18 February 2020

How to Find a Content Marketing Writer [VIDEO]

Working with an external content marketing writer can save you time—and it can save your sanity when you’re overloaded with projects. It can also be a cost-effective way to help your B2B SaaS company produce quality marketing content. These are just 3 reasons why 47% of B2B marketers outsource content creation to external writers.

In a world where 91% of B2B marketers use content marketing to connect with their audience, you’ll likely need an extra set of hands at some point to help you create case studies, white papers or ebooks. In this video, learn how to find a writer who will be a great fit for your team.

Video transcript

Hi SaaS marketers! Emily Amos here from Uplift Content.

Finding an external content marketing writer doesn’t have to be a chore. In this video, we’ll walk through a few of the key places to start your search.

#1: Word of mouth

The benefit of looking for a content marketing writer through word of mouth is that it’s personal. You can ask current and former colleagues for referrals, as well as any of your professional networking groups. They’ll likely give you an honest, reliable recommendation, and you can find out about their experience with the writer.

The drawback here? Well, it’s personal. If your experience with the writer isn’t as positive as your colleague’s was, you may not want to ask for their recommendation a second time.

#2: LinkedIn

You may be able to find a content marketing writer through LinkedIn by simply posting that you’re looking for one. You can join groups for freelance writers and marketers—and share your requirements there. LinkedIn also allows you to find out more about a writer’s experience by viewing their profile.

The disadvantage of LinkedIn is that not all of its features are free to use, so unless you pay for a premium membership, you’ll miss out on detailed profile insights, and the ability to send In-Mails to other LinkedIn members who aren’t in your network.

#3: Freelance writer websites and job boards

There are lots of places online to post job opportunities or to search for a content marketing writer who’s accepting new work. A few examples include Contently, Scripted, WriterAccess, FreelanceWriting, ProBlogger and Indeed.

One upside to looking for a content marketing writer this way is that many of the platforms are free or low cost, and some offer multiple pricing options. Using these websites also allows you to find writers who may not be on LinkedIn. 

The downside here? Some of these websites have pricey subscription fees, such as Contently. On other sites, like Indeed, where anyone can apply for your job posting, the quality of the applicants may be lower than what you’re looking for. These websites also don’t give you the benefit of a trustworthy personal recommendation. Be sure to ask any writers that you connect with for writing samples. Also interview them and call a few of their references.

Now that you know how to find a writer, the next step is to learn how to onboard them quickly and painlessly. Getting this step right is essential to help you avoid ending up with off-brand content, excessive revisions and lacklustre results.

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Until next time, SaaS marketers!

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Emily Amos
Emily Amos

As the founder of Uplift Content, Emily leads teams in creating done-for-you case studies, ebooks and white papers for high-growth SaaS companies. Check out her bio.

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