• Featured Video:At the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop, Rachel Burton with Novozymes demonstrates a video game learning tool that helps educate ethanol plant workers.
  • ZimmNews – June 5, 2015

    ZimmNews – June 5, 2015

    New Holland Expo Milano 2015 - New Holland hosted agricultural journalists from around the world to CNH Industrial Village in Turin and Expo Milano 2015 in Milan.

    ZimmNews – May 29, 2015

    ZimmNews – May 29, 2015

    2015 World Pork Expo - The 27th World Pork Expo takes place in Des Moines, Iowa. Nearly 20,000 attendees crowd the Iowa State Fairgrounds where over 400 exhibitors are here to share their expertise about the pork industry. Thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim for making our coverage possible.

    ZimmNews – May 22, 2015

    ZimmNews – May 22, 2015

    2015 West Central Coop Press Conference - West Central Coop announced $27 million expansion to their SoyPlus plant in Ralston, Iowa.

    ZimmNews – May 15, 2015

    ZimmNews – May 15, 2015

    2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop - The 31st Fuel Ethanol Workshop too place June 1-4, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minn.

    ZimmNews – May 8, 2015

    ZimmNews – May 8, 2015

    2015 Alltech REBELation - Over 3,000 rebels gathered for REBELation in Lexington, Kentucky.

AgNite Success

AgNiteAgNite in Minneapolis was a hugely successful event, attracting over 3,000 people to The Depot.

ZimmComm was on the scene, publishing content on both AgWired and the AgNite Blog.

This is one of the over 300 pictures Cindy and I shot during the event. You can see 200 of them in our online photo album. We also conducted 12 interviews and produced 1 YouTube video. So far we’ve produced 15 stories from the event and counting.

That’s what you get when you bring in the agriblogging and farm podcasting experts from ZimmComm.

Showcasing American Agriculture on AgNite

Ag NiteGulf coast weather permitting, Cindy and I will be be live blogging AgNite during the Republican National Convention. This is going to be very cool and a lot of fun. There’s an impressive list of companies and organizations already supporting this opportunity to showcase American agriculture to a national audience.

You can count on seeing some live video via AgWired Live TV and lots of photos and interviews. My coverage will be sponsored by the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council and AgStar Financial Services.

Inc. 500 Company Social Media Adoption Grows

Social Media Adoption Statistics
Perhaps you’re still wondering if your company or organization should be getting involved in new media. Have you started participating yourself (Facebook, LinkedIn, Blog, YouTube) to become personally familiar with it? It’s kind of hard to evaluate a medium you’re not familiar with.

I just saw some interesting new data on how Inc. 500 companies are making use of social media. Here’s a chart comparing their use in 2007 (green) with 2008 (blue). You can click on the image to see a bigger version of it.

Research Highlights:

* Four out of five companies in the Inc 500 rate social media technology as important or very important;
* 21% of the companies are podcasting and 39% blogging;
* The number of companies blogging and podcasting has doubled in the last year;
* The Inc. 500 are adopting new media technologies much quicker than Fortune 500 companies.

The research suggests that companies that are using social media & new media technologies are growing faster than other companies.

The research was done by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research. You can download the study, which I recommend.

Via Podcasting News.

August ZimmNews

August ZimmNewsThe latest edition of ZimmNews has now been pumped out into the world wide web.

In case you didn’t get it or just want to look at it online then you can find it here: August ZimmNews

Some highlights include:

I hope you enjoy it and thank you for reading.

Social Media Seminar With Aggie-Lance

Aggie-LanceIn the last week I think I’ve helped bring almost a hundred agricultural marketing and communications people closer to an understanding of new social media mechanisms. If you weren’t one of them then you’ve got a chance next week. On August 6, I’ll be participating in a tele-seminar that’s being conducted by Mark Jewell, Aggie-Lance. I do like being called one of . . . “ag industry’s brightest social media minds.” Register here.

Tune your phone lines to a special event this August 6th, as some of the ag industry’s brightest social media minds converge in one jam packed tele-seminar. Hosted by, Aggie-Lance.com, founder Mark Jewel this seminar will feature Chuck Zimmerman from Agwired.com and Zimmcomm.biz, John Blue from Truffle Media, and Liza Markle from the National FFA Organization. The topic at hand: What is social media, and WHY do we need to be using it in the agriculture industry today? Expect to come away with a couple tangible ideas that you can apply straight away!
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WordPress For iPhone

iPhone 3GWhile we’re still celebrating iPhone 3G release day I thought I’d point out something that may make it a more desirable choice for bloggers. If you’re a WordPress user like me then there will be an application which allows you to post directly from your iPhone.

The WordPress for iPhone App is nearly ready to go. It supports WordPress.com blogs as well as self-hosted WordPress.org blogs running version 2.5.1 or newer.

Timing wise, with the launch of Apple’s iTunes App store this morning, we expect to see this showing up very soon.

While we wait, here is a brief video showing the App in action. (It’s high quality, so may take a moment to kick off.)

High Speed Access Growing

PEW InternetHigh speed internet access is growing in America and according to a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project the overall growth was 17 percent in the last year. It was 12 percent the year before. It also looks like rural America is getting connected. Here’s some interesting tidbits:

Some 55% of all adult Americans now have a high-speed internet connection at home, according to a May 2008 survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The percentage of Americans with broadband at home has grown from 47% in early 2007 and 42% in early 2005. Among individuals who use the internet at home, 79% have a high-speed connection while 15% use dialup.

Older Americans: Those age 50 and over experienced a 26% growth rate in home broadband adoption from 2007 to 2008. Half of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 have broadband at home. Some 19% of those 65 and older had home broadband access as of April 2008.

Rural Americans: 38% of those living in rural American now have broadband at home, compared with 31% who said this in 2007, or a growth rate of 23% from 2007 to 2008.

Blogworld & New Media Expo

Blogworld & New Media ExpoThis looks like a really good conference to go to if you want to learn the latest in what’s happening with new media. It’s the Blogworld & New Media Expo. The dates are September 20-21 in Las Vegas. I’m thinking about going.

They’ve got these interesting tidbits about blogging on the Expo homepage. You’ll find links in them to where they got the information.

Important Blogging Statistics

* Over 12 million American adults currently maintain a blog.
* More than 147 million Americans use the Internet.
* Over 57 million Americns read blogs.
* 1.7 million American adults list making money as one of the reasons they blog.
* 89% of companies surveyed say they think blogs will be more important in the next five years.
* 9% of internet users say they have created blogs.
* 6% of the entire US adult population has created a blog .
* Technorati is currently tracking over 70 million blogs .
* over 120 thousand blogs are created every day .
* There are over 1.4 million new blog posts every day .
* 22 of the 100 most popular websites in the world are blogs .
* 120,000 new blogs are created every day .
* 37% of blog readers began reading blogs in 2005 or 2006 .
* 51% of blog readers shop online .
* Blog readers average 23 hours online each week .

Mobile Computicating

CNET WWDC LiveIt’s been a while since I’ve been able to post here but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been posting. Just last week between Cindy, Laura and myself we posted web content from 4 different meetings onto more than 5 websites. That’s a lot when you consider all the photos, videos and audio interviews we did as part of it. However, the tools to do what we do continue to develop. Let’s take the mobile phone for example.

I’m not sure if mobile computicating is a term but the phones of today are computers that let us communicate on the go and today the iPhone took a step forward. I followed along with Tom Kravitz on One More Thing as he wrote about the stage show at the Apple WWDC. I really like the idea of updating your post during a presentation like this.

For you ag meeting planners out there, “How about some wireless internet access during the presentations and in the meeting rooms?” I know many of you are finally getting a media room with internet access but we’re way beyond that. Of course, we can update our websites from our phones and with more AT&T 3G, it’s getting easier.

If none of this makes sense to you then we need to talk about how you’re communicating in a web 2.0 world.

Blog Business Growing

eMarketerThe blogosphere continues to grow and amaze people in marketing. I remember when I first talked about it and some of my friends thought I was crazy to think that anyone would really read blogs, much less consider them as “tools” of communications. Times have changed.

My favorite place to keep up with what’s going on in my new media world is eMarketer. They’ve got a new report out, “The Blogosphere: A Mass Movement From Grass Roots,” which has some interesting information. Here’s a couple of excerpts:

More importantly, by 2012, more than 145 million people—67% of the US Internet population—will be reading blogs at least once a month. That is up from a readership of 94 million in 2007, or 50% of Internet users.

“A big factor driving the increases is the niche orientation of the blogosphere,” says Mr. Verna.

Like podcasts, blogs tend to appeal to specific audiences. Accordingly, much of the demographic targeting that marketers work so hard to achieve in the mainstream media is already done for them.

“Furthermore,” adds Mr. Verna, “the rates at which blog readers notice and click on ads suggest that they are a well-primed audience.”

Where are you placing your advertising these days? Same old, Same old or . . . . . .