Wednesday, August 27, 2014

n3tworkWe all love videos and sharing content that we find which resonates with us right? But it’s getting harder and harder to find videos that really speak to us. Sure, you can search popular video sites like Vimeo and YouTube, but it can take a while to filter through all the videos available to find the good stuff. Frankly, 80% out there is dreck, but boy are we making a LOT of it!

Some quick stats on YouTube usage:

  • Youtube claims more than a billion users visit per month
  • Users watch over 6 billion hours of video every month
  • Mobile use on YouTube is up almost 40% of the global watch time
  • 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
  • The number of people subscribing daily has tripled since just last year

Wow, tons of content, and that’s only on YouTube, but finding the best is like a needle in a haystack sorta thing. As someone who loves video and sharing with friends, family and clients, I’m very excited about this new app called N3TWORK, available from the App Store. (Sorry Android users.)

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Don't review this hotel or ELSE!If you don’t remember anything else I’ve ever told you about social business, remember this: ALL business is social. Even if you aren’t using social media–other people are–and they talk. Oh how they do talk. Let’s take a lesson from the Union Street Guest House, a hotel in Hudson, NY who recently made the news for their policy for wedding and event parties. Guests are notified through the website that ” If you stay here to attend a wedding anywhere in the area and leave us a negative review on any internet site you agree to a $500. fine for each negative review”. Needless to say this policy has gotten some press and tons of noise on social and traditional media alike. Just to be absolutely clear, Itook this quote from dated April 14. The website now carries an edited version, also pasted below. [click to continue…]


time to unplug

Yes, that’s me in the raft on the left with the huge grin heading into “Troublemaker” rapids. We just got back from a two day trip rafting the American River and it was awesome.

What’s that got to do with social business? Not a lot really, just this one thing. Unplugging is good for our brains. I live in a world that is constantly buzzing with alerts, updates and stories I just HAVE to listen to. It’s my job for the most part and I love it, my phone is within 3 feet 24/7 and I look at it on average every 4 minutes (yes, somebody timed it). So two days on the river with zero access (Thank you ATT for wildly exaggerating your coverage.) meant that I had nothing to do but take photos, listen to the river and actually talk to people in our camping party.

Once I finally accepted that it just wasn’t going to happen  I relaxed and was old-school social. Stories were told. Laughter was heard. Introspection happened. For a couple of days I could hear the world without the buzz I’m used to, and it was good.

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The Not-So Secret Guide to Twitter Lists

July 16, 2014

What are Twitter lists anyway? A Twitter list is a curated group of users on Twitter. When the list is viewed, the posts of the people added to that list show up in the list’s stream. Basically it’s a way to group interesting people on specific subjects or other groups (clients, friends, competitors, movie stars) to [...]

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Hashtags, the Good the Bad, the Oh So Ugly

July 7, 2014

It can’t be over-stated how important it is to research a hashtag before you use it and to give a little thought to what people may do with it once you unleash it on the world. Sometimes the best intentions can go stunningly awry. Some lovely examples for your amusement are below. I stuck to [...]

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Facebook’s Grand Experiment #Fail or….?

June 30, 2014

First a little backstory on this in case you’ve had your head in the sand for a week or so. A research paper released at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Facebook’s data scientists tells us they have been manipulating user’s newsfeeds to see if negative or positive emotions are as [...]

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50+ Inspiring Tech Savvy Leaders Over 50

June 5, 2014

You know what? I’m tired of hearing people say “I’m over 50, too old to understand this stuff” or similar balderdash. I’m over 50 and I get it, so can you! Over the last 20 odd years I’ve worked with and learned from some pretty amazing people who are just as old or older and [...]

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The CiscoLive Experience

May 27, 2014

I just got back from #CiscoLive last week. Man, what an event! 27,000 people poured into Moscone center in San Francisco, and Cisco invited 20 of us to attend  as  VIP social media ambassadors hand picked by Bryan Kramer of PureMatter. I was happy to see many of my Twitter friends there too, including  Joel Comm  Steve Farnsworth, Adam Helweh, Mitra [...]

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Why I’m glad I upgraded my LinkedIn Profile

May 13, 2014

I generally don’t tell clients they need the premium version of the LinkedIn profile unless they are actively seeking work, new hires or work in sales, but I upgraded recently to give it a spin and I’m finding “Who’s viewed your profile” to be a goldmine of information for myself and my business, Learn more [...]

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