Hook tech readers with emotion

How to Hook Tech Readers With Emotion — Without Getting Emotional

Believe it or not, white papers evoke all sorts of emotions. Unfortunately, those emotions might be frustration or annoyance if your white paper doesn’t deliver on its promise.

But you can evoke emotions in your white paper that will bond the reader to the message and your brand. The formula is actually quite simple, and is a time-tested method for persuasive writing.

First, avoid the two things that drive white paper readers nuts: writing a product brochure disguised as a white paper or not focusing on a clear solution. Give white paper readers what they want, which is a fact-based discourse on a specific solution.

The Emotional Touch Point Is in the Business Challenge 

Use the time-tested problem-solution format for your white paper. Start by describing the problem and its symptoms, because it’s the symptoms that touch the emotions. It shouldn’t be too emotionally descriptive, because it could come across as manipulative. But if the problem being described causes people to be frustrated, stressed, overworked or overwhelmed — or anything else that people like to avoid — mention that. 

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Get more leads with your white paper.

4 MORE Ways to Supercharge Your White Paper for Lead Generation

White papers are a win-win for marketers eager to establish authority, build brand awareness and generate qualified leads, and for buyers and influencers who need credible information to help them make crucial buying decisions. 

Especially in this age of business modernization, white papers are becoming more important than ever in positioning your company or solution as the go-to provider of your product or service. 

Readers have certain expectations when it comes to what they want in a white paper. In my last blog post, I covered the four top things to get right with your next white paper: 

  1. Strive for clarity in the text 
  2. Pay attention to length
  3. Open with a summary, close with a conclusion
  4. End with a call to action

The next four tips are more about making your white paper shine and attracting attention to it. 

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Best practices and process drive winning white papers.

Best Practices and Processes Drive Winning White Papers

Processes save time and money by guiding experienced professionals through a series of time-proven best practices to reliably create something of value. By not following a process, you make things up along the way, reinventing the wheel for each project.

The primary advantage of a process is that it manages a number of common but potentially vexing problems and pitfalls early in the game. This saves time, money and frustration down the road and positions the project for success. Processes are all about success.

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