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I LOVE this post, as usual, Mr. Brown. I love how you've learned from your mistakes, taken new directions, and figured out what's really most important. I struggle with my own blog, always striving for more engagement, because it's interaction with others that matters more to me than building a large group of readers who may or may not care what I'm writing about. But because it's a personal blog and not one to build a business, I don't do the analysis I should or put lots of time into it. Your post has given me lots of ideas about where I need to go. Thanks, Danny!;I always learn something from you. ;)
1 day, 2 hours ago on Understanding Your Blog Audience and What You Want From Them
I love this disagreement, because both sides hold value. Being on the side of having a website but not a blog, I totally rely on the value of the social networks, but I have often thought about what happens when the next big thing comes along. What you've done is amazing, Gini, and it takes a lot of work to get to this point, and many businesses don't have the resources, time or talent to do so. But overall, I think you're right... driving everything to something you own is key. And I'm really sorry I missed that chat!
1 day, 2 hours ago on Where Should You Build Community?
I am SO with you on the hour of sleep. And how about the fact that we have to get up in total darkness again? BTW... nothing wrong with a good snort now and again. I've been known to let one slip myself when there's really something to laugh about. My nephew catches me every time. Enjoy the weekend, and hope you don't miss that hour too much! Thanks for another great G&T.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Gin and Topics: Rotary Phones, the Oscars, and the Polar Vortex
Oh the pups are going to be SOOOOO spoiled! Literally. HA! Yes, Gini, home run. ;) And of course Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon and Ellen never fail to make me laugh. EVER. TY! Hope you had a great weekend and here's to warm times in Chicago. Spring is coming SOON!
1 week, 1 day ago on Gin and Topics: I Love Jesus, but I Like to Drink a Little
OK, Gini, even though I'd love to argue with you on this one because I don't like what she's done or her music, I just can't. While I just want to scream, "Stick that tongue back in your mouth!" every time I see it, you are absolutely right -- this was all planned and done perfectly. Even her interview with (my boyfriend) Matt Lauer on the Today Show was her no excuses, no apologies self. And you can't argue with the stats and sales. That's the bottom line and what all good PR campaigns are supposed to do.
4 months, 1 week ago on Miley Cyrus: A PR Case Study in Flawless Execution
We sure have the same taste in books! I read the first 3 and loved them (and if you haven't read King's Under the Dome, which is now airing on TV, I'd add that one too, except for a bizarre ending, I couldn't put it down). 11/22/63 blew me away. AMAZING. And Defending Jacob was just "hold on for an amazing ride." GREAT writer - same with "Kevin." Of course I can't wait for the next Gillian Flynn. She's just got an unbelievable talent for pulling you along at lightning speed in her books. Adding the remainder of your suggestions to my list. Also, I just finished a delightful novel that I got lost in, feeling like I was on the West Coast of Ireland myself in Maeve Binchy's final book before she passed away, A Week in Winter. And one of my fave books ever, if you haven't read it (it's old): A Painted House by John Grisham - a 180 degree turn from his normal legal thrillers, this little piece of 1950s America has characters that will stay with you for a long time to come. ;) Happy summer and happy reading! Keep your lists coming, and good luck with your test!
8 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Summer Reading List
Arik, while I usually agree with your thoughts and always appreciate your insights, I have to disagree with you on this one. I think that if brands don't recognize a national tragedy they appear oblivious to the world and completely self-centered. I understand what you're saying, that when every brand is saying basically the same thing, what difference does it make? But I think it's about being part of the social networks. If you're not, then you may as well just go back to one-way messaging and skip social media all together.
9 months ago on Do brands really need to demonstrate sympathy during national crisis?
Amazing article. Wonderful to see that some people will continue to pursue what is right. And Facebook should not be making decisions that are clearly double standards.
9 months, 1 week ago on Social Justice: Facebook (Finally) Bends to the Vocal Social Mob
Margie I so hope we get a chance to meet in person. From your song choices (I am in awe of the Talking Heads song leading to this fab post!), to an Emily Dickinson reference (always my fave poet) in a previous post, to your reading lists and struggle with what to do in social media, wow do we have lots in common!! I so enjoyed reading this and I find myself agonizing with you!!! I've said before that you are inspiring. You simply are. No matter what you choose to do it how you choose to do it, you are making a difference for many people.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Once in a Lifetime
LOVE this post. My hubby and I are way behind too, having finished season 1. But I'm dying to catch up! And just from the first season, I'd say your take on Don Draper PR man of 2013 is right on. Loved this fun post, Arik!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on What if Don Draper was a PR pro?
My dear Jayme, you and I both know SEO and digital experience does NOT a PR pro make. You are dead on with all the facets of PR you've listed, and while you can support those efforts through social media, you can't DO them through digital means. It takes skills, talent, experience and personality to pull off a fully developed and well rounded PR campaign, and social and digital are only tools to help make that campaign more successful, IMHO. Long live PR, my friend!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on The Blending Of PR With Marketing Is Its Death
Personally, I wish you HAD been snarky with the Apple staff! I have been treated the same way in an Apple store, and leave feeling like I didn't belong there, like I was not smart enough to be using the products, let alone dare to stand at the genius bar. I'm not saying everyone who works in an Apple Store has an attitude issue, but I do think that perhaps they need to work on their overall customer service policy and strive to offer a better customer experience, more like the one you had at your second stop. I don't think the boredom comes from the technology, but rather from an overall attitude that doesn't quite fit with customer service ideals. Those are probably the people who should NOT be working directly with customers!
10 months, 1 week ago on Does Too Much Technology Make Us Bored?
Meetings are so often for the sake of having a meeting that they all just seem inane after a while, don't they? Give me a to-do list and a deadline and I'm happy. Schedule me in back-to-back meetings and I will go out of my mind. Thanks for making sense of this craziness, Arik!
10 months, 1 week ago on Why do we lock our top talent up in meetings all day?
Hello, Gini and welcome back! Wonderful post, as always. So glad you had a good, semi-unplugged vacation! But what a week to be away. Wow. Being only 50 miles away, AND having friends at the finish line, it was truly frightening! And my take away from this is that there really is good in people... and it's wonderful how everyone comes together in a tragedy. It's just a shame that it's not like that ALL THE TIME! We need to forgive people for mistakes (Guy Kawasaki), we need to see the good in people and appreciate all we have in life. It's that simple! Welcome home!!!! We definitely missed you! P.S. When you've finally gotten caught up on things, I'd love it if you could read my take on last week in my two recent posts. ;)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Lessons from a Vacation in Paris
Oh what a great question that I've posed to myself so many times! I too took a hiatus from Facebook, but felt the pull to be back there again. Perhaps it's a feeling of missing something if we're NOT posting. Perhaps it's for those of us who might need that external affirmation to feel we've thought or said or done the right thing. Or maybe it's that high school feeling of wanting to be sitting at the cool kids table. Who knows. The fact is that posting to social media has almost become second nature. When we see, feel, hear, smell or taste something, we feel the need to share it! Yup, it's involving ALL our senses now. I'm just waiting for the scratch-n-sniff tweet to come along! Thanks for another fab post, Margie! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Why do we post the things we do to the online world?
@AlaskaChickBlog Hi Amber! I loved your post and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your comments!! It's always great to meet someone else who thinks like you, isn't it? Even if we ARE a country apart. Have a GREAT, happy day!! I'm following your blog now too. YAY! Great to connect.
11 months ago on The Happy Friday Series: Let Go Of Sad
@Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing @KristenDaukas @NancyCawleyJean Thank you Kristen and Jayme! People like you make it a lot easier.
@KristenDaukas @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I hit the Kingston Mines when I was there!
@Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing @KristenDaukas I would LOVE to read Kristen's post on the Happy Friday series!! Jayme, I knew you couldn't conform to rigidity when you said you didn't keep lists. LOL!
@KristenDaukas I think people are really fortunate to have that full glass outlook, Kristen. I hope your positive attitutde can help your daughter to be more like you, because it can be done! All my best, and thanks for taking the time to read the post. Here's to a wonderful day!