Some blogs are about the topic of marketing while other blogs might be engaged in actual marketing. In one sense of the concept of marketing, all blogs are marketing ideas, products, or people. When we consider that marketing is making something palatable to make others want it then we all do some form of marketing all the time.
Taking marketing to a business perspective in regards to blogging, a blog can be used to sell a blogger's products (books, craft works, real estate, or whatever they are trying to sell) or services (photography, editing, travel planning or another type of service).
Another blog topic starting with "M" is Music. Tossing It Out frequently discusses the topic of music especially in the bi-monthly Battle of the Bands feature.
Today being the 15th it's time for another Battle of the Bands, the blogging event first introduced by our friends at Far Away Series and StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. This event happens twice each month on the 1st and 15th. The premise is simple: Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it. Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battle action.
Marketing the Ecology
Scam, hype, or passionate cause--whatever you might want to say it is--the green movement has been on the minds of many for at least a couple of centuries. In our own age a big marketing push for conservation was stirred after the publication of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring in 1962. The conservation movement has grown ever since. Now marketers take advantage of "green" and "natural" labeling of products. Advertising campaigns have been centered around the eco-friendliness of products. Government has taken rein of many issues related to protecting the environment.
The movement has not been lost on the entertainment community with many celebrities endorsing their favorite causes and speaking out to save whatever they are interested in saving. Marvin Gaye was on the forefront of the socially conscious music movement in 1971 as he released one of the greatest albums of all time What's Going On. This album addresses injustice, hatred, and the ills of modern society including the movement to preserve the Earth. One of the hits from this great album is "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)". To hear the original you can click the link in the preceding sentence. I offer two renditions of this great song in today's Battle of the Bands.
The Strokes "Mercy Mercy Me" (2006)
Time to Vote!
Which do you prefer? It's up to you to determine the winner. Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the one you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.
Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:
‘FAR AWAY SERIES’
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’
DC Relief Battle of the Bands
Results on April 22nd
I'm posting every day except Sundays on Tossing It Out during April since it's Blogging from A to Z month. You can vote on this current Battle any time between now and Tuesday April 21 when the votes will be tallied. Keep dropping by for my daily A to Z posts, but don't forget to come back to see which version of "Mercy Mercy Me" won this Battle.
Does overt sales marketing on blogs bother you? Do you ever consider that you are marketing yourself on a daily basis? Do you think that with the ecology and green movements we are sometimes being sold a bill of goods or even being sold down the river?
Be sure to check out the A to Z Blog to read about our Marketing Experiment!