NOTE: This press release is for a site CBM’s Chief Bob Woods started, as a proof-of-concept for a new style of news- and feature-related Website network. It was also a trial run for what he wanted to do with CBM as a business. He shut down the site network in March 2011, because his CBM business took off. He’s planning on publishing a case study soon on the success he had with this network.
Cigar Lovers and Industry Pros Have a New Place to “Smoke” Online: The Stogie’d Network
A New Kind of Lifestyle Network Aims to Serve Cigar Lovers and Cigar-Industry Pros Alike with the News, Information and Interactive Features they Want and Desire. The Stogie’d Network Consists of Three Websites, and will Grow to Include More Sites and Services in the Coming Months
SILVER SPRING, MD — Sept. 30, 2010 / (PRWEB) — The Stogie’d Network, a new network of Websites tailored to cigar lovers and the professionals who serve them, has launched with three initial properties serving the entire cigar community.
“The Stogie’d Network is all about bringing a next-generation of community-based Websites for those who love cigars,” said Bob Woods, publisher and managing editor of The Stogie’d Network. “We’re building a network that appeals to different segments of the community, with those parts being united under the Stogie’d brand.”
Woods is combining his love of cigars with his 25-plus years of experience as a TV and Web journalist, editor, social-media professional, and Web and community developer to both launch and guide The Stogie’d Network.
The network will also encourage cigar and tobacco-related professionals to join, “as we know they love cigars as much as their customers,” Woods said.
At the hub of this network is the Stogie’d Website, which provides information, commentary and community features in a blog format for cigar lovers and industry professionals alike. Coverage includes news and feature stories, editorials, and an “Impact” section that hosts reader discussions of the news and trends affecting the cigar industry. The site also spotlights the efforts of what it generically calls the “PC Patrol,” or those who want to restrict a cigar smoker’s enjoyment of their beloved stogie.
Videos and audio podcasts are also planned, and will be produced and marketed under the Stogie’d brand. Stogie’d is also seeking out both new bloggers and those with an already-established presence to round out its coverage for the cigar community.
A fully upgraded Stogie’d with improvements and feature additions is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2010. The upgrade site will have full community-building features, including member blogs, discussion boards, and the ability to form interest groups, among others. Stogie’d will also have a separate area for cigar and tobacco professionals, who will also have the full capability to interact with the Stogie’d community at large.
Stogie’d will continue to provide its own branded news, features, videos and audio podcasts after the upgraded site launches.
Stogie’d is at http://stogied.com, and also is on Twitter: @stogiedweb.
A virtual one-stop “shop” of cigar-related videos, Stogie’d TV serves those who are seeking information in video form about their beloved stogies. An editorial process ensures selected videos from public video sites are of genuine interest to cigar lovers.
The site spotlights one truly great video each week, and gives it top placement at the site. Overall, subjects like “retrohaling,” repairing cigars and proper cigar techniques are among the more than 40 cigar-related videos already at Stogie’d TV. The site is updated several times a week with fresh videos, which come from a wide variety of cigar lovers, blogs and retailers, among other sources.
Stogie’d TV will also prominently feature videos from the staff of the main Stogie’d site, as well as from bloggers who contribute videos to the Stogie’d site.
The site is located at http://stogied.tv, and its Twitter feed is at @stogiedtv.
Aimed squarely at the cigar and tobacco professional, Cigar Gigs is a job listing and resource site for those who work in the industry.
The site casts its net a bit wider than what you might expect from one named Cigar Gigs, as it includes non-traditional cigar jobs like business analysts, engineers and information technology specialists. All companies with job postings on the site, though, are tied to the cigar and tobacco industry, and include manufacturers; distributors; wholesalers; manufacturers’ representatives; Web-based retailers; and local tobacconists and shops.
Five levels, or packages of job ads are available, ranging from no charge to a “Presidente” level that ensures the visibility of an ad throughout the entire Stogie’d Network. The site also contains listings from other job- and career-related sites.
Cigar Gigs is located at http://cigargigs.com, and is on Twitter: @cigargigs.
All sites in The Stogie’d Network will continue to be upgraded and enhanced with new features throughout 2010 and 2011, and will also include suggestions from the Stogie’d community. Other sites and services are planned as well.