Corporate blog

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A corporate weblog is published and used by an organization to reach its organizational goals. The advantage of blogs is that posts and comments are easy to reach and follow due to centralized hosting and generally structured conversation threads. Currently, all major browsers (including Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer 7) support RSS technology, which enables readers to easily read recent posts without actually visiting the blog, which is very useful for low-volume blogs. [1]

Although there are many different types of corporate blogs, most can be categorized as either external or internal.


Types of Corporate Blogs

Internal Blogs

An internal blog, generally accessed through the corporation's Intranet, is a weblog that any employee can view. Many blogs are also communal, allowing anyone to post to them. The informal nature of blogs may encourage:

  • employee participation
  • free discussion of issues
  • collective intelligence
  • direct communication between various layers of an organization
  • a sense of community

Internal blogs may be used in lieu of meetings and e-mail discussions, and can be especially useful when the people involved are in different locations, or have conflicting schedules. Blogs may also allow individuals who otherwise would not have been aware of or invited to participate in a discussion to contribute their expertise.[2]

External Blogs

An external blog is a publicly available weblog where company employees, teams, or spokespersons share their views. It is often used to announce new products and services (or the end of old products), to explain and clarify policies, or to react on public criticism on certain issues. It also allows a window to the company culture and is often treated more informally than traditional press releases, though a corporate blog often tries to accomplish similar goals as press releases do. In some corporate blogs, all posts go through a review before they're posted. Some corporate blogs, but not all, allow comments to be made to the posts.

External corporate blogs, by their very nature, are biased, though they can also offer a more honest and direct view than traditional communication channels. Nevertheless, they remain public relations tools.

Certain corporate blogs have a very high number of subscribers. The official Google Blog is currently in the Technorati top 50 listing among all blogs worldwide.

Marketers might expect to have product evangelists or influencers among the audience of an external blog. Once they find them, they may treat them like VIPs, asking them for feedback on exclusive previews, product testing, marketing plans, customer services audits, etc.[3]

The business blog can provide additional value by adding a level of credibility that is often unobtainable from a standard corporate site. The informality and increased timeliness of information posted to blogs assists with increasing transparency and accessibility in the corporate image. Business blogs can interact with a target market on a more personal level while building link credibility that can ultimately be tied back to the corporate site.

A list of externally available corporate blogs is available at The NewPR/Wiki.

CEO Blogs

Although there are debates on whether CEOs should blog[4] or not,[5] blogging among CEOs is becoming popular.


Whether external or internal, blogs are not new to the corporate world. More than 12% of the Fortune 500 companies blog[6] externally.

Market research done in the first half of 2006 indicated that 34% of large companies had established weblogs. Another 35% planned to do so by the end of 2006, thus bringing the total to nearly 70%[7].

External links


  1. Bradbury, D. (April 11 2006), FT, Might RSS help to solve your web mess?
  2. Fernández Dutto, C. (September 19th, 2005)Internal blogs: How to design powerful conversations that open possibilities for action and collaboration within blogs
  3. Céré, J. (September 21st, 2005) Consumer Generated: from Mayhem to Marketing.
  4. Sessum, J. (September 19th, 2005) "Why CEOs should blog"
  5. Taylor, D. (September 19th, 2005) "Why CEOs Shouldn’t Blog"
  6. Anderson C. and Mayfield R. Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki
  7. JupiterResearch, (June 26, 2006) JupiterResearch Finds That Deployment of Corporate Weblogs Will Double in 2006
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