Business blogging is used by companies and brands to build a strong communication channel with their selected audience, in order to expand their brand awareness.
Within the blog’s content, they address company news, updates, presentations, product guides, industry topics, expert tips, researches, books, financial data, scientific resources, videos, interviews, seminars, workshops etc. A well structured business blog can bring traffic to your website and the right attention to your company. And these two are the cornerstones of Brand Awareness.
Although we are used to seeing more posts about certain types of blogs, like travel, magazines, newspapers, fashion, lifestyle, beauty, wedding, fitness, nutrition, food, tourism, DIY, technology, gaming, Fintech, hotels, art, photography, dance etc blogging doesn’t stop there.
The industry of academic, medical, healthcare, pharma, science, publishing, printing, mechanics, hardware engineer, phsycology, business coaching and many others are only some of the fields that through their websites they use the two major principles of blogging: share knowledge and build communication bridges.
What is Business Blogging?
Let’s start with what really is blogging. Technical is the process of creating short to medium pieces of digital content that we call them “posts” and publish them in a regular basis into a blog. Blogs can exist as solo digital assets or can be part of websites under the section “news” or “blog”.
Let’s make it more clear, blogging has a certain mentality of living. It flourishes from the blogger’s continuous curiosity about almost everything. We can easily say that it’s a mindset of optimistic philosophy that drives bloggers to notice common everyday activities and record their personal reactions in a daily & public digital journal.
Blogging has become an extension of the philosophical principle by Rene Descartes: I think, therefore I exist (Cogito, ergo sum). Today it has transformed into I blog, therefore I exist.
The source of blogging is based on one of the basic needs of humans. The need for communication. Furthermore, it feeds the need for belonging and bonding with your peers. – Areti Vassou, Founder of Ideadeco.co
And by definition blogging (writing and expressing your point of view) offers the illusion of importance. In other words, the belief that “what I share is important”. Only few pass this false belief and succeed creating blogging timelines that actual make an impact to the world.
Just to clear the air, we have to stress out that bloggers are not journalists. Bloggers don’t document reality, they only share their personal opinion about a certain topic. Freedom of speech protects individual opinions more than the truth itself. Everyone with internet and a computer has the opportunity to share their personal opinion, thoughts, stories, work, brand, business etc.
Business blogging takes out the personal element from blogging. Basically aims to communicate a brand’s values, philosophy, mission, design features, brand identity, business timeline, explain the use of products or/and services, promote events or conferences, establish the mindset behind the brand’s culture, publishing important announcements and PR releases and finally forming what characteristics set the qualities of the community around a brand. All of those are building the brand’s voice and brand awareness.
For the sake of clarity, a blogger may present a brand’s service or product by sharing his/hers personal opinion. A business blogger that creates content for a specific business blog may present the service or product without showing any hints of his/hers personal opinion.
Business blogging is based on direct communication and it’s motivated by the need to inform the public of all relevant information about a brand. This means that the published content (in all forms) is answering the main questions of Who, What, Why, Where, When and How.
If a business blogger is starting to create content for a service here is a way to answer the main questions:
- Who is this brand?
- What is this service is offering?
- Why should I trust it?
- Where can I get it?
- When could it be helpful?
- How they create it?
The paragraphs must silently answering the obvious questions of the readers and potential clients, without offending in any way the target audience’s concept of values, status, education level, social & financial positioning.
Business blogging is all about delivering the right message to the right people in the right way.
Why Brand Awareness is Important?
The other day the technical department in our company was looking for a new equipment for making holes in the walls. We were 5 people in a meeting room, talking about the perfect drilling machine by using one phrase: Which is the best “Black & Decker” in the market?
There we were, 5 high educated people with different backgrounds and nationalities, talking about “Black & Deckers” … and we all knew that we were talking about drilling machines. That’s the desired goal for all brands in the world, to be recognised as the definitive term for a product or a service. Wherever you are in the world, if you are searching for a drilling machine the first keyword will be Black & Decker.
Brand awareness is the goal to become the “Black & Decker” of your industry. And keep this collective connection way after you have leave this world.
In the digital world, companies and brands have more opportunities to establish their brand value and build brand awareness. Business blogging is a major pillar of making this happen. Today is easier than ever before to put a brand in the global map. To make a brand recognizable and establish an identity that consumers can relate to a product or/and service without any doupt.
Brand awareness is the consumer’s consciousness and recognition of a company. It defines a potential customer’s ability to recognize a brand and associate it with a certain need or desire, making the company’s product or services their fisrt choice.
Business blogging is the fertilizer that boosts a brand’s reputation. It sets the frame of direct communication and brand awareness. Therefore, a company, a brand, a business or an entrepreneur should have an active blog section on their website.
The Benefits of Brand Awareness
The number one is more clients for your services or/and products. Number two is client’s loyalty that brings us to number three, business growth. Of course, we never forget that all the above take time, effort and resources to reach the desired goal.
Who will disagree with the fact that brand awareness has become increasingly important as the Internet became a significant part of our lives.
Now the public is well informed and equipped with all the digital tools of our modern world. The use of mobile phones and social media tools has transformed the communication path into a roller coaster of attention both for new and established brands. If a brand wants to stand out and earn the trust of the people, then the daily fine tuning of the message/mission/values is the only option.
Business blogging supports the everlasting process of delivering a brand’s message in order to be associated with quality, effectiveness, trust, security and trustworthiness. Finally, all of them will boost the value of the brand and its equity.
WordPress is a major example of a strong and recognizable brand. When a person is looking for “blogging” or “blogs” solution, the first answer is WordPress. Go and try a new search in all search machines. What will you see at the top of all queries? Again, WordPress.
WordPress has managed to run the 1/3 of today’s websites or blogs. Since 2003, they lead the digital world of CMS and the parent company behind it (AUTOMATTIC) is responsible for some of the top digital assets. Read the complete history of WordPress in this article.
Business & Corporate Blogging Tips by Areti Vassou
During WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019, Areti Vassou had the opportunity to present all the essential tips for a successful Business & Corporate Blog. Here is the video from her presentation: