Monday Morn Musings - Video


The Brothers of Maxwell - a Canadian music duo - take their customer gripe with United Airlines beyond dissatisfaction into vestiges of folk music. At least to me. Video becomes folk commentary.

United Breaks Guitars reminds me of Charlie on the MTA.

Words are powerful. Even more when they're put to music. Even more when video is added. Even more powerful with the the ease of internet pass along. A customer service gripe becomes a "cause." Think about it ..

Diva Marketing Talks About YouTube With Kevin Nalts and Ben Relles


Diva Marketing Talks is a live, internet radio show.  30-minutes. 2-guests. 1-topic about social media marketing. Why? To help you understand how to participate in the "new" conversation without getting blown-up. Miss today's show? You can pick it up as a podcast.

Today's Diva Marketing Talks is a first .. with YouTube/video rock star comedians Kevin Nalts and Ben Relles. They'll give us their take if sites like YouTube can go beyond “cool” to being a credible marketing strategy.  And by the way, how do you get a video viewed by thousands or even millions?

Topic for February 19, 2008: YouTube (and social networking video sites): Play Toy or Credible Marketing Strategy?

Time: 6:30p - 7p Eastern/ 5:30p - 6p Central/ 4:30p -5p Mountain/ 3:30p - 4p Pacific
Call-in Guest Number: 718.508.9924


Nalts Kevin "Nalts"  

Kevin Nalts is a career marketer (formerly with Johnson & Johnson), and now is a Consumer Product Director at a Fortune 100 company. By night he’s “Nalts,” one of YouTube’s most prolific video creators, and a top-10 “most subscribed” YouTube comedian.  He and his online videos have won numerous awards, and have appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, Fox and CBS News.

He has created more than 600 videos that have been viewed on online-video sites more than 25 million times, and include the popular “Farting in Public,” which was featured by YouTube has been viewed more than 4 million times. Note: as of this am  4,496,359 views!

He has developed sponsored videos for such brands as Mentos, Holiday Inn, GPSManiac, Cox Communications, DoMyStuff and Crowne Plaza (see “hire Nalts“). Nalts recently accepted the International Radio and Television Society “Foundation Award” on behalf of YouTube’s Community, and is a YouTube Partner.

Kevin also speaks at industry events to help video creators learn how to monetize their work, and marketers and advertisers effectively leverage online video. In addition to creating videos, he covers the industry in this Will Video For Food blog, as a writer for now-dorman TheDailyReel and assistant editor for Politics & YouTube In Review.

Catch Nalts at Bio CubeBreak YouTube Channel Best of Nalts 

Ben_relles Ben Relles

 Ben Relles is the founder and creative force behind The site launched with the video "I Got a Crush on Obama", a political parody that quickly went viral and has now been seen over 100 million times, including national television coverage in countries such as the United States, Japan, Germany, Russia and Australia.

His  has established himself as a leader in digital entertainment, creating original content that gets blogged about, talked about and viewed around the world.

Relles, an entrepreneur by nature, began his career as the founder and president of MarketVision Inc, which grew under his leadership into a $3 million company. Relles holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business where he graduated with a degree in Marketing Strategy and received the Ben Franklin Award for his contribution to the Philadelphia Community.  Following Wharton, he joined the OmnicomGroup, where brands such as Nissan, Pepsi, Snickers, E*Trade and Siemens benefited from his innovative strategic thinking.

Relles has lectured on college campuses and been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and ABC for his perspective on what's next in digital entertainment and new media. Always a fan of comedy, he wrote a weekly humor column at the University of Wisconsin and can be found on rare occasion performing his 10-minute stand-up set throughout New York.

Catch Ben at

Tips From The Diva Bag

Complements of Kevin Nalts

  • 1) At a minimum, listen to what videos are saying about your brand. If Buzzmetrics or Symphony are too expensive, set up a Google alert and subscribe to YouTube videos that use your brand in the tag or description (both are free).
  • 2) Engage. Create recreational videos about a topic of interest, and explore the online-video community beyond one-hit wonders and superficial surfing of YouTube. There's a community there, and even the brands actively promoting through YouTube often miss subtle but vital nuances because they're not a part of it.
  • 3) Post any video content and tag it well. This cost virtually nothing and will at a minimum help your brand with search engines. Google treats video very well.
  • .. and one more .. Kevin's Free eBook - How to Become Popular on YouTube (Without Any Talent)

Can't call in but have a question for Nalts and Ben ? Drop a comment and I'll ask it for you. Let me know what you'd like Diva Talks to chat about. Don't forget Diva Marketing Talks morphs into a podcast.

A La Oprah .. make sure you listen to the "After Show". . !
Update: Steve Garfield joined us for the After Show conversation. Not to miss!
Millie Garfield,Steve's 80 something mom -  YouTube Videos  MyMomsBlog

OoVoo, Bloggers And The Frozen Pea Fund


One day I'm going to write a book. It will be about playing nicely in the social media world. It will be about how companies people within companies are reaching out in casual conversations that become meaningful. It will be how business sometimes blurs the lines of personal relationships and ROI. It will be about how playing nicely can create win-win-win situations.

There is a company with a funny name, ooVoo, that has found a way to do just that. They have asked bloggers to volunteer their time to demonstrate their new service. In lieu of compensation ooVoo is  the making a donation to the Frozen_pea_fund Frozen Pea Fund which supports the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.

What makes this an extra special gesture is the Frozen Pea Fund was established for diva blogger Susan Reynolds who is fighting breast cancer. Please read her story on Boobs On Ice. The win is the bloggers get some visibility. The win is the Frozen Pea Fund is increased. The win is ooVoo gets lots of positive word of mouth buzz and great Search benefits. I think Katya, Nedra and Beth would approve.

ooVoo is a pretty neat concept. It's video chat that can accomodate up to 6 people at the same time who participate in the conversation. I don't know about you girlfriend, but I'm thinking video chat is a great excuse for a shopping trip for a cute new outfit with a visit to your hair stylist thrown in .. of course. Perhaps our friends at Lancome might want to partner with ooVoo (wink).

Oovoo My ooVoo Day  Schedule of Speakers and Times. Runs from Feb. 10 - 21, 2008.
: Thanks Scott Monty for the list. I think Diva Marketing is the only blog where you'll find the schedule of speakers with times.

Allan Cox, Your Inner CEO
Time: PST
Feb. 11 9-9:30 am
Feb. 12 9-9:30 am
Feb. 13 9-9:30 am
Feb. 14 9-9:30 am

Bob Garfield, AdAge       
Time: EST
Feb. 11 11-1 pm

C.C. Chapman   
Managing the Gray   
Time: EST
Feb. 11, 12-2 p.m.   

Chris Brogan, How Social Media Builds Relationships   
Time: EST
Feb. 14, 1-2:15 pm

Chris Thilk, Movie Marketing Madness
Time: CST   
Feb. 11 11-11:30 am
Feb. 13 11-11:30 am
Feb. 19 11-11:30 am
Feb. 21 11-11:30 am

Connie Reece & Susan Reynolds, Every Dot Connects / Boobs on Ice   
From Connections to Community: How Online Relationships Enrich Our Lives   
Time: EST
Feb. 10 - 2-3:00 pm
Feb. 10 - 5-6:00 pm"   

Dave Delaney    Two Boobs and a Baby +   
New Media Marketing
Time: CST   
Feb. 13, 9 - 10:30 pm   

David Meerman Scott   
The New Rules of Marketing & PR   
Time: EST
Feb. 11, 2:00 - 4 pm

Erin Kotecki Vest   
Queen of Spain
Time: PST       
Feb. 15, 9:30-11:30 am

Geoff Livingston   
Now Is Gone    Now Is Gone   
Time: EST
Feb. 16 1-5:00 pm

George Parker    AdScam   
The State of the Ad Industry: George Sounds Off
Time: MST
Feb. 10, 8-9:00 am
Feb. 12, 8-9:00 am
Feb. 14, 9-10 am

iJustine, Tasty Blog Snack   
The Internet
Time: PST
Feb. 10, 5-6:00 pm
Feb. 17, 5-6:00 pm

Irina Slutsky,   
Time: PST   
Feb. 20, 11-1 pm

Jack Myers & Friends    Media Village       
Time: EST
Feb. 13, 2:30-4:30 pm   

John Wall, Marketing Over Coffee   
Using the web and common sense to grow your business - And answering all questions Marketing
Time: EST
Feb. 10 7-7:20, 9-9:20
Feb. 11 12-12:20, 7-7:20
Feb. 18 12-12:20, 7-7:20, 10-10:20

Joseph Jaffe, JaffeJuice
Life After the 30-Second Spot or Join the Conversation   
Time: EST
Feb. 10 8:00 - 9 pm
Feb. 11 12:00 - 1 pm
Feb. 11 8:00 -9 pm
Feb. 13 12:00 - 1 pm   

Karen Putz, A Deaf Mom Shares Her World       
Time: CST
Feb. 21, 12-2 pm   

Laura "Pistachio" Fitton, Presentations clinic
Time: EST
Feb. 12 4-4:30 pm
Feb. 14 4-4:30 pm
Feb. 19 4-4:30 pm
Feb. 21 4-4:30 pm   

Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb   
Let's test out ooVoo & meet each other   
Time: PST
Feb. 10, 12:01 am - 1 am (to be clear it's midnight Sat/Sun)

Mitch Joel,
Six Pixels of Separation   
Social Media, Web 2.0 and this crazy new world of Marketing and Communications   
Time: EST
Feb. 12, 8-9:00 pm
Feb. 13, 8-9:00 pm

Scott Sigler, Podcasting Fiction   
Time: PST
Feb. 18, 6-8 pm

Steve Hall, AdRants
Time: EST
Feb. 12 2:30-3 pm
Feb. 13 2:30-3 pm
Feb. 14 2:30-3 pm

Susan Reynolds, Boobs on Ice
Birthday_2 Wish Susan Reynolds a Happy 60th Birthday   
Time: EST
Feb. 10 - 8-9:00 pm

   Happiest of birthdays Susan!

What Does Social Media Mean To You? With Dave Williams


What Does Social Media Mean To You? is a continuing video series of Little Sound Bites of thought, insight and fun. Perhaps you'll be on the little Flip video next time we meet! Update: Video removed by request of Dave.

Dave Williams, Chief Strategist/Co-founder 360i not only shared his thoughts about social media but provided insights into how Opera , the #1 night club and events venue in Atlanta, is leveraging social networking communities to reach the youth market. Well worth a listen.

Sound Bite - Social Media Is ..

  • It reminds me of the web back in 1997 .. the valuations, the interest in the space, investors that express a lot of interest in the space. It's still the wild west. I don't think anyone really knows what's next.
  • Facebook is the next generation of where the new consumer, the younger generation is. Also I see it as a rapidly developing market for the older generation.
  • (Facebook)Opportunities are very compelling from a marketing perspective: event postings, developing priority applications to distribute content and information.
  • Most of My Space pages are similar to website pages in 1998. Like having a flaming logo on a page.
  • (Our) Interns don't use My Space they only use Facebook.

Opera Promotional Strategies
Results: Over 1200 customers on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Developed proprietary widget that distributes content about new DJs
  • My Space and Facebook pages
  • Text messages
  • Emails - data base of 25k
  • Upload videos and photos to site
  • MySpace and Facebook messaging

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12 Tips To Creating Social Media Communities


Community In another online world, I am the moderator of the American Marketing Association's member only Internet Marketing SIG. Recently a community member asked for ideas on how to launch a social networking community for physicians.

I've been hearing buzz about - let's called them the Gotham Cities of communities .. Girl friend, I don't think I need to name names but drop a few initials MS .. FB .. YT .. some people have been saying there is no need for any more.  However, in this highly fragmented world I still believe if you can create a 'long tail/niched' safe environment where people feel  comfortable, the community is relevant, the members are listened to and brought into the development you have a good chance of giving people value and succeeding.

The AMA person should look at this from two view points: the unique challenges of engaging docs and the basics of building community. Here was my response. How do you think community should be build and is there still room in this virtual world for new niche players?

1. Begin with a very clear goal, that goes beyond the number of eye balls, that integrates metrics. As with any marketing strategy (and I assume that this is part of a larger initiative) social media can and should be held accountable. However, the measurements may be (and often are) different. For example instead of the number of unique visitors you might look at length of visit, number of comments, integration of relationships, etc.

2. As in any product/service you can't be all things to all people so who within the doc community are you targeting e.g., new docs, specialists, docs who have an interest in changing the healthcare system, docs who are politically active, etc? Do your conversation categories match their needs and expectations?

3. Once you have the strategic direction developed look at the "pay back"  to the community. Especially with docs where time is a very precious commodity what do they get for participating in your community? Again, taking the mystic out of the equation and approaching it from a product/service marketing point of view  .. what are the benefits? Another example is Sermo, a closed community for *only*  licensed physicians. The benefit is the members are in a 'safe world' .. well quasi safe since Sermo has allowed paid sponsors to listen in to the conversations .. and can share their opinions, exchange ideas without  patients or the larger world listening in.

Sidebar: An (email) interview with the founder of Sermo, Dr. Daniel Palestrant is in the works. One of the questions I asked  Dr. Palestrant - Let’s start with the end game and then fill in some of the details. It appears as though the long-range vision for Sermo is not simply to create a virtual chat room for U.S. docs, but through that community to become the voice of U.S. physicians that in turn, impacts the healthcare system. I had the sense the community wanted to go further too. Please tell Diva readers some of the blueprint that will turn that dream into a reality. Should be an interesting discussion.

4. Perhaps this should be #1 .. always remember that your world is part of consumer generated media and people will talk about what they like and what they don't like in other communities and on blogs and within your own community. Those conversations may not stay in the virtual world but may get picked up by main stream media and you may find yourself on the front page of the WSJ or NYT. So understanding the culture is critical. 

  • Honesty, transparency and authenticity are not nice to haves but *must haves* if you enter this space.

5. Develop guidelines  that give the community room to breath but at the same time define expectations. The right guidelines will also help build trust .. in the community and among its members. If people feel "safe" and appreciated they are more likely to engage. (see #7)

6. Identify authentic champions who can help nurture the community and want to take an active role in its creation.

7. (You) take an active role also in nurturing your community members. Ask for their opinions,  listen to the conversations and if appropriate participate.

8. In building a physician community personal invitations are a must for the initial launch. Word of mouth will build if the community is found to be of value. Consider identifying people who are active within social media worlds e.g., blogs, Facebook, etc.

9. Explore creating a Facebook group. While this may seem counter intuitive it may provide additional awareness.

10. Consider an email strategy that promotes some of the more popular/interesting conversations.

11. What can you do to give back to the larger community? For example is there a way to support a not for profit? Working towards a common cause or goal may encourage strangers to become friends.

  • 12. This deserves repeating .. listen and learn from your community. Make it easy for them to talk to you. Talk to them off community.
        Read more about developing social media communities in Diva Marketing Interviews
        Nancy White
        Elisa Camahort - BlogHer
        Simon Schnieders of BabyChums
        Rebecca Weeks of DivineCaroline

        Thanks to Create The World You Dream for the graphic

Friday Fun: YouTube A Fun New Marketing Channel


Friday Fun is Diva Marketing's virtual happy hour from cosmos to Jack to lemonade. A waiting for the weekend 'playground' time to be sophisticated-silly. Or sometimes just plain silly.

When you hear the words YouTube what comes to mind? A directory of fun, silly, inane, insane, controversial, political videos? Put on your marketing hat and YouTube morphs into an interesting distribution channel to extend awareness of your brand.  From a marketing perspective YouTube is quite cool and offers multiple Free benefits:

  • Serves your video
  • Extends reach through easy to use links and codes that even technology challenged me can insert
  • Provides statistics on page views
  • Provides statistics and links on websites that link to your video
  • Comments turn YouTube into social networking
  • Voting and favorites provide the "power of crowd" recommendations
  • Creating a channel allows you to provide information about your organization or the brand. It also creates a Go To Space where you can store all of your videos.

Max_and_tagAs an experiment in March (Everyone Needs A Best Friend post) I uploaded a cute, (Girlfriend it is too cute!)video of Max. With a few emails to some friends this wee video today has 5 links, 4746 views, 7 comments to a question I asked, 6 favorites and 15 stars averaging a 4-star rating. I'm not sure what it means expect that people are somehow finding it and taking the time to watch.

My friends at Spunlogic, Spunlogic_logoan Atlanta interactive agency, took their YouTube experience several steps further than the Maxie's best friend video. They invited YouTube celeb Kevin Nalty, or Nalts as he is know to his hundreds of thousands of fans, into their offices to film a spoof with some of their staff. 

What did the staff think when they found out they were part of a practical joke and how did Spunlogic pull it off? What were the end results .. from a marketing perspective?  Inquiring minds wanted to know. Stephanie Critchfield, Director of Marketing, kindly agreed to tell me the back-story of .. drum beat please .. Spunlogic's Drunk Interviews. First a few stats as of 10-19-07.

Views: 25,956
Ratings: 449 averaging 4 star rating
Favorite: 47 times
Text Comments: 236
Video Responses: 7
Links: 5

Sidebar: The video is included on Nalts channel which gives it a big lift in the view department. Although  "about this video" links to Spunlogic, if YouTube allows for duplicate downloads of the same video Spunlogic should consider adding the video to their own channel.

Toby/Diva Marketing: Was the goal to film the interviews and make into a video for YouTube? Did you have any marketing objectives in filming and putting up on YouTube?

Stephanie Critchfield: We invited Nalts – an honest to goodness YouTube celebrity - to come and speak at a “lunch and learn” to a group of clients and prospects on the topic of viral video. Seeing so much success from everyday people on YouTube, it’s a medium that many brands are becoming interested in.

As a consumer marketing manager for a Fortune 100 company by day, Nalts was able to offer this group a very interesting perspective. We knew during his visit that we wanted to record a video, but we weren’t sure exactly what we were going to do.  The only thing we knew with certainty was that Nalts would be editing the piece and placing it on YouTube and other online video sites.

After the lunch and learn, a group of Spunlogic employees sat with Nalts and toyed with some ideas. Nalts favors unscripted videos, not only because they are quick, but also because the reactions are more authentic. 

Toby/Diva Marketing: Who are the Spunlogic employees in the video and their titles? 

Stephanie Critchfield: The Spunlogic employees in the video are: 

Melissa Read, Ph.D. / Director of Behavioral Research, Tomer Tishgarten / Director of Development, Scott Councill / Developer, Eric Hammond / Senior Project Manager

Toby/Diva Marketing: How did you set it up? Who did your staff think Nalts was and why was he at Spunlogic?

Stephanie Critchfield: The idea to prank our employees was very spur-of-the-moment, coming to fruition in a matter of only 2 hours. Since all of Spunlogic’s meeting rooms were booked, we set up in the only available, private space, a vacant office where Nalts carefully hid the camera on the desk underneath a stack of papers.

The plan was for Jeff to ask each Spunlogic employee to come in a meet with a prospective candidate or a prospective client, depending on the “victim.” Jeff Hilimire, the agency’s president, would tell each person that Nalts was a friend of his named Jack, who had a few too many drinks while attending the lunch and learn. No employee was aware it was a prank, they truly believed they were either interviewing a candidate, or meeting briefly with a prospective client. 

Also present as a participant in each meeting was Ryan Tuttle, Spunlogic’s VP of Operations – who was in on the joke. Each person spent 5 minutes or less with Nalts /Jack, and after each person came out Jeff would set up the next person.

Toby/Diva Marketing: What was the reaction of the staff pre "know it was it hoax?"

Stephanie Critchfield: Each Spunlogic employee believed they were in a legitimate meeting. As you might expect, reactions were interesting to a drunk interviewee who falls out of his chair, snort-laughs uncontrollably, falls asleep, and nips from a bottle of booze. 

Our Director of Behavioral Research, Dr. Melissa Read was able to impeccably maintain her composure. She knew he was “Nalts” and that he had just presented, so Jeff set him up to speak with her as a potential client from the “consumer marketing” piece of his life. Because Nalts didn’t act “drunk” with her, she later told me that she wasn’t certain if he was narcoleptic, but that the way he fell asleep after just being on a “high” from his presentation was consistent with narcolepsy. So, when he woke back up, she wanted to be careful not to call attention to it and embarrass him.

The woman is a consistent display of professionalism and tact. In fact, every Spunlogic employee was a model of composure during such an unusual event. I still wonder what many of them were thinking. One of my personal favorites was Scott’s reaction when Nalts fell asleep, he just stopped talking, crossed his arms and looked at Ryan with a mix of surprise and exasperation. 

Toby/Diva Marketing: How did you break it to the staff that it was a prank?

Stephanie Critchfield: Nalts told each Spunlogic employee after their “meeting.” You can see the outtakes where he actually begs Dr. Read to let him use the video. He told me later that with some of them they were so surprised he wasn’t sure they knew what he was telling them. He even said the next time he pulls a prank that he might have to say “You’re on Candid Camera!” since that’s the universal language for “you’ve just been tricked.”

Toby/Diva Marketing: Sounds like it could be a new series - "Your On YouTube Now!"  What was the reaction after employees knew it was a joke?

Stephanie Critchfield: In the days after the prank, when they were able to see the edited video (we allowed them to see it and give us the final ok before it went live), the reaction was very positive. They all thought it was funny, many of them asked to get the link to they could send it to their friends and family.

We don’t take ourselves to seriously around here, so each person was a very good sport. While undoubtedly out of character to be pranked in a meeting, it’s not unusual for us to play around in the office. For, example, we’ve also held a staged arm wrestling competition, which can also be seen on YouTube.   

Toby/Diva Marketing: Spunlogic is def a fun place to work! What has been the reaction of putting the video on YouTube?

Stephanie Critchfield: Nalts placed the video on YouTube, Revver, MySpace and other sites. The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive. We even emailed our attendees form the lunch and learn to let them know about the prank and included a link to the video in our quarterly newsletter.

There have been well over 21,000 visits, 230+ comments, and over 425 ratings. The average rating for this video is a 4 out of 5. Some of the comments include “lol! 5 stars!!!”, “thank you for the laugh Nalts!”, “LOL i wonder what the employees said to thier boss after THAt interview! LOL”, “snort snort. funny when you hit your head.”

Be sure to read about what Kevin had to say from his visit with our agency. And the outtakes are great fun too!

Diva Marketing Talks About Vlogs With Roxanne Darling and Rick Short


4th_of_july_2 Diva Marketing Talks and Diva Marketing (blog) is dedicated to the people who were touched by 9-11. That means all of us but especially to those who were so brave and giving.

Today's  Diva Marketing Talks about vlogs from the point of view of the producer and the marketer. Roxanne Darling, Walks on the Beach with Rox and Barefoot Studios, and Rick Short, Rick Short's B2B Marcom Blog and Indium Corporation, discuss how video goes beyond a text blog or an audio podcast to create an emotional bond with your community.

Diva Marketing Talks is a live, internet radio show.  30-minutes. 2-guests. 1-topic related to social media marketing. Why? To help organizations understand social media marketing and how to join the conversation without getting blown-up.  Miss tonight's show? You can pick it up as a podcast.

Topic for September 11, 2007: The Emotional Power of Vlogs

Guests:  Roxanne Darling Walks of the Beach with Rox and Barefoot Studios, and Rick Short, Rick Short's B2B Marcom Blog and Indium Corporation 

Time: 6:30p - 7p Eastern/ 5:30p - 6p Central/ 4:30p -5p Mountain/ 3:30p - 4p Pacific
Call-in Guest Number: 718.508.9924

Diva Marketing Talks explores how video blogs or vlogs can complement a social media marketing strategy. We'll talk to Rick about his experience launching his industry's first video ad. Rox will give us a few technical and strategic tips. And much, much more.

  Roxanne Darling

Roxanne_darling_4 From the beaches of beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii, Roxanne Darling's company "Bare Feet Studios" was born of a barefoot culture and people confuse the two frequently.  Rox wears many hats; in addition to her role as CEO Rox is also a new media video producer, a keynote speaker, coach and web strategist

Roxanne has over 15 years experience as an expert presenter throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, consistently garnering 5 star ratings based on her ability to both inspire and educate her audiences. She's given hundreds of sessions, including keynotes, and is equally effective with small intimate groups as well as audiences of over 1500 people. She began speaking about podcasting in March 2005; her most recent gig is at the BlogHer Business Conference in New York, March 2007.

She is also the voice and co-producer of Beach Walks with Rox, a daily video podcast aka internet tv show that won three Vloggie Awards from both Judge's Favorites and Audience Favorites. Her show is consistently rated in the top podcasts on, Podcast Alley, iTunes and many other podcast reviews. Her philosophy is to cultivate the unique mix of technical quality, authentic messaging, and audience interaction for each project.

She loves new technology, is comfortable working in disruptive marketplaces, and is a passionate translator of complex new concepts into easy-to-understand and implement strategies. Her many years as a coach for Johnson & Johnson and as an international trainer enable her to connect with diverse audiences.

Rick ShortRick_short

In his role of Director of Marketing Communication for Indium Corporation, Rick Short, is responsible for creating Marcom plans and activities that involve in multiple languages, on several continents. Rick and his team execute over 50 trade exhibitions (award-winning exhibit designs),hosts 375,000 blog visits,  hosts 1.4 million website visits, creates and publishes over 125 pieces of collateral and developing, creates and places over 150 print and electronic ads (award-winning) and conceives and promotes video ads, interviews, and demonstrations (award-winning).

He is an acknowledged leader in social media and his media credits include interviews in US NEWS & WORLD REPORT and UK’s The Guardian. Rick has been highlighted in The Corporate Blogging Book, What No One Ever Tells You About Blogging and Podcasting, Real Life Advice From 101 People Who Successfully Leverage The Power of the Blogosphere, and Blog Rules.

He serves as an Advisory Council member for American Business Media.Rick has spoken for the American Marketing Association, Frost & Sullivan, and at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets, as well as at private corporate engagements. His work is monitored by some of the world’s leading advertising and public relations agencies for its activities and results.

Rick earned the Business Marketing Association’s prestigious Pro-Comm Award for his industry’s first online video advertisements.

Tips From The Diva Bag

Complements of Roxanne Darling

  • Sound matters most in video.

It may seem counterintuitive, but people will actually put up with a shaky camera and poor lighting and rough editing because the brain can fill in those details. Bad sound is just nails on a chalkboard and people will not be able to endure it.

  • It takes two (or more).

Video is difficult to set up, shoot, and encode all by yourself and end up with better than amateur presentation. Your chances of success and sustainability increase dramatically when you have at least one person in front and one behind the camera who can share the editing and marketing.

  • Space and time both matter.

Video files are huge compared to text files, so research a hosting solution right up front. Your normal web hosting plan most likely will not accommodate video blogging, at least not for long.  Look into space and bandwidth limits. If you are prolific, you will push the space limit. If you are successful, you will push the bandwidth limit.


Complements of Rick Short

  • BEGIN AT THE END: In other words, initiate any and all projects with a written goal. With out a written goal, any attempt will likely be ill-fated. This is true for the overall program as well as for each video.
  • STAY WITHIN YOURSELF: A) Keep the program pure to your corporate personality and capabilities. Otherwise, you'll likely confuse the audience.  B) Keep the activities simple (for you and your company) and easy to do. Otherwise, you'll likely quit.
  • MAINTAIN RELEVANCE: Anyone can create a stir; that's just a cheap parlor trick. By keeping the message and activity relevant to your product/service/image, the message will have a true and meaningful ring to it. This is true for the effect you have on your customers as well as on your employees.

Can't call in but have a question for Rox or Rick ? Drop a comment and I'll ask it for you. Let me know what you'd like Diva Talks to chat about.

Consumer Generated Media .. It's The Real Thing


In  the summer of 2006, Coke_world Coca Cola learned a lesson that reflects it's 1970 tagline "It's The Real Thing" when EppyBird dumped a bunch of Mentos in some diet coke bottles and created a viral video that rocked the fizz off of the World's Most Valuable Brand.
Sidebar: Being Reasonable has an interesting post about the history of Coke taglines.

Coke executives saw first hand how consumers can take over the perception of a carefully crafted brand message. The Real Thing was what the consumers made it .. not the message controlled by the brand. Even a brand as powerful as Atlanta-based Coca Cola.  Read more: Media Post article (free registration required)

The story's gone round and round from blog-to-blog for months. What is new is the lessons learned that Tom Daly, Coca Cola Global Interactive Marketing, shared at the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association, AiMA, meeting last week. Congrats! to Wade Forst, Spunlogic, who chaired the event.

Tom's presentation focused on Coke's entree into consumer generated branding. His talk was especially interesting to me since we had volleyed emails last summer about the Diet Coke/Mentos buzz on the blogopshere. I encouraged him to join the conversation but seems Coke wasn't ready go that route.

Sidebar: An organization's culture is a major determining factor of when (let's not say "if") employees can actively participate. In the meantime, monitoring the discussion is the first step and Coke is doing that. But that's a post for another day.*

Tom described two video strategies. The first was "Poetry in Motion Challenge" hosted and judged by the EppyBird Guys.Coke_holiday_vcard

The second was a winter holiday v-card (video) strategy -  Holiday Wishcast - developed in conjunction with YouTube. Coke provided people with the opportunity to create viral v-cards on YouTube. Video insert options included creating your own, downloading a YouTube video or a classic Coke commercial.  Max loved this CGM video where the pooch sings carols .. he joined right in .. virtual worlds and offline worlds intersecting!

People could then choose to send their cards to friends and relatives or share them with the world at  Coca Cola's Wishcast site. As with text e-cards the v-cards could be customized with a personal  greeting.

Marketing included traditional, interactive and blogger relations: press campaigns by YouTube and Coca-Cola, targeted search and online marketing, animated Web ads, communication to influential bloggers and podcasters. In addition Coke's presence on the v-card provided a viral reinforcement of offering.

7 Lessons Learned
Branding 2.0: The New Online Community

1. This is Complex - It’s complex and it carries risk

  • The campaign was designed quickly, with holiday-driven dates as immovable.
  • Many corporate and business functions were impacted, and mitigation strategies to distribute workload and traffic with partners made design and execution even more complex.

2. Fish Where the Fish Are - Stop trying to get them into your pool first. The prize isn’t the Prize. The Experience is the Prize

  • The campaign offered intuitive user experiences. 
  • Coke saw immensely more engagement and response to calls to action in this one promotion than in all other efforts to date combined. 

3. Users Love to Watch Our Ads - More than they hate advertising.

  • No contest was run – no finalists, no judges, no prizes. 
  • Everybody “won” and the reward was near-immediate.

4. Play to the Team’s Sweet Spots - More team is easier than wrong team.

  • Partners were asked to complete tasks that were within a narrowed scope.

5. Leverage Search - Especially for things you just invented.

  • Targeted and refined paid search drove a great deal of traffic from outside of YouTube – billions of impressions were achieved for very reasonable cost through strategic buys and continuous refinement. 
  • Since Coke invented and trademarked the term Wishcast, and launched the first V-card offering – neither of these were going to move the needle in any type of Search algorithm. Ancillary terms e.g.,  e-card, greetings, video were bought.

6. Understand Consumers’ Multiple Motives for Engaging  - Get ok with them.

  • Create offerings which leave room for all user types to enjoy engaging and tolerate coexistence

7. Let Consumers Defend You - They are more passionate and authentic anyway.

  • In multiple viral video initiatives similar patterns were observed: early comments skewed towards brand critics testing the tolerance of the brand.
  • When the brand established that it would not intervene to remove the criticism, consumer advocates arise in response and overwhelm critics in dialog.

Diva Comment: Coke learned that social media / the blogosphere self corrects.

Yes, I realize there was no RSS feed. Yes, I realize that Coke did not actively participate in the conversation (see above*).  Yes, I realize that for some the strategies Coca Cola implemented may seem like teeny steps, but for an organization that is known for doing things by the corporate book it is a giant leap and an entree into what may lead to other "social" aspects of social media marketing.

Yes, divas and divos, there is a difference between consumer generated content and social media. The difference between social media and consumer generated content is the integration of the people within the organization to exchange ideas with customers and other stakeholders.

Thanks to David Vanderpoel, North Highland. On Web Marketing, for provide the sides which included that above text.  North Highland is the management consulting firm that assisted in the development and execution of the strategies.

Friday Fun: Everyone Needs A Best Friend


Friday Fun is Diva Marketing's virtual happy hour from cosmos to Jack to lemonade. A waiting for the weekend 'playground' time to be sophisticated-silly. Or sometimes just plain silly.

Best_friends_max_the_dog_and_tab_the_cat_3Friday Fun wraps up a week that began with a post, Social Media Networking, about how to make friends online and ends with the importance of Best Friends complements of Max, my Westie pup and his best friend Tab the Cat.

Max and Tab romp and run and wrestle as seven year old Lindsay (Tag's person) tells their story. It's a feel good watch that I hope you enjoy and brings a smile to the start of a wonderful weekend.

This one is special for Max's fans .. especially Wayne Hurlbert and his sweet mom in Canada, Alf Nucifora who insisted Max would be perfect for me, and Donna Lyons-Miller (GourmetStation) her husband Jeff and the Royals who take such good care of him when I'm On The Road.

Now the marketer comes out .. let's spin this with a little experiment. I don't know about you but I am really curious to understand how those little YouTube videos bubble up. Is it the number of views? The voting?  I can't even pull this video up in a category search. I have not a clue how anyone found it.

Best Friends: Max The Dog and Tag The Cat Stats: 2:25p, 3/9/07 - Views: 63 Favorite: 1

Any help you can give to a viral or wom pass along to encourage people to view the video would be appreciated. Periodically I'll post updated stats. Let's make Max a featured YouTube Favorite!



business astrology for fun -
from The Astro Divas Paula Dare & Donna Page

Today Venus trines Saturn which is good for being objective and practical in business matters. This is a good week to take the opportunity to be alone and contemplate your business strategies. What are your goals? What is working and what isn’t working?

Enjoy your week. Take time out of your busy schedule to relax and smell the coffee.

Communications Strategy For A Social Media World


Healthcare_vox Fard Johnmar, Healtcare Vox, pulls no punches in his new Free eBook, Envision Solutions E-book: From Command & Control To Engage & Encourage: A New Healthcare Communications Strategy For A Social Media World. He kicks off his theories with a powerful statement.

The healthcare industry will have no choice but to engage and develop social media if it is interested in helping people find accurate and helpful information online.

Although there has been some dabbling into blogs, podcast and vlogs the healthcare industry, as a whole, as been reluctant to take the big leap into social media. Fard explains that part of the hesitation is a reflection a culture of tightly control of information.

In industries such as pharmaceutical and biotech and hospitals which are all heavily regulated it is understandable that offering an open commincation forum may appear like a walk on the wild side. However, healthcare  providers that have entered into this world understand that providing an open dialogue is critical in educating consumers of healthcare.

From Command & Control To Engage & Encourage examines two models of communication strategy. The traditional Command and Control where information is carefully crafted and messages are spoon fed to the media and other stakeholders in a more or less 'pure' form. Although this model may appear to increase the odds that what is communicated = what people actually hear, in the social media world, it no longer works. Consumers of healthcare are online searching, talking and exchanging opinions about healthcare products and services.

I agree with Fard'd position that it is fool hearty for healthcare organizations to bury their heads in the sands of denial. As in other industries, ranging from technology to packaged goods to services, no company controls their messaging or the brand experience. The internet changed the rules of the game. Dr_kildareWe're not in Dr. Kildare's world of the 1960's! The sooner healthcare providers shake off the grains of sand the sooner they can begin to use social media as a competitive advantage to build stronger relationships with their customers.

Fard offers a solution in a social media communications model he calls Engage & Encourage

Engage & Encourage - A New Media Communication Strategy

Phase I - Engage
Aggressively working with influential developers of social media to encourage them to talk about healthcare issues, products/service

  • Conduct research to identify influential social media
  • Monitor the conversation

Phase II  - Encourage

  • Collaborating with social media to encourage the accurate transmission of healthcare messages
  • Producing social media that will help enrich and expand online healthcare dialog

Stage I - Research Social Media & Develop Messages

Stage II - Engage Traditional and Social Media

  • Advertising on blogs, podcasts,wikis, bulletin boars
  • Public/social media relations - developing messages to journalists and creators of social media and encouraging them to tell your story
  • Posting Multimedia on a Video Sharing Website

Stage III - Social & Traditional Media Deliver Messages

  • Monitor mentions

Stage IV - Encourage Accuracy & Dialog

  • Develop your own social media e.g., blog, podcast, vlog, discussion board to help shape the dialog

Stage V - Measure Audience Response

  • Media coverage, advertising reach, audience response

In addition Fard encourages healthcare organizations to get into the game by producing their own blogs, podcast, videos, wikis an/or message boards.

The eBook is an easy read and offers tips on how to begin the development of a social media communication strategy. Although written for the healthcare industry the concepts are applicable to any industry. The end quote brings it home.

Remember, we may live in a new world, but the old rules still apply. Powerful communications has always been about getting people to pay attention and take action. The engage and encourage strategy is just another means of achieving the same objective.

Sidebar: Fard Johnson's definition of social media - The term social media refers to a group of technologies that enable people to collaborate, interact or meet via the internet.

Sidebar: Cross posted on The Medical Blog Network