Customer case studies are an excellent promotional tool. Offering up customer recommendation has real editorial power and can help establish a real sense of credibility in the minds of potential customers. But what is the best way to describe those all-important tangible benefits and returns on investment?

 

Firstly a powerful headline and persuasive opening paragraph, most case studies can be written to fit a kind of formula. For example, describe the customer; the existing problem; your company’s proposal; the selection criteria; the challenges overcome; the implementation; the result and benefits achieved; and feedback from the customer.

Avoid jargon and sales patter at all costs. Phrases like ‘global leader’, ‘market authority’ and ‘best-in-class’ are an instant turn-off for editors and readers alike.

Other important factors to consider are the appropriate inclusion of a few short cross-headings, and article length. Too short and the case study will likely lack the detail that makes it intriguing; too long and it will simply inspire the editor to take out a pair of scissors. Finally and in many cases the hardest part always seek approval from the customer and third party. But you would do that anyway wouldn’t you?

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