Blogger Outreach Done Right – The Nikon Blog Ambassador Program

I think Nikon and their agency MWW Group are doing an extraordinary job engaging with the blogosphere and have just heard about their blog ambassador program through Mack Collier of the Viral Garden, and BL Ochman of the What Next Blog. With this program i think Nikon provide a very good example of how to get extremely valuable devices in the hands of bloggers without a hint of the cronyism or accusations of undue influence that have often come along with $1000+ giveaways to bloggers.

Essentially Nikon has sent their D80 10 megapixal SLR (with the 18-135 lens) to about 50 bloggers with the understanding that the bloggers have the camera on a long term loan of about 6 months. The genius part is that after 6 months the blogger then has three options:

  1. send it back to Nikon
  2. apply to extend for another 6 months
  3. purchase the camera at an editorial discount with the funds going toward photographic education programs

Simple, not rocket science but brilliant. What’s better than a PR campaign with a bit of heart, and everyone comes out smelling like roses. Although I do agree with BL on her point about Nikon not focusing enough on building an ongoing community around these programs, like the “Stunning Gallery” program they did previously with the heavy Flickr users, sure they got a lot of pretty pictures and a cool web site, but where was the ongoing conversation?

Anyway Nikon, don’t worry about me, i’ve been a happy D80 Owner for about 3 months and I absolutely love the camera, all I need is a D200 and a 400mm 2.8 lens :-)

karl d80.jpg

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5 Comments

  1. Posted April 18, 2007 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think it’s any coincidence that 2 prominent bloggers, Tom Biro and Chris Thilk, work for MWW Group.

  2. admin
    Posted April 18, 2007 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Ahh, that’s interesting, they are doing a great job.

  3. Posted April 19, 2007 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Those are sweet. If I ever upgrade to a SLR camera, I’d certainly give Nikon a close hard look.

  4. Smitty
    Posted May 9, 2007 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I love the blogger outreach idea, although its notrocket science. I think they made a huge mistake by giving the DSLR to some bloggers who aren’t photo enthusiasts. Those people can do nothing more than say “hey! I got a free camera”. I would be much more interested in a prosumer’s review than the technorati ranking MWW seem to be focusing on.

  5. Posted June 29, 2007 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    I think the targetting of this is important – do you feel they’ve succeeded? Seems like it might have been the case that they just chose 50 top bloggers, but then as previous commenter said didn’t look at the photography interest in those…

    It seems like a very good way of getting users to try out the product and to get their feedback on it – I think that the key would be here to involve the Nikon management in this, to create not only a mechanism of getting publicity, but also of gathering feedback and input.

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