Ten reasons to start a company blog.

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When blogging first came on the scene it got a lot of flack as being a useless mouthpiece for individuals that had nothing better to do. But time has proven blogs to be useful resources for individuals and businesses. Now more than ever, blogging offers powerful benefits for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. So as a business, why should you blog? Here is

1. Establishes you as an expert in your field. When you write on a regular basis about what you know, you can’t help but deliver what you know about your business. You may take it for granted that your manufacturing technique for making widgets is unparalleled. A blog can be a great platform to educate potential customers about your expertise.

2. Gives your brand a voice. A blog is like a story. Every company has one. By offering up an inside look into your day-to-day operations, you are able to humanize your brand in a way that you really couldn’t do in a brochure, television commercial or print ad.

3. Content enhances SEO. While you may have a great SEO or SEM strategy in place, great content updated on a daily basis can really help make your company more findable on the internet. The more content you write that utilizes strategic keywords related to your business, the better your chances are ranking higher on the SERPs for those keywords.

4. A chance to connect with other industry specialists. Many bloggers start off as lone writers, but find there’s a larger community of bloggers out there writing on similar subjects. Tapping into this community by commenting on other blogs can offer relationships that would not otherwise be available.

5. A chance to initiate a two-way conversation. A good blog invites conversation with the outside world. This affords you the opportunity to get first hand market research on how your company is doing, what you can do better and what your customers think about your brand.

6. Link Juice. Getting other related sites to link back to you can help with SEO. If you are a shoe manufacturer, you may want to link to sports related sites to further legitimize your site with the major search engines.

7. Incubate new ideas. Good bloggers ask their audience for their advice on any given subject matter. Or better yet, you can use a blog to crowd source new ideas for products or services. You already have the attention of an audience that is clearly interested in your brand. Why not let them take part in create it with you?

8. Instant feedback. Blogs can be used to beta test new products or services to fans of your blog. By collecting data on who is following your posts, you can reach out to people interested in your brand instantly with an email or a direct invitation right on your blog. In the past, companies would have to hire special focus group companies to find potential customers and gain valuable market research information after an interview. Blogging can help you bypass all that.

9. Self-promote. OK, this one may be obvious. But you really don’t need to hard-sell anyone with a blog. The mere fact that you are offering up content related to your industry will put you on the map. Blogging great content on a regular basis will keep people coming back for more.

10. It helps you focus. Blogging forces you to focus your ideas and to really evaluate why your brand is unique. Do this on a daily basis, and you won’t be able to help but hone in on your company’s unique selling point.

If you have a company and you don’t have a blog, you may want to consider getting one up and running. If you don’t have the resources or time to create or manage a blog, you may want to consider hiring a company like Brandsplat to handle it for you. Either way, blogging can offer lots of great benefits for any size company.

I just filmed a great digital video. Now what?

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As digital video is becoming more and more accessible to Joe Interweb, more websites are adding video to their user experience than ever before. Let’s say you are one of the lucky few who have figured out how to produce, edit and convert an eye-catching video to post, but you’re not really sure what is the best way to get it out there. The most common question we get here at Brandsplat is whether to post videos on YouTube or to keep it housed on the company website. The answer often relies on the strategy for having a video, the size of the company, and the budget. If the strategy is to build traffic to the company site, often times we suggest doing a bit of both by having two versions of your video; a longer format for your site and a shorter one for YouTube. Or, we encourage companies to incentivize a visit to the company’s home site in the video itself.

There are definitely pros and cons for posting your company’s video on YouTube. Check out our next blog for more on this.

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Brandcasting. Growing your brand by seeding vast digital fields. (Part 7 of 7).

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Don’t expect people to come knocking down your door just because you have a website. The bottom line is you must have products and/or services people are interested in first and foremost. No duh, right? Let’s say you know there is a demand for what you’re offering and you are ready to attract traffic to your site. This is where Brandcasting comes in. Think of Brandcasting like casting a bag of seeds across a vast field (the Internet). Each seed that is cast will need to be nourished and watered in order to grow tall enough to have a presence. But once a presence is established, you will see many iterations of your brand sprouting up for any passerby to come across. The longer you nourish the seedling, the higher and more prominent it grows.

There are lots of ways to deploy intelligent brand marketing online. We’re just scratching the surface here. I haven’t even touched on press releases, banner ad campaigns, viral videos, ppc campaigns, newsletters, affiliate programs, email marketing and a whole slew of other tools a business or an individual can apply for effective Brandcasting.

The metaphor of scattering seeds and then nourishing them is an apt one. For example, lets say one such seed is intended to grow a branded blog for your company. Having the best blog or writing the best entries doesn’t mean diddlysquat unless someone is interested enough in what you’re offering. So it is really important that you nourish your blog with quality content and engaging information and “water” your blog daily, that is, add content to it daily.  Having a good mix of seeds is helpful too. Having a multi-level marketing strategy that employs the best combination of “seeds” may be the best way attract different niche audiences. So one set of seeds may be intended to grow the company blog variety, another seed is intended to create a presence via article marketing, another seed may be intended to give your brand a video presence, and so on. Ultimately, you want the right mix of seeds to catch the attention of the right mix of customers.

Whether you do it yourself, or hire a company like Brandsplat to deploy an intelligent online branding campaign, you have to choose a strategy and remember to manage your strategy as certain milestones are met. Brandcasting can boost your company’s visibility and over time can give your brand a lasting footprint on the Internet. Just remember that it takes time to build your presence online and don’t get frustrated if you don’t see results right away. Cast those seeds, water and feed them and watch them grow your brand into one that has a healthy presence on the web. Happy farming.

This concludes my 7 part series on Brandcasting. Keep visiting for more informative updates on the power of Brandcasting.