7 Reasons to Blog

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  • Author Krista Neher
  • Published October 22, 2010
  • Word count 667

A few years ago blogging was extremely popular. It has declined in popularity

recently despite the fact that it remains a popular social media tool.

Blogs provide a number of business benefits, however, many blogs don't get

results because they are not created strategically or written correctly for

the web. In working with businesses on their blogs there are a number of

simple strategies and tactics that mean the difference between success and

failure.

Blogs are definitely worth the investment as they can provide immense value

to businesses.

Position yourself as a thought leader. A blog is a powerful way to position

yourself and your brand as a thought leader in your industry. By sharing

your thoughts and views or unique knowledge you can be perceived as an expert

in your area. Most businesses are great at something and sharing your

knowledge is a great way to showcase this. Showing your expertise through a

blog builds trust in you and your business.

Search Engine Traffic. Probably one of the best reasons to start a blog is

for search engine traffic. Search engines are like blogs because they have a

lot of content that is updated frequently. This means that when people search

for words related to your product or your blog posts, you are more likely to

show up at the top of the results. This means more traffic for your website

and ultimately more sales!

To share news. Most small businesses don't have a fancy PR firm or a press

page. That doesn't mean they don't have news! A blog is a great way to

share news about your business in an honest, own and personable way.

Get customer feedback. Blogs can generate two-way conversations between a

company and their customers. Leverage your blog to ask for customer

feedback. You can get feedback on current items or have your customers help

you build new products or services. When I worked at a startup we used our

blog to generate discussions around what our new products should be. Our

blog gave us an opportunity to share what we are working on and give our

customers an opportunity to tell us what they thought. Our blog comments

also helped us to develop our policies, as we got considerable customer

feedback and suggestions from our readers.

Connect with customers on content. Whatever your business line there are

subject areas related to your product that your audience is passionate about.

Zappos, a company that sells shoes and clothes online runs a fashion blog.

They know that frequent shoppers on their site are interested in fashion

trends. So, their blog provides information and updates on fashion. Are

there subjects that are related to your business that your customers are

passionate about? A blog is a great way to make a connection based around

that shared interest.

Show you are human. A blog can show the human side of your business.

Remember, people do business with people they know, like and trust. By

posting personal content they feel like they know you. It builds a personal

connection. For example, people "connect" with me over being Canadian,

or drinking insanely too much coffee. They like you because the blogs show

the nice and personable side of you. You share their interests, say nice

things, comment and respond. They trust you because you say smart things

about your product or subject area which builds trust over time. The human

element also builds trust.

Provide context about your business. Prior to making a purchase most people

do some research online. If it is a big purchase they want to know if you

are legitimate, provide a good product and know your stuff. Often, the

corporate website is canned and shiny, but doesn't provide real,

transparent and authentic seeming information. The blog can do this. A blog

can show the real side of the company and build the trust that ultimately

leads to purchases. It provides more context about you as a business and

your products.

Krista Neher (http://www.bootcampdigital.com) has spent the last 10 years

helping business owners grow sales and get results with social media

marketing. Krista is an internationally recognized speaker and author on

social media and recently published a FREE Special Report titled, "The 6

Myths You've Been Led to Believe About Social Media Marketing" which is

available for no charge at her website: http://www.bootcampdigital.com

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