Prove it –

Remember the playground dares, double dares, and the final challenge? Prove it!

Your prospect is thinking the same thing:

Prove that I can trust you.

Prove that I can believe you.

Prove that I can benefit from working with you.

In today’s marketing world, many businesses only rely on social proof. They treasure the 177 positive online reviews, but flinch at the disruptive keystrokes of one bored, nasty troll. Many go so far as to solicit fake reviews just to boost their ratings, diluting the effectiveness of the authentic reviews.

How do you demonstrate credibility and proof in situations where there’s not a rating system or reviews?

One way to create proof is with a guarantee. Proof that the prospect can trust you or get their money back. For some customers that may be enough, for others, they are still stomping their feet on the playground shouting “Prove it!”

The Case for Case Studies

The term “case study” sounds cold and clinical, and many companies perpetuate that impression by flatly stating problem and outcome. You may think that case studies are only for technical or financial industries, but they are marketing gold for any coach or consultant since they are a vehicle for others to sing your praises. Instead, think of them as customer success stories and a critical part of your content marketing strategy.

Case studies are highly engaging and effective when you think of them as stories of coming to the rescue.

A compelling case study follows the classic story arc of defeating the monster. The client is Everyman. Your prospect can easily insert themselves into the scenario – anything from getting fired to eliminating bullies in the workplace. For them the problem is real and uncomfortable enough that they are searching for answers.

That’s where the Hero comes in. And in a case study, you are the Hero. Whether you supported them through a career transition or coached middle-management on increasing employee engagement, the end result is a solution and relief for Everyman.

Content Marketing Is Facts Wrapped in Storytelling

While a good case study follows the story telling formula, the content must be real. Facts and statistics still play a role in establishing the credibility of the challenge and outcome. Don’t embellish or fabricate. It must be a real need that resulted in a real outcome provided by you.

Highly effective case studies incorporate quotes from the satisfied client giving you the opportunity to share testimonials in another format. Let the client express both their pain and their satisfaction with the outcome. (And don’t forget to repurpose their positive outcome in your other content marketing material.)

Consider adding case studies to your marketing message strategy. Let’s your satisfied clients make the case for you. After all we’re still kids on the playground shouting, “Prove it!”

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Susan M. Sparks, owner of ASAP Writing Services, helps businesses answer the call for content marketing that educates and validates their customer’s purchasing decisions. She specializes in B2B Case Studies, Articles, and E-Books for small to mid-sized businesses that provide social proof, credibility, and positioning as a trusted source. She is an AWAI verified copywriter, national award-winning journalist, and Amazon Best-Selling Author. She is also the ghostwriter of over two dozen non-fiction books for entrepreneurs and business owners.