Digital - The new king of Content

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with the digital booming industry, content has begun to evolve and it’s no longer just about written copy as companies have branched out into areas such as social media marketing and video optimization on youtube. So what does this mean for the traditional copywriter?

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Digital - The new king of Content

  1. 1. Digital - The new king of Content<br />The realm of online copywriting has upped its game. Gone are the days of dumping regurgitated written copy onto web pages to fill in the gaps. Nowadays it’s all about content in a much broader sense of the word and the candidates are certainly proving this to be true, with up to 73% of our traditional copywriters registered in the last year possessing additional digital content focused skills. So what does this mean for the traditional copywriter? Print vs. onlinePrint has always received a higher value over digital due to its tangibility, status and the fact that you usually have to pay to read it. However, it would appear that online copy is becoming more relevant than ever and an essential tool for any business wanting to develop its online presence. This has manifested in the sharp rise in digital copywriting job briefs we’ve been receiving, which is matched by candidates - 39% of registered content producers and copywriters have digital experience and over half of those (57%) registered within the last year. So why the sudden surge? More than the written wordSince the digital boom, content has begun to evolve; it is no longer just about written copy as companies have branched out into areas such as social media and video channels. Candidates in the industry are well aware of this and the expanding parameters of content and as a result they're broadening their skill sets to cash in. We took a sample of 1,800 CVs from the last two years and discovered that 26% of candidates have experience with video production and 51% of these were registered in the last year. Results were similar for candidates referencing social media (73%), YouTube (59%) and SEO (57%) also in the last year.  YouTube generationThe success of YouTube meant that many companies clamoured to get videos uploaded in very much the same way they did websites some 15 years ago. In many cases, videos are thrown on to sites with no real care as to what their purpose will be or the relevance of their content. However, we’ve seen a considerable rise in the number of copywriting jobs requesting writers with video production experience which shows that companies are really investing in new forms of content. This is met by a 19% annual increase in the number of candidates with this experience.  OptimizationThe increase in candidates with SEO experience is particularly interesting as the rise of social media and the blogosphere means that the reach to communicate with the consumer is almost limitless. So, making sure content is accessible to potential consumers is paramount and content must be correctly optimized with metadata to ensure that it can be found. Whilst digital copywriters don’t need to know the ins and outs of SEO they must have a basic understanding and the ability to factor in SEO when creating copy by using the correct key words.  Getting it rightTo really excel in the world of digital content production, you must make sure that your copy is punchier, more engaging and more concise as it has to compete with the skimming eyes of the web reader. It also has to be specialised for the site as well as the reader. There is no room for generality, so a good copywriter or content producer also needs to be commercially aware. As we’ve already mentioned, an understanding of SEO is becoming more and more relevant for roles within this area, so try and gain a basic understanding of how this works, ensuring that this is considered with every piece of content you write. It’s also worth getting some experience with video production as this is set to be a booming aspect of content with the majority of companies already having their own YouTube channels. So, with jobs on the rise and candidates skilling up, online content is certainly the way forward. If you’re a copywriter or content producer looking to make waves in the digital world then get in touch or search the latest Content, Editorial and Copywriting jobs now.<br />About Major Players<br />Headquartered in Covent Garden, London, Major Players’ team of more than 80 consultants provides freelance and permanent personnel. The firm recruits for various advertising jobs, marketing, design, digital media, events, interactive media, creative, design, PR jobs in UK.for more information visit http://www.majorplayers.co.uk/<br />Contact<br />MajorPlayers: +44(0)207 836 4041<br />Mike Iannella: mike.iannella@majorplayers.co.uk<br />Charley Caines: charley.caines@majorplayers.co.uk<br />

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