The Blogosphere is Thriving

blogosphereBlogging is here to stay. It is both a way to express one’s personal interests and also widely used by companies as a way to tell personal and relevant stories related to the company and giving the brand a face. According to Technorati, people spend more and more time and resources on maintaining blogs.

People today speak of the blogosphere as a collective term of bloggers. The blogosphere, even though it is spread across the world, can be considered as social network in itself or a community where people are inspired by each other and share information and views.

The blogosphere in many ways reflect public opinion and influential bloggers are part of forming the public debate. Just as there are trending topics going on on the microblogging platform Twitter that show sentiment and tell a story of what is being talked about, the same can be said about the blogosphere.

Girl power

Even though the majority of bloggers are male, the influence of female bloggers have become an interesting topic lately for brands and the media in general who can benefit from identifying for instance influential mom bloggers. Analysis shows that women are more susceptible to the branding of products and more likely to write about brands on their blogs. Therefore the opinion of mom bloggers is of great value to brands and companies who through the bloggers can get mention of their products and word-of-mouth.

The voice of the people

According to BlogPulse there are around 150 million blogs registered. This makes the blogosphere a powerful entity reflecting many people’s opinion. And bloggers read other blogs as a source of information.

Most bloggers from time to time write about brands and products whose reputation they approve of and can identify with. And for the blogger it is usually a crucial element whether the mention of a product corresponds with the content and values of the blog.

A blogger is in control of his or her own blog, which is what makes blogs an authentic and credible source of information. It is therefore also debated whether or not paying bloggers for a mention of a product would undermine the blogosphere, as the information or a recommendation would seem less credible. Therefore transparency is crucial as it is the case with social media in general. As a reader you need to be able to identify whose voice you are reading.

bloggers5 facts about the blogosphere

– The majority of bloggers blog for fun and mere personal satisfaction without earning an income from it

– Approximately two-thirds of the bloggers are male

– Most bloggers have either a college degree or graduate degree

– Most bloggers use social media like Facebook or Twitter to promote their blog and share content

– One of the largest blogs, The Huffington Post, has just been acquired by AOL for 315 million dollars

(source: Technorati.com)

Key Factors For a Successful Client-Agency Relationship

collaboration-imageBack in February, our CEO Jonas Klit Nielsen, shared his thoughts in a guest post on Findgood’s Blog. The post addressed the key factors in building a successful client-agency relationship.

A new report from the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Marketing) and Hall & Partners, “From Mad Men to Sad Men”, now reveals that the challenge to build and maintain a positive and flourishing collaboration between agency and client is more difficult than ever before.

With that in mind, it seems relevant to re-share Jonas’ thoughts on the subject, and reflect a bit on what we, whether agency or client side, can do to strengthen relationships and focus on creating brilliant work that delivers great results.

 

Transparency

It’s 2015 and the world has become more transparent than ever – this is also a universal truth when it comes to the future of great client-agency relationships.

Without being transparent in how you do business, you won’t be able to be honest about your demands and deliveries, and thus push each other’s boundaries, which is absolutely key to building a strong and productive relationship. When you start building new relations hang on to the thought that both parties want you to be successful. If you’re not, you won’t be able to create dents in the universe together.

 

Trust

We have been working with social media since 2008, which means that for many of our clients we have entered unknown territory together. When exploring new opportunities, with no best practices or well-documented approaches established, clients understandably need to trust you, and it becomes vital for both parties to always stay aligned in regard to expectations.

As an agency you don’t have to push the limits of your clients every day and all the time, but when you ask them to take a leap of faith, do it with eyes wide open and with all the calculated risks on the table. Most clients are prepared to take risks, they just want to know which, and be able to take the possible implications into consideration.

Working with social media involves handing over some control to the users and to us as an agency. Some would say that the loss of control is inevitable, but don’t lose sight of the state the client is in and the objectives you have agreed to – if you acknowledge where the client is coming from and where they are today, they will trust your guidance and let you be part of their future.

 

Increase Collaboration

We believe that great content can come from any of our clients’ stakeholders. That belief presents a challenge for us, as we need to work closely with the entire team of appointed agencies without increasing the complexity for the clients. The clients demand daily collaboration and expect everyday operations to run smoothly.

To meet this challenge we started thinking about our client-agency relationship from a holistic perspective: What if we could be the solution by creating an editorial structure that de-complicates the task of managing social brand channels with multiple client stakeholders?

The greatest thing about this holistic approach and our implemented processes is not only being more successful in meeting the demands of our clients, but in our journey we have become much more efficient from an internal perspective, giving us a competitive advantage. Our learning is that when evaluating all our processes the key is well-documented structures but at the same time keeping it simple.

 

And please… Stick with the right stuff

As social media has moved up the brand strategy funnel over the years, we experience an increasing number of requests to take on tasks outside of our specialty, something that might seem very tempting.

Agencies can pitch to take over more and more duties within different disciplines, but if you’re a niche agency such as ours, you’ll come out better and stronger if you know when to withdraw from tasks too far away from your core competences. From a client perspective you might ask a separate appointed agency to do extra tasks to avoid adding another agency to your list, but then you risk not getting the level of expertise the task actually requires.

As an agency you risk either having a disappointed client, loosing the relationship to the client’s other agencies or ending up with a satisfied client but an unhappy accountant. As Seth Godin says “Quit the wrong stuff. Stick with the right stuff. Have the guts to do one or the other.”

 

Which key factors have you found crucial for building a valuable client-agency relationship?