In our last post we talked about Buzzphoria being our own best case study. Our example was blogger journalism and some of the comments received helped to also illustrate other elements of our case study such as freedom of speech and brand hijacking.
As part of our case study we decided to illustrate the mistakes companies often make in thinking they absolutely have to have a blog…
Perhaps that’s why there are estimates that there will be 110 billion blogs by 2010.
See, so often companies feel compelled that they have to have a blog just because they have to have a blog.
They never ask themselves the critical questions:
- why they have to have it,
- how are they going to maintain it,
- what do they want it to achieve - what’s the blog’s purpose,
- how are they going to build a following for it,
- what voice do they want to set with it,
- what do they want to say,
- more importantly, do they have something to say?
Instead many companies rush to set up their blogs. They post a couple times, get side-tracked by other projects, lose interest and ultimately abandon the blog.
They enter into the blogging endeavor like Kevin Costner clones in Field of Dreams thinking all they have to do is say, “Hello World”
And they wait, and they wait and they wait…a long time. Like a tree falling in a forest, did anyone hear it fall?
Waiting…Waiting…For that one person to say hello back.
For most no one ever says hello back.
In our case we waited patiently for 5 months from the time we posted that blog page for the first hello.
In our case it came through five months later through a tweet by Jim “Genuine” Turner who was first to note that we had left the original Word Press message “Hello World” sitting out there.
This led to Mr. Allen. That led to tweets and blog re-postings and link backs chastising us for what these folks perceived to be our foolishness, a novice error.
Thank you gentlemen for proving another of our points to our clients:
You don’t need a blog just for the sake of having a blog. Only do it if there’s a reason why anyone would care…
And then maybe, if they’ve developed the right strategy, done the proper planning and knew what their end game was the pollination effect will begin to take hold.