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Jun 30, 2005


Tom Asacker

Bloggers Take Cash For Coverage (from CMO)

The blink of an eye. That’s how long it took bloggers to sell out to marketers, and in another blink the middlemen arrived to encourage the deals. The Boston Globe reports that online marketing company USWeb pays more than 2,000 bloggers to promote the products and services of its clients, and that even the State of Pennsylvania is in the game, offering free vacations to people who blog on its tourism site. For the merchants, the payoff comes less from that mentions themselves than from the fact that the more bloggers link to their sites, the higher their sites will appear on Google’s search list. Paying $5 to a few thousand bloggers is a small price for companies to move up closer to the first page of results in a Google search.

Elisa Camahort

I don't know what isn't real about seduction. Sounds like you're equating seduction with manipulation...but can't the desire to seduce be sincere?

Evelyn Rodriguez

Tom, I have no problem with bloggers writing about anything they WANT to including products/services they adore, but it's another thing to be paid to do it and never state your sponsorship openly and transparently. Fine, if you are paid to do so, but why hide it?

I am sure the Keen mentions are absolutely genuine. It's the tone of the Business 2.0 article that makes it the blogosphere sound like a great thing to USE for your own purposes and it's a piece of cake ("free buzz advertising!!" to peddle your own "hype".

I first heard about Pennsylvania's state tourism office blogging foray via Rolf Pott's Vagabonding site where he states: "An added perk for these bloggers is that the Pennsylvania state tourism office is footing the travel bill."

I went to the site and I love the "REAL PEOPLE, REAL ROADTRIPS" theme, but it's not obvious anywhere who is footing the bill. Are these 6 folks that were going to PA anyway? The other thing I noticed is the blog entries from the six bloggers from all walks of life seem heavily edited. Typically it is easy to spot different voices purely from their writing (i.e. give me a print-out of only TEXT from any blogger I read and I can probably tell you who wrote it; if nothing else I can distinguish between that two posts are written by two different people). But not so with these. They are eerily similar in style.

Elisa, I was asking an open-ended question. I think the word seduction does have a negative connotation as in I'm looking out for what I can get from you. I am thinking about relationships in general, with business just being one form. This is Wikipedia' definition: "Seduction is the process deliberately enticing another person into an act (see motivation). The word has a negative connotation, either seriously or mildly (and also used jokingly), and may refer to an act that the other may later regret and/or would normally not want to do." Obviously, seduction is often used in sexual context, and Wikipedia continues: "Seduction most commonly refers to the use of sexual desire in order to persuade someone to change their behavior to meet the desires of the seducer.

It is usually implied that the seducer is acting out of a motive other than love for the seducee, and that the object of the seduction would not ordinarily have engaged in such behavior."

Evelyn Rodriguez

Here's the link to the CMO blog entry that Tom references:

And the Boston Globe story it links to:

Here are a few classic quotes from the BG article:

Linnea Sheldon, of Worcester, received nearly $200 in tickets to events in exchange for writing about them on her blog...

Jeff Cutler has never purchased anything from Dot Flowers, but you might think otherwise, reading the Hingham resident's blog...

Yes, corporate America has discovered the blog and found that the grass-roots medium for supposedly unadulterated opinions is also a powerful marketing tool in a country where about 37 million Americans read these online journals...

"People should be trained to take what they read with a grain of salt," said [Jeff] Cutler, 40, who also was paid to promote credit cards and car insurance on his blog, "A person is not spending their time to throw something up on the Internet unless they have an objective or an ulterior motive. For me, it was making a few bucks and disciplining my writing."

Yvonne DiVita

Once again, bloggers out bloggers. Ads are fine -- if they are relevant to the target audience and they SERVE the blog's readers in some way. If... as a blogger, I am PAID to write something, I had better own up to it -- and, in fact, if as a writer, I am PAID to write something, I had better own up to it.

Getting paid isn't bad... leading others to believe you aren't being paid, is bad. There is no seduction in that! That's pure manipulation -- or, as close as you get.

For the most part, bloggers call it like it is, which is why I like blogging. If I can write a good, seductive blog -- one that entices the reader to do something -- good for me. If it sells a product I'm marketing, good for me. If it sells a product you're marketing -- I'd better say so in the post. Seduction is relative, just like everything else.

Good stuff for an afternoon's contemplation.

Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate

Seduction sincere? Sure. Sincerely selfish, manipulative, exploitive.

Most normal women don't want to be seduced. They want to be loved, respected, protected, admired, turned on...but seduced? with date rape drugs and overpowering muscular strength. No.

I don't want a product to seduce me.

I want it to sell me, convince me of its benefits and fair price.

But not hypnotize, tempt, lure, capture, brainwash, control me.

That's called addiction, obessesion, lose of judgment and voluntary responsivity.

Charm, ok.

Delight, yes.

Fascinate, right.

But not seduce.

Buzz can be insincere, buzz agents can be paid lying word of mouthers.

Evelyn Rodriguez

Yvonne and Steven,
Thanks for the feedback. I am leaning to thinking that seduction has way too many negative connotations. It's essentially selfish and not mutual. I think perhaps Wipperfurth was really driving more at fascination (and pleasant surprises are fine) as Steven alludes to.

My favorite part is the hype vs buzz chart is that buzz is a long-term LEARNING model, which tends to be mutual, not simply a quick hit.


I paid for my Keens.

I loved them then. I love them now.

If you take the time to read my post, you'll see that it's actually less about Keens and more about the idea of designing the marketing into your offering.

Definitely not hype.


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