. The goal is to find out more about the business, why they deserve to win, how are they making an impact in the local community and their plan for growth.

The Richmond Chamber is also doing a 30 second promo video for all finalists to be played during the Gala on November 17th.

At Mapa Social, we couldn’t be more proud to be sharing the stage with such prominent businesses, regardless of the results, we’re honored to be here and we can’t wait until November 17th when they will reveal who got the top spot.

Here is the list of Richmond’s best businesses to be showcased

 

2016 Business Excellence Award Finalists:

Association of the Year
Richmond Youth Honour Choir (RYHC) under the Richmond Youth Choral Society
The Seafair Minor Hockey Association
Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives

Green Business of the Year
Nova Express Millennium Inc. dba Novex Delivery Solutions
Corvus Energy Inc.
Steveston Harbour Authority

Innovation of the Year
Ronin8 Technologies Ltd
Corvus Energy Inc.
Community Outreach Pharmacy

Leadership of the Year
Cleantech Service Group
Steveston Harbour Authority
Renaissance Kids Education Centres Ltd.

Workplace of the Year
Vancity
Gilmore Gardens Seniors Community
Herbaland Naturals Inc

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
MRD Landscaping Inc
Mapa Social
Smokehouse Sandwich Corporation

New Business of the Year
Yuan’s Serendipity Cuisine Ltd.
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport
Arcadia Botanicals Inc.

Small Business of the Year
Jet Pet Resort
505 Ventures Ltd DBA 505-Junk
Le Gear Pelling Insurance Agencies Ltd

Mid-Size Business of the Year
Herbaland Naturals Inc
Nurse Next Door
Western Tank & Lining Ltd.

Large Business of the Year
Pacific Gateway Hotel
Marriott Vancouver Airport Hotel
Cleantech Service Group