Business blogs seem to be catching on, but it’s not the wildfire of the personal blogging revolution. Dancho Danchev has done a magnificent job writing up the slow adoption rate of businesses, particularly larger companies.
No better example of the slow adaption than the surprisingly few Fortune 500 companies that have adapted blogs. Check out whoâ€™s blogging on the Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki. Itâ€™s no surprise that the companies listed are either technology companies or companies that have strong histories of innovative marketing.
Nuts about Southwest is a great blog, and the employees are the ones executing the entries. But given the company’s history of innovation and well-documented culture, this blog is no surprise. Another really fun one (and timely, too, my March Madness friends) is the Nike Basketball Blog, which features interviews with NBA greats. What a great way to engage your target audience.
Hereâ€™s the deal. Innovative business people are blogging. Period. Itâ€™s no surprise which ones of these companies are blogging and which ones arenâ€™t (sorry AT&T, IBM and any financial institution). The ones that donâ€™t are always the ones that have to defend non-blogging vehemently. And the businesses that are blogging, well they see results, whether itâ€™s a St. Louis-based recruiter or GMâ€™s Fastlane.
For interested business bloggers, you have many resources at your disposal. There are companies like mine that help you set up blogs. There are those who simply blog about business blogging (like SuccessCREEations) who can coach you through the art of blogging. And you can always hire a blogger internally like the newspapers do. The key is to create content of interest, to build value and to engage your audience (See RSS Applied) for more on this.