Lead Generation

Tips on how to generate more B2B sales leads

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 Ideas for Adding Video to White Papers

December 7, 2019 by Leave a comment
5 Ideas for Adding Video to White Papers

When marketing with content, you need to keep readers engaged. Your content must hold your prospects' attention long enough for your message to sink in.

One good way to do that is with interactivity. In a recent B2B Technology Content Survey, Eccolo Media found that "Overall, content consumers appreciate interactivity. ...

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Four Ways to Gain Press Coverage with Case Studies

October 23, 2019 by Leave a comment
Four Ways to Gain Press Coverage with Case Studies

A few years ago, when I posted a link to my article 8 Ways to Leverage Case Studies in Your Other Marketing Communications on LinkedIn, I received the following comment from a software marketing manager:

"One item I would add to your list: Industry-specific publications are always interested in customer stories."

I totally agree.

But because trade publications are not under the direct control of your marketing communications department, I wanted to talk about them separately. In fact, I admitted to that marketing manager, "I was saving that one for my next article!"

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How Post and Pray Syndrome Kills White Paper ROI

May 28, 2019 by Leave a comment
How Post and Pray Syndrome Kills White Paper ROI

A few years ago, I conducted a survey of technology company websites to benchmark the frequency of the deadliest errors tech companies make in creating and promoting white papers. A mistake I encountered frequently is what I call “post and pray” syndrome: Merely posting white papers on the corporate website ...

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What Tech Buyers Want Before They Register for a White Paper

May 5, 2019 by Leave a comment
What Tech Buyers Want Before They Register for a White Paper

In a recent survey, KnowledgeStorm and MarketingSherpa found a huge discrepancy between the amount of information technology buyers want to see before they register for a white paper, and the amount technology marketers think they need to provide.

Prospects want detail before they register for a white paper

When asked ...

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How “Delayed Gratification” Improves White Paper ROI

March 5, 2019 by Leave a comment

One of the most frequent mistakes I see marketers make with white papers is allowing visitors unrestricted (ungated) access to them.

In a survey I conducted of technology companies who offered white papers on their websites, 61% allowed visitors to download any of their white papers without registration. [i] ...

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Over 70% of White Papers Lack This Essential Marketing Tool

February 4, 2019 by Leave a comment
Over 70% of White Papers Lack This Essential Marketing Tool

Let’s say you’re putting together a white paper to generate leads for your latest offering. You’ve laid out the nagging problem your target market. You’ve pointed out the drawbacks of the well-known solutions. You’ve introduced your new solution and shown how it overcomes those drawbacks and really solves your prospect’s ...

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The Elements of Classic White Paper Design

December 3, 2018 by Leave a comment

In recent articles in this space, I’ve been examining factors that are important to a white paper’s success, and common mistakes that often sabotage that success. Another of those important factors is the effectiveness of the white paper’s presentation.

Seventy-one percent of technology buyers surveyed by KnowledgeStorm and MarketingSherpa said ...

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