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@George Cvetanovski  My bad - long day, and tired. My response probably came across as sharp, and if it did I apologize. Just wanted to highlight the piece is a simple overview, though with some financial metrics tied to social activity, and link to a couple that may be more up your street.

Cheers, have a great evening,

Danny.

7 hours, 11 minutes ago on Six Simple Ways to Measure Owned, Earned and Paid Social Media ROI

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@RichBecker  Hey there mate, for sure. Your blog has consistently been one of my go-to blogs every year, for the sheer quality you consistently produce. We need more thinkers like you.

I definitely feel "freed up" by this decision - hopefully I can create the content to go with it. Thanks for your support, mate, it means a lot.

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@rohinivibha Hey there Rohini, great to see you here and congrats on a cool product launch. I'd love to chat more, cheers - if you want to ping me an email at danny (at) dannybrown (dot) me and we can arrange something? Cheers! @Milaspage @ginidietrich  

7 hours, 24 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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@George Cvetanovski  Jeez, you mean like this example in the Facebook section?

How much did you spend on a Facebook ad, and how did click-throughs and new sales/customers compare?Or this from the Blogger Outreach section?
How much product did you have to provide for bloggers versus how many sales you received?Or this from the Twitter section?
If you used something like Sponsored Tweets, what was the cost versus the click-through and conversion?
Or this post from October last year. Or this one from last month.The point is, as the title of this particular post mentions, this is about simple measurement that anyone can use to validate their social activity. There are a bunch of deeper dive versions I've written elsewhere on here, as well as the ROI factors in the Influence Marketing book, so it covers all gamuts.Cheers.

7 hours, 27 minutes ago on Six Simple Ways to Measure Owned, Earned and Paid Social Media ROI

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@Milaspage Agree - I think it's definitely more suited to an educational/scholastic type publication - at least for now, until more users equate to other cool ways of using it. Because of the example you used (about comment/read/comment/read), it does have the potential to distract. This is where limited use for very specific points would make sense. 

I do have a couple of ideas on how this could look and feel, so look forward to hearing your thoughts on those when they go live.

Just don't tell @ginidietrich - she already stole my Livefyre Q&A idea! ;-)

13 hours, 40 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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@avgjoegeek  Hi  mate,

It's been interesting to see how both Disqus and Livefyre are evolving (I did smile a little when I saw both integrate Featured Comments almost at the same time as each other...) - they both have their strengths for sure.

What I like about the Sidenotes option is they can really complement the main comments with much more contextual discussion around a certain paragraph. For me, that opens up all sorts of opportunities.

Given that Sidenotes is a standalone plugin, I think you could run both Disqus and Sidenotes together too... :)

13 hours, 45 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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Actually, that’s a little bit of a misnomer, since Livefyre Sidenotes isn’t really a blog comment solution – more an enhancement to any content on the web today.

So far I haven't seen any impact, although I do optimize via caching and CDN. But always something I keep an eye on, so will update if that changes.

13 hours, 48 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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They also feel incredibly natural to anyone that’s read anything, ever. That’s not an overstatement – think of the little notes you make on Post-Its on your favourite books; or annotations on college papers; or side comments on a suitably-equipped eReader for further research/discussion later on.

Yep, that makes sense as more users adopt the process. I'm thinking of experimenting where comments are switched off for a single post, and the content offers various ideas around one topic, and that can be expanded upon via Sidenotes. Stay tuned! :)

13 hours, 50 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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In Livefyre’s own words, this is what their new Sidenotes solution is all about:

At my local library, there's a section for annotated book loans. It really does open up a whole new way of thinking about something you're reading and become invested in. :)

13 hours, 51 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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@Rob McGuire  Hey there Rob, cheers mate, appreciate that. Yeah, the "populist" thing to do would be to revisit and recycle, but that (for me) would be even less inspiring than pushing out content for the sake of it, and continuing to blog despite the feeling of having to, as opposed to wanting to.

Look forward to sharing more thoughts, and thanks for being here.

16 hours, 30 minutes ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@ginidietrich  Agreed. It's an excellent addition to content discussion, but there does need to be some fine-tuning. Notifications of further comments in the Sidenote; ability to work in-line; tagging would be good; and switching on/off (or easier placement for where you want Sidenotes to appear specifically) would be great enhancements.

16 hours, 46 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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@ginidietrich  It's down below (I run a CDN for caching, maybe you were too eager to see it!!) 

PS - I emailed Jeremy at support, as the Linkback feature is being kinda drunk since activating Sidenotes, as your link here shows. :)

16 hours, 48 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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@annelizhannan Yep, currently appended to the end of each paragraph (as well as images). I think this is where I felt it got a bit cluttered when @GiniDietrich shared her example post, and the bubbles seemed to take over more web space than the content. It'd be nice to filter where and how they appear, while still making it intuitive enough for users to know they can highlight their own preferences and leave a Sidenote there.

17 hours, 3 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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Some ideas I have include:

Yep, I agree - some kind of Call-to-Action would be helpful, for sure.

18 hours, 1 minute ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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From the very first post I published on here, your voice has always been an equal one to mine – and that’s why I’d love your thoughts on how you’d like to see Sidenotes used.

Interesting - so would the comments be brought into the Sidenotes feature, and use it that way?

18 hours, 1 minute ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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For an example of how that looks, here’s an example of a Sidenotes discussion from the Spin Sucks blog (click to expand).

I think with the Spin Sucks post, they were still in beta mode with the solution, and there were some glitches happening because of that. Having said that, it'll be interesting to see how notifications work, as currently I get updates in my Livefyre dashboard, but not via email. It'd be a shame to have to continuously check back on a post to see if someone has answered you.

18 hours, 2 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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Actually, that’s a little bit of a misnomer, since Livefyre Sidenotes isn’t really a blog comment solution – more an enhancement to any content on the web today.

Agreed - it should drive some great external discussions. As long as the author doesn't spend too much time in draft mode trying to create that "perfect shareable moment", of course... ;-)

18 hours, 3 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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@annelizhannan  Hey there miss,

Yep, I'm definitely keeping the main comment section as a core part of the blog (unless there's suddenly a huge shift in user preference with Sidenotes, but I'll evaluate on an ongoing basis). 

One thing I would love to see with Sidenotes is the ability for the blog author to choose where and when they're used (as opposed to all through the article). That way, specific discussion points could really be encouraged, while comments after the post could be where the overall discussion can still take place.

Maybe in a future update. :)

18 hours, 5 minutes ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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@Susan M Kuhn  Hi Susan,

Agree that Sidenotes are more suited to specific opinion pieces or thoughts (as highlighted in the post itself). With this being an introduction to the technology, the invitation to suggest the kind of topics or uses will be shape how they're used here.

I'd disagree on the book analogy not fitting - not all books are complex (though they are longer), and even the shortest of short stories and ebooks can benefit from the equivalent of Sidenotes. It only takes one sentence or statement to spark a discussion, and whether that's in a book, blog post or more is a reason why I see this feature being extra useful.

Thanks for the thoughts, appreciated!

1 day, 5 hours ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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These are just basic ways to use Sidenotes at the moment. The release is only Version 1.0, so deeper functionality will come in future updates, and much of that will be based around user and reader feedback like yours, so fire away!

For example, one area I'd love to see improved is the visibility of the Sidenote bubble itself. Currently it's a faded grey; perhaps a different colour when there are Sidenotes to read (perhaps the same as the blog's hyperlink colour).

1 day, 7 hours ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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Actually, that’s a little bit of a misnomer, since Livefyre Sidenotes isn’t really a blog comment solution – more an enhancement to any content on the web today.

For example, you can highlight a piece of text and share it on Facebook or Twitter - ideal for a quote or part of a post that really resonates with you. :)

1 day, 7 hours ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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Which is why I’m going to experiment with Sidenotes on here for a little while, to see how they complement the main comments section (which will remain at the end of each post).

I see Sidenotes more as an "in the moment" thought bookmark, and an option to foster discussion around a specific piece of a post, versus an overall view in the comments. However, comments will remain here as an important (and first choice) option. Unless Sidenotes is preferred. ;-)

1 day, 7 hours ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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Especially given their very cool new solution, Livefyre Sidenotes.

To leave a Sidenote, simply sign in with either an existing Livefyre account, or your preferred social sign in (Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc)

1 day, 7 hours ago on An Introduction to Livefyre Sidenotes and Complementing Our Conversations Here

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@allenmireles Hmmm... so they're saying an untrained member of staff was in charge of the whole office and left alone (otherwise I'm guessing the issue could have been escalated up the food chain had a manager or "trained employee" been present)? I dunno, Allen, that seems a convenient excuse. Though I am glad they're positing better responsibility. We'll see how that goes, I guess. @Frank_Strong @Hertz  

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These blogs all have one thing on common – they will ask bigger questions and they will get you thinking beyond simple ideas, and all deserve to have a place in your reader.

Do you have recommendations? Drop them in here!

1 day, 9 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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So, time for a change.

This will include more guest posts, more media, and more open discussions using the new Sidenotes feature that this annotation is part of.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@GordonDiver  Cheers, mate, and really enjoyed being out your way - great questions afterwards, which is always great to see. Hopefully be out again sooner rather than later. :)

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@Katinokai  I hope I still get tweets meant for him!

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@Howie Goldfarb  DON'T MAKE ME BAN YOU!!!!

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@AmyVernon What have I told you about listening to @ginidietrich?

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@1jamesawoods  Cheers, mate, and great to see you around these parts, hope you're keeping well.

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@annelizhannan  Thanks, miss - I feel like I should wear a bus driver cap or something. :)  Thanks for being here.

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@tracysestili  Agree 100%, and one of the reasons I posited with this paragraph in the intro:

All you need to do is set your success guides—what you want to achieve and how long you want to spend achieving it—then measure your results against that.

Like you say, data for data's sake is just as bad as no data at all.

2 days, 5 hours ago on Six Simple Ways to Measure Owned, Earned and Paid Social Media ROI

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Great idea, Ken. I've recently fallen back into non-business book reading, and I've missed it. It's like @GiniDietrich's post today over at Spin Sucks, about fiction making you a better content creator - we need to step outside our comfort zone more and become more learned. Look forward to checking some of your recos out. 

2 days, 9 hours ago on 7 Non-Business Books to Help You Up Your Business Game

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@PeterJ42  Hi Peter,

I'm thinking of people that don't differentiate business and people "behaviours" and skills - the mix comes naturally, and they're better businesses for it. Also, stories I find that paint a bigger picture around a topic we might feel we know a lot about already. I have an idea in my head on how this will pan out, but happy to let it flow for now and see where it goes.

And you can be sure I'll be opening up and letting everyone have a say in how that takes shape (it's one of my big goals here and has been since day one). Again, I have ideas on how that will pan out, so looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

Cheers again for being here.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@ginidietrich  But... but... I wrote a whole post explaining things, and now with one single comment that's all bypassed! Grrr... :)

Thanks, miss - it's been interesting these last few years, seeing each other's content evolve - I'm looking forward to seeing where you take Spin Sucks, and how you experiment for your community. Here's to that continuing.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@jessicamalnik  You know, I should ban you on principle for sharing that video, miss.... :)

Thanks so much, Jessica, that means a lot and it's great to see that the approach resonates. Never been too good with authority, anyhoo... ;-)

2 days, 9 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@JoeCardillo  I think @AnnHawkins would be extra happy if you used "dude", mate - needs to address the balance of "mates" around here. :)

hmm, I haven't tried TinyLetter (truth be told, I haven't heard of it until now). But I like the idea of random thoughts and seeing where that goes - I subscribe to @RedHeadWriting's blog and she sends out exclusive notes on Sunday's just for subscribers, and there can be some pretty cool thoughts shaped because of it. Something to look into, cheers for the heads up!

2 days, 9 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@steve_dodd  Thanks mate - appreciate that, and look forward to shared conversations.

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@LSSocialEngage  @ginidietrich I've tried to read Palahniuk before, and he bores me witless. My wife was a huge fan, until we met him at an event in Toronto, and he was a huge jerk. So now I don't have to worry either way. :)

2 days, 14 hours ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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@Karen_C_Wilson  Wait - there should totally be a Marketers-R-Us. Is it available?? :)

Thanks, miss, appreciated - and any visit from your good self makes up for any where you can't be here. So, cheers!

2 days, 14 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@NancyCawleyJean  Let's face it, it's the only thing that never truly judges no matter what, right? :)

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@StaceyHood  Your question on Facebook the other night definitely played into thoughts I'd been thinking about the blog for a while, mate, so cheers for that.

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@AndyDonovan  Cheers, mate, and excited to see what comes down the road. :)

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@tressalynne  Pish posh, miss - if that was the case, I would have given up a long time ago! :)

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@JonAston  Cheers, Jon, appreciated mate, and looking forward to seeing where this takes us. :)

2 days, 14 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@skyrog Hi mate, cheers. Haven't had a chance to use yet, was enjoying implementation on the Spin Sucks blog. Although that did raise some other questions around functionality. :)

2 days, 15 hours ago on Say Hello to Sidenotes

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@belllindsay I like the cut of your jib. :) @makeaner  

2 days, 15 hours ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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@JasKeller1  That's a GREAT way of putting it, mate - thank you, and yes, most definitely the game plan. Cheers for being here!

2 days, 16 hours ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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