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White Paper World 23: June 8, 2023


  • June Book Giveaway: Take the AI survey, get career advice, win a book!
  • Quick tip: Using multiple calls-to-action
  • This just in: Survey of corporate AI usage

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June Book Giveaway: Take the AI survey, get career advice, win a book!

I’ve been working on this for weeks: a quick survey to find your attitude to AI.

The multiple-choice questions will take you less than 2 minutes to answer.

Depending on your answers, I’ll send you some brief career advice for writers in the era of AI.

Plus, you’ll be entered in a series of draws in my biggest-ever Book Giveaway.

If your name is picked, you can have your choice of three great books about writing and white papers:

  • Signed hardcover of Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes, 2nd edition
  • Hardcover of Mike Stelzner’s Writing White Papers
  • Signed copy of my book White Papers For Dummies

Take survey button

Click the graphic, or use this link:

https://app.assessmentgenerator.com/assessment/20536 

And feel free to forward this link to any other writers you know.

I can’t wait to see how the answers stack up, and to send out those books to the winners!

Hint: The first draw is THIS WEEKEND June 10!


Quick tip: Using multiple calls-to-action

You’ve heard the classic advice: Use a single call-to-action.

Make it crystal clear what an interested prospect should do after they read your white paper.

But what if you have multiple audiences?

What if one call-to-action isn’t enough?

There’s a simple way to handle that: Just specify a different call-to-action for each segment of the audience.

Here are two white papers that show this tip in action.

CTAs for multiple audiences of a B2B white paper

Belron white paper cover and CTAs

This white paper explained that many  automated safety features rely on  cameras build into a car’s windshield.

And those cameras must be calibrated… which no DIYer or local garage can do.

There were seven different audience segments, the most I’ve ever tried to address in a single white paper:

• Consumer associations
• Fleet managers
• Insurance companies
• Journalists and bloggers
• OEM car dealers
• Police
• Policy-makers

At the end, this paper introduced a CTA for each audience with the line:

We recommend that each stakeholder in road safety consider the following next steps.

This is a perfectly fine way to handle this challenge when you have just a couple of next steps for each segment.

< Click the image to see this white paper


CTAs for multiple audiences of a government report

Surgeon General report on social media cover and CTA

In May 2023, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report on teens and social media.

This 19-page report makes fascinating reading. And I consider it basically a problem/solution white paper.

After all, it’s a persuasive essay that uses facts and logic to present new approaches to a nagging problem.

And it addresses five discrete audiences:
• Parents and caregivers
• Children and teens
• Researchers
• Policy-makers
• Tech company executives

The final recommendations are given on a separate page for each audience. That way, each reader can flip to the page for them.

Anyone who falls into two different audiences—say parent and tech exec—can look at the pages for each.

That’s a perfectly fine way to handle this challenge when you have many  recommendations for each audience.

< Click the image to see this report

 

There are many benefits to this approach:

  • No one gets confused
  • No one gets overlooked
  • Everyone can see the recommendations for one another
  • You can do one white paper for everyone, instead of one for each audience

Make sense? Try this next time you work on a paper with multiple audiences.

 


This just in: Survey of AI usage in companies

Writer, the team-based writing system, uses AI to help ensure all your communications sound the same and follow the same guidelines.

It’s one of the few AI tools built specifically for writers and I like it a lot. If I were running a marketing team, I’d have everyone using this service immediately.

Writer just released an intriguing survey that shows how far AI has penetrated into the corporate world.

cover of The State of Generative AI in the Enterprise | Writer

Here are a few tidbits:

• 59% of companies now use AI or plan to use it this year
• AI is used in every function, not just  marketing
• ChatGPT
is the most-used (47%) and most-banned service (32%)
The next most popular services are CopyAI (35%), Anyword (26%),
Hyperwrite (24%) and Jasper (23%) 
Only 7% say their firms don’t use  generative AI and they don’t know anyone using it at work
Marketing people say the top benefits are better content and lower costs

 

Companies use AI to create short copy, like ads and headlines, and (so-called) long content, like blogs, and to repurpose existing content.

All-in-all, the report says these numbers prove AI has crossed over from the early adopters and hit the mainstream.

But there are some drawbacks. Almost half (46%) believe their colleagues have over-shared corporate information with AI.

The other top perceived drawbacks of generative AI are privacy, message consistency, accuracy, and copyright.

Click the thumbnail above to get your own copy of The State of Generative AI in the Enterprise

 


That’s all for this issue.

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Gordon Graham
That White Paper Guy

P.S. Remember to take the survey on AI right away for your best chance to win a free book!!

About Gordon Graham

Worked on 320+ white papers for clients from Silicon Valley to Switzerland, on everything from choosing enterprise software to designing virtual worlds for kids, for clients from tiny startups to 3M, Google, and Verizon. Wrote White Papers for Dummies which earned 60+ 5-star ratings on Amazon. Won 16 awards from the Society for Technical Communication. Named AWAI 2019 Copywriter of the Year.

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