Much has been said about the state of digital audiences today, and even more about the myriad ways to build and engage these loyal consumers across social environments like Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, Pinterest and more. Promises of overnight brand scaling, more authentic audience relationships and infinitely deeper behavioral data have lured everyone from global brands to local musicians and artisans to the fray. And yet, as this audience revolution continues to unfold across the global business landscape, the pièce de résistance of reducing audience acquisition costs while simultaneously increasing the returns they generate remains an elusive balancing act.
Blogging has long been touted by marketers as a powerful business marketing tool. Personally, my bias generally takes me to the search engine optimization benefits of blogging: