strategist, builder of human business teams. blogger. speaker. runner. blended family dad. jedi master. i'm nate riggs
You bring up some good points, Gini. Just heard on NPR that Best Buy is going to follow suit with Yahoo and ban employees from working at home. Lots of people seemed to be surprised by the move by both brands, but I think we have to keep in mind that while all the online collaboration tools are great, scaling adoption inside of huge organizational cultures like these companies is a battle in itself. If you're a small, networked, entrepreneur-type, then online collaboration is 'virtually' a no brainer. It's easy for folks with our past experiences to naturally gravitate towards new tools.
But in corporate environments where Exchange Servers and heavy IT departmental politics are still at the controls, I feel like getting employees to gather around virtual water coolers is going to take some more years. As some of the new companies grow larger, the trend will probably shift. It's all a bit silly, but in the end, people really dislike change...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Can Technology Replace In-Person Meetings?
@crestodina I would love to see it! Glad you got it out there!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Andy Crestodina
Glad to see you featureed here @crestodina ! Well deserved, my friend. The work you are doing on CM strategy is stellar and people should see it!
@sarahjstorer I'm a Cyber Monday guy myself, but I am taking the kids out tomorrow. they've never been. Hooray... ;-)
6 months ago on Black Friday vs Cyber Monday: Which Day Offers the Best Shopping Experience?
You give some great tips Collyn! I feel like you and my wife should talk. We have three boys as well and she's doing the stay at home thing right now. I feel like more use of social media might help her cope with the lack of adult time that comes with the territory ...
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Using Social Media While on Maternity Leave - A New Mom’s Ode
@AmyMccTobin Fair enough. I use Path for that and it's free. Limited to 50 people per network which keeps you close to your real life friends. G+ is good for that with circles, but to your point, it's hit or miss in terms of activity
7 months, 3 weeks ago on As Twitter Locks Out Developers, a New Site Welcomes Them
Meh. I think it will die before it ever gets off the ground.
Pay for play social networks have never really been appealing to the masses. I mean, I get where his head is with the core values video, but truth be told, there's not enough appeal to build enough trial to keep their business going on membership fees. Likewise, isn't it kind of a cart and horse argument? For one, why would I pay to be a part of a social network where none of my friends were? And, what about business social media users? My own use is probably 70% business at best, so I'm not necessarily concerned with 'fun features'.
But that's me. I can't speak for everyone...
Nice rundown, John. It makes sense that Google designed their system to max their own return on investment. Users need to be aware of this and how easy it is to tip the scales back to your favor. Thanks for getting this out there. VERY helpful!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Return on Investment from Google AdWords? Stop Wasting Your Budget in the Settings
@Engage121 Totally my pleasure. You guys have some very appealing features for anyone who is multi-unit retail or food service players. Keep up the good work!
7 months, 4 weeks ago on 8 Social Media Tools for the Food Service Industry
@Jeremy White My pleasure Jeremy, and thanks for stopping by. I was impressed with the Belly folks and I know some people at Mimi's Cafe who have used them for a few promotions and done well. Let me know what you find out!
@ChelseaHickey Thanks for stopping by! They have a very good idea and with some development time and a bit of budget, I think they can find a nice niche in the industry. Again, it's all about POS integration. That's really what operators and franchisee's need right now. It makes for a HUGE operator for tech companies serving the industry...
Dude, really sorry to hear how things turned out. I could tell you were looking forward to this and this Phil guy sounds like a piece of work.
I think your close hits the head on the nail. Do you really want to be a part of an organization that is so incredibly rigid? It's still just BBQ and people do it because they enjoy it. Sounds like Phil has a tendency to suck the fun out of things.
8 months ago on What We Can Learn From Me Getting Kicked Out of a BBQ Contest
@WordsDoneWrite They always do!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Set Up Lighting for a Video Interview
Incredibly helpful video, Allison. Thanks! : )
@HowieSPM It's just amazing to me how people's belief structure can trump better judgement. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want - I don't challenge that at all - but from a business/PR/Marketing perspective? The whole thing was a staunch, mindless statement...
10 months ago on The Chick-fil-A PR Crisis
I've spent many dinners at Chic-fil-Et in the past few years. It's usually where my wife and I meet my son's mom and stepdad for chats about our schedule with Kaden since there's a location close to his former pre-school.
The part that peeved me the most in the statement (and one that I thought might be even have more of a negative impact on Chic-fil-A's business) was this:
"...and we are married to our first wives."
So basically, Cathy has not only condemned Gay and Lesbian couples -- he's also condemning blended and step-families (and remarriage all together for that matter) as not fitting with their version of "biblical definition". #elitistdouchbag if you ask my opinion!
That seems to border on religious extremist and really strikes a chord with me since I'm what you'd consider a more liberal Catholic (liek @PattiRoseKnight below) as well as a blended family dad who has dropped countless dollars at their locations.
From a business perspective, what a stupid thing to say too!
Speaking against Gay and Lesbian couples is bad enough, but in reality, it's probably not the 'aspirational' audience of Chic-fil-A. They are very deliberiate in their focused targeting of families with multiple children in the household. The end game is to drive up the average guest check and increase sales. More kids means more dollars in the door.
Think about that for a second -- what families typically have the highest number of kids? Thaaaat's right folks ... blended families and families joined by divorce and remarriage. With the current divorce rate near 50% in the U.S., that audience is VERY large.
In the end, their food is still light years better (and healthier) than McDonalds, and the service at the restaurant level is outstanding. Great operations execution will usually trump PR and marketing in the chain restaurant business.
For me though, it looks like we might need to find a new meeting spot for our all-family meetings. It seems that our kind is no longer officially welcome at Chic-fil-A...
Thanks for the write up, Allison. Very much appreciate the mention. If anyone would like to check out the deck from the talk, they can download it here -- http://slidesha.re/BWENYListPost
10 months, 3 weeks ago on How Formulas Can Make You a Better Blogger
Glad you were able to take something from the post @benjoseph23 : )
11 months, 1 week ago on Social Subscribe – Why Facebook Likes Do Matter
@bdorman264 haha. I will make sure not to let up ;)
11 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Nate Riggs
@HowieSPM @ginidietrich @Lisa Gerber I am sad to report that we are down to two dogs now. Bruce ate Dozer, the Chihuahua I brought back from my time down south... ;-)