Phil Mershon writing for Social Media Examiner examines new research that shows blogging is definitely here to stay. There are some interesting stats in his article on the steady increase in blogs (nearly 3 million blogs per month according to Technorati’s 2011 State of the Blogosphere Report) and the type of blogger categories they fall into.
Most interesting to us are the stats on business blogging and what it means for brands. Here are six key takeaways from the research:
- Most business bloggers post at least two to three times per week.
- A majority of bloggers have been at this for at least 2 years.
- Consumers are increasingly putting their trust in blogs versus traditional media.
- 65% of bloggers follow brands on social media and most bloggers write regularly about the brands they follow.
- This reflects a major shift in marketing for brands of all sizes. Brands must become friendly with bloggers and take advantage of the opportunity to foster mutually beneficial relationships with bloggers.
- Of all social media platforms, consumers trust information they receive through blogs more than Facebook or Twitter.
So, if blogging isn’t already part of your business plans for 2012, then perhaps it’s time to make it your New Year’s resolution. Start by reading Lorna’s article on the advantages of business blogging, subscribe to our regular tips on how to set up and maintain a successful blog for your business, and if you need any personal coaching or practical help and advice, we are here to help.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for subscribing to and reading the Write on Track blog over the past year; and also for connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIN. We have enjoyed reading your comments, answering your questions, and helping you get on track with your social media marketing. We look forward to keeping you on track in 2012 with lots more ideas, suggestions and tips to make the coming business year your best ever.
Lorna and Marie