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Blogging is a useful marketing tool

The benefits of blogging

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I previously discussed how to write a blog so we thought it would be timely to expand on this topic and discuss potential benefits.

According to the Oxford dictionary a blog can be defined as “a website or web page on which an individual records opinions, on a regular basis.”

There are two things to take from this definition:

  1. Blogging is a form of opinion based writing.
  2. Another important aspect is regularity. Usually a blog is updated monthly, fortnightly, weekly, daily or even in real time.

At Syneka Marketing we blog on a weekly basis, with the aim of sharing our insights and thoughts on marketing related topics.

While business blogging tends to be around a particular topic of expertise, you can develop a blog about anything.

One of the most popular blogs globally, is the Huffington Post, which receives over 110 million views per month. The Huffington Post is well regarded for its news content and demonstrates how blogging can become a serious pursuit.

Content marketing is the general concept of developing a narrative and promoting expertise through content, including blogging and multimedia.  This approach can be an effective communications tool for businesses and not-for-profit organisations. For example, a blog enables you to establish your field of expertise by providing informed content that relates to your industry, business or organisation.

As a marketing agency we highly value blogging and content. Through our blog we are able to share content and discuss the role of strategic marketing. Blogging provides us with a voice, and assists us in creating a narrative. It is that voice that motivates us to keep writing content every week.

Successfully Planning and Promoting Events – Training Workshop

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Eastern Volunteers is a volunteer resource centre located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, which assists community organisations in recruiting and training volunteers.

This month I conducted a training session on planning and promoting events; following the success of a similar workshop that I held last year. The half-day workshop covered the following topics:

Developing a marketing approach

Events are a marketing activity and as such they need to align with organisational goals. All forms of interaction, such as attending an event, receiving promotional materials or customer service, results in an impression being formed. It is imperative that these impressions reinforce the key messages that an organisation wishes to communicate.

Events need a clearly defined purpose so that the organisation and participants are aware of the outcomes they wish to be achieve. Clear expectations also assist when evaluating the effectiveness of an event.

Do you wish to raise funds, or are you planning to raise awareness for your organisation? While there may be a crossover between purposes, there will typically be an overriding priority that defines the aim of the event.

Like any form of marketing, there is a need to understand the target market for your event. Who do you wish to attract to the event and why is it is important to reach this target market? Knowing the target market will assist in understanding the best communication tools that can be used to reach these attendees.

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Day Two of GOV49 Communication Delivery and Social Media in the Public Sector

GOV49 Communication Delivery and Social Media in the Public Sector – Day Two

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Day Two of GOV49 Communication Delivery and Social Media in the Public Sector

Day Two of GOV49 Communication Delivery and Social Media in the Public Sector

Today is the second day of the GOV49 Communication Delivery and Social Media in the Public Sector conference. Yesterday I chaired the proceedings and delivered a presentation on the use of social media for advocacy campaigns.

Today’s sessions looked at the day-to-day usage of social media, through government programs and in emergency management. Insights included the New Zealand earthquake where social media was used to disseminate information and provide updates on the recovery efforts. The presentation also discussed the importance of keeping backup information, particularly when electricity and computer networks are unavailable.

My presentation looked at the various social media tools and how they can be utilized to assist the public sector in being able to engage the community. I looked at the most prominent tools, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and discussed their strengths and potential usability for the public sector. Like most technologies, social media is increasingly being used across all age demographics, with people aged 5 plus being the fastest growing users of Facebook.

Email still has an essential role in reaching communities and the number of email accounts overshadows the use of social media. Email, like most other tools, can be integrated, providing the option to share content via Facebook, Twitter or other networks.

Integrating these tools saves time by reducing duplication and the need to write multiple content. In addition, the use of sharing assists in promotion by encouraging recipients to distribute content through their networks.

While it is imperative that there are clear guidelines and policies for social media usage, this should not be used to deter its usage within an organisation. There should be the clear identification of official spokespeople and individuals should use social media to support these official roles.

The official spokespeople should be the people that respond to difficult situations and seek to resolve these issues. It is often advisable to resolve situations outside of social media by demonstrating a responsive approach and following up with additional details if required.

Social media can be used effectively by the government and the public sector. Ultimately it is important that the public sector is part of the conversation that occurs on social media so that it can respond and be part of this discussion.

The community will be discussing government and policies and the public sector should be part of this discussion, just as it is within traditional media outlets.

The two-day conference provided several insights and examples of social media within the public sector.