Your Blog Voice is Hoarse

Your blog sucks. Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but if it’s any comfort… mine does too. So let’s together learn “the art of storytelling and the science of journalism.” A new book promises to help us find our authentic voice and “craft bold content that will resonate with prospects and buyers and encourage them to share it with others.”

Content Rules (part of the "New Rules of Social Media") addresses content strategically and broadly -- from text to videos

Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman just launched “Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business.” Here’s the book site, and the book on Amazon.

Disclosure: It’s part of David M. Scott’s “New Rules of Social Media,” and my Beyond Viral is part of the same series, although its name is slightly shorter.

I quite like this truism from a review on “Convince and Convert” by Jay Baer:

The inherent tension in marketing is that companies always want to talk about themselves and their products or services. Everyone else, meanwhile, only wants to know what those products or services can do for them. Creating content as a cornerstone of your marketing allows you to truly place yourself in your customer’s shoes, to adopt their vantage points, and to consider their thoughts, feelings, and needs. In short, it allows you to get to know the people who buy from you better than any customer survey or poll ever could.

Here’s a paragraph from the book to which I most relate.

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True dat, yo.

But a few nuggets regarding video from chapter 16’s “Video: Show Me the Story”:

  • Video content is 50 times more likely to appear on the first page of search results than your standard text-based content (citing Forrester Research)
  • Stop thinking that you need to make a viral video to be successful… focus on the story you are going to tell
  • When creating videos say yourself, “why would the people I want to reach want to watch this?”

9 Replies to “Your Blog Voice is Hoarse”

  1. For blogs, it’s not just content that matters though. Connections and interactions with other bloggers can make a big difference.

  2. Thanks for posting about the book and it was great to see the parts you called out. Obvious, that you would but still awesome.

    And Alexis, I agree with you that relationships and interactions are crucial, but even if you become best of friends, if your content sucks even they won’t check it out. *grin*

  3. I am a Director of Marketing for a Large IT / MSP in the Washington DC area, and I absolutely love this book. However, I would like to use some excerpts to send around to some of my peers and their departments to embrace. I would love to have a non-secured PDF version. I purchased from B&N for my iPad, and have proof of purchase. Can someone help me out here? (Classic example of why DRM is a pain – you should have the options to convert to your desired format after you’ve purchased).


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