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Fabulous news, Sean. Best of luck to you!
1 week, 3 days ago on I’ve Accepted a New Job with Sears
Nice post, Brandie! Love that photo of you and Tim. You might want to consider entering the Social Media Week contest for the boldest, most original ideas for the ultimate G+ Hangout for your #CMAD day via @smwnyc & you could win $5k:. http://bit.ly/10P3cBC #needbugels
4 months ago on A Sharpie, A Screwdriver and Passion, My World of Community Management
Very nice tribute to your friends, so many of whom I am fortunate to know as well. I look forward to seeing you in Vegas.
5 months ago on 2012 Video Post of Gratitude
Jodi, Thank you and all the chat participants for all your great insights on helping to avoid parental anxiety during the college application process. I really like how you recapped the chat here and want to learn more about how you set this up. Nice alternative to Storify. Thanks again.
7 months ago on Motivating, Communicating and Talking to Your Student
Please add IAB MIXX on October 2, 2012 in NYC. The international IAB MIXX Awards honors the teams and talent that push interactive advertising to new levels—celebrating creatives and brands for unprecedented work in the interactive arena and elevating the creative and metric standards of the medium. Focused on creativity and impact, the MIXX Awards is the only competition that evaluates all key facets of interactive marketing, including strategy, creative development and execution, media placement and integration, effectiveness and ROI. www.iab/mixxawards
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Guide to events & conferences for October
I suggested to my company that we use Twebevent as a way to help respondents see the questions both in advance of and during the chat. We could also post a video there for some background perspective. Great for branding, too. (thanks to the example set by @mqtodd and others for some high powered chats.) We did a Storify after the chat to represent the discussion and included as many different voices as possible. The community manager then posted announcements to those who were quoted in the Storify as a way to keep awareness high and encourage sharing. The Storify was posted on all the company's social sites. We are still learning so all tips help. Thanks for a great post.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Five Tips for Holding a Twitter Chat that Doesn’t Suck
Great post, Dan. The industry sentiment seems positive on the change. It's better for LinkedIn in the end as this forces members to post via LinkedIn or a dedicated LinkedIn share button. This makes the platform a destination (vs an after thought) with more thoughtful content sharing.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on 6 LinkedIn Habits To Quit: You’re Not On Facebook Anymore
While I have not become an entrepreneur, if I were to become one, I would definitely say that Patricia Wilson, founding Partner and President of Brand Cottage, a "media marketing company that is focused on achieving measurable advertising and marketing goals for its clients"is definitely an inspiration for me. Her agency clients include Johnston & Murphy, USA Today, Seventh Generation, Farm Rich and Ted's Montana Grill. She has 22 years of media experience, including media director posts at Ogilvy and Mather, Young & Rubicam, Della Femina and Bayless Cronin. She was also Chief Marketing Officer at BrightHouse.
What makes her a role model is that she has built Brand Cottage as a smart, small company where she and her employees also have an admirable work/life balance. They are lean and just get the job done, and done well. I had the honor of working with Patricia and her team as a social media strategy consultant prior to joining the IAB. She is a role model for a successful business in today's digital age. She's a beautiful woman inside and out!
You can check her out at:
Twitter - @brandcottage (where is is part of the original 'Bad Ass 75' group of top Twitters)
Facebook Company Brand Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrandCottage?ref=ts
And, of course, LinkedIn
10 months, 3 weeks ago on What Entrepreneurial Story Inspires You Most #BrainDownload
Great life lessons, Sharon. As much as I miss my daughter when she's away at camp, I know she's having more fun than hanging out with no one around in our town. This will be her 6th year at the same camp. She's meeting people from all over the country: some she likes and some she doesn't ...but she has to learn to live with both in her close proximity cabin. She has more responsibility and more freedom as she gets older with the program. These experiences will make going off to college so much easier (for both of us!) She will have friendships that will last a lifetime and, yes, they do sing a lot! Thanks for a fun post~~
1 year ago on 12 Most Useful Life Lessons I Learned at Summer Camp
Thanks for the invite to speak. You've done a great job organizing this event!
1 year ago on Introducing a Spectacular Speaker Line Up #140MTL #Montreal – Part I
Mila - Like you, I am indebted to the many individuals, publishers, and community groups who so freely share such incredible insights about the topic of 'social' at large. I value the engagement and have made many great connections that have led to professional opportunities as well as in-real-life friendships (like getting to know you via #usguys!)
In terms of mixing professional and personal on Twitter, I veer on the professional side. I would have steered clear of a chat topic of "God and Abstinence." For me, that's too personal and not appropriate for a 140 character 'conversation.' I'm not worried about being judged...I'd just rather not go there on Twitter. I do participate in 'non-professional' chats of personal interest to me such as #collegecash. There, I can be 'personal', but without encroaching on 'sensitive' subjects that I feel are not suitable for me on Twitter as a medium.
Great post, Mila (and I love the visuals!)
- Susan aka Christie ;)
1 year, 2 months ago on Learning the Art of You: The Marriage Between Your Online Persona and Your Personal Views
Mattias - Great post. That Chris Brogan advice about examining 'your last 10 tweets' is something that I, too, read and it has stuck with me. If someone follows me, I look at their last 10 or so tweets and form an immediate impression - it is part of the bias I use to determine whether or not to follow back. Thus, I try to keep my own tweets 'balanced.'
At the end of the day, whether you are a brand marketer or an individual, it's important to think about WHY you use different social platforms. Many would say they have different 'goals' on different platforms - e.g., LinkedIn is for your professional self, Facebook is for your personal self, and Twitter... really depends on the person - it could go either way. For me, on Twitter, I had a definite mission which was more professional in nature. I didn't have a set 'ratio' but I RT'd a lot of great content and learned to engage. This led to business opportunities and real friendships based on shared professional, and sometimes personal, interests. I never imagined this could come true via 140 character exchanges.
1 year, 2 months ago on Become An Engaging Valuable Friend In Social Media
A beautiful piece, John. I share Jeannette's sentiments exactly.
1 year, 2 months ago on A Boy And (The Loss Of) His Dog
Fun post, Gini - thank you.
- ps - I've also read that the more affluent you are, the more likely you are to re-gift! ;)
1 year, 4 months ago on Gin and Topics: Rich People Shoplift and Look Better Instantly
Nick - I like the idea of inviting members of the #usguys community to be on the #hotseat for the weekly #usguyschat for a topic that they, themselves, have some level of 'expertise' in. This puts the 'us' in 'usguys' and is a nice way to celebrate the group participants while also being different from other chats. Kelly can talk about her Pinterest obsession and why it's the hottest social media platform, Paul/Peg can talk about the background of their new venture and the importance of personal branding, Stan can talk about his experience with his new book from both a social media and first time author perspective, Ty can talk about his Random Acts of Kindness video experience, etc....It's not about selling...it's about sharing.
- I'm not familiar with Listly.
1 year, 4 months ago on Take the Social Media #Hotseat Challenge?
I'd "like" your page, Margie! Signed, a big 'fan' :))
1 year, 4 months ago on Why there will never be a Margie Clayman Facebook Fan Page
Another beautiful post by the lovely Margie Clayman. Random acts of kindness are always appreciated. I love that my kid's school system promotes this concept - honoring kids who have exhibited kind behaviors and even devoting a whole day to helping kids understand what it means and why it's important. I've read too many stories about people reaching out on social media, sending signals that something is seriously 'wrong.' If your intuition tells you that what you read in a post is alarming, trust your instinct and act on it. The simple act of reaching out with a kind word or expression of caring could make an important difference...even if you don't know the person well. Thanks again, Margie~~
1 year, 4 months ago on Are you sure you know what matters?
Nice post, Aaron. Agree on all, especially the last point on Social TV/Second Screen. Talking trends on Toolschat in a minute. Hope we'll see you there~~
1 year, 4 months ago on 5 Social media trends that will lead 2012.
Nice post, Mila... inspirational and I love the photos! I'm hoping I can achieve the goals I have set for myself in 2012. Cheers to YOU, and I hope our paths cross IRL again soon. All the best, Susan.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Dawn of a New Year – Be Outstanding
BrandFlair The baby on the Nirvana cover is now 20, just like the Nevermind album. He may be grown, but the album is still considered a classic. I think that's what #usguys can be.
I became a part of #usguys in March of this year. I have enjoyed the chats, friendships and IRL meetings with so many people - including those who may no longer be active with #usguys. We all need to remember how much has changed this year in the social media world, and not just with #usguys. There are so many more chats/groups to become part of, so many more social media options and tools...I actually think #usguys has weathered the storm well.
Josepf, I don't think a website is needed, but the chat should continue, perhaps with more focus based on current group dynamics (and perhaps a different time as Monday 3pm is tough - for me at least!)
Onward and upward!
1 year, 5 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys