What is Business Blogging?
Business blogging is as essential to marketing a business as the yellowpages. A business blog is a marketing channel that helps businesses increase visibility online, brand awareness, blog subscribers, and support business growth.
Remember when blogs were secluded to LiveJournal and reserved for nerdy niches? Well, those days are long gone as blogging for business has become a staple of every marketing strategy.
Business blogging is as essential to marketing a business as the yellowpages once were and if you haven’t adopted the practice yet, you may be at a serious disadvantage to your competitors.
Fortunately, it’s not too late to get started. In this article, I’ve put together everything you need to know to make up for lost time and start blogging for business right away.
The Truth About Business Blogging
With so much contradictory information (and opinion) being thrown around, it can be difficult to know what to really expect from blogging for business.
Business blogging has evolved quickly and much of the information you find online is simply outdated, even if it was technically true a few years ago.
In 2011, for example, before blogging was fully-accepted as a legitimate marketing tactic for businesses, Daily Blog Tips shared 6 ugly truths about blogging.
At the time, they were all valid points to consider, but as expected with time, many have grown untrue.
These six statements represent common beliefs (and misconceptions) that still exist today. For those of you new to the medium, let’s take a few minutes to set the record straight about each one.
This article is part of the “Content Marketing & Blogging” Hub in the IMPACT Anthology. This hub will help introduce you to the basics of blogging for business and best practices for producing amazing content.
“Ugly Lie #1: Business Blogging isn’t easy”
Blogging isn’t easy in the sense that the results come quickly with little effort, but when you consider the other ways businesses have used over the years to reach customers, blogging is a piece of cake. (I’m talking funfetti.)
What’s easier: blogging or walking door-to-door? Would you rather publish a post a day or make 100 cold calls a day?
I’ll stick with business blogging, thanks.
“Ugly Lie #2: Business Blogging isn’t a viable business model”
Now, this one is flat-out wrong today. Between Mashable, Buzzfeed, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, and VentureBeat, there are millions being made off of blogging these days.
While most businesses (including IMPACT) use blogging to drive traffic to their website rather than their main source of income, it is very much possible.
“Ugly Lie #3: Business Blogging isn’t all about you”
Ok, I’ve got to say, they’ve pretty much hit the nail on head with this one.
Your company blog is all about your buyer persona, not you.
If you’re not providing value to your ideal prospects and customers (i.e. answering their questions, addressing their ideas), you’re taking the wrong approach to blogging for business and are unlikely to attract traffic or subscribers.
“Ugly Lie #4: You don’t need to interact much with your readers”
Saying that you don’t need to interact with readers is almost as bad as saying you don’t need to respond to customer service inquiries.
As a business, you need to understand that your blog readers are all customers or potential customers that deserve some attention.
Your brand is heavily judged in the digital age by its online interactions, so the more you connect, the better.
“Ugly Lie #5: Practice doesn’t make you perfect”
Perfection in anything doesn’t exist, but business blogging is a skill that will definitelyimprove with practice.
Take a look at our own blog, for example. Our posts today are light years ahead of our posts from even a couple of years ago and we’re only going to improve from here. The same goes for you.
“Ugly Lie #6: You don’t need a lot of blogging advice”
It’s all about quality over quantity. If you simply master the fundamentals (listening to your audience and writing quality content), your business blog will be better than 99% of blogs out there.
Expectations vs. Reality of Business Blogging
Now that we’ve cleared up some misconceptions, let’s tackle the issue of what to expect from business blogging.
We all want results yesterday, so our expectations often need a reality-check. Here are four of the biggest.
Expectation #1: Our customers don’t read blogs
Reality: Not all of your customers read blogs, but they all use Google to find answers and information. If your blog has the information they’re looking for, they’ll find that information and discover your brand.
It’s extremely difficult to do internet research for aproduct or service and not end up reading several blog posts. Your customers might not be avid blog readers intentionally, but they’ll definitely visit your blog site to read a post if it delivers the information they’re looking for.
Expectation #2: If I build it, they will come
Reality: Waiting for blog readers to find you is a waste of time. Business blogs need a solid promotion strategy to get their content in front of their buyer personas.
Over time, yes, they will come — but you’ll grow your blog readership faster by actively promoting your content.
Expectation #3: Every post I publish is going to be awesome because I’m awesome
Reality: As Former IMPACT Content Marketing Manager, Carly Stec, explains: