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Thanks for sharing Chris. Honored you asked me to write the Forward. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on What is BulletProof Branding? with @TedRubin

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So sorry I missed this when you originally published. Thanks for sharing Kristen :-)

6 months, 1 week ago on How to Build a Long-Term Relationship With Bloggers

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@CogentCoach @tedrubin  Thanks for sharing Michael, and remember... 


Relationships are like muscle tissue, the more they are engaged, the stronger and more valuable they become.

7 months ago on 12 Steps To Look People in the Eye Digitally

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Thanks for the mention Debra (@debra11), really appreciate being one of your favorite Tweeters :-)

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Seriously Boost Your Twitter Strategy

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Smart of them to sell at this point, their marketing of themselves was awesome in 2011- mid 2012, then it fell apart in 2013. Wise of them to get out before running out of funding and simply disappearing.

8 months, 1 week ago on Klout Acquired: Should We Care?

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As I have said time and time again... Klout Shmout. They are nothing more than an agency and even at this price-tag were sold at too high a valuation (kudos to them for getting Lithium to fork over so much). Mark my words, Lithium will regret this acquisition at such a high price.

8 months, 1 week ago on Klout Acquired: Should We Care?

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#'s 1, 8, and 10 worthwhile. Videos, and images, ok when appropriate and contextual, but in general I disagree. The rest I say ignore. 

1 year ago on 10 Rules for Crafting the Perfect Tweet

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Important post Charlie, thanks for sharing with me. I just shared with my community. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Desecrating the Memory of César Chávez

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Thanks for the mention Tiffany. Really enjoyed being a part of Social Fresh East.

1 year, 5 months ago on PTE on Social Fresh East 2013 | Social Media Club

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Thanks for the feature Ryan. Feel free to be in touch anytime. Make it a great week. And remember... Relationships are like muscle tissue, the more you engage them, the stronger and more valuable they become. 

1 year, 6 months ago on ROR: Return on Relationship and Social Media

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Looking good buddy! :-)

1 year, 6 months ago on As A Dad I Want to Look My Best @LandsEnd #dadchat

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Thanks for the mention @Casey Petersen, and a fabulous post here. You totally get what it is all about. 

 

“To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” ~Barbara Johnson And vice versa :-)

1 year, 7 months ago on Dads in the Limelight ( #limelightdads ) - Casey Peterson ( @thatgeekcasey ) #dadchat #dadstalking

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 @Seth Sklar  And he says it so perfectly and with dramatic flair :-)

1 year, 8 months ago on When You Assume You Make…

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Great post Seth. Assumptions are the mother of all screw-ups. I personally love the old adage... "When you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME." Best demonstrated by Tony Randel, on a chalk board, playing Felix Unger in one of my favorite Odd Couple TV episodes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEP1acj29-Y

 

More importantly it causes us to be stagnant, view things from our own perspective instead of that of those we are trying to serve, or sell. Marketing 101... don't market to yourself, market to your target audience and understand what it is they want, need, and /or desire. 

1 year, 8 months ago on When You Assume You Make…

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Love it Nick. Publish, publish, publish... so easy in so many easily accessible and sharable platforms now. Welcome to the ‘Age of Influence,’ where anyone can build an audience and effect change, advocate brands, build relationships and make a difference.

1 year, 8 months ago on Seven Ways to Share to Build Community & Create Collaboration: Featured Lists Issue No 4, 5 & 6

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"Don't act on it" "Battling" Seriously??? Like this is a disease. All I can say is... how unfortunate people can even think this way. 

"They’re homosexuals, and they may well be open about their attraction. But they don’t act on it.

Just like alcoholics who are successfully battling the urge against the bottle, they have taken up their own struggle to not act against their genetic programming that they have otherwise been unable to change, whether they want to change it or not."

1 year, 8 months ago on A Different Way to Look at the Scouting Debate

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Thanks for this post Patrick, So important for people to realize how social platforms can be used in their every day lives beyond simple personal posts and marketing posts. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Parent Takes Action Over Possible Bus Driver Strike

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Thanks for this valuable info and discussion on the topic Sean. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Warning: Multiple Site “Best Practice” Not Always The Best Practice

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Since my social mantra has always been about Return on Relationship™, it’s refreshing to see a shift in the corporate mind-set regarding the business use of social media. According to a 2012 Social Business Benchmarking Study by FedEx and Ketchum, large companies still view social as a tool for building brand loyalty and strengthening customer relationships… and in my opinion that has a long way to go. However, they are also beginning to see the benefits of scaling social to other relationship-driven aspects of the business, from enhancing collaboration and dialog with stakeholders, to strengthening relationships with employees and vendors.

 

And it’s about time! Since everything we do in business relies on developing and strengthening good relationships, why lock the most effective relationship-building tool we have in a marketing closet? Take away the “social media is for marketing” blinders, and all kinds of possibilities within your organization become clear. Shift your approach from Social Marketing to Social Business. The value of Social goes well beyond marketing.

 

Great post Gini!

 

1 year, 9 months ago on Is Social Business a Buzzword or is There More to it?

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Thanks for sharing this Brent. So much we can all do with LinkedIn that we do not realize. Make it a great day. 

1 year, 9 months ago on How to Customize Your LinkedIn News Stream

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Thanks for sharing Ron... great tips and advice. 

1 year, 9 months ago on 7 Tips For Creating Your Own Destiny

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Anyone who has any sense always recognized that Facebook, and all the other platforms, are tools and not the relationship itself. Never give up your own brand to another, and realize Facebook, or any other platform, can pull the rug from you at anytime. That said, there is a great deal of value to be had at Facebook when utilized properly, which is different for everyone. I find tremendous value in Facebook, the interactions is empowers, and the masses who are there, but now using G+ or other platforms in that way. All about how you use, your outlook, and understanding it is simply a platform and a tool.

1 year, 10 months ago on Is it Time to Breakup With Facebook?

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Great post Nick. Thank for the mention. It created a "moment" of it's own :-)

1 year, 10 months ago on Connecting: Linearity, Provenance, Serendipity & Social Networks

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I am not sure the commerce they create will end up being worth the time of the spammers. I personally do not see Instagram and the Pinterest of Facebook where people go for aspiration and inspiration... and commerce can flourish. I still see Instagram as more about story telling, sharing photos as a sort of timeline and about photography. Time will tell, but think there will be better ways to monetize. Here is a great article by a friend, Mark Boncheck, that very clearly outlines how Facebook can cure their potential advertising scale woes, although not directly related to this post Amy, I think it is relevant... http://adage.com/article/viewpoint/time-facebook-charge-brands-fans/237892/

1 year, 11 months ago on The End of @Instagram As We Know It?

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As always... incredibly valuable post. Thanks for sharing Gini!

2 years ago on The Complete Marketing Communications Measurement Guide

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 @ginidietrich And... the then acquire another company who can leverage all Pinterest has to offer and create real revenue. Think we can acquire Google, Facebook, or another? ;-)

2 years ago on Will Facebook Collections Kill Pinterest?

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 @ginidietrich Great idea... just need to raise a few billion ;-)

2 years ago on Will Facebook Collections Kill Pinterest?

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Let's remember that the challenge Facebook has in driving sales is that people go there to socialize, not to do commerce. On the other hand, people going to Pinterest are going there for inspiration, ideas, and apparently to find things they want to buy. This is still a major disconnect Facebook must overcome to be able to drive sales at scale. Not sure collections will bridge that gap, although definitely a place to start. Seems more like a wish list for others to buy things for you than a driver of direct commerce. Someone is going to acquire Pinterest... looking forward to seeing who that will be. 

2 years ago on Will Facebook Collections Kill Pinterest?

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Well done Doug. A great guide. 

2 years ago on How to Tweet: An Introduction on How to Use Twitter

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And... Affect vs Effect.

 

Also please stop saying, and writing, actually every time you make a statement. If it is not "actually" then why are you saying it? :-)

2 years ago on Six Tips for Better Business Writing

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Yes Pam! REAl trumps PERFECT every time... because REAL creates TRUST!

2 years ago on Why You Must Let go of FEAR in Life & Business!

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I love the words:

 

Serendipity... what it stands for and where it takes us.

 

Appreciation... so much value is just one word. Use it early and often.

 

Collaboration... because that is what this new socially scaleable world is all about. 

 

Great post Lisa :-)

2 years ago on For the Love of Language

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LOVE this Chris. All marketers, salespeople, PEOPLE... should read and pay attention. Thanks for sharing!

2 years, 1 month ago on Strategy vs Reality: What "No" Can Teach Us

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Most do not realize that a video going viral is very often just what they do not want. Not only are few prepared to leverage the results, and most do not even know how, but most often the reason it goes viral is not even in line with your business goals. So listen to Ken and build a business strategy around using video as a thoughtful part of your overall marketing plan. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Going Viral

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What is happening now, as more women spend more time on more social networking sites for more reasons, is that women’s purchasing power now goes well beyond the purse … into women’s relationships.

 

Consider how important relationships are in social commerce, and you see that women and the relationships they bring with them are key to expanding brand visibility and company growth through their powerful and innate desire to share.

 

Before brands go any further in implementing their current marketing strategies, they need to ask themselves:  What are we doing to connect women with our brand/product/service? What are we doing to make sure women are engaged in all aspects of our product and service cycles? What are we doing to build and nurture relationships with female consumers, and empower them to spread the word?

 

Build relationships with your women consumers, and you will see exponential returns (Return on Relationship: ROR). Why?… because Women ROCK the social world!

 

2 years, 1 month ago on Women Rule the Social Web and Your Sales

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 @Michelle_Mazur Exactly. And it gives a forum for your advocates to stand up for you when/if necessary. And fo you to know they are there for you. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Why the Fear of Negative Comments is Silly

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 @danielnewmanUV Agreed... unfortunately politics and religion bring out the worst in many. 

2 years, 1 month ago on This Is NOT A Political Post, Or Is It?

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Well, certainly get your point about all the fodder, but let's remember this is a place for self expression... even if/when we do not agree. 

2 years, 1 month ago on This Is NOT A Political Post, Or Is It?

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Personally I embrace negative comments... especially for brands. Give you the opportunity to understand what your consumers are thinking, correct issues that need to be addressed, and most importantly turn a critic into an advocate... who can be the most valuable kind. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Why the Fear of Negative Comments is Silly

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 @douglaserice  @westfallonline Exactly... and finding what works for each of us, adds value to our lives, and makes us happy. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Confession: I'm an Introvert - 7 #Leadership Lessons from @LisaPetrilli

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Awesome post Doug! So important for many to realize that a good deal of us who they think do this easily, actually struggle and work hard to achieve in this area. Love you input and tips!

2 years, 1 month ago on Confession: I'm an Introvert - 7 #Leadership Lessons from @LisaPetrilli

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 @Wittlake They certainly have taken out the trash at one time, and answered the phone... therefore they have some working knowledge. They would never consider buying TV media and never having watched, consumed or studied TV. This is so basic and important. They also understand the need for taking out the garbage and answering the phone and can do it themselves if/when necessary. Also... understanding and immersing themselves, at least a little in social, will at the very least give them a basic feel for what it is instead of what they perceive it to be. 

2 years, 1 month ago on CEOs On Social Media: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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@jennimacdonald Pleasure. Thanks for tweeting me about the post :-)

2 years, 3 months ago on Blogging Tips from @jennimacdonald – One Year Later!

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@jennimacdonald Pleasure. Thanks for tweeting me about the post :-)

2 years, 3 months ago on Blogging Tips from @jennimacdonald – One Year Later!

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My tip is first and foremost to make yourself accessible. Have contact info on your blog, not a form to fill out in order to contact. Make sure you post your first and last name, give an email address, and even a phone number. Being upfront about who you are leads to much stronger relationships and connection. Second... turn your blog posts into tweets that allow you to publish original content to Twitter, which will in-turn lead people back to your blog. Repurpose what you write into soundbites that are 122 characters or less (or whatever character count it takes to make it easily RT'able without editing required). And third be authentic... “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss 

2 years, 3 months ago on Blogging Tips from @jennimacdonald – One Year Later!

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Unfortunately most meetings are a total waste of time and should be eliminated. Good list to help make them more productive, 

2 years, 3 months ago on 12 Most Imperative Rules for Meetings

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Great post Brian and a guide for us all whether leading companies or our families. Thanks for sharing.

2 years, 3 months ago on 12 Most Dazzling “D” Differentiators of Great Leaders

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