The task of writing a corporate blog can be a massive beast to tackle. Corporate blogs require flawless information, a signature voice, and messaging that resonates with target readers on a personal level. That said, you need to have a granular understanding of the company’s branding elements and how to leverage them to accomplish desired goals.[Read more…]
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People are going to be making comments, writing reviews, and offering up opinions about your blog all day long. Some of them will be down in your comments section. Others will be on Twitter. Some may even be on other websites.
Wherever you find them, there are a few ways to best use and leverage them to promote your business. Nothing helps a business move forward like word of mouth advertising, this is the online equivalent being put into action! [Read more…]
I’d say that the Washington Post has been living under a rock, since they are just now writing about how marketing is moving to the blogosphere in an article for today’s edition:
Bethesda’s Honest Tea launched its blog in late 2005 as a way to get close to customers. With a name like Honest Tea, chief executive Seth Goldman said, “we’re trying to be as open and disclose as much information as we can.” When the company announced that Coca-Cola would acquire a 40 percent interest in the brand, many of Honest Tea’s customers who opposed the agreement took their complaints to the blog.
“We gave a very loud voice to the people who said they weren’t happy about this decision,” Goldman said.
Goldman then took one of the most thoughtful, detailed customer criticisms and responded to each point. Even if readers still didn’t agree, “The blog at least helps people see how we think about it,” Goldman said.
All that said, many companies are just now beginning to utilize the power of the internet through blogs in order to have a real dialogue – or conversation – with their customers. [Read more…]
British companies which pretend to blog as ordinary members of the public, or post multiple positive reviews as if from consumers, are now breaking UK law, yet many don’t know anything about the new legislation, according to Brands2Life.
Its director, Gareth Thomas, said that, “Most people don’t know about this law,” adding, “there is a misconception that these devices are clever, but they can backfire.”
The new Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations legislation came into effect at the end of May 2008.
Drew Benvie, director at Hotwire, said, “This law change affects everyone in PR. If customers have any presence online, it’s definitely their business to know about it.”
(Via PR Week)