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When you’re creating a site for your business, it’s easy to focus on the visuals. You want your business to be striking and memorable! But what you’re saying deserves the same care and attention. Crafting clear language for your users means they can properly engage with your business and understand what you’re offering.
The PXT team
Co-founder @ Pixel Together
Thursday 4th November 2021
But before you put words onto your website you need to be clear on two things:
This is obviously a big topic, and a lot of people will opt to get help from a specialist here. But, getting to grips with the basics can help you to create a stronger site with happier, more engaged users. So, let’s get into it.
What your users need to know
'Providing the information that the user needs means they can complete their tasks and contributes to a positive user experience.'
Your user, whether they are a customer, client or someone doing some research, has a goal or a task in mind. They might want to buy something from your site, find out whether they can book for you for an event, see which clients you’re working with or find a way to get in touch with you. Providing the information that the user needs means they can complete their tasks and contributes to a positive user experience.
To help understand what your users need to know, we like to borrow from software engineering and write a user story.
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'To write one, you define who your user is, what they want, and why they want that thing'
As a [person in a particular role]
I want to [perform an action or find something out]
so that [I can achieve my goal of…]
As a first-time customer, I want to see what’s available on Amazing Stationery, so that I can buy a new notebook.
As a wholesaler, I want to get in touch with the owner of Amazing Stationery, so that I can send a catalogue to them directly.
As a subscription customer, I want to manage my subscription, so that I can update how often I’m getting my Amazing Stationery.
Giving users the information they need means making it as clear as understandable as possible. Part of this is about having a clear site structure or information architecture and having the information well-organised. Next, pay attention to the language you choose. Using the right language in the right situations for the right audiences also contributes to a positive user experience and helps you to build or maintain your customer relationships.
Remember that people don’t all consume information in the same way. Here are some people you need to consider when you’re writing:
When people come to Amazing Stationery, it’s important that people can access the information on the site. As the Content Design London team have emphasised, keeping content simple is not dumbing down, it’s opening up. Don’t be afraid to use simple language and keep your site to a low reading age. It just means that more people will be able to engage with what you’re doing.Chances are, you’ll have the work on your site copy more than once. Since you’ll be doing some maintenance and updates to keep your site up to date, consider adopting some content principles for your site. Here are a few you might like to adopt or adapt:
To learn more about writing content for your users, you can try reading:Copywrong to Copywriter by Tait IschiaNicely Said by Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee
How to give them that information
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