Content Marketing

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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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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How to Repurpose a White Paper as a Trade Journal Article

September 5, 2020 by Leave a comment
How to Repurpose a White Paper as a Trade Journal Article

White papers are among the most effective[i]  and valuable[ii] forms of marketing content. Unfortunately, they’re also among the more expensive forms to create.

To squeeze more return from their white paper investment, successful marketers frequently repurpose a white paper’s content in other forms.

You can too.

Getting maximum return ...

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What Colin Kaepernick Can Teach Content Marketers About Building an Online Audience

July 12, 2020 by Leave a comment
What Colin Kaepernick Can Teach Content Marketers About Building an Online Audience

Colin Kaepernick had seen enough.

That is to say, he had seen too much.

It was August 2016. America was reeling from the recent deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Korryn Gaines, and other black Americans killed by police—their deaths captured on eyewitness videos. Black Lives Matter street demonstrations ...

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The Two “Secret Ingredients” of Compelling B2B Content

June 9, 2020 by 1 comment
The Two “Secret Ingredients” of Compelling B2B Content

"What's your biggest challenge when creating compelling content?"

When Brian Clark, founder of Copyblogger, asked that question on social media, the most frequent response he received was, “Keeping it original and interesting.”

As a freelance writer and blogger, I can tell you; that's a serious challenge. And it’s not just ...

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How to Gently Convert Prospects into Customers—and Recurring Customers—Using “Circles of Belief”

May 16, 2020 by 1 comment
How to Gently Convert Prospects into Customers—and Recurring Customers—Using “Circles of Belief”

In my previous essay, we discussed why the traditional sales funnel is no longer a good model for customer acquisition. We then looked at an alternative model called The Circles of Belief (Figure 1)—a representation of customer acquisition that accounts for modern practices like search, social, email, and content marketing.

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Flatten Your Sales Funnel: A Better Way to Convert More Prospects to Customers in 2020

April 13, 2020 by 4 comments
Flatten Your Sales Funnel: A Better Way to Convert More Prospects to Customers in 2020

I have a problem with the traditional sales funnel.

Actually, I have two, but I guess you could call this first one a personal problem: I’ve never liked the funnel analogy.

For me, the funnel creates a negative mental image. I see hapless business buyers caught in a whirlpool, or ...

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