Learn to get the word out online in this social media-writing workshop
“The article I rewrote in Ann’s Master Class got nearly 3 times the average page views for our intranet home page stories. It was the second-most read story of 2016.”
– Michelle Esso, senior communications staff writer, Baker Law
How do you triple readership for your blog post? Get people to read 520% more of your story? Increase shares, likes and followers?
The research is out there — some good, some bad, some simply ridiculous. We’ve sifted through the best of the best to come up with dozens of proven-in-the-lab best practices for writing blog posts, content marketing pieces and social media status updates that travel the globe instead of just staying home on the couch.
Are you a social-media writer who would like to:
- Learn how to identify which story angles readers want to read?
- Get fill-in-the-blanks templates for building popular content marketing pieces?
- Get targets for the most effective length of blog posts, Facebook status updates, tweets, Instagram and Pinterest captions and YouTube descriptions, as well as online paragraphs, sentences and words?
- Get your message across even to nonreaders?
- Master these new skills with time for practice and feedback?
If so, this is the workshop for you.
Make it a Master Class. Plus, when you make it a Master Class, you also:
- Get a Social Media-Writing Workout With Wylie: Take your blog post or content marketing piece from ‘meh’ to masterpiece.
“Great step-by-step instructions on how to do it right.”
— Stacy Mayo, assistant account executive, Rhea + Kaiser
Think Like a Friend, Fan or Follower
Write stories that readers want to read
“There’s a lot of ME in social MEdia,” says Brian Solis. “And there’s a great big I in TwItter.”
Sadly, talking about yourself and your stuff works about as well on social channels as it does at a cocktail party. Watch your social media reach and influence grow when you deliver relevant, valuable, useful content to your readers. Specifically, you’ll learn how to:
- Find the right story— and craft the best story angle — for blog posts, content marketing pieces and social media status updates.
- Position your company as the expert in the field and draw readers in with news they can use to live their lives better.
- Get more likes and shares with stories that better serve your audience.
- Make sure your status updates are welcome guests, not intrusive pests, by passing the 70-20-10 test.
- Tap the power of the most-retweeted word in the English language. And avoid the one topic nobody wants to read about.
Create Content Marketing Pieces That Almost Write Themselves
Fill in the blanks to tipsheets, survey stories and more
Are you using a structure that’s been proven in the lab to:
- Attract 300% more readers (Groove HQ)?
- Get more social media shares (Reuters Institute)?
- Boost readership, understanding, engagement, interest, satisfaction and more (The Poynter Institute, The Readership Institute, the American Society of News Editors and the Newspaper Association of America)?
If not, why not? In this session, you’ll learn a structure that’s been proven in the lab to grab readers’ attention, pull them through the piece and leave a lasting impression. Specifically, you’ll learn how to:
- Master the temple structure, a designed-for-the-web story form that grabs reader attention, pulls them through the piece and leaves a lasting impression.
- Write leads that drag readers into your piece with our 3-step test.
- Fill in the blanks to the best survey story you’ve ever written, using our easy template.
- Get a simple template for crafting a tipsheet that almost writes itself.
- Model the masters to a great case study: It’s easy with our annotated example.
Master the Art of the Online Storyteller
Tap the Awwwww Factor
Adding a story to a blog post has been shown to increase reading by as much as 520%, according to Groove HQ testing. Learn to write stories that grab attention, boost credibility, make your messages more memorable and communicate better.
- Find the desk-pounding moment that’s the gateway to every anecdote.
- Choose from 3 types of stories that help you make the most of your blog posts and content marketing pieces.
- Elicit juicy stories with the key question to ask during an interview.
- Organize your material into a powerful story in just 3 steps with our simple storytelling template.
- Start an anecdote with a bang — instead of a whimper.
Cut Through the Clutter on Social Media
Hit the right targets for posts, captions, status updates & more
Bookshelves buckle under the weight of usability research showing that the less readable your status updates, the less sharing you’ll see. That the more you pack into your paragraphs, the less people will read. That the longer your sentences get, the less your readers will understand.
But how long is too long in social media? In this session, you’ll learn how to:
- Hit the right targets: What’s the most effective length of a blog post? A Facebook status update? A tweet? An Instagram or Pinterest caption? A YouTube description? An online paragraph? A sentence? A word?
- Execute a “reverse mullet” to put your message where their eyes are.
- Get a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of your piece to identify the best opportunities to radically increase readability.
- Entice visitors to read more of your story by hitting one key on your keyboard more often.
- Avoid using one “unretweetable” punctuation mark. It’s been proven in the lab to reduce sharing.
Lift Ideas Off the Post
Put your message where their eyes are
More than half of social media followers spend, on average, fewer than 15 seconds on a page, according to a study by Chartbeat.
In this environment, you need to get your message across to skimmers, scanners and other nonreaders.
In this session, you’ll learn to use microcontent — links, subheads, decks and more — to reach even people who don’t read your paragraphs. Specifically, you’ll learn how to:
- Avoid writing headlines that get filtered out by Facebook.
- Write better listicles with our 6-step list-writing makeover.
- Steal a one-two punch from the FBI for grabbing attention and communicating your key idea — in 140 characters or less.
- Bust the myth of page view time. Help readers understand better, remember longer and enjoy your piece more — in half the time.
- Tear down obstacles to reading your post by passing the Palm Test.
- Write headlines that climb higher on search engine results pages and entice readers with wit and whimsy.
Get a Social Media Writing Workout With Wylie
Take your blog post or content marketing story from ‘meh’ to masterpiece
In the crunch of writing headlines and meeting deadlines, it sometimes seems as if there’s not enough time to pause and consider how you’re doing. But in our practice sessions, you’ll get a great opportunity for reflection and improvement.
Bring your laptop and a story to work on. You’ll get a chance to write and rewrite, get and give feedback, and leave with a totally rewritten piece. In these practice sessions, you’ll:
- Master the techniques you learn in the workshop by applying them immediately. (That’s how we put the “Master” in the Master Class!)
- Gain valuable insights on your work from your peers and from Ann.
- Learn to analyze and improve others’ writing — the best skill you can develop for editing others or improving your own work.
“Other writing coaches tell you what to do.
Ann shows you how.”
— Roberta Laughlin, vice president, Mutual Funds Marketing, Northern Trust
About Ann Wylie
Ann Wylie runs a training, editing and consulting firm called Wylie Communications. She works with communicators who want to reach more readers and with organizations that want to get the word out.
Her workshops take her from Hollywood to Helsinki. There, she helps training clients at organizations like NASA, Nike and Nokia polish their skills and find new inspiration for their work.
Ann has earned more than 60 awards, including two IABC Gold Quills, for her communications. She is the author of more than a dozen learning tools that help people improve their communication skills, including RevUpReadership.com, a toolbox for writers.
“I learned more in this two-day class than I did in my two-year master’s program.”
— Rochelle Juette, communications specialist, Washington Closure Hanford
One-day writing workshop
- Learn tips and techniques for Reaching Readers Online in a customized, six-hour writing workshop.
- Practice your new skills on your team’s own writing samples.
- Continue learning after the workshop ends with a three-month membership to Rev Up Readership for up to 30 members of your team.
Two-day Master Class
In the crunch of writing headlines and meeting deadlines, it sometimes seems as if there’s not enough time to pause and consider how you’re doing. But in our two-day Master Class, your team members will get a chance to write, edit and rewrite; get and give feedback; and leave with a totally rewritten piece. In the process, they will:
- Master the techniques they learn in the workshop by applying them immediately
- Get feedback with specific ideas they can use to improve your work immediately
- Gain valuable insights on their work from their peers and from Ann
- Learn to analyze and improve each others’ writing — the best skill you can develop for improving your own work
Just have half a day? Let’s focus on Thinking Like a Friend, Fan and Follower, and Mastering the Art of the Online Storyteller.
Add writing guidelines
Want to make sure everyone’s on the same page with your new web writing techniques — including your approvers and reviewers? Let Ann develop customized writing guidelines, based on best practices, for your team. This is “the book” that lets everyone know, “Here’s how we write it around here.”
Your web writing guidelines will include before-and-after examples of your team’s own headlines, leads, links and other story elements. That means your team will not only find out what they need to tweak, but how Ann would tweak it.
Ever wish you had annotated models and checklists for writing your online messages? Let us develop formulas, templates and examples to make your online communications more effective and less time-consuming.
Your team will walk away with fill-in-the-blanks outlines they can use to write your most common types of web pieces, whether they’re tipsheets, survey stories, HR stories, product releases, webpages, brochures — you name it. Plus, you’ll get before-and-after versions of your own web content illustrating each of the templates.
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What grads say about Get Clicked, Read, Shared & Liked
“LOVED the recipes for different kinds of articles and focusing on the reader.”
– Megan Bultman, lead philanthropy consultant, Allstate
Between Ann’s casual yet energetic style and the mind-blowing, data-backed info, this workshop rocks all the way.
– Wendy Perkins, content specialist, San Diego Zoo Global
This workshop is especially effective for those of us who have been writing for a long time. Ann brings in the new research and new trends to keep us on our toes and to keep our writing strong and fresh.
– Jean Kempe-Ware, owner, Kempe-Ware Public Relations
Excellent way to spend two days immersed in the latest techniques, research and tools.
– Scott Charlston, manager, External Communications, Verizon
“This is my first workshop, but have been to two of your other presentations. I love how much you are so ‘into’ this stuff. Your excitement is contagious! I’ve learned solid tips for changing up how we do things, and really appreciate that. Thanks!”
– Sharon Loudon, editor/digital content specialist, Bryan Medical Center
“I love how interactive it was and that we went through real-life examples of others’ work.”
– Elyssa Bernstein, communications specialist, Commonwealth Partnerships
“Wonderful! Loved the focus on data. This is the first class I’ve taken in which I’m likely to review my notes.”
– Caroline Kipp, senior community relations specialist, Town of Castle Rock
“A wealth of knowledge presented in a relatable way. The information about how people read and process information (or don’t!) will help me make the case to leaders and communicators who are reluctant to change.”
– Wendy Sauvageot, communications lead, internal communications, Department of Defense
“This was the best writing workshop I’ve ever taken. It was packed with best practices backed up by research.”
– Liz Carmack, senior communications specialist, Texas Association of Counties
“Awesome! I was feeling burnt-out when I arrived. Thanks for reviving me!”
– Dora McAlpin, senior editor, Department of Defense
“I found the research shared extremely valuable because it helps me to make my case at work for shorter online copy. The templates are also very useful because they’ll save me time and help me to keep my content focused and structured.”
– Gordana Goudie, communications officer, Georgia Tech Professional Education
“I love it! There was so much knowledge packed into two days. I can’t wait to take my learnings back to my company.”
– Dan Kimball, social media manager, re:group, inc.
“This workshop was great! I feel like I’m equipped with better tools to be an effective writer on all my projects moving forward.”
– Courtney Frappier, senior account executive, RED PR
“Revolutionised the way my communications team and I approach writing for online consumption.”
— Nikki Van Dusen, manager, Internet Communications, Alberta Public Affairs Bureau
“A semester’s worth of knowledge in a few hours.”
— Amy Kappler, communications specialist, Burgess and Niple
We recommend that every communication team start their training with Catch Your Readers. In this essential workshop, you’ll learn to use the bait your readers like — in print and online.
“If I were to write a headline and deck for Ann’s workshop, it would go something like this … ‘West Point for Writers: How to win the war for readers’ minds.’”
— Jim Rink, media relations specialist, The Auto Club Group
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