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Blog Marketing Ideas That Sell

Once you develop a blog, you will want to use the best blog marketing strategies you can to sell your company.  However, marketing blogs are different from personal blogs and blog marketing or advertising is very different than other forms of marketing.

Make Your Blog a Customer Draw

In order to make your blog a powerful marketing tool, you need to get your customers and clients to see it.  That means that you will need to advertise and provide content that gets attention:

•Make your blog visually exciting.  Choose an attractive background colour and provide photos or images.  Consider sound.   Develop your blog as you would a web site, with the same visual appeal.  Some bloggers even add video and sound to their blogs.  There is no need to spend many hours composing art works, but know that simple text on a white background may simply not draw as many readers as you like.

•Make sure that your customers know that your blog exists.  Providing some targeted advertising on the Internet is not hard.  Try some link exchange programs with web sites, blogs, and ezines that have similar content to your blog.  In many cases, simply providing a link to another web site can convince that web master to provide a link to your blog.

Make Your Blog a Company Pusher – Without Being Pushy

Your blog needs to promote your company.  However, if you are too heavy-handed, you will not be terribly exciting and may push customers away.  That’s why you should aim for only a small amount of content that actively pushes your company.  Do suggest newsworthy items that will lure your readers in.  For example, writing “today we launched a new division – now expecting mothers can take advantage of our fashions” is much better than sales copy such as “buy our hot new maternity fashions now.”

Give Your Readers What They Want

Studies suggest that as many as a quarter of Internet users tune into blogs.  That means that if you can give your blog readers what they want, you can be reasonably sure of having a decent audience.  Among the content that you may want to include in your blog:

•Tips and advice.  Many successful marketing blogs are much like successful consumer magazines – readers tune in to read content that is useful.  A computer company can offer computer tips and advice, for example, while a writing service blog can include daily ways to boost writing skills.

•Interest.  If your personal or business life is fascinating, then great.  There are many successful marketing blogs that detail the exciting lives of company presidents who are also hobby racecar drivers or skydivers.  This sort of material can ensure a steady audience.

•Humanity.  One of the things that blog readers are most interested to see is the face behind the company.  Many blog readers like a company run by people who have similar concerns.  Building humanity into your blog by detailing your company’s efforts to help the community, for example, is a great way to build credibility and customer loyalty.

•Style. Many readers just love to see a gorgeous, well-written blog.  Plenty of marketing blogs simply provide interesting content and nice graphics and do quite well in drawing readers and customers.

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