Colchester CT Uncovered

Check out Colchester CT Uncovered, it is a great blog about community events and activities in Colchester CT and the surrounding area.

QBQ!

Miller’s book “QBQ! The Question Behind the Question” has earned it’s reputation as a great read for those wanting to sharpen their own personal accountability in the work place and their lives. This book confronts one of the greatest challenges a businesss faces using real-life situations and examples. I found myself picturing some of my own experiences throughout and thinking about how asking the ‘question behind the question ‘could have changed their outcome.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels that their circumstances are holding them back or has a desire to overcome them.

Proactive Customer Support: Channels of Communication

There are several channels of communication used by businesses to share information, promote events, and to stay connected. Three of the most common of these are newsletters, blogs, and emails. We’ll look at the pros and cons of each.

Newsletters are usually designed to contain several short bits of information along with a few longer pieces in a format that is pleasing to the eye. They are usually either printed and distributed by mail or sent electronically via an email subscription (not to be confused with using email as a channel which we’ll get to shortly) and can be effective in reaching those who are willing to take the time to read them or to skim through for points that interest them.

Blogs are much more utilitarian than the newsletter but do not have as much focus on aesthetics. Blogs consolidate all comunications from past and present in a single location but can also be distributed using tools like RSS feeds or announced via email, Twitter, or other social media. The website that hosts the blog can be simple or complex in design but the real draw to use them is the efficient distribution of information as well as the ability to search past articles for topics or keywords. This is also important if you are trying to reach potential customers as having this content on the web will allow others to find you and can be very effective in establishing your presence on the web and stregnthening your brand.   The down side to using blogs is that the consumer of the blog must either visit the site regularly or subscribe to the feed in order for the effort to have a proactive effect. Otherwise the most common use case is that the consumer searches for an answer to a problem that is already occuring.

Email is makes it easy to distribute information as there are few who do not use it to some extent and it requires little time and effort. You can reach your audience (if you have their email address) directly much like the newsletter but, unlike the newsletter, it is difficult to fit large amounts of information in a single email and there aren’t many who like an inbox full of email regardless of how useful the infomation they contain may be.

When I weigh the pros and cons I find that, out of these three, blogs are the most useful and beneficial for myself and my readers.

What do you think?
Which of these would suit your customers/readers best?
What kind of needs are you trying to meet?

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