Thursday, May 22, 2008

Considering a team blog?

There are several different types of company blog:
  • Marketing
  • PR
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME)
  • CEO or Figurehead
However, various companies I know of are now using a multi-person blogging approach. Combining postings from different people to create a blog that varies in perspective, writing style, passion, etc.

This is good because it can leverage the expertise of different users (e.g. marketing and SME) to provide a more comprehensive. However it can be confusing for the reader and may not provide the required focus. It does also means you have to provide blogging guidance to several people - meaning you have flexibility of viewpoint across several axis of opinion.

Here's some guidance that may be useful:
  • Make it obvious who's posting (some blogs use an image/avatar/photo of the writer, some even use different colour font/backgrounds)
  • Make sure you have a range of writers (e.g. 3 different PR department people, doesn't necessarily provide a broad enough subject area)
  • Make sure that one person doesn't dominate the postings if you want a balanced view
  • Measure the traffic of different postings, to see which articles and writers are more popular (its up to you if you want to do something about this)
  • Make sure all writers are aware of your guidelibes for social media conversations

Let me know how you get on.

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