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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fake IPL Player Blog: Adding Viral Marketing To Cricket

Posted by: danish Ahmed 1:22 AM

It seems PC was correct all along, polls and cricket tournament can't go together. They are just too BIG ! No, I am not talking from the security point of view which denied India the opportunity to host IPL (and in the process diluted my zeal to follow live scores), the distraction now comes in the form of a blog posted by someone who could be part of the Kolkota Knight Riders squad. Well, the very URL, http://fakeiplplayer.blogpot.com suggests that the author might not be a "real player", but the posts refer to people, facts, events and even predictions which an outsider would not be able to know. But the most interesting factor for me is the fact that the author doesn't seem very keen to prove his claim, the posts seem impromptu musings of a person who has been around in domestic cricket for some time and now want's to give out the insider view of IPL, especially about dressing room conversations, equations between players, coach, owner etc.

Overall, the blog is quite refreshing and informative as well. This week I intended to update this blog with something related to elections but then as PC said cricket and election have nastier habit of eating into each other's fan base far more than SRK and Aamir Khan do. IPL this year hadn't really captured my attention, I wasn't following each and every match but then I came across this IPL ANONYMOUS's blog and was compelled to defer my post on election :)

Btw, this blog has already turned viral (in terms of marketing!) so I have a hunch that if this blog goes on to become as big a hit some other "insider" blogs have become, it could have some impact on Social Media Optimization and Internet Marketing in general. Lets wait and watch....

Posted By danish Ahmed 1:22 AM

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Advani resorts to spamming

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Posted by: danish Ahmed 12:43 AM

With the mega-event called election just a couple of days away, political parties, media and even the aam aadmi have pulled out all stops while celebrating the biggest dance of democracy. Most likel, this contest is going to be an interesting one considering the stakes a lot of aspirants hold. BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate L.K. Advani has been known to cherish hope of bagging the top job since a long time but he might end up in record book as the first person to have started a non-commercial spam campaign over the Internet. Going by the number of ads plastered all over the Web, it is simply stupefying why so much money has been spent on advertisements on Web when the more consequential voters could have been bought (or at least it might have seemed so).
Irony of Fate : L.K. Advani and the news report on Taliban victory in Swat share the same space on the Pakistani newspaper "Dawn". And to top it off Advani's banner (in cheap imitation of Obama's campaign slogan) says "IT'S POSSIBLE".
Now if you can make the connection, do you find it more sinister or more funny ?
Please leave feedback :)

Posted By danish Ahmed 12:43 AM