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I liked the music that was jamming for the first 1:20.
1 year, 6 months ago on Vlog – I Took Your Suggestions (Bad Idea)
@ErinSmithDoolittle As a Survivor fan, you might think this is cool. My friend managed a swanky fitness club in Metro Detroit. He told me that one of the members was holding this benefit and had paid to have a bunch of Survivors from the first 4 seasons come to town as special guests to try to draw a lot of people in and raise a bunch of money. As a big Survivor fan, I asked if he could get me in to the benefit so I could meet some of them...but you know how rich folks are...he said it was very doubtful.
So, day of the event, I'm bumming because he's at this event and hanging out with all of these people I had been watching on the old telly...when I get a call. It was very cryptic...it just consisted of my aforementioned friend saying "come to the club right now." So, I rush to pick up my girlfriend and make the short drive to the club...park my car...walk up the steps and through the door...and was completely overwhelmed by the lack of people.
Apparently the benefit was not a hit...5 members had shown up for the event. Meanwhile, there are 8 former Survivor cast members standing around and drinking free beer and hanging out with each other. My girlfriend and I spent the next 2 hours just shooting the breeze with old Rodger, Michael Skupin, Keith Famie, Clarence Black, Alicia Calaway, etc. The club's blunder ending up being to our advantage and we spent the evening living it up in Reality TV Land.
1 year, 6 months ago on Promote Your Blog On My Blog Right NOW – Take II
Twas no accident
You wanted another bump
Wil Wheaton's your pimp
Not to focus on the wrong thing here...well, maybe it's not the wrong thing, since this post is about being proactive. If you notice a guy laying down and you can't tell if he's dead or alive, the proactive thing would be to immediately run outside and make sure that he's alright. A few minutes passing, if he actually isn't breathing, would probably mean the difference between life or death.
I guess the same could be said of our businesses. If we are waiting the equivalent of a "few minutes" as a small business, our recent opportunity could disappear or our current small problem could explode into something bigger.
1 year, 7 months ago on Small Business Customer Service Should be Proactive
@amberrisme Ya know, if the frog works, it works. Thanks for stopping by and chiming in, Amber!
1 year, 7 months ago on
The Power of a Business Name Change
Thanks for the reminder, Margie. It really irks me when people complain about this very thing. It's not unfair that someone has more money than me...it's an opportunity to work to get there. All of us are blessed in some way...understanding that fact helps us to control that feeling of entitlement.
1 year, 7 months ago on I wonder what your basis for comparison is
@margieclayman LOL! Nah, I get it...I am just a huge stats nerd and wanted to throw my 2 cents in. Great post, as always. :-)
1 year, 7 months ago on Your Chances Are 50/50
I think you're joking...but just in case you aren't:
Just because something has two possible outcomes (you will either die today or you won't), the odds of either occurring are not 50/50. If it were, 50% of the world's population would die every day. If that were the case, at the end of a month there would be somewhere between 6 to 7 people left in the world.
This reminds me of a Stephen Colbert (maybe Jon Stewart?) segment where they were interviewing this guy back in the day about the likelihood of the Large Hadron Collider destroying the earth by creating the Higgs Boson particle. Physicists working on the project predicted the odds of this happening as so small they were negligible. An opponent of the collider argued that because the only two outcomes of the experiments were that it either would or wouldn't end the world, there was a 50/50 chance we were all going to be destroyed. A bit of an over-simplification.
Oh, by the way...I'm buying 2 lottery tickets tomorrow. Since both tickets will either win or lose, they each have a 50/50 chance of winning. That being the case, one or the other is going to win. Private island, here I come!!!
@shawmu Yeah, clearly my Photoshop skills are not nearly to the level that I would like...but I was able to visualize my dream car, so I'm on my way!
Being "meh," is nothing to write home about, trust me. I've spent enough time in that place to know that you've gotta aim for more than that.
Thanks for chiming in. Have a great rest of your week!
1 year, 8 months ago on
Are you Still Dreaming Big?
@christinejbrady That's great, Christine. Thanks for sharing! I guess you could say I am living my dream too, in a way. While I'm not a FAMOUS singer, I do get to sing and play the guitar nearly every week at church for hundreds of people. I don't get paid, but it's awesome to help serve in ways that I am passionate about!
Want a artist reputation? Check out Ernie Halter. I have a man crush on him. You won't be disappointed. And if you ARE disappointed, you're wrong. (or you're lying and you're out to get me)
1 year, 8 months ago on What Your Friends Owe You
I adore the compensation you cache here. I be about to flag this site, and arrival with consistency for the scheme of illuminating my brain.
I'd thank Ike for letting me "steal" his comment, but I think he might be a robot.
1 year, 9 months ago on Blog Theft is Serious…but Sometimes It Can Be Entertaining
"...and the other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
"...a real Renaissance man."
The only thing that could've made the beginning of this post any better is if you had called Descartes a "Mathemagician." Then you REALLY would've had me! :-)
Maybe it's a healthy grasp on my position in the online world (low on the totem pole) or an unhealthy, over-active ego (I've been accused before), but I haven't felt the compulsion to post constantly. I mean, I think I have good content, but not a whole lot of people would realize that I was missing for a few days...a week...a few weeks. On the flip side though? I think that the people who have discovered my blog and have interacted with me wouldn't move on if they didn't hear from me for a short while. Make sense?
Luckily, I lead a very active life outside of the online realm, so maybe that plays into my point of view. I love being online and communicating/sharing, but it isn't the most important part of my life.
Anyway, thanks for the post. Talk to you soon.
1 year, 9 months ago on I'm online therefore I am
"My mom, dad, girlfriend, sister and boyfriend are all here." Your girlfriend AND your boyfriend were there? Was that awkward?
1 year, 9 months ago on Sweat! Sweat! Sweat!
"If your car pulls to the left, get used to it."
Or take it to the shop and get it fixed. It's probably indicative of something that is broken or damaged (or soon will be).
Classic, lazy line.
P.S. My car has been pulling to the left for like 3 years.
1 year, 9 months ago on Stairs Never Get Easier
@BuildProdMarket I think you've got it right, Paul. I wouldn't build the growth of my entire business on cold calling, but just like any other marketing tactic, it can still have its place. Thanks for chiming in!
1 year, 9 months ago on
Why Cold Calling isn't Dead for Inbound Marketers
@amberrisme Absolutely...any system that ends up costing more time and money than it's worth is no good. I'd also say that anything can be TOO systematized. Marketing isn't an assembly like where robots can simply do all the work without any human interaction. Marketing, especially social marketing, HAS to have that human, personal element in it. But even the social marketing can be be run through a system.
Thanks for your input, Amber!
1 year, 9 months ago on
Creating Strategic Marketing Systems
Bloggers: Here's one -- nine pence.
Advertising: I'm not dead!
Bloggers: Nothing -- here's your nine pence.
Real-Life: Here -- he says he's not dead!
Bloggers: Yes, he is.
Advertising: I'm not!
Real-Life: He isn't.
Bloggers: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Advertising: I'm getting better!
Bloggers: No, you're not -- you'll be stone dead in a moment.
Real-Life: Oh, I can't take him like that -- it's against regulations.
Advertising: I don't want to go in the cart!
Bloggers: Oh, don't be such a baby.
Real-Life: I can't take him...
Advertising: I feel fine!
Bloggers: Oh, do us a favor...
Real-Life: I can't.
Bloggers: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
Real-Life: Naaah, I got to go on to Robinson's -- they've lost nine today.
Bloggers: Well, when is your next round?
Advertising: I think I'll go for a walk.
Bloggers: You're not fooling anyone y'know. Look, isn't there something you can do?
Advertising: I feel happy... I feel happy.
1 year, 9 months ago on Myth: Quit advertising because it just doesn't work
Maybe I'm just a sheep who follows wherever my master leads me...but I think I have to admit that advertising works for me. Want to know why I tried my first Dos Equis beer? Because I thought the "Most Interesting Man" commercials were brilliant. The delicious flavor keeps me buying it from the store, but the commercial was what initially caught my eye.Doesn't advertising simply have the goal of creating top-of-mind presence for companies? An ad may not sell product directly, but next time you're hungry and deciding where to go...maybe you'll think of the "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" dog and head over for a few heart-burn inducing tacos. Yes? No?
@Paulsalesman Excellent point, Paul. Blogging gives you the opportunity for real-time response and communication to anything, good or bad. If you land a big contract with a new client, you don't have to wait for your next monthly newsletter to share the news. Likewise, as you mentioned, negative press can be addressed with the click of a button...
As always, thanks for sharing, Paul!
1 year, 10 months ago on
Reasons You Should be Blogging