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You posted some great tips here. 

I really like the idea of having pictures of products in use. It makes total sense, but I  wonder how many people actually do it. I think it can be too easy just to use the regular photo instead of one in use. 

Also, pinning your own blog posts is a good idea, but people need to use interesting photos otherwise people won't bother with it. 


cheers

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Pinterest Content Marketing Tips

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Oh man the things we say to our dogs that would be creepy is pretty funny. I had a good chuckle at the last one in regards to bathroom etiquette.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: A Storm Hits Nova Scotia and Moms are Wow

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@RebeccaTodd I can't believe that he knew all the words that he was going to say. That's pretty impressive.


10 months ago on Gin and Topics: Panda Cub Gets Vaccine and Click Baby

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@farmnwife @IpjRobson 

I know one new farmer who uses his email list to sell extra chickens from his CSA. 

Another great example is informing your customers of what you will have at your farmers market booth. 

That's what comes to mind at least.

Lead magnets are great. Not sure what would be good for a farm website. Recipe? Guide to x ? Tools that you use on your website?

10 months, 1 week ago on Why add a Blog to Your Website

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Great job on the podcast. It isn't easy at all to get started with something like that. I did one for a bit on another website then stopped because it wasn't focused enough at the time.

Keep up the great work. You rock

Here a couple comments:

I like how clean your website is. It's not overcrowded with tons of stuff. However, the double navigation bars are a bit odd, but that is just me. 

Also, I am curious as to why you don't promote your email list a bit more? As a follow up question, what are your thoughts on farm websites using email lists.


10 months, 1 week ago on Why add a Blog to Your Website

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The highway singalong is just one of those feel good videos. Put a smile on my face this morning. 

Also, I'm glad I don't have kids so they can't overflow the toilet. :P

10 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Mumford & Sons Impersonators and Potty Talk

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@ginidietrich @IpjRobson I think it would be awesome if companies did it. 

It would allow people to be more creative with their commercials. It would be nice to be entertained instead of "buy this now"



10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Girls Don’t Poop and Cat Massages

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@BillSmith3 @ginidietrich @IpjRobson Yeah in Canada we don't get too much funny stuff. 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Girls Don’t Poop and Cat Massages

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@yvettepistorio @KateFinley 

Reddit definitely has its own type of culture going on. It can be harsh if you're not used it. 

I think I was slightly desensitized to it because I played a lot video games in the past. 

At least that's what I think.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Reddit: Five Tips to Earn Front Page Status

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Oh man my gf laughed so hard when she saw the poopuri ad. 

It's definitely an innovative way of promoting the product. I wonder if other companies could take a comical approach to their business. 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Girls Don’t Poop and Cat Massages

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Oh man that whose line is it anyways and the world war z clips were priceless. 

Thanks for the great laugh.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: An Interpretive Dance and Prancercise (Again)

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Love the points you made here. 

It always surprises me how neglected about pages are. I am sure mine has been a bit too. 

I'm a big fan of using videos on about pages. It can help people get to know you even better. Also, it adds that be human quality you mentioned. 

High five

11 months ago on Who Are You? How to Craft a Killer About Us Page

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One thing that I have always thought bout is being the connector. 

As you mentioned, be the bridge between two people who are looking for something similar. If you can connect two people together and they find value in that connection, they will always remember you for being the person who connected them. 


Great insights

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Networking: How to Hustle Your Social Network with Grace

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@@corinamanea @IpjRobson

Thanks for pointing that one out to me. 
Jay Baer actually talked at a farming confenrence not too long ago. If memory serves me right

11 months, 2 weeks ago on The Branding Marathon: How to Use the Web to Grow Your Business

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@@corinamanea @IpjRobson @ginidietrich 

In agriculture it starting to happen with the younger generations taking over farms and what not.

It's a slow process.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The Branding Marathon: How to Use the Web to Grow Your Business

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@@corinamanea @IpjRobson @ginidietrich 

While farming will never die because that would just be bad for everyone, it may not progress like other industries in the same way.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The Branding Marathon: How to Use the Web to Grow Your Business

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@ginidietrich @IpjRobson Unfortunately, that seems to be the mentality. I can't say that I agree with it, but it is rather difficult to change someone's mind when they are set in their ways.

There's always hope though.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The Branding Marathon: How to Use the Web to Grow Your Business

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I completely agree with this, "That said, many organizations aren’t yet taking advantage of what the web has to offer them for business growth..."

Many farmers don't take full advantage of the web. They could help educate so many people.

They could increase their business as well. 

However, many don't take full advantage of the potential, which constantly surprises me. 

Great post

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The Branding Marathon: How to Use the Web to Grow Your Business

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Congratz DJ. 

Remember to always keep the fires burning with Waldow Social because then you know you will always have something you built ready for you.

Good luck and have fun. I look forward to hearing more about how your job at Marketo is going when you start.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Reasons I’m Joining Marketo

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Thanks for the shout out and for answering the question. 

I hope more farmers put this information into practice.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Question of the Week: Social Media for Farmers

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@belllindsay Never thought I would see that in a comment. 

Made me laugh, but say that's cool all at the same time.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Communications: Pain, Scars, and Glory!

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@RebeccaTodd I agree. 

Too many people think about an exchange as money where in reality it doesn't need to be. 

As you mentioned, it could be contact information or something else. Once people realise that, their call to actions may get better.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Eight Things to Consider When You Create Calls-to-Action in Your Content

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You provided some awesome ideas here for earning links.

My two favourites are go offline and gamification.

I like idea of taking something offline and promoting it. I think creating an event offline would be really cool.

Gamification is something that has been around for a bit, but it hasn't hit the mainstream.

As a gamer, I love the idea of adding game elements to your website. However, I don't see many people do it well at all.

Many forums have had gamification in place for a long time without knowing it. For example, giving titles and ranks to top posters and top commenter. People eat that stuff up.

Everyone loves being king of the hill, so adding that gamification to a site can be a great way to increase engagement as well.

The biggest problem I find is that if you want to use a plug in to help this out, there aren't many of them. The ones I have seen have been lame.

rant complete.


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1 year ago on Why You Need to Earn Links Rather than Build Them

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@TaraGeissinger @IpjRobson For sure. 

Times are constantly changing. You just need to makes sure you know what is happening. 

In the end it's be real and be valuable.

1 year ago on Did Google Just Kill Online News Releases?

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Great points @TaraGeissinger 

It has always been important to write content for the end user. Lately, Google has put an even greater focus on providing solid content, which can be difficult for some people. 

One of the key points you mentioned was, optimize where you can. As you mentioned there is still a lot of value in press releases. They can help to sent social signals to your site, drive traffic and some other goodies. 

Google has made it clear, don't stuff. Rather, lightly smatter with keywords. 

Great read.

1 year ago on Did Google Just Kill Online News Releases?

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Fantastic information. 

I always get stuck when I have to write a bio of myself. I have no idea why. Just one of those things. 

The douche free bio questions are effective. It helps you root out what one may want to say about oneself.

Thanks for the great post.

1 year ago on Let’s Talk About Me: Writing a Professional Bio

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I've heard that some people undersell themselves and then they over deliver. 

However, overselling isn't going to do anything good for you particularly if you don't deliver in the end.

Great lessons learned.

1 year ago on Business Lessons Learned: Remember to Watch Your Step

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@Debra_Ellis @IpjRobsonPart of that is creating a relationship with the people you're trying to target isn't it?
However, this isn't going to make it any easier.

1 year ago on Gmail Hosted Email: Will the New Inbox Affect Email Marketing?

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@Debra_Ellis @dave_link If you're providing value to your people, they will want to get your email right? 

However, it is hard to say what Gmail might consider a valuable email.

Also, I really like the idea of segmenting your list. It could lead to better relationships with people.

1 year ago on Gmail Hosted Email: Will the New Inbox Affect Email Marketing?

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Constructive criticism is essential. You can use what those people are saying to make what you offer better in some way 

They help you improve your product, and increase sales and all that. 

But at it's core you're trying to give more benefits to your customers. 

1 year ago on How and When to Respond to Negative Reviews

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Death by powerpoint. I've see that too many times. Particularly in university where profs would read their slides. Talk about a bore. 

Great tips

1 year, 1 month ago on Ignite Presentation: Six Tips to Give the One of Your Lifetime

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Sever sounds interesting. Perhaps even a little disturbing. 

I haven't read much fiction lately although I do enjoy reading it quite a bit. Seems like you've mentioned a few goodies here. 

I curious how the test is going to go. I look forward to reading the results.

1 year, 1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Summer Reading List

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@Howie Goldfarb I'm in the same boat. I tend to write a bit stop. Then come back to it and see how I can improve it. 

It can take a couple hours. It really depends on how detailed I want to get. 

I still edit it via reading out loud. It seems to work best for me.

Having said all that, I think I am better on video. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Seven Tools for Writing Blog Posts

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@manamica @IpjRobson @PTheWyse 

Cool thanks for the information. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Is Marketing Automation Cheating or Just Slightly Creepy?

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@PTheWyse @manamica

You bring up a great point.

Too many people just post links. I admittedly post some links, but I also take time throughout the day to interact with a lot of people. As you said, interacting with people will change the game for you.

It's like, interact or fail ( if you remember the old skate or die).

1 year, 2 months ago on Is Marketing Automation Cheating or Just Slightly Creepy?

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@RobBiesenbach I love reconnecting with people at events. 

That's one of my favourite reasons to go to networking events. I like to think about it as keeping the fires of friendship warm.

 I think @cspenn  said something about that a long time ago.



1 year, 2 months ago on Introverts: How to Sell Without Selling

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Great talk @djwaldow ,

It's funny you should talk about that video that you made. I just saw that not too long ago. How strange it that?

It always amazes me how life puts you in those odd situation where you are forced to make a life changing decision as you did. 

That is something that is happening in my life, so it is a bit scary. 

Have a good one.

1 year, 3 months ago on Hanging Out With Troy Nalls – Talking Email Marketing

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Thanks very much for the shout out. Much appreciated. 

 

Love the show.

 

Keep up the great work

1 year, 6 months ago on Craig Jarrow on Time Management

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 @farmnwife Thanks for pointing out Farm On out to me. That is a pretty neat website. 

 

Gothberg Farms website is nice. Text size is a bit small for my liking, but it looks homie.

 

Many people have no idea what to blog about. It is a constant problem. Sometimes a little bit of research can solve that problem to find out what people are looking for.

 

 

1 year, 7 months ago on Smart SEO Strategy

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 @farmnwife Cool. 

 

There seem to be many old school farmers still around who don't embrace websites or blogging or any of that, so I am happy that you are looking into that more. 

 

Are there many small ag businesses that have that type of problem? getting on line?

1 year, 7 months ago on Smart SEO Strategy

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 @farmnwife It makes perfect sense. 

 

Sorry for the double post by the way. I had trouble commenting. You tend to focus more on the blogging side here it seems. 

 

Besides blogging, what else do you focus on here for farmers I mean?

1 year, 7 months ago on Smart SEO Strategy

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This is funny because I was just thinking about something like this. 

 

Do many farmers have a hard time with the technical aspect of blogging? I mean like SEO, SERP, Niches etc 

1 year, 7 months ago on Smart SEO Strategy

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I think my biggest challenge is trying to get experience in social media as a career. 

 

My other biggest challenge is trying to explain the people the power of social media and what one can do with it.

2 years ago on What’s Your Biggest Challenge in Social Media?

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