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"Those who speak the loudest have the least to say."

1 year ago on Why the Best "Social Media Stars Reality Show" is the One That Doesn't Need Made

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If this looks like hard work...well, that's because it is.

Great, great post. Thanks for the kick in the pants...

1 year, 2 months ago on Link Building Techniques That STILL WORK!

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Am so glad you said this. It sucks out there, and the A-Listers are the worst - and many of them don't know (or don't care).

1 year, 4 months ago on Dear A-Listers: I’m Worried About Your Souls

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I for one welcome our new Area 224 overlords.

1 year, 4 months ago on #HecklersHangout 23 - Taking Over the World with Dave Van de Walle (@Area224)

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I'm in exactly NO brackets...i.e., I received nothing from LinkedIn. Nothing.

I'm rather meh about the whole thing, anyway; but you're right that they didn't do much for that other 90%.

1 year, 5 months ago on 2 Things LinkedIn Did Wrong

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Don't know - been on the fence for a long time here.

 

I think there's a chance that being overly interested in personal branding leads to more than a touch of arrogance. It's like we're building an army of "me first" people, and then everyone talks in the bubble about themselves. It's scary - but, in the interest of "personal branding," it's easy to default to that.

 

Here's another thought: people, by themselves, don't scale. Once you get to the point where all you do is "build your personal brand," now what? Everything's attached to you? Then where do you go?

 

FINALLY, then I'll be quiet - there are a good chunk of personal brands where the outside presence doesn't match the inside reality. Anytime someone says they've built a "million dollar business" around themselves...I run the other direction.

 

 

1 year, 5 months ago on Two Reasons a Personal Brand is Imperative to Business Growth

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Can you explain the Final Four connection? Seemed odd if you don't know the background on Ms. Springer, which I don't.

1 year, 10 months ago on While Big Tech Chases the Elusive Small Business Market, a Startup in Ohio Has Already Quietly Cornered it

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I'll pile on with congratulations. Congratulations! Will there be cake?

1 year, 10 months ago on #FollowFriday: Allen Mireles

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Advice: ask the "end game" question.

 

Did this FIVE YEARS ago with a potential business partner - a company that my company was talking to. End game for this chap? Sell his business.

 

I see, so how will social media impact your ability to sell your business? In his case...not at all. Next topic, please.

 

Good post.

1 year, 11 months ago on A Social Media Measurement Rant

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I have a seven-year-old son. My wife and I have agreed to keep him out of Boy Scouts from here on.

 

The plan is to find other activities, and explain to him that the discrimination that BSA is guilty of would be just like if our church told so-and-so they couldn't come because they have two moms.

 

Done and done.

2 years ago on So the Boy Scouts of America Suck...Now What?

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Organizing??? ARRRRGH!

 

Seriously, though, great tips. And also keep this in mind with foodstuffs: if you've got something that has an expiration date ages into the future, and you've had it awhile, then...food pantry it is. (We have a couscous something-or-other that expires in 2014. We've had it since 2009. Maybe it's time to just let go.)

2 years ago on Making the Most of Your Pantry

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I stopped paying attention to traffic numbers LONG ago. It gets really annoying, self-defeating, and can drive a person crazy.

 

For the very reasons you talk about, I tend to focus on quality, not quantity, and would rather build 5 really solid relationships than have 500 visitors and meet no one.

 

Plus, I'm starting to use the "want to have a beer with" metric as the only one that matters. Am I the person someone wants to have a beer with? And, this site I'm visiting, do I want to have a beer with the writer?

 

NO? Carry on...

2 years, 1 month ago on Are you sure blog numbers matter?

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 @clcooper That's hilarious...and a little scary.

 

I do know of an Illinois Bison producer - somewhere between Naperville and Peoria. Ish. Passed it on a back road one day. Also, the Cubs have an official Bison sponsor - which is somewhere in Colorado.

2 years, 1 month ago on Yet Another White Meat!

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 @clcooper Portable Hard Drive? No clue. Alex Trebek...well, there are these clever commercials out now where Trebek, Wheat Thins in hand, annoys people at a party by knowing all the answers. (I love him so; but he does seem to know ALL the answers.)

 

If you've got Whole Foods near you, you can normally get bison for about the same price as grass-fed beef. Last time I bought it, I did ask if they carry ostrich, too - but they don't. That's getting tougher to find.

 

Thanks for the comment!

2 years, 1 month ago on Yet Another White Meat!

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New York? Wowzers, dude! Go get em!

2 years, 1 month ago on Facebook Post Leads to Community Manager Job

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This Wally (or Wall-E) loved that article. Inspirational. Thank you.

2 years, 2 months ago on When someone saves your life

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I call this "Muse Syndrome." After the band, Muse, whose radio ads say "they've been called the greatest live band in the world."

 

By whom? That's subjective, and so is influence. Muse may rock the mic, or you may be bored out of your mind at their concert. Klout may tell you that George Takei's score is in the 70s; then the guy shares one meme on Facebook and you see it everywhere.

 

Slippery slope.

2 years, 2 months ago on Social Media, Self-Proclamation and the Wanky Word

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I have to comment because this is so damned awesome.

 

While you're talking modern warfare and social media - consider Afghanistan. A war with no point, being fought on several fronts, dragging on forever, with no end in sight. Conversely, how bout the precise Israeli Army maneuvers.

 

Wow...the parallels between warfare and social media - really interesting. Great, thought-provoking stuff.

2 years, 2 months ago on The weapons are ahead of the tactics

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Let this be the first blog post I click through and comment on today...Cheers, mate! Great stuff.

2 years, 2 months ago on Make It Your Mission To...

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Great, great post @Mandy Boyle ...and it takes gumption to admit that you made a mistake and are willing to learn from it.

 

Ten bucks, ten THOUSAND bucks - here's to learning from it, taking control, and moving onward and upward!

2 years, 2 months ago on When You Make a Financial Mistake

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I *like* this, but I fall short of saying I *love* this article. I think it stems from the use of the letters "R-O-I".

 

There's not an "investment" that's quantified here - you're coming up with metrics, you're quantifying your performance against KPIs, and you seem to have a very firm grasp of what that does for you and your organization. So I applaud you there.

 

But...there's not an investment here. Not time or money - neither is quantified. Therefore, I'd say it's not ROI. It's possible that those numbers do exist at your organization and they're not for public consumption.

 

In any event, I do like the article.

2 years, 3 months ago on How to Measure Results When It’s Not Tied to Sales

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 @BobReed YES, Bob, a thousand times over...great advice. And the professional networking doesn't have to be limited to finding the next job or the next client. Maybe there's a skill that you want to hone - and meeting people who work in that industry can get you the right connections to get better...

2 years, 3 months ago on Professional Networking On A Budget

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Am *really* interested in finding out just who was spewing the bad advice. But, alas, gut needs to be trusted. 

2 years, 3 months ago on He wrote ten books so he must know his stuff

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This is a wonderful review, Marjorie, and I thank you for writing it.

 

One of the things that is troubling me about these kinds of books - and one of the reasons I don't read these kinds of books - is that they appear to be centered around very fuzzy concepts. Social Media is still a fuzzy concept - and I am big into measuring things like "time" and "ROTI" and the like. Businesses I work with don't like to be sold on fuzzy concepts.

 

I think we all could use some basic grounding in the numbers stuff: not just marketing numbers, but how to run a business. I'm seeing too many purported experts telling us how businesses could run social media programs - but not focusing on whether or not that business is actually sustainable.

 

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Book Review: No BS Social Media

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Am told - from my days at Costco - that the average cart has $150 in it by the time they check out. So...yeah, this is the kind of stuff we need to know.  AND I get sucked in, at Costco and at Target, every single time - it's that "complete circuit" thing. Gets ya every time.

2 years, 3 months ago on How to Get Out of Target Without Spending $150

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"Innovation" is the word that has become so passe, to me, that it has lost all meaning. Seeing people with "Innovation" in their title makes me gag. And big companies "Innovate." No.

2 years, 4 months ago on 7 Business (Buzz)Words That Have Lost Almost All Meaning

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 @Heather Acton Fire, and the Salsa Verde from Taco Bell are both awesome...

2 years, 4 months ago on How To Fall in Love With Taco Night Again

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Awesome stuff! True story - we snuck spinach into a smoothie a couple weeks back. 2/3 of the kids loved it. (There were blueberries, too...)

 

But, upon making a second batch - I broke the blender. Gotta get a new one.

2 years, 4 months ago on How To Add Super Foods to Your Diet on the Cheap

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I AM WEARING A SHIRT THAT SAYS "I KNOW YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I?" RIGHT NOW.

2 years, 4 months ago on Five Inappropriate Ways to Respond to Criticism

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Great tips!

2 years, 4 months ago on How To Get The Best Service For Your Buck

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Most of my music discovery? Actually YouTube...if a friend shares a link, and I trust their judgment, I'll listen (or, more accurately, watch).

2 years, 4 months ago on How To Discover New Music Without Spending A Fortune

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 @Mandy Boyle I predict more barter networks arriving in the months to come. Right now, they're confined to the larger players...but once there are more buy local movements, that will mean more bartering.

2 years, 4 months ago on How To Prepare for Hyperinflation

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Jay, great stuff and thanks for sharing.

 

I fear that the big boys will continue to win - and there needs to be some hook for small businesses. The person or group or company that figures that out will win big. But small businesses will suffer in the interim.

2 years, 4 months ago on 14 Ways New Facebook Betrays Small Business

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A dig on Man U!

 

Seriously, though, I'm amazed - sometimes absolutely shocked - at the whole sellout thing. It happens - I've watched it, where brands (and people) are too busy with the glitterati that they don't acknowledge the little people.

 

There's very little empathy marketing going on, IMHO. A lot of it is me, me, me and should be "what do YOU need? How will YOU benefit? What can I do for YOU?"

 

Great post.

2 years, 4 months ago on If You Want Fierce Loyalty, You Need To Be Fiercely Loyal First

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 @Mandy Boyle Yes - and I would imagine the New Frugality team just started to scratch the surface here...no matter the industry or what you do for a living, you can certainly find some good (free) stuff online.

2 years, 4 months ago on How To Learn From Internet Gurus Without Spending a Dime

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Very cool! We'll see if we can fit it into our own schedule!!!

2 years, 4 months ago on Introducing a Spectacular Speaker Line Up #140MTL #Montreal – Part I

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 @amyshankland Thanks, Amy! Also, when researching this article, we didn't know how much gelatin is used in some of the hair products. That, plus chemicals...well, there's a way to go vegan with this hair care stuff, too. Cheers!

2 years, 4 months ago on How to Wash Shampoo Out of Your Life

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Here's something funny: yesterday, I thought to myself, "I need to get up early tomorrow to mix things up." 5:30 came - an hour before my usual wake-up time, and I popped out of bed. Goodbye routine!

 

Great post, mate.

2 years, 4 months ago on Change Your Routine Or Be Routinely Ignored

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 @dougricesmbiz Agree, Doug - failure vs. sitting on the sidelines is a "win."

 

I subscribe more to the theory that failure needs to be something to learn from. I failed with my first startup - it was a real startup, a real business called U Sphere with actual paying customers and the like. I failed because it didn't make it long-term; folding after three years.

 

BUT, I learned from it - TONS. I tell folks it was much better for me than getting an MBA would have been - I learned operations, I learned customer service, I learned finance - and some of these lessons were painful.

 

I see most of the "romanticization" of failure stuff amongst the "hey, join my team, buy my stuff, enter my downline" world - which might work as a scare tactic.

 

Great post, though - very thought-provoking. NOT a failure as a blog post.

2 years, 4 months ago on Myth: Failure is Sexy

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I'll give you a flipside story...a few weeks ago, I was contacted by a person who is actually a pretty big deal online. He said "hey, I'm in town in a couple weeks, you up for grabbing a beverage?" I said yes, we agreed to sit down, picked a time and place. Whaddya know - the dude was WAY MORE CHARMING IN PERSON. Had a great time meeting IRL and, not that I expected him to be a dud, but it was one of the highlights of the year so far.

Add to it that there were about four other people I met for the first time that evening - and we're all doing the real-life correspondence thing, scheming on this or that.

I hope that your experience with these couple bad apples doesn't spoil the whole bunch...

2 years, 4 months ago on Social Media Smart But People Stupid

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Love it!

I think back to my early days running a startup - which I did for two years working primarily out of the Starbucks near me. Walking distance, saved on gas and commuting costs...but hoo boy, I made a lot of guilt purchases (coffee, muffin, sandwich, etc.). Cost me tons!

Great tips, kiddo, and I'm not just saying that...

2 years, 4 months ago on How to Run a Low Cost Small Business

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Great stuff, Mike...though I think item 6 could be "get lucky..." We went with an adjustable rate ("3/1") mortgage in 2004. It had a clause that said they'd add 2.75% to the 1 year constant maturity as posted by the Fed. (Whatever that means...) Long story short, we haven't paid more than 3.5% for the past three years. Though it's not fixed - if the economy goes into the tank, then, well, we might have to refi!

Thanks for weighing in!

2 years, 5 months ago on How To Save Money On Your Home Loan

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LOVE these, but Tip 2 resonates with me...rotate the stock...don't know how many times we open the new juice and then find the old juice in the back. Great stuff, and thanks!

2 years, 5 months ago on How to Save Money By Running Your Kitchen Like a Grocery Store

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An Aldi lover here! And I feel your pain on the quarter cart deposit. Even after getting advance instructions...I still had no clue what I was doing the first time.

We're big fans of the off-brands - frankly, everything BUT facial tissue (theirs is average at best).

Thanks for sharing your tips, @nancy hala !

2 years, 5 months ago on How to Spend Less Money on Food (and Household Supplies)

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@Heather Acton Venison Smoked Sausage was rather tasty, as far as I remember.

2 years, 5 months ago on How To Obtain Lean & Juicy Meat For Pennies Per Pound

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I was looking for SOMETHING new to cook this weekend. And I haven't had venison in years!

2 years, 5 months ago on How To Obtain Lean & Juicy Meat For Pennies Per Pound

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@deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis@jennifercario "How to Maximize Pinterest,: Using the hottest new social media site to become a ninja, guru and rockstar all in one" is my book, available on Kindle THIS AFTERNOON. The ROI of the book is 8 to the power of Awesome.

2 years, 5 months ago on Pinterest and the Huge Sucking Sound

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@Heather Acton I happen to love Kickstarter, too, just for seeing what people dream up...

2 years, 5 months ago on How To Raise Money For Your Small Business

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@Danny Brown@ginidietrich@lisa gerber@dave van de walle I learned that Canadian Budweiser is different than American Budweiser. Something about the hops.

2 years, 5 months ago on Your Advice for Future Marketing & Communications Professionals

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@djwaldow@thebrandbuilder Thanks for sharing the ROI stats link. I saw that and wondered, too...

I HAVE to, though, call the DMA's numbers into serious question. $40 in revenues for every $1 spent on email? As someone who has dabbled in a few Internet Marketing campaigns in my day...if there were a 40-1 return on ANYTHING, I'd do it in a heartbeat. If there were a 2-1 return on anything, I'd do that, too.

Again, not taking issue with you - just the DMA numbers. Wowzers.

2 years, 5 months ago on The Importance of Effective Communication in Email Marketing

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I will also say this OUT LOUD, and it will get me in trouble: this is the exact same approach that book publishers are using. Their metrics are akin to a Klout score for bloggers and "influencers," and they use this perceived influence to assume two things. (1) You can promote your own book and (2) You can write.

I can't tell you how bloody dangerous this is - I have actually skimmed through some books from people who fall into those categories and, while perception on point 1 is that they do okay, perception of point 2 is oftentimes DEAD WRONG.

As for the PR consulting portion of this - it's likely that this person is going to get a similar response from all the others that meet his criteria, then he'll have to expand his list, then he'll eventually need to go offshore for help. He may find someone to work on commission, he may not. Whatevs.

Never a bad idea for people in his shoes to actually pick up the phone first and call someone. Call a friend who has hired PR help before. Call an agency he's heard of - even if you know that you can't afford them, ask them to refer someone who is more in line with his budget. Etc.

2 years, 7 months ago on The Worst Reason to Hire a PR Pro

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Dave from Area 224 approves! Thanks for sharing, fine sir...and yes, we're pretty happy with our group. Cheers!

2 years, 7 months ago on What is a Facebook Group and Should I Have One?

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Uh, second to comment. Same sentiment.

2 years, 8 months ago on On Moving On and Jugnoo

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Let me be the first to comment...you're one of the good guys, Danny, and the team is lucky to have you. Go get 'em! And, next time you're in Chicago, beverage on me.

2 years, 8 months ago on On Moving On and Jugnoo

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How bout the "Helen Thomas?" You know, the one person who always has to have the mic first when it's opened up to questions?

Every industry I've been around has one.

2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Distracting Personalities While Public Speaking (and How to Mitigate Them)

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This, if true, is not cool at all.

Sadly, quite a few people are just going to say "well, that's the nature of the new digital beast."

I think Klout's mission may be aligned with Facebook's - get as big as you can as quick as you can, then deal with the ramifications later.

2 years, 8 months ago on Is Klout Using Our Family to Violate Our Privacy?

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@Danny Brown Eleventy Billion sounds so official! Consider it done.

2 years, 9 months ago on A Letter to Joe Fernandez of Klout

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How bout a basic, simple, single-purpose landing page, on your own site, called dannybrown.me/klout where you announce..."I want to opt-out of Klout, but they won't let me. Therefore, I am giving myself a score of 100 until further notice."

Then, in giant numbers, put up a graphic that says "100."

2 years, 9 months ago on A Letter to Joe Fernandez of Klout

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This type of stuff makes me want to tell everyone about Plaxo. Oh, wait a minute...

Actually, great post and great discussion. Funny that I've got about 11 threads going today on the various social media channels with people who agree that 99% of "social media" is BS. Experts, Gurus, Ninjas, Rockstars. Whatevs.

I say use whatever channel however you want and however it works for you.

Cheers!

2 years, 9 months ago on Laughable Social Media: The Great Twitter Purge

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Dynomite, yes. 50 Cent, yes. Ke$ha, maybe. Sorry, though, I'd take issue with the rest. Toby Keith? Really?

2 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Booty Shakin’ Songs

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Congratulations on the accomplishment!

"Voice" is probably the number one thing in life. Not just blogging, not just business, not just life. Voice might mean passion, voice might be knowing what you stand for, voice might mean being the go-to on something. You have found your voice, and, along the way, others have certainly started to find theirs.

Cheers!

2 years, 9 months ago on Three Years and Counting at DannyBrown.me

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Spend time in Coporate America (or Corporate Canada, if you're Danny) and you'll learn that you are simply a pawn in a rich man's game. Some of us learn this the hard way: some dude or dudette walks into the office and hands us severance papers. Some of us decide to teach ourselves this valuable lesson by striking out in that thing called "entrepreneurship."

So herein lies the problem with a lot of the social media windbagdom that permeates: it's all about the "in your business" stuff. Your ability to amass 1 Zilllion Twitter followers, or get a fan page on Facebook that creates all sorts of awesomeness only goes as far as your ability to actually deliver something valuable to your tribe, people, followers, worshippers or whatever you call them.

Marcus scores major points for actually building a freaking business first - and building a business that can obviously survive without his hand-holding.

Nice post.

2 years, 10 months ago on Stop Kidding Yourself, You're VERY Replaceable

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I'd add to #10 - start on time, end early. People love getting a few extra minutes back. But this is a great piece.

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Likely Reasons Your Webinar Blows

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Thank you, Justin, for sharing this. My deepest sympathies on the loss of your friend and mentor.

2 years, 10 months ago on What I learned from @TreyPennington

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@margieclayman Yes, help of a professional is important. Sadly, it may often be out of the financial reaches for most small businesses. But yes, agree that small business owners should work "ON" their business and not "IN IT." (Not my slogan, but I'm running with it...)

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Impactful Small Business Marketing Strategies You Can Implement NOW

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@deleted_112586_simasays Cool tip on the Someday folder...Anything that sharpens focus is all right by me...

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Impactful Small Business Marketing Strategies You Can Implement NOW

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@JohnFeskorn Love sarcasm. Price can be sticky, as you know...sounds like you are on top of things. Call me. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Impactful Small Business Marketing Strategies You Can Implement NOW

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@johnkyp John - I KNEW that would come up. This is one of those areas where the Headline was designed to be grabby. Yes, these are likely tactics, though can be bundled into the strategy. Good point.

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Impactful Small Business Marketing Strategies You Can Implement NOW

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@manamica Hiring is a GREAT point - this is one of those areas where, if you KNOW as a business owner/manager you're not great at it, or you've been bitten before, you need to get help of a professional.

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Impactful Small Business Marketing Strategies You Can Implement NOW

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Great stuff, and this gentleman knows what he's talking about.

Yes, you've got to answer a ton of questions - but once you do, take every meeting you can and add some value. GO!

2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Critical Questions for Raising Capital for Your Startup

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In the last week, I have seen a daily deal competitor here in Chicago run a deal for a tattoo parlor followed by one for Lasik eye surgery. Another one will give you a deal on a colonic.

Both of these are examples of what is currently wrong with the business model - Groupon and its ilk used the economy to its advantage, but the business model is very easy to replicate and very competitive. So, the result...a whole lot of junk on these sites.

When you're in a local, traffic-oriented business, you're being bombarded with vendors trying to sell you everything. Daily Deal sites are just today's shiny object - and a good salesman armed with decent data and an okay brand name can really make some stuff happen - to the detriment of the shop owner.

Grrr.

Great post.

2 years, 11 months ago on The Long Tail Issue for Daily Deal Sites

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Slippery slope on both sides.

But I'll offer that you can't have it one way - engagement with fans, product buzz on social channels, stuff like that - without even using the channels that love you to say SOMETHING.

My advice is to say it once, get it out there, refer to the website, and get back to tweeting about all the other stuff you have going on. But I'm part of a company of 2 - not a large motor company. So I "get" the conundrum.

Good, thought-provoking post.

2 years, 11 months ago on Ford, Red Tape and Social Media Roadblocks

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There are wack jobs just about everywhere - I put Holocaust deniers up there with those goofballs who picket funerals of servicemen with "God Hates Fags" signs. It's deplorable behavior. It's reprehensible. And, while I'm going to have a tough time in THIS world proving that God is Love, I think the immutable proof that the Holocaust did indeed happen doesn't mean people can't believe what they want to believe.

And it doesn't mean they can't say what they want to say.

As an American, I feel that the second they take away free speech, we're all screwed.

2 years, 11 months ago on Should Facebook Remove Holocaust Denial Groups?

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I am all for it - I am extra mindful of the bike lane, and I am respectful of bike traffic.

But this is a quid pro quo - I demand that bikers treat the road with the same respect.

Where I live, a Chicago suburb, I don't know how many times I see a biker run a red light or blow through a stop sign; I get the feeling that, because they are in what looks like a professional cycling outfit, they think they can get away with it.

I know YOU obey the traffic laws, and I know quite a few others do as well. Still, like the pedestrian who walks when it isn't their turn and the driver who disobeys the "No Turn on Red" sign, the disobeying biker is out there.

3 years ago on Rules of the Road

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Yes, 1000 times over. Great stuff. And Danny's point about humility is great, too. Cheers!

3 years, 1 month ago on The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers: It’s Not All About Content

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True story: My High School Guidance Counselor, Marvin Wood, was the inspiration for Gene Hackman's character in Hoosiers. Mr. Wood was the coach of the Milan High School team that was the smallest school ever to win the state title.

3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Inspiring Sports Movies – Ever

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Klout, to me, is like tweeting a TV show in the faint hope that your tweet will show up on the screen.

Great list, love the tongue-in-cheek nature. I haven't checked my Klout score in weeks, and probably won't. I couldn't care less.

3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Likely Job Titles for the Klout Elite

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I have friends at Burson - I have told them I think the most important thing they can do is change web domains.

Can you imagine having to send out emails from "bm.com?"

3 years, 2 months ago on The Ethics of Whisper Campaigns

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Nice! And authentic as heck, too...

3 years, 3 months ago on Blog When You're In The Mood

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Can't you do this with a combo of Google Alerts or Inbox filters?

FWIW, I use Thunderbird for email, always have, and using Filters is INSANE. In a good way. Stuff that happens, I can get emails or text messages, and the stuff that has to be real time is real time.

BUT, thanks to your recommendation, I will check out NutshellMail.

Cheers!

3 years, 3 months ago on Manage Your Social Networks in One Email - NutShellMail

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This is, IMHO, a Game Changer. I think we're going to see a mass exodus away from "get 10,000 fans" gooberdom and toward asking and answering on the part of brands. I like it TONS.

3 years, 3 months ago on New and Improved Facebook Questions?

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I applaud Chrysler for decisive leadership. They did exactly what they should have done, IMHO.

3 years, 4 months ago on The Chrysler Tweet: The Take from An Agency Owner

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Good stuff, Gini.

I've watched this sorta thing time and again in my career - watching it with a couple client engagements, too; where you are powerless to get people to change at the top, even though you have "seen this movie before."

I've always thought the informal network - friends, confidants, not necessarily work types - has been the most helpful getting through this type of change management.

3 years, 7 months ago on Terror Management Theory

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Good stuff, Gini.

I've watched this sorta thing time and again in my career - watching it with a couple client engagements, too; where you are powerless to get people to change at the top, even though you have "seen this movie before."

I've always thought the informal network - friends, confidants, not necessarily work types - has been the most helpful getting through this type of change management.

3 years, 7 months ago on Terror Management Theory

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Crap, I ain't gonna make it.

I am so tired of influence and numbers and Klout and craptastic stuff like it. And I talk to so many people who think that the only way to make it is through linkage with influencers, and making sure that the anchor text is on point for the keyword blah blah blah.

Saw someone else say that "traditional publishers will only publish your book if you have 10,000 Twitter followers and 1000 Facebook likes first." Screw whether or not your content is any good or you have something to say or, what the heck, you know a hell of a lot about your particular space.

I'm just gonna keep trying to be prolific from my perch. I invite you to keep doing the same -- you seem to have this thing figured out pretty well.

Cheers!

3 years, 7 months ago on The Problem with Influence

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Sweet, Danny.

Also, let me propose "false balls" as a possible category. You know, when someone has influence and flies off the handle, throws down the word "FAIL" as loudly as they can - mostly because they can, and they need to show their power. Or lack thereof.

3 years, 8 months ago on Grow Some Balls

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