The Good – and The Not-So-Good Practices – When Maintaining a Corporate Blog
I’m a fan of lists, so today I’m going to make one about a topic that interests me: corporate blogs. Some say they are boring, but I say they are interesting, and above all, a great marketing tool. But first: why have a corporate blog? Below, you’ll find some brief reasons:
- You get organic positions in search engines. That’s SUPER important, in the sense that it’s vital, and I write SUPER in caps to make that clear.
- It positions you as an expert in your field.
- It is a good way to show your customers the latest news about your projects and your knowledge on a subject.
- The articles of a corporate blog can be shared across Social Media, helping your business get more visibility.
- You can communicate with your audience in a much more informal way.
Ok, now we all agree that having a corporate blog is a good idea to supplement your marketing strategy. Let’s see what the DO’s and the DON’Ts are when it comes to creating and maintaining a corporate blog:
- DO: Write a post at least once every ten or fifteen days.
- DON’T: Leave the blog abandoned. Abandoned blogs look like a cemetery. Nobody wants to do business with a cemetery of posts. And if you are in the cemetery business, well… good for you!
- DO: Write short articles (up to 500 characters) using short sentences. If you have troubles doing that, write lists. BuzzFeed does it all the time and they certainly don’t complain.
- DON’T: Write a post so long that it reminds you of the Bible.
- DO: Write posts using a friendly, informal, and enjoyable vocabulary.
- DON’T: Write using a formal language full of jargon that only you and a few nerds would understand.
- DO: Write interesting, original posts that provide value, always staying grounded to a particular topic.
- DON’T: Write only articles that serve to directly sell your product. Nobody likes that. If so, people would stream infomercials instead of Game of Thrones.
- DO: Reply and interact with other opinion leaders and bloggers so your blog becomes known.
- DON’T: Make your blog known for doing copy-paste from other posts without using proper citations.
Other good practices for your company’s blog:
- Take care with grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Support your posts with multimedia content, such as photos or videos. This will make your text appear more dynamic and interesting (even if it isn’t!).
- Add links to other sites. This boosts your SEO and it’s useful for your readers.
- Make reading enjoyable for your visitors. Use bolds to highlight the important things and split your text using sub headers. Remember, nobody wants to read a giant chunk, block, or dodecahedron of text. Not even your own mom will read your blog if it’s that dense.
- Always answer your blog comments.
- Did I mention that you MUST NOT LEAVE IT ABANDONED?
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