Lately I’ve been inundated with stories of people battling cancer. One of my friend’s sister was recently diagnosed with the disease and a client’s sister also received this devastating diagnosis. Then I received news that the outlook isn’t bright for a client of mine who is also battling this killer disease. While she was diagnosed within a few weeks of my friend’s sister – my client didn’t discover she had cancer until symptoms forced her to see her doctor. By the time the cancer was causing her discomfort, it had spread throughout her body.
Just as early diagnosis is a key element in treating cancer – it’s also a key to combating a common unseen business killer as well.
Over the past few years, I’ve helped hundreds of client launch blogs to promote their businesses – and I’ve had perhaps just as many if not more decide against launching a blog. One of the most common excuses I hear is, ” I don’t have time to blog.”
Unfortunately, when the gloves come off – “I don’t have time to blog” is usually exposed for what it really is – an excuse.
It’s an excuse used to avoid confronting what may be literally a CANCER which may be growing within the belly of your business. Like all cancers, early detection is the key to an effective cure.
It’s easy to determine if “I don’t have time to blog” is an excuse or a reason. If you really don’t have time to blog for your business, you can either
- hire someone to blog for your business or
- hire someone to assume some of your duties so you can find time to blog.
Nine times out of ten, when this “either or” is presented, the REAL objection to blogging for business surfaces. It takes various forms, but it can be “boiled down” to a very simple: “I don’t know what to write about.”
AH -now here’s the REAL reason most business owners aren’t blogging. It’s not a lack of time – but rather a lack of direction.
It makes sense if you think about it. After all, we human beings always seem to be able to MAKE time to do what’s important. The working mother who exercises regularly doesn’t do so because she’s got an extra hour not available to the rest of the population – she MAKES the time to exercise. She does so because she recognizes how important daily exercise it is for her health and her sanity.
If the reason is that you aren’t blogging for your business is that you don’t know what to write about – the answer is deceptively simple:
Simply write about your customer’s GDP.
It doesn’t matter if your a B 2 B or a B 2 C – if you’re in business – you are either helping customers/clients to
- achieve a goal
- satisfying a desire
- solve a problem
I call this magic triad “GDP – Goals – Desires – Problems. Pick one -pick two or pick all three as the reason you’re in business and then start talking about it via your blog.
If you find you can’t isolate one of these three reasons for being in business – then chances are you aren’t creating or communicating an effective marketing message for your company.
If you don’t KNOW what goals you’re helping people achieve,
If you don’t know what desires are being quenched,
If you don’t know what problems need to be solved,
Then OF COURSE you aren’t going to know what to blog about.
This is definitely a case of what you don’t know CAN hurt your business.
If you don’t know which GDP “button” to push – you’re eventually going to find yourself – and your business – in between a rock and a hard spot.
Your business blog could be the greatest business diagnostic tool ever created.
The sheer act of creating blog posts forces you to FOCUS upon prospective clients/customer’s GDP. If you don’t know your target audience’s GDP – then you know you have a serious problem in your business.
Discovering that you don’t know what your target audience’s GDP is is almost like discovering you have the earliest stages of cancer. Admittedly, it’s not good news – but it’s news much better delivered sooner than later.
It used to be that it took a competitor who who understands the target audience’s GDP entering the marketplace and inflicting “sales discomfort” to send the average business owner scrambling for a speedy business diagnosis. Unfortunately, the explosion of social media has lead to a new “symptom” for the company with a lack of understanding of consumer GDP: customer complaints being shared via social media tools.
There are plenty of reasons to hit the keyboard and start to blog for your business. Perhaps the best reason to begin blogging is the act of blogging constantly encourages you to focus upon what matters most – your target audience’s GDP.
If the REAL reason you’re not blogging for your business is that you don’t know what to write about – think of it as an early stage diagnosis of a serious problem – one that should be addressed quickly and decisively.