Episode 46 - June 26th, 2009
(Episode Length: 18 minutes, 54 seconds)


Interview with Dave Balter , BzzAgent

Word-of-mouth marketing

The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II

  • To launch the book Dave supplied 20 influential bloggers (Seth Godin, Tom Peters, Guy Kawasaki, Chris Brogan) with a free, advance digital copy that they then got to distribute to their readers. Only a few thousand hard copies of the book were printed and priced at $45 on Amazon. (Each premium priced book on Amazon was autographed and came with an original piece of artwork from BzzAgent's artist-in-residence, Seth B. Minkin.
  • Give away 10 copies using hashtg #monkey.
  • Launched a little over a month ago, BzzScapes is a free-to-build network of brand communities dedicated to the collection and discussion of a brand's content.

Doing It Right


How To Fix a Broken Advertising Industry

  • Forbes article by David Balter
  • "The marketing supply chain isn't rusted, it's busted--and we all must do our part to put it back together again."
  • Marketing Takeaway : Don't be afraid to try new things. Try to work our performance based incentives with the agencies you work with.

LinkedIn to Launch Pay for Whitepaper Downloads

  • "There will be a form to collect info. from those that download"
  • "Looks like costs will range from $40 - $100 per lead"
  • "LinkedIn users will not have to pay for whitepapers"
  • "Whitepaper ads will can be targeted by title and industry"
  • Beta Feature!
  • Marketing Takeaway : Another approach to try, but if you have built out a Linked In group you can send them your whitepapers for FREE!

Executives Using the Web

  • The Rise of the Digital C-suite
  • Forbes Insights
  • 28% of c-level execs under 50 "network professionally in an online community" daily (only 6% over 50) 
  • The Internet was by far the most trusted and most used source of information for execs under 50 
  • 53% prefer to find the information online by themselves 
  • 24% of c-suite execs say video is their preferred format for information 
  • 23% of c-level execs under 50 watch work-related videos on YouTube daily 
  • More than half of executives under 40 say they use Twitter daily or several times a week 
  • More than half of executives under 40 say they maintain a work related blog daily or several times a week 
  • 72% of execs under 40 read business and news content through an RSS feed
  • "...prepare for profound organizational evolution as Generation Wang begins to retire, Generation PC takes control, and Generation Netscape starts to move in."
  • CEOs Are Social Media Slackers: Study
  • Marketing Takeaway : Inbound Marketing is appropriate for reaching the most Sr. people at an organization and this will only increase with time.

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Originally published Jun 27, 2009 10:30:00 AM, updated July 04 2013