A client of the sales lead generation firm Find New Customers (and Marketo user) - a software firm in CT, asked me "What's the difference between white papers and E-books."
They had white papers they had outsourced in the past, but the term E-book was new and unfamiliar to them. (They were a somewhat junior marketing company.) I explained as best I could the key differences between the two - E-books have shorter length and more graphics, but they still seemed confused. I actually wrote an E-book for them, but I needed a better way to explain the differences. I found it and want to share it with you.
I recently met with Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs at Netprospex at the #marketingbfast and got a copy of her book Content Rules. I've read it in the past, but when I opened it, I found Chapter 13 - What's the Difference Between an E-book and a White Paper. Bingo!
This chapter has a great chart detailing the differences between an e-book and white paper on page 172 which I wish to share with you (and our client.) I also wish to say that it was nice finally meeting Ann and thanks for another copy of the book.
Here are the key differences at a glance from the book. Buy the book and read it too.
|Long and linear - a deep read||Broken into smaller chunks - designed for skimming and scanning|
|Data centric - often based on formal research||Concept centric - based on ideas and trends of interest|
|Text-heavy||Visually heavy - main text supplemented with call-outs, bullet lists|
|Formal - impressive expert speaks to you.||Casual and collegial - a conversation among equals|