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My thought is that the first thing I saw when I clicked through to this site to read your post was an email sign up form slapped in front of my face!  Are you practicing what you preach?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/232206

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Fantastic article, and as  a former scientist now practicing in the marketing field, many of these points that you have listed have been  huge pet peeves of mine. Especially points #1 and #7.  There are some in the social media industry who promote themselves as "social media scientists" where what they do has nothing to do with the scientific method.  They are actually practicing pseudo-science and make a bad name for real science.  I am glad you are brining this up and talking about it as we need this dialogue. In fact, I'd venture to say that the Marketing industry could benefit from the equivalent of a "peer review" process for publishing books and articles.  What do you think? Would something like this fly outside of the scientific realm?

1 year, 1 month ago on The Halo Effect; Storytelling Is Not Business Strategy

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What a great article, thank you!

1 year, 3 months ago on Three Data Points to Measure Your Blog Efforts

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Ray, your fine, fine arts education at York U is shining through!  Please continue, very nice!  I am sure this will be a hit among your Plus man pals.

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ballad of Connie and Clive – a Social Media Romance

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I love the way you write Ray, great story telling!

1 year, 4 months ago on Making My Small Business Into a Social Business with Google+

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I love this post Ray! Educational, yet entertaining!  Thanks for putting it together!

1 year, 6 months ago on The Basics for Enjoying Google+ Hangouts

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I read this post and it reminds me of two people Ric Dragon and Ekaterina Walter, because a great portion of their recently published books talks about this very subject.

1 year, 7 months ago on When a business 'humanizes', what kind of human will it be?

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Beautifully said Ric!  May I add that thought leadership isn't only about sharing information, but inspiring change and motivating others, which is the "leadership" part of the equation that many marketers miss.  Those who share information for the sole purpose of getting something back, aren't practicing leadership!

1 year, 7 months ago on Thought Leadership and Sales

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Good stuff, thank you Klaudia!

1 year, 7 months ago on How to Hide Friends (List) on Facebook

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Very nicely written! Long term thinking is the biggest challenge faced by business owners trying to get their heads around social media and it's benefits.

1 year, 7 months ago on 2013: The Beginning of Context

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Love this post and will start a virtual jar! Thank you!

1 year, 8 months ago on What Will Fill Your Happiness Jar?

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Great post Ray! Short powerful list, power to you for taking your work to the next level in 2013.  Now that we've all survived the end of the world, there's be nothing but a bright future for all of us.

1 year, 8 months ago on 3 Steps Forward, 5 Posts Back

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Great job looking at the camera Ray! Great interview!

1 year, 11 months ago on Video Interview With Ray Hiltz

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Thank you Matt, this was a lot of fun! My son (8 years old) watched it and said "Mom, you were great, you did a good job talking about social media". Thanks for making me look like a star in my son's eyes!

1 year, 11 months ago on Video Interview With Sherry Nouraini

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 @jureklepic  @newraycom Just sent out a couple of times through tungle (what a cool tool!).  Feel free to propose other times. Looking forward to it!

2 years, 1 month ago on How to Start Building a Social Business Strategy

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 @newraycom  @jureklepic Definitely, we have to meet and plan a workshop for you for one of these Fridays (Open Social Media initiative), that is if you are interested.  An of course, having Jure attend would be a treat!

2 years, 1 month ago on How to Start Building a Social Business Strategy

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Great project Ray! You are absolutely correct, social media is more than just marketing.

2 years, 1 month ago on How to Start Building a Social Business Strategy

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 @jureklepic So well said Jure! It is more important to find what makes you unique.  This new age of social media requires such a huge culture change!

2 years, 1 month ago on How to Start Building a Social Business Strategy

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Awesome post Ray! I think not citing privacy is a cop out! They'll have to come around eventually, but they'll be late to the party!

2 years, 2 months ago on Is it Safe to be Social At Work?

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 @DaveGallant True Dave, but I also like the collaborative brick we're all putting together!

2 years, 2 months ago on Planning Your Content Marketing: Bricks vs. Feathers

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I absolutely love this infograph, totally pin worthy (which I did).  I also love the analogy, well-done!

2 years, 2 months ago on Planning Your Content Marketing: Bricks vs. Feathers

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Thanks for this Ray, very timely!

2 years, 2 months ago on You’re Live on Google+ Hangouts On Air

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l believe you can gain an entrepreneurship spirit if you are placed in the proper environment.  I have lived in Canada and United States, and there is a tremendous amount of difference in that spirit between the two countries, and I say that because I have seen it and also felt it within myself.  I think the environment in the US forces one to be original and a go getter, but that incentive is not there in Canada (as much as in US) because of the social safety net that is there.  There are lots of entrepreneurs in Canada, but the fire in the belly for being a business owner is much more prominent in the US.

2 years, 2 months ago on Is The Entrepreneurial Spirit Something All People Possess

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Hm... Great questions!  I personally don't pay attention to the perks cause I don't want to be bothered, there's no space left in my brain for that, and I would endorse a  brand that delivers value regardless of Perks.  As to the second question, I would consider the score since a high Klout score means the person has lots of connections, but whether they can influence decisions, that is another matter.  I would try to ask questions and find out how a person received the score.  If they build it up by participating in Klout exchange practices, then they will be dumped. However, it'll be hard to get anyone to admit to that.  Hm.....We need a Kout police!

2 years, 3 months ago on Do You Care if Your Clients Have Klout?

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Well, it looks like young people are communicating what they want, all they need is a government that listens instead of passing laws to prohibit wearing masks, that's ridiculous! You know, I always thought Canadian politics were boring, but it seems like it is no longer the case!  I love reading your articles Ray, and I am not saying that to be nice (you know me!)

2 years, 3 months ago on There’s Something Happening Here…

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Wow! Matt, i love this this post. As I was reading it, I was thinking to myself "This sounds like it is coming out of Steve Jobs's playbook", and sure enough as I read further, there was a quote form Steve Jobs!  This post was full of inspiration, thank you!

2 years, 3 months ago on What Can Students At Chapman University Learn From A Car Mechanic Dude

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Very philosophical post Ray, love it! My rule for engagement in social media is being myself without sharing too many details about my life to be safe and also not to bore anyone, and I use this method across all channels.  I think if you are sincere about your interactions with people  on social media channels, you can form great connections without sharing too many personal details.  I don't know what you would call it, but it works for me.

2 years, 3 months ago on Can We Be Honest, Here?

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Great post Ray! One thing I love about G+ is the quality of content I find there.  I don't spend too much time there, but when I do, I find something amazing.  I think G+ is more my crowd but not necessarily my target market. But I love G+ and I will spend more time on it going forward cause for me, social media is not just about work, it's about meeting awesome people like you.  I also absolutely love the Hangout On Air feature, and when it becomes available to me, I'll push it to it's limits.  Thanks for keep G+ on top of our minds, you're the one who pushes me to do more great stuff, so thank you!

2 years, 3 months ago on I Just Got to Get a Message to You

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 @Mattias Gronborg Then you have to come again, and this time be sure to visit San Diego. It has the most beautiful beaches.  I will share the article with my sister, and was telling my husband about it last night, he is looking forward to reading it.  I loved reading it, very insightful!  Let's chat more on Skype, definitely!

2 years, 3 months ago on A Networking Serendipity Tour In California

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I loved this Ray, thank you for sharing all the fantastic advice you gathered at this meeting. I tried to find in the list things that I am already doing and things that I should be doing.  Glad to say that I am at least doing (or attempt to do)  these two things through my articles: 1- Be the disruption not the reaction and 2) What obvious truths do you know that aren’t obvious to others!  I love the Steve Jobs advice as well. Thanks again for sharing this with us!

2 years, 3 months ago on Social Media Breakfast – A Great Way to Start the Day!

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What an insightful article Matt, bravo! Loved reading it!   And you are absolutely correct, companies that embrace change will be the ones who will win the race.  I think my sister would love your article, because that is the very thing she complained about when she worked in Sweden: People's resistance to change.  It's a good thing Sweden has someone like you to bring change. Keep at it my friend, you'll do your country a whole of lot of good.

2 years, 3 months ago on A Networking Serendipity Tour In California

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OMG! You've done such a great job of your 7 random facts, love it!  I am also an Apple freak, and  not much of a voice talent either :(  It was great to meet you in OC, wish we had more time to talk social media in more depth.

2 years, 4 months ago on 7 Random Facts About Mattias Gronborg

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So well said Ray! Being social has to be part of the DNA of people running the business, it's not a procedural thing, it has to come naturally. Really enjoyed reading this my friend!

2 years, 4 months ago on Does the Social Shoe Fit?

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What a great article! My favorites on this post was #4, #5 and #11, but they were all amazing any way! I loved reading this!

2 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Powerhouse Habits of Social Media Pros

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Corporations have spent so much time dehumanizing themselves by off shoring call centers, and answering services, it will be quite a cultural revolution for them to be human again.  It is always exciting to witness a revolution! This was a fantastic post, thank you!

2 years, 4 months ago on Are You Worthy of Social Media? The 2 Types of Talk Triggers

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Personally, I think marketing professionals who work for companies are still set in their old ways, thinking in terms of short-term ROI, who are probably under pressure from short-cited executives.  Unless companies realize that marketing through social media channels requires a whole new strategy, they'll keep pushing their deals into people's faces on Facebook or Twitter in the hope that some of the spaghetti they throw will stick.  Unless companies can embrace the "Unicorns and Rainbows" aspect of social media, and be comfortable with long term returns, things will remain the same.

2 years, 4 months ago on New Research: Americans Hate Social Media Promotions

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OMG! What a fun post this was! And full of wisdom both about social media and customer service!  My favorite line was this "If your service sucks; social media will just make it suck louder."   Thanks for making my evening reading time so entertaining and educational at the same time!

2 years, 4 months ago on Are We Engaged or Are You Just Tweeting Me

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Great book review Mat! I have not read the book, but I see Mike applying his methodology every day through his blog, Facebook page, his recent networking groups and success summits.  Giving and building trust is indeed the new ticket of customer attraction and retention.

 

See you at the Social Media Success Summit 2012, if not earlier.

2 years, 4 months ago on The Power Of Compelling Content Plus Other People

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Love Love Love this post Mat! You are so right, opportunities for inspiration are everywhere, you just have to have the right attitude and look.

2 years, 5 months ago on Practice Your Ability To Perceive The Idea

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What a great post Ray, and one of the most powerful features on G+ is sharing the circles, it makes life so easy.  And as I said on Facebook, what a great title you've chosen for you post!

2 years, 5 months ago on What To Do On Google Plus While Waiting For Friends To Show Up

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Congrats on your launch Matt! I am sure with your boundless energy and smarts, you will land on the moon! Like I said before, Matt Gronborg is always on fire!

2 years, 5 months ago on We Are Heading For The Moon With iGoMoon

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Great post Jay, a true sign of a thought-leader. 

2 years, 5 months ago on Is Social Media Strategy Required or Redundant?

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Shutting down your blog just because you can type longer posts on G+ is a big mistake!  Blogging is not dying, cause smart people don't close their blogs.  Come to think of it, maybe this is good way to filter out those who don't recognize the value of blog!

2 years, 5 months ago on Treat Blogging As You Want to Be Treated

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This was a great slide presentation Ray, but I think everything he said about creating an interest graph is true for  Facebook, Twitter, and now Pinterest.  I agree with you that we should not get dogmatic about one network or another. We should just use them to reach different kinds of people in different ways.

2 years, 5 months ago on Google Plus: Sharing My Interests

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 @jessostroff Thanks for your reply.  When I used it last year, it would destroy the top menu of my blog when I viewed it on iphone, and the bar did show up, maybe they have fixed it since then.

The social sharing tool I use is  Twitter Facebook Social Share which also allows for positioning of the bar on the top, bottom and on the left.  It also has a Pin button which is crucial these days.

2 years, 5 months ago on 6 Must-Have Social Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

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Great tip! I have a question and a comment. Does Dig Dig include a Pin it button? Also, the Hello bar does not play nice with WordPress touch, which makes your blog mobile friendly.

2 years, 5 months ago on 6 Must-Have Social Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

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Brain Solis is a great writer.  I read his "Engagement" book and enjoyed it immensely. I gotta say I am impressed with the rate at which you read these awesome books, thanks for the review.

2 years, 5 months ago on Video Book Review Of The End Of Business As Usual

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Hi Wayne,

Great website! How do we find out about your Xeeme training on the 1st (read it in the comment below).

Regards,

Sherry

2 years, 7 months ago on Friends

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Well said my friend! I think one thing that most people miss is the importance of listening. Social media has given us a great tool to listen to our target market, this is unprecedented. Most people focus on just posting; but listening is a huge part of being successful.

2 years, 7 months ago on B2B Sales Competition Is Fierce And Survival Is On Stake

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Mat, I think the executives you talk about in the beginning of your post need to go back to school.

2 years, 8 months ago on When Learning Runs Smack into Reality at Medieinstitutet #mfm11

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