ZimmComm With Background
August 2008
Greetings New Media Fans
Ag communicators seems to be very interested in learning how to utilize social networking platforms and integrate them into communications strategies.  Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube . . . The list goes on.  If you want to get up to speed then arrange for a ZimmComm consultation or training session.
New Media Tip

Although more and more ag communicators have started their own blog there are a lot of you who haven't taken the plunge yet.  So how do you get started?  If you haven't already done so, then you can just Google search for the answer.  You'll find websites like BecomeABlogger.com that have free video tutorials for example.  You might want to look at sites like ProBlogger.com, DailyBlogTips.com or CopyBlogger.com.  You can also hire experts like us but even then you'll still need to develop your own blog writing schedule and skills unless you also want to outsource that as well.  So get started now by going to WordPress.com and creating your first blog!
Where Have We Been Lately?

Cindy Interviews Sec. SchaferLots of places, including - the Fuel Ethanol Workshop; Iowa Corn Indy 250; Transition to a BioEconomy Conference; U.S.-Africa Agribusiness Congress; Appaloosa Horse Club National Show; Southern Peanut Growers Conference; Cattle Industry Summer Conference; International Conference on Precision Agriculture; Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association annual meeting; Agricultural Media Summit and Florida Farm To Fuel conference. 

These were attended for sponsored online event coverage which included photography, audio/video production and posting onto client or ZimmComm websites.
Where Are We Going?

Things continue to stay busy, as just this week we have attended the Monsanto Technology Showcase in Iowa and Kip Cullers Record Breaking Field Day in southwest Missouri - and Laura has headed to the Caribbean for an agribusiness tour in Honduras.  Next week is NAMA Boot Camp in KC and the American Coalition for Ethanol convention in Omaha.  Still to come - North Carolina Swine Health Seminar, Florida Citrus Expo and the Farm Progress Show - and many more! 
AgNewsWire: Official Online Newsroom of AMS
We partnered up with BASF during the Agricultural Media Summit in several ways.  They sponsored AgWired coverage of the AMS and between us we sponsored the on-site news room and the online news room (AgNewsWire.com).  As part  of the sponsorship each AMS exhibitor or sponsor was allowed to send 1 news release via AgNewsWire at no charge.  Fifteen companies took advantage of this offer and their release was distributed during the event to our list of over 800 ag journalists and was also posted to the public, online, search engine optimized AgNewsWire.com website which serves as an online archive of ag news releases.  We're open to more such partnerships for any meeting that will be attracting and serving a large number of ag media. 
Best of the ZimmCast ZimmCast

Digital Cattle News:
This program features an interview with Rob Cook, Vance Publishing/CattleNetwork.com.
This program features interviews with Randy Griggs, Alabama Peanut Producers, several guys from Trimble and Ag Technologies and Wesley Powell, past president of the National Peanut Buying Points Association.
NCGA Blog Wins Award
Gold Circle AwardZimmComm is proud to announce that the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership has awarded the National Corn Growers Association with a 2008 Gold Circle Award in the category of "Blogs - Association Annual Budget Greater than $2 Million" for Corn Commentary, a blog we created for them one year ago this month.  We provide daily posts for Corn Commentary, along with members of the NCGA staff.   The site was launched August 2, 2007.
Advertising and Event Sponsorships
We've got a lot of opportunities for companies to obtain maximum online brand awareness which includes advertising on ZimmComm industry news blogs like AgWired and online event coverage sponsorships. 

Some of the events coming up that we're seeking sponsors for include;  Husker Harvest Days, IFAJ Congress 2008, World Dairy Expo, Sunbelt Ag Expo, NAFB Convention and NAMA Issues Forum. 

Just give Chuck a call (573-230-3024) to discuss costs and ideas for how you can build brand awareness within the ZimmComm Online Community.
Volume 1, Issue 7

Ag Media Summit
Check out the over 17,000 photos in our online photo albums by clicking on the photo above.
In This Issue
New Media Tip
Where Have We Been
Where Are We Going
Best of the ZimmCast
NCGA Blog Wins Award
Advertising and Event Sponsorships
AgWired Mobile


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