What kinds of businesses need a strong brand personality? All of ’em (at least, the kind that want to be successful).
Let’s face it: There are thousands of articles, blog posts, and social media captions out there. So when embarking on the mission to stand out through written copy, you definitely have your work cut out for you.
But this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to leave a lasting impression on your audience.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to stand out online is by writing with a strong and memorable voice and making sure that your brand personality is woven into everything you publish.
So, Let’s do this. Here’s my complete guide to standing out online by injecting immense amounts of personality into your copy. (You’re going to want to bookmark this page, and buckle up for the read.)
We can all agree…the online space is LOUD. There’s just no way around it.
Last year, the International Coaching Federation estimated that there are about 71,100 online coaches worldwide. Damn.
And we all know that number is continuing to ex-freaking-polde.
So, with more competitors/a more crowded market than ever….how do we stand out and be heard above all the noise?
You guessed it! With our personality.
Your content can be AMAZING in terms of value. But if it’s boring, no one is going to read (or remember) it.
And if your content can’t be easily recognized as yours even without any visual branding like colors, fonts, or photos…welp, it’s not just branded well enough.
Written copy is one of the most intimate and effective ways of engaging your audience. So you want to be sure that when you press post/send/publish, what you’ve written will allow your readers to get to know the person behind the words.
“Okay, Mackenzie,” you’re thinking. “I understand how important it is to incorporate my brand personality framework into my copy…but I have no idea where TF to start.”
I hear you!
Step #1 to working a powerful brand personality into your messaging is to establish some brand personality traits.
Ready to rumble? Answer the five simple questions below to get started:
Answering these questions will help you can get a bird’s eye view of your unique brand personality and overarching goals.
There are thousands of brand personality types out there, so don’t worry if the personality you come up with is as unique as you are! (This is a good thing, I promise!)
If you’re still drawing a blank, you can also give the exercises below a shot (which I discussed in my Authentic Ass Copy blog post!)
Once you’ve gained a solid understanding of your brand personality, it’s time to put it to work—aka to inject it into your written content and sales copy to spark engagement and crank up conversions.
While it isn’t as easy as including a mood board at the bottom of each piece of content you create, there are ways to make incorporating your personality into your copy easier and less time-consuming than you might think…
One of the easiest ways to incorporate personality is to come up with a few words, phrases, or sayings that your audience can immediately recognize as “yours” in your copy and use them repeatedly.
A quick example (and something I LOVE to sneak into my copy) is the term “AF.”
“Helpful AF,” “funny AF,” “serious AF”—it can fit anywhere and adds a layer of bold AF fun (see what I did there? 😘), wit, and drama into my writing.
Remember question #3 in the previous section, which asked how you want to convey your brand’s message?
Settle on the descriptors you chose, and stick to them in your writing.
This is crucial.
Your brand voice can be a combination of brand personality traits, such as ‘helpful with a hint of sarcasm’ or ‘an intersection between intelligence and comedy’…
But once you’ve determined what’s most YOU, keep that sh*t consistent—consistent with your goals and consistent across all platforms.
Is there a meme or GIF you’re just DYING to use in your content?
Here’s your sign to do it!
Let that brand personality of yours shine through!
I do this all the time in my content. It helps keep my brand voice lighthearted, funny, and conversational for my readers.
Incorporating your brand personality framework into your copy not only allows your readers to get to know you and your brand better, but it also increases conversion rates and sales.
In other words…if you’re writing with no personality, WYD?!
If I’ve convinced you of the importance of ~jazzing up~ your copy, allow me to offer you just one more thing: the FREE Copywriting with Personality Care Package 🎁
This FREE training teaches you exactly how to stand out in a crowded market with messaging you can’t miss.
In addition to the free video training and Writing with Personality Workbook, you’ll also score plug-and-play templates to help you convert your readers into customers/clients based on your unique brand personality we establish in part #1.
I’ll see you there! 😉
"Wowza! I knew from previously working with Mackenzie, that she’s a true expert at her craft, but she continues to blow me away.
We’ve trusted Mack for every phase of a launch, and let me tell you—the natural humor & wit Mack is able to seamlessly weave into our copy in a way that instantly lets the reader know we *get* them WHILE remaining clear and strategic, is unlike anything I’ve seen before.
Plus, not only is what Mack delivers packed with the perfect punch of personality (gifs and all), but it usually requires no edits.
She nails it with the first draft, saving us tons of time.
“After I met Mackenzie, I realized that writing and copywriting is not the same thing.
One will make you bank money and the other won’t.
After only a 90-minute breakdown call, Mack was able to write copy that encapsulates my personality and who I am and transmitted that to my people. I just can't recommend her enough.
Don't think about it. I thought about it for too long and I honestly regret not having invested in her a year ago.
“If you’ve been sitting in the copywriting spiral wishing that someone could jump into your brain and just get it, Mackenzie is your answer—trust me, she fucking gets it! Wow did she deliver and then some!
I had worked with previous copywriters and was worried she wouldn’t be able to nail my voice—that my authenticity wouldn’t show through. But Mack absolutely smashed it.
I couldn’t be more grateful for her expertise and inspiration to show up as my baddie-boss-betch self. Also, she makes me literally LOL which makes the entire writing process fun and enjoyable (instead of painful and overwhelming).
Seriously, her services/offers are THE best business investments I’ve ever made, hands fucking down.
“This was the first time that I had outsourced copywriting, so I was very nervous to make this investment but it was 100% worth it. Every single penny.
So if you're thinking of working with Mackenzie, you should totally do it. She's amazing. She's super talented, and it's going to be a really great investment.”
“When it comes to copywriting, Mackenzie knows exactly how to get clarity on your brand voice and how to convey that in your messaging.
And there's nothing more exciting than to know that someone cares SO much about what you're producing that they make it their own job—they make it a priority to show up and to make it pizzazz and succeed.
So what else could I say about Mackenzie except that she is phenomenal and you would be a sucker to not hire her.”
She’s such a genius with all things messaging, positioning, the nitty gritty of specific types of sales copy that you need in your business.
And honestly, there’s just nobody who sums up better and more succinctly and actionably exactly how to formulate words that sell and copy that converts.
Investing in 1:1 coaching with Mack has been the best thing I’ve done for my business. After silently stalking her for a while, I reached out and immediately knew my business would never be the same again.
Her wit, passion, and knowledge are unmatched. Also, she’s just so much fucking fun!
I have so much more confidence in my abilities and she has been a huge part of that. I can’t think of a reason you wouldn’t invest in her coaching.