Make Your Blog More than Just a Corporate Blog
Sometimes, it’s really nice if people can get more value out of the services that they sign up for. Case in point: corporate blogs. Who visits these sites anyway? Yet they are constantly promoted and plugged by the companies, or at least feature prominently on corporate websites. So what should companies do to make their corporate blogs more than just some waste of space on the World Wide Web?
Relay the Right Message
The first thing companies have to remember is this: It’s not as much the content that you’re publishing, but rather it’s the message that is contained within your content. It’s not enough that you provide updates that basically only concern your business. You need to make that piece of information as relevant to the readers as possible. Don’t talk about how acquiring this or that smaller company or startup gives your business an edge on a particular aspect; instead, talk about how that will boost the service or products that your clients and customers will get in turn.
Enrich Your Readers
For example, the virtual PBX service provider RingCentral maintains a blog that’s pretty much filled with a variety of content. Sure, there’s your standard fare of updates about the company or some of the things it’s trying to do, but there are also tips that various types of professionals can take advantage of, like the Thought Leader Thursday entries.
Provide a Forum for Exchange
Just bear in mind that this doesn’t mean a forum or a message board per se, but you should at least have a decent enough comment section for the entries so that the conversation does not end with your entry’s final period.
Remember that comment sections can be tricky sometimes, so make sure that you choose an option that can be easily moderated. Don’t hesitate to weed out trolls to foster better discussion, although sometimes trolls are part of the process. Don’t try to over-moderate, too, as constraining the exchange of ideas might do more harm than good to what you are trying to achieve with your corporate blog.
So there you have it—a few things to keep in mind when it comes to your dear old corporate blog. Don’t forget to do some things for the exterior, as well, such as revamping an old look or adding some of those nifty social media buttons for convenient sharing of your content. Corporate blogs have great potential, and they can become effective tools for communicating what your company wants to say apart from its interests as a product manufacturer or a service provider. Plus, if you can enrich the experience of your clients and your readers, then you build good will and a good name as well.