The Benefits of Blogging
Nearly half (47%) of B2B buyers read 3-5 blog posts or pieces of content prior to talking with a salesperson. But what if your website doesn’t have a blog? Unfortunately, you may be losing sales while also missing out on opportunities to clarify information, educate customers on your value proposition and showcase your expertise. Whether your business is a service provider, product manufacturer or a non-profit, it’s important to have a web presence. A compelling website is step number one, but a regularly updated and well-planned blog is a close second.
Why Should you Blog?
There are many advantages to developing and maintaining a blog, including:
- Strengthening your reputation as a thought leader – Position your company as an expert with insightful industry content that addresses your customers’ pain points and helps them solve issues.
- Enhancing search engine optimization – Building keywords into your content helps you maximize organic search rankings and organic traffic so that you don’t have to fully rely on paid search to do the heavy lifting.
- Supporting the buyer’s journey – Before making a purchase, buyers gather information in order to carefully evaluate their options. By providing educational and thought-provoking content on your blog, you can help customers as they move closer towards the purchase phase.
- Expanding your reach – Sharing blogs on your organization’s social media channels – like LinkedIn, Facebook and even Pinterest – allows followers and even those who don’t follow your brand to see and share your content, thereby expanding its total reach. The more your messaging spreads, the greater chance you have to secure new leads.
Blogging Best Practices
There are several considerations that will help in driving the success of your blog. Consider the following recommendations:
- Update your blog regularly – Research demonstrates that companies that post frequently generate more organic traffic and leads. Post new content to the blog at least once per month. You may even consider a bi-weekly or weekly blogging schedule to ensure your customers, employees and prospects have access to fresh content on a regular basis.
- Highlight topics of importance – Your blog should address topics that are of interest to your target audience. Develop an editorial calendar that includes a mix of tried and true information along with trending issues that will resonate with your readers and offer insights that support their businesses. For example, you may want to highlight how to overcome operational challenges, debunk myths and misconceptions or clarify technical concepts.
- Direct readers to additional resources – Whether in the call to action at the blog’s conclusion or linked within the piece, it’s important to guide readers to other resources that can further their learning and position your organization as an expert. For instance, direct them to a gated white paper, infographic, troubleshooting video or even a product landing page.
- Use keywords to your advantage – Your blog posts must incorporate keywords to capitalize on SEO. Conduct keyword research to ensure you are using phrases that are clear, concise and search friendly. Doing so has the potential to increase your search engine rankings on websites like Google, which can drive more traffic to your blog and ensure that your content is seen by the right audience.
- Organize information carefully – Many readers will skim your blog posts. Underlined subheadings and bulleted lists make skimming easier, as readers can quickly scan and understand the main points and takeaways.
Launching a corporate blog offers numerous benefits, including enhancing organic search, building your reputation as a thought leader and allowing your company to showcase its core values and personality. With the above best practices in place, your blog will soon be a go-to resource for your prospects and customers, helping to strengthen loyalty among your target audience, drive leads and conversions and differentiate your business from its competitors.
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Jess Messenger is an Account Director at Mulberry Marketing Communications, an award-winning full-service B2B communications agency based in Chicago, London and Australia. She enjoys developing PR campaign strategies and writing for B2B audiences across numerous verticals such as retail, foodservice and healthcare.