Marketing Tips

Crafting a brand: Guidelines to help you start

People follow fads; not much has changed from the Dot Com craze that’s for sure, it’s just been replaced with a new face. Isn’t that the phrase, there’s nothing new under the sun? Next on the list was the rise of one-word companies, like Uber. Then names with dropped vowels (cough, cough). And now everything’s farm to table or artisan (seriously). Crafting a brand is a lot more than a trendy name or tagline though–in fact, it’s a heck of a lot more.
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Marketing Tips

Talk with, not at, your customers

I’ve noticed a trend recently when it comes to blogging and social marketing: it seems like a lot of companies are talking at their customers and not with their customers. When it comes to marketing, it feels as though businesses are shouting into the void and throwing everything they’ve got at the wall to see what sticks. Man, what an awful way to market. Read more “Talk with, not at, your customers”

Blogging Tips

5 blogging tips to take your posts to the…

We’ve written about how personality makes the difference between one blog from another, but if your writing is poor then let’s face it your blog will suck. I’m sorry but it’s true. If you want your blog to succeed, in addition to a winning personality you need looks; looks being quality writing that is enjoyable to read. Here’s the rub though: not everyone is a gifted professional writer. That’s why we’re sharing our best blogging tips. Because you shouldn’t have to go this alone. Read more “5 blogging tips to take your posts to the next level”

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How to build a unique brand for your blog

So you’ve started blogging. Great, there are literally 700M other people doing exactly what you do. What you do being writing 300 to 500-word posts at a regular interval. You see, just blogging by itself isn’t enough any more when it comes to standing out. When a 12 year old with an internet connection can do what you do, and a professional writer can do it better where does that leave the rest of us? Instead of focusing on what you do, focus on why you do it and build a unique brand for your blog. Read more “How to build a unique brand for your blog”

Blog Trackr News

Our latest journey: The Founder Institute

It was around a year ago that I first came up for the idea for Blog Trackr. It was born as a solution for bloggers and marketers like me who wanted to get ahead of the competition. And boy is there competition. Then, around five months ago, we released the first iteration of Blog Trackr as a private beta. And now we’ve got Blog Trackr free. Read more “Our latest journey: The Founder Institute”

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Guerilla marketing for blogs, not just for zoo critters

Guerilla marketing for blogs… what the heck is that? For a blogger on a budget, or even a small business, it may be one of the best tools in your belt. In short guerilla marketing is the method of using unconventional and cost effective tactics to stick to a budget while crafting an effective marketing campaign. Read more “Guerilla marketing for blogs, not just for zoo critters”

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Our ‘why’: the story of Blog Trackr

Tech startups are 2017’s gold rush. Everyone is running to them with dollar signs in their eyes and many are walking away disappointed. Isn’t ironic that the tech boom is happening in California? The many who flood into Silicon Valley aren’t necessarily failing because they are underfunded or have bad ideas, though that may contribute, they are failing because they don’t know why they are trying in the first place. Read more “Our ‘why’: the story of Blog Trackr”

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Why should my company blog?

Blogging is something single guys in their mom’s basements do right? Why should my company blog?

Well imaginary questioner, you’re wrong and you should blog because, frankly, if you’re not you’re behind. Blogging has become essential to growing and marketing businesses in the past five years, making companies still relying on cold calls look like they belong on display in the local museum. Read more “Why should my company blog?”

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Building a blogger persona: how we did it with…

I learned quite a few lessons from running Monstah Mash, namely when it came to growing my blog and competing with the already numerous other Red Sox-themed blogs on the market. It wasn’t about being the loudest, writing the most, or having the biggest team. There was a different secret weapon we utilized: personality. From the get go, creating a blogger persona was crucial and instrumental to our success.

In fact I credit most of my success on the blog to it. If I wasn’t able to differentiate Monstah Mash so well I doubt I would’ve recruited a team of 18 and reached so many readers. Instead I probably would have run it as a one-man show only for it to peter out when I got too busy, tired, or bored. Pretty bleak, right?

What is a blogger persona?

Crafting a blogger persona is something we’ve written on before. And for good reason: it’s essential. I’m not going to bore you too much though and rehash everything I said before. No, instead this post will be a deep dive into how I actually did it with Monstah Mash, and why your blog should too.

Before we go ahead though, let’s look at the basics.

The reason people read blogs is to be educated as well as entertained. Primarily it’s to be entertained though; if I wanted the score of the game I’ll read ESPN, if I want the commentary, the “something extra” I read my favorite sports blogs. It’s not just to get the facts, it’s to get the opinion that you’ve come to know, love, and trust along with it. That’s what makes blogs special, because they are biased and not afraid to show it (unlike the news which can be biased and afraid to show it). That “opinion” or “stance” is the blog’s persona. It’s what separates it from the rest of the pack, the unique proprietary quality that no other blog can copy.

With Monstah Mash we were sarcastic, authentically Bostonian, often angry or bitter, and sometimes outrageous. We made jokes in our articles, used lame pop culture references, and ragged on Boston in the way only a true Bostonian can. Someone who read our blog wouldn’t feel like they were getting the box score of last night’s game. Instead they’d feel like they were on their friend’s couch, favorite bar, or the corner of the kitchen table swapping sports facts with their favorite uncle.

Everything we wrote tied back to that unique persona to strengthen and affirm it with each article. Just like how your actions and words contribute to your own personality, the actions and posts of your blog will reaffirm your blog’s persona to your readers.

How do I create one?

That’s great and all, but how do I actually do this?

I’m not going to lie to you: it’s not easy and it won’t be finished in 10 minutes. It may even take months to perfect, but it will be worth it.

I knew I wanted Monstah Mash to be unique right from the start. I was fed up with stale and bland news. Not to mention that bloggers who were disassociated and removed from the city I’ve come to love were irritating. So I knew I wanted Monstah Mash to scream “Boston” and have a hefty dose of tongue-in-cheek humor sprinkled into each article I wrote. It was an important first step that shaped the three years that I ran the site. And trust me, the initial leg work paid off. I tried to cultivate a personality surrounding the site that was built around my writing style as well as the types of stories we would cover. As I brought on new writers more voices joined the chorus adding some unique flavor to the site while committing to the same essential goal.

I’d be lying if I said we didn’t evolve. We found more pieces to add to the puzzle, new sections of stories to cover and new voices to bring different styles of humor to our readers. All the while though we stayed the course, improving but not deviating what we built in the past, and wouldn’t you know it worked. Monstah Mash quickly gained thousands of dedicated readers worldwide, which I attribute entirely to the work we put in. So how do you create a blogger persona? Start small, thinking about the top five adjectives you want to come to mind when someone reads your blog. And build upon that. As the months go by try to experiment and see what works, see if you can bring on additional team members and let things evolve in their own time.

Creating a quality persona takes thought, planning, and the ability to adapt. With those three in your tool belt you can do no wrong.

Why bother with a blogger persona?

This seems like a lot of work. That’s because it’s a ton of work. Make no mistake about it, crafting a compelling blogger persona takes time, effort, thought, and planning. But it’s worth it.

A quality personality for your blog separates you from the rest of the pack. It’s not just about what you’re writing, it’s how you write it and how your readers identify with your work. A quality persona attracts like-minded people to follow your blog and inspires loyalty with your base. How do you build a brand that has thousands of dedicated readers? Give them a brand they’ll believe in and trust. Monstah Mash didn’t grow just because we were good writers, it grew because people cared about what we had to say and identified with our message.

If you truly want to see your blog succeed, craft your blogger persona and watch the views and followers roll in.