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Business Blogging - Why Bother?

Dec 13, 2007
"Communication is understanding" or so the saying goes. That saying is especially true when it comes to customers.

At first glance, business blogging may seem like a lot of work maybe even too much work. It is true that there is some work involved with blogging. However, that work will definitely pay off for your business in the long run.

Here are three reasons why you should consider creating a blog for your business:

Marketing

Blogging is a great way to get your marketing message across. A company blog allows you to reach your target market in a way that no other medium can. Someone who makes the extra effort to contact you through your blog, either by leaving a comment or through e-mail, is really interested in what you have to offer.

A good business blog will reinforce and enhance your company's brand. The blog entries that you post help your clients and perspective clients understand who you are. Search engines will help you convey that understanding to people that you might not otherwise reach.

Finally, consider this: if you don't have a business blog, it is likely that your competition will.

Cost

Blogging may be the most cost-effective marketing method that you will ever use. You can easily set up a business blog with very little cost. All that you really need is a domain name and place to host your blog. Even with these small expenditures, there is no other way that I know of to get as much marketing bang for your buck.

I recommend that you use a domain name related to your business and avoid using free hosting services like WordPress (www.wordpress.com) or Blogger (www.blogger.com). You can, however, download the WordPress content management system onto your own blog for free. There are many free business templates available on the Internet, so you don't need to hire a graphic designer.

Communications

The bottom line is that a blog is about communication. With that end in mind you need to make sure that content on your blog is top-notch. Remember, the blog represents your company. For some people, the blog may be their first contact with your business.

Getting quality content for your blog may mean hiring a writer, or assigning the task to someone in your organization. While you don't need to add new content to your business blog every day, it is important to post regularly. Your blog readers should feel that they are getting the inside scoop on your company.

A blog is more than just a series of articles, though. A business blog is a conversation between you, your customers, and your perspective customers. Make sure that comments are enabled and respond promptly and politely to anyone who leaves a comment. Be open and helpful. Blog with authority, but avoid turning your blog into an advertisement for your company.

Business Blogging - You Can't Afford Not To Do It!

The prospect of running a business blog makes some business owners nervous. They either think that blogging will be a lot of work, or they think that it will cost too much. However, a business blog can be a valuable marketing tool. In fact, it is one of the most cost-effective methods of marketing that there is. A business blog can also open a valuable line of communication between you and your customer, fostering trust and relationship.
About the Author
Craig Cannings is the owner and managing director of ESalesGuru.com, a innovative marketplace connecting ebusinesses with niche Internet Marketing Specialists and Firms worldwide. Visit us at: http://www.esalesguru.com.
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