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Writing services to meet your communication needs – Auckland, Northland, NZ

Kia ora. I’m Michael Botur from KiwiWords – communications, content and copywriting. 

I offer professional writing services to clients around the country, especially in Northland and Auckland.

I am based in Whangarei, New Zealand.

If you’ve ever found typing hard, found it impossible to get an interview with somebody on paper, or struggled to make the words on your website professional, KiwiWords is here to help.

KiwiWords writing services take a big burden off you, allowing you to get on with the work you need to focus on.

I’m just a phone call or an email away, on 021 299 0984 or mike@kiwiwords.co.nz.

Rates for writing services begin at $69 per hour, plus GST.

KiwiWords can usually take care of overnight urgent writing jobs for $99 per hour ex GST. 

I’ve written content for clients in a huge range of industries. I can help with the following types of writing:

  • Journalism
  • Writing media releases
  • Design and formatting for your media release
  • High quality photographs
  • Interviewing
  • Blogging
  • Content writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Creative writing
  • Transcribing
  • Proofreading
  • Editing
  • Word Processing
  • Search engine optimisation

 

Browse around and you’ll find everything you need to know about what I offer in terms of

Get a wordsmith and make communications crisp and clear. 

Phone 021 299 0984 or email mike@kiwiwords.co.nz. 

 

Let’s find the perfect words to communicate with your audience this month

KiwiWords – communications, PR, content and copy writing for businesses nationwide

Mike and the team at KiwiWords (er, me myself and I) are looking for fresh clients to help this August. 

I’m all about getting writing jobs done at quoted cost or under budget, where possible, thanks to efficiency, speed, passion, and asking direct questions to ensure our purpose is clear.

As a digital native, you’ll find I keep costs manageable by reducing production time. How? By using efficient tools to create the perfect words for you.

Typical tech tools I often use to shape and publish clients’ words include:

  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Mailchimp
  • WordPress
  • LinkedIn
  • Squarespace
  • HTML5
  • Facebook
  • Wix
  • Dictaphone recording
  • Blogger / blogspot

Here’s what this wordsmith can do for you.

The process for writing your communications usually begins like this:

1 – I listen to your needs and clarify your goals with you, establishing whether we want to achieve sales, awareness, news announcement, branding, memoir, creative writing, sharing expertise, or perhaps you’re legally required to publish or announce some words and you want the writing to read professionally. 

2 – We plan who your audience currently is, who the audience is going to be, and get an understanding of the media to use to reach that audience, whether it’s using an electronic mailing list, publishing events and posts on Facebook, aiming words at an audience of professionals on LinkedIn, or creating something for print or digital news – perhaps an interview, media release or advertisement. KiwiWords can take care of all of the above.

3 – We work out what tools you’re going to need, whether I can provide everything or whether we’ll need a sub-contractor to help, such as a visual designer or web developer

4 – We work out whether you’d like me to supply your words on a Word document, shareable Google Doc (my favourite), or whether you’d like me to write directly on your website or social media for you, which requires creating a guest account to publish your words

5 – We organise the right images to make your words pop. Maybe Mike needs to take professional quality photos, or perhaps you’d like to use stock images.

6- After a draft or two, we agree on the final masterpiece, and BAM! Expert words, published on the media of your choice, with compelling images that’ll be sure to turn heads.

Already this year I’ve helped businesses achieve the following: 

  • Publishing e-books for several clients
  • Writing tenders for large contracts
  • Editing corporate annual reports
  • Updates on clients’ websites
  • Brand-building by posting the right content and comms on clients’ social media
  • Writing the right pitches, appeals and invitations to speakers to build conferences
  • Webpages and website content
  • Collecting testimonials for clients
  • Media releases / news announcements
  • Do you see your needs in this list? If so, gimme a call – 021 299 0984 / mike@kiwiwords.co.nz

I offer professional writing services to clients around the country, especially in Northland and Auckland.

I am based in Whangarei, New Zealand.

KiwiWords is just a phone call or an email away, on 021 299 0984 or mike@kiwiwords.co.nz.

The rate for my services as of August 2020: $69 per hour, plus GST, or $99 per hour (+GST) for urgent overnight turnaround. 

– Michael Botur

 

Reviews on Google Maps help KiwiWords, and they’ll help your business too

KiwiWords has fresh Google reviews, and so can you

Reviews are of massive importance to businesses because so many searches pass through Google Maps and Google My Business.

Of course these platforms are connected to Google Ads, so it’s helpful to match your business parameters with what Google offers. 

I help a lot of businesses write testimonials and collect reviews, so last week I reached out and asked a few trusted clients to review KiwiWords.
They said very nice and helpful things – thanks a lot, guys.
Remember, if you would like me to collect testimonials and reviews for you, that’s my job, so get in touch – Mike@kiwiwords.co.nz / 021 299 0984.

Testimonials, reviews and case studies: lifesaving writing for your business

Testimonials, reviews and case studies: lifesaving writing for your business

We’re all impressed when we see written endorsements for businesses from real Kiwis on a business’s website. However…

  • We can all tell the difference between fake-sounding testimonials and heartful, genuine testimonials

  • If you want to let your audience know that your business has a heart, real human testimonials are the best way

  • Why not turn your testimonials into case studies? Try using storytelling to persuade your audience to use your business.

NZ is a country of sheepish, apologetic, polite people who cringe at the concept of talking themselves up. Thankfully, making difficult phone calls to collect testimonials is something KiwiWords specialises in.

  • Phone 021 299 0984 to get wordsmith Michael Botur to make those difficult phone calls so you can collect impartial testimonials from your best customers
  • Email mike@kiwiwords.co.nz to get a quote estimating how long it will take to collect the words that will energise your business

 

The story of how I came to be an expert in getting words out of people

When I was a cadet journalist around 2013-14, I made countless difficult cold-calls to people. That was my job, as a newsroom rookie. Often it was calling Police, Fire or Ambulance communications services to squeeze out some detail about some emergency. Other times it was phoning the houses of people likely to have witnessed a car crash outside.

The reason phone calls elicit such great words is 1) They’re impossible to ignore, unlike email and 2) The person on the other end of the phone is usually speaking with words that are impromptu, unpolished and raw. There’s also a bit of a rabbit-in-the-headlights effect, meaning the majority of people won’t hang up on you, so long as you treat them respectfully over the phone. They’ll keep responding to your questions.

Apply the above skill to collecting testimonials endorsing your business, and you’ve got written gold – after all, we can all think of instances when we’ve been persuaded to trust a business due to effective testimony from a chuffed customer.

  • Remember, testimonial words can be used on all sorts of platforms, from Google My Business to Facebook to Instagram to LinkedIn and your website

A journalist collecting testimonials and case studies for your business can make a big difference.

I’m available to capture the words that will persuade the public your business is reputable. Here’s how and why:

  • Nine times out of ten, a person you feel has complimentary things to say about your business will gift you their words, their time and their published endorsement. Ask and you shall receive.
  • Treat the person respectfully and they’ll volunteer plenty of time on the phone. You have to address the person with the correct pronunciation of his or her name, correctly use their title and acknowledge their position, then the rest is simply the art of listening (and recording, and typing frantically, and arranging the person’s words for maximum effect)
  • If your word-collector listens to what the testimony-er is saying, the words captured will “ring true” and will sound authentic and unscripted. That’s very persuasive for your audience.  
  • At KiwiWords, Mike always ensures the testifier is given a copy of their words so they can see how the words are being used so there are no surprises when a person sees their name online. It’s part of the journalism code of conduct, whereby we do our best to let a person know how their words and name are being used.

KiwiWords is here to help capture those testimonials you need to build credibility, case studies and endorsements.

Simply phone Mike Botur on 021 299 0984 or email mike@kiwiwords.co.nz and let’s begin.

E-books: Why you should publish one

Across May and June 2020, I worked on three electronic books.

Don’t know what an e-book is? An e-book can help your business talk to your audience in a respectful, educational way. It’s like classy marketing that no one can diss.

Here’s everything you need to know:

  • An electronic book is a digital publication, usually 10-30 pages in length.
  • If set up correctly, an e-book can be given to customers via your website, or sent to your mailing list with a few clicks.
  • An e-book can have a paywall and be exclusive, or it can be freely and cheaply given to your audience
  • The most common and practical format to distribute an e-book is PDF (portable document format), because it’s searchable, copyable, readers can flip through the pages easily and it’ll display on most devices
  • Need an e-book written, proofed or edited? Contact mike@kiwiwords.co.nz / 021 299 0984. 

The e-books I wrote in May and June included:

  • A guide to an Auckland renovator/building company with personal messages from the founder and lots of case studies. The purpose: To give past, present and future customers detailed information and persuasive photos to demonstrate the thoughtful solutions offered by the company
  • A guide from a Kaitaia realtor about how and why people can or should sell their own houses. The purpose: To let the reader know that our expert is available to provide sales services if, after having read the book, the reader is still finding the job too challenging
  • A children’s book about evolutionary biology called My Animal Family. The purpose: education and entertainment (I’ll be trying to get an experienced publisher to put this book in front of children around the world, but until then, I need an easily-sendable document, created with Adobe, which can have its text easily updated.)

 

The e-books I created for clients this year had the following in common:

  • Landscape orientation, white background
  • Easy to print if the business wants to put a paper copy in a customer’s hands (high resolution photos; large headings)
  • 2000-6000 words, meaning not so brief that the book doesn’t leave an impression, and not so long that the reader gets lost or bored.
  • Drafted on Google Docs. Google Docs is perfect because it’s simple to set up, easily shareable and editable, and you can save your e-book as a PDF or Word doc any time you like.

 

The differences between these e-books were the following:

  • The renovation expert’s e-book identified ten customer segments, and focused on visual proof with calls to action and bold, clear headings. The takeaway message: the renovator can provide the building work required to create a customer’s dreams
  • The realtor’s e-book downplayed calls to action, with a more biographical storytelling approach, and a soft sell. The persuasive message: The realtor told the story of how he became a master expert real estate salesman, learning from his mistakes, letting the reader know that he/she could have the same learning journey

 

Typically, e-books are used to achieve the following:

  • When a customer is sitting on the fence about using your services, an e-book which contains persuasive, carefully thought-out information should convince a prospective customer to say Yes
  • An e-book sent out occasionally will remind a customer that you would like the customer’s business
  • E-books build expertise – they tell the world you know your trade thoroughly enough to write a whole book about it
  • E-books are intelligent advertising.
  • E-books add thoughtfulness as one of your brand qualities, while your competition/opposition appear less intelligent than you if they haven’t published an e-book
  • E-books are simple to share. A converted customer can easily share your book with a yet-to-be-converted customer.

 

In previous years, I’ve created the following for clients:

  • A Northland property management company wanted ebooks persuading warm customers to rent out their houses
  • Northland DHB asked for my input on creating a number of health publications, usually in PDF and printable layout
  • I’ve helped a housing project in Te Kauwhata create PDF ebooks to help persuade warm customers to say Yes.
  • I’ve turned a number of family memoirs into e-books and published these in print and on media such as Issuu, which is flippable and easy to share with a single click.

Want an e-book written? Want me to proofread your e-book?

Email mike@kiwiwords.co.nz / phone 021 299 0984.

 

I can make your words pretty on the page with UX and UI

I can help make your words look pretty on the page with UX and UI (user experience / user interface design)

How? By designing your content and words to give the best user experience. 

I’m excited to announce that this year, while continuing to offer communications, content and copywriting services, I’m studying web development.

Every day, I’m gaining expertise about how to use coding languages to make words display most effectively on the page. I want to pass that expertise on to* you. 

Adding full stack web dev as a service was a natural move for KiwiWords, considering all internet code is made from letters and English words.

In the past, I’ve offered the following web content editing help for clients:

  • Uploading blogs and synchronising these across LinkedIn, Facebook and website for a client whose blogs funnelled business to his tech repair company
  • Adjusting headings, paragraphs and meta tags to improve the search engine optimisation of a ship repair company’s posts and webpages
  • Structuring the content of a high school’s many web pages to aid the navigation of the website

Here are some of the helpful things I can do for you this year:

  • Test the display success of your website on Firefox browser and show you how your website looks on tablets, mobile phones and various monitors and browsers
  • Adjust your content to make the most of flexbox and grid options
  • Test and improve how animations display
  • Help your users “fall into the pit of success” (I prefer to think of it as funnelling users towards conversion, but tomayto tomahto)
  • Ensuring your web content is sized and positioned appropriately
  • Make the most of your design, colours, logos, quotes and more
  • Test the upload/download speed of your website and improve it to make it display in under one second
  • Set the best hierarchy of content so it’s easy for the user to digest

 

I’m a bit of a unicorn in that I offer not only content, but web development too.

We should talk – mike@kiwiwords.co.nz / 021 299 0984

 

*ps – Want to know how helpful with English I can be? I can explain the difference between on to and onto