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CastingWords wishes you a joyous holiday season, and a happy and prosperous new year, from our families to yours! Clockwise from upper left: Nathan, Rachel, Jennifer, and Mike, and their families…

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Four Productivity Secrets that Will Help You Write Faster (and Make More Money)

Whether you are a journalist, a copywriter, or a novelist, your income depends on the amount of quality work that you produce. The more you write, the more money you can make. But unfortunately, it’s easy to get in your own way with unproductive work habits that slow you down. That’s why we’ve come up with four productivity secrets that will help you write faster. 1. Prioritize Your Time According to What’s Important in Your Life Prioritizing your time starts with taking stock of your values and goals.…

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Holiday Hack: Let the CastingWords elves do your work for you!

Ready for some holiday magic? Here’s a pro tip: The US holiday season is a great time for some “set it and forget it” transcription! Your school, business, or organization may have some down time coming up, but CastingWords does not. In fact, with a seasonally lighter demand, many orders actually turn around more quickly at this time of year, and our Help Desk is available, as always, to answer any questions you may have.…

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Transcribe Your Sermons -- Here's Why

Religious leaders are reaching more followers by transcribing their sermons. Do you ever wish that you could reach out to more believers beyond the confines of your existing congregation? Do you want to find ways to be more welcoming and connect with people who are traveling through your town and might welcome a place to worship? Or have you ever wished you could share your ideas and thoughts and inspire another believer across the globe?…

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It's NaNoWriMo Time Again

Do you have a novel in you, just waiting to be born? They say everyone does! November may be Movember to some, but to us it’s always been National Novel Writing Month, lovingly (if awkwardly) abbreviated NaNoWriMo. What will YOUR novel be about? (Photo by John Schnobrich) The event begins on November 1, and the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight on the last day of the month.…

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The Elements of an Effective Focus Group

Running focus groups can give you a treasure trove of ideas, if you do it right! Focus groups allow you to gather qualitative information about your customers, and gain insights into the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes of the people who interact with your company or organization. They can also help you identify and resolve possible problems in a cost-effective way. Here are a few tips to help your focus group run smoothly, so you can get the most useful results possible and gather the information you need to grow your company:…

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New feature! Edit your transcripts

New feature! You can now edit your transcripts online, then download in the usual selection of file formats. This feature is currently available on transcripts that include the Subtitles/Captions upgrade, and will soon be rolled out to all transcript categories. It’s even retroactive to past orders! Sign into your account and navigate to the Transcription Status page How do I do it? Log into your account and visit your Account > Transcription Status page.…

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Market Research Tips

Grow your business using transcribed recordings If you want your business or organization to succeed, you need to gain a deep understanding of your customers through market research. How can market research help your company? Market research allows you to get into your customers’ heads. You will find out what they really want and need, and communicate with them in a way that truly resonates. You’ll be able to root out problems quickly.…

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Something wrong with your order? Don't worry! Help is on the way!

I received a message saying there was a problem with my CastingWords order – what now? We send these emails out if there’s an issue with an uploaded audio or video file. It means that the transcription for that file has been placed on hold until a replacement file is provided, a question is answered, or the file is canceled and refunded. The other files in the same order (if any) are unaffected.…

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Why CastingWords Will Always Use Real People

CastingWords has recently added technology that uses artificial intelligence to transcribe recordings. We are happy with the technology; it is cost-effective, helps our customers save money, and increases our productivity. But it can never replace our professional human transcriptionists! “Even though we have the tech, we will always use real people,” said Rachel Pearson, co-founder of CastingWords. “They bring too much to the table.” Here are 10 reasons why our transcribers are irreplaceable:…

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