Taking Your Blog to the Next Level: Building Excitement, Readership and Community!Presentation Transcript
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stignygaard Next Steps With Your Blog: Building Excitement, Readership, and Community!
Only 1 in 6 people trust company blogs http://blogs.forrester.com/groundswell/2008/12/people-dont-tru.html
Most companies blog with their best interests in mind, instead of focusing on creating valuable content for their readers.
Let’s clear the air right now…
Marketers would do better to embrace one of the four strategies prominently used by bloggers to attract readers, build conversations , and engage community members in sharing their experiences with their online peers. – Forrester’s Laura Ramos, ‘How To Derive Value From B2B Blogging’
Why do most company blogs suck?
Because the blog is used to promote the company
Because the bloggers don’t answer or encourage comments
Because posts are infrequent, random
Because the blog has little to no pictures and is boring visually
Because the blog creates little value for its readers
Your blog isn’t Times Square… http://www.flickr.com/photos/mynameispaul
Your readers want value from your blog. Period. End. Of. Sentence.
Don’t blog about Kodak’s cameras, blog about photography
Don’t blog about Best Western, blog about traveling
Don’t blog about HomeGoods’ products, blog about interior decorating
Don’t blog about your tax-preparation software, blog about how I can save money on my taxes
Don’t blog about your realtors, blog about the area where you sell properties
People read your blog to: A – Learn something they didn’t know B – Because they have a problem that needs solving C – Be entertained D – Get information or help with your products/services E – Learn how they can help you make more money (Guess which one doesn’t belong…)
No (successful) blog is an island… http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronescobar
By visiting, commenting on and linking to other blogs, you are creating trails back to your own…
Find ways to put the spotlight on your readers and showcase them
If someone leaves a great comment to your post, point that out!
Encourages comments from readers Makes special mention of readers that leave comments
Your Posting Pattern Affects Readership
Posting regularly increases readership
Write a set number of posts a week
Space your posts out, no big gaps
Train your readers
Blog has several pictures that catch the reader’s eye and make the blog more appealing
Readers want to see what you look like (No really, they do!)
Is this the best blog idea ever?
These are not your blog’s readers…
… these are your readers. Real people with real faces and real names living real lives. http://www.flickr.com/photos/drbeachvacation
So how do you connect with people on your blog?
Look at your blog through the eyes of your reader. Ask yourself ‘why would they care?’
Find your blog’s ‘bigger idea’… … that makes your content valuable and relevant to your readers.
Instead of posting about How to Use LinkedIn… … this post shows readers how to use LinkedIn to get a job .
Keys to creating an exciting company blog
Create content that your readers can find value in
Encourage feedback from your readers
Leave your blog
Make it pretty
Shift your mindset
http://flickr.photos/sis Give them a reason to care .
Mack Collier – Social Media Consultant Stay in touch with me here: Blog – http://www.theviralgarden.com Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/mackcollier Email – firstname.lastname@example.org