Not All Industrial White Papers Merit Registration

White papers are used most frequently for lead generation and nurturing in industrial marketing. Many of these white papers are very technical and require engineers and other domain experts to spend quite a bit of their time in producing these content marketing assets. A freelance copywriter cannot create them with an hour or two of…

Variety of Content is the Key in the Early Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle

In the early stages of the industrial buy cycle, you as the marketer have very little information about the visitor to help you tailor your marketing content to their needs. In Needs Awareness and Research phases, the first two stages of the industrial buy cycle (see my earlier post Deconstructing the Four Stages of the…

White Papers Prove Their Worth Once Again

Technical and b-to-b marketers usually include white papers in their marketing mix. Now, there’s even more evidence that they are indeed valuable in influencing the buying decision. Eccolo Media, a content strategy services company did an online survey of 155 technology buyers last August. A whopping 86% of respondents found white papers to be the…

Yesterday’s Nerdy White Paper Becomes Today’s Top Marketing Weapon

The white paper – what began as a wordy, complicated, techie document has become the cool, neat catalyst for generating insatiable demand, and freelance writers are cashing in with corporate content in 2009. And when a Google search for “white papers” returns millions of results… that means somebody’s got to write them. Now more than ever,…

Making a Statement with White Papers

In a recent forum, someone asked the question, what are white papers? This was my response. White papers are a form of marketing communication that fill a gap that most other formats cannot. They are unique because they provide valuable information that is more solution oriented, rather than branding-driven as in an ad or a brochure….