Presentation on theme: "Why Blogging is Essential. Agenda Why? What are the characteristics of the most successful blogs? What distinguishes the successful from unsuccessful."— Presentation transcript:
Agenda Why? What are the characteristics of the most successful blogs? What distinguishes the successful from unsuccessful blogs? How to present the case for blogs and other social media to management. How to handle the Return On Investment (ROI) issue. How to present ‘baby steps’ to management; simple measures that show results.
Why? Analogy: –Everyone should run anti-virus on their computer. –Computer security people also need to understand how to grab data off the wire and examine it to see if it’s hostile. –Everyone (all professionals) need to understand the basics of how to use the Internet: browsers, email, etc. –Marketing professionals also need to understand blogs.
Marketers Don’t Need to Blog But they need to understand, perhaps have even experienced, blogging
Not All Companies Need to Blog Just like all companies don’t need to use Google AdWords, Direct Mail, Viral Videos, coupons in the newspaper... But Blogging is extremely powerful when done right, and many (most?) companies should consider it
Communicating with your marketplace Adding personality to fairly impersonal “Company” images Establishing yourself and your company as an expert Why Blogs?
Driving traffic to your Web site (search engines love blogs) Attracting a regular following of readers as blogs are dynamic and interactive Building familiarity Why Blogs (2) ?
Most traditional marketing techniques Writing endlessly about your products or services Sales letter type material Any “hard sell” type anything What Doesn’t Work
Providing valuable information to your marketplace Occasionally weaving your products and services into the discussion as appropriate Advertising/displaying in the sidebars What Does Work
Honesty Personal Patience PASSION – the blogger(s) must be passionate on the subject and that passion must show Successful Blogs (2)
What Management Cares About Most people in management are pretty smart (despite perhaps obvious counter- examples!) –They care about: Money – (Return On Investment) Risk – e.g. a CEO’s job is primarily risk management
ROI – Return on Investment Few business decisions have an absolutely guaranteed ROI, if any. Business involves risk - obviously. There is easily measurable ROI in some areas, like search engine traffic. What’s the ROI of pants? Of the telephone? Of paperclips? Sometimes easier to take it (and ROI) in ‘baby steps.’
Baby Step (1) People are already talking about us, our products, our competitors, our industry. We can listen for free. ROI: Really? It takes SOME time (time=money) Risk: But NOT listening also has risks.
Baby Step (2) We can join conversations by leaving comments. ROI: If we’re already listening, joining the conversation is easy and cheap. RISK: But it’s always possible someone will say something stupid!
Baby Step 3 Reaching Out To Bloggers ROI: Bloggers who might be interested in out products, services, etc. can be (personally) approached. Maybe offered samples, trials, etc. Risk: But they write scathing reviews (they might anyway).
Baby Step 4 Starting a Blog (perhaps with comments turned off or moderated initially) ROI: A new channel to communicate with customers. Cost = time. Risk: We might look foolish, might embarrass ourselves, etc.
Baby Step 5 Encouraging employees to blog themselves, and having thousands of passionate employee bloggers like Microsoft. ROI: A herd of passionate employees engaging customers. The Microsoft example. Risk: We no longer control the conversation (hint: you already don’t control the conversation)
An Alternative Whether it seems logical or not, often management is much more comfortable with podcasting. A Podcast is really just time shifted Internet Radio, and everyone is comfortable with radio, right?
Thank You Blogs are an important tool that should be in every (Search Engine) Marketers toolkit. Ted Demopoulos, Information Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org EffectiveInternetPresence.com or just Google me