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@Mark Longbottom Wait - are you calling me provocative?? ;-)

Cheers, mate, looking forward to it, been thinking of this direction for a while - we;ll see how it goes. Have a great rest of weekend yourself!

1 day, 19 hours ago on Important Message for Subscribers to DannyBrown.me

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Cheers, Kostas, and looking forward to kicking things off soon. :)

1 day, 23 hours ago on Important Message for Subscribers to DannyBrown.me

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@daven2cm Hmm, bizarre. The only thing I can think of is the CMS change. Trackbacks (as far as I know) are geared towards the domain, but are dependent on the CMS and how it handles trackbacks. So, for example, WordPress auto-pings, while TypePad may need approval, and same with Drupal or Joomla.

Have you checked with your host re. the new CMS and how it's set up for both auto trackbacks for new articles, and archived ones?

Hope you manage to fix!

2 days, 15 hours ago on Using the Google Analytics Trackbacks Feature to Create a Content Strategy

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@Randy Milanovic Hi mate,

That makes sense. One solution you could use is Feedblitz to deliver the RSS post (which would be once the post goes live) by email. You can create that here:

http://feedblitz.com/

Scroll down to the bottom left, where it says "Get any blog by email", and it will act as an email delivery system for RSS feeds. :)

3 days ago on Important Message for Subscribers to DannyBrown.me

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@JoeCardillo She's such a floozy.

3 days, 3 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: A Recap

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Wait, how many boyfriends do you have?

3 days, 3 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: A Recap

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@JudyBart One of the things I've started doing is taking pictures of things that make me think of something. So, the way a tree looks like a wizened old man - and then turn that into something like "True strength isn't bought, it's grown". I know, crap example, but you get what I mean. ;-) 

Then share the picture via text or email to yourself, so you know what blog post idea it instilled at the time. It's worked for me a couple of times now. :) @SarahArrow

3 days, 3 hours ago on 3 Types of Editorial Calendar to Manage Your Business Blog

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@SarahArrow You mean you weren't already? Sheesh... ;-)

3 days, 5 hours ago on Important Message for Subscribers to DannyBrown.me

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@AnnHawkins OK, now I really want to send by origami waterlilies! :)

3 days, 5 hours ago on Important Message for Subscribers to DannyBrown.me

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@jack_mattr Can't argue with logic like that, mate. :)

At the end of the day, it's simple economics (or should be) - do you want to try and sell to a bunch of strangers, or do you want to try and sell to someone you know is interested in your product, and is ready to buy?

You'd like to think most brands know the answer... ;-)

3 days, 16 hours ago on Loyalty Is Not a Given – Like Trust, It Needs to be Earned

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Bring swear words and naked unicorns!

4 days, 21 hours ago on Two Lessons from Most Commented on Blog Posts

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@Eleanor Pierce @ginidietrich @LauraPetrolino In Gini's case, it's just the fact that people are astounded she actually came up with that level of insight.... ;-)

*hides in corner*

4 days, 22 hours ago on Two Lessons from Most Commented on Blog Posts

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@belllindsay Never underestimate a Scotsman sans kilt.

5 days, 4 hours ago on Two Lessons from Most Commented on Blog Posts

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You should totally turn the comments off. You know the data tells you to.

5 days, 4 hours ago on Two Lessons from Most Commented on Blog Posts

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Hi Jayson,

Thanks for the kind inclusion, appreciated, especially given some of the people on here.

Ones I'd add:

Gini Dietrich, founder/CEO of Arement Dietrich, author of "Spin Sucks", co-author "Marketing in the Round", one of the leading PR voices online today. @GiniDietrich

Sam Fiorella, partner at Sensei Marketing, co-author "Influence Marketing", professor, single malt scotch aficionado. :)  @SamFiorella

Amy Vernon, powerful advocate for women in tech, Reddit and Digg guru (in the best way), blogger, speaker. @AmyVernon

Cheers again!

6 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236661

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@Howie Goldfarb  You can still use your hands. Now you just don't have to. :)

6 days, 3 hours ago on 3 Types of Editorial Calendar to Manage Your Business Blog

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@Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich I wouldn't give the Grouse to my worst enemy.

6 days, 17 hours ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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@aimeelwest I think this is an easy question for parents to answer, eh miss? :)

6 days, 17 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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It seems to have worked for Louis CK and Billy Connolly!

6 days, 19 hours ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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You're lucky Gini doesn't allow cussing on here!

6 days, 21 hours ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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I said I'm busy already! Don't make me come over here and reply to you!

6 days, 21 hours ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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@PeterJ42 Oh, completely agree - yet (for me) both are complementary to each other. As you rightly mentioned with referral to the Influence Marketing book (and thank you!), the relationship angle is key when it comes to the purchase decision. Yet it's also the inherent trust built within these relationships that cements the deal.

For example, I'd trust you to advise me of disruptive business methodologies; yet I'd trust my wife more when it comes to fiction book recommendations and MS Excel best practices.

The relationship is definitely key - but the trust in the resource and information/product/service given is just as key.

I think that's where many companies fall down. They may get, and even practice one - but they're missing the overall bigger picture around why it takes more than one metric to be successful (as you rightly point out).

And they say commenting is dead... ;-)

1 week ago on Loyalty Is Not a Given – Like Trust, It Needs to be Earned

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@PeterJ42 Hi Peter,

I think I'll go with a little A, a little B. :)

Completely agree, we don't care what plectrum or strings are used to create a certain lick - we simply enjoy the riff, or run, or even just the way that note makes us feel. And throwaway consumerables like new detergent are more often than not tried with nary a care about its impact on our clothing. From that respect, yep, trust (much like its brethren loyalty) is the after-effect of a sale.

And yet...

It's that trust that often results in repeat buying, or recommendation. SEGA won me with a piece of hardware and a game (Sonic) that I couldn't get elsewhere. Yet it was their continued offering of experiences unique to that brand that built my trust in them implicitly. I didn't care for shinier toys. I didn't care for my friends and how cool (or not cool) they thought SEGA was compared to the sleek new Sony kid. For me, that was secondary at best. It just didn't matter.

I don't believe the computer industry does rely on this blase mindset anymore. Too many brands have fallen from grace because they took that approach, and it's why the likes of Apple have that "I'll buy because I trust your user experience" fanbase (and why the likes of Lenovo are becoming such a major player, because those in the know trust what that brand are bringing to the market).

Trust is over-rated except when your customers lose all of theirs in you. Then it becomes the most important part of your liquidation story.

1 week ago on Loyalty Is Not a Given – Like Trust, It Needs to be Earned

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I would leave a comment but I'm too busy.

1 week ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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It's an interesting topic for sure, mate. I'm 46 now, and I know that employment opportunities won't come around as often as they may have 10 years and more ago, which makes career choices incredibly important. Sure, there will always be work - but what quality, and how will it depreciate financially?

The personal aspect is the biggest "kicker", if you like. Knowing that moments you had are never going to happen again; that children will, and do, grow up and go their own way; and that life is less in your control than it was a few years ago (at least as far as the potential for more serious illnesses, and the strength to recover from them, goes).

And yet...

It's the sign of a life well lived. Of a time spent here making a difference in one way or another. Of being a teacher, a mentor, and a student. Of being alive.

Even if it is "downhill" from here, isn't it great to still experience the speed of going downhill as opposed to the slog of going uphill?

Happy getting older, mate! :)

1 week ago on Is it all downhill from here?

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Amen to that, mate. Something I wouldn't wish on any parent. Thankfully she seems to be mostly oblivious to the whole event, so there's always that. :)

1 week ago on The Moments We Do Not Take

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@AnnHawkins But what about Thelma and Louise? ;-)

That's a great point you make, Ann, and one that's probably overlooked. It's not always "protection" that's needed, although sometimes depending on the situation it's physical action that's required - like you say, it doesn't really resolve anything. The underlying issues are still there, and will do so, until mindsets and cultures are challenged.

Thanks for the book recommendation and Twitter follow - acting on both now. Have a great rest of weekend, miss.

1 week, 1 day ago on The Bullshit Excuses for Attitudes Towards Women Needs to Stop

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@Tinu Did you just call me a fault?? :)

Your point about "how were they loyal to me" is so key, Tinu, and the part that brands miss so much. They expect loyalty, and don't understand it's an ongoing thing. Then wonder why their customers are leaving them in droves...

1 week, 1 day ago on Loyalty Is Not a Given – Like Trust, It Needs to be Earned

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@averyagray Thanks, Avery, and glad the post resonated with you. The thing to remember the most is that we are all still learning - and that's the beauty of blogging, we all have something to teach each other. Here's to your new beginnings!

1 week, 1 day ago on Because You Matter

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@Teri Mason Just wanted to jump back in and say I'm halfway through the book, Teri, and what a revelation it is - thank you so much for the recommendation.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Bullshit Excuses for Attitudes Towards Women Needs to Stop

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@Bernadette Boas Sadly, you're 100% correct, Bernadette. There are multiple examples of abuse and discrimination, that may not be as visible or as visceral as the examples here. But they exist, and we need to stamp them out as much as we stamp the disturbing cases here.

Thanks for your comment, appreciated.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Bullshit Excuses for Attitudes Towards Women Needs to Stop

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@Howie Goldfarb First, sorry to hear of your friends' / exes experiences, mate. One of my exes was brutally raped in college and still has issues today - I don't think anyone can truly understand the damage it does long-term the way the victim does, no matter how much we "empathize" (for want of a better word).

The retribution angle is a tough one. As a husband and father, I know I would be out for blood should anyone touch them. And yet, who wins then? Do my children and wife deserve to be deprived of a father and husband because justice wasn't meted out by the law to suit the crime?

As @Justin Germino mentions in his reply, the want for like-for-like justice is understandable. But does it answer the bigger issues in the long term?

A tough one to answer.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Bullshit Excuses for Attitudes Towards Women Needs to Stop

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@Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2 Hey there mate,

Thank you, and great to see you back around these parts, been way too long - hope you're keeping well!

As I've mentioned elsewhere, both in the comments and online discussions, it's sad that we're even having these kinds of posts and conversations in today's world. So much for progression...

I just hope that at some point in the not-too-distant future, we look back on this time as a bad part of history, and not part of the everyday conversation.

Cheers, mate.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Bullshit Excuses for Attitudes Towards Women Needs to Stop

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@dbvickery You know it, mate. :)

1 week, 2 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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Recognition by a true music afficinado is recognition indeed, mate. Cheers! :)

1 week, 2 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@JacStar @Digital_DRK See what I mean? Thanks for confirming, J-hole! :)

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@bobWP It's OK to be scared, Bob - that's how we combat the night terrors... ;-)

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@Digital_DRK You know, my wife also calls me DB. Although I think she means something completely different than just shortening my name to the initials...

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@annelizhannan So many in-jokes, so little time. :)

Enjoy the Rovers, miss!

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@Karen_C_Wilson I always feel a powerful message is best served up when wearing pink furry slippers and a string vest. ;-)

Thanks, miss - it was a pleasure getting to know you in Ottawa, and since. Looking forward to getting back out your way soon. And this time with the wife and kids! :)

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@MattLaCasse I actually thought you were on about the #2 blade to trim your hair down to the aerodynamic version I have, to help with tunage. Though I use #1, just as an FYI, in case you needed to know. :) @ginidietrich

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@Karen_C_Wilson Oh, come on! Gini can speak for a whole week and not get worn out - just ask Kelly, when he wakes up! ;-) @Eleanor Pierce @ginidietrich

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@LauraPetrolino Have you had a sneak peak at my Christmas wardrobe??

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@MattLaCasse That's definitely a challenge. The biggest hurdle, though, is making sure the size of the pen/pencil is relative to the size of the mouth, and vice versa. Too cavernous a mouth will see major echo, while the wrong pen/pencil choice will result in chafing of the worst kind. Trust me, I know! @ginidietrich

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@Eleanor Pierce It was a great event. Although @ginidietrich scarpered before I took the stage. Pfft - some support...

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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@ginidietrich That's $47 Canadian, right?

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown

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