Corporate blogging is a relatively new idea, and the jury

is still out on whether it will succeed. This controversial

marketing tool may be the beginning of a new kind of

advertising strategy, or it may fizzle out in a matter of

months. Many companies are looking for ways to

capitalize on the blogging trend, and many of these

corporations have determined that a great way to ride

the blogging wave is to keep a blog on their corporate

website. These blogs are often created to appeal to the

demographic that the company needs to court, and the

content may have quite a lot to do with the activities of

the corporation, or it may have very little to do with the

company itself. Often, a corporate blog will focus on

the kinds of content likely to attract the desired surfers,

even if that content is not related to the product or

service that the company provides.

Some bloggers feel that corporate blogging is a kind of

validation for the blogging movement, and shows that

this exciting new medium has really infiltrated the

mainstream. Other bloggers consider the kind of viral

marketing that corporate blogs practice to be unethical

or distasteful. In any case, watching the evolution of

corporate blogs and whether they survive and

proliferate or fail and disappear promises to provide

some interesting insight into today’s consumers.

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