Friday, November 04, 2005

When not to Blog

Blogging is a great tool for business. Throuh a blog businesses can disseminate information, solicit opinions, generate interest and more - but there are time when a company should not blog - and things that should not be blogged about.

Personal information should be excluded from blogs unless you are prepared to deal with the onslaught of email (and potentially other contact) from the outside world. This may be exactly what you want - but I tend to refer to others in my blogs either just by their first names or by their professions, i.e. "painter-dude," "graphic artist extraordinaire," etc. Just because I don't mind receiving comments about my blogs does not mean someone else wouldn't. Be respectful of the privacy of co-workers, vendors, clients and employees.

It should go without saying that propietary information should be excluded from publicly viewed blogs... As a manager or business owner, this may seem like a no-brainer, your employees, may not consider all of the implications when blogging, especially on "personal" non-corporate blogs. Just as you would request that they maintain a certain level of professionalism in keeping information private, they should be requested to be careful when blogging. You certainly would not want information about earnings, client challenges, or upcoming layoffs announced before you are prepared to deal with the ramifications.

That said, we live in the technology age. We have the means, and intellegence to communicate information quickly - even mis-information. This may mean that you will need to change your policies regarding information sharing - and the rammifications of breaking this policy.

For more information - check out this article on blogging in businesses and in schools - http://journals.aol.com/journalseditor/magicsmoke/entries/766

until next time...

You can check me out at www.meghanwier.com
- meg

Friday, September 02, 2005

Business Blogging - Security Behind Bars

I wanted to point out a good example of using Blogs for Business - Security Behind Bars (www.securitybehindbars.com) is using a blog called Nightclub Security to give tips, on Nightclub and bar security topics. SecurityBehind Bars sells a training manual and video that can be purchased through their corporate Website. The blog is packed full of great information for bar and nightclub managers and owners.
-Meg

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Blogging for Business Tips

Blogging for Business has profound benefits for almost every business if done well. There are some basics to keep in mind when blogging for business.

  • Getting a blog indexed well and with a high page rank will take time and work
  • Business blogs should be casual but still professional
  • Blog entries should have a consistant 1st person voice
  • Business blogs should not always try try to sell, they should be used to
    build rapport and interest
  • Business blogging will need to be kept up to date often
  • Business blogging can often take months to get well established, and will
    take regular attention

Meghan Wier

**to read Meg's personal blog, go to http://meghanwier.blogspot.com

Reaching out... to the entire world.

It is hard to understand the full impact of the Internet on your business until you get an email, as I did yesterday, from a far away place.

In my case it was from a man in South Africa. As I sit here in Rochester, NY, Cape Town is an awfully long way away, and certainly not anywhere where I would have attempted to sell my book, however the power of the Internet brought this prospective customer, and contact to me.

When blogging for business, remember that what you write has the capacity to reach around the globe, and be prepared to meet those requests, and answer those questions!


***also remember to incorporate the basic principles of search engine optimization to assist you in getting your message out there.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Business Blogging Made Easy

Blogging is becomming an increasingly popular business advertising and marketing medium. It is, like most other forms of advertising, effective when used correctly. But what does that mean, when there aren't decades of research to refer to when developing your business blogging plan?

Fortunately, we live in an age where there is an abundance of readily available information,(some better than otheres...) However, determining the right strategy for business blogging can be overwhelming as thousands of people, and businesses are giving out B4B advice and trying to sell you on their blog writers, blog software, blog advertising, blog traffic drivers, etc.

Here is a formula that I have been using, that is rendering decent results in only a few months: I chose my area of interest, "Business Networking". From there, I researched popular keyphrases used to search for business networking. I then started blogs on several of those terms. My original thought was to choose 10, but found that combined with my personal blog, and several client blogs, I could not maintain 10 more blogs adequately, and have since limited the focused blogging to 8, with the total blogs I am maintaining at 16. Now, I do not recommend 16, (I am struggling to keep them all active) but for me, the topics kept growing, and so did that blog list. The benefit is that I can now leverage the higher performing blogs (better PR and more traffic), to benefit the lower performing blogs.

I try to add to each of those blogs at least every week, with some getting more attention than others. I try to link to each of those blogs within the postings where appropriate and comment on other people's blogs of similar topcs. This helps me keep up-to-date on other people's thoughts on the subjects and occassionally get me a little of the page rank pie.

The key is the content, and getting enough content into have a blog people will want to read, and search engines will find deserving enough to index well. I use many of my blogs to give pertainent information about my areas of interest, link to useful resources, and promote my business and my clients.

Blogging can be fun, cathartic, and a whole lot of work. But it is a very inexpensive way to get your name out there, establish yourself as an expert and drive traffic to your corporate site.

Monday, July 25, 2005

What is Blogging for Business?

Blogging can assist in raising your Page Rank and building your credibility as an expert in your field. Check back here and learn about some businesses that are Blogging For Business--driving traffic, growing and selling through the Web and through their Blogs.

Meghan Wier