I might be a little slow but I just noticed today what to me looked like a new banner ad on all the Juvenation pages. Look up and you'll see: "Tired of Shots? You have options. Learn how an insulin pump can give you more freedom and better control." Does that bother any of you Juvenation members who prefer MDI injection therapy? It might if you knew that this banner ad is the result of a $300,000 "deal" JDRF made with Medtronic which I guess is the cost of some advertising and promotion on YOUR online community... JUVENATION. Did anybody consult with YOU before inking this deal?
And then there's the seemingly innocent "contest" to win a free CGMS, also "courtesy" of MedTronic. All you have to do to enter is submit a form with your name, address, telephone, email and other info so you too can "request" to be on MedTronic's mailing list to attend Real Diabetes Control "Get Real" events in your local community. "Get Real," I assume means "Get a Pump... a MedTronic one." Clever...and sneaky!
Don't get me wrong, I have been a devoted MedTronic pump user for many years. I've owned a Model 406, 407 and a Paradigm 722, which I'm presently using. And I really don't want to be cynical. Somehow, I feel I must bring up whether or not these types of banners and "slick" corporate advertising is in the best interest of the Juvenation community.