How to win business

Content

How to make your content a winner

Sometimes in trying to outdo competitors, companies can try too hard in their writing and miss the mark completely. Convoluted language and over the top descriptions can very easily become literary junk – words that serve no purpose except to fill a page. For example, stating your company will provide ‘innovative human resource solutions’ makes the mind boggle! As a reader you wonder what on earth this means, and this makes it harder to connect with the company and their…

How to make your content a winner was last modified on October 23rd, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Why telling a story is just as important in business

Good storytelling isn’t about making stuff up; it’s about presenting a narrative in a way that piques interest, maintains suspense, and then provides resolution. We remember good stories, learn from them, and very often re-tell them. Therefore, we should use the same approach in our business communications. Quite simply, why have flat, boring content when you can bring it to life in shapes and forms that engage your audience? How to do it? Here are some principles of good storytelling:…

Why telling a story is just as important in business was last modified on October 16th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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How to generate leads from your newsletter

In an ever-propagating inbox, newsletters can be the first to see the trash can; they often add little value and can just suck time up. But the ones that are done well, connect, inform, sometimes amuse, and often get a sale! So, give your newsletters an SOS and make them effective marketing tools. Here’s how to do it: 1. Focus on your customer Your newsletters should always primarily be about your customers and what you can do for them. Gather…

How to generate leads from your newsletter was last modified on October 10th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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CASE STUDY

Why case studies help you win more business

It’s surprising how many companies haven’t cottoned on to the fact that case studies can bring more business in the door. Far from being merely a self-congratulatory ‘look at moi’ exercise, they act as powerful advertising tools that clearly demonstrate why your business is the exact answer to a potential customer’s question. So, what’s the best way to go about creating them? First thing to know: they don’t have to be lengthy. How long they are and what tone and…

Why case studies help you win more business was last modified on September 12th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Could this be the only policy the UK Parliament will agree on this year? 

As the UK comes to terms with a new Prime Minister, officials for the new leader of the House of Commons are also grappling with change. It seems Jacob Rees-Mogg MP has wasted no time in issuing a style guide, making his views on language usage abundantly clear. ‘Lot’, ‘got’, ‘hopefully’ and ‘I am pleased to learn’ are just some of the many terms now strictly verboten. And heaven help anyone who uses a comma after ‘and’. So, are style…

Could this be the only policy the UK Parliament will agree on this year?  was last modified on August 14th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Testimonials

Why trustworthy testimonials make marketing easier 

You’ll know that LinkedIn has a section for testimonials in each profile and plenty of websites have pages with case studies and positive feedback. Apart from a customer’s personal experience, the most valued opinion comes from someone they trust. It’s for this reason that word of mouth referrals are so valuable.   The next best thing is a testimonial. It’s a third-party endorsement, most likely from someone you don’t know which makes it credible. It’s like testimonials that appear on book…

Why trustworthy testimonials make marketing easier  was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Write

Everyone can write, right?

Most can write, but most can’t write well! Writing is hard: it’s not only thinking up the ideas, but articulating them, linking them together and crafting them into a neat package. It takes practice – and sometimes many attempts to get right. Here are some of the traps that novice writers often fall into: Choosing difficult words: Overly formal language is usually a turn off for readers. If there is a simpler everyday alternative that you can use, then do…

Everyone can write, right? was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Boring

Take the boring out of business writing

There’s nothing more dull than stiff, formal language, long, complicated sentences, and copy that’s thick with words that add no value. While those who adopt this heavy-duty style think it makes their writing weighty, it has the opposite effect: convoluted language tries to sound impressive but delivers little; it’s almost always vague, light on substance, heavy in obfuscation! It certainly doesn’t impress the reader who is left bewailing “What does this even mean?” And if you’re not writing for the…

Take the boring out of business writing was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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editing

Sometimes you need to murder your darlings

You’ve worked hard to articulate a point, to fine-tune a turn of phrase and now, of course, you’re emotionally attached to it. It’s painful to delete it, but what if it doesn’t serve your writing? What if it distracts from your key points? This is a challenge that all writers face, and one that was first expressed over a hundred years ago by Arthur Quiller-Couch. In his book ‘On the Art of Writing’, first published in 1916, he wrote: “Whenever…

Sometimes you need to murder your darlings was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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What’s your writing style?

What’s your writing style? Do you plan it out or make it up as you go along? Some business writers just start writing; they don’t know where they’re going, but trust that they’ll find their way as they write. Sometimes it leads to more creative writing as the mind is free to wander and discover new possibilities. Other times, the writing completely loses its way and becomes unfocused and repetitive. Certainly, most people find magic happens when in the creative…

What’s your writing style? was last modified on June 12th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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