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Blogging has come out of nowhere over the past year as a force of change

in the business world. But most companies have yet to come to terms with

what to do with it. As a result, their reactions to its use are all over

the map.

”Some ignore blogs, some fire employees who have them, a few have PR

folks ghost write posts for management, while others are encouraging

employees to start blogs,” says Guy Creese a content management analyst

with the Burton Group, an analyst firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As a result of its new-found fame, the editors of added a

corporate blogging category to its Product of the Year 2006 awards.

Taking the top spot is iUpload Customer Conversation System by iUpload of

Burlington, Ontario WordPress placed second, with BlogModule in third,

followed by TeamPage 3.6 by Traction Software Inc. of Providence, R.I.,

and Moveable Type 3.2 by Six Apart Ltd. of San Francisco.

The iUpload Customer Conversation System makes it possible to quickly and

inexpensively roll out a blogging program. iUpload styles the combination

of the latest social media and content management tools as a ”market

conversation system” that improves internal and external communications,

drives operational efficiencies and creates new marketing channels.

”Anything can be a blog post and iUpload enlists various capabilities to

turn that post into other types of content,” says Robin Hopper, CEO and

founder of iUpload. ”At the core of the platform is a backend for

liberating the best content from individual blogs and enabling that

content across other web properties, including third-party applications,

such as CRM and ERP systems and enterprise portals.”

iUpload also can impose an editorial layer between contribution and

publishing. This lets companies designate some bloggers as ”trusted”

authors, allowing their posts to be published broadly, while content

contributed by other authors must pass through a review process.

Hopper reports that more than 50 companies are using the product to date,

including McDonald’s and The New York Times Co.

Cannondale Bicycle Corp. of Bethel, Conn., for example, manufactures

high-end bikes. It uses iUpload to engage its audience and drive sales.

”Conversations about our industry, company and products are taking place

24/7, with or without us,” says Janet Maurice, head of Cannondale’s web

operations. ”In taking advantage of this new social media and

facilitating community through iUpload, we are able to creatively build

on our brand’s cult following, while producing new products based upon

our consumers’ input, and promote cycling as a lifestyle of choice.”

Creese says blogs accomplish several purposes. They make the customer

voice more visible, personalize the voice of the company, add more

control during a crisis and create a platform for enthusiasts.

”iUpload can help gather disparate blog posts from multiple employees

and platforms, and can be used as a clearing house to create a corporate

blog that cherry picks the best posts out of all the employee posts,”

says Creese. ”This helps keeps the content amount up, and also gives a

certain amount of control to the guardians of the corporate voice.”

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