Business Blogging: Essential for Business Reach

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Andre Bourque Managing Editor -Technorati Media, Content Marketing Expert, SMT Board of Advisors, Technorati Media | Status Creative | Social Media Today

Posted on February 25th 2012

Business Blogging: Essential for Business Reach

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Business Blogging as a Critical Tool

There is a wide misconception among SMBs that business blogging is a waste of time.  But realistically, blogs are, and have always been great marketing tools.  When used effectively, an active blog with useful, free content can attract a lot of potential customers.  And in today's web environment with discerning readers and strong filtering tools, a compelling blog article can reach audiences further than direct marketing and traditional advertising practices.  

"57% of businesses have acquired a customer through their company blog." - HubSpot

These are some of the benefits you can expect from managing an effective business blog

1.  Industry and Product Authority
Good, consistent, business blogging develops your position and reputation as an expert in your industry.  When you demonstrate your knowledge, experience and expertise on matters related to your industry, you effectively demonstrate your authority to your readers.  And in educating your customers, you are providing a free service, which can generate revenue-generating services with those same customers.   

2.  Facilitating  Two-Way Communication
Blogs also offer a great way to improve your interaction with customers.  This because, while a website is largely one-way communication between a business and its customers, your blog is an interactive channel where your customers read and leave comments .  As a business blog owner, you can engage and feed the dialogue.   Your business blog becomes a medium of conversation on which customers send their voice including problems and suggestions to owners.

3.  SEO: Enhanced Search Engine Ranking
Business blogging can have a big impact on your SEO.  Additionally, it also has the potential to drive traffic from other blogs, websites, RSS feeds and social networks.  In this way, blogging has become more than just a bare necessity for individuals and business, and an integral part of your SEO strategy

Collectively, then, there are many benefits to business blogging

  • Blogging improves your rank on Google and other search engines.
  • Blogging helps establish your authority and reputation in your niche.
  • Blogging gets tons of new traffic which you can target for your products or divert to your website.
  • Blogging helps establish a targeted loyal customer-base which you can tap into in more than one way.
  • Blogging helps build your email list as readers often subscribe to your feed or newsletter.
  • Blogging helps spread the word about your business or its products.

In conclusion, if you're not blogging, start now. If you're blogging, but not posting regularly several times a week, pick up the pace. If you are, enjoy your future business.  To improve your business blog, or launch a new one, see my list of Essential Blog Widgets

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Andre Bourque

Managing Editor -Technorati Media, Content Marketing Expert, SMT Board of Advisors, Technorati Media | Status Creative | Social Media Today

Andre Bourque (Social Marketing Fella) is the Managing Editor at Technorati Media. He is a contributing blogger here on Social Media Today, and sits on our Board of Advisors. Andre has held positions in technology marketing at Sun Microsystems, Intel, Web 2.0 startups, and most recently in the in-flight entertainment industry. He serves as a copywriter and content marketing strategy consultant for several firms and brands.

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Comments

The Small Business Blogger
Posted on February 27th 2012 at 9:29PM

Google recently confirmed that they give preference to blogs because of their constantly updated, fresh content.

Posted on February 29th 2012 at 10:48PM

Nice article. We've noticed at my company that a lot of small to medium sized companies are not blogging - it struck us as really odd - especially for high tech companies - so we did a survey and found that only about 20% had a blog. The other 80% are missing the opportunity to gain the benefits you list, and it is one of the most effective content marketing tools available.

 

 

 

SocialMktgFella
Posted on March 1st 2012 at 3:31AM

@ MegTemple - I think part of the problem is that a lot of SMBs don't like to write.  An effective blogging campaign is entirely different than an email campaign where you shoot off a few things a few times a month.  To write truly compelling, interesting content and keep it from being self-promoting at all, requires real talent.  At the Inbound Marketing Summit this week in NYC one presenter suggested that the cure to this is to hire a journalist to write-for and manage your business blog.  It makes sense, and there's an abundance of them available for hire, for sure.