Category: Blogging Tips
We talk a lot about content and the value of quality content in this blog. When it comes to business blogging the charge is more than just good content. If you need a high bar set for your home business blog or content marketing, you can always strive to be a thought leader.
If you want to be a thought leader in your industry there is a simple approach:
Have an opinion…
and then share it.
Of course, it’s easy enough to say: be the best teacher in the world and your customers will love you. But the truth is- that takes a lifetime of effort. But now that the bar has been set, how do we reach for greatness in a hairsbreadth of time?
As with most things, the fundamentals are a good place to start. Let’s look at five simple questions … Read More »
In our previous post about business blogging for B2B we covered wisdom of vetting your content to a sustainable group of employees and writers. We also established that ‘story’ is paramount when creating powerful content for your small business blog. So by now you should have a story, writers and your business blogging software ready to go. What now?
No matter how great your story is, the story, in-and-of itself, can only go so far. To get the most mileage for your brand, you’ll need to have a few other tricks up your sleeve. Here are 7 tools to take your story to new heights:
Timeliness – Look at any Calendar and you will see something worth commenting on every month. Creating posts a few days out from holidays, seasonal changes or Hallmark holidays, you can drive traffic … Read More »
In the world of B2B content marketing, you hear a lot about story being the backbone of your brand. But, how do you insert your brand into that great story of yours? When blogging for business how, exactly, do you wrap that story around your brand effectively — without coming across as forced?
In order for your blog to be successful, you need a sustainable content strategy. You could build your internet business blog all by yourself, but not only is that a bad idea, those goals usually end up getting shelved when business starts pouring in. Having other “owners” to this project can make the business blogging less of a chore and more likely to get done.
Ideally, when looking for help, you’ll want a person with a writing background who knows your company and products very well. This … Read More »
I recently came across some notes I took during a content marketing conference about using visuals in content marketing. While excellent text content creation is still crucial to the search engines and building a reliable resource for your clients to rely on, images can move your business blogging to the top of the charts.
As you can imagine, there are plenty of reasons to use visuals when marketing on the web. Despite the need for large amounts of text to make your blog SEO ready, we’re drowning in content. We simply don’t have enough time to read everything that is on the web. That’s obvious, but the point I want to make is that Images cut through the web content marketing like a hot knife. After all, a picture is worth 1,000 words.
Images are also more sharable than text. … Read More »
Is content marketing worth the weight content marketing professionals are giving it? Sure, you hear a lot of buzz about blogging for business and SEO content being a powerful marketing tool, but how do you know what the real value of your content marketing strategy is? To answer that, I think it goes back to the old adage: GIGO.
As with anything in marketing, your results are largely based on how much effort and focus you give it. But before we go too far into this post, let’s get one thing straight: there are enough companies out there who have made effective use of blogging for business that we can rest assured of its overall effectiveness as a marketing tool. But how are B2B companies, specifically, making this effort effective and successful?
There are 5 major things that … Read More »
There are plenty of blogs out there that expound on how to write better business blogs or how to put the right links in your small business blog or how lovely to make your content for a home business blog. While these are all great topics, I find very few blogs that talk about what your business blog should actually look like. I’d like to take a moment to look at 4 things to think about when crafting your next blog post. Not all of these things need to be in every post, but working them into your blog now and again will create a powerful overall business blog.
1. It’s Your Catchy Commercial
Most of us remember the super bowl because of its ads. We can remember the ad, sometimes, even better than the company it’s promoting. … Read More »
How do you get ahead of your competition with your blogging SEO? My family’s dinner ritual might have an answer…
We play a game every night at the dinner table. We each have to ask a question for everyone to answer. A popular question from my kids starts with, “What’s your favorite…?” Every time I try to answer the “favorite” question I find myself creating qualifications and contingencies. For example: favorite cookie? Well, during the holidays, it’s Russian teacakes. In the summertime, I love frosted sugar cookies. With my cup of hot tea, you can’t beat shortbread.
This same subdivision of favorites can be put to work for your small business blogging. Just as my favorite cookie depends on the situation, your blog can benefit from timing and circumstances. Having different launching pads that you use can breathe life into your blogging at … Read More »
Your business has a lot of knowledgeable employees. They may products, perform services, talk to customers and know your market and your industry. They spend their days on your product line, in your HR department, in your back office, on the sales force, in customer service and elsewhere.
So tell me – why do you relegate the responsibility of your business blog to the marketing department? Marketers are talented communicators and blog writers but it is impossible for marketers to know as much about your products and services as those people on the front lines. Marketers can preach the company line but they may not be the best ones to do your business blog writing.
Instead – try recruiting different people inside your company to create the blog content and have the marketing department review and edit the blogs … Read More »
It’s an eternal struggle… do you write for the web or do you write for your audience? The answer you write for your audience, who are on the web and need to find your content. So yes – you write for both.
Many people believe that writing for the web, aka writing for Search Engines (SEO), will destroy your ability to write for your audience and build a loyal following. This is not true at all. It simply means you have to spend more time writing strategically. You can incorporate keywords and phrases into your blogs that do not detract from the nature, style or tone of your writing. You can blog for people and you can blog for SEO at the same time.
Here are a few easy steps you can employ to help you blog strategically, for SEO and for … Read More »
How do you get others within the company to become committed, engaged, and passionate about blogging?
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This is a question that all of our clients face when they start using Innoblogs. We make collaborative blogging easy with great tools built into Innoblogs, such as, editorial calendars, topic reminders, staleness notifications, ect. However, no tool, not even Innoblogs will build passion into your employees to blog. Here is how we approach it
Let employees participate in selecting and owning their topic focus - You will have a very disengaged employee if you approach the situation by instructing them to just write on this topic. Now I am assuming this isn’t an employee whom has the sole purpose of writing for the company. I’m under the assumption that … Read More »