I was recently asked to be a regular contributor for the Content Boost blog and I must admit I had mixed thoughts on the undertaking. I was concerned about my work schedule, project load, and my ability to come up with creative and interesting topics to write about. However, I also felt honored and a natural inclination of responsibility to step-up to the challenge.
After these initial thoughts about the undertaking, I thought, what am I going to write about? Personal interests, professional interests, thought leadership; there are a ton of options, so the next question I asked myself was what felt most natural to me and my perspective.
Luckily, we are in the business of content marketing and anything related to writing, perspectives, the Internet, basically everything, can be drawn back to the core mission of our blog. This seems like a manageable undertaking considering I’m often writing and am full of opinions and perspectives.
I know that I will learn as I go along and may have both successes and failures in this venture, but isn’t that what writings is about?
My advice to other newbies looking to blog:
- Write what feels right to you and your company – if it’s not right, it’s not right
- Tell it like it is – this is how you develop an audience
- Have someone do a review of your article – just in case!
- Don’t be afraid of failure and put something down – how else are you going to blog?
Good luck writing and see you soon!
In a bit of an “Ah-Ha!” moment recently, it struck me that one of the most common content obstacles I see marketers wrestling with is fear. Not fear of heights or spiders, but rather of disseminating content that steps on toes or frames a discussion in a different—perhaps even controversial—way.
On the nights when I don’t have plans with friends, I find myself searching for new food recipes online to make for my family. I’m no Top Chef, but I know my way around the kitchen. While reading my favorite food blog “Not Without Salt,” I got thinking: marketers can learn a lot from food blogs. Not only are they instructional, informative and easy to read, but they’re entertaining and engaging— all things that we as marketers should keep in mind while blogging.
By now, your boss is all over you to craft your company’s blog. After all, 76 percent of B2B and 72 percent of B2C marketers leverage blogs as a chief content marketing vehicle, according to the Content Marketing Institute’s 2014 benchmark studies. And here’s why:
- Blogging is now the number one method for increasing site traffic, surpassing SEO
- Companies that blog at least 15 times per month get five times more traffic than companies that don’t
- 77 percent of all Internet users read blogs
Don’t perplex your target audience with an unclear message. The best online content begins with gripping and cohesive storytelling. I promise to guide you through composing a first-rate blog that holds your reader’s interest to the end. By following my recommendations, your blog articles will then drive more traffic to your site. Continue reading →