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Three Blog Archetypes: Writing for Results

by Randall Craig on August 15, 2014

Filed in: Blog, Blogging, Communication, Make It Happen Tipsheet

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Have you noticed that each magazine, newspaper, and TV news show has its own style?  They do so because style builds brand equity with their target audience.  But look underneath the glitz of style, these pros have structured each story almost exactly the same. They understand the power of the archetype.

If you haven’t thought about structuring your communications more formally, consider how you too can use these powerful forms.  Becoming more intentional in your writing will more quickly bring results.

Archetype One:  The Case Study (demonstrates experience)

  • Problem/Story
  • What was done
  • Result
  • Call to action

Archetype Two:  Problem/Solution (demonstrates analytical capability)

  • Challenge
  • Implications of the problem
  • Solution
  • Call to action

Archetype Three:  The Reporter (demonstrates industry connection)

  • Latest research
  • So what/Implications
  • Call to action

Which one should you use?  It depends on your goals, your audiences, and your own preferences.  In the end, it doesn’t exactly matter, as each blog ends with the same thing – a call to action.  A professional blog should not just be a broadcast, but the missing information link to a next step: to interact, to transact, to act.

This week’s action plan:  Look through the last number of your blog posts, articles, and other written communications.  Did you use any of these archetypes?  Or did you use… nothing.  (You may have also used one of many other archetypes beyond the three highlighted here.)  This week, strengthen your writing muscle by being more intentional with how you use structure.  Try to use at least one archetype that you’ve never used before. (You’ll get faster as you get better, and it will drive results.)

Marketing Insight #1: Can you tell what archetype this particular blog post used?  Hint: it’s a variant of Problem/Solution. Recognizing the archetypes that others use is a great way to become a more effective communicator yourself.

Marketing Insight #2: Writing and Editing are two different activities. Archetypes are chosen during the writing stage; Style is applied while editing.

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at randallcraig.com and 108ideaspace.com.

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