Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a passion for writing and editing. It always came easy to me, grammar just made sense. I have always been the go-to for editing content. But I’ve learned that no matter how easy grammar may be to some, you will miss mistakes. There will be a spelling error or a missing comma that slips your mind as you edit. It happens. Nobody can be perfect and staring at the same document for hours on end will only increase your chances of missing a mistake. So before publishing content or sending it off to a client, make sure you have an extra set of eyes look at your work. Don’t always have someone available to do so? This is where Grammarly comes into play.
Grammarly is a writing enhancement platform that will automatically proofread and edit your content using more than 250 grammar rules. It is used by millions of writers worldwide and licensed by over 600 universities and corporations. You can upload your content to Grammarly’s online text editor or add it to your Chrome or Safari extension bar where it will edit your work as you write on almost any web page.
Every organization should be producing content whether it’s a blog, a newsletter, or your web pages. Showing that you are an expert in your field is essential to get found online. But you can’t just produce content, it needs to be great content. This means no typos or grammar mistakes, which can easily be a turnoff to some. Read our blog You May Not Know It, but Your Marketing Team Needs an English Major to learn more about why producing great content is important to your company’s’ success. I’ll even let you in on a secret. Our marketing team’s English major uses Grammarly.
There is a free version as well as a premium version that runs at $29.95/month on the Monthly Plan, $19.98/month on the Quarterly Plan, or $11.66/month on the Annual Plan. The free version gets you access to over 150 spelling and grammar checks, access to Grammarly Answers, Grammarly Handbook, Grammarly Words, and the Grammarly Blog. The premium version provides additional spelling and grammar checks, is available with Microsoft Office, uses relevant corrections dependent on your writing situation, has 24/7 callback and email support, and provides a money-back guarantee within 7 days of your purchase.
The downside to Grammarly: it currently does not support Google Drive Apps. I live my life in Google Docs so it’s a bummer the two do not connect yet. However, this is where the Grammarly online text editor is helpful because you can upload or paste your content into its document upload. This will edit your work just the same as it would on any other page.
This is what your Grammarly edits will look like. The error will underline in red and the suggested edit will appear on the right side. You then can either approve or ignore the change by clicking the green suggestion for yes or the X for no. Of course, you most likely will not accept every suggestion Grammarly offers you. It can’t sense your tone or the strange name of a client. You can add those unique words to your personal dictionary so it no longer tries to correct you.
If you create content for publication and are tired of seeing grammar and spelling errors slip through the cracks, this can be an extremely helpful tool. The days of sending embarrassing mistakes in your emails are over, download Grammarly today.