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Copywriting mistakes

Are you guilty of this simple mistake in your content writing?

Copywriting experts may instruct us to ‘write as you speak’, but there are times when it’s better not to. You’ll often hear people say phrases such as: My own house… Let’s connect them together… It’s a true fact… It possibly might… 2am in the morning… We first conceived of the idea… There are 5 different cafes near here … We received a free gift… Exciting new innovation… If you were to write these phrases, a good editor or a good…

Are you guilty of this simple mistake in your content writing? was last modified on April 16th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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The one thing we do that shocks clients

When a client asks us proofread their annual report, financial statements, PDS, RAP or similar, we’re often told: ‘you won’t find much as we’ve read through the document in-house a few times’. The reality is we make an average of 10 mark-ups a page. In a 100-page document, that’s around 1,000 mark ups. Client are shocked or at least, very surprised. The trouble is, it’s so easy to miss what later seems obvious. In 2011, the Australian Defence Forces came…

The one thing we do that shocks clients was last modified on April 3rd, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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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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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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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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Failure to proofread leaves job applicant furious 

This week’s SMH carries an article by Tom Cowie, reporting events after lawyer Susan Cole hired online resumé company, 1300 Resumé, to write her job application for ASIO, Australia’s national spy agency. But when both parties – somewhat ironically – failed to spy numerous mistakes and Ms Cole wasn’t granted an interview, a lengthy legal stooshie ensued.   Ms Cole ‘sent some documents’ through to 1300 Resumé to help with her application, including a previous CV. Preparing for an overseas holiday,…

Failure to proofread leaves job applicant furious  was last modified on August 17th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Always go to a tattooist who understands apostrophes

The perils of not using a proofreader were quite literally thrown into the harsh glare of the notoriously unforgiving Hollywood spotlights earlier this year. While Emma Watson, star of all things Harry Potter, posed for photographs at the kill-for-an-invite-post-Oscars party, it was Watson’s grammatically incorrect ‘Times Up’ tattoo that made the biggest headlines. Does any of this Tinsel Town to-do really matter? Well, yes, it does. It matters because it’s a whopping example of how the power of tiny mistakes…

Always go to a tattooist who understands apostrophes was last modified on August 28th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Did they really mean to say that?

What is it they say about never getting a second chance to make a first impression? Enjoy this hilarious selection of CV and cover letter bloopers – proof positive of the benefits of proofreading! I took a career break in 2014 to renovate my horse. Skills: Strong work ethic, attention to detail, team player, self-motivated, attention to detail. I am great with the pubic. My duties included cleaning the restrooms and seating the customers. Objective: A career on the information…

Did they really mean to say that? was last modified on December 22nd, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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