Writing Samples

Every writing project (40+ samples below) begins with one thing: researching your target audience. Nothing else matters when you’re trying to connect with your prospective customers, clients or followers.

media2Many years ago when I first started working for a national advertising agency, I was given some industrial-strength advice from a Madison Avenue world-class writer: think less about you and your products and think more about the reader. It’s how Fortune 500 companies have been marketing to their audiences for 70+ years.

Every writing project I work on begins with one question: who is your target audience? If you don’t know or need help researching their VALS (values and lifestyles) needs, I will be happy to handle the research. It’s not rocket science. However, it does help pinpoint who your buyers and prospects are and how they perceive marketing content.

Honestly, since the evolution of online digital marketing, VALS no longer supports segmenting your audiences into traditional buyer types (i.e. innovators, thinkers, believers etc).

Instead, I take the approach connecting with your audience on both the emotional and technological interest plateau. Then craft persuasive reasons (i.e. testimonials, product/service benefits) to move your prospects further down the buying process.

inboundInbound marketing is a fabulous way to drive traffic to your site. But how? Easy buttons? Nope. Think search engine optimization. Writing sample: INBOUND 101

techTechnology writing is hard-wired in my DNA. It’s one of the best ways to develop a robust content marketing plan to promote your products. Writing samples: IOS | SECURITY | SATELLITE TECH

creditPersonal finance content marketing has always been hot. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many financial companies crafting content for them. Writing samples: ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR

DFOXDataFox provides financial analysis and investing research advice for their subscribers. The writing was research-based. Writing samplesInternet-of-Things | Solar Investment Marketing Heating Up | Energy


The INCIPIO writing projects were to be humorous and push the creative envelope for their technology blog. Writing samples: ONE | TWO | THREE

adobe-logoThe Adobe writing project involved supporting their VPs in a company-wide business blogging initiatives. I interviewed Adobe VPs by telephone to pinpoint their perspectives on specific design technology and tools. Writing samples: ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE

imI’ve had the privilege of working with many Internet marketers. The following projects were for long-form posts on their blogs. BRIAN SOLIS | ANN HANDLEY | DAVE WOOD

miscThese are miscellaneous writing projects for a diverse set of clients. SPARK ANALYTICS | WORDPRESS | IT UPGRADES | LEGAL | REAL ESTATE |  SALES LETTER | PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

lowes-logo-centerThe projects I produced for Lowe’s were written for their ProServices division. The content was to inform and educate contractors and industrial customers about new advancements with the building industry.
Writing samples: ONE | TWO | THREE


The white papers written for Microsoft were technology-based. I had the privelege of working with their software engineering team to craft these projects. Writing samples: ONE | TWO

bloggingContent marketing is the secret sauce which provides companies of all sizes the ability to connect with their audiences as well as rank on Google. Writing samples: ONE TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE

prwebPress releases can provide your company with enormous free publicity. I’ve been writing press releases since 2001 on diverse and newsworthy topics. Writing samples: ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE

forbesThe wellness industry is $3.4 billion dollar goldmine. I’ve penned many ghost-written pieces for marketers and advertising agencies. Writing samples: ONE | TWO | THREE


Technical documentation needs to be simple and user-centric. I’ve been involved with a number of Apple project launches. Writing samples: ONE | TWO

The above writing samples were for large Fortune 500 companies. If yours isn’t as prestigious please note I work with clients of all sizes. Ideally your goals are logical and audience-centric. Whether you’re selling iMacs or ice skates, as long as we can agree to the theme and target audience of your content, we’ll get along thick as thieves.

Perhaps you need SEO writing for long tail keywords? Relax, I have plenty of experience. Watch a few video case studies: ONE | TWO | THREE.

aboutmeMy name is Peter David Gustafson. If you are considering my writing expertise for your next project, please note I work on a first-come first-served basis.

I do not sub-contract my services to other freelancers. All writing, editing and proofreading are performed by myself. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in chatting by telephone. If you’re brave enough, ring me up on my cell directly by dialing 207-602-0299. I reside in the Eastern Time Zone. If you’re pressed to meet a deadline, I do make special considerations.

CMS Platforms

‘Forget about it’ as they say in the mafia. Don’t worry about asking your IT nerd to post content on your site. I work in nearly all popular CMS platforms such as WordPress, Drupal and Magento. If you’re wondering how to tag specific content for SEO meta data, relax, I got you covered.