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A fan of LA and a fan of Marks!

I was early on in RLD so know the LA Tech/entertainment scene well.

Love being in NYC but do miss LA.

Great piece!

1 year, 1 month ago on Mark Suster on his big LA bet: The infrastructure has been built and we monetize better than anyone

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@thirstforwine @ArnoldWaldstein In spirit I'm there with you on this one Robert.

To me it's about being a leader or being a follower. Cruising for distraction or sitting back and focusing on bringing something to light and sharing it from your point of view, from your place.

Good discussion.

BTW--with your commenting system is there any way I can get notifications of when someone responds to my comment? I didn't and knew you would respond so left myself a reminder to get back. There must be a better way. Let me know, via email I guess ;)


1 year, 1 month ago on Confessions of a Social Media Mall Rat

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I agree with you in spirit for certain.  And I believe that cruising the social nets is like changing channels on the TV in a trance.

That being said, change has indeed happened and a single channel reality for communications are just not possible nor natural in my opinion. And as well, like it or not, the international wine community has chosen Facebook predominantly for its 'place'.


I went into this in some detail and the enormous readership and comments of this one might warrant a look if you missed it.

You can’t airlift community http://awe.sm/bGx8k

Have a great show in Spain!

1 year, 1 month ago on Confessions of a Social Media Mall Rat

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Nice list.

The best advice comes from people who are engaged with you, all else being equal.

I talk to people on the plane, at a conference. They ask, I tell them what I think.

Little is so black and white actually. The most valuable exchanges come with people and companies that I work with over time. We know each other. And I your company. 

I have skin in the game. I care. I know how to deliver it to the person I'm working with.

This is me--www.arnoldwaldstein.com 



1 year, 1 month ago on The Unexpected Secret to Getting Great Advice

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 @KenMueller Thanks.My experiences are just the opposite. Amazing responsiveness with D support. Also, in my work and the communities I participate in are very D focused.It's good to have choices. 

2 years, 6 months ago on 27 Highly Recommended WordPress PlugIns As Used on Here

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Good list.

 

Couldn't disagree more about Livefyre.Feels funky. Feels like an attempt without a direction.And yes, I'm a huge believer in Disqus.Best option is to list them both and let people make a choices.

 

 

2 years, 6 months ago on 27 Highly Recommended WordPress PlugIns As Used on Here

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 @aaronklein Well said.No one needs an app. We need connections. Sometimes they are in web or mobile, more and more, both.Those who build solutions without workflow and UX thinking first will only win by luck. And the odds will be very bad. And while this is common knowledge of course, the number of new solutions that are just thrown against the metaphorical wall to see what sticks is most of them.

2 years, 7 months ago on Web 2.0 Is Over, All Hail the Age of Mobile

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 @JayBaer Lot's more noise than signal going on.It's easy to throw stones. It's hard to come up with examples of people/companies especially smaller ones who have found a way that works.Examples from your clients? 

2 years, 7 months ago on New Research: Americans Hate Social Media Promotions

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Well said.With my clients I find this day after day.While I agree, let's be clear, companies aren't a person, they are a business.That difference is where this get's interesting,

2 years, 7 months ago on New Research: Americans Hate Social Media Promotions

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First time on your blog. Nice to find someone thinking and blogging and working to solve similar items as myself.

To me, choices are about doing what lets you lead not follow. That's what I tell my clients...and myself.

The noise is loud. The drive to participate almost a mania. And the temptation (or fear) to miss or not be there numbing at times.

Most people follow. Only 1% or less actually comment. If you are a brand, insofar as you are a company and selling something, you need to lead in intent at least the conversation around your area of passion. Choose what matters, what offers expression and you've made the right choice.

Simple...but this seems to work,

3 years, 3 months ago on Social media fatigue: what’s your strategy?

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@JayBaer @ArnoldWaldstein I may have read into this but that is the idea that jumped at me. Not correcting you, just having an aha moment about this.

The tie between natural search rankings and social interest are a core coupling for businesses. If Plus becomes an obligatory club to join, the game changes.A good thought to ponder and strategize and think about how it impacts my clients businesses.First time on your blog. Won't be my last.

3 years, 4 months ago on Why Google Has the Hammer To Make Businesses Use Google Plus

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Jay...great read.

Google has one model...and a great one at that. Everything is part of a moat to insure that their definition of advertising continues onward perpetually. We probably agree here.

Two things strike me though:

-adwords are not much of a hammer for the small business. Sure we all use them but they are the realm of the big company with the smaller companies, except in specific niches not really able to compete. Most of my clients have dug deep into natural search and abandoned PPC as the realm of the rich.

-your statement though about tying ranking to Google Plus pages. I hadn't thought of this and while the logic is sound, this rings treasonous. I'm no purist but a business and market builder but if you 'have to' build on Google Plus to play in the broader/open natural search world...while brilliant, I"m wondering whether this is too insidious to really be accepted.

One thing is certain that everything changes. Yes, masses could move to Plus from FB and Twitter. But if this really is a move that strangles more than empowers, everyone could move elsewhere to search as well.

Google never really got social...till it seems now. If this is correct, they still don't get it.

Stimulating read.Something I wrote bit back on "Coming to terms with search in a social world " @ http://t.co/PPSsMby that you might find interesting.

3 years, 4 months ago on Why Google Has the Hammer To Make Businesses Use Google Plus

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