In the 1990's, blogs started as a platform for individuals to share their thoughts and opinions online. Today, blogging has evolved into a marketing strategy for large and small businesses to drive traffic to their websites, create more leads, and build trust with their audience.
Establishing a successful blog is more than spinning up a Wordpress site. Managing a blog is about well-written blog posts that engage your audience, offer relevant information, and promote your brand. If done right and sustained over time, it can also go a long way toward establishing thought-leadership, but there's more to writing a great blog post than churning out words on a page.
When we speak with blog writing prospects it’s almost a guarantee that we’ll get asked the question: “Why should I outsource our blog writing to an agency when I can get our employees to do if for free?”
Step one in producing good, compelling content is to gather information and ideas on what you want write about. You might already have a stash of information, white papers, or a mind full of ideas, but at some point – likely sooner than you think – you’re going to find yourself struggling to come up with topics. This is why you often see corporate blogs that start out with a bang, but then over time the posts get further and further apart. But don’t fret! The Internet is full of ideas on pretty much any topic across any number of media that can help you.
So, yes, we had some predictions around content creation and blogging for 2012. I’ll have to admit though, these weren’t much of a stretch in terms of predicting the future. We all know that focusing on content for SEO, and online brand visibility, has been blowing up. Knowing that, we made some not-so-bold predictions for this past year. Let’s look at the predictions and see if we were remotely close.
Today, content and content marketing are playing a central role in online brand visibility. Without a steady flow of fresh, relevant, well-written content your site will not be maximizing its search engine presence.
Content can come in many forms, all of which – if optimized – can set your site apart from competitors, giving you better online brand visibility, but perhaps even more important – a voice. A seat at the table, as they say, brings thought-leadership which goes miles toward shrinking sales cycles and converting new business.
These content ideas and more are what it takes these days. Explore our site to learn more or give us a call today to walk through countless content marketing ideas that will have you standing out from the crowd.