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23 July 2014 Written by 

Businesses don’t understand blogs: Only 4% plan to develop one in next 12 months

New research suggests that currently only one in eight businesses utilise a blog as part of a wider sales and marketing strategy, whilst only 4% plan to implement one in the next 12 months.

 

According to a new report released by a catalogue and direct marketing specialist, only 12% of UK businesses currently use a blog as part of their overall marketing strategy, whilst only 4% are looking to start one over the course of the next year.

The report, put together by direct marketing, design and print specialists Catalogues 4 Business (C4B), questioned more than 300 UK organisations as part of research into corporate marketing strategies. Respondents to the study were drawn from a diverse mix of businesses, both B2B and B2C, which spanned multiple industry sectors.

Ian Simpson, Managing Director of C4B commented: "Blogs are becoming increasingly important in the digital age, but it seems that many businesses are failing to grasp this. When it comes to marketing a business online, we're increasingly enthral to Google. The simple fact is you have to play by its rules if you want to find yourself anywhere prominent in the search rankings."

Ian continued: "A regularly updated blog plays a massive part in the success of a business's SEO strategy. Frequently updated content, containing key words and phrases relating to the services that you offer makes you stand out when it comes to the complex Google algorithms that determine search results. Producing relevant content on your website increases the chances of you coming top of these results."

The study also found that when looking at sales delivery only 2% of businesses believed that their blog helped to deliver sales, compared to the 24% who attributed sales directly to the success of networking.

Ian Simpson commented, "Of course when running a business, sales is the main focus. So naturally, if part of your strategy is notably delivering sales, you're likely to put more time and effort into developing that successful element. But you can't afford to ignore other contributing factors. Whilst people might not necessarily read a blog and decide to buy your products or services, a blog contributes considerably to your overall brand."

He continued, "A blog not only assists with SEO by bumping you up the search rankings, it also helps to improve brand reputation. You can establish an authoritative voice within your industry by projecting your views via your blog. If what you say is of value to your target demographic then it will help to improve the general influence of your brand. An example of this is fashion brands such as ASOS, which exploit their blogs to express relevant opinion, providing fashion advice and analysing current trends. The customer base really buys into this approach and as a consequence is more likely to buy their products. "

The results of the study additionally revealed that only 4% of businesses had any plans to incorporate a blog as part of their on-going strategy in the next 12 months.

Ian concluded, "The fact that so few businesses plan to put emphasis on their company blog in the near future, shows that true understanding of the influence of blogs isn't widespread. A blog is something that you can manage directly and straightforwardly and at a relatively low cost. In a competitive market, businesses really should look to embrace the potential of a blog and use all of the tools at their disposal if they want to get ahead of the competition."

To download a copy of the full report – 'Channel Vision – Version 3.0' – please visit http://www.catalogues4business.co.uk/report.asp or for more details phone 0845 2300 2580845 2300 258.

 



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