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I really like receiving your post notices Danny. I don't know that I'm as interested in a newsletter (they are typically more time-intensive and I've got a short supply of time).

1 month ago on Important Message for Subscribers to DannyBrown.me

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Opinions should never be subject to censure. Rather than fight it, that bakery should have corrected it.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Are We In Danger of Losing the Right to an Opinion?

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I feel that silos are an aspect of the traditional marketing world. Modern marketing requires better integration of strategy, assets and distribution backed with fluid engagement.

4 months, 1 week ago on Disruptors and the End of Digital: The Future of PR

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"Does the thinking behind a strategy really change?" This question hits the nail on the head Danny. I'm asked so often about the the tools and strategies behind online success. My answer every time is to "get real". Consider having a real conversation with a real person instead of making a speech or figuring out the auto post function.

4 months, 1 week ago on Disruptors and the End of Digital: The Future of PR

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The last straw for me was Klout picking up on my dislike of Grumpy Cat Memes and offering me a 'perk' of cat litter.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Klout Is At It Again – Privacy Be Damned

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@ginidietrich @Randy Milanovic @bdorman264  I have been called on being Canadian in the past.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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@ginidietrich @bdorman264  I was being polite by not calling that out. ;-)

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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@belllindsay @Randy Milanovic @ginidietrich  slackers - All of them! ;-) Not.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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@belllindsay @Randy Milanovic @ginidietrich  the travel time can be significant for sure

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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Our team members reside as far West as Vancouver Island and as Far East as Toronto and even down south into Colorado. Seems the greater the time change, the more formal the meeting.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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There is certainly more casual dialogue face to face Gini. Virtual interactions tend to be more formal.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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Congrats Gini.

For KAYAK, the solution is a hybrid of virtual and small office. The biggest challenge we've encountered is virtual staff working too much, throwing off work/life balance ratios.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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Makes sense Karen. I make it a practice to not use tools like INmails because they feel intrusive.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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Does anybody read AND understand all of those TOSs? I suspect many are not bothered. FB's constant changing of theirs is among the reasons I quit them cold turkey. That, and Danny Brown's article.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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#canuckpower!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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I don't believe there's a minimum quantity provision.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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I suspect LinkedIn would need to clearly include consent in the TOS for inmails to not be spam as using the same social network does not qualify as an existing business relationship, family or recent transaction.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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Here's hoping people stopped buying e-lists long ago.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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I'm curious if/how this will apply to those individuals who "introduce" themselves in LinkedIn via INMail.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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No 'oops' excuses any more.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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Initial promo did not mention of Canva. Follow ups did. My questions about transparency were redirected to the the Canva mention in follow up posts.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Value and Meaning of Community In Marketing

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Here's one social event that's producing a huge amount of activity for Canva. https://plus.google.com/114918475211209783081/posts/MyiX3LRXGvr

On the surface, magnanimous, though the benefits to Canva are enormous. Big name participants in the 'free' effort are Peg and Guy (who is also a Canca investor).

I truly believe that had the original promotion stated that participation requirements included Canva promotion, many people would have participated anyway. However, participants did not learn of the Canva connection until committing to the exercise.

I mention this only as my opinion. I trust all will take it as such and not sue me for speaking my mind, or gang up in me because they might be a fan.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Value and Meaning of Community In Marketing

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I've started seeing unrelated sponsors being mentioned/thanked during HOAs, social marketing campaigns thinly veiled as follower-participation events and the oddest thing of all, lemming-like approval of the interruptions. Where's social headed?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Value and Meaning of Community In Marketing

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There's always patreon.com...

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Value and Meaning of Community In Marketing

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Excellent and timely Tinu. "the way communities are increasingly treated as commodities" especially resonated with me due to a number of recent community moderators permitting sponsors to infiltrate the conversations.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Value and Meaning of Community In Marketing

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Excellent. Value over volume. I'm sticking around.

5 months, 1 week ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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Makes perfect sense Danny

5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Sunday Share: The Future of PR Isn’t Tomorrow, It’s Now

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Any chance you have the speakers notes available for this Danny?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Sunday Share: The Future of PR Isn’t Tomorrow, It’s Now

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@Danny Brown @Randy Milanovic  Thanks Danny. I hope others don't have such a challenging way of learning of their biggest motivators.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Legacy: How Do You Want to be Remembered?

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@biggreenpen @Randy Milanovic  appreciated. Gini's article touched me.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Legacy: How Do You Want to be Remembered?

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Deep. 


Thank you for bringing forward this important topic Gini. As a stage IV cancer survivor myself, who has won the ultimate staring contest with death himself, I can attest that the desire to leave a legacy burns bright. 


If I may share... 

Sept 1, 2009 - upon returning home from a summer holiday I cannot remember, I was rushed to hospital in excruciating pain. An advanced cancer in my bone marrow caused the sensation of breaking bones - all over my body.

6 days in emergency and 60 lbs lighter, the pain medications began to lessen the 'breaking' to an occasional bout. My doctors handed me papers... asked about my next of kin, if I had a will. There was little or no expectation I'd survive the ordeal. 

And then David (a client) walked in. My room was dark - a windowless utility room - for which I was grateful, as even the light hurt. David sat at my bedside and laid his hand upon my shoulder. Immediately I felt heat. A lot of heat. 

David sat there, hand on my shoulder for about 6 hours. While he did so, I floated. Downward. I continued that journey downward for about half the time David's hand rested on my shoulder. At the halfway point the pain went away. Like the silent snap of a finger. Gone. 

A voice in my head boomed loudly (my own), "I haven't accomplished enough yet." The clarity and authority of that voice within my mind was something I shall never forget. 

Then, as suddenly as the pain left, it returned. I felt myself begin to rise back up and into the fight for my life. As I reached full consciousness, David abruptly lifted his hand, stated that he was done, and left the room with a casual comment that he'd better get back to helping his wife with the basement renos.

My discussions with David since are worthy of a story on their own, but for now I prefer to close out this comment with a reminder that everyone has a story, everyone desires a legacy and everyone has motivation for these things that are purely personal. 

Whether you believe in prayers or energy, the meaning is the same. Whatever your motivation - what makes you tick - I encourage you to pursue it with passion. 

I've chosen to focus that "desire for accomplishment" on my business dealings, where I do my best to improve the situations of the businesses I work with and the people I encounter.

Good luck to you all. May you find motivation for an honourable legacy.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Legacy: How Do You Want to be Remembered?

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Engagement is the new currency.

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231639

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Well stated Danny.

As a content marketer, I'm more likely to develop content that attracts over ads that interrupt.

That said, I do include CTAs in my blog articles, which I suspect are the very definition of 'native'.

7 months, 1 week ago on How You Can Use Native Advertising to Complement Content Marketing

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Thanks Danny. Informative as always.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Why It's Important to Support Independent Book Publishers

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Nice to meet you Jason.

(And fellow Aquarian.)

8 months ago on #FollowFriday: Jason Roberts

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Once LiveFyre or Disqus are installed, the old comment forms feel incredibly bulky!

8 months, 1 week ago on The Only Difference is Opportunity and Realization

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Agreed. Believe in yourself.

And, so happy you added Livefyre!

8 months, 1 week ago on The Only Difference is Opportunity and Realization

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Mostly I do.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: A Challenge to Make You More Productive

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@ginidietrich @jelenawoehr @bradmarley Agreed. In 2009 i was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. As I lay in my hospital bed, I had an epiphany - that I hadn't accomplished enough yet. Charged with that realization, I fought back and won my battle, reinvented my business and launched one of the fasted growing online marketing firms in North America. Exhilarating as this has been (and continues to be), I make it a point to take at least one weekend day off and enjoy a big sudsy bubble bath. :-)

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: A Challenge to Make You More Productive

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@AmyVernon @dough HA!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Dear Amy: LinkedIn Connection

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@milesaustin True Miles. It is an excellent example of how not to do it.  :-)

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Dear Amy: LinkedIn Connection

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@ginidietrich @Randy Milanovic  Sure. I first learned it while working with a Turner Efficiency Coaching a few years back. http://www.turnerefficiency.com/open-ohio-only-handle-it-once


The goal is to reduce the number of times you open, view, re-open, messages, etc.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: A Challenge to Make You More Productive

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@Liz Agreed.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Dear Amy: LinkedIn Connection

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@Danny Brown Agreed. People who take you down should not be in your circles.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Dear Amy: LinkedIn Connection

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Thank you for the advice Amy. Perhaps I should grow a thicker skin, but a it is now few days later and I still feel the sting a bit. Thanks for being a voice of reason and sharing this important perspective.


(PS. Attempted to comment by iPhone but LiveFyre wouldn't post for me. I hope I haven't submitted this twice.)

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Dear Amy: LinkedIn Connection

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OHIO (Only Handle it Once) has been one of the most crucial strategies for myself.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: A Challenge to Make You More Productive

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Excellent basics Blake.

I'd add that while quality is still more important, you’ll never generate any momentum – much less lead-generation results – if you aren’t putting fresh ideas out there on a regular basis with quantity.

Case in point, when I changed from 1 article per week to 2 articles per week, my visitors doubled (expected), but the really interesting part was that quality leads rose by 5x.

9 months ago on Know Your SEO: How Quality Trumps Quantity

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When we are problem solving, there's no need to sell. The benefits are obvious.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Agencies Must Evolve or Die

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