Monday, September 1, 2014

What is #MindfulSocial?

May 5, 2014

When was the last time you saw a post from a brand on a social network and thought to yourself “Wow, they really get me!”. Yeah, that doesn’t happen to me much either. More often than not brands post about their product, or maybe–just to be different–share a user comment about how great their product [...]

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Consulting Services for Micro Loans?

April 27, 2014

When I started my first company I had the great good fortune to be backed by a seasoned venture capitalist and  advisors to help me learn the ins and outs of running a startup. I was eager, motivated and knew basically nothing about running a business. But I had passion and people believed in me, [...]

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Mindful Social Business Part 1

April 18, 2014

The concept of mindfulness in business is not new, but in this age of complexity it can’t be over-emphasized that we need more of it. Especially in social media, taking the time to actively notice what’s going on before engaging can lead to a more focused, enlightening and productive experience for everyone. When you take [...]

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Crowdfunding works for nonprofits who “get it”

March 21, 2014

Pretty much everybody understands the concept of crowdfunding, a bunch of people get together around a great idea, share it with the world and they get rich right? Yeah, not exactly. You’ve got to have a solid plan and hopefully either a large social network or access to people who have large and engaged networks [...]

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Content Marketing and Social Business

March 16, 2014

Content marketing is the new buzzword on the lips of every marketer these days, but what does it mean for your newly social business? The easy answer is that depends It depends on what your goals are and how you plan to measure your success. It depends on whether  you can consistently create content that [...]

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Linkedin Launches Blogs for Members

February 19, 2014

In 2012 Linkedin launched the beginning of what has become a powerful stream of thought leadership blogs through their “LinkedIn Influencer” program. The likes of Gretchen Rubin, Richard Branson, Dharmesh Shah and Beth Kanter to name a few, have been lending their voice to LinkedIn and making it a pretty darn awesome content platform. Many [...]

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Social Media is Not a Direct Sales Channel

February 12, 2014

Let’s think for a moment about how great–really great–sales people deal with initiating a sale. Do they just walk up to someone at random on the street and say “Hi, my name is Jill and you’ve GOT to buy this product!” without ever knowing anything about the person, what they need, or warming up the [...]

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This Is Social, Watch Your Mouth

December 23, 2013

No, this isn’t another diatribe against Justine Sacco, I think she’s had enough. It’s a gentle reminder, dear reader, to watch your mouth in public. Cuz that’s what Twitter is you know, it’s public. I don’t care what social network you’re on actually, or who you are, if you wouldn’t say it to a crowd in [...]

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There Is No Free Social Media For Business

December 10, 2013

Waay back in the 1990s I co-founded a startup on-line community for the restaurant industry. Ontherail was smart, funny, beautifully illustrated and edgy, and we had a rabid subscriber base of restaurant folk. Blogs were in their infancy and we used bulletin boards and comment streams on posts to communicate with our user-base and we [...]

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Google Helpouts- Small Biz Boon?

November 6, 2013

We are big fans of the Google Hangout around here. I frequently do hangouts to meet with clients and potential clients, and I co-host a weekly hangout on-air called The Friday Hangout with Steve Farnsworth and Adam Helweh featuring industry leaders in digital marketing and we have a pretty good following. Now Google’s introduced a [...]

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