Blogging

What is social media?

Social media are web-based, digital tools and applications that allow people to interact, create, share or exchange information, ideas, and pictures/videos in online virtual communities and networks. Some popular social media sites include: Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. Blogs are also considered social media sites. The total … [Read more...]

What to Do When Writer’s Block is Killing Your Blog

Plenty of business owners understand why a blog is so important: it builds community; amplifies your voice in the market; establishes you as an expert or a provider of unique products or services; and strengthens relationships with colleagues, partners and the press. But what happens if all that awareness leads to a whole lot of nothing when it comes time to sit down and … [Read more...]

Should You Start a Company Blog?

With so many different marketing avenues to consider for your small business, it can be overwhelming to say the least. Not only are there offline options, like print ads and television, but there is the Internet to consider too. This means setting up web pages, creating social media accounts, and more. So, what about a company blog? Should you start one if you don’t have one … [Read more...]

WARNING: Your Content May Be Plagiarized Without You Knowing It

Just a couple weeks ago, a client contacted me and asked me to write a health-related article for her. She even provided a sample of one that was similar to what she wanted. It was from a fairly well-followed blog, so I was absolutely shocked when, upon researching the information, I discovered that a large portion of the content was plagiarized. I mean word for word paragraphs … [Read more...]

7 Disastrous Blogging Mistakes That Must Be Avoided At All Cost

You know that blogging is important for your business, but it's easy to feel lost while blogging. Your eyes are on the computer screen, and you have no clue about what to write or how to make your posts interesting. You struggle at times to keep your readers from being bored, and you do not want to waste the space by writing something that does not add value. But the question … [Read more...]

3 Unexpected Audiences for Your Blog

When you are working on ways to create a community around your brand or service, a blog is an effective addition to your communications and marketing strategy.  Understood as a community building tool, the blog is a natural extension of your core message and a way to communicate with your audience, an audience you have identified, targeted and are working to cultivate. What … [Read more...]

How to Present Yourself as an Expert

Use a variety of platforms to build client relationships by leveraging your knowledge and expertise. A small business owner, particularly one who provides a professional service that is intangible (as opposed to a physical product that your customers can hold) like consultants, designers, or even software developers, faces unique challenges when it comes to communicating … [Read more...]

Avoid These Topics on Your Company Blog

Company blogs are a tremendously valuable tool for businesses to communicate with customers. Blogs allow businesses to announce promotions, share company news, and inform their customers of industry trends. Company blogs are a perfect medium for providing customer access to information that may not require an entire section on a company website.  In simple terms, if company … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Better Business Blogging

Content is King: Learn to Use Content to Lead Give your business blog posts more power and get the most out of your blog as a tool for communications, marketing, sales and service by remembering the Four Ps of Better Blog Posts: provide, personalize, present and plan. Provide interesting information in an accessible way Good content is the essential component of every blog … [Read more...]