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Online Marketing - How to Use Corporate Blogging Effectively

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Business & Mgmt

Published on October 30, 2008

Author: SensoryBranding

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Explains the Why and How of Corporate Blogging, including boosting communications, public relations, and the effects of your online marketing and branding efforts.
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The How & Why of Corporate Blogging www.six-degrees.com

The How & Why of Corporate Blogging

www.six-degrees.com

blogs are simply web pages – personal or corporate written from the point of view of the author updated frequently, using an informal tone on-going posts of commentary, events, or news typically focused on a particular subject can include text, images, videos, links to other blogs and web pages

blogs are simply web pages – personal or corporate

written from the point of view of the author

updated frequently, using an informal tone

on-going posts of commentary, events, or news

typically focused on a particular subject

can include text, images, videos, links to other blogs and web pages

used internally to enhance communications and reinforce the culture within the organization or externally for marketing, branding and/or public relations purposes

used internally to enhance communications and reinforce the culture within the organization

or

externally for marketing, branding and/or public relations purposes

easy to publish website tells a real story or asks questions to get other readers’ involved in a “conversation” an open channel for two way conversations corporations can be their own “PR agency” a form of electronic word of mouth/viral marketing

easy to publish website

tells a real story or asks questions to get other readers’ involved in a “conversation”

an open channel for two way conversations

corporations can be their own “PR agency”

a form of electronic word of mouth/viral marketing

as of 2008, just 61 companies (12.2%) GM, Boeing, Sun Microsystems, Google, EDS, HP, Coca Cola and more best blogs are authored by one or more high-profile executives expected increase in B2B usage across all industries in the coming years

as of 2008, just 61 companies (12.2%)

GM, Boeing, Sun Microsystems, Google, EDS, HP, Coca Cola and more

best blogs are authored by one or more high-profile executives

expected increase in B2B usage across all industries in the coming years

online searches are driving business results if you want to be found and want to “pre-sell” your capabilities to join the conversation and become known as the “expert” in your field be an active participant in the next-generation websites

online searches are driving business results

if you want to be found and want to “pre-sell” your capabilities

to join the conversation and become known as the “expert” in your field

be an active participant in the next-generation websites

impacts your visibility with customers and prospective customers scale, speed, and impact beats traditional marketing techniques updated frequently to ensure higher rankings in search engine results (seo)

impacts your visibility with customers and prospective customers

scale, speed, and impact beats traditional marketing techniques

updated frequently to ensure higher rankings in search engine results (seo)

a blog is a communications channel it’s not about making a quick sale it’s about building awareness and credibility goal should be to build authentic and deeper relationships - electronically

a blog is a communications channel

it’s not about making a quick sale

it’s about building awareness and credibility

goal should be to build authentic and deeper relationships - electronically

less time than it takes to: write a proposal write a presentation drive to the airport about as much time as it takes to write an email to your clients

less time than it takes to:

write a proposal

write a presentation

drive to the airport

about as much time as it takes to write an email to your clients

savvy bloggers read other blogs it’s not a replacement for other forms of marketing or communications it’s a new way to narrow the gap between you and your customers/prospects it’s not difficult to do

savvy bloggers read other blogs

it’s not a replacement for other forms of marketing or communications

it’s a new way to narrow the gap between you and your customers/prospects

it’s not difficult to do

the subjects and subtopics are endless: new products and services summaries / reviews of books or articles live reports from events – “on the spot reporting” share useful tools and checklists share research findings, survey results

the subjects and subtopics are endless:

new products and services

summaries / reviews of books or articles

live reports from events – “on the spot reporting”

share useful tools and checklists

share research findings, survey results

step 1: log into your company’s blog site/editor step 2: upon logging in see the “dashboard” and click on “write” step 3: enter a title for your post in the “title” box step 4: in the “post” section, type your message step 5: select the appropriate “tags” (more on this shortly)

step 1: log into your company’s blog site/editor

step 2: upon logging in see the “dashboard” and click on “write”

step 3: enter a title for your post in the “title” box

step 4: in the “post” section, type your message

step 5: select the appropriate “tags” (more on this shortly)

step 6: from the drop down menu select the “category” of your post (e.g., strategy, branding, marketing, etc.) step 7: in the “excerpt” box enter a one to three sentence summary of the content of your post step 8: see “publish status” to the right and select from: published – only select after proofing unpublished – will save the post without publishing pending review – saves the post for review before publishing step 9: select “publish” when ready

step 6: from the drop down menu select the “category” of your post (e.g., strategy, branding, marketing, etc.)

step 7: in the “excerpt” box enter a one to three sentence summary of the content of your post

step 8: see “publish status” to the right and select from:

published – only select after proofing

unpublished – will save the post without publishing

pending review – saves the post for review before publishing

step 9: select “publish” when ready

tags add personal semantic hierarchy to help you get noticed/read to view existing tags simply click “display click tags” (this assumes you have created a list of words that you would want to be searched by) note a full listing of all active tags within the blog try to find 3 to 5 tags that match your post’ content and simply click on the tag or type in the box provided want more…click on the Yahoo link for more options

tags add personal semantic hierarchy to help you get noticed/read

to view existing tags simply click “display click tags” (this assumes you have created a list of words that you would want to be searched by)

note a full listing of all active tags within the blog

try to find 3 to 5 tags that match your post’ content and simply click on the tag or type in the box provided

want more…click on the Yahoo link for more options

blogging software: hosted get started by visiting WordPress.com or Blogger.com, etc. and sign up for an account name your blog choose a template no technical expertise or programming needed

blogging software: hosted

get started by visiting WordPress.com or Blogger.com, etc. and sign up for an account

name your blog

choose a template

no technical expertise or programming needed

blogging software: in-house “ enterprise” blogging platform = software that is tied into the organization’s intranet use WordPress.org for managing content look and feel (works just like a word processor) use existing blogging platform that is right for you – no need to have IT dept. build a new one

blogging software: in-house

“ enterprise” blogging platform = software that is tied into the organization’s intranet

use WordPress.org for managing content look and feel (works just like a word processor)

use existing blogging platform that is right for you – no need to have IT dept. build a new one

RSS allows you to focus your search and monitor web materials/posts enables you to request only the information that is pertinent to you considered the single most important accessory to a blog reader can “subscribe” to your blog which helps draw them back to you on an ongoing basis (RSS – Really Simple Syndication)

RSS allows you to focus your search and monitor web materials/posts

enables you to request only the information that is pertinent to you

considered the single most important accessory to a blog

reader can “subscribe” to your blog which helps draw them back to you on an ongoing basis

(RSS – Really Simple Syndication)

Best resource for more information: “ The Corporate Blogging Book” by Debbie Weil. Published in 2006 by the Penguin Group, her book is just what we needed when we were novices at blogging. You don’t have to be a techie to understand blogging. And, Weil provides valuable “bonus resources” such as corporate policies to consider, design considerations, additional reading sources, a glossary of terms, etc. Her book may be the only resource you’ll need to get started.

Best resource for more information:

“ The Corporate Blogging Book” by Debbie Weil. Published in 2006 by the Penguin Group, her book is just what we needed when we were novices at blogging. You don’t have to be a techie to understand blogging. And, Weil provides valuable “bonus resources” such as corporate policies to consider, design considerations, additional reading sources, a glossary of terms, etc.

Her book may be the only resource you’ll need to get started.

Six Degrees is an unconventional branding agency, offering insight mining, brand strategy, brand cascading and creative communications. Our sensory branding processes help brands touch the hearts and minds of target customers. We assist clients in building new brands and revitalizing existing ones, online and offline.

Six Degrees is an unconventional branding agency, offering insight mining, brand strategy, brand cascading and creative communications. Our sensory branding processes help brands touch the hearts and minds of target customers. We assist clients in building new brands and revitalizing existing ones, online and offline.

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