Collateral

Tips on creating and using any type of marketing or sales collateral (brochures, sell sheets, white papers, case studies, etc.)

How to Turn Your White Paper Into Your Prospect’s Buying Specification

September 21, 2021 by Leave a comment
How to Turn Your White Paper Into Your Prospect’s Buying Specification

How do we give white paper readers what they want…

AND tell them what we need to tell them?

In a TechTarget/CMO Council survey,1 when respondents were asked what factors had caused them to be disappointed in a white paper, the three most common responses were:

  • Was expecting technology discussion, ...
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5 Compelling Alternatives to the Traditional Case Study Format

August 11, 2021 by Leave a comment
5 Compelling Alternatives to the Traditional Case Study Format

Case studies have long been one of the most popular and influential forms of marketing content.

In Eccolo Media's annual B2B Technology Collateral Survey Reports (2008 to 2014), for example, technology buyers ranked case studies the second most influential content type – trailing only white papers – seven years in ...

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The Implementation: Another Crucial, Ingredient for Case Study Success

June 21, 2021 by Leave a comment
The Implementation: Another Crucial,  Ingredient for Case Study Success

When prospects talk with your salespeople about purchasing your solutions, what are some of their biggest concerns?

If you're like most tech industry executives, I'll bet your list includes:

  • What will it take to implement your solution?
  • How long will it take to get it up and running?
  • What problems might we ...
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The Customer’s Journey – A Key (but Often Missing) Ingredient for Case Study Success

June 13, 2021 by 3 comments
The Customer’s Journey – A Key (but Often Missing) Ingredient for Case Study Success

As B2B marketers, we're all familiar with the classic structure of a case study:

But is that really all there is to it?

Many marketing managers and copywriters seem to think so. Search through the resource pages of technology company websites, and you'll find scores of customer case studies divided ...

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5 Reasons Why Website Visitors Aren’t Reading Your Case Studies… And a Simple Fix for Each

May 10, 2021 by 1 comment
5 Reasons Why Website Visitors Aren’t Reading Your Case Studies… And a Simple Fix for Each

Are you using customer case studies in your marketing mix?

If so, let me ask you this: Are your website visitors reading them?

I ask because I find a lot of technology company websites don't make it easy for visitors to find and download case studies.

Why make it difficult ...

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7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a White Paper Writer

April 9, 2021 by 1 comment
7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a White Paper Writer

When it comes to making purchasing decisions, technology buyers consistently rank the white paper as the most sought-after, most shared, and most influential of all forms of marketing collateral.*

But creating an effective white paper is no easy feat. White papers generally require more research, greater subject matter knowledge, and ...

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How to Build a Fast, Easy, Inexpensive, and Effective White Paper Marketing Campaign

March 15, 2021 by Leave a comment
How to Build a Fast, Easy, Inexpensive, and Effective White Paper Marketing Campaign

White papers—as I’ve written many times before—are among the most effective forms of content for marketing technology. They’re highly sought after by tech buyers.

Compared to most other content forms, however, they’re expensive to create. And they won't do their best work if they just sit on your resources page ...

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What is a White Paper? (And what is NOT?)

February 8, 2021 by Leave a comment
What is a White Paper? (And what is NOT?)

If I were to ask you to define the term “white paper,” could you give me a clear definition?

Would it be roughly the same as your prospect’s definition?

These are important questions for technology marketers, because technology buyers attach great importance to white papers. When Eccolo Media was publishing ...

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5 Reasons Why Case Studies are Your Most Effective Content During Times of Crisis

November 11, 2020 by Leave a comment
5 Reasons Why Case Studies are Your Most Effective Content During Times of Crisis

The global economic crisis caused by this year's COVID-19 pandemic has affected companies and workers in all sectors.

Workers with less money to spend are more hesitant about spending it. The same is true of businesses. But just like workers need to be paid, businesses need revenue if they’re going ...

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7 Tips for Building a “Perfect” Case Study

October 11, 2020 by Leave a comment
7 Tips for Building a “Perfect” Case Study

Let me begin by saying this: there is no such thing as the perfect case study. Every piece of content is going to have its flaws. Besides, a case study doesn’t have to be perfect to be effective.

What I mean by a “perfect” case study is one that fully ...

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