7 Actionable Blogging Tactics for Individuals, Businesses & Media

Individual, Corporate & Media Blogs Compared [Chart]

7 Actionable Blog Tactics - Heidi Cohen Blogs provide a home base for content publishing and social media that’s highly useful for individuals, corporations (B2C and B2B) and media entities. While these three categories of blogs vary in their content and goals, we can benefit from examining how they’re similar and different.

Comparison of individual, corporate and media blogs

Here’s how individual, corporate and media blogs compare across a variety of attributes.

Blog Type:

Individual/
Independent

 Corporate

Media Entity

Definition Provides content and a media platform. Builds owned media entity &/or executive platform. Extends & supplements media presented on other channels.
Goals Build brand,
Attract audience,
Drive sales/leads.
Extend brand,
Attract audience,
Drive sales/leads,
Support sales,
Improve SEO.
Expand presence,
Support brand,
Extend coverage,
Encourage community,
Support SEO.
Revenue models Sells services.
Affiliates,
Advertising,
Information products,
Donations.
Lead generation,
Product sales.
Advertising,
Special programs.
Content Offer own insights,
Share knowledge.
Answer customer questions,
Show how to use your products,
Tell stories about your company,
Give industry perspective.
Add information to stories from other platforms,
Offer timely trending pieces,
Provide editorial point of view,
Allow reader input.
Distribution Email,
RSS Feeds,
Social media.
Email,
RSS Feeds,
Website,
Social media,
Customer, communications,
Events.
Email,
RSS Feeds
Website,
Social media,
Other media channels.
Content creation Individual. MarCom, PR, Social media, Executives, Employees, Agency, Freelancers. Editorial /
News team.

Source: ©2013 HeidiCohen.com

7 Actionable blogging tactics for individuals, businesses and media entities

Based on this comparison, here are seven actionable tactics where these three types of blogs can learn from each other.

  1. Start with specific goals for your blog. Regardless of whether you’re an individual, a company or a media entity, focus your blog efforts to support your long-term goals or your blog won’t be very effective. Go beyond saying “I need 1,000 visitors per day to my blog.” What do you want these visitors to do and how will this help you towards your objectives. Actionable Blogging Tip: Determine how you’ll measure your blog’s progress towards your goals. Make sure that you have a way to track these metrics. (Here’s a list of sixty-five blog metrics.)
  2. Extend your brand onto your blog. Understand that blogs reveal different attributes of a brand than other presentations. And, while corporations and media entities have already built established brands, individuals need to decide how they want to build and enhance their brands through blog design and content formats. Actionable Blogging Tip: Leverage the power of every aspect of your blog to build and reinforce your brand. Think in terms of your blog theme, design elements, language and content presentation.
  3. Publish content worth your audience’s time. Take a page from traditional media companies when creating blog posts for your readers. Assess which topics are most relevant or necessary to cover for your audience. To this end an editorial calendar is useful. Actionable Blogging Tip: Manage the content creation process to create the best content you can and present the information in an easy-to-consume manner. This includes writing strong headlines to pull readers into the blog posts.
  4. Speak human. Individuals innately incorporate their personal voice into their writing as do individual reporters and columnists. By contrast, corporate entities need to strip away the sanitized language that often pervades corporate communications. Businesses must talk to their audiences, not at them. Actionable Blogging Tip: Proactively decide on how to develop your blog’s voice. Consider the type of language (such as colloquialisms and slang) that you want to present. Outline a set of guidelines for content creators as well as providing copyediting support where necessary.
  5. Maximize the power of trending topics. Professional blogs like Gawker and Huffington Post are masters at this. Recognize that this activity doesn’t work for all types of blogs. Further, you can’t just write about the latest craze because it’s trending on Twitter. Your content must consistently be aligned with your key topics or you’ll attract traffic that leaves your blog in less than ten seconds and doesn’t help build a strong following for the long term. Actionable Blogging Tip: Track the latest trends and find a way to leverage these topics to find a different angle for engaging your target audience.
  6. Leverage the power of your other owned channels and platforms. Individual bloggers should take a lesson from businesses and media companies who can cross promote their blog content. Assess how can you do this in other aspects of your life and your business. Actionable Blogging Tip: Create a list of your various communications tools from email signature files and business cards to other media channels. Then decide how you can use each one to promote your blog content.
  7. Participate on non-blogging social media platforms. Social media is a critical element of every strategic blog plan. It’s important for distributing content, building a community and engaging with readers via the comment section. Actionable Blogging Tip: Create a presence for your blog on relevant social media platforms. Understand that this social media presence should be used to extend the conversation from your blog. It’s not another megaphone for shouting your business promotions. Use these outposts to curate relevant content for your audience, both your information and other people’s.

The bottom line is that no matter what type of blog you have, whether it’s an independent blog, a company blog or a media entity’s blog, you can improve it by observing what others are doing on their blogs.

What have you learned from other types of blogs? How has this improved your blog and its results?

Happy Marketing,
Heidi Cohen


Heidi CohenHeidi Cohen is the President of Riverside Marketing Strategies. You can find Heidi on , Facebook and .

Social Media Success Summit 2014

Attend Social Media Success Summit 2014 to get stellar insights from 45 social media experts including Mari Smith, Jay Baer, Lee Odden and Amy Porterfield.

Order your ticket to Social Media Success Summit NOW and SAVE $370 off the regular price (NOTE: ONLY 500 TICKETS are available at this sale price. This offer is good until August 29, 2014 or when the tickets sell out, whichever comes first.

This important virtual conference offers more than 45 sessions this October. Attend as many as you like; download the rest with no travel costs or hassle.



Free Download!


The Top 5 Consumer-Driven Trends in RetailThe Top 5 Consumer-Driven Trends in Retail

 

To compete in the new environment of always connected, highly informed consumers, retailers need to leverage five trends to realize higher conversions and larger transaction sizes.

Find out how you can apply these 5 trends to your business.

  1. Retailers that embrace and facilitate social where customers are discovering, considering, and buying, can increase wallet share.
  2. Millennials are driving the way retailers think about consumers and create shopping experiences.
  3. With mobile, consumers have become an always-on opportunity for retailers to tap.
  4. Retailers with a successful omni-channel strategy will experience less showrooming and achieve greater market share across all channels.
  5. Big data will allow retailers to change the consumer experience, boost conversions, and improve margins.

Download this FREE Whitepaper Today!


 

 

Related Articles

Photo Credit:Seven by Heidi Cohen (Permission to use if you link to this post.)

 

Tags , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • http://www.facebook.com/williams.jandm John Williams

    I can’t tell you how many clients I have that start blogs and then have them “peter out.” Great info here on how to keep your eye on the ball when you decide you want to blog your business.

  • Suzanne Mannion

    In our role as PR professionals, we are both counseling clients on how to execute a blog as well as looking at blogs from a media relations perspective. With that approach in mind, we must evaluate how to best identify and approach bloggers that can help convey messages to our target audiences. I really like how you’ve outlined the goals and methods used by bloggers based on their objectives and role. http://www.newsmakergroup.com/blog/how-to-determine-which-blogs-to-pitch/