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A brave and so intelligent post. The idea of content marketing is great but truly original and exciting thought is always rare. Actually, your voice is (usually) one of the more original ones on the internet, Ken - and I thank you sincerely for that!
It's a huge challenge we all face: how to be consistently worth reading yet un-offensive and politically correct. May be an impossibility.
2 months ago on Bloggers: Are We Helping or Hurting?
Geeze, whatta pain. Must say I share your ongoing doubts about G+. But that's so un-PC. People come back at you with serious disdain when you say you just don't get it.
Sorry this is happening to you.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on How Google+ Shut Me Down for Impersonating Myself
A daring and insightful post, Ken. I agree entirely: social media is scary to people who have lots to hide or who spend their time being paranoid. It requires a certain faith in your fellow man and respect for your customer. Not necessarily traits that are found in every executive!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on You Know Your Business Needs an Extreme Culture Makeover When…
@Danny Brown @ginidietrich Is that a fact? It refers to internet interactions?
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Join Danny Brown for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today
Might need to link to this from my sales pages!
11 months, 1 week ago on Seven Reasons You’re Not Ready to Hire a PR Firm
Another excellent post, Ken. My question, though: is social media ALL about the crowd? Because I believe it is also about the one-on-ones we can discover and enjoy via the internet. I would say social media is about listening to and observing the crowd; and it is equally about engaging as an individual with other individuals - which also is something we don't do well enough, in general!
1 year, 1 month ago on Social Media and the Roar of the Crowd
AWESOME! Thanks for this fab list! Will share!
1 year, 2 months ago on The Top 100 Small Business Articles of 2012
I think you should add yourself to this excellent list, Doug!
1 year, 3 months ago on 11 Blogs Every Small Business Person Should Be Following
Great post, Ken. My thoughts exactly!
1 year, 4 months ago on The Fourth Wave of Social Media
Nope, totally disagree on the "If you don't vote then don't complain" issue. Non-voters are acting like helpless victims, and how does that do them or anyone any good? This is the system we have; this is our power. It's purely moronic to disengage.
Sorry, Ken, I almost always agree with you, but this one's non-negotiable.
1 year, 4 months ago on A Public Service Announcement for Election Day
Heh. Did you catch LZ's take on this subject today? http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/opinion/granderson-technology-phones/index.html?hpt=hp_c3
1 year, 5 months ago on How Will You Adapt to Technology Replacing Humans?
Sure, robots can do lots of things, but can they truly be creative? The actor, the writer, the teacher are most valuable in their quirky creativity, which I don't think machines can match. Am I wrong about that?
@DanWaldo You may have a point if changing how people think is your goal. But if you wish to sell a product or service, writing in a searchable, orderly fashion is the only way to go - whether online or off!
Doug, I love your statement: "SEO is more than a business move for me; it’s common decency." Yes!
1 year, 5 months ago on What Does It Mean to Write for Search Engines?
Agree! I think doctors in particular can do a much better job of being available. Went to the dentist recently and was bowled over by the great customer service - he even called me that night to make sure I was doing well. Not used to doctors giving a toot, so this made a big impression and I'll definitely recommend the fellow!
1 year, 5 months ago on Social Media and Small Business House Calls
Love this post! I'm sending it to my local business networking group, hoping they'll see how cool it is!
1 year, 9 months ago on How a Tweeting Town Can Revive a Community
So wait, lemme see if I understand this. You are wild about a product you find online so you share it with others on Pinterest. It is not your product, but you think you deserve a cut of its sales because you shared it? Sorry, this sort of spits straight in the face of the basics of social media, IMHO. We share out of our fellowship and joi de vivre, not in order to make a buck. Now Pinterest, of course, as the vehicle, needs fuel, and it makes sense that the site should skim off the top. But I'm really not getting this idea that simply sharing things you appreciate is worth money in any direct way. Enlighten me?
2 years ago on Where is my cut from Pinterest?
This viewpoint is so dark ... and I'm gonna call it a bit simplistic. Things are not so black and white. The challenge of the internet is to become more ourselves while we become more social. To develop a way of communicating that is more authentic than Madison Avenue glitz does not necessarily imply a radical shift to naked honesty.
So even though there are definite, early limits to authenticity online, it behooves us to continually test the edges, seeking the best, most effective expression of ourselves and our purposes.
Our uniqueness combines with social proof to bring us success via the internet, and that's always a delicate balance.
2 years, 1 month ago on Don’t Be Authentic: Real Social Media Marketing Advice
Generous and useful post, AK. We sure need all the help we can get explaining Facebook to people! Thanks for providing this comparison chart.
2 years, 1 month ago on 11 Reasons Why Facebook Friends Are Bad For Business
TedHouserteamccloud Must jump in here to say that 1) Knowing your customer is one thing and pandering to addictions is another; and 2) the customer service at Bluehost is unparalleled, their software works far more smoothly, their prices are great, and they feel no need to sensationalize.
2 years, 2 months ago on Marketing and our Messed Up Priorities: How We Got it Wrong with GoDaddy
I could not agree more and have steered many a client away from GoDaddy's salaciousness over the past three years. So proud of you for saying this, Ken. All the cases you mention perpetuate the most insidious prejudice that exists, yet we seldom discuss how much their attitudes and approaches hurt.
Besides, in GoDaddy's case; why should anyone support a company that so obviously plays politics? Makes me sick that they have been so successful despite their non-existent ethics.