I was fortunate enough to be invited to a seminar hosted by Greater Media Philadelphia's John Fullam. Author, CEO, and marketing whiz, Mark Hughes, spoke to a large, attentive group made up of managers and talent from WMMR, WMGK, and Ben. Mark is the author of a book that we've discussed in various client meetings lately, "Buzz Marketing." It addresses the opportunities stations have to generate buzz, rather than simply go the traditional media route.
One of Mark's great war stories comes from his time with Internet startup Half.Com. The idea was to find a U.S. city with "Half" in its name, and convince them to change their name to Half.Com. After an exhaustive search and lots of negotiation, Mark keyed in on Halfway, Oregon (population 350). In the process, Half.Com netted an incredible amount of free publicity from "The Today Show," and ultimately the company was happily bought by eBay for $374 million.
Well worth the cost, and better than buying Super Bowl TV spots.
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Fred was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.
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