All the rage right now is Posterous for their backward cross posting aggrigation. I love the premise & can’t wait to start using it, just other things to conquer right now (j.o.b being one).
The cross posting tools in Utterli are fantastic for sending text, audio, video & still pictures to your blog. When we (Mike Boss & I) were at MPC Computers we used Utterli (what was then called Utterz) for this very reason to reach out to publication editors at one education/tech conference in particular. Mike set up interviews with editors to talk about the changing hardware needs of the education market and where they saw the need for certain pieces in the future. After the interview (which he recorded for a future pod cast) he would take a picture of the editor, with text & send a “voice mail” with-in 10 minutes of each other & it would show up on Mike’s blog as one post.
In doing this and nurturing other relationships via email and Twitter, Mike was able to get MPC off of the blacklist & get coverage in an industry magazine (physical & web) with-out “paying” for it. Traditionally, MPC would spend their media dollars (around $250,000) to get the inside front cover of a magazine & a few banner ads on the website. ROI sucked. Honestly, I don’t know the end result ROI of Mike creating relationships…but it was a whole lot cheaper than $250k!
On a personal level, I use Utterli for my personal blog for the Grandparents. I take pictures of the kiddos on my Blackberry & send it and audio to the family blog at least 3 times a week. The kids sing Happy Birthday, tell of their first poops on the potty & I just recently let them jabber in the background for a few minutes on the ride home. Grandma said she felt like she was in the car & how nice it was for me to share something like that with her. 🙂
How can you cross post to your blog to engage others on a daily basis & make them feel like they are “right there”?