Posts by Gordon Graham

16 possible ways to structure a white paper

You’ve probably heard my concept of the three “flavors” of white papers. But within these three, there are many different ways to organize a white paper.  Here are 16 possibilities, which I’ve extracted and expanded with thanks from one of my favorite books, Presenting to Win by Jerry Weissman. Weissman is a former New York…

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12 steps to great white paper project management

A white paper project is a complex undertaking, with many moving parts. Here is a 12-step program, of sorts, for effective white paper project management. We’ve learned all these lessons through painful experiences with white papers that went off the rails. A few were never even completed, despite my best efforts. So consider these best…

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Crossing the chasm with effective white papers

This is a tale of two white papers, and the companies that planned them. It shows how an effective marketing strategy can help you to create an effective white paper. And it shows how an ineffective marketing strategy can hinder your best efforts to create a good white paper. Along the way, we’ll review a few…

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How to get great reviews for your white paper

Every white paper gets reviews, often by numerous people. But these reviews aren’t always helpful. To gain an effective review, a white paper writer or sponsor sometimes needs to take reviewers by the hand and give them a little guidance. This article includes five tips, plus a reviewer’s checklist you can download and circulate to your…

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Repurposing: Your secret marketing weapon

I’ve worked on white papers, and I have a secret: Less than 1% of those white papers was ever repurposed. Only a tiny handful of my clients, large and small, ever thought about repurposing. And usually only when I mentioned it. A secret weapon for marketing That means repurposing can be a secret weapon for any B2B…

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18 must-do’s to promote a white paper

So you wrote a white paper. Now what? Now it’s time to get it in front of your target readers. That means promotions. There are many ways to promote a white paper; in fact, my book White Papers For Dummies includes a list of 40 possible promotions. But not every tactic works for every audience. So here’s…

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10 tips on writing from Alexander Green

Last fall I had the pleasure of attending the AWAI 2016 Bootcamp in southern Florida. What a fantastic event! What’s not to like about a meet-up of 450 writers in an ocean-side town that has October temperatures reaching almost 90 degrees? The opening keynote speaker Alexander Green provided many inspiring tips on writing. If you haven’t heard of him…

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Tell the truth! Show your white paper sources

photo of pile of documents with a sticky note saying DONE

When you finish a white paper, what’s next? If you’re like most writers, you send in your invoice, and then take the rest of the day off. But haven’t you forgotten something? What about sending your client all the sources you referenced in your white paper? How about backing up all those claims in your argument with…

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9 tips for how to be a great client

I’ve written for 120+ different companies now. That gives me enough experience to separate the sheep from the goats, the good from the bad. I’m always delighted to work with a good client again. And I’m happy to be done with the few I consider not-so-good. Here’s my list of 9 tips on how to be a great client for…

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6 tools to help organize your white paper research

I often say that a white paper writer should “think like a lawyer.” That means building a mountain of research to back up your case. A lawyer needs to keep all the evidence at their fingertips, so they can pluck out exactly the right piece as they argue. That can spell the difference between winning and losing…

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