• SOCIALNOMICS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
    [Comments] Vox Media to acquire technology news site Re/code
    Vox Media itself launched a blogging news site called Vox.com with online commentator Ezra Klein, who founded Wonkblog at the  Washington Post. Mossberg, Re/code’s co-executive editor, declined to comment further. The Washington Post – Washington-based Vox Media is adding the well-respected but financially pressed technology news site Re/code to its growing portfolio of new media properties, the two companies said Tuesday. Vox, which is led by former AOL executive Jim Bankoff, has been raising venture capital recently to fund an aggressive acquisition spree.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
    [Comments] THOUGHTography: MicroContent Matters
    Consider leaving a comment! Microcontent. Important, but not lengthy. Short messages often leading to deep content. The next step after publication is to  promote your posts  and that’s when you turn to  microcontent to spark curiosity and drive traffic. – Denise Wakeman on Microcontent. Like Taste-on-a-Toothpick , you get a taste of what’s to come of you go for the full meal. Microcontent should always be true to what’s ahead. You wouldn’t want to taste bacon on a toothpick, dive in for the full meal, and it ends up to be completely different.
  • DIVA MARKETING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
    [Comments] Interview With Alex Brown On "Non Glory" A Video Series
    It was not unusal for posts to pull in 500, 700, 1000 comments. Any comments, you respond. Even negative comments, engagement is very important.  . I've often said the social web gives more than it takes. Meeting people who may be outside of your usual network is one of its best 'gifts.' Alex Brown and I are worlds apart. We met in the "blogosphere" in 2009 when he was managing one of the first and most innovative online communities for Wharton. Needless to say Alex is a pioneer in digital media. But But Alex has another passion. his love for horses. Fast forward to 2015.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
    [Comments] 5 Rules for Artists When Using Social Media to Promote Art
    good sign that your content is working is when your post receives multiple shares, likes, and comments. As an artist, you have your work cut out for you when it comes to promoting the art you make. There is a considerable amount of competition, and if you don’t employ the correct techniques, you’ll fall far behind. One of the best ways to promote your art is to do so through social media, but it will only be successful if you go about it the right way. 1. Optimize Your Website for Search. To do this, make sure your website is up to date with the latest algorithm updates from Google.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
    [Comments] Why Curation Works: 10 Reasons to Cultivate Good Content
    Consider leaving a comment! Sharing good content, being the resource for your customers, continues to be a great way to build value into your business relationships. Some of the most popular platforms and practices reward good content curation. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are examples of today’s “water-cooler” conversation and how friends connect around content. Likes, Shares, Re-pins and ReTweets play a big role in keeping streams of content flowing. Here are 10 reasons why  curation and cultivation of beneficial resources is a good practice for your business.
  • DIGITAL DIVA  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
    [Comments] Great New York Eateries, the best London brunch spots & more
    Wanderlust Wednesday actually…post any of your favourite travel blog posts in the comments – either your own or someone else’s! I’ve read some great travel blog posts this week… I’ve never been to Devon…or Cornwall! Post any links to your fave posts this weeks in the comments below. Happy Wednesday all! Can you believe that?! I’m fairly well travelled…but not to that part of our own lovely country. hope to remedy that soon. I’ll be taking note of Suze’s 5 Unmissable Places to Visit in South Devon.
  • SOCIAL WAYNE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
    [Comments] Why I a Black Man of Color in Tech Created an App Called Ask a Black Person
    waynesutton lol: [link] feel free to add a comment. About two months ago I saw a site called “ Stanford Nerd ” on Product Hunt. Stanford Nerd works by sending a text message from the website to a Stanford student and a Stanford student replies back to your questions. The site tag line reads “ Nerd gives you access to brilliant Stanford students. Get whatever help you need. Send us a message and we’ll have great minds working to answer you. ”. thought this was a great but simple idea and also thought, heck I could build this. Here’s the articles and the development stack. Stack. Twilio.
  • SOCIAL WAYNE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
    [Comments] How and Why I built “Anonymously Ask A Black Person” SMS platform that reached almost 10,000 page views & removed from Product Hunt in 48 hours with Twilio
    waynesutton lol: [link] feel free to add a comment. About two months ago I saw a site called “ Stanford Nerd ” on Product Hunt. Stanford Nerd works by sending a text message from the website to a Stanford student and a Stanford student replies back to your questions. The site tag line reads “ Nerd gives you access to brilliant Stanford students. Get whatever help you need. Send us a message and we’ll have great minds working to answer you. ”. thought this was a great but simple idea and also thought, heck I could build this. Here’s the articles and the development stack. Stack. Twilio.
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
    [Comments] Non-Profit Social Media: Raise Awareness and Demand
    Your fundraising website is also a great place to track progress in real-time showing a fundraising thermometer, highlighting top performers, and sharing encouraging comments to help you reach your goal. By  Kari Kiel. Social media is widely adopted and used by all types of people, brands, and businesses around the globe. Pew Research reports 79 percent of adults use a single social media platform, while 52 percent use two or more platforms regularly. This is where many people spend their time on the Internet. This presents a unique opportunity for charities and non-profits. In Summary.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
    [Comments] Instagram is trying to lure back users with ‘highlights’ emails
    While Instagram declined to comment on the initiative, it confirmed to  Mashable  that a “highlights” email will let people know what they missed. MASHABLE -  Instagram  is reportedly getting ready to spam you with email blasts. If you’re not continuously checking the photo-sharing platform throughout the day, Instagram is experimenting with a way to show you what you’ve missed to entice you back onto the platform. While email newsletters are nothing new, the move shows how Instagram is trying to get casual users back onto the site and app. Instagram
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
    [Comments] The Hillary Clinton PR Campaign
    always hate to talk about politics or political candidates here because the comments inevitably turn into a debate over one of the two things we’re not supposed to talk about in public (religion and politics). By Gini Dietrich. Do we have a deal? The Clinton PR Team. The first thing the Clinton PR team did is hire Kristina Schake , a former aide to Michelle Obama. Schake helped shape FLOTUS’ public image into that of someone who is extremely accessible. She shops at Target, wears clothes from J. Crew, and loves to garden and read and cook. It’s understandable.
  • SOCIAL WAYNE  |  MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015
    [Comments] Why I a Black Man of Color in Tech Created an App Called Ask a Black Person
    waynesutton lol: [link] feel free to add a comment. UPDATE #2: Several people have agreed to help keep “ Anonymously Ask A Black Person ” going. Stay tuned! If you are interested fill out the form here -> Get Involved. About two months ago I saw a site called “ Stanford Nerd ” on Product Hunt. Stanford Nerd works by sending a text message from the website to a Stanford student and a Stanford student replies back to your questions. The site tag line reads “ Nerd gives you access to brilliant Stanford students. Get whatever help you need. Zapier for sending incoming SMS to. Stack.
  • DANNY BROWN  |  MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015
    [Comments] The BuzzFeed Economy and the Chase for Social Proof
    We’re told by “the experts” that we need hundreds of shares to be relevant, hundreds of comments to be important, and thousands of subscribers to be worth reading. So we write the easy content that gets these eyeballs, shares, etc. And it’s all b t. It’s lazy content that enriches no-one. Not the blogger, and certainly […] The post The BuzzFeed Economy and the Chase for Social Proof appeared first on Danny Brown - all rights reserved
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015
    [Comments] GUEST: Common Business Startup Pains & How to Remedy Them
    Consider leaving a comment! Written by Roy Rasmussen One out of five business startups fail within the first year, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. These trends have held steadily over the past two decades, illustrating the challenges that startups constantly face. Fortunately, these trends have also helped experts identify the common causes of business failure and develop solutions that can help your company avoid these pains. Entrepreneurs often get inspired by an idea without having the technical or management expertise to implement it. Small Business
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015
    [Comments] DEVOTIONAL: Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow
    Consider leaving a comment! Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier , our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow One thing I’m sure of … well, several things really. The longer I live, and with every stumble and each victory, I see God’s hand at work. ” Nothing about the past. Mistakes and failures of our past are great learning and lifting experiences. Devotional
  • PROBLOGGER  |  SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015
    [Comments] Four Blogging Tools to Make your Content Go Further
    While searching for visualizations, you can organize your results in a number of different ways, for example, by visualizations that are currently trending or by most commented or most viewed visualizations. If you have any other tools you’ve found useful in your blogging/content creating endeavors, contact me a ccrawfurd@sovrn.com or leave us a comment below! This is a guest contribution from Chris Crawfurd of  sovrn. You put in countless hours to create the highest quality content possible week after week. Use Visual.ly to increase your content distribution.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015
    [Comments] Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, May 17 – 23, 2015
    Consider leaving a comment! How to Take Better Smartphone Photos FIND FLOW : 7 Productivity Hacks To Accomplish All Your Tasks Every Day How To Plan A Blog Schedule That Will Crush Your Goals THINK : Are You Really Prospecting? Be PATIENT! Social Media Takes Time — You can catch a complete week in review, in addition to top links to give your small business a L.I.F.T by subscribing to  Whistle Stops Weekly  email newsletter. Also stay streamed in with the Mike Sansone Social Stream Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, May 17 – 23, 2015 is a post from: ConverStations.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015
    [Comments] WATCH: Design, Schedule, and Monetize in LIFT Clips 05/23/15
    Consider leaving a comment! We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN – How To Design An Ecourse IMPROVE – Scheduling Posts on Instagram FIND FLOW – Becoming a Magnet for New Ideas THINK – Monetizing Your YouTube Efforts — As a youth, Saturdays were filled with visual candy of cartoons in the morning and movie matinees in the afternoon. your presence or practice.  Subscribe today.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #257
    Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play. Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: The Six Best Tips From 'On Writing Well' - James Altucher. "I absolutely adored this book; Zinsser passed away recently, and I don't think anyone's ever written about writing better. It's doubly hard; your audience is scrutinizing your every word, hoping to catch you out. Alistair for Hugh).
  • MYRLAND MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
    [Comments] #LetsAskNancy 004 – Lawyers, How Can You Be More Sticky?
    If you have a question you’d like to be considered for #LetsAskNancy, feel free to leave it in the comments below, on Twitter using the hashtag #LetsAskNancy, or via my  email ….thanks! #LetsAskNancy is where I answer questions others have about legal and lawyer marketing and business development, including content, social and digital marketing.  . You have a choice…either listen to this post in the podcast player below, read it below that, or both! Sticky…hmm, what is that? What Does Sticky Mean? Let’s first look at the definition of sticky as it relates to your website.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
    [Comments] 7 Tools for Social Media Management, You’ll Love to Use Every Day
    Tweetdeck is basically a dashboard where you can keep track of your account’s interactions, monitor hashtags and keywords, making it faster and easier to reply to comments and engage in Twitter conversations. Leave your comment right below and let us know. This post was originally published on the Twitter Counter blog. Even if managing social media is your full time job, juggling different tasks throughout the day can be a challenge. From content curation to posting and analyzing your performance, it is important to keep your social media management simple and effective.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
    [Comments] GUEST: The Power of SEO for Small Business
    Consider leaving a comment! Written by Edgar T. Wilson. Would you rather be told what to buy, or given advice on how to buy something once you decide you need it? Marketing messages have historically been rooted in establishing influence—catchy jingles latching on to your subconscious, attractive logos emblazoned on your memory, celebrity endorsements making your consumption feel like a cultural event—and so on. But while marketing is about a message, SEO is about having a conversation. Search engines may be robots and algorithms, but they are still working on behalf of real people.
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015
    [Comments] Is this the reason your blog posts look boring?
    Let me know how you get on in the comments below (if you can post your image, do it!). Or, if you have a go-to resource for image creation and editing share in the comments. You’ve checked all the boxes for your blog: Great catchy headline. Valuable content. Subtle mentions of your business. Links to your previous work scattered through. Clear call to action. Done, done and done. But why is it no one seems to “see” your posts? When you post to social media, if you’re hearing crickets this could be why: You’re not using images in your posts or they’re yawn-making! Images for SEO.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015
    [Comments] 5 Basics to Having Your Post go Viral
    Some blog commenting systems (particularly WordPress style ones) have the option to link to a post – choose that one when you’re commenting. The longer I blog, the more I hear of bloggers trying to go viral. I’m sure on top of posting consistently, using social media strategically, and generally providing interesting, useful, and inspiring content on the internet, it would be a little help if that content was seen by as many people as possible. Even better if those people hang around and provide ongoing traffic. Going viral wouldn’t hurt, right? No emotion?
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015
    [Comments] Buy Into Social Media When House Hunting
    Blogs are a good source because not only do you get expert advice, you also can find real feedback from the comment sections. Everyone has a different list when house hunting. Some want new and clean and modern, others love the charm and history of older homes. However, older homes come with a price, and it’s not just in the upfront cost. You’ll often uncover defects or other surprises you weren’t expecting. Don’t let that deter you, though, if your wish is an older home. They are quite beautiful and have charm that usually cannot be replicated. Use Social Media.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015
    [Comments] THOUGHTOGRAPHY: Be the Resource
    Consider leaving a comment! When in Doubt, Ask a Librarian There was a time in my life, before Google became our “find” engine, that the local library and the wonderful person at the reference desk was a great resource. Not always quick, but correct. Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one. – Neil Gaiman While these days, Google – and perhaps even more so, YouTube – has become a resource for how-to information. Great resources. Quick answers. Not always correct, but quick. He is my resource. Be the resource.
  • WAXING UNLYRICAL  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015
    [Comments] 3 Smart Thought Leadership Tips for Entrepreneurs
    They regularly post insightful articles to their own sites, comment on other peoples’ blogs, write opinions on LinkedIn  and  Medium , post presentations to SlideShare and have active Twitter profiles. RT them, comment on their blogs and posts on other networks (see LinkedIn, above) and consider reaching out to offer something of value. Guest Post by  Molly Borchers. Here’s a harsh truth: anyone who tells you “build it and they will come” is full of crap. Sorry, Field of Dreams. But for many entrepreneurs, promoting their business is easier said than done. Email subscribers.
  • DIGITAL DIVA  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015
    [Comments] It’s all about Italy!
    Leave your tips and comments in the comments box below… I’ve been to Lake Como before, but I haven’t stayed for long in this area and I’d def. Post a link in the comments below. Time for Wanderlust Wednesday… we were in Italy for a few days for business last weekend. We stayed at Tenuta De L’Annunziata which was near Lake Como, a fab hotel nestled in the hills with wonderful views. Here are a few pics… We did manage to get over to Lake Maggiore before heading back to the UK. Such a massive lake! So much of it to explore! Heaven.
  • SOSHABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015
    [Comments] How to Use Social Media to Humanize Your Brand
    Customers can be encouraged to participate in discussions via comment sections and urged to address concerns within them. You have designed a killer website and created profiles and pages on countless social media sites. Now it’s time to build a following, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is by humanizing your brand. This refers to the process of allowing customers to understand more than just the basic details of the products and services offered by a business, inviting them to participate in a cultured community of the people behind the brand. How might it need to change?
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #256
    Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play. Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: The Crazy Connection Between Color And The Existence of Life - Mitch Kirby. The colors we see were driven by natural selection. Which happened because of the dangers we were looking out for, and the food we sought. Which has to be certain colors to turn sun into sugars. Alistair for Hugh).
  • PROBLOGGER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015
    [Comments] 5 Unmissable Fiverr Gigs that Will Make Your Life Easy as a Busy Blogger
    Share your expriences in the comments below! This is a guest contribution from  Pooja Lohana. Ever get mad at yourself? Because your blog is not going the way you’d like it to? You come to your desk, stare at the computer and realize there’s so much to be done. You’re tired before you’ve begun your day. But blogging is supposed to be fun. At least that’s what you were told, right? Thankfully, you can prevent that feeling of dread and overwhelm from the bulk of everyday tasks in business. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Fiverr. You get the drift. Ravsingh. Genera
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015
    [Comments] COOL TOOL: Send to Kindle
    Consider leaving a comment! Some content is simply too long to read on your desktop. Maybe it’s the chair or the lighting. Maybe it’s a time issue. How about sending long articles or ebook you got for subscribing to your Kindle or Kindle App?  It’s easy. With Send to Kindle. The two ways I most often use the Send to Kindle tool : Long Articles – Epic content (long articles) that I know I will refer to or highlight a lot, I save right from my browser. I use the Send to Kindle Chrome extension (there is one for Firefox , too). Photo on Pixabay by Unsplash.
  • FEVER BEE  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [Comments] What Is The Best Way To Ask A Question?
    They use a box above every comment to help you participate. not like that.    When you ask for the best, you're going to get the worst information. No-one knows what you mean.    Does best mean quickest, cheapest, most features, easiest to use, highest performance, most reliable, or something else? If you want members to share useful knowledge, ban members asking for the ‘ best ’ and teach them to get specific about their situation and their objectives.   StackExchange has a useful approach here. It's difficult to ignore it.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK MARKETING  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [Comments] #KeyResources FOR BRANDS AND BUSINESS TO GET MAXIMUM EXPOSURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND #KeyResources FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO EARN ONLINE FROM HOME REGISTRATION IS FREE
    You Need To Comment And Like Posts Of Other People on TSU. #KeyResources FOR BRANDS AND BUSINESS TO GET MAXIMUM EXPOSURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND #KeyResources FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO EARN ONLINE FROM HOME REGISTRATION IS FREE Below am sharing TWO SECTIONS with you. Part One is for people who would like to get good mileage for their Brands and Businesses. This is called SECTION 1. The Second Part is for people who would like to earn from Internet. This is called SECTION 2. Please read the below Two Sections very carefully. good idea is to BookMark this Page so that you can refer in future.
  • WAXING UNLYRICAL  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [Comments] Monday Roundup: Building Thought Leadership
    Please share in the comments below. Building thought leadership is one of the primary reasons companies engage in PR, so that’s our editorial theme this month (in case you hadn’t noticed). But who exactly are “thought leaders” and why is this so important? Thought leaders are not only the go-to people in their industry, but those who move and inspire others in their field. Becoming a recognized thought leader can attract new business, boost sales, and make you indispensable to your client base. So, how do you start building thought leadership in your organization? Have
  • ENGAGE  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [Comments] 6 Ways to Make a Good Impression on Facebook
    From here, continue to analyze everything, from link clicks to comments and post shares, and then optimize your content strategy to get the best engagement possible. 3. Believe it or not, people like to engage with content that many others have already liked or commented on. Besides getting the added impressions and clicks you are paying for, you’ll also see an increase in  organic and viral reach , as more and more users like, share and comment on your post. 6. Think new customers, repeat visitors, and eventually, an engaged community of brand advocates. Hone Your Craft.
  • GEOFF LIVINGSTON  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [Comments] Flickr 4.0: PR Hype versus Reality
    have noticed a 25% decline in favorites and comments on my photos. But at the same time, when I have posted decent landscapes — landscapes that perform well on 500 Pixels and Instagram — they still garner quite a few less favorites and comments on Flickr than in the past. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the slump began the day the new interface launched. As a viewer, I find it harder to favorite and comment on Flickr 4.0, too. If someone publishes a series of photos, to comment you have to tap on a photo twice. Flickr 4.0
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [Comments] METHOD: Too Long; Didn’t Read (TL;DR) – Epic Content
    Consider leaving a comment! There is some truth, I suppose, to the practice and success of writing “epic” content. recently asked someone to define “epic content” as best as they could. Their answer: TL;DR. Slang for Too Long; Didn’t Read. I’m not sure how epic any content truly is if it can be defined as “too long, didn’t read”, though most content of epic proportions probably is long. Some say a good, quality piece of content is 1,500 words. There are three ways I approach content which shows itself to be long, yet valuable.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015
    [Comments] DEVOTIONAL: Give Me The Bible
    Consider leaving a comment! Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier , our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. Give Me The Bible. heard the story once of a young man taking a long trip. His suitcase was already pretty full when a friend asked what else needed to be packed. His His friend looked at the suitcase and wondered if there was room for anything more. ” And with that, he put his Bible in his suitcase, and closed the lid.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015
    [Comments] Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, May 10 – 16, 2015
    Consider leaving a comment! Week in Review  May 10 – 16, 2015: Posts and Podcasts from  ConverStations , Armchair Articulations , and LIFT resources shared on Twitter ( @mikesansone ): This Week on ConverStations. METHOD: 75% About the Customer. WHY: Providing Signal by Prefixing Headlines. PERSEVERE: Climbing to the Top. GUEST: Does Your Business Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan? GUEST: Benefits of Crowdfunding Campaigns – Even if they Fail. WATCH: Creating and Capturing Creativity in LIFT Clips 05/16/15. LIFT Resources Shared on Twitter This Week. IMPROVE : 3.5
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
    [Comments] WATCH: Creating and Capturing Creativity in LIFT Clips 05/16/15
    Consider leaving a comment! We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN – Recording Your Screen. IMPROVE – YouTube Creativity Tips. FIND FLOW – Track All of Your YouTube Subscriptions. THINK – Creativity Under Pressure. — As a youth, Saturdays were filled with visual candy of cartoons in the morning and movie matinees in the afternoon. your presence or practice.  Subscribe today. LIFT Clips
  • MYRLAND MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
    [Comments] #LetsAskNancy: Lawyers, Why Should You Publish Your Content On Other Sites?
    What is even more important is that you are taking the time to offer this content in ways that benefit your clients, and that you are making it easier for them to find the help they need…from you! [ If you have a question you’d like to be considered for #LetsAskNancy, feel free to leave it in the comments below, on Twitter using the hashtag #LetsAskNancy, or via my  email ….thanks! #LetsAskNancy is where I answer questions others have about legal and lawyer marketing and business development, including content, social and digital marketing.  . My short answer? Why would you not?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
    [Comments] GUEST: Benefits of Crowdfunding Campaigns – Even if they Fail
    Consider leaving a comment! Written by Neil Adams The concept of crowdfunding is gaining more and more popularity these days. Although it has been around for a while, it is relatively new industry for many consumers, especially outside of the United States. It can be defined as the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, usually via the Internet. Role of Crowdfunding Struggling with recession tide, many small businesses are going great deals to stay afloat, with grime prospects. You are not asking for handouts here.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
    [Comments] GUEST: Does Your Business Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan?
    Consider leaving a comment! Written by Brittni Brown A growing small business is a time consuming, yet rewarding, endeavor that is often the result of the owner’s hard work and sacrifice. With a plethora of daily and weekly tasks at hand – such as approving timecards, managing employees, maintaining a social media presence, and balancing budgets – it can be hard to find time to prepare for the future, let alone the unexpected. Unexpected disasters happen. Unfortunately, the vast majority of small businesses are not prepared for them. Is your business one of them? The U.S.
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
    [Comments] Nail this to get more readers for your blog
    And, if you feel that your blog gathers more dust bunnies than comments or shares it can make you feel like giving up writing altogether. Well, before anyone can read, appreciate, comment on and share your blog with their friends and wider social circle – and they will, believe it – you gotta get them to the page, and THAT you’re going to do with a killer headline. There are some people’s blog you’ll read no matter what (like mine, right?!). You know that you’ll either A) enjoy or B) get value from what they write. Ideally, you’ll get both. How did I get here?! Bummer!
  • BRASS TACK THINKING  |  THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
    [Comments] The Startups No One Talks About.
    hope you’ll leave yours in the comments! . If you listen to the tech media, the definition of a startup is pretty much: A technology company. Funded by venture capital. Geared toward some kind of “exit” event (either acquisition or IPO, more often the former). But the reality is that a startup can be any number of different kinds of businesses. By that definition, there are a heck of a lot more startups out there than you’ll ever read about in the cover story for Fast Company. They don’t have to be in tech. They don’t have to take VC funding. Sniff.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
    [Comments] PERSEVERE: Climbing To the Top
    Consider leaving a comment! “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” ~ Vince Lombardi Climbing to the Top It’s not about the rat race or maddening crowd. It’s It’s not about looking behind you to see who’s catching up. It really has little to do with others. It’s about becoming the best you possible. Growth. Perseverance. The climb, at times, is hard and grueling. The view from the top, the feeling of victory in overcoming, is exhilarating. Keep climbing. You just finished reading PERSEVERE: Climbing To the Top !
  • WAXING UNLYRICAL  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
    [Comments] Five Observations Gained from Starting an Online Community
    These members have tested more than 4,200 claims and provided more than 70,000 comments worth of interaction on topics serious, sentimental, political, and scientific. The community builds upon itself by testing claims and commenting on those claims. Hey there, #WUL. Long time no see! I’ve been a bit busy lately, and the reason I have been so busy serves as the inspiration for this post. In October of last year, I launched an online community called Agree, Disagree, or Qualify. Building an online community doesn’t happen overnight. ” 1. Discussion builds communities.
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
    [Comments] Join Jim Mitchem for a Special Author Q&A Today
    Come back here, scroll to the bottom, and write a comment in the form of a question. As soon as you hit “post comment,” Ryan will see it and reply to you. Don’t forget—you have to actually leave a comment, ask a question, or participate in the chat to be entered in the draw. By Gini Dietrich I have been a big fan of Jim Mitchem for a long time. First, a reader of his blog, Obsessed with Conformity , I started to stalk him online. We eventually became Facebook friends and the rest, as they say, is history. But he does it better than anyone else I know. He has two daughters.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
    [Comments] WHY: Providing Signal by Prefixing Headlines
    Consider leaving a comment! Over the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with headlines. In blog post titles and sharing resources on Twitter, I’m using a one- or two-word phrase, in caps, to signal what the piece is about or what can be expected. Three-fold reasoning: Putting context at the beginning; Saving character space; Battling potential sensationalism. For example, a recent blog post title reads, “ METHOD: Before Following on Twitter ,” a piece describing the method I use and teach others to decide whether to follow someone on Twitter. For now.
  • JANET FOUTS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
    [Comments] Easy guide to the Periscope video streaming app
    Reply to comments in your broadcast directly by tapping the comment and then hitting reply. prefer to allow only users I follow on Periscope to chat as this blocks of 99% of the trolls and negative comments. Please do respond to comments live while broadcasting. Remember only users watching on the app can comment or give hearts. Comments and viewers do not show if the version saved to your camera roll. If in Periscope you can comment and give hearts. If viewing on Periscope consider commenting to add value to the broadcast. Choose wisely.
  • TRADESMEN INSIGHTS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
    [Comments] Do You Use Relationship Marketing When Trying to Reach Contractors?
    Encourage discussion in comments – you’re not the only one with good ideas. Give back on other blogs – link when appropriate to other blogs, visit their sites and make comments and write guest posts for them. By John Sonnhalter, Rainmaker Journeyman at Sonnhalter. I’ve always been a big believer in relationship selling. After all, we usually buy stuff from people we know, like and trust. Agree? So why not take that to another step in the selling process by using the same principles to your marketing efforts? They want solutions, not necessarily a sales pitch.
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
    [Comments] Qualities of a Prospective Employee
    Do you read Spin Sucks and comment on or share the content? By Gini Dietrich When I taught Kelli Matthews’s strategic social media class last week, she presented a list of questions that the students asked me. There were more than 100 questions and, like any content marketer looking for new ideas, I asked her for a copy of the questions. I was scrolling through them this morning to see if inspiration would strike and found a question that Sophie Lair asked a couple of different ways. Then I found some of her peers asked similar questions. The expertise can be crafted.
  • SOSHABLE  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
    [Comments] Social Media and Why You Can’t MYOB
    made a point of not displaying it, on purpose. I got an influx of messages from people that had not messaged me or commented on anything in years. I was greeted with a ridiculous amount of people asking me what had happened and even some people that were so bold as to ask how my marriage failed. I did not answer, in fact, I did quite the opposite. didn’t post a status, a comment, or message anyone, and life was simpler. Are we all too nosy? We try to keep to ourselves, because we don’t want to risk alienating our audiences. This concerned me. How much is too much information?
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
    [Comments] PR Executive in Residence at the University of Oregon
    Comments Sounds like an incredible program and they're lucky to have you. By Gini Dietrich. mentioned in last week’s Gin and Topics that I spent the week at the University of Oregon in Eugene as the PR Executive in Residence. Many of you have asked what the heck that means and, other than an agenda full of going to classes, I had no idea what to expect. And I was blown away at the level of respect the students have for faculty and vice versa. I was ready to pack up my things, sell my business, and move west to teach. Teaching and Observing. Students Can Teach Us All. Nick Hanlin.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
    [Comments] METHOD: 75% About the Customer
    Consider leaving a comment! “ I’m tired of posting the same stuff all the time, ” he said. “ I’m sure folks are tired of looking at them, too. ” That’s what a small-town business owner recently told me as our conversation turned to social media updates. When asked what was being posted, it was easy to see why both company and customer found the updates stale. Updates filled with hours of operation, current sales or discounts, and gallant explanations of the state-of-the-art training and experience of the company. Click To Tweet. Social Media
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
    [Comments] Devotional: Prayer Block?
    Consider leaving a comment! Such great faith is present as birds sing before sunrise. Do birds get chirper’s block? How do they know what to sing? In the midst of a spiritual journey, I’m taking part in The 100 Day Project , inspired by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. At the outset, I knew the project would take a great commitment, a great discomfort. My project: Write a love note to God each day. For 100 days. Poetry. Way out of my comfort zone.  Love Aware is the name of my project. Let tomorrow be written tomorrow. In other words, no writing ahead. Pray before writing?
  • PROBLOGGER  |  SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
    [Comments] 3 Content Tweaks to Increase Your Blog Traffic without Spending a Penny
    See you in the comments. This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. Who doesn’t like more traffic? Not matter how many monthly blog visitors you have, you still want more. Because more traffic means more opportunities to build relationships, generate leads, close deals and make money. However, the problem with most of the conventional traffic generation advice is that it’s either too expensive or it’s just simply outdated, ineffective and useless. Writing high quality content, guest blogging and blogger outreach are all great tips for a long-term traffic strategy. Things have changed.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
    [Comments] Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, May 3 – 9, 2015
    Consider leaving a comment! Week in Review  May 3 – 9, 2015: Posts and Podcasts from  ConverStations , Armchair Articulations , and LIFT resources shared on Twitter ( @mikesansone ): This Week on ConverStations. METHOD: Before Following on Twitter. Why Repetition Works: 10 Reasons to Repeat Good Content. Small Forward Movements. Businesses You Should Be Following on Facebook. How Small Businesses Can Save Money. Lots of How in LIFT Clips 05/09/15. LIFT Resources Shared on Twitter This Week. LEARN: 48 Content Writing Examples, Tools, Tips and Resources. Brain Stew Whistle Stops
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015
    [Comments] Lots of How in LIFT Clips 05/09/15
    Consider leaving a comment! We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN – How to Begin Your Presentation IMPROVE – Fix Your Writing FIND FLOW – To Be More Focused, Get Dsitracted THINK – Learn How to Say No – As a youth, Saturdays were filled with visual candy of cartoons in the morning and movie matinees in the afternoon. your presence or practice.  Subscribe today. LIFT Clips
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
    [Comments] 4 things you need in your business blog
    Sign up, work with you, comment? Share your experience in the comments below. The last time I counted there were approximately…… ummmm a LOT of blogs and articles online. It’s where most of us go to find out about, well – everything. There are: hobby blogs. professional blogs. news blogs. half written blogs. neglected blogs…. They all have a different strategy and objective. Or none at all. Different horses for different courses. The hobby and personal blogs are doing it just… because they love it and have something to share. No blog should be just a bunch of words.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #255
    Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play. Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: The Policy Machine - Slate. "As we automate more of our lives, machines and the algorithms that drive them make more and more decisions. And while this scales well and cuts costs, it's also horribly inhuman. Alistair for Hugh). Content Marketing is hot. Alistair for Mitch). Hugh for Alistair).
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
    [Comments] Yelp Seeks Buyer Amid Slow Growth, Rising Costs
    Google spokesman declined to comment. Wall Street Journal -  Yelp  Inc. is is exploring a sale as the company at the top of many Internet search results struggles to post strong growth with users and advertisers. The San Francisco-based site was willing five years ago to go it alone despite an acquisition offer from  Google  Inc. Today, Today, it is working with investment bankers and sounding out potential buyers, people familiar with the matter said. deal isn’t imminent, one of the people cautioned, and may not happen at all. Riley & Co. in San Francisco. from the prior year.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
    [Comments] How Small Businesses can Save Money
    Consider leaving a comment! Written by Felix Tarcomnicu The definition of what constitutes a “small business” varies from country to country. In the United States, the definition of small business is determined by the US Small Business Administration and depends on the industry, the number of employees and total gross receipts per year. In Australia, a small business is an enterprise that employs less than 20 people. Generally, small businesses are privately owned, independently operated, have limited resources and access to capital. You can connect with Felix on Google Plus or Twitter.
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
    [Comments] The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jamie Rutter
    Jamie is a staple in the comments here so I asked her to sit on the Spin Sucks Inquisition hot seat. By Gini Dietrich. At least a hundred years ago, I walked into Lightspan Digital and found Spin Sucks sitting on the desk of every employee (OK, so it was last year). What an ego boost! To say I was pleasantly surprised is putting it mildly. This was all the doing of one Jamie Rutter (with a little help from boss, Mana Ionescu). She made sure everyone at least scanned the book and she took photos of the book in different parts of their office. Can you blame her? Chicago rocks!). Hating.
  • DEVUMI  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
    [Comments] How to Start your Social Media Strategy
    Your social media strategy is what is going to separate you from the average user who just tweets, shares, and comments whenever they feel like it. Without a plan you’re no better than a ditzy teenager cruising around looking for someone to troll – you need to build a social media strategy if you truly want to reach a focused goal. Here are the steps I’d recommend you take to see who you are as a marketer, and what you want to accomplish. With that sorted, your social media strategy will start to become apparent! You’re going to have to look at the numbers to figure this out.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
    [Comments] 5 Businesses You Should Be Following on Facebook
    Consider leaving a comment! Many businesses excel at creating the optimal Facebook page for customer engagement. By contrast, some only scratch the surface, failing to garner the attention they were hoping for and were quickly swept under the rug. Are you ready to build a Facebook page that properly conveys your brand, boosts engagement and leaves a lasting impression on followers? Here are some pages across multiple industries you should follow for inspiration: 1. Zappos This massive online retailer of shoes, clothing, handbags and accessories has approximately 1.9 million supporters.
  • YMARKETINGMATTERS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
    [Comments] Social Media Updates: April
    Please let me know in comments below. Things happening at breakneck speed in technology these days, and social media service providers are doing their best to vie for the most popular, most innovative and most highly sought-after spot among their users. Here are the most important social media updates that you might have missed in April……. Facebook Messenger Introduces Video Calling :   Now you can not only instant message people, but you can have one-on-one conversations with people who matter. The emoji will also show up in searches. There you have it! Which update excites you most?
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
    [Comments] 6 Essential Facebook Marketing Do’s for B2B Marketers
    Comments! Some businesses put up posts to encourage comments (i.e. Respond to Comments and Feedback. Facebook has an image. You know the young, immature, and un-professional ones. But that’s probably because Facebook was invented for the sole purpose of being a “social” network and initially used by the teens or young adults. Now, however, Facebook is growing up just like we do. It has turned into a proper marketing channel, i.e., through “pages” made for brands and companies. You give them what they want and they’ll hoot and cheer your page. First look at the content.
  • BILL HARTZER  |  THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
    [Comments] Google Removing Domain Names From Search Results Increases Internet User Vulnerability
    ” was her comment. These are some of the comments posted to the Google blog announcing the change and other blogs: “This is not good for who spend nights creating good content and such great news for spammers. On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Google announced that they are beginning to remove the domain name from the mobile search results. Rather than displaying a URL in the search results or a domain name, Google has begun to display a website name or a website name and a breadcrumb of the website’s page. What Google Tells Site Owners. The Domain Name System. Spammers.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
    [Comments] Today’s Leader at Facebook “Like” Speed
    The first few times I shared this theory, I got comments like:  “Ryan, I have enough to do. Inside every leader who deals with Millennials is a power waiting to emerge. This power has the ability unleash team productivity like it’s never before been seen. The power of which I’m speaking is the power to save time. You were expecting something a more elusive, right? It’s not scarce and it’s not a secret; however, one has to be bold enough to seize it. In today’s culture, most things can be done in an instant. Millennials post videos and know that they’ll start getting feedback immediately.
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
    [Comments] Four Tips on Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave
    Don’t Expect to Keep Up on Work Stuff While You’re Out I honestly thought I would be able to keep up with at least reading and occasionally commenting on Spin Sucks posts while I was out.  Ha. By Eleanor Pierce Going back to work after maternity leave is hard, but it’s also sanity-restoring, in its own way. know some people take maternity leave and subsequently wish they never had to come back to work again. I can now say this with confidence: I’m not one of those people.  Yes, yes, it was wonderful/blissful, etc., to spend so much time getting to know the tiny human I made.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
    [Comments] Small Forward Movements
    Consider leaving a comment! “There is nothing about your present circumstances which prevents you from making progress – even if but one small forward movement at a time.” ” I hear it often, some version of this crutch: “Where do I start?” ” With the first step. Or the next step. small step. Put your shoes on? Results don’t come on their own. Even if you outsource the work, you have to pick up the phone or send and email. Are you feeling stuck? Don’t know where to start? Make Make a small forward movement. Repeat.
  • MYRLAND MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
    [Comments] Hey, Where Did All My Online Friends & Connections Go?
    Remember that energetic commenter that used to support you on your blog? Then one day, it could be a week, 6 months, or 2 years, we see that person float by in our newsfeed, or on Twitter, or commenting in one of our shared LinkedIn groups, or because someone else mentioned them, and we think: “What happened to her? Remember that passionate follower of yours on Twitter that shared everything you wrote? Remember that new connection you made on LinkedIn that seemed interested in what you had to post? What in the world happened to those people you used to be so connected to?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
    [Comments] Why Repetition Works: 10 Reasons to Repeat Good Content
    Consider leaving a comment! A lot of business owners seem concerned over repeating themselves on their blog or social media. One owner, in a highly specialized service business, recently told me, “I wrote about (that topic) just a few months ago.” ” We looked at the traffic on her site. Page views have almost doubled and there has been a steady increase of new visitors each of the past few months. Saying, or writing, about the topic again won’t be a waste – rather it will probably provide value for the reader and the writer (the customer and the owner).
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
    [Comments] The New Broadcaster
    Everyone can comment, chat and more. It featured a man and his sidekick robots, watching a bunch of b-movies and commenting on them. The audience is not really watching the movies, so much as watching the people in the audience comment on the movies. . Plus, we're not just watching something that others are broadcasting and commenting on. A new kind of media celebrity is brewing. I can feel it. It's not exactly what Showtime had in mind (hint: it's not legal), but it's hard to stop technology (see: Mashable - Sorry, no Periscoping Mayweather vs. Pacquiao ). Possibly.
  • JASON YORMARK  |  TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
    [Comments] 5 Incredible Small Business Marketing Resources You Haven’t Heard Of
    If so, share in the comments section as I’d love to hear about them. 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! What say you?
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
    [Comments] Podcast: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Popular PR Show
    Listener comments. By Gini Dietrich. On Sunday, I spent a little more than an hour recording a podcast with Shel Holtz on Skype. Because his regular For Immediate Release co-host, Neville Hobson , was in Boston with clients, he needed someone to fill his spot. And I was more than happy to help. FIR, after all, is probably the most popular and well-done podcast in the PR industry. It was a really great experience, both because it’s Shel and he’s wickedly smart (and cynical and has a dry sense of humor, both traits I love), and because the show is extremely well organized.
  • JANET FOUTS  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
    [Comments] Who will win the video app wars?
    It can be a bit disconcerting when your video gets hijacked by the comments. The app developers are working on ways to filter and moderate and Periscope has an option to allow only people you follow to comment, which is a nice start. I’ve been writing this post for weeks. Just before I get ready to publish it something changes! That’s the way it goes in tech these days and it’s especially true when there is competition for share of voice on social platforms. Now, these are not the first to do live video streaming. Remember Qik (say “quick”)? link] />.
  • JANET FOUTS  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
    [Comments] Who will win the video app wars?
    It can be a bit disconcerting when your video gets hijacked by the comments. The app developers are working on ways to filter and moderate and Periscope has an option to allow only people you follow to comment, which is a nice start. I’ve been writing this post for weeks. Just before I get ready to publish it something changes! That’s the way it goes in tech these days and it’s especially true when there is competition for share of voice on social platforms. Now, these are not the first to do live video streaming. Remember Qik (say “quick”)? Meerkat?
  • DANNY BROWN  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
    [Comments] One to One Blog Consulting? I’m Your Huckleberry
    If you have any pre-sales questions, feel free to drop them in the comment section below and I’ll be happy to answer them. For the last 8 years or so, I’ve helped a lot of friends and family dive into the wonderful world of blogging, both for personal and professional use. Many have been put off blogging up until then, thinking it was either something we did in solitary, or something that they had little time (and even less inclination) to do so. And that actually made sense to offer. So here we are. Why Trust Your Blog With Me? Cost: $80 USD. Cost: $100 USD.
  • WAXING UNLYRICAL  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
    [Comments] Monday Roundup: PRSA Counselors Academy 2015
    Please share in the comments below. Emergencies never happen at a convenient time, do they? Emergency surgery prevented me from traveling to Laguna this past week for PRSA Counselors Academy 2015 … gah! However, since I’m there in spirit, I figured I’d help you get to know some of the presenters in this week’s roundup. 1.  Training, Networking and Developing Your Personal Academy. Why: “Do you consider yourself a lifelong learner? didn’t always see myself that way. Importance of storytelling for your organization. And why? ” 3.  and It Shouldn’t Be.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
    [Comments] Why Twitter is Trying to Turn Itself Into Facebook
    They’ve already shown the capacity for it with the new Retweet function that allows an extra 116 characters to comment as you retweet. Tweetable Moments That’s the beauty of social media: There aren’t specific rules about how we have to use it. joelcomm Tweet This. The Future of Twitter. Joel Comm is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and consultant. He and Dave Taylor just co-wrote “ twitter power 3.0 ,” the latest edition of his book first written in 2009. Joel has always been fascinated by computers and the internet, starting with his first TRS-80 Model 1 in 1980.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
    [Comments] METHOD: Before Following on Twitter
    Consider leaving a comment! Like you, I’ve become cautious when I get new Twitter followers. My heart celebrates; my instincts hesitate. want to follow those that are legitimate in their interest, not just selling likes and retweets or other spammy services. How do I do that? There are three simple and quick things I do before following on Twitter: Look at their Twitter stream. What do they say and share in their tweets? Is their value to others or all self-serving? Find out what tweets they favorite. Are they saving good resources and testimonies? Check their website.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
    [Comments] Devotional: Differences Should Not Divide
    Consider leaving a comment! Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier , our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. Differences Should Not Divide. We’re all different. We should all strive to celebrate our own differences. Different  in our work and in our every day lives. We should also recognize and seek good in the differences of other people. At least strive for peace with one another. What I do, as best as I can, works for me.
  • PROACTIVE REPORT  |  SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
    [Comments] 7 Ideas for Building a Digital Tribe
    They’re the ones liking, commenting and sharing the content. Communication is all about delivering the right message to the right audience. In fact, some PR experts say addressing the wrong public is the cause of 99% of PR failures. The same goes for what is being referred to as your tribe – the 1000 core fans and followers who truly love who you are and what you so. It may be that you don’t even need that many, but it’s the core supporters who will always be there for you. Those people are your tribe. Create relevant content for them. How big a tribe do you need to build? 
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
    [Comments] Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, Apr 26 – May 2, 2015
    How to Respond to Angry Social Media Comments. Consider leaving a comment! Week in Review  April 26 – May 2, 2015: Posts and Podcasts from  ConverStations , Armchair Articulations , and LIFT resources shared on Twitter ( @mikesansone ): This Week on ConverStations. Dare to Be Different: Because You Are. Theme Your Content. Why Blogging Works: 10 Reasons Blogs Make Good Content. Linger Longer – A Thoughtography Project. Content Marketing Strategies for Year-Round Seasonal Sales. Thinking – LIFT Clips 05/02/15. LIFT Resources Shared on Twitter This Week.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015
    [Comments] Thinking – LIFT Clips 05/02/15
    Consider leaving a comment! We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN – Thought Leadership 101 IMPROVE – Thinking About Learning FIND FLOW – Decluttering Your Mind THINK – What Makes a Hero? – As a youth, Saturdays were filled with visual candy of cartoons in the morning and movie matinees in the afternoon. your presence or practice.  Subscribe today. LIFT Clips
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
    [Comments] It’s not what you’ve got it’s what you do with it that counts…
    So go back to your blogs and write 3 more headlines you could use with each one, then schedule them to be posted over the next few weeks, let us know in the comments below how you get on. I’m certain we’ve all heard phrases similar to “it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it that counts” and I can tell you, I 100% agree. It’s about content, right? Take the example of high end luxury goods, Hermes don’t produce 100’s of different styles of bag, they do less, they do it well and they do it expensively! Work it, baby. Kerching! Over to you.
  • MYRLAND MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
    [Comments] #LetsAskNancy – Lawyers: What Tone Should You Use In Social Media?
    If you have a question you’d like to be considered for #LetsAskNancy, feel free to leave it in the comments below, on Twitter using the hashtag #LetsAskNancy, or via email ….thanks! #LetsAskNancy is where I answer questions others have about legal and lawyer marketing and business development, including content, social and digital marketing.  . You have a choice…either listen to this post in the podcast player below, read it below that, or both! One of the questions I am often asked is: “What tone should I use when I post in social media, or when I blog?” Tweeting.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #254
    Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play. Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: Form Follows Function. "An amazing gallery of interactive web-based experiences show just how far the ubiquitous browser has come." Alistair for Hugh). Alistair for Mitch). Interracial marriage took 19 years. Same-sex marriage took about 2 years." Hugh for Alistair). . Nobody knows - Buzzfeed.
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
    [Comments] The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jen Novotny
    By Gini Dietrich. I met Jen Novotny right here in these very comments. communicator by day and mother of three girls by night, she always leaves thoughtful and intelligent comments. So, earlier this year, I sought to learn more. She is smart, she is funny, and she likes the same television shows I do. asked her to sit on the Spin Sucks Inquisition hot seat so you can learn more about her, too. What is the Biggest Mistake You’ve Made in Your Career? left a job that I loved without proposing a solution to my boss that would allow me to stay. seconds. Un-be-lievable. Oh, wait.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
    [Comments] Content Marketing Strategies for Year-Round Seasonal Sales
    Consider leaving a comment! Written by Roy Rasmussen Seasonal sales are the lifeblood of American business, with sales in November and December accounting for almost 30 percent of annual sales in some industries, according to the National Retail Federation. But no matter what industry you’re in, you don’t have to wait until the holidays roll around to start cashing in on exciting seasonal sales. Generate sales from seasonal content marketing year-round by following a few simple strategies. Patrick’s Day. Then use related keywords to spark content creation ideas.
  • DEVUMI  |  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
    [Comments] Should you Buy YouTube Subscribers? The Pros and Cons
    They won’t: Buy your products Comment on your videos Visit your website Share your video They’re a number you’re buying to get other people to do those things more often and faster. Every decision you make about your YouTube channel will get you certain results – both positive and negative. Whether or not you should buy YouTube subscribers is a choice that you should weigh both the pros and cons of before jumping into it if you’re not already sure what to do. This post will help guide you towards a decision through analysis of both sides of the debate. This works both ways.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
    [Comments] How to Clean Up Your Content for More Credibility
    Minimal social media shares or comments, little interaction, and low engagement are all possible signs that your web content could use a refresh. Also important: comments on shares (the good ones!) Let’s face it: nobody likes a trash talker. Yet businesses are relying on subpar messaging to spread the word—while still expecting to yield positive results. On the contrary, when you share mediocre content, you get mediocre results  (highlight to tweet). Don’t forget the age-old rule, “You get what you give.” Spellcheck FTW! Want to boost SEO and attract links?
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
    [Comments] You Are Not Reading
    Try here (and read the comments too):  The Five Business Books That Permanently Changed My Life. We live in a world where most professionals are just skimming content. You can blame Twitter. You can blame Facebook 's newsfeed. You can blame YouTube. None of that really matters (because they are not to blame). It's not the Internet. It's not social media. For every tweet that you are thumbing through, the Internet also has a ton of amazing long form content. Still, we (half) jokingly use terms like TLDR (which, stands for "Too long; didn't read" ), because we live in the era of now.
  • VIPER CHILL  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
    [Comments] Exclusive Interview with Adnan Ebrahim: Founder of “Top Gear for the Facebook Generation”, Car Throttle
    That’s why we get so many comments on posts and why our users create their own content on Car Throttle. We average 100,000 comments and 1.37 think I’ve mentioned most of the latest stats: we now have around 100,000 comments per month on the platform, over 1,000 posts per day… and this continues to grow every month. Congratulations on all of your success, and I hope it long continues. I’m going to try and convince Adnan to answer some of your questions in the comments (if he has time) so if you have anything you would like to ask him, fire away!
  • SOCIALFISH  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
    [Comments] [Cool Social Tools] QiqoChat for Live Online Events
    Add a comment below or contact  lucas@qiqochat.com for more information. Startups and tech vendors are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their platforms – SocialFish readers love to read about new tools and apps! ————-. We’re a small team that has built a powerful platform to help your community members connect live.  This approach can complement your existing tech platforms: Email discussion lists. Private online communities. Groups on Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, etc. Cool Social Tools
  • SPIN SUCKS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
    [Comments] Focus On Your Strengths and Your Uniqueness
    By Gini Dietrich I get beat up a lot by random strangers across the web (and sometimes in the comments here). I am a perfectionist. Mean Comments Do Not Equate Your Worth Right now, I’m kind of reeling from a mean comment that someone left on a blog post of mine. He left a nasty comment. The only mean one of 59 comments, yet I’m focused on that one instead of the 58 nice ones. The 58 comments that mean something to me and that build the community here. Am I going to change the way I write or the topics I cover because of one mean comment?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
    [Comments] Linger Longer – A Thoughtography Project – #LingerLonger
    Consider leaving a comment! Linger Longer. It’s become a bit of a battle cry. Business owners wear many hats in life. Often, they end up wearing multiple hats at the same time. It can be confusing. Linger Longer has become a suggestion in many areas. On projects. During a sales call. At trade shows. IN their home life. Linger Longer gives pause to a moment, both good and bad moments. With Linger Longer, you might be able to really see a solution to the problem. You might be able to really connect with your customer. You might be able to get things done right the first time.
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