The Role of the Editor in Content Marketing: A #CMWorld Chat with Ann Gynn

Ann Gynn 2If you are an editor, our most recent chat was a great place to share your rants and ideas for all writers. And, if you’re a writer, check out the great suggestions below (your editors will thank you). A big thanks to CMI’s editor extraordinaire, Ann Gynn, who led this lively conversation on our recent #CMWorld Twitter chat.

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Q1: What type of editors are there, and how do you know which kind you need in your organization? #CMWorld

 

A1: Two categories of editor types – titles and purpose. Let’s focus on purpose – which is sometimes different from actual title. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A1: Purpose-based editors include content or substantive editors, copy editors, proofreaders. Same person often plays dual roles. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@anngynn hats off to you editors! I rely on mine way too heavily, admittedly… #cmworld

@LUCYrk78

 

A1: Content editors work pre- and post-writing. Ensure writers know and follow thru on purpose, audience, distribution of content. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A1: Two types of editors: those who are hard on writers (making them better) and those who are just average. 🙂  #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

A1: Copy editors review flow, logic, parallelism + spelling, grammar. Proofreaders are similar but center on spelling and grammar. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@anngynn Schedule wrangling – a BIG part of editing! #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

A1. I think of editors being copy or content – copy for overall readability and correctness, content for value to target audience #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

A1: Think of editor-in-chief as head of content / copy / creative and ensures all’s in line with desired messaging & branding #CMWorld

@samueljscott

 

@anngynn I am all these in one person.  #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

@anngynn Yes. Editors often offer helpful suggestions, etc. And they are almost always right. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

A1) editor skills with the ability to engage with clients/staff & manage workflow #CMWorld

@stratrev

 

A1. An editor is helpful if they have your audience in mind, are skilled with words & grammar, & understand the work’s purpose. #cmworld

@outsider_nyc

 

A1: Remind yourself which editing hat you’re wearing when you’re editing so you stay in that lane. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

I mostly edit my own work, but sometimes you REALLY need a fresh set of eyeballs. #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

A1: My copy editor also serves as our fact checker to ensure all quotes, stats, studies included, etc. are accurate  #cmworld

@LaToyaReports

 

@lindadessau @NenadSenic @anngynn Yes! I am both of those plus oftentimes the writer too, which makes it even more challenging. #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

A1: List all content opps and map process to identify type and volume of editors needed to ensure effective, well-written content. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@anngynn What if it’s more of an Indy Jones hat? #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@CMIContent Should social editors be different from content editors?  #cmworld

@JedRecord

 

@lindadessau @anngynn Ah, ok. I thought assignments are more divided in the US #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

@SparkerWorks So true, Sarah! #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

@CMIContent @anngynn This chat has to be published soon after it’s over. Ann is so on the point. #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

@JedRecord Social editors should be content editors always…distribution is just different #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A1: Copy editors are important. Copy editing is a special skill & not all editors can do it well. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

@mikemyers614 have you been talking to @ringo66 again? 🙂 @AnnGynn  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

@JedRecord @CMIContent I’d say a lot of that depends on the scope of your content/your resources #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

A good editor is someone who can turn something ridiculously terrible, into something ridiculously incredible.  #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

I always enlist another set of eyes & ears to review my content.  #cmworld

@connect2life

 

A1: Key is ensuring whatever title or role, all content review is being covered. Map the content process. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A1: I like to think there are content editors and grammar editors… And you need both! #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

In #contentmarkting, seems like editors wear many hats that you might not see in journo: i.e.: fact-checking, style AND proofing #cmworld

@tulipstrategies

 

@NenadSenic @anngynn we couldn’t agree more!  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A1 Content editors (or purposed-based) are worth their weight in gold to a writer…help us grow #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

@AgentPalmer A good one can do both, IMO, but rare.  #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

“@connect2life: I always enlist another set of eyes & ears to review my content.  #cmworld” me too for sure

@LUCYrk78

 

@wyzowl Sometimes all you can do is make it readable :/ #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

Q2: What do you wish writers and others understood about the life of an editor? #CMWorld

 

A1: And don’t forget the role of counselor and teacher — all editors end up doing. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A1 An editor can be informal, as well, with a peer or colleague taking another look to ensure they understand and follow the piece #cmworld

@alexadig

 

@SparkerWorks I used to, but now have folks to bounce drafts off of. So helpful. I’m biased, but I think my posts have improved. #cmworld

@JeremyBednarski

 

A2: Editors love it when first drafts work. There’s no pleasure in heavily editing a piece or sending it back to the writer. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

Need an editor for that last tweet :/ #cmworld

@tulipstrategies

 

An editor has to be so many things! Creative, a mechanic, a counselor, a critical thinker!  #cmworld

@MissSarahQ

 

.@LaToyaReports Ours too! Ensures accuracy by getting to the source of stats, quotes, etc.  #cmworld

@CrowdContent

 

@tulipstrategies we were going to send a 🙂 and not a frown! #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A2: It’s not personal.The end result must fit the brand’s purpose, not the writer’s or the editor’s. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@JeremyBednarski It’s great when you have the resources for that! #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

A2 – Take the time to edit yourself first. Spelling, grammar, punctuation before turning in to editor.  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

A2: Writers should understand that editors are incredibly valuable but don’t turn in shoddy work and expect a miracle. #cmworld

@tulipstrategies

 

MT @anngynn: A2: Editors love it when first drafts work. There’s no pleasure in heavily editing a piece or sending it back #CMWorld

@RepCapital

 

@anngynn what do you consider heavy editing?  #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

A2: Read your copy. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A2: Having an editor doesn’t mean you shouldn’t edit yourself… #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

A2) That it’s not personal. Editors see the bigger picture #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

“@anngynn: A2: It’s not personal.The end result must fit the brand’s purpose, not the writer’s or the editor’s. #CMWorld” +1

@LUCYrk78

 

@tulipstrategies Yes, don’t take advantage! #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@tulipstrategies Though I do love a good challenge sometimes… #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

@anngynn A good reminder. It’s so hard not to take it personally sometimes, if it’s a piece that’s close to your heart. #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

Good editors are crucial because quality is more important than quantity. Only the best will stand out in the flood of content. #cmworld

@samueljscott

 

Agreed! There’s nothing worse than having to do a complete rewrite. MT @anngynn A2: Editors love it when first drafts work.  #cmworld

@LaToyaReports

 

@wyzowl A2) That it’s not personal. Editors see the bigger picture | Yes! #cmworld

@JedRecord

 

@AgentPalmer yes! It’s such a good editing “tool.” #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A2: Many content marketing editors are juggling a lot more than straight-up editing. #cmworld

@BrookeHowell

 

@AgentPalmer @anngynn SUPER tip that I use often!  #cmworld

@connect2life

 

.@tulipstrategies Ha! Good thing tweets are a little forgiving. Less formal, mistakes happen. Especially in high paced chats like #cmworld

@CrowdContent

 

@tracibrowne @anngynn Wow, that could be super helpful! We’ll definitely check it out. #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

@anngynn Agree. Every comment or change means more time needed by both writer and editor. #cmworld

@JeremyBednarski

 

@TraciBrowne Heavy editing is when you’re reworking flow, having to figure out what writer meant in 1st place … it’s translation #cmworld

@anngynn

 

@tracibrowne @anngynn I use Mac’s text-to-speech option with almost everything I write #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

A2: Editors help you to look 1.) Good and 2.) Not Bad #cmworld

@samueljscott

 

MT @samueljscott: Good editors are crucial because quality is more important than quantity. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

Wait, doesn’t Word have a Spelling and Grammar check? Editors have been rendered obsolete! Obsolete, I say! #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

@CMIContent @wyzowl and to come to A2: you’d like others to understand that writing a good piece of content is not easy #cmworld

@janth

 

@connect2life Wish approach. And just be a peer. #cmworld

@joshmccormack

 

A2: We can’t forget to put on writers’ glasses too. What do writers wish editors realized about writers? #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@BrandedCartoons Grammar check. Heh. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

Yep! Seeing red ink or lots of edits isn’t personal. In many ways, editors shape you to become a better writer! #cmworld

@tulipstrategies

 

@tracibrowne – Heavy editing is when you read a piece & the basic structure needs to be completely reworked, as well as story flow. #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

Linda – have to check that out. MT @lindadessau @tracibrowne @anngynn Mac’s text-to-speech option with almost everything I write #cmworld

@RtMixMktg

 

Yes. Even if you aren’t burned out, for best results step away and move on… Then come back with fresh perspective. @SparkerWorks #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

Gynn_Chat

 

A2: I use green ink when I mark up printed text. Easier on the eyes. Communicates different than red #cmworld

@anngynn

 

@RtMixMktg @lindadessau @tracibrowne @anngynn It’s awesome – I’ve come to love and rely on it! #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

@tracibrowne @anngynn http://hemingwayapp.com is also a great tool to run the draft through before submitting to editors. #cmworld

@JeremyBednarski

 

A2b: What writers which editors knew…hey, when I started, this page was b-l-a-n-k #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@BrookeHowell Another tip — writers should read the final piece! #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@anngynn Sometimes we will be bad at writing. We’re sorry. We’re just as frustrated when a piece isn’t working as you are. #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

 

@tulipstrategies I’m definitely guilty of taking it personally at times. #cmworld

@LUCYrk78

 

A2: Editing is a coveted skill – there is empathy but a respectable distance from the writer to deliver effective feedback. #cmworld

@connect2life

 

@AgentPalmer Absolutely! #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

Q3: What suggestions do you have for writers to cover common topics in a unique way? #CMWorld

 

Haha, great reminder @mikemyers614 “What writers which editors knew…hey, when I started, this page was b-l-a-n-k” #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

@mikemyers614 Yeah! Some credit for that! #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

@LUCYrk78 @tulipstrategies aren’t we all sometimes?  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A2 – Your article is not the only one they are likely working on. Deadlines and clean copy are really important.  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

A2) Editing is understanding brand values and what the audience wants. Sometimes writers don’t understand this.  #cmworld

@MissSarahQ

 

@LUCYrk78 @tulipstrategies That’s what makes you a better writer or editor … if you care! #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A2) Editors appreciate it when writers don’t just hand it off and pray the editor can make magic. It has to be good quality. #cmworld

@CrowdContent

 

“@CMIContent: @LUCYrk78 @tulipstrategies aren’t we all sometimes?  #cmworld” phew!!

@LUCYrk78

 

Become a Content Marketing Productivity Master: 21 Tips from the #CMWorld Com… by @CMIContent http://buff.ly/1Hf15rL via @SlideShare

@TylerNarducci_

 

A3: Pretend you’re a toddler… Everything is new and you’ve never seen anything like it before! #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

A3 Writers should always be looking for an interesting angle (edits shouldn’t have to ask for that, but they probably do). #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

A2 – Believe me, it is never, ever personal. Editing is only about getting the best content possible for publication.  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

A3: Don’t go to Google right away. Ask people in your office, talk a client how they use this topic. Create your angles from that. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

What’s Q3? #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

A3) Find out the questions that YOUR audience is asking. Forums can really help here. #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

A3: Approach it as you would a journalistic piece and find that one unique angle or approach. #cmworld

@tulipstrategies

 

Q3: What suggestions do you have for writers to cover common topics in a unique way? #CMWorld @TSNN_Rachel

@AgentPalmer

 

@TSNN_Rachel Q3: What suggestions do you have for writers to cover common topics in a unique way?  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A3. What would you want to read about this topic? If you’re bored while you’re writing, your readers will be bored. #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

A2. @CMIContent There are different grammar/styles for different types of content  writing.  #CMWorld

@KylaK

 

A3 Use a case study and include your mistakes! We wanna learn from them too #cmworld

@STEVMLR

 

A3: Go outside your industry. How do others tell great stories on common topics? Get inspired and “borrow” ideas. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A3. Think like your audience. Relate with how you use words & phrases. Language can be diverse, including or excluding others. #cmworld

@outsider_nyc

 

A2 – re, editing, proofing your own work is hard; hire a professional proofreader. #cmworld

@DyanaKF

 

A3: Take an uncommon perspective and mash-up content with clear focus #cmworld

@connieurway

 

3 Ways #ContentMarketing is Driving Sales   {Examples}  http://buff.ly/19MBuMq @CMIContent #cmworld #SMMW15 http://t.co/2ifySVc0OF

@jf1216

 

A3) Use new facts and stats, don’t be afraid to be yourself, take on a new angle #cmworld

@MissSarahQ

 

Q3: Incorporate real-life examples and stories whenever you can. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

A3: Take 15 minutes to write down as many ideas you can about the topic. Edit the list to fit your content’s purpose. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A3 – Look beneath the surface. Do some research. Ask interesting questions. DON’T do by email (phone is always better).  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

A3: Take the time to dig a little deeper – I’ve discovered hidden treasures of inspiration by just taking time to do more.  #cmworld

@connect2life

 

A3 Use experiences to discuss the topic. Draw from personal experiences, those of colleagues’ or case studies. #cmworld

@alexadig

 

A3) Storytelling! Need we say more? #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

A3: think about how a topic might come to life visually, not just with words on paper. #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

@CMIContent #CMWorld A3: Combine your topic with sub-themes. Writing about skip-hire? Write about skips as a modern art canvas for graffiti

@studiumcirclus

 

A3: Stop thinking of angles in words. How can you include images, graphics, video, etc. to cover the topic? #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A3 – Make yourself an ‘expert for the day’ on whatever the topic is. @tracibrowne is a whiz at doing this -ask her about plumbing.  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@tulipstrategies today’s blog post is about this completely! http://www.contentmarketinginstitute.com/2015/03/hiring-journalist-content-marketing/ #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

Q3: Anecdotal leads almost always pull me in.  #cmworld

@LaToyaReports

 

A3: My recommendations to clients is focus on the “What’s in it for me?” message. Focus on what matters to the customer not you.  #cmworld

@JayCMenard

 

@CMIContent Sweet! Thanks for the link; we’re bookmarking it. #cmworld

@tulipstrategies

 

A3: Look around at what’s trending or interesting. Is there a way to incorporate that into your topic for an interesting spin? #cmworld

@JeremyBednarski

 

@CMIContent A3: Make sure it is written in a personal way and not a copy and paste from different sources. Be authentic. #cmworld

@GTAmissions1

 

A3) Talk to other depts or go out and talk to people to get different perspective  #CMWorld

@stratrev

 

@TSNN_Rachel @tracibrowne so spill… tell us about plumbing! 🙂  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A3 Cont. (sorry about the random ‘ in last tweet) also include visuals to discuss the topic. Breaks up text and adds a new spin #cmworld

@alexadig

 

@JeremyBednarski Yes; just don’t ever force it! #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

A3) Try newsjacking to make it relevant #cmworld

@MissSarahQ

 

A3: Look at what others have done on the common topic & identify information gaps you can fill in. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

@CMIContent A3. Find an angle that the audience would be interested in. Detail! #CMWorld

@KylaK

 

I write almost all my articles from the perspective of an 18th century radish farmer. Really brings a fresh voice to tech. #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

@SparkerWorks Agree! Forcing it never works out well. #cmworld

@JeremyBednarski

 

A3: Secondly. Respect and treat every story — not matter how banal — as the most important in the world. Because to someone it is #cmworld

@JayCMenard

 

Love incorporating other mediums MT @anngynn A3: Stop thinking of angles in words. How can you include images, graphics, video etc? #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

@BrandedCartoons Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. #TheOfficeForever #CMWorld

@outsider_nyc

 

A3: We asked our own @sundevildonin another language preferably HTML with a smidge of street Latin throw in for good measure#CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

Q4: Rant away: What grammar mistakes make you cringe the most? #CMWorld

 

cocktail party tricks MT @TSNN_Rachel:  Make yourself ‘expert for day’ @tracibrowne is a whiz at doing this -ask her abt plumbing #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

A3: Interview someone from outside the industry — see what they think is interesting about your topic and write about that. #cmworld

@STEVMLR

 

@BrandedCartoons Now that’s a style I want to read 😉 #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

A4: There, their and they’re! #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

A4: Everyone can chime in on this one, right? #cmworld Now’s the therapy time.

@anngynn

 

A4 – Don’t get me started. There are so many! #grammarmistakes #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

A4: Pronoun agreement. Make the noun plural if you can’t figure out if it’s a he or she. And a company is an “it” not a “they”. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A4: english is my third language. So I better not say anything 😉 #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

A3: Take a day in the life approach. Follow the experience of one with whom many can identify. #cmworld #contentmarketing

@JulieY

 

@CMIContent prison toilets, trench drains or control valves…take your pick #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

A4: Over-capitalizing words because you think they’re important #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

A4: OMG, so many. Apostrophe’s are probably the worst (<— see what I did there). #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@NenadSenic pretty sure you could still chime in. This is universal!  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A4: not grammar, but I’m sure my editors would say I overdo it on the commas! I use them each time I take a breath while reading #cmworld

@LUCYrk78

 

@NenadSenic You probably know proper English better than native speakers! #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A4) Filed under NOT A WORD: “irregardless.”  Save me, now….  #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

A4. “on-premise” instead of “on-premises” drives me nuts.  #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

@tracibrowne @CMIContent What? prison toilets? #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@anngynn Even conditionals. 😉 #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

A4: Compose v. comprise. The slices comprise the pie. The pie is composed of slices. Never use “of” with comprise. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

Exclamation marks!! On! Everything! #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

@anngynn your #cmgr agrees with the company as an “it” 🙂  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

@CMIContent @mikemyers614 Rightttttt??? Your/You’re Its/It’s….  I’m twitching. #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

“@ChristinKardos: A4) Filed under NOT A WORD: “irregardless.”  Save me, now….  #cmworld” <– this

@LUCYrk78

 

A4) “I don’t know the rules of grammar. If you’re trying to persuade people to do something, use their language” – Ogilvy #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

A4: Adverbs!!! Come on BlueCross. . . http://www.healthadvantage-hmo.com/livefearless/images/super_npad.png #cmworld

@STEVMLR

 

@mikemyers614 @tracibrowne yes from beer to prison toilets…  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A4: When the story you’re reading randomly changes voice or tense for no reason with no break at all! #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

A4. That Oxford comma, folks. It’s important. #CMWorld

@outsider_nyc

 

@CMIContent Misuse of “;” – if the appended information could be understood as an encapsulated sentence, you used it right! #CMWorld

@studiumcirclus

 

A4. This is spelling instead of grammar, but the word is spelled “whoa”.  Not “woah”.  #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

A4: The use of very. Stop it. Delete almost every use of it as it’s superfluous. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

@outsider_nyc Uh-oh, them’s fighting words …. #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

@CMIContent: A4: from my journalism days, I cringe when people use past tense or passive verbs. Be active and present! #CMWorld

@webmastergirl

 

A4: “Impactful” is a business jargon nightmare. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

A4: @annhandley should answer this one, and @soloportfolio  #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

A4: When the story you’re reading randomly changes voice or tense for no reason with no break at all! #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

Q4: When Brits write wannabe English! Too many “U”s, people. 😉 #cmworld

@samueljscott

 

@ChristinKardos Welcome!  #cmworld

@JedRecord

 

A4) Confession – In my personal writing I embrace strikethroughs and sentence fragments.  Because I can.  <–See? #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

A4: “In order to..” is another extraneous phrase. I delete “in order” almost every time I see it (even when I’m not editing!) #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

Whoa… Q4 kinda got the #CMWorld crowd riled up! #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

@BrandedCartoons I’M SORRY I JUST GET SO EXCITED ??!111!!!!! #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

@samueljscott Yes and those darn Canadians, too 😉 #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

@CMIContent A4: Putting in the wrong punctuation along with typos. Sometimes hard to correct depending on platform. #cmworld

@GTAmissions1

 

@samueljscott Hey, leave us alone! #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

Dear, @ChristinKardos irregardless, I chuckle every time I hear or see it. #cmworld (funny.. spell check didn’t correct it either.) :-p

@JimCanto

 

A4) Run-on sentences are THE WORST! Rant over. 🙂 #cmworld

@CrowdContent

 

A3: Don’t be afraid to be a dissenter. Common topics become boring when people are afraid to speak their minds. – @MsLierre #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

3 Ways #ContentMarketing is Driving Sales   {Examples}     #cmworld #SMMW15 http://t.co/O32tYH4BJw

@AlanDominko

 

 

@samueljscott ooh, them’s fighting words 😉  Shouldn’t that be wanna-be American? #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

Photo: 3 Ways #ContentMarketing is Driving Sales {Examples} #cmworld #SMMW15 http://tmblr.co/Zao2Lq1hEEM-Q

@AlanDominko

 

A4 – who vs whom, further vs farther, then and than, wrong verb tense, affect vs effect, lay vs lie  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@AgentPalmer Tenses.  Tenses.  Drives me crazy. #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

I’m pretty sure your Dad met my birth mother. @brandedcartoons #cmworld #bros?

@WALToONs

 

A4 Oh, and almost all uses of the word ‘that’ are unnecessary. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

A4: Excessive use of the word “that”…THAT drive me nutso!  #cmworld

@connect2life

 

@NenadSenic Thanks for pinging me! #cmworld

@soloportfolio

 

A4: It’s maddening when people confuse grammar with style. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

@SparkerWorks: I’M SORRY I JUST GET SO EXCITED ! |  nonono 🙂 #cmworld

@JedRecord

 

@ChristinKardos With you on fragments. Butter. #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

@JimCanto @ChristinKardos Spell check is complicit. #irregardless #cmworld

@sjsbates

 

@CrowdContent We hate run-on sentences too they make it hard to read content & it seems like you’re trying speaking in one breath. #cmworld

@tulipstrategies

 

A4) American English vs English – it’s hard when we write for both  #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

I knew this would turn into a knock-down-drag-’em-out fight over Oxford Comma at some point. #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

This is a huge pet peeve of mine! MT @anngynn: A company is an “it” not a “they”. #CMWorld

@ksucich

 

“@mikemyers614: A4 Oh, and almost all uses of the word ‘that’ are unnecessary. #cmworld” SO guilty.

@LUCYrk78

 

A4. “That” vs. “which.” They are not interchangeable! #grammar #cmworld

@amymersch

 

COMMAS … too many, not enough, misplaced ….. #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@tracibrowne We have enough commas in the world already! #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@CMIContent Hello.  Jumped in late and took 3 seconds to rile me up #cmworld LOL

@connieurway

 

@ervinandsmith @MsLierre But also don’t be contrary just to be contrary; that’s boring too. #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

Of course, there’s nothing worse than when an editor sacrifices voice for rules.  #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

A4: It’s not a specific grammar usage, but where I find them. Drives me crazy when I see them in books. It happens often. #cmworld

@JeremyBednarski

 

Amen! MT @anngynn: A4: “In order to..” is another extraneous phrase. I delete “in order” almost every time I see it #CMWorld

@RepCapital

 

A4. @CMIContent They’re, their, and there. Really!?! Also, using all CAPS! Don’t yell!  #CMWorld

@KylaK

 

#Content Can’t Just Be Good. It Must Be Shareable http://bit.ly/1NDj3b8 #Marketing #cmworld

@GotchaWorks

 

@TSNN_Rachel I always screw up farther/further but at least now I know to look it up #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

I was going to writing a thing that could drive you crazy… But deciding not to. @ChristinKardos  That was painful to type! #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

@RepCapital Yep. #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

@TSNN_Rachel Haha!! Either “diarrhea of the comma” or “constipation of the comma.” My 3rd grade teacher used to say these. #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

@tracibrowne Commas are overrated as are other punctuation and such we should go emoticon and a-z only 🙂 #cmworld

@JedRecord

 

@anngynn ugh. I must be a nightmare for you. “Very” makes it into everything I do. #CMWorld

@MoninaW

 

A4: Me, in my head: Further or farther? Oh, just use nearby. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@cmicontent only have dutch examples. Might make some grammar mistakes myself when blogging on @DutchReferee in English #cmworld

@janth

 

Q4: ERRANT APOSTROPHES. #CMWorld (Was that loud enough @MsLierre & @sundevildon?)

@ervinandsmith

 

@NenadSenic @TSNN_Rachel Hey, Hey, now… different continent… different rules.  And you guys are all “s” where “z” goes. Haha.  #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

@NenadSenic Hi! … I’d like to introduce myself. (American who knows commas) #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@NenadSenic @TSNN_Rachel Guilty as charged  getting better tho #cmworld

@connieurway

 

Q5: If you could give writers one piece of advice, what would it be?  #CMWorld

 

@MoninaW Well, you are VERY funny. 🙂 @anngynn  #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

A4: What about a random double space after a sentence, when the rest of the piece has single spaces? #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

@MoninaW No problem on writing “very” it’s hard not to do it but then they can just be deleted. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@mikemyers614 Actually this is a stumbling block for me, too.  Work around… Haha. #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

A5) Just be yourself #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

@ChristinKardos At least you are aware and strive to eliminate run-on sentences from the world as we know it! #cmworld

@CrowdContent

 

Could do whole chat on commas … lol #CMWorld #CommaDebate

@anngynn

 

A5) Don’t be scared.  Do something wrong rather than fail to DO. #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

ha, I worked for a British pharma co for a while and now I don’t know z from s at all @ChristinKardos @NenadSenic @TSNN_Rachel  #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

@NenadSenic in all caps no less lol #CMWorld

@MoninaW

 

A5 – Be passionate about everything you are writing about. It shows through when you are to everyone reading it.  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

A5) Write for your audience – speak in their language. That’s all that matters.  #cmworld

@MissSarahQ

 

A5: Always keep in mind your audience and purpose – who will read the content and why should they care? Be brutally honest. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A4: When people say “impact” when they mean “affect/effect” (as either nouns or verbs). #cmworld

@samueljscott

 

@CMIContent: A5: Don’t stress out. Writing is living, breathing, ever-changing thing. No one dies. Unless its a safety manual. #CMWorld

@webmastergirl

 

A5:  One piece of advice Be Yourself #cmworld

@connieurway

 

@CrowdContent @ChristinKardos I just saw a link on FB – you know you’re over 40 when you double-space between sentences #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

@tracibrowne #writerproblems 🙂  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

Actually, just be someone else.  #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

A5: It’s OK to disagree w/ editor but be able to explain why. Same true for editors – must be able to explain reason for change. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A5: Treat your editor better… They are your last line of defense between you and possible embarrassment! #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

@BrandedCartoons And change it up, randomly. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@connieurway @CMIContent @anngynn made us think of dead poets society – “avoid using the word “very” because it’s lazy…” #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

A5: Be as concise as possible. Go over every single word and cut every single one that is not necessary. #cmworld

@samueljscott

 

Also, for the record, I hope fragments and misspells are forgiven under the “chat” umbrella??  🙂  #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

@CMIContent Write everything. I do corp comm, news, sports, PR, web, ent… All of the experiences combine to make me better. #cmworld

@JayCMenard

 

A5 As a freelance writer I don’t have the luxury of being myself…sometimes I have to be other people #ghostwriting #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

A5. Know your target audience before you start creating content! #CMWorld

@media2knight

 

@CMIContent A4: saying “nyc” when you want to say “nice”. I always think of New York in puzzlement #cmworld

@salmajafri

 

@samueljscott That’s great advice.  I definitely have a habit of using too many words and then pairing down. #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

@CMIContent Can I rant about the iPhone keyboard, typos and spellcorrect?  🙂  #cmworld

@JedRecord

 

A5: How does this post really add value in at least one significant way. Retreading old topics with nothing new to say kills me #cmworld

@RtMixMktg

 

A5: Whitespace and shorter paragraphs for the web. Save the big ones for your book:) #cmworld

@STEVMLR

 

A5: Ask what style guide is used and if there’s a company one. Shows you know what style is and care about content. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A5. Just get the first draft down. Just write. #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

@christinkardos I honestly thought this said Fraggle. As in Rock. #omg #needanap #CMWorld

@MoninaW

 

A5 – don’t over write just to fill space. make every word count and don’t use super duper long quotes!  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@JedRecord @CMIContent I vote “yes.” Further, since Meerkat updated, my sentences don’t start with capitals – no time for shift!  #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

Those exchanges can be very healthy & produce stronger pieces. MT A5: It’s OK to disagree w/ editor but be able to explain why.  #cmworld

@LaToyaReports

 

@STEVMLR YES whitespace is OK! #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

I always ask my writers if they’ve read their work before giving it to me. Most have not.  #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

A5: There is no harm in writing for an audience of one. Just don’t be upset if no one else gets it. #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

A5: Get your thoughts on the page. Then give yourself some time and go back and edit it like someone else wrote it. #cmworld

@JeremyBednarski

 

A5: The words are precious to you, not the readers. Write for them. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

@MoninaW Haha!!  https://youtu.be/KLQS6xo40kI #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

@CMIContent A5: practice your craft religiously #cmworld

@salmajafri

 

@salmajafri @CMIContent wait. People do that? For real? Nyc can only mean one of the best cities! #cmworld

@LUCYrk78

 

A5. Don’t overthink it on the first pass – write first, edit second.  Then edit again.  #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

A5 – no writer should rely on spellcheck – check yourself before turning in 🙂 #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@TSNN_Rachel Agreed! Finding short, impactful quotes are much more effective. #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

A5: “Revisions are your friend.” – @MsLierre #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

@CMIContent I Love                           whitespace. #cmworld

@JedRecord

 

@anngynn Can I go back to Q4? Misplaced apostrophes. Biggest, biggest, biggest grammar pet peeve of mine. #CMWorld

@cmcphillips

 

@MichaelWillett @samueljscott And here I thought Hemingway was “write drunk, edit sober” : ) #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

@JedRecord @CMIContent Same here.  It’s powerful.   #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

@cmcphillips @anngynn With you. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

A5: “Be compelling.” – @sundevildon #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

A5: Content marketing writing is a lot less about being creative than you think. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

Did you start your piece with a question? Go back and don’t do that. #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

@cmcphillips agreed. Apostrophes are commas in the air — misused just as much. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A5: “Write something every day, even if it’s short, bad, or irrelevant.” – @kendralante #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

@ChristinKardos @MoninaW I heard there’s going to be a new Fraggle Rock movie in 2016. #cmworld

@JeremyBednarski

 

@BrandedCartoons #sadtrombone  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

@BrandedCartoons I love pieces with headlines that are questions because 99% of the time you know the answer is “no” #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

A5: Read your headlines and subheadlines separately — that’s all your readers may do. Do they tell story? #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

Q6: How do you find a good editor? Where do you look? How do you know the person is good? #CMWorld

 

@BrandedCartoons Yes, or a number in the headline! #cmworld (is it okay that I used an exclamation point?)

@mikemyers614

 

@JeremyBednarski @ChristinKardos @MoninaW Fraggle Rock!? I’m in. #cmworld

@STEVMLR

 

A5) We encourage our writers to read their written work out loud. It’s a pretty good indicator of good/bad content. #cmworld

@CrowdContent

 

A5: Please please please reread your draft and do some self editing before you submit. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

A6: Ask your writers who they know. Look at bylines of content you like and find out who’s editing them. Plus post to boards, etc. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A6: Do everything possible to keep the good editors you have. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A5: Everything you write, whether anyone reads it or not, is worth something. It all matters!  #cmworld

@connect2life

 

A6: Unless your editor is your best friend, you need to talk to other writers they are editing! #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

A6: I do sample edits for new prospective editing clients. Good for us both to experience the process together. #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

A6) See who they’ve worked with. Check out their stuff  #cmworld

@wyzowl

 

A6. We’re big fans of giving pre-hiring assignments. Give a test & see how they edit it, which suggestions they have. #cmworld

@outsider_nyc

 

When submitting work to an editor always staple it to the top of a box of donuts. Smooths the process. #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

Q6: You have to test editors. Give them real, paid assignments and see how they do with the type of editing you need. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

A6: Look to their portfolios – before and after samples are great. Give them a live editing test

 

A6 Let’s keep in mind however that if you are paying your writers pennies you can’t expect them to hire their own editors #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

A6: Listening #cmworld

@connieurway

 

@CMIContent A6 You must test them! Quality editors can be found in the strangest of places #cmworld

@NYAspire

 

A5: “An editor can be a writer’s best friend.” – @meganbelt #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

A6) Testing their abilities is good practice 😉  #cmworld

@MissSarahQ

 

A6: Ask editor candidates questions to reveal how they work with writers, clients, etc. They must fit in your culture. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@CMIContent @dwheeler11 good tips! #cmworld

@NYAspire

 

@outsider_nyc Unless you find out later they’re a gluten free diabetic #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

@TSNN_Rachel Correction: I don’t like them, I am one of them 🙂 #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

A6: Great editors have an immediate, noticeable impact. Listen to the ones you have as they can be considered indispensable. #CMWorld

@EricLanderSEO

 

MT @anngynn: A6: Look to their portfolios – before and after samples are great. Give them a live editing test #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

A6: Many publications are not successful because of what they are, but in who they’re managed and edited by. #CMWorld

@EricLanderSEO

 

A6) I think, realistically, most folks here probably edit their own work? So… find a mentor – and take note of others’ editing? #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

@tracibrowne @BrandedCartoons #true #cmworld

@NYAspire

 

A6: Don’t assume because someone is a good writer, s/he will be a good editor. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

@anngynn Culture is key! #cmworld

@cmcphillips

 

A6: Give editors a piece you’re really happy with. Did they make it even better? #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

Yes! MT @CrowdContent A5 We encourage our writers to read their written work out loud…a pretty good indicator of good/bad content #cmworld

@MichaelWillett

 

A6: I’ve seen great content sources and sites fall apart when editorial changes happen. So pick the ones who hit the ground running #CMWorld

@EricLanderSEO

 

A6: Invest in the search. An editor is not a last-minute decision when a piece of content needs to be reviewed. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

CEO’s make the best editors!  #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

@lindadessau @mikemyers614 That’s a great idea! #CMWorld

@cmcphillips

 

@ChristinKardos Ask for help when you need it, from another writer friend or even a buddy you find on Twitter & can exchange with #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

@SparkerWorks YES! #cmworld

@ChristinKardos

 

A6: “If they’re named Tara Bantam they’re probably very good.” – @kendralante’s shout-out to our amazing content editor! #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

A6 I typically ask for examples of their previous work, & would get them to do a sample edit of a document #cmworld

@SociaLEEBDA

 

@BrandedCartoons Cmon man, it’s lunchtime…now I need a new monitor. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@ChristineKardos. A6: Find someone to read and see if it makes sense, proof if possible. Don’t be the only pair of eyes. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

It’s a dangerous game… Twitter chats, lunch and technology! @mikemyers614 @BrandedCartoons #cmworld

@AgentPalmer

 

@mikemyers614 @BrandedCartoons ha. Seems we had the same reaction lol  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

Q7: What systems do you have in place for version control and workflows? How do stay on the same page? #CMWorld

 

A7: At CMI, we use Google Docs -track content title, author, CMI review status, comments/questions, schedule, etc. in 1 worksheet #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A7: We created our own system for archiving. Don’t do that. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

A7: As a Mac guy, it pains me to admit this – but the new Office 365 has really been great for us in office. #CMWorld

@EricLanderSEO

 

A7: Simple yet effective document naming system. All writers/editors are well versed so everyone uses it the same way. #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

Q7: Google docs are the answer. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

A7: Key thing is to find process that works for YOU and your company. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A7: With most clients I use Microsoft Word tracked changes, save different version names. Also trying GDocs “suggestions” #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

A7:  @evernote is my new work space #cmworld

@connieurway

 

A7. My content calendar is a list that has sections for what stage each draft is in + a loose schedule. Always room for new ideas! #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

A7: At CMI, each piece gets its own Dropbox folder accessible by CMI team. Updated files include reviewer’s initials at end. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A7: Online we work mostly with WordPress so we have found success with native controls and the “Editorial Calendar” plugin.  #CMWorld

@EricLanderSEO

 

Love Google docs. Really good communication and firm deadlines are key. Expectations always up front.  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

I use @Wunderlist to track what stage each piece is in, and the date of the next stage #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

A7: We use Basecamp to manage the steps necessary to produce each piece of content. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

A7: Same doc includes worksheets on process, CTAs, keywords, etc. Keep all info easily accessible. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A7: Same page? If we can stay within the same chapter, consider it a win. #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

Google Docs + Dropbox can’t be beat for collaboration! #CMWorld

@SparkerWorks

 

Q7: Researching Trello, but love Google docs. I like editing with track changes and being able to insert comments in the doc. #cmworld

@LaToyaReports

 

A7 @CoSchedule’s a lifesaver for @lastcallusa. Everything is beautifully organized in one combined calendar. #cmworld

@lastcallusa

 

@TSNN_Rachel noooooooooooo! I hate hate hate hate hate google docs…it’s not at all compatible with anything I use #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

@LaToyaReports Our web development team uses Trello and they love it! #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

We use @wrike and collaborate in a task for each piece of content (written in task, attached in word or connected to google doc) #cmworld

@RtMixMktg

 

@tracibrowne @TSNN_Rachel Tell us how you feel, Traci. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

A7 @CoSchedule’s a lifesaver for @lastcallusa. Everything is beautifully organized in one combined calendar. #cmworld

@brooklynnholtz

 

@tracibrowne @TSNN_Rachel what happened to “shining example”? Lol  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A7: Pick a system that all can use. I’ve been at places where the system required so much training, everybody took shortcuts. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A7: We use @BoxHQ and @37signals #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

A7: Researching Trello, but love Google docs. I like editing with track changes and being able to insert comments in the doc.  #cmworld

@LaToyaReports

 

@TSNN_Rachel great point about being passionate! #cmworld

@janth

 

A7: Don’t forget value of human interaction in process too. Talk to each other. Don’t just use a digital method. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@anngynn I use my own systems and then communicate to clients however they’re comfortable – I don’t expect them to fit my system #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

A7: In general systems are essential to creating quality content on schedule — create them & make sure your team understands them #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

@cmicontent At a newspaper I worked we got a weekly e-mail from editors which mistakes they found in articles. Long e-mails … :-S #cmworld

@janth

 

A7: Laugh that it gets much quieter when we talk process. Not an editor’s favorite thing but a necessity for sanity. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

Q8: How can an editor make a bigger impact on organization? #CMWorld

 

A8: Don’t underestimate your role. You are the bridge between the organization and its target audiences. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@janth @CMIContent Oh my, did they rap the writers on the nose with the newspaper, too? #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

A7: Hi everyone! I often go back to Word doc attachments, even though I’ve tried many other things! Not saying it’s ideal. #cmworld

@LisaBeets

 

A7) Google Docs makes the editing and collaboration process easy. Remember Microsoft word? It seems so archaic now. #cmworld

@CrowdContent

 

A8: Be involved early on in the conversations about the goals for content marketing. If you know more, you can do better. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A8: Take the time to get to know your writers. A great bond usually means better work. #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

http://Wrike.com is a fantastic collaboration tool.  #cmworld

@BrandedCartoons

 

A8: Get out and collaborate with other departments. Don’t hole yourself up. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

A7. @anngynn I’m quiet just because I’m the first to admit that my process could be better! #cmworld

@amymersch

 

@mikemyers614 @anngynn Even better, you’re the audiences’ best friend! #cmworld

@NenadSenic

 

A8: Speak up if your audience doesn’t respond well to content related to goals or mission. It may signal need to change strategy. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A7: “@SlackHQ allows for real-time communication that can help with quick questions and buy-in.” – @YeahDonuts #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

A8: Use all that knowledge you have about everything that gets written in your org and share it freely with everyone on all teams. #cmworld

@LisaBeets

 

A8: Great editors bring exponential success w/ their sources, social following, understanding of SEO & ability to lead others.  #CMWorld

@EricLanderSEO

 

@ervinandsmith @SlackHQ @YeahDonuts waiting for a Windows app for Slack so I don’t need to have a browser tab open…. #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

A8: Editors need to command ownership of their style guides and truly lead their authors and marketers with audience understanding  #CMWorld

@EricLanderSEO

 

How many editors here right now also write for your publication?  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

A8: Editors often are quiet people. Believe in your role. Know how it contributes to the org’s greater good. Use that power well. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A8: Play a role in selling people outside the marketing department on the value of content marketing. #cmworld

@RepCapital

 

@janth oh no… #CMWorld

@CMIContent

 

OMG…I’m like trying to chat and @tsnn_rachel’s all like, where’s your article, the deadline was yesterday #noshesnotjustkidding #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

@tracibrowne @TSNN_Rachel Uh-oh! #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

“#CMWorld has made me realize something….I never knew writing was so complicated…….” – @sundevildon

@ervinandsmith

 

A8) The editor helps make a bigger splash in the marketing dept by ensuring all content communicates w/ brand target audience. #cmworld

@CrowdContent

 

@EricLanderSEO Great point — editors need to lead! #cmworld

@anngynn

 

A8:  A great editor can take sub par collaborative content into one piece of content #cmworld

@connieurway

 

Dear @tracibrowne – I would like to intro you to the 21st Century where Google rules the world — docs are good. @cmicontent #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@becky_writes it is so true! We’re lucky to have a great editor like @anngynn! #CMWorld

@CMIContent

 

We’ll spend the last 10 minutes asking @AnnGynn questions. Ask now! #CMWorld

@CMIContent

 

A8: Editors can set the tone for the company’s public face to the world (positive or negative) #cmworld

@RtMixMktg

 

A8: Great editors also help bad writers get other jobs (know this first-hand — always do a live test, portfolios aren’t reliable) #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@anngynn Okay, honestly, how hard was it to not edit some of those tweets coming at you today? #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@ervinandsmith @sundevildon Our work here is done, @CMIContent @anngynn #cmworld

@lindadessau

 

@TSNN_Rachel @tracibrowne @cmicontent Like @googledocs #cmworld

@connieurway

 

@lindadessau @CMIContent they should have. Some were very stupid! #cmworld

@janth

 

@TSNN_Rachel I write and edit a large portion of my product group’s copy, wish I had time to do it all for consistency’s sake. #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

@mikemyers614 It’s going so fast … that was a good thing. Did catch a you’re mistake though #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@anngynn Nope, missed it. (was it me?) #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@mikemyers614 if you’re trying to call out my tweets to @anngynn, that’s not cool 🙂 #CMWorld

@MoninaW

 

@dwheeler11 @TSNN_Rachel Great point about having to do it all. Pick priorities b/c u can’t do all. Audience/purpose is No. 1 #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

@CMIContent A8: Be an advocate: help your team cultivate their voice. #cmworld

@elmoonio

 

Question: How do you suggest a freelancer goes about finding an editor/mentor for all their work they can afford? #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

@MoninaW @anngynn ME?  No way. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@tracibrowne Find someone you know and/or whose writing/editing you like, and ask. It’s a great community. People love to help. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

A8: Let editors in on the “big stuff”… goals, planning, etc. They’ll be better able to talk to your audience. #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

@STEVMLR @JeremyBednarski @christinkardos a movie? Seriously? That’s amazing. #CMWorld

@MoninaW

 

PS… I love @tracibrowne … never missed a deadline yet.  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@tracibrowne You also can rotate “friend” editors. And take turns being a good editor for them. #cmworld

@anngynn

 

@TSNN_Rachel we love @tracibrowne too!  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

@anngynn What’s your best piece of advice for those who are editing their own writing?  #cmworld

@AugeoGreer

 

@tracibrowne Go to @Meetup and locate writing groups in your area #cmworld

@connieurway

 

A8: “Editors, goes for writers and photo editors as well, are the stewards of the currency of communication.” – @kendralante #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

Can we also remember that writers are not editors…I can’t stand when people call us out on a mistake as if we’re perfect #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

A6 i can only really know it after a few weeks of working together. Most of my interns are now editors, copywriters or designers  #cmworld

 

@AugeoGreer Don’t edit right after writing. Take even 2 mins to do something else. Come back with fresh eyes. Then…#CMWorld

@anngynn

 

Standing Out In a World of Content Overload #CMWorld 2014 Takeaways http://tinyurl.com/o6tmycs

@RtMixMktg

 

@AugeoGreer Put your proper editing hat. Read for nderstanding 1st. Grammar/style second time. Don’t try to do all at same time. #CMWorld

@anngynn

 

Thanks for a great chat!  #cmworld

@TSNN_Rachel

 

@tracibrowne I’m happy to edit for you on occasion if I have time #friendpoints #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

A5: “Check your facts.” #CMWorld

@ervinandsmith

 

@mikemyers614 @NenadSenic That’d be me, thank you!  Noticed the new display name, eh? #cmworld

@dwheeler11

 

That #cmworld chat warmed this little editor’s heart. It’s more than just commas, people.

@leahruthie

 

Find more info on @AnnGynn, check out her posts on the @CMIContent blog: http://www.contentmarketinginstitute.com/author/ann-gynn/ #CMWorld

@CMIContent

 

@dwheeler11 @anngynn that’s what we like to hear! Have a good rest of the day!  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

Have you registered yet for #CMWorld 2015? We’d love to chat with you there! Code CMWSOCIAL saves $100! http://cmi.media/cmw

@CMIContent

 

And can we agree that there are different rules for punctuation and grammar when trying to convey thought at 140 characters in chat #cmworld

@tracibrowne

 

@tracibrowne amen to that!  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

@tracibrowne No. Sorry. Rules are rules. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@tracibrowne @mikemyers614 ha ha ha. We so love our #CMWorld family.  #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

@tracibrowne Some guy named Twain might have agreed with you: “I would have written a shorter letter if I had more time.” #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

@tracibrowne Whew! Sometimes 140 is a blessing. #cmworld

@mikemyers614

 

“@CMIContent: @salmajafri @LUCYrk78 we never heard of this! #CMWorld” me neither!

@LUCYrk78

 

@JedRecord definitely a nightmare for some! #CMWorld

@CMIContent

 

Good advice MT @JayCMenard: Write everything. I do corp comm, news, PR, web… All of the experiences combine to make me better. #cmworld

@CMIContent

 

A8: Crucial that Editors encourage experimentation, yet serve as the brand’s compass for the creative content team #CMWorld @CMIContent

@millennovator

 



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