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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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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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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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Business Awards – You’ve got to be in it to win it 

Every week, some lucky person becomes obscenely wealthy overnight after their numbers come up, and millions of Australians curse their own bad luck. If only they’d had the foresight to buy a ticket. Winning a business award, however, is nothing to do with luck and undoubtedly requires a shedload more effort than a quick trip to the newsagent. But here’s why entering really is worth it.  Assess your business performance. Most business awards require you to provide evidence of growth,…

Business Awards – You’ve got to be in it to win it  was last modified on September 4th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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How to engage with your customers on social media 

Online resource centre for small businesses, All Business, recently asked 13 members of the by-invite-only Young Entrepreneurs Council one question: What’s the best way to use social media to engage your customers and improve brand loyalty and reach? Here’s some food for thought.  Focus on providing value. Share tips, news, information and teaching. Do so, and you establish yourself or your brand as subject matter experts whilst helping others. (Scott Levy, Fuel Online) Highlight active community members. People love to…

How to engage with your customers on social media  was last modified on August 30th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Why having a website is like owning a caravan 

Having a website is like owning a caravan. If you’re serious about your business going places, you can hitch it up and travel together, regularly adapting content to expose your customers to different views and expand your following. Failing to keep website content fresh is like parking your van in the backyard and assuming customers will be kept happy by seeing the same old Hills Hoist.   In her article, The Key to Updating Website Content Regularly (Without Losing Your Mind),…

Why having a website is like owning a caravan  was last modified on August 20th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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How to keep your blog going 

There’s no doubt that having a blog is a great way to keep in touch with customers and engage with visitors to your website. The difficulty for many writers, however, is how to keep their blog’s momentum going. The good news is that even the smallest changes can make a big difference.   Write more  It sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Fresh content is key if you want to keep readers’ interest and, most importantly, keep them coming…

How to keep your blog going  was last modified on August 3rd, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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