I am a writer, marketer, storyteller, friend and father. Which of those "titles" comes first is entirely dependent on the time and place.
It is not just the death of the social network that you have to worry about it is the TOS too. If the network decides you have violated their TOS they can shut you down and there is no guarantee you will be given notice.
Can you build elsewhere? Sure, but if you don't own it you risk losing it all.
8 hours, 23 minutes ago on Where Should You Build Community?
Happy Friday, Amy! Glad to see you getting some spotlight time here. Life near the beach sounds like a good thing to me.
4 days, 7 hours ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin
Ex Lax brownies. When you kill them with kindness you can rest comfortably knowing they are going to be occupied for a while.
When I deal with angry clients I try to follow Einstein's lead:
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
I have often found that a lack of understanding why something did or did not happen has a significant impact upon how clients respond. If I listen to their concerns and then explain things it usually works out.
Doesn't always work, but if you are dealing with reasonable people and providing competent guidance/work...
4 days, 21 hours ago on Five Tips to Deal with Angry Clients
I have reached a point in my career in which I don't want to work for or with people who aren't willing to be questioned about why we do things a certain way.
It doesn't mean that every decision requires a question but sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes to ask why things are done a certain way.
Presentation has a lot to do with it too. There is a way to be respectful and a way to be adversarial.
1 week, 5 days ago on Five Ways “No” Men Help Your Business
Hi Amanda, nice to meet you.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on #FollowFriday: Amanda Gant
My doppleganger has written several posts that are marked as fiction in which he talks about getting into a fight at a grocery store where he defended himself with a salami or stood on a table at a coffee shop fighting off hordes of hipsters and each time he has received emails from people who were certain these tales were true.
Those stories make me wonder how many people don't read carefully and just how outlandish something has to be before people stop believing them.
I am not going to say it is right to try to fool people with this kind of cancer, took at your heart story because I don't think it is. But I do think people are desperately searching for stories that touch their hearts and make them feel connected to others.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Internet Hoaxes and Black Hearts
@ginidietrich Ok just remember when the Cubs and Bears continue not to win championships you could have done something. .;)
3 weeks ago on Become a Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador
If I sign up to help promote it does Jack Bauer get to come live with me? After all I am the kind of serious influencer that has significant power.
During the more than 40 years I have lived in Los Angeles I have successfully prevented full scale invasions from more than 15 star systems not to mention the Soviet Union, Mongols, Huns, Assyrians, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Orcs, Wargs, Voldemort and five witches who were so evil they weren't mentioned in the Wizard of Oz.
In addition there haven't been any major disruptions in the time space continuum for quite some time now not to mention I have kept the polar vortex from ruining the lovely 80 degree weather we are enjoying.
Yeah, I know, I shouldn't brag about being such a heavy hitter, but I figured you should know what you get when JB comes to hang out with me so I can promote the book. :)
Loved this. Can't count the number of presentations I have been forced to read/listen to twice.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Presenters: Are You Cheating on Your Audience?
I don't know David Marcus, haven't ever heard him speak or read anything he has written until tonight. My impression is that he is a smart guy and that he let passion push him to press send before thinking about what could happen with such an email.
His tweet to Venture Beat made him sound petulant and that is never a good move for a leader.
Emotion can be a very useful tool in business but it can cripple you too.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Internal Communications Lessons from a PayPal Fiasco
A "No" man is really important but it has to be someone you trust and believe. If you tell me I can't do something my natural inclination is to go prove you wrong and I have had a lot of success with that.
But I have also failed.
Took a bit of aging for me to get to the place where failure didn't grind away at me and I could look at the positives that can come from it.
The trick I think is trying to figure out what is possible and what is part of a self made illusion of grandeur.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Vision, Goals, and Gold Medals
@bdorman264 Bill you can be the modern Satchel Paige or Minnie Minoso, there is a spot on the bench for you.
@Howie Goldfarb @JoeCardillo@belllindsay@KevinVandever@ginidietrich
Hey now, I am a true Angeleno. Born and raised there. My 9.75 year old says it is important to let you know each decade and I would never argue with her:
60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, '10s
Did I mention she thinks that is proof that I am really wise, er old.
1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever
I don't want to speak out of turn, but I remember the old days when Kevin used to tell us that he expected the Golden Age of Radio to return and that one day he would play The Shadow on it.
Well some of the fellas used to laugh about it but I never did because I knew Kevin was the model for one of the characters on the Bazooka Joe bubble gum comic strip. I had forgotten about that until I saw @creativeoncall 's picture.
And who can forget the time the fellas got together with @Howie Goldfarb for a night on the town. Relatively few people know it was the inspiration for the Paul Simon song "You can Call Me Al" and that ever since then we have been calling Kevin "Ken."
That was one hell of a night, most of the time we like to pretend we don't remember it because it was the time we ended up in a lip sync contest. We were supposed to be dressed up as KISS but because we had a couple guys too many we had to scramble to come up with costumes for them and there was a celebrity wardrobe mishap that we have agreed not to speak about.
Well, I could keep going all morning long with more stories about the good times but the work on my desk isn't going to get done unless I attend to it, so welcome to the club Kevin.
P.S. @Howie Goldfarb says he burned all of the pictures but if I was you I would double check, those Carmen Miranda ones might still be lurking...
The routine is important. I have noticed if I don't stick to it lunch and showering end up being done/taken at odd hours.
I try to make a point to take a walk outside of the house during the work day too. It helps keep me sane and clear minded.
1 month ago on Remote Work and Staying Sane
SEO is poorly understood so it makes people feel better to say it is dead, dying and or useless. No one wants to feel/look stupid but SEO makes many of us feel that way so...
1 month ago on Social Media Gurus and the Foolhardy Trend to Bash SEO
We'll have to agree to disagree about this and to clarify I am speaking about online communications.
I think one of the great challenges is being able understand and read the analytics report. When I review mine and clients I have always looked at unique users, time spent on page, pageviews and other metrics based on CTA.
Relevancy is critical so some topics won't do as well with particular crowds.
1 month ago on The Role of Long-Form Content in Brand Journalism
If you produce content that is interesting, useful and informative people will read it. I have never bought the argument that people will only read short pieces.
I can't provide you with any studies right now but I do know that almost every discussion I have had about this dies when I ask someone to pull out their analytics and show me how they know their readers won't read longer posts.
You can't base it off of the number of comments received or not received either. The comments have dropped on all of my blogs but traffic is stable or growing.
On a side note I'd argue that commenting is down in most places because we are competing with blogs, FB, Twitter, G+ etc.
BTW, the best Mexican food is in LA, bar none.
1 month, 1 week ago on #FollowFriday: Jason Roberts
Nice to meet you Jason.