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I have a different advanced degree, a Master in Public Administration or MPA, and for a period of time when I was using LinkedIn to find government-related jobs, I kept the MBA as a suffix of my LI name. I also put as a suffix on my resume. Some versions of my resume still keep it.


It's situational. If you're applying for a job that the MBA will not apply, leave it off. But if you're applying for a position where the senior staff have those degrees, especially from those schools, use it. It might be a benefit.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Should you put MBA behind your name on your LinkedIn profile?

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@Danny Brown Ditto on Facebook -- and moreso on LinkedIn if Sam will let me share a post I wrote on the subject: http://ariherzog.com/killing-off-linkedin-friends/

1 year, 1 month ago on Goodbye Stranger, It’s Been Nice

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If the takeaway is to stop using the adjective, I find fault with that universally. I know nothing about marketing as a subject to teach but I am very skilled teaching digital marketing. On the media side, I'm familiar with a TV and a radio but I know nothing about those media as I know about online media and digital media.


It's great to say that the adjective -- be it digital, social, online, whatever -- is diluting; and it might be useful to call yourself a marketer and not a digital marketer -- but doesn't there come a point when you need the modifier?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on PR in the Digital Age: Where Now?

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I grasp folks who cease blogging and do other things. But many of them tweet a lot, too. Which makes me wonder if they tweeted less and took that energy to a blog post. Heck, they could guest write for you, Arik!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Is the age of the independent PR blogger over?

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I hate reading blogs that are cluttered with... well, anything that distracts me from reading the blog post. Kudos for cleaning up your sidebar.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on BREAKING: I revamped my web site!

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Works for me. Say what you want in as little words as you want. Forget about everything else, frankly.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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What a guy! Linkbaiting us in with that title. Hah. Nice try, Danny. You ain't getting off that easy. We're here for the long haul, those of us who subscribe to your blog. I still see you in RSS. What's that, someone's probably asking right now.

I'm doing the same thing on my blog -- away from digital media specifically and more toward peripheral issues. Stay tuned there too. :)

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

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@edwardboches Dunno. But when you consider the typical person who reads a blog and also has a Twitter account is rarely if ever commenting but is tweeting that day more than 10 times, why not take 2 more minutes and write something that's more than a momentary impression?

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Has Twitter been reduced to just another broadcast platform?

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Remember when more people commented on blog posts than those who shared them? :)

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Has Twitter been reduced to just another broadcast platform?

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@KDillabough My unofficial observation about Google+ (communities inclusive) is the only people using the social networking site on an active basis (that is, at least once a day) are practitioners in the social media, PR, marketing, and advertising spaces. And Google employees. There are exceptions but they are exceptions and not the norm.


In other words, communities there are people talking to the mirror.


Good for you, @Soulati | Hybrid PR deleting it.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Are Google+ Communities A Thing Of The Past?

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If a brand is ranked at the bottom -- a concept I disagree given the multitude of branded apparel seen everywhere by everyone from Nike shoes to Gucci bags to GoDaddy TV ads and recognized by everyone who just read that clause -- then where do you rank, @Howie Goldfarb? Are you not a brand too? 

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Content Isn’t As Great As You Think It Is

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@LauraOrban How do you respond to folks such as Seth Godin -- business author and global speaker -- who use Typepad blogs? Not even his own domain at that. He's hardly the anomaly. Many digital marketers use free wordpress.com sites, blogspot sites, etc. Are they doing it wrong? Are their clients?


Moreover, is there a scale? I would advise a company of 5+ people to have a professional wordpress.org site. But a 1-person consultant? It will be costly to build and maintain it.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Tools I Use For Building A Website

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No. No no no. I never suggest first-time bloggers (such as freelancers, authors, solopreneurs, etc) create a self-hosted wordpress blog with all the bells and whistles you suggest unless UNLESS they have a tech-savviness about them and/or have someone who can do the tech stuff.


For first-timers, I suggest the 2-step process of 1) buying a domain and 2) starting a free wordpress.com blog mapped to that domain. That way, they can get their feet wet. If they like their dot-com and their audience grows etc, it's easy to go dot-org.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Tools I Use For Building A Website

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I never heard of Amanda, Orbiteers, or Valentine, but I'll check her out...

8 months ago on #FollowFriday: Amanda Gant

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I'm not a large company but when someone sends me a message, writes a comment, etc., I'm quick to reply. Sometimes the reply is instantaneous (which causes a quick reply back to me with incredulity I wrote back so quickly); and other times it's within a day or two. But I never let things sit. And yet, brands do let it sit for reasons unknown.

8 months, 1 week ago on Responding on Social Media is Crucial for Small Business

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@LauraOrban  Oh, you mean it creates a Pinterest-like board comprised of whatever feeds you say?

8 months, 1 week ago on Tint WordPress Plugin Review – Social Media Aggregator

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I don't understand this at all. I clicked to Tint's website, watched their intro video and clicked around their website to see examples -- and am very confused. What does it do?

8 months, 1 week ago on Tint WordPress Plugin Review – Social Media Aggregator

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Supporting indie publishers is as important as buying those books from indie bookstores. Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, etc have their place -- but the more books that are bought there are killing off the indie stores. And with less indie stores, there is a correlation to less indie publishers as the mainstream stores are less likely to stock an indie title on their shelves.

8 months, 1 week ago on Why It's Important to Support Independent Book Publishers

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Haha. Cute.

8 months, 1 week ago on The Social Life of Frank & Linh: Snow Daze

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"The University of Dayton went a step further by offering free bikes to a random selection of freshmen who pledged not to bring a car to school for their first two years."


How can this be applied to cities and towns? 

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.governing.com/news/headlines/gov-what-government-can-learn-from-colleges-about-transportation-policy.html

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I confess I never heard of the new because before. What does that mean?

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116161/net-speak-because-making-english-warmer-language

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I love this part: "If Twitter stresses you out, you're doing it wrong. The Internet is all about consuming what you want to consume. You choose who you follow and interact with those you want to."


I love it because some people stress out the moment I unfollow them. (They must have scripts running to tell them this as if my unfollowing them is akin to headline news.) I choose what I want to consume and who I want to tell me this. If I grow bored or uninterested, I unfollow. I don't know why people care so much. I don't.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Here’s Why PR Pros Should Use Twitter

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My challenge is earned media labels me as an expert in X when I prefer to be labeled as Y. Brands that introduce new product lines or change missions know what I refer. It's not easy to change one's opinion of you. Thanks for this piece, Christopher.

9 months ago on How much do you need to talk about yourself?

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@danielghebert The fact a blog post is shared does not mean it's read. You know this. Look at the number of comments or, even better, look at your analytics to gauge the amount of time the average visitor stayed on the post before bouncing away.


The old adage of quality trumping quantity continues to be true.

9 months ago on Long-Form Content: It’s Time We Take it Seriously

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Considering that I don't have a Snapchat account I've no idea, @mordecaiholtz but I'm sure the triumvirate of @kanter @johnhaydon and @juliacsocial have ideas.

9 months ago on 6 Ways Nonprofits Can Use SnapChat | Social Media Club

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Hi @chelsearhane I've lately trusted the recommendations of strangers' reviews on sites such as @foursquare over Google searches and the like if I wanted to know if a certain place was worthy to eat or to pass by. 

9 months ago on Why You Should Opt-In To Google Endorsements | Social Media Club

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 @Ramon_DeLeon Very true. You are among a short list of folks who are proof.

9 months ago on 3 Reasons Why Restaurants Fail on Twitter | Social Media Club

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Hi @paulandtucker when you told @fuelonline that you bought his book -- AND BLOGGED ABOUT IT -- how did he respond? Have you continued your relationship as a result of mutually sharing information?

9 months ago on Should You Buy Books on Social Media? | Social Media Club

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LOL @cpcube it wasn't that long ago when people gave presentations without technology. Some of my most memorable presentations (from attendees) were when I didn't use technology either. I find that slides detract one's attention rather than focus it. Still, whenever I give a slide presentation I only use pictures.

9 months ago on Mastering the Art of PowerPoint Slides | Social Media Club

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Heh. I recently wrote a blog post at http://ariherzog.com/19-tweets-real-you/ singling out a number of social media marketers who occasionally tweet without links and show they are humans and not just marketers. It went viral. The #daychat idea is therefore timely for me @jeanniecw and @tommartin and it's something I hadn't heard of before.

9 months ago on The Great Twitter Experiment of 2014 | Social Media Club

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@philgerb ISPs, yup yup. I worked at one called the Internet Connection, Inc. (can't get a more fun name than that) in 1996. 


In fact, if you want to read along, I just edited my LinkedIn summary to include that bit. You might find some other similarities: http://linkedin.com/in/ariherzog

9 months, 2 weeks ago on What do social media friendships look like?

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This is funny to me because it's nothing new. I was doing this in the early 1990s -- long before Zuck conceived of the face book and long before the majority of social media practitioners probably did anything with computers.


I remember my first internet meetup well: It was the fall of 1993, I was in my first semester of college; and I had a character on a MUD (or multi-user domain), essentially an online version of a Dungeons and Dragons game, where people from around the world used an application called TELNET (go on and google it) to become characters and fight each other for hit points to advance levels.


Anyway... there were hundreds of MUDs and MOOs and MUSHs and MUCKs and such -- and the game I played had a skewed number of Boston-area players. And we got together in person.


All of these tweetups and social media parties are newer versions of what I did 20 years ago; and that makes me both old enough to recognize the power of friendships forged virtually and also jaded enough to recognize most never last and fade into obscurity like high school crushes.


Enjoy the moment, though, and if it lasts longer, awesome.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on What do social media friendships look like?

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Great advice @audreyschroder because I always cringe when tweets are auto-posted to Facebook. It used to be obvious when Facebook didn't enable hashtags; but even now with both the 140-character constraint and the potential of tagging Twitter friends it looks weird on FB.

 

Penelope Trunk summarized the differences a few years ago in a post at http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2008/06/04/twitter-social-media-and-unmashing-the-mashable/ that continues to make me smile.

 

"It’s clear to me that blogging is best for expressing big ideas. If you can’t convey new ideas on your blog, then you probably won’t get a lot of traffic. And most blogs that do well have a single theme and the audience can depend on the theme dictating the content of the blog. But Twitter is not good for fleshed-out ideas. I see people using Twitter for a lot of stuff, but not for fleshed-out ideas. And Flickr is good for expressing passion. Way better than, say, Twitter."

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Social Media Cross-Posting is Bad Practice | Social Media Club

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Hi @melissapont these are great examples. Do you know why brands choose to do it? 

9 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Brand Failures Across Social Media | Social Media Club

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Thanks for sharing this @EthanParry3. I also continue to strive to only tweet blog links *after* commenting on them. Otherwise, what's the point?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on As a New Year Dawns... | Social Media Club

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@arikhanson And yet I see Twitter as a publishing platform whereas Facebook is more social. On Twitter, people are predominantly broadcasting their likes and thoughts; and others are retweeting them. There's less replying back and forth. Whereas, over on Facebook, that commenting back and forth is happening.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Why ‘what’s next’ in social media won’t be in social media

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No idea, @arikhanson but what I do know is blogging will continue. Blogs predated social networking sites and they will outlive them. Agreed?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Why ‘what’s next’ in social media won’t be in social media

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Domains will probably stick around another 5-10 years but social networking sites? What about 15-20 years from now for today's toddlers? Why spend that money and time (and effort saving passwords) if the technology is obsolete by the time the kid becomes of age?

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Reserve Domain Names For Children | Social Media Club

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Klout is stupid.


There, I wrote it.


I finally deleted my Klout account a few days ago. It was after they spam emailed me about their Cinch network. That email reminded me that Klout is meaningless to me. The numerous perks I so-called won I never claimed because they never appealed to me. If not for a perk, then why maintain it?


Going dark is healthy. I do it a lot -- such as leaving for walks or drives or even entire days without carrying my phone. The messages will be there when I return.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on While I Was Out: Reflections On a Social Media Hiatus

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What's the correct URL to show your Twitter name, last few tweets, and shows the follow button? Not a link to the full profile but an abbreviated one. It has some question marks after it but I forget the link. Thanks.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Customize Your Twitter Profile URL

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Ironically only 12 people shared this to Facebook compared to 10 times more on Twitter. Perhaps the Twitter folks are more cultish?

12 months ago on Is Facebook a Modern Day Cult?

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Hahahahahahaaaa reminds me of research I did a few years back, comparing the mission statements of a few tech companies and turning to social media sites to ask random people what they thought those companies stood for, and then the epiphany moment that none of the customers' words were reflected in the missions.

1 year, 1 month ago on Why corporate mission statements stink

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@Danny Brown By getting engagement, you refer to your profile or page?

1 year, 1 month ago on Why are People Quitting Facebook?

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@Danny Brown Do you include yourself in the bubble of users who don't have FOMO and would quit their accounts? I would, but I wear too many hats that pseudo-require my participation in groups and pages -- and that's what I've been doing for the past month. I push out page updates, comment on other page updates, contribute to groups, and otherwise unfriended everyone except family and close friends.

1 year, 1 month ago on Why are People Quitting Facebook?

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Hi @pamsahota do you suggest companies create tumblr blogs instead of wordpress blogs?

1 year, 1 month ago on 10 Tips to Create a Tumblr Blog | Social Media Club

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Is it fair that the do's and don'ts for one work for the other? Professional title across all, no?

1 year, 2 months ago on The Do's and Don'ts of Your Profile | Social Media Club

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 @ronnieledesma Wells Fargo is among my best practices for business blogs. They have so many of them and put out great content.

1 year, 2 months ago on Why Social Customer Service Falls Behind | Social Media Club

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@Danny Brown Never been to Scotland period whether high or low.

1 year, 2 months ago on Why No-One Cares About Your Brand

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@Danny Brown Goats, sheeps, all the same. Woolly mammals.

1 year, 2 months ago on Why No-One Cares About Your Brand

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