Permission marketing company Yoyodyne said it established
a partnership with Fast Company Magazine to create an
online business-to-business marketing program for
entrepreneurs called Fast Company EZVenture.
The partnership marks the first time Yoyodyne will co-brand its EZVenture permission marketing program.
Set to launch on Oct. 1, Fast Company EZVenture aims to attract more than
250,000 entrepreneurs to participate in the program, the companies said.
Using content exclusively
created by the editorial staff at Fast Company, business people visiting the
site will be presented with relevant articles and information, updated weekly,
about owning, operating and growing a business. The promotion will run through
April 15, 1999.
All registered participants will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance
to win their choice of a grand prize of a $100,000 investment annuity, a BMW
Z3 convertible, or a home office technology suite. Weekly prizes, such as Palm
office equipment and books will also be awarded. Total spending on the
promotion was not disclosed.
“. . . we are very excited to be
integrating top notch content from Fast Company into the program,” said
Seth Godin, president and CEO of Yoyodyne. “Unlike many
other Internet promotions, Fast Company EZVenture marries editorial and
compelling product information, through sponsor offerings, to the self-
interested pursuit of big
prizes. It’s a devastating combination.”
Participants earn entries for the grand prize by finding specially marked
buttons on the EZVenture site, which take them to an exclusive sponsor
page/offer, where advertisers can make specific propositions (get information,
buy a product, have a salesman call, get on an update list, etc.) .
In addition, Fast Company EZVenture offers several opportunities for sponsors
to gain in-depth knowledge of promotion participants through opinion polls and
“opt-in” participant lists for ongoing marketing programs.
“The EZVenture audience exactly replicates our readership and will provide an
excellent platform for Fast Company to reach our core market of young
entrepreneurs,” said Fast Company founding editor Alan Webber.
EZVenture sponsors already include Value America, Okidata, iCAT and
Network Solutions. Founded by two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast
Company is published by U.S.News & World Report.