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Why pandas carry guns 

According to a recent Google Doodle, this year marks the 187th since the birth of the man widely considered to be the father of modern football, Ebenezer Cobb Morley. Riveting stuff indeed. But even more noteworthy than that particularly fascinating sporting nugget is that 2018 also marks exactly 15 years since Lynne Truss published her widely acclaimed book, ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’, the zero-tolerance approach to punctuation. Why is this important? Because within its pages lies the information you need…

Why pandas carry guns  was last modified on November 29th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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How to write compelling business copy for your website 

A website sporting well-written business copy will immediately lift your brand above the competition. Your ‘voice’ will be heard because readers respond positively to unambiguous writing that has a compelling message. Here are six ways to ensure it comes across loud and clear. Decide upon your main message What exactly is it that you’re offering? Really think about that. What’s the most important thing you want your website visitors to know? Whether the main benefit of your product or service…

How to write compelling business copy for your website  was last modified on November 22nd, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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How one word can make your marketing message go spectacularly wrong  

This month has seen yet another stand-out example of how just one word can make a marketing message go spectacularly wrong. American soft drink giant, Coca Cola, has been on the receiving end of some well-deserved criticism after failing to perform due diligence before advertising in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Auckland Airport was the unlikely setting for this latest linguistic debacle, when Coca Cola’s seemingly innocuous attempt to greet thirsty Kiwi travelers with the words ‘KIA ORA,…

How one word can make your marketing message go spectacularly wrong   was last modified on November 19th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Winning business awards – improve your chances with a great submission  

If you’re considering entering a business award, take note of these important tips to radically improve your chances of winning. Play by the rules Truly, there’s no point entering if you believe that instructions such as, ‘In no more than 500 words…’ or ‘Show evidence using sales growth figures’ don’t apply to you. They do. And if you don’t comply, your award submission will end up in what’s euphemistically referred to as the ‘circular file’. Award entry rules are there…

Winning business awards – improve your chances with a great submission   was last modified on November 7th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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What’s the difference between copy editing and proofreading? And why should you care?

If you’re briefing an editor or proofreader, you’ll need to know the difference or you might not get the result you were hoping for. Whilst they overlap to some extent, copy editing and proofreading are essentially separate functions, yet work hand in hand to polish your business documents to make them look and sound as professional as possible. What does a copy editor do? Copy editing comes before proofreading and is focused on getting your document ready for publication. It’s…

What’s the difference between copy editing and proofreading? And why should you care? was last modified on October 23rd, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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And the winner is…

Did you know that Proof Communications writes around 50 award entries for companies and businesspeople every year? Of these, 95 per cent become finalists and an impressive 59 per cent go on to win. We also write successful Order of Australia nominations. Your success Whether you’re entering a local, state or national award, it’s vital that your unique story comes across clearly. As experienced wordsmiths, we know how to transform a multitude of facts about you, your business and your achievements into a…

And the winner is… was last modified on October 19th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Houston, we have a problem…how can people get it so wrong?  

‘Communication Shipwrecks’, a recent white paper by American-based business writing school, Hurley Write Inc, gives some cracking examples of the impact bad business writing can have on consumers, corporates, government and academia. Read these and wince.  The issue: Metric mishap  In 1999, NASA’s much vaunted $125 million Mars Climate Orbiter self-destructed upon entering the red planet’s atmosphere some 100 km closer and 25km lower than planned. This costly space debacle’s post-mortem revealed that Lockheed-Martin, the company which developed and built…

Houston, we have a problem…how can people get it so wrong?   was last modified on October 4th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Brand building tips for B2Bs 

Sreeram Sreenivasan, founder and CEO of Ubiq BI, sums up building your brand as being ‘all about occupying a sizeable amount of public mind-space and consistently driving more customers to deal with your company.’ He offered these top five tips in a recent guest post for B2B Marketing Zone.  Position yourself differently from others. Try targeting a niche group. For example, despite similar platforms such as MailChimp being widely available, Sydney-based email campaign specialists Campaign Monitor built their own email…

Brand building tips for B2Bs  was last modified on September 25th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Lexophile

The tragedy of life with lexophilia

A lexophile is a lover – of words, that is. And word lovers especially enjoy word play, palindromes and the like. According to entirely unreliable sources, that most august of broadsheets, the New York Times, holds an annual lexophile competition to see who can create the best original pun. Furphy or not, it’s all good fun, so take a moment to enjoy these tragic examples of past winners.  Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.  This girl today said she…

The tragedy of life with lexophilia was last modified on September 17th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Avoid headaches: employ a professional business writer 

‘Write a complex business document’ is never going make it onto any list of Fifty Things You Absolutely Must Do Before You Die. Many individuals tasked with creating complex but compelling business documentation view such requests as being on par with being asked to willingly put their head in a vice. Hardly surprising given that business writing is almost certainly not the skill set they were originally employed for.   In fact, almost certainly made-up statistics show that an overwhelming majority…

Avoid headaches: employ a professional business writer  was last modified on September 14th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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