You can imagine how noisy the room was, with five tables with about 10 chairs each, crowded around by different bloggers at times, each straining to hear what others were saying while trying to squeeze in some comments of their own.
I found myself at the table discussing corporate blogging, and what started out as a ‘look and see’ thing for me turned into a full-on participative and learning experience.
Some of those at the table with me were Melvin Yuan of Burson-Marsteller and Scoopasia.com, Ming Shen Cheo of nuffnang.com, Benjamin Koe of Hill & Knowlton, Bernard of sgentrepreneurs.com, Darius (I didn’t get his name card), Clarice Chiam, Priscilla Teo of Fulford PR, Angeline Yeo of Marketing’s sister publication Procurement magazine, Huang Renzhi of The Digital Movement, and others.
We spoke about almost the whole spectrum of corporate blogging, covering why companies should start a blog (should it just start one then set a direction or vice versa?), should the CEO alone blog or should everyone in the company be encouraged to blog and if so, won’t it be confusing to have 200 different voices all talking at once in one blog…
We basically agreed:
- you have to have some idea of what you want to achieve when you start a blog related to you company / business
- you have to know who your target audience is
- you have to have something interesting to say, or else why say it
- and most importantly, you have to be honest.
I think that last point was the most important thing I took away from the event. You see, the worry that marketers in
That may possibly be the reason why companies like Apple made a rule that does not allow employees to blog on anything related to the company. But I am assuming this is the reason.
Anyway, I asked Melvin Yuan this and his answer made me almost kick myself. He said if your company is an honest one that does not have anything to hide, and you happen to get some nasty comments from people, you will have no problems countering those attacks with fair responses. In fact, you may not even have to bother making any counter arguments because other bloggers will speak up for you.
So the blogosphere ‘self-governs’ and self corrects, which is exactly what the internet is all about.
Just another thing before I sign off: I’m glad I learnt what is Twittering! Another social networking thing which basically keeps your friends in the loop on what you are doing at any particular point in time. Simple smsed to the page or by logging into the site on your laptop, you can type up to 140 words on what you’re doing and see what your friends are up to as well.Anyway, kudos to The Digital Movement for pulling off an interesting event.
Photos from Nic of Microsoft