Start a blog. But if you’re reading this – you probably already have one.
This may change by next year, but for now a blog site is a fabulous way to interact with our customer. It allows your company’s personality to come through. It allows for customer’s to comment on your thoughts which makes them feel part of your company in a way that a corporate web site cannot. It allows you to showcase your expertise in your field.
But try to avoid posting random thoughts or rant about some topic that does not resonate with your customer’s interests. Your blog should be relevant and useful for your customer so you can get the most out of developing a relationship with them.
Perhaps more importantly than the traditional (sometimes stodgy) company web site is a blog site. If you don’t have a blog web site, you should consider creating one before 2010 is over. People appreciate being able to interact with the brands they patronize. The most techie advanced blog sites allow you to customize everything from adding your logo to feeding from your tweets. It allows everything to feed into one place and export from it as well. Your fans can post comments that can give validity to your point of view.
Not to mention, a blog is great for SEO. The web crawlers & algorithms look for relevant keywords in the topics you discuss and rank them.
But a word of caution, your blog site should be consistent in it’s branding to your other touch points. So I would recommend getting professional assistance when designing it.
I’m talking about your online presence. To get the most that the internet has to offer, you should keep your online presence current. It’s best to update your web site every 2-3 years. That’s not to say that you let it go for that long, you should be adding fresh content VERY often, but a site re-design should happen every 3 years or so. If you let your site sit for too long, you’re sending the message to your clients & potential customers that it’s not a priority or that you’re “behind the times” or that your company lacks the resources to stay current. It’s like running the same ad in a magazine for 3 years in a row…gets stale. Your business is hopefully evolving and your web site should reflect that progress.
Not to mention, Search engine crawlers calculate how often your site changes and how your site changes and it becomes part of their algorithm for ranking your web site in searches.
So this is the 1st of my Top 10 Marketing Must-do’s. (The remaining 9 will be revealed in subsequent weeks…so please get my feed so you don’t miss out.)
Branding is the most important asset a company can have. It’s what your company is all about..what you stand for. It’s more than your name or your logo, it’s your entire identity. So to start, it would be a good idea to come up with a VALUE statement. More than a “mission” statement, a “value” statement will define your core values and will help you center all of your marketing around those concepts.
If you just think about the strongest brands in the world…Coke, Apple, McDonald’s, Google – they all have a core set of ideas they stand for and every product or advertisement they present to the public encapsulates what their brand is all about.
Once you define who you are, you should stick to it.
I read, not too long ago, that the Mini is introducing a Mini SUV. What’s “mini” about an SUV? And if you are in the market for a small SUV, isn’t that a car? They marketed the original with a certain set of “core” ideas and now they’re taking that concept and twisting it so they can enter the Sport Utility Vehicle market. I may be wrong, but I’m guessing this idea isn’t going to go over well. We’ll see in 2011.