How businesses could use the STEEM blockchain to popularize their brands

in #steem3 years ago

In a recent post I promised to talk about how the Steem blockchain could be a great place for business that are looking for a way to advertise their brands. I was actually hesitant a bit about sharing this, but since I believe that the opportunity is there anyway, it would be better for us as a community to spot it now and discuss it, instead of react to it if or when it starts happening. And if it's a worthwhile idea, it can be used to promote investing in Steem.



The post I'm referring to talked about how Facebook is going to work hard on squeezing every last drop of revenue it can from the businesses that are somehow active on their platform in an attempt to convert them all to paying advertisers with the highest possible budgets. It talked about how Facebook is limiting the ability of Facebook pages to reach their audiences and this is surely going to get much worse in 2018 and onwards. This means that many businesses would be looking for new alternatives and I think this blockchain has a lot to offer them.

Marketing departments should be buying Steem and powering up

Yep, you heard me right. I think that having Steem Power could be a significant marketing asset for many businesses because of the way the Steem blockchain is functioning like a free social media platform. Having a powerful vote that could put money in people's pockets is a great way to incentivize desirable behavior and to get a lot of attention.

This advertising model is already being used

Currently, there aren't many businesses per se that are promoting themselves on the Steem blockchain but there are already case studies that can allow us to see this model in action. The example I have in mind is how some of the interfaces competing with are going about trying to bing in users. Many are relying on their Steem Power and upvotes. For instance, DTube is trying to reward high quality videos uploaded to their platform and the eSteem app is distributing some randomized votes to its users. But I think have the best model.

What Busy are doing is voting for posts done through their platform (like this one) with their vote value being determined by the total Steem Power of your followers. If you have more Steem Power following you, you get a higher upvote regardless of the actual number of people. I think this is brilliant way to determine influence on the platform.

The way you distribute your upvote can alway be tweaked, but what's clear is that the fact that the blockchain is open can allow for looking at the metrics you care about. The important thing to see here is that holding Steem Power and using it wisely can help you get a lot of attention and you can see that the interfaces implementing those tactics are steadily (or rapidly) growing in usage.

Businesses could tweak that model

Businesses that are resourceful enough, could easily tweak that working model to fit their needs and start creating all kinds of challenges, competitions or even systems that would automatically reward people tagging their brand.

Now the real rub for businesses in that model is that they would not really have to spend anything on advertising. Investing in Steem Power would allow them to "pay" for attention with their vote which would not cost them anything. Keeping in mind how high yearly advertising budgets could be even for a small startup, buying Steem Power might turn out to be quite efficient. After all it's something that they will be able to use over and over without depleting it as a core asset. It's also going to be an investment that will garner them a curation return and is quite likely to increase in value. So for anybody having the cash to invest, that's essentially free advertising as you can always power down and get your money back likely with a profit on top.

Obviously, not every business under the sun would be a good fit for the Steem blockchain, but I'm certain there are some that could benefit greatly from doing something creative with a substantial amount of Steem Power.

What are the possible Pros?

If we want the value of Steem to keep growing, one of the things we need is individuals or organizations willing to buy it. Trying to let businesses know that they have that option is a way to get investors for our platform. And since this is likely going to be a beneficial endeavor for them, we can expect that a lot of those money are going to stay powered up. That's something that could put significant pressure on the price of Steem to continue climbing. That would be a net gain for all of us.

I believe this is a pro worth considering and if people think it's worth it, I'm sure the #promo-steem community will be able to take that idea and run with it.

But before that...

What are the possible Cons?

This is a very important question and that's why I'm still a bit on the fence about this. One of the selling points of the steem blockchain as a social media platform is the lack of advertising. And businesses handling their effort here badly could lead to a lot of spammy or insincere posts and shilling.

I think if this process is initiated by us as a community, we would be able to set some standards and acceptable culture from the get go and if things start getting out of hand and the threat of flagging and negative press sounds like enough incentive for businesses to comply.

What do you think?

Is this a viable idea in your opinion? Is it going to only add more spam and noise to the platform. Could it have an adverse effect and make some of the early adopters actually abandon the project?


There are many benefits to companies, governments, cities, organisations doing this here and as you said, the danger is the way they interact. They are definitely going to need to change.

It is going to get interesting when countries and political parties join also. 'Real flag' wars. :)

It reminds me that I have some other posts to write about this :D

I would be very much looking forward to reading what you have to say on the matter. Would also appreciate a heads-up when you publish on this subject :)

The Steemit challenges are already being used by some companies as a way of not only advertising but also for idea and content generation. I like that idea very much. Actually, I have started considering it for my 2018 start-up (should it happen this year).

A lot of companies have jumped on the blogging band-wagon in 2016/17 and produced quality content because consumers get savvier. However, video seems to be the next big thing in online advertising. dTube might come in handy.
Then again, a system like Steemit might resuscitate blogging through shared rewards, which stimulate increased engagement.

In my analysis here I excluded companies working directly with the blockchain and cryptocurrencies as I'm sure many are already here as this can be viewed as a related field. But this is true, they are already posting and reaching out on this platform.

What would be the best examples of business who are already on here and doing it in your opinion?

Good luck with your startup idea, I'm sure you'll keep us posted! ;)

As far as blogging goes, there were many companies who started doing that much earlier and are continuing to reap the rewards. Many of those would be particularly adept at making the best of a platform like the steem blockchain. Talking about blogging and startups, I actually used to work for a startup some years back and the company blog was part of my numerous and various responsibilities.

You're right. The companies I was referring to were all blockchain-based. I cannot give you the best example, as I don't spend enough time on Steemit to be able to compare, but one that comes to mind (because I participated in their challenge) is Streamity. I noticed maybe one or two others recently, but can't remember their names. It looks like they all apply the same recipe via @originalworks. I haven't thought in too much detail about it yet, but I believe more specific tasks could produce more value for the challenger.

I think Steemit can be useful for a wide spectrum of companies. Just look at the breadth of topics covered by enterprising solopreneurs on here. Blogging won't go away. I just think that many companies leaped on it in the last few years as a tool for quick attention by providing pseudo-value. Now, there's so much mediocre content out there that people get bored of reading. Hence, video kicks in to entertain the general public and extract some sales.

To get buy-in from bigger companies, it'll require people (like you) who understand regular business requirements as well as blockchain/tokenization to make the transition easy and develop creative strategies. The complexity of Steemit is a tad off-putting for a DIYer, especially for newcomers - all those bots and vote-buying, Steem vs SP vs SBD... In contrast, companies already understand video. Once that's oversaturated, they may be ready to buy into a reward-sharing platforms like this.

Steem has the potential to end centralized social media.

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