1. I have no idea, but this marketing effort on behalf of the natural gas industry represents a large – explosive, even – use of resources.

    1. When we are lucky and the explosion happens on a Sunday when most workers are not on the site. Of course, since gas is also used in direct applications like building heat in large commercial buildings, there is no reason to believe that the “worst case” is a power plant with trained workers.

  1. Wow, maybe we need to advertise like that next.
    The gas industry was criticized last year for not participating in many of the discussions when Waxman-Markey was passed in the House, it looks like they’re trying to make up for it with all those ads.

  2. David: The challenge that we would have would be finding space in the station for any additional signs. Nearly every vertical space was taken, and the Clean Skies Foundation even had to resort to putting one sign on the ground – below our feet.
    All kidding aside, it would be good to think about more aggressive advertising from the nuclear industry. I know a good podcast that would be willing to run some commercials and provide stats on their effectiveness. I am also pretty sure I can find a blog or two that can do a pretty decent job of getting eyeballs on message.

  3. Having been in self-employed private practice where, essentially, you are 100% commission-based for your livelihood (no one in your chair = no income), I can appreciate marketing campaigns and don’t begrudge my competitors’ efforts – provided it’s done honestly.
    Clean Skies seems to want it both ways: by including other forms of energy in their broadcast, they appear to be open-minded and balanced but by lending their brand to the CNG message they betray that appearance of indifference- a “We don’t really care what form of energy is used, as long as it’s American” attitude.
    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then perhaps, as David Bradish states above, the NEI ought to take some cues from this effort? Get in the game — and not just with the Capitals. (Go Ovechkin!)

    1. @Doc – please do not be confused about the relationship between the American Clean Skies Foundation, Clean Skies News, and the domestic natural gas industry. They are all very open about who works for whom. Just follow the information in the “About” pages on the web sites.
      Clean Skies is not lending its brand to CNG – the natural gas industry ESTABLISHED Clean Skies News to talk about clean energy and the way that natural gas fits into the picture.
      As you say – I am not begrudging the competition their right to advertise. I am simply pointing out the ads and asking people to look at them carefully to see how that advertising is positioned and what message it is sharing. If the nuclear industry chooses to perform the sincerest form of flattery . . .

  4. One comment you made that I think requires a little more thought.
    ‘a willingness to spend money to obtain favorable market rules. That is a good thing – this is, after all, America, where companies and industries have a right to free (or paid) speech.’
    One of the problems in the US has been the slow ‘capture’ of the government by corporate executives. The worst examples are the Banksters, Health Insurance, and Pharma (maybe you’d like to include the oil companies). The slow erosion of the ‘free market’ (those ‘favorable market rules’) is leading to an economy run more and more for the benefit of a small number of people.

  5. That is an amazing marketing campaign. It is interesting how the posters, pole etc. are sequenced given the flow of passengers in a metro station.
    Some passengers (Departing) enter the station, swipe their Metro Pass, go down the escalator, wait for a train, enter the train, and then ride to another station. Other passengers (Arriving) get off a train and quickly walk through the station to the escalators, ride upward, and then rather quickly exit the station, probably via a turnstile.
    I am sure the marketing company designed the sequence of the ads in light of these traffic patterns.
    It would be really interesting if nuclear folks could get the ball rolling with this sort of innovative marketing.
    One of the most cute and relatively inexpensive innovative marketing concepts I’ve learned about was a version of the separator used at the grocery store checkout line. Instead of the usual 12″ long two or three-ounce plastic model that has the name of the supermarket on it, this one was the exact same dimensions, but it was made of iron and thus weighed a few pounds rather than a couple of ounces!! The customer couldn’t see that it was made of iron, because it was covered with a bright yellow marketing message. It said “Gold’s Gym. Join Today.”
    Obviously this concept doesn’t translate well at all to nuclear energy, but the creativity behind the natural gas campaign and the Gold’s Gym thing are what I am trying to compare.
    I have no idea the cost of the subway marketing campaign, but would guess that it is in the range of some tens of thousands of dollars. The main expenses are the advertising fees paid to operator of the Metro and the fees paid for the concept design and graphic artist work. My guess is the cost of this campaign is substantially less than a TV spot on a major DC local or a national cable channel and somewhat more than the cost of a single billboard or the cost of a radio spot on a major local station.

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