My presentation is described thus, “A step-by-step walk through of a campaign that Sally Falkow and I did for Mizuno Running. See what we did to engage and activate hundreds of bloggers, from the top 100 running bloggers down the every single blogger who self-identified with being a Runner.”
Mizuno USA hired me to join their AOR, McKinney, to help them leverage the power of online influencers and social media to help introduce an online runner’s community they were launching called the Mezamashii Project. The Japanese word “mezamashii” means “brilliant” and Mizuno wanted to let runners know what it was like to have a brilliant run. Since Mizununo might not be top-of-mind when American runners think of buying shoes, the job that I was given was to make sure the Mezamashii Project was launched in a big way.
Long Tail Blogger Outreach
My portion of the campaign was online influencer marketing, including reaching out to 100 A-list runners, a task I shared with fellow outreach marketing rock star, Sally Falkow of Meritus Media, as well as “everyone else,” which I call long tail blogger outreach. What this Cluetrainian idea means is that the combined influence and impact of having hundreds of bloggers and online influencers speak on behalf of Mizuno is more important that having a handful of A-list “celebrity” bloggers on board.
Mizuno was smart: they not only engaged an agency like McKinney, reached out to the top celebrity and A-list bloggers, but also were willing to reach out to and engage any and all bloggers who in any way self-described themselves as runners. What is a runner? Well, according to Runner’s World magazine, a runner is anyone who straps on a pair of shoes and ambles down the block.
Every Blog is Sacred
This includes both Ultramarathoners, crazy folks who run upwards of 3,100 miles, to someone like me, a 44-year old college rower who is now trying to reduce from 285 lbs+ by hitting the road, to someone who has never ever gotten off of the couch but now is attempting to go from Couch to 5k by using Jeff Galloway’s Run Walk Run method of training to run. I wanted them all! Funny thing was: most of the running celebrities were already sponsored by Nike, New Balance, Saucony, and Brooks.
It Takes a Village
We used a combination of good old Google search and a team of researchers I work with to collect the hundred top-runners as well as the thousands of regular bloggers who blogged about any number of topics: 5ks, 10ks, CrossFit, weight loss, running, jogging, half-marathons, marathons, triathlons, sprinting, personal training, going to the gym, and loads of other running- and training-related pastimes.
While Sally and I reached out to those hundred top bloggers by hand, reaching them via email as well as through their social channels, including email forms and even via private message on Daily Mile, it was a different thing entirely across the long tail.