Do you blog for business? Many businesses feel that blogging isn’t worth the time it takes to draft articles and post them on the website. I get it. Blogging can be time consuming. It is even worse if you have writer’s block. That being said, writing a blog for your business can have extremely positive effects on your success.
Here are four things that should convince you that writing a blog is in your best interest.
#1: Establish yourself as the go-to expert
Your customers want to know that you know what you are doing. Writing a blog is a great way to showcase your knowledge in a customer-accessible way. The more useful content you produce, the more your community of customers and prospects will turn to you for questions and purchases.
In reality, you have competitors who will likely also have a blog. To set yourself apart from them, figure out how to differentiate your content from theirs. Sometimes it even comes down to the style of writing that draws in your readers from your competitors.
While you will focus on your area of expertise, you need to keep your blog topically fresh so you aren’t recycling the same tired subject over and over. Sitting down with a colleague or even just a pen and paper and doing some brainstorming will help you come up with a number of great ideas and fresh perspectives. A steady stream of well-written content showcasing your expertise will help you build authority and trust.
#2: Increased website traffic
Your customers won’t keep revisiting your website unless you give them a reason to. Creating well-informed, engaging content also gives your audience something to share that links back to your website. This can expose your business to new audiences through direct website traffic. Time to make sure your website is up to date and effective!
#3: Increased opportunity for calls-to-action
Each blog post should include at least one call-to-action. A call-to-action simply asks your reader to do something. While your reader may be interested in the topic you have written about, they may not think about what to do with it once they are done reading. Your call-to-action is the nudge they will need to step in the right direction. Here are a few examples:
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#4: Connect people to your brand
Blogging is your chance to showcase your brand personality using more than 140 characters. You should already have figured out your brand voice and your blog is a great opportunity to put it into play. How your write – the tone, the language, the subject matter – all says something about who you are as a brand. Using your brand voice in this way allows you to humanize your brand even more by creating strong community connections, building relationships based on your brand personality, vision, and ethics.
Candace Huntly is Founder and Partner at SongBird Marketing Communications, an award-winning agency working to take organizational and individual brands to the next level. With a passion for all things related to creativity and strategy, she specializes in business intelligence, marketing & branding, content strategy & development, media & influencer relations, and social media. Basically, if you need to put your brand, product, or cause in the public eye, she will find a way to do it, while making the approach unique to you.
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