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The importance of web words – Why we created VisibleThread Web

The importance of web words – Why we created VisibleThread Web We’re really buzzed by how our customers apply VisibleThread Web. These usage scenarios range from marketing to compliance and risk. Importance of web words Like so many things in life, Jason (my co-founder at VisibleThread) and I fell into this web scanning stuff somewhat …

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More on generating a Starter Compliance Matrix – Real world usage statistics

More on generating a Starter Compliance Matrix – Real world usage statistics In March this year, I blogged on whether you could generate a starter compliance matrix in under 10 minutes.  In that post, I showed results based on work we did during 2011 with a sample of 28 organizations, mostly US federal contractors. We …

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Using automation to help with bid / no-bid decisions – Can this work?

Using automation to help with bid / no-bid decisions – Can this work? Blog UPDATE: We ran a webinar on April 10th where Jim Creutz (subject of this post) showed what he is doing. You can get the slides and a full recording here to see if using automation to help with bid / no-bid decisions. …

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A Compliance Matrix in under 5 minutes – Myth or Reality?

A Compliance Matrix in under 5 minutes – Myth or Reality? During the last 3 years, we at VisibleThread saw more than our fair share of compliance matrices. And we continue to work closely with proposal managers who manually create compliance matrices. Depending on size, they spend anything from several hours to days; creating it, …

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How readable is your proposal? Readability metrics that improve proposal quality

How readable is your proposal? Readability metrics that improve proposal quality Larry Newman of Shipley posted this example of poor writing the other day. It was part of a very active discussion thread about overused clichés on the APMP linkedin group: “To ensure optimum delivery of services for its membership, Mini Healthcare of Elbonia will …

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Which words are (still) killing your best proposals?

Which words are (still) killing your best proposals? Winning bids contain clear, concise language. They are easy to review, they are credible. Credibility comes in many forms. One of the easiest ways to sabotage an otherwise strong bid is to use wordy language, peppered with clichés and trite phrases. During 2011, we used VisibleThread to …

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One year on – Plain Language Issues persist in Gov. websites despite Plain Writing Act

One year on – Plain Language Issues persist in Gov. websites despite Plain Writing Act This week marks the first anniversary of the US Plain Writing Act on October 13th. The act is all about clear and transparent communications. Given the anniversary, it’s useful to check how agency websites are complying. So, last week, on …

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How Plain Language helps you flush out risky IT docs.

How Plain Language helps you flush out risky IT docs. I have blogged recently about Plain Language here. This was in the context of poor quality RFP and bid response docs. The basic premise: if you apply some basic Plain Language checks to your writing, quality will increase. In this post, I wanted to look …

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Can Plain Language save cost? – You better believe it!

Can Plain Language save cost? – You better believe it! Did you know that ‘plain language’ is the law? In October 2010, Barack Obama signed the ‘Plain Language’ bill. It mandated that all federal communications adhere to plain language principals. The implementation deadline is October 2011. By that date, all fed communications must be plain …

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