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How to plan to write a long form blog post

Keep it easy to read, know your audience, make it compelling, connect emotionally and don't forget to ask.
How to plan to write a long form blog post

Consider using a content preparation framework.

AIDA is one such framework and can be worth considering when preparing content.

Using AIDA you can guide your audience through attention, interest, desire and action steps as follows.

  • Attention - is about quickly attracting your audience's attention via an eye-catching headline or image that asks a question, makes a statement or offers something that you know your audience will be interested in. Focus on who you are most likely to persuade. Know your audience.
  • Interest - present information that will continue to interest your "hooked" reader. Focus on key features and benefits. Deepen the connection with proof. As required use research and data to show that you understand as you build your story. Stay focused on your audience's needs and point of view. Use simple language that is easy to understand. Make it compelling.
  • Desire - persuade your potential customer that this is something that they will be personally interested in and that they do not want to miss out on. Anticipate any possible objections, tell an irresistible story and ensure that you are communicating your unique selling proposition. Tell them why. Connect emotionally.
  • Action - this is where it’s time to close the deal and ask your potential customer to do something with a strong call to action. Make it easy, emphasise the results of taking action, anticipate any post-purchase anxieties, make it no-obligation and eliminate the risk. Don't forget to ask.

Interested in thoughts, do you use a plan or content preparation framework when writing content?