Still, if the buzz is good, you want to be participating in the conversation, not watching from the wings.
That’s the idea behind BzzScapes. BzzScapes is a collection of member-generated brand communities, where people (BzzAgents) talk about products they like. This can be blog posts, videos, coupons, etc. Once a BzzScape is created, other members can contribute content, rate your content, or add comments. There are also BzzCampaigns, where eligible BzzAgents weigh in on new products and influence how companies market them.
As a brand, there are several ways to participate on the site. First, you can register your company with BzzScape. There is a subscription service, but the payoff is direct access to BzzAgents and their insights. You can run a BzzCampaign, hold a promotion through the site, or get intel on the performance of two competitors. The other option (which we admit is somewhat dubious) is to create your very own brand BzzScape. The idea being, you kickstart the conversation and let other BzzAgents participate.
BzzScapes operates as an influence community, rewarding members that contribute heavily with coupons, dibs on certain BzzCampaigns, and prominence within the site. No money exchanges hands; BzzAgents are paid in honeycombs and ascend in bee ranking. We enjoy a hard working pun, but we’ll let you discover the intricacies of the BzzScapes system (and what that means) on your own. The gist is the more you contribute, the more good stuff you get.
There are lots of of active BzzScapes on the site and no shortage of big brand participation (including Ford and Proctor & Gamble). Most of what we see is positive feedback. Unfortunately, we are a lowly worker bee at the time of writing this article and cannot demo most of the site’s features (like BzzCampaigns) until we participate more. This is by design, so casual ranters don’t abuse the forum.