White Paper Planning

5 things you must know about translating white papers

book and laptop with many flags to symbolize translation

  Do you ever prepare a white paper for readers who use a different language? Here are five important things to take into account whenever you need a white paper translated to another language. #1: Machine translation is unacceptable Why not just have your white paper translated by Google Translate or Microsoft Translator? These are…

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White papers and… the polar vortex?!

photo of Niagara Falls frozen by polar vortex

If you live in the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest or Canada, you probably experienced a tough winter. Snow fell like crazy and the temperatures plummeted. Cars didn’t start, flights and trains were cancelled, meetings were postponed. Even mail wasn’t delivered in some places. Niagara Falls froze over, as shown above. That’s rare. And some notable…

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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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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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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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White papers and… George Carlin?

George Carlin is the last person you’d expect to have anything to say about white papers. The trail-blazing American comic was better known for his profane and cutting social criticism.  But I’ve discovered a strong link between one of the comic’s lifelong preoccupations and B2B content writing. Who was George Carlin? Any Baby Boomer likely…

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How to repurpose a white paper by creating tweets

Here’s how to repurpose a white paper by creating tweets from the actual document. This is part 6 of our ongoing series on how to repurpose a white paper. You can find links to the first 5 parts of our series at the end of this article. We don’t think of social media as “content.” Rather, it’s a…

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