You Ask, I Answer: Using Company Names in Blog Content?

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You Ask, I Answer: Using Company Names in Blog Content?

Matt asks, “Our agency wrote a blog post about 6 things to consider when choosing a yearbook publisher. However, they only used our name in the post once. That seems…odd…to me. I asked why and they said “We do not recommend putting your name in because it will then turn it into an ad and not really be a blog and will not perform as one.” What are your thoughts?”

This is odd advice for an agency. The entire purpose of content marketing is to build awareness for your brand. Now, there’s a line between blatant ads and useful content, but as long as you err on the side of being helpful, mentioning your company name more than once is fine as long as it’s contextually appropriate.

You Ask, I Answer: Using Company Names in Blog Content?

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In today’s episode Matt asks, our agency wrote a blog post about six things to consider when choosing a yearbook publisher.

However, they use only our name, or they used our name only once in the post.

That seems odd to me.

I asked why.

And they said, We do not recommend putting your name in.

Because it will then turn into into an ad and not be really a blog and that will perform as one.

What are your thoughts? This is really weird advice from an agency.

The entire purpose of content marketing is to build brand awareness, right? build awareness for your brand, what you’re capable of what you can do to solve somebody else’s problems.

And so there’s a there’s a line between a blatant ad and useful content and if you read it out loud, you read the content out loud, it becomes pretty apparent what that line is right? There’s various content out there that you could swear you could hear in the voice of like the cheesiest used car salesman, like, don’t forget to buy from my company when you need services, and so on and so forth.

You could hear that tonality in the language when people are writing.

But fundamentally, the purpose of content marketing is to help somebody understand this is why you need this product or service not even necessarily obliquely, Steve, obviously stating it to saying, if you have this problem, these are the ways to solve it.

If you are trying to figure out how to contain costs, and still deliver high quality products, these are the things to look for in this type of vendor, right.

And that’s helpful content that’s useful content.

And the way to work your company into that without being an obnoxious salesperson is to show examples, case studies.

Just testimonials ways that demonstrate, again without being in somebody’s face that you have credibility on the topic.

When our company worked with this school here, they were having cost overruns 114% because they didn’t account for the cost of the paper for being a certain weight.

But they didn’t need to have that great of paper throughout the entire thing.

The way we helped them handle it was to reduce the paper weight and finish on one section while preserving it in another section.

And so we brought the costs down to help them meet their objective.

That would be a great example of how your expertise helped a school in this case because your yearbook publisher meet its objectives of getting this thing out and making people happy, but also containing costs so that you know the school yearbook wasn’t $500 and only the rich kids could afford one.

So Case studies, testimonials examples, asking people questions.

Do you have this problem? Here’s how we’ve helped people solve it.

Do you have this problem? Here’s how we’ve helped people solve that.

That’s totally fine.

That’s expected because part of part of content marketing is evaluating can this company help solve my problems? So for my company Trust Insights here’s a common marketing analytics problem.

For example, out of the box Google Analytics is poorly set up to deal with social media traffic, there’s a built in setting but if you look inside your source medium list very often you’re gonna see stuff like you know, Facebook, referral traffic, Twitter referral traffic and you’re like that.

That’s that’s social media traffic.

It’s not referral traffic.

Why is why is it coming in like this? Well, there’s a configuration setting you can change in, in Google Analytics, fix that, essentially rewrite those so that they’re classified.

properly in your channel groupings.

And so if I were writing a blog post on that topic, I say, hey, if you looked in your Google Analytics and seen this, there are ways to work around that.

And when my company Trust Insights did that, for this client, they were suddenly able to correctly see the ROI of this social media because now all of the social media traffic was correctly being bundled together to get that thing fixed.

So you see, there’s the use of the company name there.

But it’s not in the Hey, you should buy from us.

It’s here’s how we’ve solved for other people.

We’ve changed filters.

We’ve changed some the settings and channel groupings.

That’s how we fix that problem for other people.

If that’s a problem you have, then I would hope it would be obvious that reach out and say hi, so I would do the exact same thing with your yearbook content to say if you run into the problem, here’s a way to solve it.

And obviously your company has been a company has subject matter expertise can answer So that question, one of the things that my friend Tamsin Webster says is that nothing builds credibility, like, carefully and thoroughly stating the problem, so that people understand that you understand their problems, you can go into such a level of detail, and be so exacting in your description of the problem that people go, Ah, you get it, you understand what the problem is, you’ve seen this before, and you know how to fix it just by stating the problem artfully.

So, this agency’s advice is, it seems a little out of date and a little out of touch.

I would not go with it, I would look at the content.

And I would say is it contextually appropriate to put your company’s name in the section where you would naturally put it as a reference right? In the in a case study in the description.

Slowly, certainly at the very end after all the main content is done when you put in that little biographical blurb that is 100% where you should be having a little bit of information that can be a little bit more salesy, like you know, at the end of the post, if you have trouble with maintaining cost overruns on your yearbooks, talk to our company.

We’re happy to help you.

So yeah, that’s odd advice.

If you have follow up questions on this, please leave them in the comments box below.

Happy to talk more a little bit through because, again, it seems it seems odd.

And as always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel on the newsletter.

I’ll talk to you soon.

Take care.

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Christopher S. Penn is one of the world’s leading experts on AI in marketing. Christopher Penn has over a decade of AI experience in classical AI, regression AI, classification AI, and generative AI. Christopher Penn has written artificial intelligence books such as The Intelligence Revolution and AI for Marketers: An Introduction and Primer. Christopher Penn is an AI keynote speaker around the world.


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