MailChimp’s voice and tone style guide

Content types listed in menu on voiceandtone.comI’ve just stumbled on Voice & Tone, a style guide used by email campaign company MailChimp to help their staff write appropriately for different content types.

I like the approach of listing different content types in the left-hand column. This structures the guide around tasks, not particular points of language. I bet this improved take-up in using the guide. Nice and simple. Clear.

Today you might be writing content for a newsletter. Tomorrow you might have your head down figuring out labels and help text for a web app. Structuring a style guide based around such tasks reduces the effort of navigating a lengthy document, hunting the relevant section.

I also like how MailChimp include voice and tone tips for content types you don’t typically see in traditional style guides – for example, instructional FAQ text, web app labels, forms and webinars.

The really neat part though is how the instructor communicates the guidance. For each content type, there’s a user’s point of view along with how they’re feeling – paired with example text staff can use and tips for writing appropriately.

I think this is a great way to give guidance (and great that MailChimp shared their guide publicly).

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2 Responses

  1. Jacqueline says:

    MailChimp’s guide is not available any longer or the link is broken. Is there any other way I could access this?

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