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Google Evangelizes Its Ecosystem

The search engine's B2B team finds convincing reluctant companies that online marketing works can sometimes be aided by word of mouth.
Spangler and his group, working in an ad agency, created a series of entertaining videos about DuPont products, including Nomex, Kevlar, and SentryGlas. Pioneering video blogger Amanda Congdon, formerly with Rocketboom and now with ABCNews.com, hosts the videos, which Forrester analyst Josh Bernoff called "brandumentaries." After pre-screening them for bloggers to catch any gaffes that might generate a negative response online, the videos ran in March on eight different blogs and Web sites including Boing Boing, Digg, SEED Science Blogs, Science Blog, Kircher Society, Boompa, Left Lane News and Building Blog. The videos also subsequently appeared on YouTube.

The videos generated 6,000 visits in the first week, 100 inbound links, and lead to 45,000 video steams. Nine out of 10 people said they liked the videos and learned something new, Spangler said.

Spangler said his experiment created a lot of interest in DuPont around video, in both the company's marketing and public affairs departments. "What this project really showed to me is that marketing and public affairs and media relations, there's a strong overlap," he said.

And while the blog community is often characterized as a consumer-oriented space with tenuous ties to the corporate world, Spangler said that the videos have proven very popular with DuPont's corporate customers and with the company's business sales team.

Brand promotion for IBM is a matter of storytelling, explained Richard Toranzo, global program manager of digital media & branded entertainment. "Entertainment, storytelling, and fun...are not words we use a lot in the B2B market," said Toranzo, who described his approach as being a content creator rather than an advertiser. Over the past two years, Toranzo has overseen the creation of a series of narrative-driven short films that promote the IBM brand and the company's technology.

One such video describes how the NYPD used IBM technology to help catch a robbery suspect. Toranzo said the results have been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, IBM is so taken with the power of video as a marketing medium that the company decided to put video editing software on its intranet and ask its employees to contribute stories.

"We received over a 100K videos by the way, of different quality," Toranzo said.

After hearing about IBM successful use of video and its story-oriented ads, a marketer in the audience asked, "Where'd you get the money to do this? Did you have to beg?"

"I have an American Express Black Card," Toranzo joked, eliciting laughter from the audience. "The answer is not easy. The answer is a lot of fighting."

Google's dream is to put an end to that fighting, to be the peacemaker, and to get a piece of the advertising action.

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