Blogger BL Ochman on Blogging for Public Relations

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This is an interview with BL Ochman, creator of the What’s Next Blog, about her innovative “Up Your Budget” marketing campaign, corporate blogging as a tool for public relations, and the fate of the traditional press release in the age of the social media.

BL Ochman is a corporate blog strategist, internet and outernet marketing conduit, and sought-after corporate speaker that also heads the creative team of whatsnextonline.com.

Her internet marketing successes include internet strategy consultation for Ford Motors, internet public relations consultation to IBM; concept, copy and marketing strategy for Biomerica, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRA) and internet marketing strategy consultation to Thomas Register.

SHOW NOTES

5:14 – BL Ochman talks about the fate of the traditional press release.

6:32 – Ochman on how to determine if companies should use blogs to advertise.

7:39 – Ochman discusses the advice she gave Budget Rent A Car System, Inc. on blogging including, “Let’s do something fun.”

9:02 – Ochman talks about the objectives of the “Up Your Budget” new media marketing campaign.

10:30 – Ochman discusses the specifics of the campaign and the online community the blog created.

14:18 – Ochman on using blogs for internet advertising.

16:07 – Ochman on conventional marketing.

17:11 – Ochman talks about working with Budget and the costs of the promotion.

18:04 – Ochman’s views on companies engaging in blog marketing.

20:43 – Ochman talks about McDonald’s new blog on social responsibility.

22:33 – Ochman on who should author corporate blogs.

23:28 – Ochman talks about how companies can learn how to blog.

24:16 – Ochman discusses her position on moderating comments on blogs.

24:59 – Ochman on The Washington Post’s decision to remove its blog.

25:23 – Ochman talks about the challenges media companies face when opening up digital conversations on blogs.

26:37 -Ochman explains what trackbacks are and the reasons people trackback.

28:04 – Ochman on what caused her to become a blogger and create the What’s Next Blog: “It was just a natural evolution for me to be blogging.”

Photo by B.L. Ochman

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