GoE is North Dakota's blend of ethanol blended fuel. Since ethanol is made from corn, a renewable resource, it's said to be more earth friendly and reduces dependence on foreign oil according to proponents. The high-end blend, called E85, is made from 85% ethanol and is believed to be more economical yet only some newer vehicles can use it.
To promote this the fuel, ad agency Sundog sent a group of guys on a roadtrip around the state to meet-and-greet the residents, educate people on the benefits of ethanol and offer to fill up the tanks of individuals who happen to pull up to GoE pump at the gas station. Their trip is chronicled in a blog and photogallery here.
Seth Godin's blog was named the "best individual blog on the general topic of marketing and advertising" by MarketingSherpa in its annual Ten Best Blogs survey. The survey examined 52 nominated blogs across ten categories. Last year, Adrants won but we're all about sharing fame so a hearty congratulations to Seth Godin and thanks to all who would even consider Adrants worthy of mention alongside the great and legendary Seth Godin. We're also pleased to report our friend, MarketingVOX, was named "best group weblog on the general topic of marketing and advertising. MarketingSherpa has published a complete summary of the survey and other category winners here.
The Pennsylvania Tourism Office is hoping the link-friendly nature of weblogs will help get the word out about the area's tourist attractions. The Office gathered together a group of people to take day trips in the area and then asked them to post their experiences to blogs hosted at VisitPA.com. The site, called Real People/Real Roadtrips gathers together various people from different walks of life including a "thrill seeking family," a history buff, two female "culture vultures," a biker, "Hipster Roadtrippers" and an outdoor adventurer. The blogs, which have already been written, will be promoted alongside a larger, traditional campaign consisting of print, regional cable and online. Aptly named Ripple Effects Interactive is behind the campaign.
Blogs aren't just for scaring politicians anymore. Several weblogs are becoming influential in music and entertainment. Savvy entertainment companies have taken advantage of music-focused blogs to promote their music, books and films as part of the ongoing conversation taking place in the "blogosphere."
To date, Eminem, Weezer, The Bravery, Touchstone Films, Random House Publishing, Sony Pictures, Lions' Gate Films and TBS have advertised on blogs to reach influential and networked audiences. Now, a group of leading music bloggers have formed the Music Blog Network to help entertainment marketers quickly target the blogs' influential music fans.
Without any advertising, authors Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg have landed their book, Call To Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results," on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon and saw sales of 17,000 copies within three weeks of the book's May 9 publish date.
To promote their book, the two brothers went the word of mouth route and sent review copies to weblog and newsletter publishers who gave positive reviews.
Adrants reader JoAnna, who publishes ChefBlog received, on a recent blog post, what she believed to be comment spam from a faux blog set up for Panera bread company. Read the comment on JoAnna's post here. Then, visit the Panera blog, where JoAnna has left a comment of her own on the blog's only post calling the bluff, and decide for yourself. Loyal Panera fan or lame, uninformed blog marketing effort? We're leaning toward the latter. It just wreaks.
Following the recent whirlwind of blog hype including Nick Denton's love affair with the New York Times, his pie to the face at the Radar Magazine party, the launch of Blogebrity, Jason Calacanis' three million micro-blogs, a sudden explosion of branded character blogs and "all marketers should blog" blog conferences, it's now official. Rick Bruner and I, today, declare blogging to have gone the way of the trucker hat. In celebration of this sacred event, May 20, 2005, you can pick up your memorial, Nick Denton Trucker Hat over at Cafe Press.
We are like so too tired to even begin talking about this...
Of course we can't complain about being branded an A-Lister.
Bloglines CEO Mark Fletcher told Business Week's Stephen Baker Bloglines will, this Summer, release a blog search engine that is said to surpass the the qualities of Technorati, Feedster and PubSub. Fletcher says the search engine will help bloggers find, organize and make relevant the vast quantities of content bloggers consume on a daily basis.
Speaking at the two day "Syndicate: Content Syndication Trends" conference Tuesday at the New York Marriott Marquis, New York Times SVP of Digital Operations Martin Nisenholtz defended the company's decision to partially charge for access to the paper's online content. Of interest to Bloggers, an important distribution network the any company's online content, Nisenholtz said the Times was considering a revenue share arrangement that would allow bloggers access to the content behind the $49, 95 annual barrier.
Reacting to the many negative comments from audience members during the Q & A, Nisenholtz responded, "People think nothing of ordering a $25 martini at the hotel bar but pay fifty bucks for archived material at the Times? Oh my God!" He also told the audience he does not think all content should be free even though it might take the paper's columnists out of the many "conversations" that occur once bloggers start linking to content.