Returning Home from IPCPR 2010

I had an absolutely amazing week in NOLA for IPCPR, and want to take a moment to thank everyone for all their efforts and passion they bring into the industry.

One of the common topics this year was how we are one community- a family, and at the end of the day competition is not the focus. I was delighted to hear the friendly support for all cigar makers- no matter the company or competition. There was a genuine support for a collective success, for each company and for the industry. I was also delighted to see the support for media in terms of bloggers and twitter. Bloggers were able to conduct interviews and bring the experience to the consumer at home, not to mention help the retailer inform everyone of what is new and soon to be seen in their local shops. With so much news and so many questions to ask, the bloggers bring in an easy format for people to get these answers, get informed, and  get excited so they walk into their local cigar shop ready and eager. It also allows us to learn more about the cigar makers themselves, to hear their inspirations, history, stories, and even their tips for better smoking experiences. We are given information and a connection to better appreciate our favorite smokes.

I want to thank Hava Cigar and for their incredible efforts in presenting the Twitter BOTL Cocktail Hour at IPCPR for a second year in a row, and thank all who sponsored this great event. Please click here to visit for a complete list of sponsors as well as all the details involved in this event. Thank you!

It was wonderful to be able to relax and socialize after the show, and this year there were so many wonderful opportunities. During the show business must be a priority, and so it is only when orders are not being conducted that interviews are taken. Bloggers played the role of media, not consumer, to get the needed message out to the eyes of the public. It is a beautiful balance that brings so much into this industry.

I also want to thank CigarRobbie for including me in one of his interviews- I am absolutely flattered! You can view the interview here: Interview with Smoking Hot Cigar Chick.

I’ll be posting a lot of interviews and videos over the next few days. These are some special videos I am very excited to share with you!


  1. Jeff Mouttet
    Aug 15, 2010 @ 10:47:38


    I couldn’t agree with you more in regards to your take on bloggers and their positive effect throughout the industry.

    Being a retailer, I’m excited to see the grass roots nature of this movement, and know that this type of synergy will only help us all in the long run.

    Great to meet you @ the TBOTLCH. Keep up the good work.


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  3. Will
    Aug 15, 2010 @ 19:10:20

    Unfortunately I heard a lot of retailers and manufacturers complaining about the bloggers being there. I can tell you, this had an impact on the samples we retailers go this year.

    And this is just wrong. As a retailer (and blogger), the bloggers do a great service. The bloggers are the best way to promote sticks to customers. Please keep up the good work.

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  5. Mark
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 14:34:26

    It would be unfortunate and short-sighted of the retailers and manufacturers to not realize the impact that the bloggers can have on the industry. When I want an impartial review of a smoke I’m considering, that’s the first place I head. Favorable reviews will guarantee that I will try that stick.

    On the other hand, I can imagine that it could be quite annoying to have a large number of people coming at you with video cameras and the same, tired “tell us what you’ve got going on” type of interview format. Some bloggers I’ve seen could do a better job of selecting more specific questions to ask ahead of time.

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