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White paper writers often ask me, “What makes a good source?” Especially in an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”?! Deliberate falsehoods are spread by many sources today. Those include social media chatbots, agents of foreign governments, clickbait creators, conspiracy theorists—not to mention vendors lying about their products. With all this misinformation, a recent…

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keyboard spelling out how to use dictation

Whether you’re a marketer or a writer, you need to get text out of your mind, onto your screen, and into a file several times a day. Most people do that by typing. If you’re fast, you might get 60 words a minute. But you can talk 2.5 times that fast, at something like 150…

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A white paper project is a complex undertaking, with many moving parts. Here are 12 steps to an effective white paper project. We created each of these steps after going through a painful experience with a white paper that went off the rails A few were never even completed, despite my best efforts. So consider…

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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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Have you seen all the articles about how artificial intelligence (AI) is now doing creative projects? According to some, AI is already busy composing music, making paintings, and writing poetry. And this article in Forbes.com tells how software is now writing content. This type of software even has an acronym: NLG for Natural Language Generation. (And…

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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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Ever heard of branded original research? It’s an up-and-coming type of content marketing.  To create it, a brand surveys their audience to develop content for prospective customers. And, unlike some space trip to Mars, it’s not far-fetched fiction. Branded original research is a hot format that’s becoming increasingly popular for marketing managers across industries. What…

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Every new cryptocurrency needs a white paper on how to explain and promote an ICO. So does every new token having an ITO. Industry experts are saying the era of big-money ICOs may be over, so ICO white papers must be better than ever. By this point, I’ve worked on 10 ICO white papers about…

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This guest post from B2B copywriter Steve Maurer turns the normal advice we hear about writing content on its head. We got a good chuckle out of this and we hope you do too. You work in an interesting industry. And you have an amazing product. If other companies buy it, they’ll get a great…

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