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If you want to get employees involved in blogging, start with training. This presentation is intended to educate Akron Children's Hospital's employees about its blog, and how to participate in …

If you want to get employees involved in blogging, start with training. This presentation is intended to educate Akron Children's Hospital's employees about its blog, and how to participate in blogging.

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  • 1. Ready, set, blog
  • 2. Inside Children’s BlogLaunched in 2009, InsideChildren’s is our onlinecommunity that providesinspirational patient andstaff stories as well asinformation about healthand parenting, hospitalnews, fundraisingactivities and more.Ready, set, blog
  • 3. Why do we blog? • To increase brand awareness and engagement • To strengthen our social media and PR/marketing initiatives • To raise awareness of hospital news and events • To position Akron Children’s as a leading pediatric expert source on health and parenting topics • To support the hospital’s philanthropic goals • To support the hospital’s recruitment and retention effortsReady, set, blog
  • 4. Who are our ideal readers? We are reaching out to those who may already have a connection to Akron Children’s. We hope they want to strengthen that relationship by reading the inspiring stories of others, as well as share their own.Ready, set, blog
  • 5. What is the blog’s core message? The core message will convey our brand promise of caring for each and every child as we would our own.Ready, set, blog
  • 6. What’s the personality we want to convey? Conversational Warm CreativeReady, set, blog
  • 7. Basics of bloggingReady, set, blog
  • 8. Where do we begin? Start by listening. Listen to what’s being said before diving in. Monitor the blogosphere and respond to what else is out there.Ready, set, blog
  • 9. Rehearse Practice, practice, practice writing. Writing is a craft that requires both talent and acquired skills. You learn by doing, by making mistakes and then seeing where you went wrong. – Jeffrey A. Carver Tip • Write 5 or 10 posts before going live.Ready, set, blog
  • 10. Make it conversational Write as if you’re speaking directly to your readers. • Pretend like you’re sitting down for a cup of coffee with your readers. • Use contractions. Have you ever heard someone speak without using contractions? • Move readers emotionally through your words, language, real-life experiences, metaphors and humanity.Ready, set, blog
  • 11. Keep it short • Keep posts to about 300-400 words. If you need more than that, you have enough for another post. • Keep paragraphs short. Sometimes all you need for a paragraph is one sentence.Ready, set, blog
  • 12. Keep it interesting Add interesting pictures, visuals and images. Close- ups are typically preferred. • Draw your readers in. Grab people’s attention with compelling and punchy headlines. • Use lists. Readers love lists. They’re easily digestible nuggets and entry points for the eye.Ready, set, blog
  • 13. Ideas for topics • Share compelling patient stories • Piggyback on a news topic or research study • Share a story of something that happened in your personal life • Create a list of links to online resources in a single post • Take a post or article from another location and repost a significant part of it as a blog post with brief, original commentary • Share impressions, opinions and insights from an eventReady, set, blog
  • 14. Remember Before writing a blog post, ask yourself: • Who am I writing for? • What’s my message? • How do I want them to feel? • What do I want them to do?Ready, set, blog
  • 15. After you post it Now, it’s time to share it.Ready, set, blog
  • 16. Questions? Contact: Andrea Joliet, Asst. Director, Interactive Marketing ajoliet@chmca.orgReady, set, blog