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3 Business Blogs with Proven ROI from Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

A business blog is an important and integral component of inbound marketing. While there are plenty of business blogs from B2B marketing consultants (including this one), industry portals and vertical search engines, there aren’t too many from manufacturers and industrial companies. Exhibit #2: Indium Corporation Blogs. times increase in blog traffic; 6.0

10 Common Business Blogging Questions Answered

Hubspot

Yesterday Dan Zarrella expanded his scientific webinar series with a presentation analyzing the science behind blogging for business. The Science of Blogging ( #BlogSci ) quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, highlighting people’s strong interest in the subject. How do you drive traffic to your blog? Don’t divorce blogging from link-building strategies.

Report: Blogs Are An Important Part Of The Marketing Mix

B2B Marketing Insider

And even though bloggers stated feeling that they aren’t treated with the same respect as traditional media representatives, it’s the buyers who had the final say. They reported in a separate study by Technorati that blogs are right up there with many traditional media in terms of importance and influence on their buying behavior. Who Blogs? Overall great article.

10 Simple Strategies for Business Blog Content

Hubspot

Are you sick of business blogging ? Do you feel like you brain is empty and out of ideas for blog posts? This is a common feeling. (I know I, personally, have often felt this way.) The reality is that the web is full of too many great ideas and different types of content, that you should never run out of things to blog about, regardless of your industry.

30 Awesome Blogging Guides, Tips and Resources

Webbiquity

Despite the occasional “death of blogging” pronouncements (often made, ironically, in blog posts), blogs remain the core of a robust social media strategy. The proliferation of themes, tools and plugins have transformed blogs from mere online text collections to powerful interactive, rich-media sites that can attract, engage and educate your potential buyers.

4 Business Blogging Lessons From Google's Chief Blogger

Hubspot

Karen Wickre is a long-time business communicator, wordsmith & media specialist. Karen has worked at Google since 2002, specializing in business writing and media relations. Karen first launched Google’s corporate blog back in 2004. This armada spans dozens of blogs, Twitter profiles, YouTube and more recently, Facebook. Karen grew up in Washington D.C.

How to Create a Successful Business Blog in Minutes

Hubspot

Fact: it is obscenely easy to set up a business blog today and begin driving new, qualified traffic to your site soon. Regular readers of HubSpot's blog are probably already experiencing the benefits of regular blogging, including harvesting the long tail of search traffic to drive incremental, high-quality leads to their site. Start Blogging at 60mph. Got it?

Blogger’s Block Strikes Blog Squad…Blogger Bites Back

Writing on the Web

This hasn’t happened in a long time. I’ve been sitting at the computer for the last 2-3 hours wondering what to write about. I’m the gal who says blogging is easy, 1-2-3, done in 20 minutes. And I call myself The Blog Squad…I’ve even got a great little package you can have called Time Saving Tips for Smart Bloggers , audio, transcript, PDF handouts.

The 9 Worst Ways to Use Twitter for Business

Hubspot

Twitter is a fantastic network for businesses. Here are 9 Twitter for business strategies to avoid , as well as how to remedy them. 1. Only Include Links to Your Own Blog. Business blogging is a great marketing tactic, and so is sharing your blog posts on Twitter. However, these shouldn’t be the only blog posts you share. Of course not.

Business Blogging: Blast Past the Blunders

Writing on the Web

Here’s how to bust out of blog oblivion: Blogging 101: 6 weeks to Confident Blogging with the Queen of WordPress, Suzanne Bird-Harris. The latest survey of small biz professionals revealed most people struggle with “ Time :&# 72% say they don’t have enough time to update their blog. Blog this on Blogger. No wonder people run out of time.

How to Write an Effective Business Blog

Webbiquity

Blogs are not a traditional marketing medium. Blogs written like extended brochures (in promotional language) don’t get read. blog is rather, a place to share useful content. Certainly you can promote your company and product in your blog, but this should be more in the form of sponsorship than selling language. The  Marketing Eye blog once recommended an 80/20 rule for content; spend 80% of your words sharing knowledge, and 20% on promotion. I’d recommend more like a 90/10 ratio of interesting content to self-promotion. They’re boring.

Best Business Blogging Tips and Guides of 2010 (So Far), Part 1

Webbiquity

Stumped for new blog post topic ideas? Struggling to increase blog traffic? Learn how to make your blog the center of your social media efforts, build traffic, write great posts and more here in some of the best tips, tactics and guidance for blogging of 2010 so far. 100+ SMB Blogging Ideas to Kick Start 2010 by Small Business Trends. Lisa Barone offers 100 topic ideas to kick start your blog posts, divided into various categories such as Go Social, Highlight Your Customers and Get Personal. Want more comments? Digg this!

78 Questions to Ask Before Launching a Blog

Savvy B2B Marketing

So, you've decided to launch a blog for your business. Some are foundational questions that will drive every other decision you make, while others are tiny details that are part of producing and managing a polished blog. Doodle a little bit, then read through the list, capturing - if you can - the hopes, dreams, and fears you have for your blog. Congratulations! Got it?

Looking Back at 300: Top 10 Posts on the Webbiquity Blog So Far

Webbiquity

and 300 posts, here is a quick look back at the 10 most-read posts on the Webbiquity blog to date. This is an update of the looking back at 100 post in July 2010. Again, thank you for reading the MarketingSherpa Readers Choice top b2b marketing blog for 2012. Without further ado, below are the 10 most-viewed posts on this blog to date. It Depends (October 13, 2010).

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Blog Content: Are you personal… or all business?

Writing on the Web

Do you stay on track with your blog content and business goals, or do you share personal stories and events that are peripheral? I got an interesting comment on a post I did beginning of June and I can’t stop thinking about it. The post was about staying on target with your business goals when you create content for your blog. “Blogs represent people.

Should a Blog be Part of Your Corporate Website or Stand on Its Own?

Webbiquity

Okay, so you understand the benefits of business blogs , and you’re ready to make the commitment to developing and maintaining a blog for the long haul. The next question is: where should I put the blog? There are five common options: Free hosting on a blogging platform site. This option should never be used for a corporate or business blog.

Blog Marketing: How Readers Find Your Business

Writing on the Web

What’s your favorite excuse for not blogging for your business? Here are some that I hear: “I don’t have time to blog.&#. “My clients aren’t surfing the Web reading blogs.&#. “Oh, that means I’ve got to write about my business every week?&#. Blog this on Blogger. Your Business and the Web: Getting Better?

Content Marketing Ideas: Rethinking Blogging

Writing on the Web

There was a time I was in love with blogging … I had already been in the business of content marketing for 5 years on the Web, using an old-fashioned website platform. In 2004, I started blogging. But my lover wasn’t really “the blog.&# It was being able to speak with a world-wide audience. What does this mean to you and your business? Digg this!

Best WordPress Tips and Tools of 2009

Webbiquity

Which tactics and plugins provide the most powerful SEO boost for a WordPress blog? What plugins and techniques should you use to truly personalize your blog? Must See SEO Guide for All WordPress Bloggers by wpbeginner. Noting that “SEO for a WordPress blog is different than SEO for static websites, mainly because of the social nature of blogging technology,&# this post provides 16 excellent tips for optimizing a blog for search. Plug-ins That Every Blog Needs for SEO by Clicktelligence. Which tools are best for Twitter integration?

4 Common Sense Social Media Tips for PR and Marketing Pros

Content Marketing Today

Guest post from Kathleen Taylor, APR, President of the Southwest Florida chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association offers 4 top takeaways from their January 2010 Social Media Cafe. Petersburg, FL, as he spoke with a crowd of public relations professionals at the January 2010 Social Media Café. You can read more about the presentations at the blog: [link]. Have a plan.

19 New Featured Sources on the B2B Marketing Zone

Webbiquity

The B2B Marketing Zone has really taken off over the past few months with the recent addition of numerous great bloggers.  the BMZ) was officially launched a year ago as the first content aggregation hub for leading business-to-business bloggers. Add WordStream’s Advanced Keyword Tools to Your Website for free , June 8, 2010. June 7, 2010. March 18, 2010.

Glossary: 39 Blogging Terms to Know

Hubspot

This blog post will lift some of that mystery by covering the ABCs of blogging's most important terms. 39 Commonly Used Blogging Terms you Must Know! Example: This is anchor text Article - Article and blog "post" are frequently used synonymously.An article is one single post on a blog. Author - The name associated with the person who wrote a blog post.

Blog Writing: What Can We Learn From Reality TV?

Writing on the Web

As a blogger, you know by now that increasing your traffic means grabbing your audience’s attention and keeping it. While Writing on the Web and other websites like it have featured dozens of solid tips for improving your blog writing , I’m going to offer a source of divine inspiration when the going gets tough. People love unique personalities. That’s right.

A Blogging Style to Call Your Own

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website A Blogging Style to Call Your Own by Achinta Mitra on April 28, 2010 in Industrial Marketing Blog , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Social Media Marketing Creating a blog is not too difficult but building an active community around it is. Not everyone is a natural born blogger. Resources

Engaging Content: Start with Why

Writing on the Web

What makes your blog writing effective? For that matter, how can anything you write or say actually work to market your business and bring in potential customers? He says we should start our messages with the big WHY … why we’re in business, why do we do what we do. We are hard-wired to pay attention to personal stories from the heart. Blog this on Blogger.

Website & Blog Headers: 5 Keys for Branding

Writing on the Web

What are the key elements to a custom blog header that work well for online content marketing? Your header contributes to your blog branding , and also helps readers decide if they want to stay and read or subscribe. For a reasonable fee, Suzanne can transform your blog and give it a whole new look with a custom header. A big thanks to my friend Paul Hart who took the photo.

If Your Blog Writing Stinks…

Writing on the Web

Your blog writing can improve. But just follow along with me here. I’ve been reading several neuroscience and communications books that say the same things in different ways, and I think these persuasion tips can easily apply to better blog writing. In this part of your blog post, you start describing a better future. Let me tell you a personal story. Digg this!

Content Marketing Results: 18 Ways to NOT Get Blog Traffic

Writing on the Web

What are you doing or not doing on your blog that screws up your traffic? Here’s a typical one… “Okay, Patsi, I’ve been following you for a while now, and your blog writing tips have helped. I’m posting twice a week, but I’m still not getting comments, and my traffic stats stink. Action : No way to subscribe to get email updates to blog.

Top 56 B2B Marketing Posts October 2010

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

50 (of the) Best Twitter Guides, Stats, Tips and Tools of 2010 (So Far) , October 5, 2010 While a dwindling number of business executives still dismiss Twitter as a waste of time, recent research suggests it is one of the most valuable social networks for business. October 10, 2010 I’ve been asked about my perspective on Malcom Gladwell’s article, “ Small change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted.&#   My take on it may surprise you … and provide uncomfortable reading if you are a parent or social media junkie. Un-clog your blog. in the 1960s.

Content Marketing Blues: the Battle for Attention

Writing on the Web

Content marketing with blogs isn’t as easy as it used to be. The bad news is there are more blogs, more competition for attention. think this is essential advice for anyone using a blog for business, not just B2B marketers. Here’s an excerpt and my interpretation of what this means for my own business: 1. My “world view&# on this blog has always been that if you use a blog to get found, get known and get clients for your business, you need to create quality content that markets, that works to get readers to respond to you.

Blogging for Business: Persistence Pays

Writing on the Web

Is your blog like my tennis, a hit or miss? know people who blog like that. Blogging doesn’t work that way. Steady as you go, writing at least twice a week, at least 350 words, focusing on the key words that drive results for your business, mixing information with stories, always keeping the reader in mind. Blogging is a bit like tennis: you want to keep the ball in play. You can’t do that when your blogging is a hit and miss. Blog this on Blogger. Related posts: Blog Content: Are you personal… or all business?

Top 60 B2B Marketing Posts and Hottest Topics November 2010

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

Ten reasons to blog – even if nobody reads it - grow - Practical Marketing Solutions , November 7, 2010 Building an engaged community through a business blog can be extremely difficult — sometimes impossible. Look at companies like General Electric who do an amazing job with their blog and yet have almost no “community or comments at all. There must be some good business reason they do it, right? . Monitor your social media in less than 10 minutes a day - inblurbs , November 26, 2010 Social networking is very essential for today’s online business world.

Writing Better Content: An Emotional Pathway

Writing on the Web

Trust : social proof, statistics, case studies, personal stories. Sharing personal stories works well here. Blog this on Blogger. Related posts: If Your Blog Writing Stinks… Content Marketing with Emotions: Write with Feeling. Tags: Content Marketing On Writing Better Online Marketing Writing for the Web blog content blog writing business blogging content marketing with blogs writing on the web You must engage the brains of your readers… as well as their hearts. Neutral , rational, logical, analysis of facts.

Top 37 B2B Marketing Posts and Hot Topics August 2010

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

Traffic numbers may have been down in August, but the quality of blog posts certainly wasn’t.  If you were on vacation like me, you might have missed some of these great posts.  And the hot topics this month are pretty interesting as well - see at the bottom.  So, here are the Best of B2B Marketing for August 2010 based on on social signals. Ten social media and technology mega-trends to watch - grow - Practical Marketing Solutions , August 10, 2010 I just read a fascinating (and lengthy!) And it’s become an imperative point of presence for businesses (or has it ?).