While most brands are dabbling in Facebook or trying their hand at Instagram, few are combining the power of blogging with Web design and search engine optimization (SEO) to generate leads and cultivate brand loyalty.
Our favorite branded blogs, however, do just that. They provide unique content in a way that makes you forget it’s coming from the company’s marketing department. It’s a retailer that reads like your favorite fashion blogger. Or a B2B company that shares its industry secrets.
And here’s the kicker—these blogs actually make the companies money. According to Hubspot, B2B companies that blog generate 67% more leads per month than those that don’t, while those same blogs give websites 434% more indexed pages and 97% more indexed links with Google.
How are they doing it? Take a look at our favorite branded blogs and see.
We’ve known we liked Airbnb for quite some time (shoutout to Abbie in Austin). But when they launched their new branding back in July it was love. And as for the Web design on their stellar blog, do yourself a favor and take cues from the brand’s minimalist layout, clear-cut categories (News, Design, Events, Hospitality, Local Lens, Wanderlust, Stories) and fantastic photography. It’s been our experience that many blogs let photography take a backseat to words on a page. But if we’ve learned anything from Facebook, it’s that imagery wins every time. In fact, articles with images get 94% more views over those without an image.
Leave it to Ann Taylor to put forward something totally editorial. Scrolling through Look Both Ways is akin to flipping through the pages of your favorite fashion mag. Case in point: Resort Ready: How to Travel Like A Pro. This single article encompasses so many of our favorite blog elements that it’s hard to know where to start. Tasteful Web design, a question and answer format (if you’ve ever sat through one of our blog trainings, you know we’re a sucker for a good Q&A), sweet and simple graphics.
Of course, you’ll also find the trends, DIY outfits and tips.
We’re already fans of Warby Parker’s quirky and unmistakable Instagram feed, so it’s only fitting that the brand’s blog roll and Web design would be just as drool-inducing.
For starters, the blog’s categories (To See, To Read, To Buy, To Meet, To Do) lend it to being more than a brand. For example, “To Read” is an awesome extension of the literal function of glasses, not just their aesthetic. Warby Parker’s team also embraces another of our favorite pieces of content—infographics, like this chart to help you pick a book.
To that end, Warby Parker manages to feature a diverse array of content, but remain relelvant and incredibly on-brand. From the design to topical matter, it all screams Warby Parker…while managing not to scream, “Buy our glasses!”
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