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This past weekend, Chris Brogan started a great discussion on his blog about the latest video for Bigelow Tea (which was produced by Business Smart Tools’ parent company, Creative Concepts). The video features Cindi Bigelow talking tea with complete strangers in New York City — some of whom have never even heard of Bigelow before, despite it being one of the top-selling teas in the city.

The comments on Chris’s blog reinforced a lot of the reasons that Bigelow thought the video was a good idea in the first place:

* It provides the company with a public face and personality
* It lets Cindi share the history of her family-owned company
* It presents the “good” and “bad” of being recognized (or not)

But despite all the positives, some potential drawbacks were mentioned as well — particularly by fellow blogger Nalts, who points out the difficulties of:

* interesting casual viewers in a business-branded video
* promoting something without a YouTube “star” attached
* navigating the attention spans and entertainment needs of a casual audience

And guess what? All of these comments are what made producing the video worthwhile, because:

* Cindi was able to connect directly with people on the streets of New York
* The Bigelow brand developed newly-interested followers online
* The company received creative suggestions on what did (or didn’t) work for various viewers

But, most importantly, the video got people talking about tea (and Bigelow Tea in particular). And that’s the primary goal of any social media marketing: to generate new discussion about a brand. Because people can’t buy your product if they don’t know it exists.

You can hear more about Bigelow’s approach to social media when Cindi Bigelow speaks at the Business Smart Tools conference on May 5!






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This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 6:00 am and is filed under BST News, Conversation Starters, Guests. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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  1. Creative Concepts » Blog Archive » Hitting the Streets of New York City! on March 4, 2009 6:46 am

    [...] Others seem to appreciate this as well. Take a look at what Chris Brogan has to say hereĀ and our mention of the video on our Business Smart Tools site here. [...]

  2. casey on March 4, 2009 3:39 pm

    I think this video is great – this is both as an SEM person and as a dedicated tea drinker. Learning that Bigelow tea is a family owned business and has been for 63 years has given the brand an identity – no longer will I shop just by price (though it’s still a factor). I ‘get’ Bigelow teas now. Kudos.

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