What’s Your What If?
APRIL 22, 2016
Last night I drove a lot of miles away from the hustle and bustle I normally fight through on a daily basis to coach my son at his baseball game, a little town called Granite Falls. It’s about 50 miles north and east of Seattle and off the beaten path. It was classic small town America. And how much I wanted someday to have that. But the fact was, I did know. wanted to make movies.
Top 5 Things You Can’t Do If You Want To Be Friends
JANUARY 12, 2016
I’m starting a new tradition of highlighting 5 things that drive me nuts every year. things that if done, disqualify you & I from being pals. You own or are considering a selfie stick. Can you even imagine what people in previous decades would think if you tried to describe this? If You copy/paste Facebook posts saying you will win millions of dollars by posting it. Yea you do. UNFRIEND.
5 Ways To NOT Get A Response When Applying To A Job
JULY 30, 2015
I’m back on the hiring wagon yet again. It’s amazing how much time and effort goes into the process of finding the right person for a job. What’s even more amazing that even in this day and age with some much information at our fingertips, the consistent lack of quality candidates I get. Easily only 10% of those that apply are worthy of consideration. Career
My Apple Watch Review: 5 Reasons It Works
JULY 1, 2015
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Apple products. I’m usually an early adopter no matter what the product is. However with the Apple Watch, I actually held back longer than usual for a few reasons. For starters, I’ve never been a watch/jewelry guy. I’ve never liked the feel of wearing anything like that. also had reservations about how the watch would look.
Living Life Against The Grain
JUNE 10, 2015
I’m not sure if the term really applies to this blog post, but I’m going to go with it anyway. One of the things I’ve really strived for later in life is figuring out ways to better use my time. Time is really our biggest luxury. Money’s great and all, but time is what it’s all about. One of the biggest satisfactions I have right now is when I drive to work.
How To Guarantee Your Facebook Page Content Reaches Your Fans
APRIL 2, 2014
Times are changing. The good ‘ol days of free advertising on Facebook have pretty much disappeared. You can’t blame Facebook entirely for this as it was just a matter of time before they really needed to monetize all those users and all that data. Some are proclaiming they are leaving the platform , while others have begrudgingly bit the bullet and started paying to promote their posts.
5 Incredible Small Business Marketing Resources You Haven’t Heard Of
MAY 5, 2015
Throughout my professional career, I’ve always had a love for small business. Whether it was creating them myself, or helping others, small business is the backbone of our economy, and I always love finding tools and resources that can help small businesses navigate their marketing needs. It can be incredibly tough to find the time and budget to effectively market your small business, so anytime I find something I think can help, I feel compelled to shout it from the rooftops! Below are 5 of my favorite tools these days, many of which I use on a daily basis. What say you?
Being The Underdog Is More Fun
JUNE 17, 2015
The March Madness Tournament is one of my favorite sporting events of the year. Not because basketball is really my favorite, but because of all the sporting events in the world, it’s the one event where anything is possible. Upsets. Seeing lower seeds beat the odds and moving on is incredible to watch. You just can’t beat it. I am a hugely competitive person. Why not?
Decision Fatigue. Yep, it’s a thing.
APRIL 14, 2016
Wifey: “What do you want for dinner?” ” Me: “I don’t know, whatever you want.” ” or. Me: “What do you want to watch?” ” Wifey: “Whatever. You decide.” ” The above are fairly common occurrences in our household, and I would imagine in many others. There’s been plenty of instances where we’d frustrate each other because neither of us could make a decision for such seemingly simple decisions. So why is it that I can’t just make a decision around what I want to eat or watch at any given time?
Escape Routes: The Ultimate Social Reality Adventure
JANUARY 11, 2012
It’s not too many times in your life when you actually get asked to audition for a reality show, but that’s exactly what happened last week. casting producer for the upcoming Escape Routes contacted me and while at first I didn’t think it was feasible, the more I learned about it, the more I realized it would be a monumental mistake not to. You may be asking yourself why bother?
My Switch From iPhone To Android: Part Two
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
Earlier this year I decided to make a switch to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from an iPhone 5. wrote an initial piece about this switch , and my reasons for it, mainly as I wanted a larger screen for my phone, and I had grown increasingly frustrated with Apple’s lack of keeping up with the competition. To each there own I say. No one is perfect. The build quality of iPhones is unmatched.
7 Things You’re Doing In Your Relationship You Don’t Realize Are Destroying It
APRIL 27, 2015
Relationships are not easy. More of them fail than succeed. We’ve all had our fair share of failed relationships, and I certainly fall into that category as well. Most people don’t figure it out until later in life. The irony is that it actually takes a few failed ones to eventually figure out how to make it work. You can’t just mail it in. You need to show up. Every day. Besties.
5 Reasons I Think Facebook Is On The Decline
JUNE 13, 2012
Crazy right? Who in their right mind would make a silly claim about a network that has close to 900 million active users with average usage times close to 20 minutes per day? The fact is, no one is bullet proof. Ask Yahoo, MySpace or … , all major networks that ruled heavily at one time and all which fell from grace to other up and comers. I’ve felt a growing sense that Facebook might have already peaked and is currently beginning to slide. That being said, here are the 5 reasons I think Facebook is on the decline: 1. All The Numbers Are Starting To Say So. Their Apps Are Terrible.
Social Media Isn’t Going Anywhere
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
I often get asked from folks whether there will ever be a “social media crash” Similar to the 2000 dot com bust, will all these social channels just crash and burn at some point. My simple answer is always no. The fact is, social media at its core isn’t some newly formed concept that just popped up over the last few years. As a society, we’ve always been “social” It’s the technology that has changed that has allowed us to do so differently. Some highlights: Facebook has reached 1.5 billion users while Twitter has recently passed 550 million.
You Need To Own Your Online Identity
MAY 7, 2014
But today’s announcement is exactly why I’ve consulted not only restaurants, but all businesses to stay away from turn-key solutions like this for one simple reason; you don’t own it. Appetas announced today they were acquired by Google. Great for them, not so much for their customers. For you to control, for you to avoid being shut down and looking elsewhere.
5 Must Have Social Media & Productivity Chrome Extensions
JULY 11, 2011
Over the past year I’ve really worked at giving a variety of web browsers a fair shake at becoming my go to browser for every day use. I’ve used the major players such as IE , Firefox , Chrome , Safari , and even gave RockMelt a spin ( see here for my review of that platform ). It’s a great way to get a snapshot of your sites and where they are, as well as competing sites. Social Media Software
The Smart Marketer's Guide to Social Media Management
Engaging in social media isn't an option anymore. So if you're going to do it, you want to do it well.
Pinterest For Dudes
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Okay, okay, guilty as charged for jumping on the blogging about Pinterest bandwagon this week, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t chime in right? However one important Pinterest lesson that contradicts all other social networks…do not follow everyone. I made that mistake and my page pulls up a smorgasbord of wedding, women’s fashion, jewelry, etc. Pinterest Gender Breakdown. definitely can see the overwhelming amount of content learning towards the feminine side (see obligatory supporting chart above courtesy of Ignite Social Media ). Men’s Apparel.
5 Ways To Ensure You Don’t Get Hired
JANUARY 28, 2013
If there’s one area that I have had a tremendous amount of experience around, is in the hiring process. When I was at Microsoft, there was a period of time, where that was practically all I was doing as Microsoft Advertising was in a hiring frenzy back in 2006 or so. Literally 30-40 phone, and in person interviews not to mention all the reviewing of resumes. While I certainly don’t interview at that pace anymore, since joining Strategies 360 / ShowPony , I’ve continued to have to interview as we grow our team. Fit in with the crowd. Don’t want to make the Yes pile?
Klout Adds WordPress But Not For Self Hosted Blogs?
OCTOBER 3, 2011
A few weeks ago I noticed that Klout had added the WordPress button to the available channels to connect to which was encouraging. Quite frankly I think those that write successful blogs carry more influence then just about anyone in the social media sphere, so a welcome addition. But not so fast. Apparently the new addition only covers WordPress.com hosted blogs and not self hosted blogs.
Restaurant Social Media Marketing Results In The Flesh
MAY 7, 2012
“I love it when a plan comes together!” Emory’s has an interesting history as the original building actually burned to the ground a few years ago and was completely rebuilt and re-launched. It’s a fantastic restaurant right off a small lake, and their are very few options like it in the area. Good food, great environment, and fantastic service. They were doing good business, but wanted to ensure they didn’t suffer from the same early year drops in business. The plan consisted of: Give their FB page creative a facelift. Create and launch a promotion.
The Lost Art Of Getting Shit Done
AUGUST 2, 2011
On my flight back home last week I was sitting next to a woman who had her laptop out most of the flight. She was a Microsoftie no doubt, and I knew this as she was working on her yearly commitments. never really found it very useful to my job in any capacity, but it was a necessary evil. felt an immediate sense of relief that I no longer had to go through this process any longer.
Pitching Social Media: Key Takeaways I’ve Learned In 6 Months
JULY 25, 2011
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been roughly 6 months since I left Microsoft for the agency world. In that time I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and all the planning and strategy work is starting to pay off as the last few months have had me constantly driving new business for the firm. Social media (as it exists today) is still in its honeymoon phase. Social Media
5 Great Tools For Finding A Domain Name
SEPTEMBER 30, 2011
I’ve always been quite entrepreneurial in nature and constantly am thinking about new ideas for websites, blogs or businesses. Needless to say that often has me frequently looking for good names to inspire me enough to go through with those ideas. always feel like if I can actually find an affordable name, it’s more likely that I’ll see them through. Very nice layout and intuitive. Web Design
5 Questions On Whether To Hire A Social Media Consultant Or Do It Yourself
AUGUST 8, 2012
One might think that since I work at an agency that I’d have a predisposition to recommend outsourcing your social media needs. I can assure you that is not my opinion. I’ve always been a straight shooter on my blog regardless of whether my opinions or recommendations directly benefit me. This post is no different. Not every company or organization needs to outsource their social media efforts. This post is intended to help give some insight on where I believe that line is drawn based on my years of experience being on the service side. How can social media plug in to those metrics?
9 Steps To A Same Day Passport
JUNE 13, 2011
Every once in awhile I experience something that I feel compelled to share even if it strays from the subject matter of my blog. Especially when the information doesn’t quite exist. That’s what happened to me last week when I realized late in the game that I had misplaced my passport 2 days before my trip to SES Toronto. First step is to find a passport agency that you can get to.
5 Facebook Posts That Need To Stop
JUNE 6, 2012
I interrupt my regularly scheduled programming, to bring you this message in hopes that I can assist in cleaning up our Facebook feeds from unnecessary and often over done posts. Yes, we all choose our Facebook friends and thus are responsible for what we see, but I can’t help but point out a few things that…let’s be honest, deep down we all want to see less of right? Without further ado… Injury/Infliction Photos – Why in the world do people think that it’s a good idea to post their often disgusting photos of their injuries or inflictions on Facebook?
Think Before You Tweet
MARCH 26, 2012
It never ceases to amaze me how many people (mainly professional athletes and celebrities), communicate on social media platforms so carelessly. I think it’s great that many of these folks are using these channels to connect with their fans and provide glimpses into their professional lives. However do these folks not realize the power of their words when they reach so many? Take the latest case. Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets tweets when learned of landing Tim Tebow: We don’t need Tebow. We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami. Social Media
Are You These 5 Things? Then You’re Hired.
DECEMBER 11, 2014
Over the past 10 years or so, my career has shifted to focus more on managing teams and operations, and a good chunk of my time has been spent on interviewing and hiring. I’ve probably interviewed thousands of people in that time, and I definitely have a good feel for folks fairly quickly in the process. While roles vary and the qualifications for them can be very different, for me it really comes down to a handful of things that I look for and after thinking about it for some time, these 5 things are definitely at the top of my list. 1. You can work with anybody. Confidence. Career
Mom & Pop Need Your Social Media Help
JULY 28, 2011
I’ve been back home the past week or so in Chicago visiting family and friends. It’s always great to get back and visit, eat the great food, and feel some actual summer heat. Seattle has been failing in delivering any sort of summer so far. Now we’re not talking major businesses, here, but opportunity is opportunity. The latter simply isn’t true. Maybe that’s you?
Have You Survived The Kloutpocalypse?!?!
OCTOBER 27, 2011
If you’re receiving this blog post, that means you are one of the last remaining survivors. You are the future now. You are the last hope for humanity. Only you can help rebuild our fallen world. Round up as many Facebook friends and Twitter followers that you can! Re-tweet dammitt! For god’s sake Re-Tweet!!!!!! and don’t forget to @mention yourself in the Re-Tweet). Grrrrr!!). Social Media
My Search For An iPhone Alternative
APRIL 25, 2013
About 6 years ago when I was still at Microsoft, I made the jump from whatever Microsoft friendly phone I was using at the time to the iPhone. I was insanely jealous of my Apple fanboy co-worker and his. Let’s be honest, the iPhone was a game changer, and me being the gadget freak, I needed to have one. Especially after playing around with it. At least it feels that way. Screen size.
10 Short Sentences That Sum Me Up
JULY 5, 2011
I’ve had a hell of a time writing regularly on my blog, and I finally decided to get a little help in the matter by subscribing to Chris Brogan’s Blog Topics. At first the idea of actually paying a nominal monthly fee for access to some blog topic ideas seemed silly, but word on the street seemed pretty positive on the quality so I decided to give it a spin. That being said, here we go!