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The jargon balance

The corporate world is full of abbreviations and acronyms. Buzzwords abound in every industry; mystifying, elucidating, exciting and tedious in equal measure, depending on the reader.

It’s a tightrope to walk and one slip means the loss of potential clients.

Like the rest of this cruel and complicated world, writing and communicating isn’t just black and white. Pepper your prose with jargon and you might alienate the people in need of your expertise. And while ‘jargon-free’ is a selling point, you do have to demonstrate that you’re knowledgeable and skilled with the tools of your trade. Want visitors to your site? Your SEO copywriter* needs to draw together a clever combination of industry keywords and plain language key phrases to give you good search engine visibility.

There’s a simple way of getting the jargon balance right.

  • Firstly and most importantly, consider carefully the message you want to communicate; the target readership and its level of understanding; and the image you want to convey.
  • Secondly, use a professional copywriter. Copywriters specialise in crafting custom communications to draw, intrigue and of course explain.
  • Finally, work closely together to ensure that any ambiguities are cleared up, your knowledge is beyond doubt and your approach neither patronising nor superior.

Throughout this process bear in mind that every piece of writing you produce, whether advertising copy, email marketing, or even a niche newsletter, should fit your established brand. People beyond your target audience may well be reading, and therefore judging. That can have an impact on recruitment, press perception, sales and more beyond. Walk that tightrope with precision and take no chances. Above all, write for real people rather than search engines.

*An SEO copywriter is one who specialises in writing search engine optimised text, which, in combination with other SEO techniques, will boost the website in question up the search rankings for selected words and phrases.