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The Value of Blogging for Your Small Business

Blogging has grown exponentially over the years. What is the value of blogging that is driving so much volume? According to Hubspot, consumers want to learn more about brands from content rather than traditional ads. So, let’s talk about why blogging specifically is so valuable.

Blogging is a medium that gives you control as to what information you share about your business and services. Blogging also allows you to share your thoughts, demonstrate your expertise and express your insights and opinions to engage with your audience on just about any topic you wish to cover. Of course, you’ll want to blog about topics relevant to your business and your audience, but as you can see, you have lots of opportunity for various kinds of content. Blogging doesn’t have to be overly hard, and you don’t have to be perfect when writing it. Remember, “Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” – Brian Clark.

Here are 3 ways blogging can add value to your business.

Build Trust

Writing blogs with valuable content will help educate your readers and customers. By educating your audience, the value of your products or services will become more evident, and therefore more desirable. By staying consistent with your messaging and being reliable with your blog content, your audience will learn to trust what you say and see you as an expert and industry leader. In turn, your audience will be more engaged with your products and services, sharing their feedback with their friends and family which will help increase brand awareness.

Residual Content

Now you see it, now you don’t! When you write a blog, that blog will be distributed on the internet for all to see. The content doesn’t just disappear once you write it. Overtime, your content will continue to be seen by new viewers. This content, when not time sensitive, is often referred to as evergreen content. Evergreen content will be available to all your readers on the web with search traffic growing continuously over time. The value is that your content will be fresh to the new readers searching for this content even though the content was written long before. This will help drive traffic to your website and help attract potential new readers and customers. The more frequently your blog, the more power behind exponential growth.

Lead generation

Leads are extremely important to the success and growth of your business. Are you struggling to get qualified leads for your products or services? Blogging may be just the answer you are looking for! One tool to incorporate into your blog is a lead magnet. A lead magnet is a term for a free item or service that is given away for the purpose of gathering contact details such as their  email, address, zip code, and other details in exchange for something of value you’re providing. If the reader is willing to exchange their information for your free item or service, there is a good chance the reader will convert and buy your products or services. 

Blogging is a very valuable and powerful tool. If you want to incorporate blogging in your marketing strategy but are not sure how to get started, send me an email to discuss your next steps.


About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh-based marketing consulting firm providing senior-level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. Core areas of service are business development strategies, website creation and management, social media management, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business.

Why Taking A Vacation from Work is So Important!

Are you having a stressful day? If so, take a moment and think about a place you enjoy… perhaps it’s at the beach with your toes in the sand and the rhythmic sound of the rolling waves. Perhaps, it’s at a cabin deep in the woods with just the sound of mother nature. Ahhhh, sounds great doesn’t it? Now back to reality. Let’s talk about why vacations are so important. 

According to this Inc. article by Ted Callahan, “small business owners work at least 50 hours per week, according to a recent poll — far more than the national average of 33.8 hours per week reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

Working those kinds of hours will take its toll on your health, your relationships and your business. And this is why it is truly important that you take the time to take a vacation. Don’t hold off on scheduling your next vacation. Go ahead and schedule it today.

Here are 3 steps to focus on while away:

1. Focus on Your Well-Being

Well-being encompasses so many things, so let’s focus on your body first. Working excessively puts an enormous amount of stress on your body which could cause health problems over time. Your body needs to relax, unwind, and unstress, so it can recover and feel energized again. Let your body do just that. Relax and unwind.

2. Spend Time With Your Family, Friends, or Loved Ones

How often, when you get home after a long day of work, sit down with your family or loved ones to eat, you receive a phone call, text or email? This is much too common in the business world today and is a distraction to your personal life. When you take a vacation, turn your cell phone off or only check it during certain hours that you and your loved ones agree upon. Remember, this is personal time. It is a time to reconnect, rebond, and just be you. Have fun and enjoy this uninterrupted time. Perhaps this time will even make you appreciate why you have been working so hard. 

3. New Perspectives, New Directions

Let’s face it, most business owners are afraid to leave their business unattended. If you are fortunate enough to have someone stepping in to fill your role, this affords you the opportunity to see them shine. If you don’t have someone to step in, consider hiring a virtual assistant or temporary employee to attend to the urgent daily needs in your absence, only reaching out to you for true emergencies. Knowing that your business communications are covered will help take the day-to-day operating decisions off of your mind so you can be open to new ideas, new perspectives and perhaps even a new direction for your business. How excited would you be to just let your mind be open to any and/or all possibilities?

Taking a vacation isn’t meant to be stressful. It is a chance for you to refresh your mind and body, regroup with your family or loved ones, and energize your business with fresh thoughts and ideas. The less you think about work, the more benefits your vacation will bring!

About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh-based marketing consulting firm providing senior-level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. Core areas of service are business development strategies, website creation and management, social media management, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business.

3 Ways to Boost Your Next Marketing Campaign

Marketing is one of the most important things for the growth of any business. It helps to build brand awareness, increase sales, and engage current and potential customers. Underneath the umbrella of marketing, you have Marketing Campaigns. Marketing campaigns center around a certain new idea or product you are promoting with a new message that you have not yet shared with your audience. 

In order to give your business the best chance of success and to distinguish itself amongst your competitors, you will want to put together a marketing campaign that effectively communicates all the necessary information. With the right planning and concept, you can create a campaign that will stay with your target audience for years to come. A marketing campaign takes some work, but can pay off in increased brand awareness and revenue.

Are you ready for the 3 key points to keep in mind when launching your next marketing campaign?

1. Keep The Message Simple

The most successful marketing campaigns are often the simplest. Your marketing campaign will benefit greatly from being as focused as possible, otherwise consumers can’t easily identify who you are and what you do. Let’s take Nike for example. If you look at Nike’s marketing campaigns, many of their campaigns are vague but create curiosity and interest with consumers. It is the simplicity of their messaging that attracts their audience. As the largest seller of athletic apparel and footwear, most businesses do not have the brand recognition that Nike has, so it is important to keep the campaign message for your product or service as simple and direct as possible. The audience will only be exposed to your marketing materials for a short amount of time and in turn, they need to be able to process information and your messaging as quickly as possible. Ideally, you want your audience to resonate with your message and react with an “aha” moment.

2. Know Your Audience

Ask yourself, “Who are my customers?” What are their personality traits, their interests, and values? When creating a marketing campaign, keep these 3 traits in mind. A major marketing mistake is thinking that everyone is a potential customer. Don’t waste time trying to convert people who you think may be interested in your product/service.

Instead, focus your efforts on the people you know for a fact are already interested in your product or service and who fit your audience criteria. You have to speak the language of your audience. Here’s an obvious example to demonstrate the point. If you created a marketing campaign around a portable music playing device (some of you are old enough to remember “The Walkman”… and yes I am showing my age!) to the Generation Z crowd, you may not be very successful. “The Walkman” was long ago replaced by digital MP3 Players, IPods and now, today’s mobile phones. If you relate to your audience and speak their language, you would have known not to market your current product. They would not be interested. By listening to your customer wants and needs, your products will be much better received and your campaign can be a success!

3. Give Your Campaign a Call to Action

Marketing campaigns are about getting people to buy your product or service or to take some other action. Your Call to Action needs to be clear and concise. By using emotionally charged or enthusiastic words in your Call to Action, you will initiate the same response from your audience. Fear of missing out, otherwise known as FOMO, is an extremely effective motivator. When people think they might lose out on an opportunity that might not come around again, they’ll be quicker to purchase your product or services.  

Creating a successful marketing campaign is vital for the success of any business. By using these 3 tips, you are well on your way to boosting your next Marketing Campaign!

If you are interested in discussing a strategy for your next marketing campaign, send me an email to discuss your next steps.

About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh-based marketing consulting firm providing senior-level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. Core areas of service are business development strategies, website creation and management, social media management, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business.

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