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By Glenn Murray

Anyone who's ever tried marketing IT products or services knows that it's a specialist field.

Your customers in the IT industry have very unique and specific requirements, and that means you do too. In order to write compelling copy around your offering, you need a copywriter with a solid understanding of the IT world - someone who's not afraid to call themselves an "IT Copywriter".

So how do you know when you've found an IT copywriter? And - more importantly - how do you know what to expect from them? The following 10 tips will give you a good understanding of the qualities to look for - the things that make a copywriter an IT copywriter.

1) IT background

Perhaps the most beneficial quality in an IT copywriter is a solid background of some sort in the IT industry. If your copywriter shares an understanding of your domain, you'll spend far less time explaining the benefits of your product or service. Remember the last time you watched someone glaze over as you waxed lyrical about the wonders of your latest technology? You don't want that to happen when you're briefing your copywriter. More importantly, you don't want that happening when your potential customers read your copy!

2) Technical writing experience

Good technical writers are experienced in bridging knowledge gaps. This means they have to understand the technology, but they also have to be able to talk about it in the layperson's language. A copywriter with technical writing experience in the IT industry is likely to have domain knowledge and an ability to hit the ground running. They'll be quick on the uptake, so they'll understand your product or service more rapidly than most.

Of course, not every technical writer is a IT copywriter. You need to be sure they can write compelling copy - not just dry instruction manuals. Take a look at their samples and testimonials before making a decision.

The other important consideration - especially if you're after a website copywriter - is, do they have online writing experience? Writing for an online medium is entirely different to writing for print. Readers have different requirements and objectives, and reading conditions are very different. Many technical writers have written online help, so they should know how to cater to these differences. To be sure, ask them to recommend a maximum page length or word count per page. The correct answer should include some comment on the trade-off between the problems of scrolling and the need for a high keyword count for SEO. Ask them whether they prefer long sentences or short (and hope to hear "short").

3) Further Education

IT products and services are generally very complex in themselves. What's more, the needs of the end-customer are also very complex and unique. This means there's normally quite a steep learning curve for anyone new. Ask your IT copywriter if they have tertiary qualifications. It's not essential, and - by itself - it's no guarantee of quality copy, but it's generally a good indicator of someone who's been trained in the art of learning (i.e. researching, information filtering and modelling, knowledge retention, etc.).

The flip-side of that coin is to be wary of people who are technically qualified. Don't discount them on sight (many technical people have made great IT copywriters); just remember that technically trained people have a tendency to take a lot of things for granted when speaking to lay-people. Your IT copywriter needs to be able to understand the technology and its complexities, but still relate to the issues of the non-technical customer.

4) Management Experience

Anyone with management experience - at any level - has dealt with decision makers. They may even have been a decision maker themself. In any form of promotion, you need to appeal to the decision maker. Your IT copywriter needs to develop an understanding of the needs, influences, pressures, problems, work environment, and constraints of your typical decision maker(s). The more understanding your IT copywriter brings to the relationship, the less time you'll spend schooling them.

5) Marketing Experience

Actual marketing experience is a big plus. It brings with it a broader understanding of strategic marketing and the realities of working with a range of challenging people and evolving products and services. Look for an IT copywriter with corporate experience as a marketing manager or marketing coordinator, or someone who runs a copywriting business with a heavy marketing focus.

6) Testimonials

Anyone can call themselves an IT copywriter; few have the client testimonials to prove it. Testimonials are a great way to validate your IT copywriter's claims. Ask to see some and read them carefully. Don't just look at the company name and logo. You need to determine if the clients' words back up the copywriter's claims. And make sure the testimonial relates to the type of work you're commissioning (or something with similar requirements).

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About the Author:
Glenn Murray is an advertising copywriter and website copywriter and heads copywriting studio Divine Write. He can be contacted on Sydney +612 4334 6222 or at glenn@divinewrite.com. Visit http://www.divinewrite.com for further details or more FREE articles.

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