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Is it bigger than a breadbox?

Have you ever interviewed a someone who says they have “no metrics” for your case study? Perhaps your source never had to justify their purchase, so they didn’t keep any formal metrics. That means they have no numbers to show how much your offering helped with their business problems… and no numbers you can use in…

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Who do you trust for a white paper source?

White paper writers often ask me, “What makes a good source?” That’s a great question in today’s era of “fake news” and “alternative facts.” Deliberate falsehoods are being spread from many sources: social media chatbots, agents of foreign governments, clickbait creators—not to mention vendors lying about their products. Because of all this deceit, a recent…

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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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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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Tell the truth! Show your white paper sources

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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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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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How white paper writers can use high-priced sources

To be an effective white paper writer, you must find good sources to back up your argument. But what if you locate what seems like a great source, but you can’t afford to access it? What if you find a market study with a price tag of $4,995? Or a promising article you can’t download without subscribing to an…

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10 ways to be a good SME

This article from guest contributor Janice King offers a new perspective on how to create high-quality marketing materials by putting together a subject matter expert and a writer. Keep these tips in mind if you provide subject knowledge or share a writer with the engineers and other experts in your company. Have you ever been a SME? As…

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Tips on white paper sources

letters SOURCE with mouse to show white paper sources

When you’re searching for white paper sources, any company can claim they’re the best. But finding the evidence to prove that can be tough. Doing research to turn up the right nuggets of proof gives your white paper more authority. Strong evidence creates affinity with the reader, strengthens your claims, and proves that your white…

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Tips on interviewing executives

So you need to interview someone important for your white paper. They could be the founder of the company or the lead engineer on the project. The point is, executives are busy… and you don’t want to waste their time or sound like a noob when you speak with them. Before you panic, remember that interviewing…

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