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Friday, June 5 Dave Rigotti spoke at Social Media Breakfast Toledo #3 on the "Do's and Dont's of Business Blogging"....

Friday, June 5 Dave Rigotti spoke at Social Media Breakfast Toledo #3 on the "Do's and Dont's of Business Blogging".

Dave provided an in-the-trenches overview on how to get started blogging and how to maximize your blog's effectiveness on your business or organization.

Along with presenting case studies on how organizations have successfully incorporated blogs into their marketing mix, Dave answered common questions such as:

* Should I blog?
* How do I get started?
* What should I write about?
* How do I integrate a blog into my current marketing efforts?
* How do I maximize effectiveness?
* How do I measure effectiveness?
* What are some resources for getting started?

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  • Everything has come from my learnings as being a blogger since 2005 and consulting for some of the most well-known brands on blogging. I’ve also worked with a number of SMBs as well.
  • When blogs were first introduced, it used to stand out, just because a company was doing it. However, there are now hundreds of millions of blogs. With low barriers to entry it seems every one is doing it, but many aren’t doing it right. Purple Cow by Seth Godin. Blogs need to be useful (to audience), unique (to audience), and updated (to audience).
  • Someone with connections in the company that can be committed to the project – even outside of workPast customers, possible customers, community, industry, internal, etcCan either be Wordpress.org or .com… but I prefer .org because of the ability to greatly customize.That can understand the needOtherwise the blog is pretty uselessContinuity
  • Examples of content readers might enjoy: Pictures of the office or events Exclusive content, coupons, or items Industry reviews, analysis, or insight New product releases or product demos
  • Read the blog post. Here are some of the “best” ones that related to maximizing exposure and engagement. It’s ok to ask readers to participate, for feedback, etc. Actually, I encourage it. Respond to it and take action.
  • Exposure is visitors, views, etcEngagement / action is comments per post, ReTweets of blog post, Tell a friend” uses, etc

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  • Do's and Don’ts of Business Blogging Dave Rigotti June 5, 2009 1
  • “WIIFM”  Learn basics of blogging  Link current marketing  Maximize and measure effectiveness  Links to most used resources  Learn from real corporate blogs through case studies 2
  • Should I blog?  Useful  Unique  Updated http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1211/592835533_979 5acd412_m.jpg 3
  • How do I get started? 1. Designate a blog leader 2. Identify an audience 3. Use WordPress 4. Get key people on board 5. Start and and continue creating great content 6. Establish tone and frequency 4
  • What should I write about?  Anything your readers might like  Avoid the constant “pitch” blog  REMEMBER: It’s a direct, two-way communication 5
  • How do I integrate my current marketing efforts?  Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin  Include current marketing content on blog  Include blog in current marketing 6
  • How do I maximize effectiveness?  11 plugins every WordPress blog should have 1. All in One SEO Pack 2. Google XML Sitemaps 3. Popular Posts 4. Subscribe To Comments 5. Twitter Tools http://www.bloghighlight.com/wp- content/uploads/wordpress/wordpress 6. WP125 -plugin.gif 7. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin  Ask for readers to participate 7
  • How do I measure effectiveness?  Exposure is good  Engagement / action is better Make sure you’re measuring the right things! http://www.classicleaners.com/T ape_Measure.jpg 8
  • What are some other tips?  Publish RSS in full-text, not summary  Tell stories and facilitate a conversation  Make it easy to comment  Encourage company-wide engagement  Legality of content 9
  • What are some resources?  Software: http://wordpress.org/, http://wordpress.com/  Webmaster Centers: http://www.bing.com/webmaster, http://www.google. com/webmasters/, http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.co m/  Webhosting: http://www.liquidweb.com/, http://mediatemple.net/  Theme: http://diythemes.com/thesis/  Further Reading: http://www.problogger.net/, http://weblogtoolscollectio n.com/, http://www.dailyblogtips.com/ 10
  • Case Study #1: FreshBooks  http://freshbooks.com /blog  Similar design  Value-add content  Great use of content type (text, pictures, video)  Easy to subscribe to  Overview of FB and the blog 11
  • Case Study #2: 37signals  http://37signals.com/s vn/  Single out products in sidebar  Human component  Lots of interesting content  Recent tweets  Clear search bar  Easy to comment 12
  • Case Study #3: Aptera  http://aptera.com/blo g/  No connection with main site  No events on calendar  No search  No most popular posts  Sporadic post dates 13
  • The takeaways. 1. Not for every organization 2. Two-way conversation 3. Create great content 4. It’s ok to ask, if you’re willing to give 5. Engagement is better than exposure 14
  • Thank you for your attention. Please continue the discussion on the Ning community and my blog or Twitter.  E: mail@daverigotti.com  T: @drigotti  B: http://daverigotti.com  L: http://www.linkedin.com/in/daverigotti 15
  • About the author. Dave Rigotti is a writer, speaker, and Internet marketer. He’s work(s/ed) with some of the most well-known and influential brands in the world, conducting search engine optimization and developing marketing communication strategies. In July, he will be joining Microsoft as a consumer-focused marketer on Bing (formerly Live  Blog: http://daverigotti.com Search), Microsoft’s search  Twitter: @drigotti engine. Read more by clicking here. 16