Few content marketing professionals doubt that a corporate blog has a positive effect on many variables such as SEO, web traffic, audience engagement, and so forth. We all know that it does and we have the stats to prove it.
At the same time we are very much aware of the fact that in the end, increasing web traffic and building an online community is not a goal, but just a means to an end. If we aim to build a proper business case for a corporate blog, we need to be able to demonstrate the impact on tangible business goals such as brand awareness and conversion.
This topic isn’t new. Eight years ago we conducted research on the business value of blogging. The results revealed that less than 5% of companies worldwide had a corporate blog at that time. Respondents reported an impact of corporate blogs on many business objectives, but noted that ‘they excel in none when their impact is measured against costs'.
Here’s a summary of the results.
We also interviewed 372 senior marketers worldwide in 2015 and asked them how often they publish new blog posts. 59% said they do so ‘at least once a week’.
When asked how they measure the success of corporate blogging marketers chose, on average, two to three different KPIs. Engagement metrics were cited as the most popular measures, with the more lead generation focused metrics (i.e. number of leads, RSS subscribers, email subscribers) among the least popular:
We asked respondents to rate the impact of blogging on seven different business goals, related to prospects, clients, (future) employees and influencers. Without exception, all business goals scored highly.
A historic document is not complete without testimonies of eyewitnesses. That is why we approached influential long-time corporate bloggers, including Gini Dietrich, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Mark Schaefer, David Meerman Scott, Tom Foremski and Deirdre Breakenridge, to answer the following question:
If you had to name the biggest change in corporate blogging since 2007, what would that be?
Interested in the results? You can access the research report for free.