Case Study as a B2B Content Marketing Tactic - Pros, Cons & Best Practices of Case Studies - TopRank | My Scoops | Scoop.it

Within the realm of B2B marketing, it's stories, not features and benefits that allow brands to create relevant and engaging connections with prospective customers.

 

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Here are some key elements of a persuasive case study:

Headline: Who, What, & Results – 10 to 15 words.Visual: Skip the stock photos and opt for images of real people when appropriate. Company logos and screen shots of results/performance information are handy as are any compelling visual elements that complement the story.Challenge: Start with the current situation. What is the trouble? Create friction and a sense of urgency that this problem needs to be solved.Solution: How does solving this problem create a positive business impact? What role did your brand play in the solution?  Offer justification for the recommendations through the approach and tactics.Results: Create points of comparison. Contrast “the trouble” with the solution. Provide KPIs & outcomes. Use raw data points, percentages and general quantifiables as appropriate. Results must be compelling, remarkable, impressive! Align those results with your brand and offer future direction. Include a quote or testimonial from the key person involved with the project. How did this help them and what has this success done for the business?Close it: Near or alongside the case study, include a call to action appropriate to the case study. Don’t leave the CTA to your website’s “contact us” link or button in the navigation.Media: In the B2B world, a PDF file is expected. Be sure to offer the case study as a web page and in PDF format at a minimum. But don’t overlook posting to services like Slideshare or repurposing for use in articles, reports, webinars or conference presentations.

 


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