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What’s a good topic for a white paper?

I get that question a lot. One good answer is, “anything that’s hot right now.” And that hot topic should refer to something that’s relatively new, relatively complex, and relatively expensive.  This rule explains why I recently heard from four eight 13 16 24 prospects launching new cryptocurrencies—something like Bitcoin. What makes cryptocurrencies so hot?    …

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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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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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Why we’re using Pinterest for white papers

You see “Pinterest” and you’re about to leave this page. Don’t do it. Pinterest is not just for recipes, crafts, or home decorating. We think Pinterest is the perfect place to show off B2B white papers. That’s why we started our own Pinterest board here. And this post explains what we’re doing, and why. What is Pinterest?…

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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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How writing a white paper is like attending a dinner party

Imagine you’re invited to a dinner party with your boss. Think of your current white paper client as “your boss.” You arrive late, make a quick apology and take your seat. The others are already engaged in a deep discussion that sounds interesting and important. You think, “I need to say something impressive soon. After all,…

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How to handle the 4 types of comments on white papers

Dealing with comments can be challenging. This excellent article from copywriting legend Bob Bly describes how to recognize and handle the different types of comments from clients. Comments on draft white papers fall into one of four categories. This is my view after 37 years as a professional copywriter. During that time, I’ve written white papers and many other…

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The #1 mistake B2B copywriters make

What’s the #1 mistake B2B copywriters make? How can they avoid this mistake or fix it? We asked eight accomplished copywriters these questions.  Here’s what they told us. Mistake #1: Not learning the craft “A common mistake? Hanging out their shingles too soon,” says Gordon Graham, also known as That White Paper Guy. “Lots of beginners…

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The #1 mistake B2B content marketers make

What’s the #1 mistake that B2B content marketers make? We put this question to our expert panel of B2B content consultants. Here’s what they told us. Tip #1: Use sales copy to promote content Steve Slaunwhite is a marketing consultant and veteran B2B copywriter who’s written many books about writing and marketing. He says the #1 mistake B2B content…

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White paper writer tip #4: Think visually

To create an effective white paper today, text alone doesn’t cut it. Every white paper writer must be able to imagine powerful graphics to help tell their client’s story.  Why? Because white papers are getting brighter, bolder, and more colorful. Great pictures and graphics are a must-have. For best results, you must learn how to dream up images that communicate your key points at a…

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