5 Costly Mistakes in Business Writing

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For most people, writing is a challenge.

Even if you’re an expert on the topic you’re covering, you’ll still have to sit down, put your thoughts on paper, refine your ideas, rewrite, edit, and repeat the process.

Aack! No wonder so many people dislike writing and suffer from writer’s block—the entire writing process can be difficult. Continue reading “5 Costly Mistakes in Business Writing”

7 Simple Tips for Writing Better Marketing Headlines

Headlines drive all of us crazy at times.

Headlines are among the most important topics in marketing. According to advertising legend David Ogilvy, “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy.”

Simply tweaking the headline of an ad, email, or other marketing promotion can take it from a failure to a huge success.

If you want to improve your marketing results, start with these tips. Continue reading “7 Simple Tips for Writing Better Marketing Headlines”

How to Write a White Paper That Wows (In Just 5 Steps)

What problems can you help your audience solve? Get specific. (Illustration: samuraitop)

Many businesses and marketers are interested in writing a white paper, but they’re also intimidated because it can be a daunting task.

What makes white papers so effective is also what makes them challenging to write—they’re longer and more detailed than most other types of business content.

However, there’s also a formula for writing a white paper. By following the steps below, you can tackle a white paper in manageable chunks. Continue reading “How to Write a White Paper That Wows (In Just 5 Steps)”

Getting Started With Writing Lead Generation Materials

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A big part of both online and offline marketing is lead generation.

This is especially true for any businesses that sell their services to other businesses (B2B). That’s because sales and marketing in these businesses usually involve more relationship building and long sales cycles.

Nevertheless, generating leads is also a top priority for many companies outside of B2B, such as real estate agencies and financial service firms.

Writing lead generation materials poses a challenge for many people because it’s not like other types of marketing. A lot of marketing falls into one of two categories: sales pitches or brand building. But with lead generation you need to strike the right balance between educating prospects and getting them to take the next step in the sale process.

If you’re working on a lead generation project, here are a few things you can do to improve your results. Continue reading “Getting Started With Writing Lead Generation Materials”