writer + storyteller.
hey @kulpersonality great question. hashtags are a mere tactic in a larger, high-level strategy. you should make sure that your hashtags go hand-in-hand with an integrated approach to your efforts. hope this helps! email or tweet me if you need any further guidance.
1 week, 3 days ago on 6 Ways Hashtags Can Humanize Your Brand
@HuwSayer @HuwSayer thanks for your comment, Huw! I can see where you're coming from. and I think it's really a matter of personal preference. The location of a hashtag really comes down to the design//UX of a tweet (is this such a thing?) I prefer a clean, minimalistic look to all communications, and when it comes to tweets - this means that I simply prefer the hashtag at the end (the hashtag still operates the same way, regardless). when I see a hashtag at the beginning of a tweet, it simply screams "noise" and "clutter" to me. but again, maybe that's just me//my personal preference.
1 week, 5 days ago on 6 Ways Hashtags Can Humanize Your Brand
@MerkleMerkle when you write how you speak, writing becomes more simple. it's a hard truth to learn (or unlearn in my case), as I was taught the exact opposite in academia. thank you for commenting @MerkleMerkle!
2 months, 1 week ago on How to Write Like a Boss
@nathanambrose thank you, Nathan!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Write Like a Boss
@Santel thank you, Santel!
I'm a big believer in less is more, especially when it comes to "being busy." like you, @ginidietrich, i get some of my best ideas biking, running, surfing, swimming, being in nature. it seems like a paradox, but scheduling time in your day to do these things - makes you LESS busy when you do sit in front of my computer to get the actual work done. you can think more clearly, and you save time telling people that you're "busy." :) #winning
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride
@Tony Johnson thank you, Tony!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Top 10 Ways to Recreate Yourself
@FeldmanCreative thank you! :)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Ways to Sharpen Your Social
@FeldmanCreative thank you, Barry!
6 months ago on The Top 10 Ways to Recreate Yourself
@Lorim thank you Lorraine! the iBrain is many years away...but who couldn't use a map in their brain? i certainly need this. like now.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on How To Understand Google Glass
curiosity is the foundation of everything: imagination, creativity, exploration, passion. when we let our minds operate how nature intended (vs. the fear-based way society preaches), we evolve into a deeper, more expansive mindset. we become enlightened. and we most definitely feel more fully alive. love this article, Doug!
8 months, 4 weeks ago on 12 Most Compelling Reasons to Live the Curious Life
clothes and environment play such an important role with how we operate. i make the effort to get dressed every day. it's worth it!
9 months ago on Do You Work in Your Pajamas?
@foxdellfolio building a solid, human brand is a long-term approach...it doesn't happen overnight (then again, nothing worthwhile ever does)! thank you for stopping by!
9 months, 1 week ago on How to Build a Human Brand
@RalphMRivera ha! of COURSE that's what I meant, @RalphMRivera :)
9 months, 2 weeks ago on The Seven E's of Slow Media
I agree wholeheartedly. yet disagree completely :)
i agree that all of the data worship is reaching a tipping point. but I can see why it's necessary.
here's how I see it: data and people go together like bread and butter. you can eat bread by itself, and you can eat butter. but the bread tastes SO much better with the butter. without the butter, the bread is dry and lacks context. the butter is what makes it come alive. it creates depth. and it makes you realize that you're on the right path. while you may LOVE eating butter by itself (sparingly, of course). you'll need the dryness of the bread to make it go down with more purpose...and to create the most impact.
10 months ago on Data Worship Stops Now
great post, Martin! i've seen so many of these mistakes in my experience working with start ups. my favorite start up cliche is the "let's go viral!" adage. at this point, it's pure entertainment when a founder has "going viral" as his #1 priority, isn't it? :)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Top 10 most common start-up mistakes… and how to avoid them
@hosmith thank you so much for reading, hugh! isn't the book phenomenal? i'm usually a digital book reader, but JJJRH is so beautifully designed, i had to get the hard copy when i saw it! thank you for your comment :)
11 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Create Amazing Content
love it when smart people join forces. congrats @jasonkonopinski!
12 months ago on #FollowFriday: Our New Paid Media Manager
@mbmbmb i see your perspective. #2 may look like a comment, but it's an actionable step that you can take during the content creation process. and #3 is also an actionable step (although it doesn't look like it from afar). many people and companies try to maintain so much control, that they fail to create. my point is to realize that the lack of control is a way to create.
this is certainly an abstract blog post, and i apologize if you feel it's not tactical enough. i have a number of more tactical, how to posts on my blog that provide more actionable steps. thank you for letting me know your thoughts.
1 year ago on 3 Tips for Content Inspiration
@Lorim thank you Lorraine!
1 year ago on How Creative Confidence Leads to Freedom
@Brit at Sprout Social my pleasure!
1 year, 1 month ago on How to Use Sprout Social to Do Less Work
@DanielMelbye i've tried hootsuite back in the day (and also gave it another whirl recently) and from my experiences, I've decided to avoid it at all costs (for a variety of reasons...but mostly because clean interface is crucial for me!) and yes, sprout social is great at organizing twitter lists too! thanks for stopping by, Daniel!
@kr_iyer i find more freedom with digital but often more depth and clarity with the printed word. quite a dilemma! thanks for stopping by, Krithika! love hearing your take.
1 year, 1 month ago on What Written Words Can Teach Us About the Future
@Lisa Gerber wait...you're joking, right? i guess milennials are perceived as less human than we even realize sometimes. can't we all just get along?!
in all seriousness (does that exist with us crazy kids?) thanks for stopping by, Lisa! :)
1 year, 2 months ago on How to Treat Millennials Like Humans
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes interesting points, Joshua. the good news is that the perception of the Millennial generation is a living, breathing thing. we have the added benefit to shape the perception while we're living it, thanks to the internet giving us a voice. The Internet is the first medium owned by the audience, the first medium to give the audience a voice.
the narcissistic issues that you mention may seem bad on the surface..but remember...there's never been a time in history where we could share so much about ourselves so quickly. i hope we can learn from each other and use all of this info for good. thanks so much for your comment, Joshua. I appreciate you stopping by!
@GroTraffic it's a constant evolutionary process. those that open their minds to innovating go far. thanks for stopping by, Mark!
1 year, 2 months ago on What the Media Taught Me about Being Social
@GroTraffic my pleasure, Mark!
1 year, 3 months ago on How to Choose Marketing Tools with Purpose
@Sandra Sallin thanks so much Sandra!
1 year, 3 months ago on How Stories Set You Free
@lauraclick totally agree, Laura. if it's a weakness to find the time and resources to create, why not outsource to companies who do this for a living, and *love* doing it? thanks so much for stopping by! hope you're enjoying summer :)
1 year, 3 months ago on 7 Reasons Why Outsourcing Content is Smart
happy birthday, Erin!
1 year, 3 months ago on It’s My Birthday Month
before I considered myself a real writer, I blamed this "edgy" feeling on just about everything: the weather, pancakes...no new episodes of LOST. yeah, i was quite lost as an undiagnosed writer. now my symptoms are solved. glad I'm not alone! great post.
1 year, 4 months ago on Taking the Edge Off
@KDillabough love it. thanks for sharing, Kaarina!
1 year, 4 months ago on Why Storytelling is Not Just for Kids
@RalphMRivera sure, that sounds about right. good luck with your squinzies, Ralph! sounds intense! :)
1 year, 4 months ago on Why Squinzies Make Your Business Human
hi Ralph, great post! and I love the Viktor Frankl quote. change teaches us to become more flexible, open-minded, and curious. as much as I don't "enjoy moving" (who does?!) i'm grateful for the freedom to move. So many people tie themselves down to one place to live for years. And while I can see the benefit of being tied to one location, the sameness bores me. I like the challenge of picking up and letting go. I hope you're settling in, and enjoying the challenge of change :)
1 year, 4 months ago on QOTW 2013: Week 29: If change is constant, why do we suck at managing it?
@Erin F. thank you Erin! Squinzies mean that we're challenging ourselves so that we can evolve - both as people, and as businesses. and this is always good thing. (as long as we don't do anything blatantly stupid)! thank you so much for your comment!
@lauraclick i like to inventimize words a lot too. and yes, squinzies...always leads to something good! thank you for commenting, Laura! :)
@Lisa Gerber great squinzie tip, Lisa! double dog dare ya to do that the next time you're in an elevator :)
@kulls2 you're very welcome! glad you enjoyed :)
1 year, 4 months ago on 12 Most Meaningful Ways to Communicate Today
@Lisa Gerber I loved your talk, and it definitely resonated with the audience because of the human way you brought everyone in. Your talk become a way to connect and add meaning to that moment in time - by sharing photos, and by telling stories. (and...I nodded my head through your whole talk, fwiw)!
and hey. maybe we should tweet to her on The Twitters :)
1 year, 4 months ago on Why Marketing Needs Celebrities
great post, Erin. are you able to see your own content strategy clearly? or do you need to get outside help? entirely curious.
1 year, 4 months ago on Is It Time to Recalibrate Your Content Strategy?
@bowden2bowden it's like a hammer and nail: you can put a nail properly into a wall if you know what you're doing. Or you can make a huge hole in the wall for no reason. there are those who blame the system for a failed technique. and then there are those who adjust, adapt, and learn better techniques. obviously the latter will get ahead. thanks for your sharing your thoughts, Randy! I appreciate you stopping by :)
1 year, 4 months ago on How Humanity Gives Your Marketing an Edge
@emilykantner and i think it's especially hard for institutions who are late adaptors. they see other organizations tweet a lot, and think that shiny objects will get them ahead. this rarely works because they often don't learn the technique of using the tool in the first place! it's bananas.
thank you so much for your comment, Emily! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts :)
@Kato42 so true! i recently experimented with using ifttt (if this than that) to automate tweets. it's scary to see what can happen when a human isn't at the helm. ifttt is a great tool. But I worry for our future when people insist on simply "checking a box." Humanity definitely gets lost in the process. thank you for stopping by, Kate! I appreciate your comment.
@Erin F. @MargieClayman love it! excited to see how it evolves. and let me know how I can help!
@GroTraffic great additions, Mark! I'm a big believer in sharing stories and ideas. it's truly the soul of a brand. thank you for swinging by. i appreciate you!
1 year, 4 months ago on How to Humanize Your Marketing
@Samuel Pustea great point, Samuel! I often add my own photos here on my own blog via Instagram photos, etc. using my own art (especially when it's scenery or nature) helps to bring beauty authentically into my business. thank you for your comment, Samuel. I appreciate you stopping by :)
@CraigBadings absolutely. providing the content that you describe also gives the benefit of being forward-thinking. when a business crafts content that's focused on high-level challenges, then it can educate and inform - which is a key to trust. thank you for your comment, Craig. I appreciate you stopping by!
1 year, 5 months ago on 8 Reasons To Publish Quality Content
@Andi Roo there's no question that viral is more fun...but once the sugar-high wears off, what are we really left with (besides a viral video that soon becomes yesterday's news). Engaging is the nutritious meal - it may not always be as fun to eat, but it gives you the energy to get where you need to go. I'm so glad this post resonates with you, Andi Roo. it was a fun one to write!
1 year, 5 months ago on Why Engaging is More Important than Going Viral
@AdrienneSmith the funny thing is, if/when one of your pieces of content goes viral, you'll appreciate engagement even more so! sure, it's all about the eyeballs these days...but it's also about the people (and the brains, the thoughts, dreams) behind those eyeballs. we each make an impact with what we consume and create...let's make it a positive one by engaging and making a difference! thank you so much for your comment, Adrienne. I really appreciate it!
one platform that instantly comes to mind is Pinterest. I believe their ramp up is one of the (many) reasons for its success. In the beginning, users couldn't get on the platform w/o an invite. This added mystique and intrigue w/ the platform itself. Plus, users weren't allowed to use anything other than their Facebook or Twitter accounts to login - which, as you noted, causes friends to come back. This creates a domino effect of fascination on many levels. Of course, it also helps that it's beautifully designed...and quite addicting!
I love that you blogged about this...certainly an interesting topic that is rarely discussed. well done!
1 year, 5 months ago on The Art Of Social Ramp-Up