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What is a Blog and How Do I Write One?

Posted by Krista Moon on November 8, 2017

It may seem like a simple question, but there's a lot more to blogging (good blogging that is!) than you might think. People read blogs all the time, but when it comes time to actually create one, the questions start popping up!

What is a blog? "A personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis."

Read on to get 8 tips for writing good blog articles.

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8 Characteristics of a Top-Notch Company Blog [Infographic]

Posted by Krista Moon on September 14, 2017

When done correctly, a company blog is the hub of all sales and marketing efforts. Good blog articles continuously drive traffic and sales leads and arm sellers with the information they need to communicate quickly and effectively with prospects.

More and more companies are beginning to invest in blogging, but they often have gaps and weaknesses that hold them back from getting positive results. Company blogs that consistently deliver real business value share the following eight characteristics. How does your blog strategy stack up?

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How To Get Your Sales Team to Start Blogging

Posted by Krista Moon on September 5, 2017

Sellers are on the frontlines talking to prospects and customers all day long. They have deep company and industry expertise and know what messaging elicits the best responses. If anyone understands what information will resonate with your ideal buyer persona, it's them.

But too often, sales and marketing are not aligned, and sellers aren't at the table when it comes to developing the corporate content strategy or lending their experience and expertise to the content creation process. Here are some ideas about how to get your sales team engaged in creating useful blog articles that prospects and customers want to read:

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Do This to Get Over the Hump of Starting a Blog

Posted by Krista Moon on August 24, 2017

There are a lot of savvy business leaders and industry experts out there that don’t blog. Unfortunately, their hard-earned “intellect” is not being used to its full potential.

For a company blog to be a profitable investment, leaders and experts from across the organization need to take ownership and participate. Prospects and customers don’t want to read boring blogs that anyone could write by doing a little research online. They want to hear real stories, experiences, and ideas from experts in the field.

Blogging is a long-game strategy that takes practice, dedication, and patience, so it can be easy to put off. But the longer you wait to get started, the longer it will take to get results. (And the more time your competitors have to steal your thunder!)

Here are a few ideas to get over the hump and start blogging now.

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4 Quick and Easy Ways for Business Leaders to Blog

Posted by Krista Moon on August 22, 2017

Blogging is a profitable marketing tactic that companies from all industries can use to attract and engage target buyers. The two biggest questions marketing executives have to answer when planning their blog strategy are 1) what will they write about, and 2) who will write the articles.

The best blog articles come from people within your organization that have deep industry expertise. Unfortunately, most internal experts or other potential blog contributors don't have time to write, don't like to write, or don't know what to write about. It's not part of the corporate culture, and they've never done anything like that before.

The good news is that there are processes you can implement to simplify the content creation process and make blogging the norm within your organization. Business leaders will be able to quickly create quality blogs that build a following, generate leads, and help salespeople sell.

Here are four ways to create blog articles without having to agonize over the writing process:

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4 Ways Blogging Can Help You Sell

Posted by Krista Moon on August 17, 2017

Blogging is not just a marketing activity. When done correctly, it's the backbone of both the sales and marketing functions. Companies that understand and embrace this strategy use blog articles on the marketing side to increase awareness and get people to the website. Then, they use those same articles on the sales side to guide their active prospects through the sales process.

Here are 4 examples of how blogging can help you sell:

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Why Blogging Is Important for Business Growth

Posted by Krista Moon on August 15, 2017

Good, consistent blogging takes a lot of time, resources, and money to produce articles that your prospects will want to read. But even more importantly, it requires strong leadership to create a culture shift to get key employees to commit to sharing their expertise and experiences in a blog format. (Side note: I'm not suggesting they have to write articles, but good blogging requires their participation.)

Is blogging really worth the investment? Well, let's see...

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[Video] How to Find the Best Keywords for Your Blog or Web Page

Posted by Krista Moon on August 3, 2017

Without good keywords, search engines don't know what your web pages are about and your prospects will never be able to find you. They are the bridges that connect qualified prospects to your website.

Here's a 3 minute tutorial on how to find the best keywords for your website or blog.

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10 Signs Your Company Blog is Really Bad

Posted by Krista Moon on June 7, 2017

I spend hours every week reading blogs (literally). It's how I get my information. I can instantly spot a good company blog vs. a bad company blog.

Here are 10 tell-tale signs you're wasting valuable time and money on your blogging efforts.

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Role of a Blog Manager (And Why You Need One)

Posted by Krista Moon on May 28, 2017

More and more companies are starting to see the value of blogging as a means to build credibility and trust and guide prospects through the buyer journey. Companies that blog get more leads. Period.

Why You Need a Blog Manager

The tough part is implementing a process for consistent blogging. Who's going to write the articles, about what topics, how frequently? Who's going to see the articles? How can you use the articles to help the sales process? How are you going to know if it's working or not? Blogging requires a big corporate culture change.

I wish I could say "Oh, just hire a professional writer, get your team involved, find guest bloggers, and it will be a piece of cake." While those are great ways to ease the burden, the truth is that someone has to be in charge to oversee and coordinate the whole process.

Blog management will either need to be added to someone's job duties, or you'll have to hire a specialist to do it for you.

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