Category Archives: Annual Report writing

PR Packages # 5 – Newsletter, Case Study & Annual Report Copywriting

This composite PR Package has the potential to deliver impressive returns by treating what is essentially the same content in different ways.

Newsletter copywriting often reflects the most obvious news stories in an organisation.  By developing the key parts of this raw material, case studies can be created which, in themselves, offer great versatility for marketing applications ranging from additional website content to mailshots to – annual reports.

Annual report copywriting is all about creating a serious document which should nevertheless reflect what drives any organisation, namely, its people.  Case studies can highlight not only the practical, technical or financial achievements of a company.  They should also include the people whose enthusiasm, commitment and know-how make company success possible in the first place.

The ‘trickle-down effect’ of news management via imaginative copywriting and PR is realised to the full by combining three major marketing disciplines into one PR Package. 

(See Buzzwords’ main website for details: buzzwords.ltd.uk/pr_packages.htm)

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PR Packages Option # 2 – Case Study Copywriting & Annual Report Copywriting

This second option of Buzzwords’ 5-star PR packages is dubbed ‘The Credibility Builder’.  That’s because the valuable raw material of corporate information used in case study copywriting can be applied in a highly effective way to annual report copywriting.

The content can also of course be edited to create extra website content, mailshots and sales aids – so it makes marketing and financial sense to use it for annual report copywriting too!  This is especially true when specific case studies are used to illustrate a particular success that was part of an organisation’s mainstream activities in that particular year.   

Depending on the nature of the case studies, their use in annual reports can either be as major full-page items that add personal or commercial credibility.  Or they can be used as a series of cameos, or shortened versions, to highlight widely applied or accepted skills or achievements.  Whichever approach is used, the testimonial value of third party endorsement is priceless.

What is also important is recognising the value of this goldmine of information under your nose which should neither be overlooked nor wasted.  That’s why you should adopt a case study ‘strategy’ to identify both the information  and its potential as an inexpensive and often ignored marketing tool.

(See Buzzwords’ main website for details: buzzwords.ltd.uk/pr_packages.htm)

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A Merry PR Christmas!

It’s been a strange year by any standards.  Everything came to a head in October when we all thought the world was coming to an end! 

It didn’t of course, but PR activity will need to change over the coming months as clients grapple with a new economic landscape.  ‘Free lunches’ have long been out of the window.  What the equivalent is, further down the scale of professional privation, is a question that’s had me scratching my head – but probably goes along the lines of abandoning all that stuff about strategic thinking, reputation management and everything else that distances PR from the (highly successful) Max Clifford school of publicity. 

For 2009, we are where we are: in deep quagmires of a claggy consistency that won’t be helped by pompous pseudo-professionalism.  This is the year(s?) when results are all that matter.  With client budgets trimmed, it’s time for a tactical awakening.

Buzzwords’ response to all this is pretty much as it always has been ie. provide clients with a range of services from which they can pick and choose.  That’s simply because the smaller, B2B clients prefer the more cautious ad hoc approach.  I’m certainly not decrying the turnkey PR services offered by larger agencies.  There’s a lot to be said for the integrated marketing approach – if you can afford it.

This year, increasing numbers of (even the bigger) companies will be looking at ‘bigger bangs for their buck’.  To this end, Buzzwords will continue to offer traditional media relations programmes and online PR services together with specific offerings like article marketing, case study writing, newsletters (of course) – and even the odd annual report thrown in for good measure!

It’s all about flexibility and cost-effectiveness.  In times of dearth, agencies and consultants have to respond with services which will help our clients’ clients respond positively which in turn will help to pay our own rents. 

Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas –  and, most of all, a prosperous New Year!

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New content on Buzzwords’ PR & Media Relations web page

This new page sets out Buzzwords’ PR stall!  Clients in Manchester, Cheshire and beyond can expect a broad range of PR services based on many years’ experience of B2B public relations.  In addition, there are résumés of Buzzwords’ various PR services including:

  • ONLINE PR
  • ARTICLE MARKETING
  • CASE STUDY WRITING
  • NEWSLETTER WRITING
  • ANNUAL REPORT WRITING

Very soon, each of these services will link to its own web page.

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Annual Report Writing – PR for multiple audiences

I’m currently writing an annual report for a national organisation.  The number of elements and audiences to consider when writing an annual report are never-ending.

Not only does the copywriting have to be impartial and authoritative.  You also have to weave in mentions of corporate social responsibility, business risks, the past, the present, the future…

And all of this in a financial context that will tell audiences ranging from journalists to bankers to shareholders what the business is all about, who its people are, what their Key Performance Indicators and objectives are – and how far they’ve accomplished last year’s objectives.

There’s even a new consideration this year because of the introduction of electronic shareholder communications provisions in the Companies Act.  Writing a blog post like this comes as a little light relief after that lot! 


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