Thank you AOC! August 17, 2007Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations, Digital.
It’s been a month since the launch of ‘The Age of Conversation’ and I think it’s a great time to sit back and take stock of how the book has impacted my life and the AOC community. But before that, let me thank the people who worked behind and in front of the scenes to make this dream come true. It’s a huge list of people & contributions and I’m sure to have missed a few – my apologies in advance! Here’s to the heroes and heroines of ‘The Age of Conversation’.
It all started with Drew McLellan & Gavin Heaton.
Thank you for spearheading the Age of Conversation and doing everything that made this book a reality. Thank you for your emphatic leadership and vision. Thank you for bringing us closer and showing that the world is really a global village. You are our superheroes of the season. Yeah, the bots from Transformers, Spiderman and Jason Bourne all run a close second.
CK gave a new dimension to AOC by leading the initiative to gift copies of the ‘Age of Conversation’ to Fortune 500 CMOs. Toby Bloomberg, Mario Vellandi and I have also teamed up to spread the word on AOC in the corporate world through this smart marketing initiative. We are proud to dedicate the book to the memory of her darling momma, Sandra Kerley. I’d also like to thank CK for spreading love through her cookies. Though I haven’t had the pleasure of having your yummy cookies, I love the affection you gift to people through them.
PR Guru David Reich worked behind the scenes to ensure that AOC received its due share of PR coverage around the world. David Armano designed the elegant cover of AOC. Roger Anderson supported the editors on the intricacies of self-publishing. Thank you guys!
Amazing Matt Dickman brought the AOC community closer together through social media tools. He gave us our very own Flickr community group and Wetpaint wiki. Oh yes, and also a Google Map highlighting the global nature of this blook.
Sean Howard showed us that he is the unchallenged king of ‘nekkid comedy’ with a spoof video that celebrated the arrival of the AOC books at his office.
Steve Woodruff added a brilliant touch by giving AOC an official mascot. Curious George is currently on tour in the United States, before heading to Europe, Middle East and Australia before reaching home at Variety, the Children’s Charity. He also gives us a quick recap of every chapter in the book.
Mark Goren took the great initiative to create ‘Age of Conversation Contributors and Friends’ Group on Facebook. The Group has 167 members as of today.
Mark Blair went a step ahead and set up a Google CSE which helps search the blogs of all contributing authors of AOC. Brilliant, don’t you think? It didn’t stop there. Fuelled by what must have been barrel loads of caffeine, Mark then went on an enterprising 24-hour Internet Marketing Challenge liveblogging and promoting AOC online!
Lub Debaisieux did a brilliant post that effectively captures the impact of AOC on reality – essentially, how the seed of an idea germinates into a huge tree delivering the fruits of immense positive actions.
Press Mentions in the Sultanate of Oman & Middle East
A big thank you to the two angels you see with me in this snap. Dina Al Jafari, Account Manager & Bosky Dutia, Senior Account Executive at Buzzword Action PR, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman went out of their way to ensure that the voice of ‘The Age of Conversation’ was heard not just in Oman, but the entire Middle East. Their efforts created an incredible buzz for ‘AOC’.
On behalf of the entire AOC community, I thank Dina, Bosky, their PR associates, media persons and publications that covered AOC and helped ‘ping’ social media in Oman. Though most stories highlighted my contribution, the book emerged the real hero.
Print / National Dailies – Oman
Oman Daily Observer (Zawya) – 18 July 2007
Oman: Local blogger is part of unique worldwide blog collaboration
Times of Oman – 19 July 2007
Oman-based Arun among bloggers authoring a book
Oman Tribune – 15 August 2007
Blog your way to fame
Magazines / Tabloids – Oman
Radio – Oman
Cybertalk Show, 90.4FM – 19 July 2007
Tariq Al-Barwani, Oman’s IT whiz and Online Manager at Nawras Telecom promoted the ‘Age of Conversation’ on his weekly radio show on ICT. Thank you Tariq for plugging into AOC.
Web – Middle East
Zawya.com – 18 July 2007
Mideast blogger a part of first ever worldwide blog collaboration
Maktoob.com – 17 July 2007
Middle East blogger a part of first-ever worldwide blog collaboration
Middle East Events – 17 July 2007
Mideast Blogger A Part of First-Ever Worldwide Blog Collaboration
Trade Arabia.com – 17 July 2007
Muscat blogger joins e-book venture
Forthcoming Media Coverage:
A special feature on AOC & social media in Digital Oman magazine. Thank you Prem Varghese & Hasan Kamoonpuri for plugging into AOC.
Thank you to:
Lulu.com – publishers of ‘The Age of Conversation’.
Variety – the US based international charity which AOC is supporting through book sales. As of 3 August 2007, we sold 695 books and earned $5,674.37 for charity.
Last but not the least, the Co-authors of ‘The Age of Conversation’
A BIG thank you – for coming together and giving your voice to ‘The Age of Conversation’; for sharing your unique thoughts, insights and ideas on how to create exciting conversations with the world; for the efforts you have taken to support the book during its creation and your constant endeavour to promote the book after its launch through book tours, podcasts, book readings, gifts, speaking engagements, audio books, meetings and more…
Roger von Oech
Tony D. Clark
G. Kofi Annan
Kimberly Dawn Wells
John La Grou
Dr. Graham Hill
S. Neil Vineberg
And finally, a big thanks to all the visitors to my blog who have come in looking for information on ‘The Age of Conversation’. Thank you Tom Hoehn, Kamla Bhatt, Eric Kintz, Scott Berg and Karen Lawrence Öqvist for your comments of support and encouragement. And Dona Nazareth for being a good sidekick & naming me ‘Donga’ – it was nice meeting you through AOC. And a word to all my friends at work and elsewhere – Your support and encouragement keeps me going to be part of adventures such as ‘The Age of Conversation’. Thank you for being there!