Owner of McBreen Design, a Seattle branding and design agency. Consultant, designer, student of social media – still wet behind the ears, but learning.
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I should have framed them ;)
1 month, 1 week ago on What Happens When You Drive For 21 Hours?
Happy Anniversary, Lori! Wow!!
1 month, 1 week ago on It’s the Third Anniversary of Life, for instance!
When my wife and I did our cross country trip way back in the 90s (Baltimore to Seattle) our longest drive was probably Breckenridge Colorado to San Diego. She did most of the driving though, because I had saddle sores from a very long horsey trip through the Rockies ... ;)
So while in the car after CO, I was soon sitting on layers of gauze and ruined my favorite pair of shorts. At least I made her laugh when I got up to pump gas in what we soon called my seepage shorts ;)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Happens When You Drive For 21 Hours?
Love this, Dino.
"As for me, I love to discover new and counterintuitive ways of doing everyday tasks."
–Me too :) This keeps you fresh and life would be kina boring otherwise.
I took this past weekend off and hung out with my kids: Went GoCart racing, ate Chinese and went to the movies. Felt good to jump off the hamster wheel ;)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 4 Unusual Ways to Improve Your Business Today
My happiest days are always when I do this: Face what troubles me first thing. It could be as simple as a kinda, sorta painful phone call, but once that's done, the rest of the day is easy breezy, man :)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on What are we all so afraid of? (pulling back the curtain on fear)
I worked at a firm where everyone was thinking alike all the time. The environment was toxic and high school clique-like too. It was almost as if the self-important owner was just looking for clones. Yuck!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Successful Businesses Encourage Dissension
As a graphic designer who on only recently started consulting with clients on the best way forward when trying to implement a content marketing strategy, I agree with all your points.
In the new world of branding done right, it's the only way for all the reasons you mentioned. I've also had several clients burned by so-called "SEO Experts." Coming up with a Content Marketing plan gives them this power back.
I like the strategy of creating a whitepaper and then pulling 5-10 blog topics from that piece. It's something I've been recommending. Also, many of my professional services clients speak, so I've suggested turning their speeches into posts or at least dropping them onto SlideShare.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Corporate Blogging Questions Answered
@Soulati | Hybrid PR I'll keep teasing for a while ;) But plenty of work going on behind the scenes :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Branding Versus Monetizing A Blog
I love the way you've dissected this so well. I'll admit that when I first started blogging, I thought my enthusiasm would make the magic happen. Well, that was silly. After two years of blogging and many iterations with the overall tone of my site, I think I kinda, sorta have this thing figured out ;) We shall see.
My current blog is now very closely tied to my business. So there's a cohesiveness with the tone and branding. I have plans for that site and it's about consulting and some product offerings. But there's another project I'm now working on … a blog for the over 35 set looking to truly bust a move. It's a bit of a passion project, but built around some very big changes I've made in my own life in the last three months. It'll be fun and I'm looking forward to the launch.
And, um, that Tim Bonner sure gets around ... ;)
Cheese is good for the soul and it looks like it's a testosterone booster too.
3 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Hip Hop, Bench Presses, and Funny Old People
When I read the headline I didn't realize I was in for some crafty language on safe ladyscaping. Had to take a break from reading about SEO … so from torture to this. Thank you ;) And the Geraldo thing. Good lord, can't erase that image from the old noggin.
I was recently listening to one of my favorite comic podcasts and of course they started talking about maintaining the male shrubbery. Anyway the guest said he was startled while using a pair of scissors and the result was was worse that a Hitler stash fo sho.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Part Where I Look Like a Hipster Where No One Should Look Like a Hipster
Love the photo you chose, and I must say, this is the best iteration of your site design so far. You are very busy with this ;)
Thanks for the details on video … I just wish I had the time to create these short, snappy vids. Love the Nordstrom video. My 13-year-old son is slightly addicted to this stuff (Vine, that is) and to be honest, he might soon be teaching me how to use it.
4 months ago on Where Does Online Video Sit in Social Media for Marketers?
I like Eclectic, but I've had bosses in the past who were a wee bit too out of the box ;) Good business minds, but horrible with people.
Ecstatic is good because enthusiasm is contagious. We all have bad days, but need to push through. Leader absolutely have to do this.
Educated. Yup. Fer Sher.
Elastic. You have to learn, tweak and re-tool all the time.
Empathetic. I saved this one for last because it's what I think most leaders lack. Emotional intelligence might be an innate trait, but many top dogs need to learn how to relate to others. See things from their perspective.
Good stuff, Sir!
4 months, 1 week ago on 12 Most Exemplary “E” Embodiments of Excellent Leaders
Yes, and look at a typical small business and see how many plates this person (The Marketing Director or Manager) has to juggle. With the relationship-building exercises needed in the online world – for lead generation, qualifying and hand-holding, and all the platforms now required to manage content marketing and social. Yikes!
As a small business owner who works with other small business owners the word is: Overwhelmed. Winning new business IS like a production line, but I'm often working directly with a production line of one ;) Luckily I read Spin Sucks so I can often lead them out of the weeds :)
4 months, 1 week ago on Marketing Departments: You Finally Got Some Swagga’!
Hey, you're right next to Dietrich-son, way to go ;)
Seriously, some very heavy hitters here, so congrats!
Under QuickSprout, who is NICK Patel? ;)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 50 Small Business Blogs To Watch: Infusionsoft Infographic
Hey, the husband did it! ;)
Those ARE some cool glasses. And you are doing a bang up job with these videos ... I'll have to check out all of 'em.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Soulati Media On The Street With More In Media
Well, looks like it's all about the subject line ;) Some of these stats are pretty surprising in a good way. In fact I think I'll pass this little slide show on to a few clients. Thanks, Sir!
5 months ago on The Sunday Share – 25 Mind Blowing Email Marketing Stats
@Danny Brown Yes! Would love that. Your contribution will add to an already amazing list. Just let me know what's a realistic timeline via email. Thanks!
5 months ago on Why the Best "Social Media Stars Reality Show" is the One That Doesn't Need Made
"That of building yourself up versus building the success of your clients. "This is the kind of thing I'll be writing about more and more.
There is a lot of puffery going on. I like to call it a roided-out rendition of Andy Warhol’s fleeting 15-minute version of fame. Um, reality show "fame." I'm thinking of Honey Boo Boo.
I used to have social media anxiety, but then I met Gini Dietrich and she told me to just go for it. Be yourself and all that stuff :) If I had not met pros like Gini, Danny Brown, Marcus Sheridan early on, I would never have kept hitting publish and I certainly would't be Twittering away, comfortably.
Have you read Gini (or Danny's) tweets? … they're kinda ... well ... goofy, really. And if they can be so comfortable why can't I? Eh?
5 months ago on Do You – or Someone You Know – Have Social Media Anxiety?