In today’s economic environment, one of the most effective content marketing tools is a White Paper. A well written White Paper requires significant time commitment. When properly executed, a White Paper can help companies position themselves as thought leaders and differentiate their products.
Unfortunately, White Papers often fail to meet up to expectations. A poorly written White Paper results in poor quality leads and little influence as a thought leader.
To help companies utilize a White Paper as a marketing tool, JWN identified some common White Paper development pitfalls:
• Too much product/vendor bias : A White Paper is not a sales pitch. The purpose of a White Paper is to educate, not to sell. White Papers that are written by internal resources tend to be too biased toward the vendor to be effective.
• Lack of promotional campaign : A well written White Paper requires using the right platform for promotion. Companies often lack the manpower or capabilities to properly promote their White Papers.
• Undefined market : Simply promoting a White Paper is not enough. A White Paper needs to target the right qualified individuals who can lead to new sales opportunities. It is crucial to identify the target market and focus promotion accordingly.
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