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My current addiction is King of Math on the iPhone and Math Workout on Android. I don't even like Math but enjoy the challenge and brain workout. 4 Pics 1 Word is another good one. Then there's always good old fashioned Solitaire which has been a favorite since getting an iPhone in 2010.
1 year, 2 months ago on 5 Favorite Time-Wasting Apps for When You Just Need to Chill
Warning: This is all very stream of consciousness. I find the Go Daddy ads to be so ridiculous, bordering on outlandish and unwatchable. It should be embarrassing to them as a company that they have to stoop to "beer ad" levels to sell a product intended for what I would like to consider smart, savvy people. To flip the coin, the internet isn't all nice people looking to host a website or blog that is helpful in anyway. Perhaps Go Daddy sees their target market as the "other side" of the internet?Looking to appeal to porn, fetish and worse kinds of websites. As a person with more than an ounce of self respect I wouldn't trust a company that stoops to the lowest common denominator in order to get business. I work for a hotel and a similar vein of marketing tactics would be to target Ashley Madison or other cheating or prostitution sites customers and buy an ad campaign. It's bad business and more importantly it's unethical. Why would any large corporate customer want to be associated with my brand by doing business with me?
2 years, 6 months ago on Marketing and our Messed Up Priorities: How We Got it Wrong with GoDaddy
@CharterHomes Thanks Kelly! I went through the scramble in leaving everything behind when I changed jobs too. I potentially could have walked away with all of the "keys". I've now created a spreadsheet that includes all of the sites, user names and passwords. It's part of our living, breathing internet marketing plan.
2 years, 7 months ago on Cleaning Up Your Social Media House
@C_Pappas I have the Tweetdeck Chrome app on my work laptop and it's now acting all "Twitter in Tweetdeck" but the downloaded version on my personal one is still the same old awesome Tweetdeck. I can't say enough how much I dislike Twitter in Twitter...
2 years, 7 months ago on Twitter Brand Pages are Pointless
Before I even read your post I was shaking my head saying when is it "boring" to talk to people? On-line or off-line. Maybe it's boring because the person saying it is boring and as a result is not getting engagement. A lot of business has embraced the social aspect of the internet but there's still a long way to go. I, for one, don't think the road is going to be boring. (For the record, I just had to stop typing and do a little happy dance in the office because Banana Republic just favorited one of my tweets - that's not so boring is it!)
2 years, 8 months ago on Social Media. Yawn.
This is great! We talked about bacon & shoes one day! I think they are both good for your Klout :)
2 years, 9 months ago on The Klout Drama Kontinues
@WordsDoneWrite Just bought mine tonight and reading this blog post inspired me to remember it was on the "to do" list :)
2 years, 10 months ago on QR Codes: Effectiveness and Use
I have been a huge fan of QR codes for awhile now. I totally agree that in some instances it's great to have them so people become used to seeing them. In my last position I actually put one on my business card and if nothing else it was a great conversation starter. I work for a Sheraton Hotel and we are starting to incorporate them into our print ads with specific landing pages on our website to track (somewhat) the ROI. Looking forward to seeing the other great ideas in the comments!
@KenMueller HaHa I have a friend who owns a business but outsources his Twitter account. His mobile number must've been set to get the DM's by text and without realizing it sent out a tweet (by replying to the text # 404-04) yelling about being spammed. I called him for an impromptu Twitter lesson :)
2 years, 12 months ago on How To Keep People from Replying to Tweets
What about the Twitter newbies (my guess the Googler) that don't understand the "Bots" and the "Auto DMers" the spam of Twitter clogging up your mentions and messages with links, crap and inappropriate crap? Seasoned users know to ignore that nonsense but newbies don't know it's par for the course (internet).
Also, I'm a Twitter purist and IMHO, if you feel the need to protect your tweets, don't be on Twitter. It annoys your followers when they can only see half the conversation with protected people.
Great post Ken. I like the vlog engagement, keep it up! I like my coffee almost black... sugar is bad.
3 years ago on On the Porch with Ken: Of Your Customers and Your Cup of Coffee
It would behoove people to "pay attention" before they "pay" for services. Think about where your customer is and go find them there. Who has customers that still use the phone book? Granted not everyone is good at being social but someone in the operation must be or how would you still be in business? Thanks for posting my pic Ken :) If it wasn't 105 out I'd go look and see if it was still there, it was on Thursday.
3 years ago on A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Your Marketing Dollars at Work
@KenMueller I love my friends and bacon but I keep them separate :) Imagine if I didn't add you to my "bacon", you'd be insulted & feel uncool
3 years ago on Dear Facebook: An Open Letter about the New Chat Bar and Google+
I totally agree with you on Facebook embracing the "tetrahedron" idea. That would make organizing people so much easier and not for nothing, it's a lot like Twitter Lists also... You can tune out the "noise" and focus on what YOU care about not what Facebook, Google, Twitter *think* you care about.
Love this! What a great idea & gorgeous pics @charterhomes
3 years, 1 month ago on Livefyre conversation - http://charterhomes.com/blog/2011/06/16/summer-living-photo-contest-2011/
This was the most entertaining read I've had all day! Love! SEO is good, but funny is better. I'm a fan now Brian and not from finding you through the interwebs. FWIW
3 years, 2 months ago on SEO Run Amok
@Shonali That's so excellent! When I get on to planning the trip I may hit you up for some advice, if that's ok course :)
3 years, 2 months ago on Friday Game: What’s on Your Bucket List?
I am always way late to the party. I know I have a whole list lost somewhere in the nether regions of my cluttered brain but I can only remember one thing. ** Travel to Alaska for the annual Midnight Sun Baseball Classic in Fairbanks. It's held every June 21st to celebrate the summer solstice. First pitch is at 10:30pm and the sun "sets" and "rises" during the game. I've been on some cool sports trips but this one would take the cake!
I always nod my head in agreement when I read your blog Ken. I think too many people get hung up on the word "media" and associate it with marketing. Instead, if the word media was replaced with networking I wonder if the viewpoint would change. It's all about being likable and I don't mean that from a strictly Facebook standpoint. Those wanting to "buy" followers/fans sound like the same knuckleheads that think nothing of flinging business cards around a face to face event and trying to force a relationship. In both cases, these people are largely ignored (except for maybe when they are being laughed at for bad etiquette). Their messages are merely words falling on deaf ears. It's taken me well over a year to amass my nearly 1,100 followers on our hotel Twitter account and I didn't have to beg, borrow or steal to get them. Sure it was hard work but the reward of a fantastic community is well worth it.
3 years, 3 months ago on Of Pork Bellies and Facebook Fans: Our Strange Fascination with Numbers
@KenMueller Sheesh the Twitter button wasn't enough? You drive a hard bargain Mr. Mueller.
3 years, 4 months ago on Don’t Talk to Me Unless You Do Your Homework!
All I can say is "co-sign".
@AreMorch Thank you for your comments Are, they are much appreciated. Social media really does open the door for taking customer service and caring to the next level. It's been a lot of fun exploring and connecting!
3 years, 4 months ago on Making Social Media Manageable for Your Small Business
@WaltGoshert Thanks for reading and commenting Walt! The "gift" posts are often my favorite to write.