Ascension Magazine

Content Strategy, Copywriting, FMCG and Retail, PR & Media

Ascension Magazine aims to inspire Indigenous and ethnically diverse women in Australia to love, appreciate and relish the gift of life. Ascension Magazine both online and in print explores life’s many treasures; beauty, culture and creativity through enriching and empowering content. Their desire is to liberate our readers to love the skin they are in and embrace their infinite power.

At the very inception of the magazine in 2013, I helped Ascension Magazine founder, model and Indigenous Australian beauty maven Sasha Sarago to create key brand documents for Australia’s first fashion and lifestyle magazine for ethnically diverse women and indigenous women.

Challenges

Prior to the launch of the magazine’s first issue, Sasha needed a full suite of launch documents, such as a media release and media kit which would help her to sell advertising space in the debut edition of the print magazine. She also needed a sales document which would help her to crowd-fund the launch of the magazine.

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Solutions

I brainstormed with Sasha and together we came up with core branding concepts for the copy, which would tell an amazing and inspiring story of the magazine and its uniqueness from all other existing fashion magazines in Australia. This included:

  • A media release highlighting the launch of the magazine.
  • Go Fund Me launch campaign sales copy
  • A media kit
  • Lyrical, prose-inspired brand storytelling

Brand storytelling

The brand storytelling needed to be lyrical, poetic and inspiring. In terms of copy style, I used as inspiration the editorial of Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine along with the writing of Maya Angelou. However this brand storytelling couldn’t be derivative at all. It needed to be fresh, uniquely Australian and unique to the spirit and values of this powerful collective of people and their robust potential for greatness.

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As such, myself along with Sasha wrote the following prose to encapsulate the soul and spirit of the magazine:

 

Spirit speaks to us. She guides us in an unspoken language. Spirit whispers softly in our ears.

 Ssshhh…Listen! Can you hear her?

 Spirit urges us to listen to our intuition. But we hardly ever do. Why is this? As women, we’re conditioned to ignore our power. To play small and conform to a foreign ideal that places us in constant conflict and turmoil with ourselves and the world.

 Ascension Magazine is a spiritual revolution. Right now we are in hot pursuit to reclaim Spirit.

It is time to give ourselves permission to transcend everything that no longer serves us.

 This is called Emancipation.

 When we realise that we’re infinite beings; we become capable of everything our heart desires.

The universe never meant for us to act in desperation, but in faith, expecting abundance.

 Our ancestors are aware of this wisdom.

 They watch and wait patiently for us to understand this universal truth.

Culture beats like a drum in our hearts. It runs deep through our bloodlines.

It’s the glue that binds us to each other. Our language, totems, dances, songs, our spiritual home is where we derive strength and purpose.

 Culture is never lost. From all parts of the globe, we Australian women share a common reverence for culture.

 With many new dialogues of ancestry, tradition and contemporary expression these are signs of a cultural renaissance.

 What sets Ascension Magazine apart from every other glossy magazine, is our courage to see the world in colour rather than in black and white.

 Ascension is the magic that happens when women dare to be fearless and release the goddess power within.

Welcome to Australia’s first Indigenous and Ethnic Women’s Lifestyle Magazine.

 

Media Kit

For the media kit I thoroughly researched the fashion media landscape in Australia to find out about evidence that the media thus far had never been ethnically diverse and had been predominantly white. I didn’t need to look very far to find that evidence. This went into the media kit as a persuasive arguments to potential advertisers of the untapped potential they were missing.

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Media release for launch

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Results

The magazine is now in its fifth year and has evolved from being a print only magazine to becoming an online and social hub for ethnically diverse women in Australia with a vibrant community of dedicated followers.

The magazine has gone from strength to strength over the years, and I like to think that this is in part because of my initial help to kick-start the publication at its very inception.

Access CN – Minenssey

Content Strategy, Copywriting, FMCG and Retail

Access CN are a Sydney-based marketing agency that enlisted the help of Total Marketing in order to generate brand storytelling for a new Australian brand of mineral make-up, Minenssey.

Minenssey is a rapidly growing cosmetics brand that targets the Asian market with natural mineral skincare range for women of all ages and skin concerns.

Challenges

The team at Access CN needed the make-up brand to have a native speaking Australian tone of voice. They needed the language to sound natural, polished, sophisticated, lyrical and poetic.

Minenssey’s overall brand storytelling needed to be a form of accessible glamour and affordable beauty that would cater to a middle income audience of Asian women.

Solutions

Athena worked with the Access CN Marketing Manager Amelia Hu and came up with the right language to convey the brand storytelling and product marketing for both the website and product packaging.

She generated lyrical and poetic product descriptions for both the Minenssey product packaging and the website.

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She checked that Minenssey’s online shopping experience was being optimised in the best way, to ensure that they were going to attract customers. She did this by looking at their returns and delivery policy. She made recommendations on how they could lower the cost for delivery, and clarified and clearly explained their returns policy, making the products more appealing to customers.

She ensured that the FAQs on their website were clear, and not going to lead to a frustrating experience from the potential customer’s perspective.

She fact-checked the medicinal properties and purported benefits of ingredients in the products. Then in some cases she advised when the wording on the product packaging needed to be slightly altered so that it wouldn’t be potentially misleading to the customer.

She proof-read all of the terms and conditions and privacy policy and ensured that it all matched according to Australian online consumer law.

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Results

Amelia Hu, Access CN’s marketing manager was happy with the work of Athena from Total Marketing. In an email she provided this feedback.

“Hi Athena, you are one of the best vendors I have ever worked with. Thank you so much for all of your information and suggestions for Minenssey, they are extremely helpful. The copy on the website looks really beautiful and the client is really happy with it.” Amelia Hu, Minenssey Marketing Manager, Access CN.

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eHarmony

Content Strategy, Copywriting, FMCG and Retail

Background

While working for an agency in the UK I worked directly with the UK arm of the eHarmony Group and helped them to create an Australian sub-brand for their brand. They were expanding to create an Australian website and needed to optimise the copy on the site for a new audience.

Implementation

  • As an Australian I had a good understanding of the sort of colloquialisms that they should use and so I helped to create their tone of voice document which was unique to the Australian market.
  • I planned and executed a content strategy involving on-site blog content, off-site third party blog sites around the theme of Christmas gift-giving for new couples along with infographic gift guides.
  • Liaised with content writers and designers to create infographics, blog posts and feature articles related to dating during the Christmas period.
  • Content ideation around Melbourne versus Sydney styles of dating and other Australian oriented content around regional Australian areas (wine region in SA).
  • Collaborated with the digital engagement team to create Australian relevant PPC ad content and landing pages for driving conversions.

Results

  • The eHarmony Christmas infographic gift guide was incredibly successful in terms of organic sharing and actually made it to the reddit front page at one stage. It was reused in subsequent seasonal campaigns by eHarmony and on their social media in the years following.
  • The high quality on-site blog resulted in an increase in web traffic to the regional AU eHarmony site and was used in conversion rate optimisation for increasing sign-ups on the site. Here’s an example of a post I did  for eHarmony.
  • The eHarmony team saw the editorial tone of voice consulting as helpful in the creation of the Australian sub-site and useful in targeting the new site to a new audience in a meaningful and authentic way.

eHarmony Christmas Gift-Giving Guide

First draft of the infographic went something like this… 

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The final designed version…

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Forman and Field

Content Strategy, Copywriting, FMCG and Retail

Background

Forman & Field are a high-end gourmet hamper producer in London. They target high spend and time poor customers who want to add something unique to special occasions like Christmas, Easter, Hannukah, Valentine’s Day and other occasions, with delivered hampers of gourmet goods.

Working agency-side I helped Forman & Field to articulate their content strategy and to find the right mix of content in order to promote their seasonal Christmas hampers to their target audience/customer personas: Gen-X and Gen-Y, busy, city workers in London and regional cities who love gourmet food but don’t have time to make it all themselves.

Implementation

  • The creation of a calendar of content topics according to seasonal demand and seasonal food hampers that are available.
  • Pitching out content topics to freelance content writers, managing and editing their work, giving feedback and coaching on copy.
  • Targeting off-site blogging campaign on reputable lifestyle and foodie blogs in the UK, with high quality and relevant content that piques the interest of the target audience.
  • Working with an off-site ppc team and creating keyword rich content for PPC ads and copy for landing pages, optimising the landing pages for conversion with compelling copy on seasonal products and limited time offers.

Infographic creation for Forman & Field

Working with their in-house comms team, I created a concept and worked together with a design team to deliver an infographic about English wine (a feature of their hampers) to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee and to capitalised on the festive atmosphere at the time. The question posed, why would you pay for French wine when you can have equally good English wine from Forman & Field. The infographic was posted to partner sites and aided in the first stage of the buying cycle, helping familiarise the audience with Forman and Field’s high quality food and wine.

 

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Aveeno

Content Strategy, FMCG and Retail

Acting as a content manager on behalf of a digital marketing agency, I worked directly with Aveeno’s communications team to create a content strategy which related to their new product ( new at that time in 2010) Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. This involved

  • Liaising with the client’s comms team and coming up with content marketing ideas
  • Analysing past marketing materials and content which could be repurposed or remixed.
  • Extensive beauty blogger outreach, see example here and this VLOG
  • Generating ideas for content including vlogs, blog reviews and feature articles in online magazines.
  • Pitching ideas for copy to freelance content writers.
  • Managing the workflow of the new content according to a content schedule I created.
  • Working together with the digital team to test out methods for optimising traffic to the client’s site through off-site content marketing, social sharing and landing page optimisation.
  • The generation of content ideas for sales funnel optimisation, such as FAQs,  creation, beauty blogger information and materials to go along with test products, and from blogger reviews, generating rich media testimonials on video.

The customer decision-making process for buying the new product from Aveeno was greatly improved by the product reviews, vlogs and blog posts about the new product. This translated to higher engagement and traffic from the blog sites direct to the retailer.