I am Ian R Close – a freelance content creator and digital marketing coordinator currently based in Scotland. I have also lived in New Zealand and Portugal.
My passions include travel, coffee and photography. I have produced content across a variety of industries – from tourism and theatre to whisky and property.
You can check out examples of my writing below, or flick me a message for ghostwriting samples.
Blog and Article Writing
Where Sidewalks End
What to expect when visiting a hippy commune in New Zealand (February 2019) – https://www.wheresidewalksend.com/hippy-commune-new-zealand/
Q+A with Rafic Daud from UnDandy (August 2018) – http://wone-internship.com/qa-with-rafic-daud-from-undandy-by-ian-robert-close/
Queer Travel: a Guide to Glasgow For The LGBTQ+ Community (July 2018) – http://www.qweerist.com/news/queer-travel-a-guide-to-glasgow-for-the-lgbtq-community/
Visiting Russia: Is It Safe for LGBTQ+ Travellers? (June 2018) – http://www.qweerist.com/culture/visiting-russia-is-it-safe-for-lgbtq-travellers/
The Podcast Host
Keyword SEO for Podcasters: How To Help More Listeners Find Your Show (April 2018) – https://www.thepodcasthost.com/promotion/keyword-seo-for-podcasters/
Shut Up And Go
I’m from Scotland, and here are my thoughts on Brexit – https://shutupandgo.travel/here-are-my-thoughts-on-brexit
New Zealand Mountain Safety Council: Tips for Tramping on Shaky Ground (October 2016)
’71: A fast-paced account of the height of the Troubles (October 2014) – https://www.kettlemag.co.uk/71-a-fast-paced-account-of-the-height-of-the-troubles/
Is Eurostar a great way to travel the continent? (September 2014 – written for Eurostar in exchange for a free return journey to Brussels) – https://www.kettlemag.co.uk/is-eurostar-a-great-way-to-travel-the-continent/
Website Content Writing
Laphroaig (June 2018) – https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/distillery/laphroaig
Glenfarclas (June 2018) – https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/distillery/glenfarclas
Glenrothes (June 2018) – https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/distillery/glenrothes
Stockbridge Area Guide (September 2014) – https://www.dickins.co.uk/areas/staying-in-stockbridge-edinburgh/
Fountainbridge Area Guide (September 2014) – https://www.dickins.co.uk/areas/staying-in-fountainbridge-edinburgh/
Central New Town Area Guide (September 2014) – https://www.dickins.co.uk/areas/guide-to-central-new-town-edinburgh/
Edinburgh Tool Library
Edinburgh Culture Review
Okareka Dance Company
Due to the nature of these projects I cannot upload them to my portfolio, however I have been given permission to talk about them and in some cases can send first draft examples privately.
Travel Content Collective (September 2018 – Present)
I write travel related content about day trips and tours that can be made from various locations across the world.
Boostly (July 2018 – March 2019)
I currently assist Boostly with writing content for their blog. Content is focussed on the area of hospitality marketing – usually about hotels and other holiday rentals.
Guidora Guides (June 2018 – August 2018)
I wrote travel guides for Guidora giving travel tips for two separate cities outside of Europe. These were then sold on Amazon.
TMRP SEO (June 2018 – August 2019)
I assist them by writing SEO product lists of around 3000 words per article in a variety of topics from toys to leaf mulchers.
Edwards Millers (May 2018 – August 2018)
A small digital marketing agency based in the UK, I assisted them with writing newsletter content for a variety of small business clients.
I have also provided digital marketing services for:
Hollabox (June 2018)
I advised Hollabox on their Instagram video strategy, providing a two hour consultation in how to maximise advertising budgets and increase organic reach for their content on the platform.
Okareka Dance Company (June 2015 – May 2018)
An Auckland, NZ based dance company, I assisted with their social media, website management and interactive marketing.
500 Miles (August – December 2014)
An Edinburgh, UK based charity providing prostheses for patients in Malawi and Zambia. I helped them with their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ campaigns for their fundraising event.