Four reasons why your business should be blogging
You’ve likely heard it before – your business should be blogging. It’s understandable if it isn’t. Given the finite nature of a single workday, we all face daily pressure to prioritize projects and streamline strategies. But isn’t it true that our priorities should align with activities that have the most significant impact on performance? When data becomes the guide to choosing where to focus marketing efforts, it becomes clear that blogging is the powerhouse of digital marketing activity.
Blogging positively impacts a number of typical objectives for businesses. It makes it more likely for companies to be found in search engine results, produces higher quality leads, establishes industry expertise, and shortens sales cycles. To understand exactly to what degree blogging is affecting these outcomes, let’s take a look at the data.
Blogging generates high-quality leads and increases sales.
Practically all marketing activities ultimately seek to drive one objective – to increase sales. Many businesses are tying big sales wins to their blogging efforts. In a 2013 publication of Marketing Benchmarks, HubSpot reported companies that blog once or twice per month generate 70 percent more leads than those who don’t blog at all. Further, companies nearly double their sales leads by increasing blogging frequency from 3-5 times per month to 6-8 times per month.
Blogging drives increased website traffic.
Increased website traffic can almost always be linked to an increase in leads and sales. Companies with 51-100 pages on their website generate 48 percent more traffic than those with 1-50 pages according to the same HubSpot report. Consistent blogging activity builds the number of website pages and consequently the number of opportunities for your company to connect with customers, leads, and industry peers. Publishing frequency matters, too. Companies that blog at least 15 times per month get five times more traffic than those that don’t blog. Small businesses with 1-10 employees see the largest gains by posting more often.
Blogging links businesses and customers.
Business websites with blogs have 434 percent more indexed pages and 97 percent more indexed links based on the findings of a 2013 Social Media Today report. If search engines can easily find your business, prospective customers will find you easier, too. Building links ensures existing and potential customers can connect and engage meaningfully with your company.
Blogging seeks to educate and establish expertise.
Crafting and publishing quality blog content builds credibility and trust. Social Media Today reports a full 70 percent of consumers learn about companies through articles rather than ads and that 61 percent of consumers have made a purchase based on a blog post.
Data makes it clear that relevant and engaging blog content is a valuable marketing asset and sales driver for many businesses. In fact, marketers who have prioritized blogging are 13 times more likely to enjoy positive ROI. Is your company taking full advantage of this powerhouse marketing activity or is it missing opportunities to attract leads and delight customers?