8 Secrets to Get Extra Mileage Out of Your Case Studies

Posted by Scott Danish on Apr 30, 2019 4:22:49 PM

We know 93% of B2B buyers find case studies and testimonials important when evaluating potential solutions. So loading up your website with case studies that target different segments of your prospect base makes good B2B marketing sense.

But you don’t have to just park your case studies on your website and wait for them to be discovered by prospects who are researching for a solution like yours. By being proactive with marketing your case studies, you can get more bang for your buck.

How To Utilize Your B2B Case Studies

Here are 8 ways you can use your case study to give it greater reach:

  • Because of their applicability to specific buyer types, case studies make great resources for your sales team. These success stories give them personalized content to show prospects, making their pitch more relevant to those prospects.
  • Condense the case study down into a PowerPoint (or similar) slide for quick viewing at a sales presentation. Because it’s coming from a credible source, this can be very powerful during a presentation about what your product can do for the prospect. This is a proof point that can help close the deal.
  • Use them as handouts at industry events, speaking engagements, or webinars.
  • Make each new case study part of your email marketing campaign, sending out a brief message highlighting the newest customer you’ve helped, with a link to the case study’s landing page.
  • Have your sales staff put a (tracked) link in or under their email signature—but rather than the name of the case study, have them draw out the one big benefit the case study illustrates. For example, “Learn how ABC saved $2 million a year with our solution.”
  • Pull out the meaty customer quotes and strategically use them on your website. Landing pages are a good place for those. Even better if you can use the client’s name and logo.
  • And use those quotes on social media, with a link to the case study’s landing page.
  • Turn the case study into a blog post. Expand on it, if possible, perhaps by bringing in someone from your organization to tell the story from their view. Or outline best practice tips learned from the client experiences. Talk about what your client learned during the process; the things the client considered before selecting a solution; and what they would recommend others know before starting the process.

Telling the Story Isn’t the End of the Story

Case studies are a powerful part of any B2B marketing campaign. But the creation of that document isn’t the end of your time with that story. Find other avenues in which to present it so that you get extra mileage out of this compelling piece.

Are you ready to brag about your product/solution a bit, but don’t feel like you have the internal resources or expertise? BayCreative, a full-service B2B marketing firm, can help. We have our own success stories in helping numerous companies tell their success stories.

... and we’d love to help you, too.

All the best,
- Team BayCreative -

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Topics: strategic marketing, marketing agency, Content Development, marketing strategies, customer profile, Messaging, b2b marketing, customer experience

Your Customers Can Say What You Can’t

Posted by Scott Danish on Jan 5, 2018 10:11:18 AM

Every interaction with a prospective customer centers around one key question. 

“How will you help me meet my business goals?”

The BEST person to answer that question is an existing customer. Happy customers are the most valuable asset for sales and marketing efforts. But are you maximizing the value of your current customers?

Prospects don’t want to be sold to all the time. They want to see how you work in the real world, how you'll help them if they become your customer. Success stories do that and more.

Through case studies, video customer profiles, and testimonials, you can help prospective customers understand the value and success they’ll experience by doing business with you. And, they provide valuable content for your website, email, and social media channels.

Showcasing your customer success can be as simple as:

  • Tell a compelling, powerful story your target audience can relate to (similar business pains)
  • Bring a new level of credibility to your marketing with quantifiable results
  • Find the right person to tell the story (ideally a similar persona as your target audience)
  • Let customer quotes lead the story (it’s not about you!)
  • Keep it short, but be as specific as possible
  • Use every opportunity to cross-promote your customer success stories

Over the years, the BayCreative team has produced hundreds of success stories in a variety of formats. Click below for some examples.

See for yourself, and keep us in mind when you need to tell your customers' stories.

All the best!
- Team BayCreative - 


    

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Topics: strategic marketing, Brand Development, Client Relationships, Content Development, creative marketing, Presentation, customer profile, b2b marketing, customer experience, digital marketing

The explainer video and what’s next?

Posted by Arne Hurty on Jul 31, 2015 12:58:00 PM

The “explainer” video has become quite the thing. It’s a staple for business marketing as sure as a website, an email address, a phone number is. So what makes it an explainer. It’s not a demo video which shows you how something works. It’s not a tutorial which instructs you on how to do something. 

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Topics: video, Presentation, customer experience

Put experience at the heart of your marketing

Posted by Arne Hurty on Jun 27, 2015 7:26:03 PM

How do you connect with your market? That's the question at the heart of marketing. There are many channels and methods to use, digital and otherwise. An explosion of digital devices and the arrival of IoT extends the opportunity to connect, expanding the digital realm. The so called traditional media of print, television, and radio continues to evolve, stubbornly refusing to accept obsolescence. Apps, websites, social media, events, commerce, all make for a complex landscape for a brand to participate in in a meaningful way.

Testing for results lets you navigate all this, of course. Test, measure, and throw your marketing spend at what works. It’s a defensible approach, it’s safe. But you might find yourself shortchanging inspiration and spontaneity if that's your only tactic. The “stuff” of engaging relationships is spontenaity, fun, challenge.

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Topics: Branding, marketing strategies, customer experience, user experience

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