Copywriting is the art and skill of crafting persuasive and compelling written content to promote or sell a product, service, or idea. This is an essential element of your marketing strategy as it encompasses everything from the writing on your website, to your social media captions and PR campaigns.
It can be challenging to find clear answers on how much you need to budget for copywriting. Rates vary widely because the field encompasses a broad range of skills and specialties. The techniques and time required for copywriting for SEO, website, advertising, or PR work differ significantly.
To gain some understanding of copywriting rates, there are several pricing methods to consider:
Hourly or Day Rates
Hourly rates and day rates are often interchangeable, with day rates being more applicable to larger projects. In 2023, copywriting day rates range from around £350 for inexperienced copywriters to £1,000 or more for seasoned professionals. Similarly, hourly rates can range from £35 to £200.
Rates Per Job
Copywriters may charge rates based on their own valuation for a particular project. This method allows for negotiation and provides clarity for both the client and the copywriter regarding the final fee.
Cost Per Word
This approach is suitable for copywriting styles resembling journalism, where extensive editorial-style content requires less research or crafting. In 2023, the cost per word can range from 35 pence to 100 pence, with a sliding scale that decreases with higher word counts. However, applying a cost per word to advertising or SEO copywriting, which involves time and expertise, is unsuitable.
Rates Per Page
When it comes to website or SEO copywriting, a per-page costing can simplify the billing process, especially for websites with numerous pages. However, challenges arise when pages significantly vary in length or if a particular website has atypical page lengths. Content complexity and the time required for research or interviews also influence rates. Therefore, rates per page for website or SEO copywriting should be carefully negotiated, accounting for additional or unexpected working hours.
Retainer fees are typically charged on a monthly basis, although quarterly or annual contracts are possible. Retainers work well for ongoing work like PR or SEO copywriting, as hourly rates might be impractical and lead to exorbitant costs. The client and copywriter agree on an estimated number of days required per average month, providing financial predictability. Retainers also encourage a committed working relationship, with the client maximising the value from the copywriter’s services, while the copywriter ensures ongoing dedication to the client’s business and delivering value for money.
Understanding these different pricing models can provide insights into the costs associated with copywriting services. However, it’s important to remember that rates may vary depending on factors such as the copywriter’s experience, expertise, location, and the specific project’s scope.
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