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    2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour - CTIC Conservation in Action Tour of the Everglades Agricultural Area - October 14-15, 2014

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    ZimmNews – October 10, 2014

    2014 AgCatalyst - The AgCatalyst event is sponsored by AdFarm with a theme of, “It’s all about the content.”

    ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

    2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo - The NABCE is held in Minneapolis, MN. and Chuck was there to capture this year's event.

    ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

    ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

    2014 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Conference - The CFWF conference held October 2-5 at Prince Edward Island. Thank you Trudy Kelly Forsythe for covering the event ZimmComm.

    ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

    ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

    2014 World Dairy Expo - The New Holland Pavilions ribbon cutting took place on day one of the 2014 World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

Blog Council Formed

The Blog CouncilAnother new group has been formed called The Blog Council. I’ve submitted my membership app but am doubting I qualify as defined by their rules. I fully understand the need for large corporations to have a place to learn how blogging can help them but a closed looking organization isn’t probably the best idea in my mind. There are lots of resources already available. In fact, since we have built and manage blogs for some major corporations I’m not sure how they can exclude “vendors” or small companies. It’ll be interesting to see they interpret their own rules and if this gets off the ground.

The Blog Council, a professional community of top global brands dedicated to promoting best practices in corporate blogging, officially launched today. Founding members include the leading companies from a diverse range of business sectors: AccuQuote, Cisco Systems, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, Gemstar-TV Guide, General Motors, Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft, Nokia, SAP, and Wells Fargo.

The Blog Council exists as a forum for executives to meet one another in a private, vendor-free environment and share tactics, offer advice based on past experience, and develop standards-based best practices as a model for other corporate blogs.

“Major corporations use blogs differently while abiding by the same rules and etiquette,” said Blog Council CEO Andy Sernovitz. “Individual and small-business bloggers don’t face the same issues. For example, we still need to deliver a responsible and effective corporate message, but we need to do it in the complicated environment of the blogosphere. We have to speak for a corporation, but never sound ‘corporate.’ And we have to learn to do it live, and in real-time.”

Election Results for the Association for Downloadable Media

Association for Downloadable MediaThe election results are in for the Association for Downloadable Media. ZimmComm New Media is a charter member of the organization and I hope to become involved with one of their committees to see where this goes. We certainly need leadership in helping establish some guidelines and consistency in how we measure what we do.

Executive Committee

* Chairman: Chris MacDonald, EVP Business Development and Operations Libsyn PRO Enterprise Platform and Founder, IndieFeed
* Vice Chairman: Susan Bratton, CEO, Personal Life Media
* Secretary: Matthew Snodgrass, VP Digital Marketing, Porter Novelli
* Treasurer: Duncan Perry, COO, Podcast.com, Treedia Labs

Board of Advisors

* CC Chapman, Podcaster and Partner, The Advance Guard
* Jonathan Cobb, Founder and CTO, Kiptronic
* John Furrier, Founder, Podtech
* Rob Greenlee, Podcast Programming Lead, Microsoft Zune
* John Havens, VP, Business Development, BlogTalkRadio
* Risto Koski, Business Manager, Multimedia/Nokia Music, Nokia
* Jim Louderback, CEO, Revision3
* Mark McCrery, Founder and CEO, Podtrac
* Elisabeth McLaury Lewin, Publisher, PodcastingNews.com
* Kent Nichols, Principle, AskANinja.com
* Tim Street, Principle, French Maid TV

Committee Chairs

* Advertising Standards: Brian McMahon, CEO, National Podcasting System
* Education & Outreach: Rob Walch, VP, Podcaster Relations, Wizzard Media
* Committee Chair: Measurement: Angelo Mandato, CIO, RawVoice, Inc.
* Membership Committee: Bryan Moffett, Sponsorship Operations Manager, NPR Digital Media
* Terminology Standardization: David Rowley, VP Engineering, Kiptronic, Inc.

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Helping You Understand Blogs

The folks at Common Craft are wizards at simplifying things. ” We use a simple format and real-world stories to make sense of complex ideas. We’re interpreters. We present your products and services in plain English using short, unique and understandable videos in a format we call Paperworks.”

Take blogging for instance:

Via Podcasting News

Podcast Stations

Podcast HardwareThe long holiday weekend allowed me to get caught up on a few things here at ZimmComm World Headquarters. For example, our work stations have been upgraded to include Behringer mixers and JK Audio’s Podcast Host digital hybrids which allow us to record phone calls, something we do a lot of. There’s also some Sonex going up on the walls and all the usual software updating and hard drive backup-ing.

This just means that the audio we create from over the phone interviews will increase in quality. We’ve been delivering audio to broadcasters, websites and other content users for years. These new tools just help simplify the process while allowing us to produce an even better product.

Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyHappy Thanksgiving from ZimmComm New Media.

We’re very thankful for all that the good Lord has blessed us with this year and that certainly includes the many people and companies we get to work with.

We wish a very safe and happy holiday.

Working on Some Video

Managerial Insights With Moe RussellWe do a lot of different kinds of projects here at ZimmComm New Media like this one with Moe Russell, Russell Consulting Group. I’ve helped produce and host a series of video presentations for Farm Industry News and sponsored by Asgrow. It’s called the Business Skills Series. Here we are in our last recording session.

In this monthly episode Moe talks about risk management. The production has been done locally here and I’ve also worked with Joel Jaeger, YourFarm/Commodity Update on the project. You can watch the latest episode here:

<a href="http://www.yourfarm.com/slideshow/r/?00213">Agriculture presentation provided by YourFarm.com</a>. You may need to install or update the <a href="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer" target="_blank">Adobe Flash Player</a> plugin to view this content.

We’ll be taping two more episodes later this morning.

Horse Show Photography

American Flag and National AnthemOne of the things I like best about doing event blogging is the photography. As a photographer wannabe for many years the web has allowed me to indulge a personal interest with work.

This week I’ve been blogging at the World Championship Appaloosa Show in Ft. Worth, TX. Pictures like this are to be found everywhere and I’ve got lots in the online photo album for the event.

I’ve never seen the American flag displayed in action on horseback while our National Anthem is being sung. It was very moving (no pun intended).

2007 World Championship Appaloosa Show Photo Album

iTouch the Computer

iTouch ThisAfter deciding that it’s not time for me to get an iPhone yet I did purchase an Touch. That’s one of the new Apple iPods. It’s got a big screen and connects to the internet via wi-fi. Like the iPhone this is really a revolutionary product.

Yes it let’s you listen to your music but it really makes video more enjoyable and with internet access you can watch YouTube videos and even download them to the unit. I think you have to look at it as more than an iPod. It’s a computer in a very small package. I can do email using my Gmail account and I’ve already posted onto my AgWired site with it.

I’m married to my Palm Treo for another year or so and I’d rather take pictures with one of my cameras so I don’t miss that on the iTouch.

We’ve come a long way with these devices in just a couple years. Think about all the people who are growing up with these and don’t remember when we didn’t have them!

Video Blogging or Podcasting with YouTube

I don’t know how many of you out there have considered video blogging or podcasting but YouTube is making it a lot easier to do. Anyone with a point and shoot that does video, including camera phones, can now quickly and easily create and upload a video clip. I’ve been doing it for over a year and have 92 videos uploaded to my account. They’ve been collectively viewed about 100,000 times now.

I now have a new iPod Touch and with it I can log on with a local wi-fi connection and view my videos directly from YouTube. Now that’s cool!

Here’s an example of one of the latest ones from the Country Living Olympics last weekend in Kansas City, MO. The Country Living Association hired me to come in and take pictures, conduct interviews, shoot some video clips and post onto our AgWired site. I took several hundred pictures, did 13 audio interviews and have uploaded 5 YouTube videos including this one:

So far I’ve done 18 posts onto AgWired and have about 8 more to go to get the content online. This doesn’t count the 155 photos in my online photo album from the event.

Blog Action Day Shows Blogger Reach

Blog Action Day GraphEarlier this week I participated in Blog Action Day through our AgWired site. Now that’s it’s past the organizers have a pretty comprehensive summary of what they accomplished. The theme was “environment.”

For example:

20,603 Blog Participated
23,327 Blog Posts (Google Blog Search)
14,631,038 RSS Readers

That RSS Readers number doesn’t count visitors to the respective websites which is a much bigger number generally speaking!

The graph below shows the frequency of terms appearing in the blogosphere courtesy of BlogTrends. Additionally “Blog Action Day” was the top Technorati search term AND tag for the day.

Pretty impressive showing for the blogging community if you ask me. That’s what I call a viral campaign.