Are B2B white papers losing their clout? They just might be, according to some who say they fail to meet the need for speed (when it comes to reading) that today's "infovores" crave.
IDG Connect has this to say on the subject:
When creating content there is a widespread feeling that more is better. But the truth is, buyers simply do not have the time or interest to wade through 20+ page white papers any more. The era of lengthy content is beginning to wane.
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Then there are others who say "It depends":http://www.slideshare.net/matizmo/mat-wp-ebb2bsld
It depends on the the content.
Is it "laced" with sales promotional copy?
Is it devoid of real research?
Then yes, your white paper is a waste of time and energy, say the folks at Matizmo.
Then there are those who give a definitive"NO"
(and bring out the hard data to prove it):
Joe Peterson at B2B writing.com has this to say:
In a 2010 Eccolo Media surveyed 501 C-level execs, vice presidents, managers, directors, developers/ programmers, and technicians involved in technology purchase decisions. A whopping 76% of the respondents indicated that they read a white paper in the last 6 months to evaluate a technology purchase.The only category that beat white papers was product brochures/data sheets at 83%. White papers trumped Case Studies (67%); Videos (59%0 and Podcasts (40%). http://www.b2bwriting.com/2013/03/02/are-white-papers-dead/