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Are Blogs Replacing Websites? There are Benefits and Challenges

Are static websites being replaced with dynamic blogs? During the past year, several marketing and communication pros suggest that a trend has begun. And one of the best-known ad agencies in the country is already on board. The move makes sense for several reasons, as we’ll discuss. But first, are blogs really replacing websites?

The look and feel of blogs has changed since their introduction. You’ll notice static web style pages on almost every blog you visit. When taking a closer look, it becomes clear blogs are not, in essence, replacing websites. The two are merging and the result is a full-functioning communication tool – a better mousetrap if you will.

Whether you consider your blog a “tab” on your website or your website a “tab” on your blog – let’s face it, aren’t they becoming one in the same? What’s driving the merger?

One driving force is simplicity; another is the recent proliferation and success of organized Word of Mouth (WOM) marketing campaigns. WOM is red hot and adding a blog to your web presence is a mandatory step when launching a campaign.

Blog Benefits

Static web pages quickly become stale. Blogs are dynamic and remain fresh.

Blog software is inexpensive or free, user friendly, and software update costs are minimal.

Contact information, portfolios, and similar “web style pages” are easily incorporated into blogs

Blog conversations build relationships with your clients and prospects

Potential clients get to know how you think, as well as learn how well you communicate and write.

The numerous links in blogs are favored by search engines such as Google and Technorati

When professionally maintained, blogs are excellent word of mouth (WOM) marketing tools

Challenges Remain

It is time consuming to post relevant and compelling content daily and respond to comments

Time spent blogging takes away from billable time for service professionals

Overworked and under budgeted marketing departments lack the resources to staff blog projects

Blog management plans must be prepared, and marketing budgets modified and approved (i.e., reallocation of website expenses to blog development and staffing)

Blogs still have somewhat of a “wild west” reputation and they are not considered mainstream by most – although the trend has started, we’re not there yet.

Corporations are slow to change. Replacing a corporate website with a blog is a difficult concept for marketing managers to sell management.

By Greg Magnus, a freelance writer and owner of eoecho.com; a communications consulting firm that provides strategic, yet sensible, WOM marketing services. He can be reached via email or you can leave a comment on his Blog: http://www.eoecho.com/gregmagnus/ ~~ Strategic minds with knowledge, will travel.~~

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