Good communicators realise that hard facts and figures make a strong case for your argument. There is no doubt that the earth is round, the climate is changing, 1 + 1 is 2. Yet facts alone will not compel anyone to act on his own, answer your call to action, or join any collective efforts to support a cause. It takes emotions to do that.
Recently, Google celebrated 20 years of Google Search, and I attended its anniversary event in Brussels. The event was jointly organised with Edima, ESBA, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Allied for Startups.
What was not advertised about the event but of huge interest to SEO experts around the world, was the presentation by Pandu Nayak, Google Fellow and Vice President of Search. As part of Google’s core Search leadership team, Pandu Nayak is in charge of ranking.
The word “content” has become so ubiquitous these days, that it somehow sounds so platitudinous and lack of meaning. “Content” used to mean anything you put into an empty vessel, or anything that fills up the void in a container, such a jug or a tank. “Content” used to mean something positive too, such as a great piece of writing, that is imbued with wit, creativity, reflection, purpose or admirable aspirations.
After being slapped with a €2.42 billion antitrust fine by the European Commission, Google is now trying to play nice in the eyes of Brussels officials, so that none of that negative vibes would spread to Washington. And it is doing this by trying to help the EU tackle the spread of fake news.
With digital channels, it is now possible to measure the impact of your communications in quantifiable terms. The impact of course means whether your target audience has read your content, whether they have passed it on to someone else, whether they have acted on the information by issuing a reaction whether positive or negative.
In our previous post, I gave you five good reasons why you need a corporate blog, more or less from the point of view of online reputation management. Yet, here are five other reasons for a corporate blog from a marketing perspective:
When it comes to online reputation management, my clients often ask me why I recommend a corporate blog. It is time consuming to put an editorial process in place. Some sectors do not have many things to say or comment on. Other sectors are simply more quiet about their line of business. Often, it is a question of internal resources for both content production and content verification.