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@ginidietrich Hmm, I don't buy that. Spam is spam, regardless of "names". Unwanted promotion and targeting is exactly what many people are complaining about when it comes to how social has been ruined (though I have my own thoughts on how it's the consumer, not the marketer, that ruined social).

2 days, 21 hours ago on Influencer Relations: Tips to Extend Your Current Campaigns

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So what post are you going to write for me? :)

You know how I feel about influence marketing, and solid data to base it on - nice to see the breakdown and various options you offer here, miss.

One thing - I usually ignore tweets that CC me when they tell me "You might enjoy this" (unless I have a previous connection to the person). What's your take on that, and the idea it can come across as spammy?

2 days, 21 hours ago on Influencer Relations: Tips to Extend Your Current Campaigns

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@LauraPetrolino Well, given @ginidietrich was just named a "Rich Media Social Influencer", I thought I better up the game. :) @belllindsay @Eleanor Pierce

1 week, 2 days ago on Vanity Metrics: Are They Here to Stay?

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@LauraPetrolino I said, for the record, I DON'T have herpes. Sheesh!!! :) @Eleanor Pierce

1 week, 3 days ago on Vanity Metrics: Are They Here to Stay?

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@Eleanor Pierce Oh, you're sharp! 

1 week, 3 days ago on Vanity Metrics: Are They Here to Stay?

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@RobBiesenbach I'd put results for clients on the platform over numbers of followers. Bill Gates never used to blog; would that mean he's not influential because he didn't have hundreds of thousands of blog shares and subscribers?

1 week, 3 days ago on Vanity Metrics: Are They Here to Stay?

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Vanity metrics are the herpes of the internet. Easy to get, hard to get rid of. Sadly.

(For the record, I don't have herpes)

1 week, 3 days ago on Vanity Metrics: Are They Here to Stay?

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I think it depends. A comms company like AD, for example, is perfect for a content calendar. 

An off-the-cuff company (fun start-up, irreverent news site) may be better off just running off-the-cuff with something that happens that day, that is relevant for their audience.

Then you have the solo bloggers that write better because they're not forced into creating content they may not have a passion for at that particular time.

So, calendar for some - yes; as you go for others, also yes. :)

1 week, 4 days ago on An Editorial Calendar Equals Lots of Content from One Idea

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@WesleyDrey Love this comment, and completely agree. The rise of 140-character comms, head-down SMS conversations, and Buzzfeed/Upworthy headline chasing with little content to reward the visitor with is a key reason why writing is in decline.

1 week, 5 days ago on Is there really a shortage of good writers?

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@ginidietrich I would hope they do. This has been around since 2009 - 6 years to start doing something about it doesn't inspire confidence, though.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The FTC and Social Media: You Have to Disclose

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Until the FTC actually goes out on a bigger scale and starts punishing people as well as brands, this will continue. As @dough mentions, when those that should know better ignore the mandates because they know essentially nothing will happen, it's a soundbite and nothing else.

Given I've seen a boatload of people I know (who are all professionals and senior pros at that) not disclose relationships, I fear it's already a lost battle.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The FTC and Social Media: You Have to Disclose

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@jesbursh Wow, I hadn't seen that story - quite the adventure! I have to say, the NYT is great at highlighting that kind of stuff.

And, yes, like you say, it's not that hard, but the rewards (and pitfalls) are clear to see, for sure.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Customer Service is Not the Same as Being Customer-Centric

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@Howie Goldfarb Define "stuff".

2 weeks, 5 days ago on 2015 Business Goals

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Kudos on your honesty, miss. I know a lot of consultants and agencies that blow smokescreens when it comes to financials, so nice to see you not going down that road, and acknowledging where you need to grow (and more importantly HOW) in 2015.

Here's to your goals being met and more. :)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on 2015 Business Goals

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@davidjboozeronline Look forward to seeing what you think of it if you do. :)

1 month ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@davidjboozeronline Interesting. Haven't seen that before - curious to dig more into how it works. The main "problem" I see, though, is current lack of platforms. I'm guessing it's just an HTML-based system at the minute - with WordPress running more than a quarter of the world's websites now, it would seem a missed opportunity if this idea was limited to HTML design?

1 month ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@Frank_Strong That's where your friendly neighbourhood admin can come to the rescue, mate. :) Good suggestion, though, I'll drop it in the plugin forum for a future update, cheers! @grissombrad @kevinweber

1 month ago on Blog Comments, Digital Universes, and the Future of Social Conversations

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@JackVincent You get extra kudos for referencing one of my all-time favourite books, mate. :)

The people I've looked up to in my life, and continue to look up to, are exactly the ones that have struggled and overcome. That's real-life. That's dedication. That's who I want to be.

Cheers, mate (and received your email, will reply this weekend!).

1 month ago on Balancing Your Autobiography

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@MartinGBEdwards Agree, mate. I liken it to reverse narcissism. It's a shell, a false layer of a better life that even the snow flakiest of Disney movies could never hope to achieve.

If you think about it, the memorable characters in movies and books are the flawed anti-heroes - and they're memorable for a reason. So why do we try and hide our flaws, instead of being memorable for being true? 

1 month ago on Balancing Your Autobiography

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@belllindsay Do you think there'd be a rye shortage in the US if I was??? 

1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: March through December

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@ginidietrich Okay. What about Mark Zuckerberg, who only thinks he's God?

https://twitter.com/notzuckerberg

1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: March through December

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@BrandonMcGrath Hi Brandon,

To a large degree,  I agree - after all, if the content isn't worth discussing, no-one will discuss it. :)

Having said that, I see a lot of discussions happening away from the post itself (sometimes, even in forum threads) - so it has evoked conversation, just not on the host platform. So, while lack of comments may suggest lack of quality, it's not always the case.

Thanks for your own comment (and appreciate the kind words about the engagement on this post),

Cheers!

1 month ago on Blog Comments, Digital Universes, and the Future of Social Conversations

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@grissombrad Hey there Brad,

I'm a HUGE fan of the approach Medium takes to pretty much everything (as evidenced by my theme design) :)

The inline commenting is no exception - I was an immediate fan when I saw it in use. Livefyre has their own version called Sidenotes, which is good but has some big flaws (the main part being, they're not classed as comments, so if you delete the Sidenotes plugin, you lose these comments completely).

I've just installed and activated the Inline Comments plugin by @kevinweber - you can see it if you're on desktop and using a mouse to scroll down the page (the comment bubbles appear to the right of the content). Looking to see how I can implement better in 2015, and it may involve changing the use of Livefyre on the blog, I'll see. :)

1 month ago on Blog Comments, Digital Universes, and the Future of Social Conversations

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@BartDP Hey there Bart,

Very welcome, mate, love the way Readz helps take a brand's story in multiple directions. Looking forward to the upcoming release - have a great holiday yourself, and will catch up in 2015 for sure.

1 month, 1 week ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@MariaAnemone Funnily enough, I just had an experience with a WordPress developer regarding a potential risk over a cookie tracker found in their plugin. Their "response" immediately turned me off - defensive and accusatory. Especially when they came back and admitted it was something they were aware of, after further inspection...

Yep, the right response is much preferable to the fast one. :)

1 month, 1 week ago on Speed of Resolution Over Speed of Response is Key to Social Media Success

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@tobey fusco Hey there miss,

I can only imagine the difficulties you must face, and wish you all the best in your next stage. I would definitely recommend checking out @Craig McBreen's Art of Breaking Out site - it sounds like you and it may be a great fit.

http://www.artofbreakingout.com/

All the best, miss. 

1 month, 1 week ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@getwrite Oh, for sure - I'm going by a mix of anecdotal as well as empirical evidence. Like you say, it could be down to quieter inboxes - though I have had a few people tell me they now look out for my newsletter coming out (like both @Tim Bonner and @tobey fusco here, amongst others). Whatever the reason, it seems to be working better than my previous option, so for that I'm happy with the change. :)

1 month, 1 week ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@tobey fusco That's awesome news about your post, Tobey - even the most established of bloggers struggle to get that type of engagement (especially on Facebook), so nice job!

1 month, 1 week ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Craig McBreen Looking at the content and approach you're looking for with AoBO, mate, I'd agree - the newsletter approach can really let you get intimate with those that share your vision, and allow you to get direct one-on-one feedback on where you might be able to offer help, too.

I have to admit, I've been really impressed with MailPoet. I've used MailChimp and Aweber before (and as the post mentions, just come off Feedblitz), and the options they have are really good. Interface-wise, too, the UI is clean. They also just announced they'll be offering their own email delivery option to go with the newsletter tool, which - if it's anything like their existing solution - will make for an excellent all-in-one offering.

1 month, 1 week ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Tim Bonner I've seen a few people do that (the intro before each post) - love it, think it's a great approach (if I recall, first time I saw it was via our mutual friend @CraigMcBreen - don't tell him I said that, though!). 

Like you say, it offers a much more personal approach - for me, that's one way that individual bloggers will always stand apart from content machine blogs, and company blogs. It's true people-to-people interaction, and long may it continue. :)

1 month, 1 week ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Randy Milanovic FB is actually still active. There was a lot of noise about it closing (I'll admit to being part of that noise), but it's still going strong (currently). Numbers can be erratic, mind you, but it's still around.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Randy Milanovic It does make me wonder how many subs guys like Copyblogger, etc., lost when GR closed its doors.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Randy Milanovic Same here, but that's for emails - you can't really back up RSS subs :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Randy Milanovic Hi mate, I think I would have, yes. I don't actually have that big a subscriber base (at least, email specific) compared to others - currently it's sitting just short of 3,000.

Adding to that, something that happened last month would have made me be more cognizant of email subscribers before now. Google Reader finally shut its doors (it had been threatening to for about a year or so, and in November it finally happened). I lost around 6,000 RSS subscribers just via that one reader. Thankfully, I'd been advising people to move to Feedly or similar, so I was able to keep the remainder that had been on Google Reader (around 3,000), but that 6,000 or so? Gone.

Now, if I'd had them on email to begin with...

With regards starting out, I'm a big fan of starting out as you mean to go on. You can still blog - that's what grows the subscriber base to begin with anyhow. Just choose your poison from the off, so to speak. :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@HotBlogTips Hey there Brian, they got to you too, huh? :)

Yep, had some invites - I've only taken one up. Primarily because I know and respect the person, and the "list" she's creating is a bit different from the usual year end fare. But, yes - it's almost soul-destroying at times when you see all the link-bait titles and posts filling up the blogosphere, and then - worse still - why people still fall for them.

Onward and upward, mate! :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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@Kelsey Vere Interesting - haven't seen that yet, but agree, it's a good move to be more transparent. 

RE. the feed - it's something I've always felt they get wrong (or, at least since around 2012 or something). I miss stuff from people/brands I really want to read, while getting stuff I have zero interest in because Facebook believes I want to read it. I'd happily pay an annual fee to remove this filtering.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What 2015’s Facebook Changes Mean for Business Pages

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I'll give Facebook credit - they do seem to be listening and trying to help. With the focus on seem to be ;-)

What I find interesting about the privacy settings is that there's no "global privacy". Yes, there are general - but if I don't want anyone to see my profile at all when they're not already connected, I can't do that. 

The profile Header Image, for example, is always Public - nothing I can do to change that. Why not simply have a picture of me as the one that potential new friends see, and the question, "Is this the Danny Brown you know?", or something similar?

Because as its stands now, if I have pictures of my kids up as me Header, anyone can see, And I can't do anything about that.

Sorry, went off on a tangent - this is about Business Pages, my bad - great stuff, miss! :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What 2015’s Facebook Changes Mean for Business Pages

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@Tim Bonner Yeah, I hear you mate - personally, I'm enjoying the distraction-free sidebar-less approach a lot more than my previous design(s). Now I can really just concentrate on the content, and that's something I'm much happier with (as opposed to worrying am I over-killing the sidebar, etc.)

The cookie thing is a conundrum - like you say, the EU are really draconian in this regard, while N. America is still (relatively) lax. The problem is, lack of direction as opposed to what's acceptable disclosure, and what audience it affects. Something to keep in mind - although I wonder if an improved experience because of cookies will help relax the laws a little?  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@Kelsey Vere Hi Kelsey,

Yeah, I've heard that SEO argument before, but personally I put that down to poor coding versus the one-page approach. MOZ has a great article on how you can have one-page design and still retain excellent SEO:

http://moz.com/blog/parallax-scrolling-websites-and-seo-a-collection-of-solutions-and-examples

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@KimberlyLucht Agreed, Kimberly. My friend @RichBecker wrote a great post recently on how he saw the various sensory forms of content blending together to form a cohesive message - well worth the read:

http://dannybrown.me/2014/09/10/the-future-of-content-part-3-with-richard-becker/

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@tobey fusco Hey there Tobey, thanks, and glad the post was helpful. I think the one i'm excited about the most is the Aesop Engine - I have it installed and am starting to mess about with the different components. i have a post coming out soon with its use - stay tuned! :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@Tim Bonner Hi mate,

Yeah, I've noticed this "tradition" getting more popular in the UK. It's a shame - while there are many good things to take and adapt from North America, this isn't one of them. And the pictures coming out from Wales and the Midlands were downright scary and just a little tragic...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Official Annual Black Friday Rant by The Q

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@ginidietrich I'm thinking Florida probably has a pass.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ring in December with Spin Sucks

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@bensonhendrix So THAT's where they got the name Saskatchewan RoughRiders..!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ring in December with Spin Sucks

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@agiefer Agreed. Is engagement pretty much a dead dodo on Facebook? Yep. But for brands looking to really take advantage of ads (especially how they fare in the marketplace bidding process), Like numbers play a key role. Sadly.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why I believe the Page Like is completely dead

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@Howie Goldfarb I wish you would say what you really feel, mate. :)

Yeah, you know, I don't think there are any "holidays" left that aren't essentially Hallmark Card Days. Hell, they're even making days up for Son's Day, and Daughter's Day. I love my kids dearly, but come on - I'm pushed to even accept Mother's and Father's Day without immediately thinking it's just a sales ploy. We're parents - we simply do what we do.

If you really want to celebrate, forget religion (most of which is false or bastardized), and just have Life Day, and appreciate the fucking planet we're on, and the people we share it with. Oh, wait - right. Oil, wars, religion, hypocrisy.

Carry on....

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Official Annual Black Friday Rant by The Q

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