Welcome to WebProNews Breaking eBusiness and Search News
Advertise | Newsletter | Sitemap | News Feeds News Feed 
 WebProNews Search Part of the iEntry network iEntry inc. 

Let The Blog Bashing Begin

Steve Rubel
Expert Author
Published: 2005-05-13

WebProNews RSS Feed

Pete Blackshaw predicted this would happen and he was right. In a new report, eMarketer is questioning whether businesses will ever blog.

In all fairness, eMarketer do feel blogs are important. In fact, like I have been saying, they believe that many consumers are visiting blogs without even realizing it because they look so professional. That said, they try to throw some serious water on the blog hype. Here's a sampling of quotes ...

  • "Blog creation has, if anything, outstripped the growth of readership"

  • "New figures released by Pew earlier this month, however, showed readership growth had stalled."

  • "For all the interest and activity in the blogosphere, however, American businesses appear to be taking a cautious approach. A spot check of the companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 found just four percent of companies had any form of publicly available blog -- and not all of these were current and active."

  • "Decentralized by design, blogs are unlikely to become a mainstream business communications tool without change at the root level of corporate culture."

  • "Doubtless more companies will give blogging a shot. But for the time being it is difficult to see corporate blogging becoming widespread, however tempting the new format may be as a marketing and communications tool."

  • Geez, what a downer. All we're missing is a sappy Tiny Tim song. OK, so all eMarketer really did here is regurgitate a lot of existing numbers that are already out there and confirm that there is a lot of fear in corporate America.  Wow, what insight. Don't bother spending $695 for the report. Lots of people can tell you this for free.

    What eMarketer totally neglected to about, however, is what the opportunity is for the companies that do decide to take the plunge. For example...

  • Significant competitive advantage -you could become the loudest voice in a channel where your competitors are absent

  • Press and consumers read blogs - either willingly (RSS/bookmarks) or unwillingly (Google)

  • Blogging aint going away. The conversation is going to go on without you. Be there or be square

  • Take this report with a grain of salt. With every major revolution, there are believers and there are doubters. Read everything you can get your hands on and form your own conclusion based on what your company is comfortable with. Just be sure to consider the pros and the cons.

    Pete Blackshaw's article
    eMarketer report

    Reader Comments...

    Receive Our Daily Email of Breaking eBusiness News

    About the Author:
    Steve Rubel is a PR strategist with nearly 16 years of public relations, marketing, journalism and communications experience. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President with Edelman, the largest independent global PR firm.

    He authors the Micro Persuasion weblog, which tracks how blogs and participatory journalism are changing the public relations practice.

    WebProNews RSS Feed

    More Articles

    Contact WebProNews


    Targeted Information for Business
    WebProNews is part of the iEntry network

    Internet Business: Marketing: Small Business:
    WebProNews MarketingNewz SmallBusinessNewz
    WebProWorld AdvertisingDay PromoteNews
    EcommNewz SalesNewz EntrepreneurNewz

    Software: Search Engines: Web Design:
    WebMasterFree Jayde B2B DesignNewz
    NetworkingFiles SearchZA FlashNewz
    SecurityConfig SearchNewz WebSiteNotes

    Developer: IT Management: Security:
    DevWebPro ITManagement SecurityProNews
    DevNewz SysAdminNews SecurityConfig
    TheDevWeb NetworkingFiles NetworkNewz

    The iEntry Network consists of over 100 web publications reaching millions of Internet Professionals. Contact us to advertise.

     Advertise | Contact Us | Corporate | Newsletter | Sitemap | Submit an Article | News Feeds
     WebProNews is an iEntry, Inc. ® publication - $line) { echo $line ; } ?> All Rights Reserved
    About WebProNews
    WebProNews is the number one source for eBusiness News. Over 5 million eBusiness professionals read WebProNews and other iEntry business and tech publications.

    WebProNews provides real-time coverage of internet business.

    Free Email Newsletters:
    WebProNews SearchNewz
    WebProWorld DevWebPro
    Marketing SecurityNews
    Plus over 100 other newsletters!

    Send me relevant info on products and services.

    Ten most recent posts.

    Featured Software

    WebProNews in the News
    View all recent mentions of WebProNews from around the world!

    Recent Articles On ...
    Google eBusiness
    Yahoo Ask Jeeves
    MSN Blogs
    Search Engines Blogging
    Affiliate Programs Marketing
    eCommerce Advertising
    eBay Sun Microsystems
    AOL Adsense
    Microsoft Adwords
    Oracle IBM
    Amazon Apple
    SEM Mac
    SEO iPod
    Adsense XBox
    PR Adobe

    iEntry.com WebProWorld RSS Feed WebProWorld Contact WebProNews Print Version Email a friend Bookmark us