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Social media strategist, author, journalist, speaker. Founder of #1 social media blog Socialmedia.biz & Socialbrite.org for nonprofits. Blogging since 2001.
Hi @Shonali, thanks so much for the kudos. It's all about building up a core group of cruise enthusiasts, one at a time, at this early stage. We're still learning and I'm sure we're making mistakes, so eager to hear where we're screwing up!
Ya, I've taken cruises to the Caribbean, Mediterranean & South Pacific, though most of them were a while ago (ironic that I've been too busy working on this site/app to actually enjoy what we're writing about!).
I don't know @jodiechakowitz @3hatscomm Jodie & Davina, but would love to connect with them! :~)
1 week, 2 days ago on Building a New Kind of Cruise Community
Just came across this neighborhood-level ecommerce site: Antengo. Buy and sell things with trusted people near you.
1 year, 8 months ago on Location-based services are coming of age (and it’s way more than Foursquare)
Meredith sends along this info:
We have a tech conference coming up in August -- the 4th annual GROW Conference in Vancouver (http://growconf.com/). You should check out our agenda and our speakers!
Aug. 14-16 in Vancouver
1 year, 8 months ago on 2013 conferences: Social media, tech, mobile & marketing
Webfluenz looks to be another good choice: a tool for you to monitor, analyze, engage and manage social media.
1 year, 8 months ago on Top 20 social media monitoring vendors for business
Here's a new deal: Go to Atlassian.com/twit for free 30-day trial of JIRA. Worth checking out.
Ben Nolan in New Zealand pointed me to https://sayhi.co/
Its tagline: Narrative mapping the world.
Too bad the social widget at the left doesn't show numbers before around 2011.
1 year, 9 months ago on Photos and takeaways from SXSW 2009
@Jeff78 Didn't know about Addpoll, thanks, Jeff.
1 year, 9 months ago on 5 top online survey tools for nonprofits
@Matt Rife It won't be long before half of our traffic comes from mobile.
1 year, 9 months ago on How nonprofits should capitalize on the mobile revolution
@salliegoetsch Hi Sallie. Thanks for clarifying. Their initial signup page tries to upsell you to a premium plan for $99/year: https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/ though, of course, it's optional and you can opt for the free, ad-supported version, which most people do.
1 year, 9 months ago on Which blog platform is best for your business?
@jtaylor9724 Haven't heard of Cyfe, add one more to the party!
Megan, another great roundup, thanks for this timely post. Summer's a great time to explore new tools and ramp up to be ever-more-productive in the fall.
1 year, 9 months ago on 6 top social media dashboards for small business
@CarmenRaneHudson Push the envelope! You can be a bit aggressive and proactive without being rude and crude. :~)
1 year, 9 months ago on You must get over your fear of being annoying
@stevegarfield Steve, you're never annoying.
Received this email from Robyn:
I represent Sinotech Group, a social intelligence Agency, and we have just released a new, free social media monitoring tool called Buzz Equity. It’s a real-time social media search platform where you can search for mentions of a Brand on an extensive list of frequented social media websites. It includes both Western and Asian social platforms, making it an invaluable tool for Brands wanting to gain deeper insights from these markets.
You can start a free, no-strings-attached trial of Buzz Equity athttp://www.buzzequity.com/
1 year, 9 months ago on 20 free, awesome social media monitoring tools
@officialvolio Yes, sorry, fixed the post now.
1 year, 9 months ago on Demo Mobile: The revolution is at full throttle
@wwhitlock Now there's a novel concept!
I just finished reading Porter Gale's "Your Network Is Your Net Worth," which makes much the same point convincingly.
1 year, 10 months ago on 55 expert tips to produce better & faster content
I've used all 3 of these at one point or another on my blogs, and we use All in One SEO here on Socialmedia.biz.
Our developer recommended Greg's High Performance SEO on Socialbrite, which isn't mentioned here. Anyone use that one? It's hard to gauge it's performance vs. the others.
1 year, 10 months ago on WordPress SEO plugins to boost your search results
I just heard my partner David Spark @dspark give a talk at our Social Media Breakfast, and he repeated his preference for the term "brand journalism" over "content marketing," making the distinction that the former is about storytelling and the latter suggests a bit of sleight of hand. Interesting distinction.
1 year, 10 months ago on Content marketing: The secret to getting discovered in search
The Macbook Air is a dream. That effusive enough for ya? I don't want a touchscreen for my computer. If that happens, all of computing will be dumbed down to being a wanna-be tablet.
1 year, 10 months ago on The more laptops change, the more the MacBook Air stays the same
Great tips, Lauren. I agree. The iPhone is great in a pinch, but for something planned out, nonprofits can do much better.
1 year, 10 months ago on Advocacy videos: Digital storytelling on a budget
Ask not what your country can do for your brand ...
1 year, 10 months ago on The importance of ‘the ask’ in social marketing
Phew, that's a lot of good advice, thanks Dan!
1 year, 10 months ago on Seventeen inside tips for improving your blog
Thanks, John, all good tips. I actually disagree with the opening of your tip #2, though.
If you're not getting people to do things on your organization's behalf, you shouldn't bother with social media. The ultimate goal is not just engagement but to advance your goals and mission. And often people come to a site, don't see a call to action, and then leave. The majority of folks visiting a site aren't talking about the site or your cause, so they need a little prompting. Not a hit-'em-over-the-head rolling pin, but a little encouragement, including an ask.
Maybe we agree on that, but that's it's just a matter of degree and emphasis? So, charity: water doesn't just ask you for money, they ask you to help in the fundraising effort by donating your birthday or running a my.charitywater.org page.
1 year, 11 months ago on How to get people to share your content
@tonyobregon Guess that's a zippier term than tweetpruning.
1 year, 11 months ago on The harsh reality of Twitter: Popularity counts
@SilkCharm Thanks for the comment. Great tip! Make it about the community -- and the way you phrase the question or observation can make all the difference.
1 year, 11 months ago on Attract customers to your community with content
@Shonali @bufferapp @leowid I met Leo and wrote a post about Buffer last year, so yes, I'm a fan, and need to use it more systematically. Thanks for the Feedly tip, I've been hunting around!
1 year, 11 months ago on 20 tools to grow your business & get more productive
Hi @Shonali, to answer your Facebook ?: I'd never heard of Timebridge, WriteThatName, Harvest, Speek, MobileDay. Streak or theSkimm. I must be out of the loop!
Hey Chris, really nice piece. I LOVE "Bird by Bird" -- maybe my favorite writers' book of all time. I met Anne Lamott when I was part of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers back in the 1990s. My favorite suggestion of hers?: "Write shitty first drafts." Genius.
1 year, 11 months ago on Can you build an audience while maintaining intimacy?
@AskAaronLee Thanks for the comment, Aaron. Shonali's mentioned Triberr to me a couple of times and I've yet to find the time to make it happen. Sounds like you're saying it's worth the investment?
Buffer I'm not getting (I use HootSuite) because it looked to me like you just blast out messages a few times a day. Maybe the controls you get with the paid version make it worth it? Thanks!
@marshallk Hi Marshall, I'm impressed with everything I've seen to date. Just hope more people try it out, find key influencers in their sectors and share what they've found.
Keep it up!
1 year, 11 months ago on Little Bird: A game changer for tracking influencers
Gotta love the SNL sendup of Google Glass tonight!
1 year, 11 months ago on Google Glass: A revolutionary advance
Gwen P. tweets (but didn't post here) this response, thank you!
I'd add thanking donor/volunteers/tchrs & to build relations.
1 year, 11 months ago on How should PTAs be using social media?
I definitely gotta try out one of these suckers! Not sure I'll wear 'em in the shower, though.
@chrisabraham @jdlasica You're right, Chris. There's plenty of frivolousness to go around in both media. Personally, I detest Perez and TMZ, however you want to categorize them. Part of the shallow celebrity culture that distracts us like kittens pawing at that shimmering silvery object.
1 year, 11 months ago on Turn social into your own personal media empire
@communityjulia Cool, Julia. Not surprising that the Obama team is still on the ball!
1 year, 11 months ago on Nonprofits, online giving & secrets from the Obama campaign
Chris, as a journalist (one of many hats I wear) and as the guy who coined the term the personal media revolution back in 2003-04, I like the way you've framed this. While I spend a lot of time on Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc., I'm always aware that I'm representing my personal brand and looking at my blogs Socialmedia.biz and Socialbrite.org as ground zero of where I'll be trying to exercise thought leadership, in my own little way. (If you're in the business of entertainment and amusement, you should probably stick to traditional media.)
Starting in 2005, I started to change my language about this, because the personal media (in the form of blog posts, video, podcasts, etc.) we were creating really took on a new dimension when we put it out there and other folks started sharing it, jumping into the conversation and taking it in wonderful, unexpected new directions. That's what the social media revolution has done. It's that interplay of personal and social that makes the magic.
2 years ago on Turn social into your own personal media empire
@bloghandsseo Agree. And I suggest you look at the 5th to 10th pages on these sites so you don't pick a photo that we've seen a dozen times on other sites.
2 years ago on Images to make your small business blog pop
@thinklynsen Likewise! It was a great preso.
2 years ago on Highlights of 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference
@npshana Next time! Yes, I only wore a blazer because I have too much crap to carry and I'm not fond of man bags. :~)
@askmanny Sorry you couldn't make it, Manny, it was one of the best NTCs. Not sure how many people turned out but it seemed a little cozier than last year's event in SF.
@FollowMeSticker Didn't know about that one. Just gads of them out there!
@pemullen You're the Conference & Events Guru, so thanks much, Peter!
2 years ago on Calendar of social media, tech & marketing events: April 2013
@sarahfayebauer Hi Sarah, thanks for the tip. I agree ... as long as it's not an automated Thanks for the follow!
2 years ago on New to Twitter? 18 tips for newbies
I've also recently heard about Wavvi, "status updates for the world":
2 years, 1 month ago on Location-based services are coming of age (and it’s way more than Foursquare)
Sorry, folks, but this post sounds like it arrived via a time warp from 1998.
The fact is, The New York Times' paywall, despite all the skeptics, has been a resounding success:
(Disclosure: I've been a subscriber for more than 6 years.)
In fact, it's given its newsroom cheer and confidence that there will always be a New York Times because its millions of online subscribers will support its high level of journalism -- and that it needn't stoop to advertorials that are now masquerading as "native advertising."
The Atlantic's reputation took a nosedive when it ran a "sponsored post" (paid ad) by
Scientology. BuzzFeed's reputation is deservedly taking a hit because it runs sponsored
content that's sometimes indistinguishable from editorial content.
If you think there's no difference between the two, good luck in life getting your news from infomercials.
Local news organizations will be in financial peril for the foreseeable future -- because they're not the NY Times. So publications need to experiment with multiple revenue sources in a digital era with challenging business models. Native ads (properly labeled as ads), occasional pay walls and several other approaches need to be part of the mix. Let's celebrate any innovations that work and that don't compromise the underlying journalism.
2 years, 1 month ago on Paywalls Beginning To Lose Credibility
@CatieRagusa Exactly, Catie, I hadn't heard of Tweetwally or Perch and didn't know much about PostRocket. Checking them all out. Guessing that some readers will find value in the apps here that work for them.
2 years, 1 month ago on 5 apps that do the marketing work for you
Under #10 Time-based and memory aids, JoliCloud is a new way to chronicle your digital life. And Memolane was just acquired by a larger company: http://blog.memolane.com/
Glenn, one thing I was wondering: Are you working on an iPhone app? Or are you sticking only with the open source Android mobile platform?
2 years, 1 month ago on Crowdshout: Social advocacy made simple
@Urban4M_ Location analytics, interesting space, would love to see how that looks. Let us know when it goes live, thanks for sharing.
@JeffBoulter Thanks Jeff, hadn't heard of any of them but will check them all out!