Saturday, August 23, 2008
Sponsored Blogging Not Your Best Bet
blog had a great post tonight about the ineffectiveness of sponsoring a celebrity blogger
. Citing Seagate's sponsorship of Robert Scoble's blog as an example, post author Owen Thomas notes that the computer storage manufacturer's stock price has decreased significantly since the sponsorship began. The post goes on to cite some interesting statistics.
In April, a study by Canadian research firm Pollara found that word of
mouth works — nearly 80 percent said they'd buy products recommended by
a friend or family member. But word of mouse? Only 23 percent said
they'd buy something touted by a blogger. "This shows that popularity
doesn't always equate to credibility," Pollara executive Robert Hutton
told MediaPost. "Marketers might have to reconsider who the real
influencers are out there."
This is an reinforcement of the case that Compendium CEO Chris Baggott been making both in his presentations and blog posts like one from late May
, where he wrote:
2. Celebrity. So
many journalists covering Social Media focus on Celebrities and
celebrity bloggers. There are 20,000,000 businesses in the
United States…and this doesn’t count non-profits. Hearing stories
about Jimmy Wales, Michael Arrington, Kerry Miller or Jonathan Schwartz
is great if you’re People Magazine, but this is Business Week.
Tell me about real businesses using these tools. The story at Sun
Microsystems isn’t the story of a CEO/Celebrity blogger (Jonathan's Blog),
the story is the thousands of normal everyday Sun employees that blog.
Who are they? What are the benefits to the organization? (hint…it’s not touchy-feely....the ROI is found in winning searches and converting those visitors to prospects….)
The takeaway message for businesses is that you'll get more mileage for your marketing dollars if you invest in a company weblog, continuously stocked with content by plain-spoken employees who believe in what you're doing. Compendium's Multi User Blog Software helps you achieve that goal.