4 reasons your charity should consider group blogging

publication date: Aug 17, 2011
author/source: Jackson Wightman
Over at our client company, FAIT ICI we've been running a group blog for close to a year now. It's a core piece of our content marketing. The experience has made me realize that group blogging holds mega-promise for nonprofits. Some, like USA for UNHCR, have already caught on. Their Blue Key blog is a textbook illustration of how nonprofits should run group blogs.Jackson Wightman photo

Your nonprofit should consider this tactic very seriously. Here are 4 reasons.

A story from multiple perspectives

Charities are in the business of doing good, but that does not mean they're all great at storytelling. There is a tendency to think that everyone's perspective on, and interactions with a cause are the same. This is patently untrue.

In fact, the different angles of a cause hold real possibility if brought to light. A group blog featuring all segments of a community (from your staff, to those you help, to those who donate to your cause, to those whose work is funded by the money you raise) is a great way to tell the world about you and your mission. Most important, it prevents your story from being one-dimensional.

Content marketing . . . outsourced (kinda)

Nonprofits often gripe about how they lack the resources for effective content marketing. A group blog with regular scheduled postings overcomes this problem to some extent. By outsourcing the creation of content to passionate members of your community, you get material for low staff effort. Someone on your team will still need to curate, edit and promote the content, but this need not be an onerous task.

Give a community a platform and it comes together

If you're doing good in the world, people want to interact with you. By creating a group blog you give your community (and those you would like to be in it) a place to interact and come together. This is very powerful as a way to solidify relations, begin more business-centric discussions unobtrusively, and grow your following.

Group blogging is a great media relations tactic

Most notably (and I have seen this writ large) a group blog allows you to invite influencers into your space and give them a platform. It is an excellent way to carry out media relations; someone comes - invited by you - to your owned media property and you begin to build a relationship where you can later go to them and ask for coverage.

This story is reprinted with permission from Jackson Wightman's blog at www.jacksonwightman.com.

Jackson Wightman is a Montreal-based communications consultant. He helps nonprofits craft stories that get noticed, build community and drive business. He has managed communications programs for charities across North America and in Australia, and generated millions of dollars in earned media for clients. Jackson is also contributing editor of Ragan's PR Daily, the largest trade publication in the communications industry.

For more information, 514 227 3505, email him, www.jacksonwightman.com, http://www.linkedin.com/in/jacksonwightman; Twitter @jaxx09.

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