So you have your product, service, idea, etc., right? And you want to draw in your audience, right? You can easily do this as long as you focus on your buyers' problems by establishing solutions and providing results.
So what is the ideal way to do this? Develop a whitepaper (a problem-solving guide) from scratch!
First, brainstorm the whitepaper.
Make sure it is repurposed
Don’t mention your product
First, focus on the problem in relation to the buyer
Then, focus on the solution
In the end, your whitepaper should present the problem, the solution, and offer an example of a client who used this solution to achieve results.
Next, create the whitepaper.
A whitepaper is a bit different than a blog post:
Blog Post vs. Whitepaper
500-600 words vs. 800-1,000 words
Usually 1 point vs. Usually 2-3 points
Okay, you have your whitepaper. Now you need to craft a 90-day campaign to achieve your goals.
3-Month Campaign for Whitepaper Lead Gen Success
[Month 1] To promote the whitepaper, distribute it to your target audience.
Promote a link to the whitepaper in social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
Introduce the whitepaper in a blog post
[Month 2] Turn it into a webinar!
Pull in more of your target audience! Some of your prospects might prefer content in the form of a presentation over text. Convert the content of the whitepaper into webinar form to get more leverage out of your whitepaper's content.
[Month 3] Once you have everything, offer it all in one place.
Create a new landing page including the entire campaign: whitepaper, blog posts, webinar, and an ebook if you wrote one. Include a conversion form on your landing page to grant access to your whitepaper kit and
generate leads from the process
Think you're done? Go the extra mile!
Recycle and re-purpose for more content.
Create additional blog posts directing back to the whitepaper.
Since many people are more audio and visually-focused, create voice-over slides and 2 to 3 minute YouTube videos to capture interest.
Wondering how to create a whitepaper if you're just getting started? Start with what you have, and generate the whitepaper from already-developed content.
What successes have you had in using whitepapers to generate leads?
Originally published Jul 5, 2011 7:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016