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September 16, 2011
By Ryan Malone
If you are familiar with writing white papers, you know that it is more art than science. And white papers aren’t something that just happen overnight. You’ve likely spent hours performing research, conducting interviews and crafting your argument. Some people spend hours on the headline alone, because they know the headline will be their white paper’s very first test.
But you did it…
You just wrote your best business benefits white paper…
So how can you promote this white paper quickly to generate an influx of leads for your sales team?
White paper syndication is one of the easiest ways to broadly distribute your white paper. White paper syndication should be considered if you want one or more of the following:
To get the real skinny on white paper syndication, I interviewed John Siefert, senior vice president of TechWeb, one of the largest content and white paper syndication networks in the world. Home to over 3 million unique visitors per month, TechWeb is the content distribution powerhouse behind leading technology publications likeInformationWeek, Dark Reading and Network Computing, as well as events likeBlack Hat, Interop and the Web 2.0 Summit.
My interview with John focuses on the benefits of white paper syndication for lead generation and how marketers can build robust marketing programs around a just single white paper or with a group of well-written white papers wrapped in a “resource center.”
TechWeb has embraced the use of white papers and has invested heavily in teaching technology marketers how to improve their craft. Create Your Next Customer has valuable information on using white papers at different stages of the sales cycle as well as other marketing tools and ideas.
About the author
Ryan Malone is the founder and Chairman of the Board of SmartBug Media and is a veteran of Deloitte & Touche, Seagate and several venture-backed technology companies. When he's not leading SmartBug and helping clients build high-octane marketing organizations, he's loving his wife and daughters and unsuccessfully learning the guitar. Go Terps! Read more articles by Ryan Malone.
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