Here are some general tips for making your UB copy strong.
Specialized language has its place in peer-reviewed journals, but always strive to make your work relevant to the general reader.
Our work is original and unique. Our communications should be too.
Make a singular point and support it well. You’ll make a stronger, more lasting impact.
If it’s something you’d be willing to yell in a quiet room, use an exclamation point. Otherwise, don’t. Forced emotion will feel fake.
Every “give” (attribute) has a corresponding “get” (benefit). Make sure they support and strengthen each other.
Never stop thinking about the readers, and what the story might mean to them in a tangible way. It helps keep the information relatable and relevant.
Tracking traffic patterns though Twitter. Predicting the future with a 200,000-year-old sediment core. At UB, you don’t have to look far for compelling stories with an interesting twist.
Every story has the potential for an inspiring result, a concrete example or a goal achieved. Even pure research leads to new possibilities and breakthroughs.
Always remember that the University at Buffalo is as much a way as it is a place. When in doubt, refer to the messaging map and our personality traits, and write with a focus on how we arrive at amazing solutions, insights and discoveries. These three important elements will unify our content across all units and channels.