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Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company Blog

company blog is a great way to engage your customers, showcase your company and demonstrate your industry expertise to prospects. However, you have to provide useful, engaging content for the platform to have real use.

Good blogs are a goldmine of value for both your readers and your company. To learn what successful online writers include on their company blog, we asked 17 startup founders and YEC members for suggestions.

A Solution to Their Biggest Problem

Laura Roeder Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogCustomers come to you to solve a problem — what is it? Use your blog to help them solve this problem. Start with the most common questions your customers ask you and make each blog post a useful, easy-to-understand explanation. Basing your blog on real customer queries will ensure you’re writing content that they actually want to read.

Laura RoederLKR Social Media

Detailed How-To Videos

John Rood Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogHow-to content is incredibly valuable, and video is often the most popular format for this kind of content. Ask your sales or marketing team what the biggest problems or most popular questions are, not just about your product but within your industry as a whole.

John RoodNext Step Test Preparation

Visual Stories and Infographics

Rob Fulton Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogPeople respond to posts that are visual, so including not just your story to explain where you came from, but also demonstrating your effectiveness as a company through an infographic will take you far. These are the kind of things that get reblogged — I would even go as far as hiring a graphic designer to do it up for you. Trust me, it works!

Rob FultonAutomation Heroes

Your Vision and Mission

Trevor Summers Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogPresumably, you are spending a lot of time solving a hairy problem that is valuable to someone. What is the problem, who does it affect, why is it painful, what is your vision for a solution, why does it change the world, and why should people care? Sell the dream and sell the vision. People are inspired by vision and someone taking on the world.

Trevor SumnerLocalVox

What They’ve Asked For

Brooke Bergman 150x150 Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogAsk your customers and prospects what they want to read about. While you might have an idea, you might be missing out on a bigger topic that they’re interested in. You don’t really know until you ask.

Brooke BergmanAllied Business Network Inc.

Empowering Content

Jon Cline Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogPeople read blogs to get solutions or expand knowledge about topics they are already familiar with. Creating something that helps a person fix a problem empowers them to be independent. That is one of the best features of the Internet, and a big part of why people use it. They want information that empowers them to make life easier or better.

Jon ClineRokit SEO

Educational, Informational Content

David Ehrenberg Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogFocus on educational, informational content that isn’t promotional. Also, address what needs you see when working with clients. What are their pain points? What do they care about most? Always consider how you can provide information that alleviates pain points and fills a need. That’s what the best content does.

David EhrenbergEarly Growth Financial Services

Reverse Engineer Your Competitor’s Best Content

Brett Farmiloe1 Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogFind content from your competitors that has already done well. Take what you find and make it even better. You can find the top content from your competitors by going to Moz’s Open Site Explorer and plugging in a competitor’s website. Click the Top Pages tab, find the content with the most links, and you’ll discover the content customers will actually care about.

Brett FarmiloeMarkitors

Industry Stats

Maren Hogan1 Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogThe more numbers, the better. CEOs and decision makers are going to want their information fast and easy. Industry stats that are relevant to your buyers are the easiest way to get their attention. “5 Stats that Will…” or “The 11 Stats that You….” Titles like that quickly inform the reader that what’s inside is relevant to them.

Maren HoganRed Branch Media

Your Personal Side

Kim Kaupe Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogA great way to get customers to read about your company is to supplement your article with a photo of you. In addition to the service and products you provide, customers want to see YOU, the creator, the person who is going to solve all their problems. It’s why successful business owners, from Steve Jobs to the owner of your local dry cleaner, are able to connect with their consumers on a deeper level.

Kim KaupeZinePak

Write About Your Why

Sean Kelly Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogOne thing customers and prospects will actually want to read about on your company blog is your “why.” Simon Sinek talks about this and calls it the “golden circle.” To find your “why,” answer these questions: What’s your purpose or cause? What do you believe in? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Lastly, why should anyone care? People care more about what you believe than what you do

Sean KellyHUMAN

Whatever People Ask on Your Sales Calls

kelsey Meyer Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogTake notes on what people ask on sales calls. Use those questions to craft your first articles. Don’t make it a Q&A about your company, but instead use the questions to educate your potential customers on the industry as a whole and how your company fits into the mix. Use the blog to educate and engage first, and sell second.

Kelsey MeyerInfluence & Co.

Not Your Product

Jared Feldman Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogWe’re a software company. Our releases are very exciting to us, but our readers and customers want to know the problems our software can solve. Our blog is a place where we write interesting stories that just happen to use our software to draw conclusions.

Jared FeldmanMashwork

Short Customer Success Stories

Seth Talbott Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogPeople crave storytelling, and that is doubly true in marketing. Craft your message around success stories that weave in your most critical value propositions so that your potential customers can picture themselves as actual customers and emotionally connect with what you can do for them.

Seth TalbottCEO and Startup Advisor

Your Competition

Mitch Gordon Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogSurprise your readers by writing a well-balanced blog post about how you compare to your competition. If they’re better than you at something, admit to it. Writing an article like this will also force you to honestly self-evaluate your company. What are you doing better or worse than your competition. Transparency is almost always a good thing in the long run.

Mitch GordonGo Overseas

Stories About and by Real People

Michael Seiman Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogPeople want to know what motivates those around them and hear stories about their successes and failures. We have a section of our blog called The CPXians, which allows our employees to write about anything they want — life hacks, personal career journeys, “pro tips” on impressing clients, predictions, etc. Our marketing team publishes what fits our brand voice and we keep our site visitors engaged.

Mike SeimanCPXi

An Explanation of Industry Lingo

Bj%C3%B6rn Stansvik 150x150 Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company BlogIf you work in a highly technical industry or one that has lots of acronyms or industry jargon, simplify your content by providing a blog post that educates the reader on your industry. That way, when they call you to discuss your services, they can feel confident they are speaking your language.

Björn StansvikMentorMate

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Scott Gerber is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated business columnist, author (Never Get a 'Real' Job), TV commentator and founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched StartupCollective.com, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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4 thoughts on “Keeping Readers Interested: 17 Things to Write About on Your Company Blog

  1. If someone has a question than you need to answer it! I always suggest to my clients that they talk to their sales teams and customer service reps. If someone calls in with a questions you can probably bet it’s something other people are thinking about.

  2. Hi YEC,
    Great article:-) I think that the common theme that I see through this article is to focus on the customer and not on your business. If you can provide value to the customer, rather than just talking about how great your product is than you have created an engaging piece of content. I particularly liked Mitch’s idea of reverse engineering the competition and seeing what they have as the most shared piece of content. If you don’t have a subscription to MOZ you can also just look at the most popular blog posts on the blog itself. Many blogs have a most popular/most shared list, and it is a great way to see what is connecting with their audience:-)
    – Adam