The Sun Herald Small Business insert recently included an article titled “The Strategy of Business Blogging” including a quote from me 🙂
The Internet hosts about 9 million blogs, with 40,000 new ones springing up daily. Most are MySpace-style online diaries written by people providing their friends with updated accounts of their personal ups and downs. But others have a commercial slant.
An increasing number of small businesses are using blogs to promote conversation about what they do and what they sell.
IT consultant Neerav Bhatt, who publishes regularly on his blog at www.roadlesstravelled.com.au, says writing a blog has boosted his company’s reputation and recently generated income.
“I’m currently in negotiations with two potential customers who read my blogs and have asked me to apply my skills to improving their websites,” he says.
The point of the article is that business bloggers have to consider the potential risks and rewards of having their own blog, however there is another key factor to consider: how will you react when someone uses their blog to attack your company?
For the average business trying to protect and enhance its reputation, the prospect of having its actions scrutinised by an army of online commentators can feel like a threat..
However, according to Matthew Yeomans from Custom Communication: “The more enlightened companies are not trying to control this conversation, because they realise they can’t. The web is out there for anyone to see. But the best companies are seeing that as an opportunity, not a threat.”
To learn more about Business Blogging and How to Engage With Bloggers read these articles:
- Blogs Will Change Your Business – BusinessWeek – Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up…or catch you later
- Business bites the blogging bullet – BBC Business News
- Business Blogging for Beginners – Fast Company – Creating a business blog is a lot like hosting a cocktail party: You’re networking with customers in a low-pressure setting and, at best, nurturing great relationships. How to make your company’s blog the talk of the town?