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@AlexaClark @realfood_guide They looked pretty good, actually. I might keep that in mind next time I go to St. Lawrence and see if anything hanging about outside is a good candidate for juicing or dehydrated snackies. :)
1 year, 11 months ago on Working Within The Rules – Live Below The Line
@Andrea Toole I think the best place to look would be the backs of grocery stores. I used to work at one and they'd dump "old" produce by the ton. :(
I don't think I could be a freegan, but I definitely do that same as you in buying reduced produce. Most of it is only slightly marred on the outside and you get such great discounts that way!
@AlexaClark That is true about the flour, unfortunately. Especially if you buy organic. :(
One more thing I forgot to mention is okara, which is the leftover pulp and fibre from tofu making. It's super cheap to buy as it's a waste product, and adds tons of fiber and protein to round out an otherwise weak dish. You can mix it with carrot pulp to make "leftover" veggie burgers, or put it in soups, stir frys, and other such dishes for protein. I pick it up for about $1-2 a pound at Ying Ying Soy Foods in St. Lawrence Market.
It's awesome to see people taking up this challenge. Can't wait to read about your progress--I'll be cheering you on, Lex! I've tried a food budget of $3 per day before, and I'll admit it was a bit of a stretch. I found a few things helped, though:
- Baking my own bread.
- Consuming as much of a vegetable as possible, i.e. beet and carrot greens (though, I didn't know you could just ask for them--Thanks for that tip!!).
- My parents' garden--tomatoes abound!
- Soup, soup, soup. Leek and potato is particularly filling and cost-efficient.
- Bananas are cheap and they fill you up. A lot.
Ever consider freeganism? :)
Wahoo, congratulations Lindsay!! Well deserved, and what an amazing team you guys will be. ROCK!! :)
2 years, 6 months ago on #FollowFriday: Lindsay Bell
Sad. Had this been shot as art as part of a larger awareness campaign surrounding women's rights, I would approve. But using this for fashion? No one should objectify women's abuse for profit. Ever.We're part of a digital age with so much information. And you're right, being raised on bloody video games, violent movies, etc., is desensitizing. I think there's truth to what you said about people reacting strongly to images of animal abuse, but not giving people too much of a thought. (Funny, no?) It's just not right. And nothing's going to change if we don't say something.
2 years, 7 months ago on Art And Advertising: The Power of a Picture
Hayden, you are amazing. You kick butt in every aspect and you fully deserve every ounce of trust that people give to you - you've earned it. Onward! I know you will rock at whatever you do, and someday I hope that we can work together again. :)
2 years, 7 months ago on The Most Valuable Thing
P.S. Love the "eh" reference in there! You can *almost* call yourself a Canuck now! ;)
2 years, 8 months ago on Introducing the Tweet Visualyzer By @JugnooMe
Thanks so much, Justin!! It was great to have you come see us in Toronto; I know it's a fairly long trek from NC! Lovely to meet you in person and put a real face to the name after so many email exchanges. It was really great seeing you, hope to see you again soon!
Very sorry you had to go through this, Danny. You and Jacki are the last people on earth who deserve anything of the sort. (Not that anyone deserves anything like this, but you know where I'm going with that.) You've got karma on your side in this case and if I were that person, I'd be nervous.
GO GET 'EM, DANNY!!!!
2 years, 8 months ago on Facebook Hacking and the Value of Social Currency
@jasonkonopinski Me, too. Someday--someday!!! ;)
2 years, 8 months ago on Top 10 Guest Blog Posts of the First Half of 2012
@Craig McBreen Hey Craig, on the note of personal branding, did you see our post from the other day about it? http://blog.jugnoo.com/the-other-side-of-the-personal-branding-coin/ via @belllindsay
2 years, 8 months ago on So, I’m Supposed to Write This Guest Blog About Personal Branding…
Holy cow, great post Erika! What an inspiring read. Every point is bang on and I've had the same experiences as you when it comes to selling - you can't just barge in and get people to BUY BUY BUY. Doing business with people means that you understand what they're looking for, and that you connect with them to get to know what they're all about. And if you don't GENUINELY enjoy doing this, then you shouldn't be in that line of work (IMHO).
Great points as well about screwing up and looking for ways to do things better. We all screw the pooch from time to time, it's inevitable. Taking a lesson from it and actually applying it shows grace and humility. It's not revolutionary - it's how it should be done.
Thanks for sharing your insight, Erika - it was a treat to read. Cheers!
@KenMueller Agreed, Ken - partially. :) I owned a social marketing consultancy before coming to Jugnoo, but my company had its own brand and experience. Certainly I helped drive that and I was the most visible advocate for my company, but my business was separate from my own reputation (even though they were tied exceptionally close). I built the brand this way on purpose because I wanted my company to have its own identity (especially as I built up a team), but for freelancers or solo consultants, the line is debatable.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Other Side of The Personal Branding Coin
I think the most valuable application of a "personal brand" is during a job search, when you are presenting yourself as a candidate and trying to sell yourself to companies as the best person for their team. Beyond that, you're building and maintaining a reputation online. Can people actually be brands? I would argue no for the most part, but we do adopt branding practices when we're looking to sell or gain something. Am I wrong?
@KenMueller Good point, Ken. Did you see our post from yesterday re: branding? Perfect complement to this, as it makes the point that branding is far more than image - it's an experience, an ongoing conversation, and an experience. Putting yourself up on social networks does not a brand make, and that's a key difference between a company brand and a personal brand.
@Tyler Orchard @Danny Brown Have faith, they'll be back. But not necessarily as a smartphone manufacturer. They have the patents and technology capabilities to become a serious player in the emerging tech field, and I think they can build their brand back up in this area, they just need to give up on the smartphone and focus on it. Go Canada!
2 years, 8 months ago on Branding: It Isn’t a Stand-Alone Element
@Tyler Orchard @Danny Brown Point. I feel that RIM focused too much on functionality vs. benefits in their marketing in recent years, and when a tactile keyboard is the only reason people stay with your product, you definitely have a brand problem. It takes me back to the Apple vs. PC ads in the 80s, and the (relatively) recent Apple vs. PC TV ads. While both companies had their successes in different ways, you can clearly see which brand won over the years. Cheers!
"As an organization or as an individual there needs to be a focus on intent, a connection and an experience that is tied to your bottom line." Agreed! A brand is more than an image. The connection, the experience - this is where the value of a brand comes from. Take Apple as an example. Anyone can make tech, but Apple has taken the technology and created a captivating experience (for most - I am an Android girl at heart) that brings in billions in sales. The brand's value is in both the products and the experience. As for bottom line, well, they certainly aren't hurting. :)Defining the brand experience can be a tough one to tackle at first, but it's crucial to your brand's success - no matter how big or small your company. Great advice, @TylerOrchard!
@Mark_Harai Agreed, Mark. The Facebook platform has its challenges in community-building, but there are companies that are doing it right. Cheers!
2 years, 9 months ago on F-Commerce: Futile or the Future?
Go Dee! You're one of those amazing people who grab life by the horns and create your place within it. Your story is incredibly inspiring and you're full of great advice for brand-building - reaching out to your connections is one of the best things you can do, and I think so many people hang back because they don't want to feel like they're always asking others to help them out. I think there's always a way to make these exchanges mutually beneficial, and finding the value in these relationships we take so much time to build is what helps us grow.
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts - cheers!
2 years, 9 months ago on Lessons in Personal Branding from Canada's @CocktailDeeva
@DannyBrown - Next time, @HelenAndrolia @Hessie Jones - MOAR BACONS!!!!
2 years, 9 months ago on TGIF at Jugnoo – Fun Fridays!
This is amazing! Can't wait to give it a read-through. Good work, team!
2 years, 9 months ago on Free Ebook: Building Online Success Through Personal Branding Part 1
Can't wait!! @Saul Colt is a riot--truly--and I'm looking forward to hearing Frank speak. Counting the days, you guys, counting the days!!
2 years, 9 months ago on Why YOU Should Attend Social Mix 2012: Reason #5 – @saulcolt & @frankcrm
Thanks very much for the kind words about our platform--you've hit the nail on the head. We've really focused on listening to our small business clients and tailoring much of what we offer to their needs. Many more cool features and capabilities are on the way for companies that require more in-depth solutions, so we're aiming to cover the full spectrum of user needs with one multifunctional product.
Feedback and suggestions are always welcome so that we can make this a better product for all. Thanks for taking the time to review us, Ken--we really appreciate it! Looking forward to chatting further. :)
2 years, 9 months ago on The Small Business Social Media Swiss Army Knife
@MikeConnell @DannyBrown - Happy to provide! Email me your office address and we'll get those delivered for you right away. :) Catch me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. What are you panini and cupcake preferences? How do you take your coffee? Cheers, Mike!
2 years, 9 months ago on A Special Friday Thank You to @HootSuite
@DannyBrown @MikeConnell +1 - we are a seriously awesome team. Go go Team JugnooMe!! :)
I'd really like to extend another huge congrats to my colleagues, Tabitha and Fawad, who worked diligently to bring our awesome Bandit Coffee video to life - you guys did a phenomenal job showing exactly how JugnooMe can help small businesses. Rock on!! Looks like our customers aren't the only ones who noticed. ;)
@DannyBrown - Me too! I'm looking forward to the insight Matt has to offer, it would be really refreshing to hear more on influence beyond Klout's system.
2 years, 9 months ago on Why YOU Should Attend Social Mix 2012: Reason #4 – @matthixson
@HowieSPM @ginidietrich @geoffliving Speaking of standup, I think we might have some in store for the conference compliments of our community manager and SoMix host, Helen. Brace yourselves! ;) @helenandrolia
2 years, 9 months ago on Why YOU Should Attend Social Mix 2012: Reason #3 – @GiniDietrich and @GeoffLiving
@ginidietrich We're looking forward to seeing you as well, Gini! We'll have a pair of Levis ready for you as a "Welcome to Canada" gift. ;)
...and on a sidenote that really is meaningless in the greater context of this conversation, I blame my iPhone, Henry VIII, for those typos.
2 years, 9 months ago on Social Flirting App Leads to Child Rapes
Thank you for writing this and bringing attention tithe situation. It's always awful to read that something like this has happened. Of course, no service is ever 100% safe, and no company should ever wash their hand of an incident their platform helped facilitate.
To keep this comment somewhat brief, I just want to put it out there that, in this social age, no company can hide fault with vague, washed-out PR messages. We all know how much that backfires. The right thing to do is confrot this issue head-on with the Skout community and communicate how they are trying to make changes to address the situation - and also draw awareness to the fact that an issue exists, and there are still ways to safeguard you and your children against them.
I could easily argue that networks like this shouldn't exist for teens. It's a paradox of a walled garden that lures the very predators it tries to keep out. It's an individual's choice to use the service, sure (no matter what age), but as the company powering this you simply can't distance yourself from the problems that naturally arise on account of your product or service. Skout's reaction is lame at best but something tells me they have an amateur PR person at the helm that just doesn't get it. It's time to wise up and take responsibility, and properly lead your customers through this crisis. It's the right thing to do.
@thebrandbuilder Bang on.
2 years, 9 months ago on Sorry, Seth, But This Pitch Just Seems Kinda Tacky
Well said, @dannybrown - well said. Cheers to the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury.
Hey @JayBaer - not exhaustive, but a great list nonetheless. I like how you've broken it down and focused on the customer needs first. If product messaging can't clearly convey an offering, then you're setting yourself up for lousy conversion rates. It's all about the customer and making sure THEY understand how you will help them with their business objectives. What's worse is that it's so hard to differentiate these days that many marketing professionals have no idea about the full range of software available to them, and the social software market is absolutely booming.
I speak, of course, as someone who works at one of the companies you mentioned - thank you so much for including @jugnoome in the social conversation software list. Our conversation tools are one of our biggest features right now, but we do also include apps for social marketing, social analytics, and social monitoring; all rolled into one. Messaging can be a challenge when you have so many social features in one piece of software, but above all you must focus on your customer needs and mindset, as we are doing. As they say, clarity trumps persuasion.
Good job with the quiz, by the way - it had me quite stumped in places! Cheers.
2 years, 10 months ago on Clearing Clouds of Confusion – the 5 Categories of Social Media Software
@AmyVernon @dannybrown Agreed, Amy - that's the best way to automate. Cheers!
2 years, 10 months ago on Social Media and Automation: Right or Wrong? Yes.
Thanks so much for the mention of JugnooMe - glad to hear you're testing us out. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the platform, please get in touch with me anytime at email@example.com - I'd love to hear what you think!
Regarding automation, it's a long-standing debate. I agree with you in that automation done right is absolutely fine. There's so much great information out there to be shared, and sometimes scheduling is the only way to get that information out there. The key, however, is that balance you mention between personal involvement and automation. It all comes down to your audience.
Your post's timing is quite fortuitous, actually - JugnooMe is partnering with one of the best automation tools on the market today, which will be integrated into our platform in our next update. Keep an eye out for it!
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