Top 20 Company Blogs 2014, Finalists Announced

by Nick Cicero on Sep 17, 2014
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Top 10 Corporate Blog Awards: Nominations | Finalists | Top 10 Winners

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In a recent study conducted by Nora Ganim Barnes, PhD, at The Center for Marketing Research, 157 companies on the Fortune 500 list (31%) have public-facing corporate blogs, a decrease of 3% in the number of blogging companies from 2013. 

What’s the reason? Well put simply, blogging for business is hard. It takes ongoing resources and time that are not needed on most social media platforms.

Brand blogs can produce some big results when you take time to put together the right platform. In fact, B2B companies that blog generate 67% more leads per month than those who don’t (as found by Social Media B2B).

The Social Fresh community nominated nearly 100 company blogs for our Top Corporate Blog awards this year.

In order to make it to this final nomination list for our judges to review, objective metrics were used such as Pagerank, Alexa.com traffic numbers, recency of content, number of nominations, and adherence to nomination requirements.

OUR JUDGES

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We have teamed up with five industry thought leaders on blogging, marketing and business who will evaluate the submissions compiled by our Social Fresh Staff.

OUR FINALISTS

In alphabetical order

  • Blender Bottle – Fitness and nutrition tips for healthy people
  • Buffer Blog – Social media and content marketing tools, tips and tricks from Buffer
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Fast, casual posts from a fast, casual restaurant
  • Fiat – Auto maker posting about the Fiat culture
  • First Round Review – VC Firm posting about community building and entrepreneurship
  • Hubspot – Inbound Marketing blog sharing the best content marketing posts
  • IBM – Various lines of blogging from around the globe
  • Ignite Social Media – social media agency blogging about news, tips and tricks for enterprise social marketers
  • KISSmetrics – Online marketing, analytics and more
  • Likeable Blog – social media agency providing social news, tips and tricks.
  • Modern Marketing Blog – Eloqua/Oracle’s hub for all things cloud marketing
  • Post Planner – social media blog with tips and tricks for getting the most out of social content
  • The Shapeways Blog – 3D Printing News and Innovation
  • Simply Measured – social media analytics and advice for smart marketers
  • Socially Stacked – social media Tips, Facebook news and other free resources from Short Stack Labs
  • Southwest Airlines – travel stories and behind the scenes content from SWA
  • SugarString – Gizmos, Gadgets and Tech Stories sponsored by Verizon
  • The Abandoned Cart – posts about eCommerce optimization from Sales Cycle
  • The Mary Kay Blog – women’s empowerment, beauty/fashion tips and behind the scenes at Mary Kay
  • United Hub – News, updates for frequent flyers and more from United Airlines
  • The Whole Story – Recipes, culture and other inspiring nuggets of content from the folks at Whole Foods

Congratulations to the company blogs that made it to the final round of judging. These blogs will all be reviewed closely by our judges and scored based on:

1. Calls to action 2. Content quality/consistency 3. Community size/engagement.

Who are your favorites? Who do you think should make it to the final Top 10 Company blogs?

Post Author

Nick Cicero is the Editor at Social Fresh and a Digital Marketing Consultant. Formerly of Expion and Livefyre, Nick has experience building social campaigns for Sony PlayStation, Winn-Dixie, Eminem, Teen Vogue and more. He’s a fan of playing...

  • Great to see The Whole Story made the cut! I love what the team at Whole Foods is doing with it.

  • Thanks to everyone that nominated our Post Planner blog! We work super hard to provide easy to follow tips and advise to social media managers and small business owners. Great group of blogs on this list!

  • Wow! Huge honor for us to be on this list. BIG LOVE to everyone who nominated the Post Planner blog!

  • ShortStack

    Awesome! Quite the honor for Socially Stacked to be listed alongside some of our favorite blogging comrades! Congrats to everyone!

  • Kevin Shively

    Excited and honored to see Simply Measured on this list! We’re in great company here.

  • Bridget Quigg

    Honored to see Simply Measured getting the love. So many blogs here with great information and style.

  • Andrea Puhak

    Awesome to see SaleCycle among the ranks of so many great companies! Cheers to everyone!

  • We absolutely love the Buffer blog and are huge fans of it already so good pick on that one! Thanks for the hard work in assembling and reviewing all of these blogs. It is great to find such high quality content and resources in one list.

  • treb072410

    Great list! Congratulations to everyone whos on the list.. Thanks for sharing Nick..

  • Congratulations to everyone your blogs are best blogs in 2014 it’s big achievement