Copy brief

In an agency context, your brief would be developed and refined to reach this stage. So if you need any help in completing the sections, I’m happy to provide additional support.

1. Background

(Why are we producing this?)

2. Target audience

(Do they already have a relationship with you? How much do they know about your service/product/ organisation? If there’s more than one audience, please list them as primary, secondary etc.)

3. Who are your competitors and what is their current marketing activity?

(Your positioning in your marketplace)

4. What is the single most important point you want to make?

(The proposition: only one thought. What’s the most important point you want your target to remember?)

5. Key features and benefits?

(e.g. Feature: your money will only be invested in ethical funds. Benefit: you’ll have peace of mind as your money will work for good)

6. For the web, please attach a page by page outline content brief (or if unsure I can pull this together for an extra fee)

7. Tone of voice?

(Please attach brand guidelines. If you’re unsure about your brand language, I can help with tone of voice. Design is your brand’s body language; copy is your ‘voice’. You need to be ‘speak’ in a way that feels right to your target.)

8. What do you want your target to believe?

(Write from the target’s viewpoint eg I feel reassured that this investment will meet my needs.)

9. Any action you want your target to take as a result of reading the copy?

(For example, phone 0800 123 4567 and ask for an application pack.)