Best Practices for Business Blogging

Recently I did a little math and calculated that I had written or edited some 15,000 blog posts in my career to date. That’s a mammoth number… and it’s taught me more than a few lessons about what to do and what not to do when writing a blog post for your business. Today I’m … Read more

3 Ways to Humanize Your Brand Online

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Dale Carnegie said it best: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” Attracting new customers and retaining existing ones requires more than simply pushing out marketing messages and waiting for results. Consumers are … Read more

Is Your Blog Boring? 5 Tips to Spice it Up

Just when we thought our attention spans couldn’t get any shorter, along came micro-blogging. In 140 characters or less, people can tell readers all about how great dinner tasted or what they think of the latest political scandal. So why, in the breakneck social networking world, would people take the time to read 300 to … Read more

Can an Internal Blog Boost Employee Morale?

Internal newsletters have long offered a great way to share information inside a company. Published by employees, for employees, these publications can help workers feel more involved in the business’s day-to-day operations, boosting overall morale. But as attention has shifted toward the internet, the company intranet has taken the place of those newsletters. Enter the … Read more

No Habla Espanol? Expand Your Reach by Becoming Multilingual

Many small businesses gear their websites to the customer next door, keeping in mind the local community. But in a nation that is becoming increasingly multilingual, can small businesses afford to assume everyone who views their site or sets foot in their storefront speaks English? The U.S. Census says no. In 2009, 20 percent of … Read more

5 Tips for Blogging Timely Content

Whether your company’s blog content is aimed at existing clientele, or first-time visitors, if you dish out stale blog posts, chances are most people won’t stick around long enough to read them. Consider these five ideas for crafting time-relevant posts. 1. Ensure the relevancy of your corporate blog posts. Help your readers connect the dots, … Read more

How to Make Your Blog Less “Salesy”

Just as stereotypical, pushy car salesmen are a turnoff, so is a pushy blog loosely masquerading as helpful content. You took on a blog to share useful information and, of course, to get existing and potential customers to visit your site. Here’s how to do it without pushing them away. Drop the drama! Reserve your … Read more