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Blogging 101 (12/04/2008)


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Are you thinking about starting a blog? This is a presentation being used for a "Blogging 101" webcast that I will be holding on Dec 4, 2008. It is designed to provide a perspective on blogging and why it can be rewarding personally and professionally.

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Blogging 101 (12/04/2008)

  1. Blogging 101 Adam Gartenberg Dec 4, 2008 All cartoons © Hugh Macloud – – unless otherwise noted
  2. About me
  3. About you
  4. <ul><li>Why I blog </li></ul><ul><li>Why blogging is important to you (and your company) </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of commitment is involved </li></ul><ul><li>What should you write (and not write) about? </li></ul><ul><li>Other considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Advice and next steps </li></ul>About this presentation
  5. In the beginning…
  6. There was a website. And the website was good.
  7. And the marketers came, and filled the website with data sheets and demos, whitepapers and presentations.
  8. And the people came, and they read the website.
  9. And ignored it.
  10. Instead, the people sought out other sources of wisdom
  11. And they listened to the crowd
  12. Which brings us to…
  13. Why I blog <ul><li>Share my thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to community </li></ul><ul><li>Help me succeed at my job </li></ul>
  14. Remember the moral of the story: People listen to the community, not the company % of work-related purchases influenced by… Source: &quot;Driving Word of Mouth Advocacy Among Business Executives: The Experiential Marketing Connection,” conducted by the Keller Fay Group and sponsored by Jack Morton Worldwide. 53% 32% 26%
  15. Why blogging is important to you
  16. Why blogging is important to your company
  17. But is anyone really going to read my blog?
  18. What kind of commitment is involved? <ul><li>How often do I need to post? </li></ul><ul><li>How long do posts have to be? </li></ul><ul><li>How long does it take to create a post? </li></ul>
  19. A brief interlude…
  20. What should you write about?
  21. What should you not write about? <ul><li>SUGGESTED READING </li></ul><ul><li>IBM's Social Computing Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>IBM’s Business Conduct Guidelines </li></ul>
  22. Above all else: Be Authentic. Be Authentic. Be Authentic. Blogging is a double-edged sword; if not written with an authentic voice or if only focused on one-way content (e.g., &quot;check out our latest product and attend our upcoming conference, but no, I’m not interested in your feedback&quot;), those benefits can be lost.
  23. Other decisions: Team blog vs. individual blog Beware the “tragedy of the commons”
  24. Where should you host your blog? Attend Blogging 201 for more on setting up your blog Less setup/maint. More setup/maint. Standardized Personalized
  25. Advice and Next Steps <ul><li>Decide if blogging is right for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask me (or another blogger) for help (and attend the monthly Blogging 201 and Blogging 301 sessions) </li></ul><ul><li>Read other blogs (if you’re not doing so already) </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re not ready to blog externally, try blogging on a company intranet </li></ul><ul><li>Remember where we started… </li></ul><ul><li>Fri, 12/12: Blogging 201 </li></ul><ul><li>Layout and design </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>How to measure traffic </li></ul><ul><li>How to build traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Make the most of RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Search engine optimization </li></ul><ul><li>… and more </li></ul>
  27. Thank You Adam Gartenberg
  28. Example blogs <ul><li>Ed Brill – Sales BUE for Lotus Notes </li></ul><ul><li> (Notes/Domino) </li></ul><ul><li>Center of community – will often get 60-100 comments on a single post </li></ul><ul><li>Almost takes on moderated discussion forum feel </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Beth Raven – Design lead for Lotus Notes </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboratively designed Lotus Notes 8 with the community by asking for feedback on design and potential features </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Eaton – DB2 Product Manager </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>One of the most widely-read blogs on IT Toolbox </li></ul><ul><li>Mix and Mash blog </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Team blog for enterprise mashups </li></ul><ul><li>“ Turbo” Todd Watson </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Good mix of personal and work topics (focused on social networking) </li></ul><ul><li>Sam Lawrence – Chief Marketing Officer, Jive Software </li></ul><ul><li> (WordPress) </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of thought leadership pieces, first person thoughts, and interesting blog design </li></ul>
  29. Another view on the role of word of mouth in influencing work-related purchases