Mobilizing bloggers worldwide


Blog Action Day is an initiative in which bloggers all over the world are asked to blog on a specific day (October 15th) on just one issue/subject: the environment. I enlisted with DR | ADV already and now I’m part of a (growing) network of 9.203 blogs (and counting…). In total these blogs reach the stunning amount of 6,796,283 persons.

I really like this initiative. Because it shows the longtail-effect of blogging in such a clear way. Also because I’m very curious HOW all these bloggers are going to write about the subject. Will they integrate it in their blog’s editorial framework? Or will they – just on this day – ignore their format? I choose the first option. There is plenty of time to thing on a subject. But please be my guest and let me know how you would link the environment with Direct Response Advertising. Watch the video on Blog Action Day here.

Update: Oops… October 15th gone by and I didn’t even notice it. So much for this nice initiative. But I think I’ve got an item up my sleeve. And what the heck: this issue is too important to just stick it to one specific day! Don’t you agree?

The story behind the ‘Poeremetator’

Dutch company Overtoom (sort of Office Depot) is back on radio with spots that still promote their claim on quickness. That’s simple consistent advertising. But now they’ve gone multichannel! In the spot a man can be heard asking for a ‘poeremetator’. This word doesn’t exist. Not even in Dutch… The story behind this is, that Overtoom wanted people (that listened to the spot that was on air in a high frequency) to Google the strange word. What you get is this: 89.100 hits at the moment of writing! Smart!

Dutch donor-hoax proves controversial

donorshow.jpgThe initiative of Dutch broadcaster BNN caused some stir. Not only within The Netherland, but also abroad: here (BBC), here (ABC) and here (France24) amongst others. Just do a Google-search on “Dutch Donor Show” and be astonished by the results (894.000)… In short: BNN said to air a show in which a very ill patient (kidney failure) would compete for a donor kidney. Afterwards the transplant would be arranged.
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Guerilla marketing gone wrong

No risk, no gain. That’s what guerilla marketing (also) is about. On the website of specialist agency Interference Inc. we cannot (yet?) read about a recent campaign that went wrong: for Cartoon Network’s show ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force‘, the agency created a campaign that included ‘electronic advertisements’ in public places. In Boston one was mistaken for a bomb. Subway stations, part of the Charles River and a highway were closed for hours after dozens of the devices, which resembled Lite-Brite toys powered by batteries, were found in and around Boston.This was January 31st, 2006.

In the meantime, Turner Broadcasting (owner of Cartoon Network) and Interference Inc. offered to pay $2 million in restitution and other costs for the inconvenience and panic the stunt caused. Now, Jim Samples, President of Cartoon Network resigns due to the bad publicity the campaign caused. Guerilla marketing can indeed be of high impact, as Interference Inc. says on it’s website…