Blogging can save your business. True or false? Let's face it, probably false. Without exceptional products, services, expertise, lead generation and customer service, a business will not flourish. Blogging is not a miracle for poor best practices. Still, blogging can revitalize a business that is lacking in branding outreach and positive awareness. It compliments overall marketing campaigns and establishes a true thought leadership for a company or its CEO.
What does it take to make blogging a business boosting endeavor?
Get Writing! If your business is not blogging, it is not fully utilizing an excellent communications platform. Establishing a blog—or multiple blogs—enables a business to extract and promote all that is unique and spectacular about its services, corporate philosophy, mission and, most important, employees! Blogging does require dedication—consistent, timely and engaging content will win over corporate enthusiasts, brand loyalists and even new customers. It also establishes a thought leadership and online reputation for a company looking to stand above its competition. Making the decision to start a blog is a great one—just do it!
Energize Your Content! Establishing a creative blog is one thing. Maintaining it is something entirely different. Delivering creative and smart content for any blog requires time. Whether that means formalizing an editorial schedule or a list of key topics and themes depends upon the individuals devoted to keeping the blog fresh and vibrant. Get organized. Stay focused. Keep the content relevant, even humorous at times, and don't afraid to be entertaining. A blog energized with fun-to-read, educational and insightful content is a blog that will win attention. A blog that wins attention is a blog that works for a business.
Social Share Your Blog! If you are proud of your blog's content, share it! Turn to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn especially to promote your blog. Creating a social buzz about your blog demonstrates your pride in your blog's content—and establishes a stream of sharing that can pay your blog back big!
A blog won't save your business, but it will enhance your company's communications platform and fuel creative opportunities for social media energy and brand development. Take the time out to evaluate whether a blog is right for your business. (Hint: It is!) Then, get mobilized to deliver a blog that is not only worthy of your existing customers' time and recognition, but also worthy of recruiting new leads to your great business!