Big Talk is a team of writing, editing and communication specialists based in Melbourne, Australia. We get a big kick out of helping our clients sound their very best.
Ongoing articles | BBC StoryWorks
Vanessa was approached by BBC Worldwide to research and write articles for BBC StoryWorks - the BBC's sponsored online content division, located in BBC Future. So far Vanessa has produced: four-article long series about La Trobe University; Cisco; Microsoft; an article about UOB's work in Myanmar; two articles about Samsung.
For the past two years, we have researched, written and edited the bulk of The RE Ross Trust's 68-page annual report. This is quite a leap from previous years, where we've simply edited the copy they created in-house. We had direct contact with more than 20 of the Trust's fundees, helping them to tell the story of what they did with the Trust's funding. We've also helped the Trust to reshape some other parts of the report, advised on some stylistic changes and helped to design a new and improved infographic giving a quick guide to their granting strategy. An absolute pleasure.
AIMS capability statements editing
Writer, journalist and editor, Jane Lyons, asked us to provide editing support on a project she managed for the Australian Institute of Marine Science - the research, writing, design and delivery of six capability statements designed to showcase AIMS' expertise. We read Jane's drafts, provided feedback, gave feedback on design, and did a final edit and proof in line with Wiley's Government Style Manual. We think Jane did an amazing job; it was a pleasure to be involved.
Australian Federal Police | technology report
Our friends at Future Crunch prepared a report on the technological challenges Australia and the AFP will face in the coming years, and we edited it. We helped to make the report readable and ensure the messages were getting through. We also advised on structure, formatting and referencing and prepared a glossary of terms,
WorldSkills Australia annual report 2017
WorldSkills Australia engaged Big Talk to edit and give writing support, where needed, on its dynamic 40-page long annual report. The organisation has recently rebranded (which we were also involved in) and wisely wanted to ensure the report was aligned with its other new and improved communications. Tick!
Banner copy and editing | Merri Creek Management Committee
Our friends at Viola Design got in touch with some last minute eek-factor copy fixing needs for nine banners telling the story of Melbourne's Merri Creek. We helped by making the existing copy work in a banner format, researched and wrote some extra copy, inserted some subtle volunteering and philanthropy motivators, and made sure they worked alone, and as a set.
VicSuper Annual Report 2017
VicSuper approached us for some support with the writing for their annual report. We conducted a dozen in-house interviews then worked the transcribed content into draft copy for the editor to hone. We also drafted content from materials provided and realised we really, really need to pay more super.
Website review | Future Crunch
The savvy thinkers at Future Crunch don't need a lot of help when it comes to writing, but they asked Big Talk to take a look at their website. We helped them to define their offerings, tease out their USPs, reduce their bios and even sent a few typos to the knacker's yard.
The Business Connection | magazine production
We project manage the City of Darebin's bi-annual business magazine, The Business Connection. This includes taking and shaping the initial concept, researching and writing articles, and coordinating photography and graphic design.
Tagline development | Panda Agency
Our cuddly friends at Panda Agency engaged us to brainstorm new taglines and finesse their existing copy for a couple of their campaigns. We love this doing-a-jigsaw-sideways kind of stuff!
Branding and brochure copy | Nine High
We worked with the team at ideasLab on the branding for this 68-apartment development in Preston. We created hero statements, advised on style and tone, and researched and wrote the brochure copy. We interviewed local traders for trader profiles, and interviewed the developers, landscape architect, interior designer and building engineer. The brochure copy was used as the basis for Nine High's website.
WorldSkills Australia | website copy
WorldSkills Australia approached us to pare their website copy down and give it a fresh new voice. This was an epic but enjoyable project. We're proud to have helped such a dynamic, future focused organisation optimise their online presence.
Travel article | Interval World
American travel company Interval International asked us to research and write a 2000-world-long article about the Victorian High Country for their members-only publication, Interval World. We worked with the magazine's editor to select five destination towns (The King Valley, Lake Eildon, Jamieson, Mansfield and Mt Buller), then researched and wrote the piece. Hello, daytrip! Our research included liaising with venue, tour and business owners, contacts at Tourism Victoria to source up-to-date info and stock photos for the article.
Thrive | writing support
Susie Hopkins at Thrive came to us for some blog and article writing support. Susie's workplace mindfulness business is growing fast, and her blog and article writing is an important part of this. We help Susie by editing her drafts and helping her to tease out the value in her articles. She has been published in several places since. Go Suse!
Media kit creation + distribution | Wendy Voon knits
When iconic Melbourne knitwear designer and creator Wendy Voon put the shout out for a writer to help her create a press release, we knew we wanted to be involved. Show me the merino! We helped Wendy craft her words and story into a beautiful, image-heavy media kit, then sent it out far and wide. So far the release has led to editorial discussions with Vogue and Australian Country magazine.
Website copy | Urban Operations
The smart people at Middle Men engaged us to write the copy for a client's new website. We took material from the client's existing website and liaised directly with them to bring it up to date with their new look and feel. Job: done.
Newsletter copywriting and editing | Moreland City Council
Big Talk has been involved with the Moreland City Council's quarterly business newsletter, XChange, for several years now. It's recently evolved from print to online formats, and is read by an estimated 11,000+ businesses in the municipality. We help to shape the brief for each issue and research, write and edit all of the content. We also liaise with the clever cats at Fenchurch Studios to make sure the images and design are a good fit.
Newsletter copy | Bush Heritage
We research, interview for and write articles for not-for-profit organisation Bush Heritage's newsletter, Bush Heritage News, which aims to engage donors through an evocative and illustrative, yet still factual story-telling style.
Website copy edit | Alexandra Buchanan Architecture
We spent a couple of hours giving the copy on ABA's website a wordlift. That's a facelift, for words! It was an easy fix that involved restructuring sentences, removing obsolete language and making a few suggestions to make sure the team at ABA were putting their best architectural feet forward.
Communication smarts | Garden of Yoga
We support the amazing, prolific and inspiring Jo of Garden of Yoga with her communications. Jo does all her own drafting and Big Talk gives it a final lift. We've helped Jo produce whiz-bang press releases, website copy, articles, blog posts and brochure copy. Uh huh.
Website copy | Jack's Mulch
We worked with the team at Middle Men to create copy for a client's soon-to-launch garden mulch business. The brief involved making sure the business' USPs were clearly presented, and creating a biography for a lumberjack-inspired character, Jack. We learned a whole lot about mulch in the process!
Speech and copywriting | RMIT Advancement
The team at RMIT Advancement look after RMIT's alumni and big donors. From time to time we help them out with speech writing for events, and by drafting magazine copy for the RIMT Alumni Magazine.
Website and brochure copy | Patrick Hollingworth
Patrick is a motivational speaker and business consultant reworking his website for a rebrand and relaunch. We trimmed Patrick's existing content, helped him to clarify his key messages and made sure he was emphasising his USPs. We then reworked the web copy for a brochure format.
Press release + distribution | Arbor Brunswick
We helped Elli at ethical Australian jewellery store Arbor Brunswick with a press release for her 2017 exhibition. It was a sweet little gig that involved helping Elli think about how to best present her concept, how to structure and write the press release, writing it for her, pulling together a list of media to send it to, then sending it out.
Article editing | Mindful Beginnings
Psychologist and mindfulness practitioner Dr Adi Brown at Mindful Beginnings asked us to edit and comment on an article about mindful parenting she'd written for with publication in mind. We helped to make the introduction more succinct and engaging; recommended some subheadings for the five pointers and gave some general advice on potential avenues and strategies for submission. Dr Brown managed to get the article placed on Australia's no.1 parenting website, KidSpot. Result!
Advertorial copy | Merrifield
The team at ideasLab asked us to come on board and rescue some advertorial copy for a client at the last minute. We delivered, and then some.
Viola Design | website copy
We recently helped our friends at Viola give the copy on their website a lift, in line with their new web design.