Last week I delivered a keynote at the National Agri-Marketing Association annual conference. NAMA is the United States' largest association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness.
I really enjoy speaking to a wide variety of industries because the principles of the new rules of Marketing & PR are the same. It doesn’t matter if it is B2B, B2C, nonprofit, rock bands, or independent consultants. And it doesn’t matter if it is in Istanbul, Melbourne, Tokyo, Amsterdam, or Kansas City (all places I have spoken at in the past year or so). What works is creating something interesting online.
At NAMA I met Tara Litzenberger who told me about a really cool marketing and PR effort at John Deere. The company teamed up with Chip Foose (the star of TVs' Overhaulin') to customize a classic John Deere 4020 Tractor. The 4020 is like a Ford Mustang—it is one of THE John Deere tractors.
Right now, the tractor is on tour across the country as part of the Drive Green caravan to give people a chance to see it in person. The finished tractor will be given away and anyone can register at John Deere dealerships to win.
Tara told me one of the objectives was to reach out to people beyond the traditional, bleed-green crowd. It worked because Jalopnik, Autoblog, BangShift and Car and Driver all posted stories about the John Deere Big Buck 4020 Chip Foose Giveaway on their blogs.
As of this writing, the classic tractor is still available -- and there's still time to sign up to win it. I'd love to tool around in this thing.