“Why Busines Blogging?”
More and more businesses are turning to business blogging. Why?
There are a few significant benefits of business blogging including:
- A low-cost solution to communicating with your customers in ‘real-time’ without having to reorganize or redesign your current website
- An inexpensive way to launch a new brand campaign or product
- A simple way to update your subscribers and readers with news
- The ability to join feed networks and distribute your content, information, and articles to a larger target market
- The ability to share your individual expertise or knowledge with thousands of people
- An easy way to start publishing immediately, with limited software required.
In addition to the significant benefits of business blogging, even the most basic blog can be a tool for marketing, promotion, advertising, and public relations.
Blogs allow businesses to reach out to customers directly with news and contests, and the ‘real-time’ insight can be the very reason why customers stay in touch.
A blog can help your business:
- Answer frequently asked questions
- Launch contests
- Start a promotion or offer promotional coupons online
- Share new information on product releases
- Start a photo showcase
- Send out newsbytes or commentary
- Provide feedback on customer suggestions
- Share media files, audio, and video content
Here are some common uses of business blogging:
- Many businesses choose to create a blog that keeps track of current news or events
- Some other businesses allow authors from within the company to maintain a blog as a ‘journal’ and update visitors on what they think about current events or simply providing commentary.
- Other business blogs are set up to highlight a product launch or specific advertising campaign.
A blog may also be a valuable resource of employees. It may be set up on a company intranet or server to share a newsletter, set up weekly posts on a particular topic, or provide employees with resources and tools they need as part of the company. Blogs are an informal and easy-to-navigate platform on the web, and any department may even construct one on their own. With the onset of embedded videos, pod casts, and audio files, visiting a blog can be a complete multimedia experience.
Understanding the potential and flexibility of business blogging can help you carve out exactly what your business may need. While creativity can help to generate fresh traffic, you will need to set the tone and overall goal of your blog before you even begin publishing.
Blogs offer a conversational style and tone in their delivery. The type of presentation you adopt will largely depend on the type of your business and who you are trying to reach. For example, you may position yourself as an expert in the industry, and start to share content with insights, articles, or recommendations with readers. Alternatively you may hire a professional blogger or a writer to update the public on current events or news, and this can be an extension of your website that contains press releases.
How to make your blog stand out from the crowd?
Making your blog stand out amongst the 9 million + blogs on the internet today will take some time. To gain a good search engine presence is critical to your blog’s success.
Blogs can help you create a strong community and build traffic; the cost of generating traffic from search engine marketing and traditional direct mail can lead to thousands of dollars in marketing expenses.
A business blog can help you build a community of strong readers and in turn, make your blog and domain much more credible.
In turn, search engine placement becomes easier and helps you capture market share simply based on your ranking. This is possibly the biggest benefit of business blogging, helping you grow your customer base and capturing the attention of interested prospects in an innovative way.
Many blog readers subscribe to feeds and newsletters on their own your business can eliminate at least some of the cost of trying to solicit customers, the ‘old-fashioned way.’
Start business blogging now.