Thu.Sep 22, 2011

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The 13 Components Of Stimulating Conversation


Conversations opens doors online and in social spaces. While Jim Morrison’s mantra might have been “ People are Strange ”, I love people. They intrigue me. Their dreams, frustrations, pursuits and actions fascinate me. Their stories fuel and inspire me. However, reading and seeing from a distance is a spectator sport and not my cup of tea. prefer a more direct contact sport – conversation. Silence.

Four Ways to Deal with your Dangerously Educated Client

Spin Sucks

Today’s guest post is written by Ken Mueller. I’m a technical moron. That sound you hear is Gini yelling, “A-freaking-men!”). spent 13 years in NYC, and part of my job was helping radio stations set up live broadcasts from our facility. Their tech people would call me and ask technical questions. Then I had to admit that I was merely parroting what my tech person had told me. That’s your job.

Attention Business Authors: Self-Publishing Is No Longer for Losers

Debbie Weil

A mere five years ago, the idea of self-publishing a serious business book would have been laughable. Self-publishing was for losers, right? Self-publishing was a last resort after not being able to get a book contract from one of the Big Six publishers (Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette or Macmillan), or a business book publisher like Harvard Business Press.

Facebook Timeline: There's Plenty That's New

Social Media Marketing

At the f8 developer conference today, Facebook unveiled some major platform changes that will profoundly affect how we use and interact with the site. In his keynote, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook's job is to "make it the best way to express who you are." The new system will summarize your events and actions over time, so that only the significant things remain. The possibilities are endless.

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Giving Free Content to Generate Business

Spin Sucks

It’s Facebook question of the week time (clap, clap, clap)! The question, this week, comes from Rachael Seda. She asks, “Do you think selling through free content is the new way of the world or will it change in the future?” You can watch the video below (or click here ) and see if you agree…or not. Tell Rachael what you think in the comments below.

Top 10 Apps for Windows Phones


Back in July 2011, I pointed out 4 smartphone releases to keep an eye on , including the  HTC HD7S  , which is claimed as the most robust Windows smartphone out there. Given the good reception of this Windows Phone, here is a list of top 10 apps available for this smartphone. 1. Lyrics by MusixMatch. Price: Free. Download Lyrics by musiXmatch. 2. Reflections. Price: Free. Handyscan. Price: $2.99.

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Explore My Brand New Facebook Timeline

Ari Herzog

Less than 12 hours ago, Facebook management spoke at an annual conference about the planned release of a new feature to your profile called Timeline. The screenshot above shows the new look. This short exploratory video elaborates… Follow my lead and learn how to set it up today. Be warned, though: Only other Facebook application developers will be able to see your profile (for now).

What f8 Brought for us Today and What to Expect Further


Tweet Today would be a bad day or a good one for Facebook, we will let the users decide. But, what we know for sure is that we are going to see robust changes in Facebook. Some of them are already visible to us in form of new “News feed” design, tickers, Friend Activity for brand etc. You can read about them and their implications in our yesterday’s post. So what does it mean for brands?

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

This is why Google+ could rule the world

Danny WhatMough

Yesterday Google officially rolled Google+ out to the public at large. And then today, anyone that visits the Google homepage will see a little blue arrow animation pointing them to the Google+ tab on the navigation bar. There is also a link under the search box encouraging searchers to join the network. Google is used for over 400 billion searches a day. Go figure.

Facebook free? Hardly


Amidst the latest extensive changes to the Facebook user interface come complaints from columnists, bloggers and millions of users. Many people are upset with Facebook's constant changes, making it nearly impossible to master the site. These complaints are often met with, "So what? Facebook is free. If you don't like

Current Social Network Punditry Causing Naps

Geoff Livingston

Image by LOLren. Oh yes, there are many changes afoot amongst the social networks. Facebook, Google+ and Twitter , oh my! And of course, the social media punditry has ratcheted up with the competition. Could it be more meaningless and boring? Seriously. New feature social network roll-outs are about as exciting watching the fall line-up of TV programming getting announced. Interesting? Meaningful?

7-point Checklist For Bloggers Who Want to Create a Profitable Blog


This guest post is by Peter G. James Sinclair of Motivational Memo. Before I aggressively started to build my Motivational Memo blog at the beginning of this year I had already owned a web design company for over seven years. During that time I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly in web design, and now that I have entered the blogging industry I continue to see the same mistakes being made by many bloggers. So use this quick checklist to analyze your own blog. 1. How well is your blog structured? Have you clearly identified your audience? Do you have a call to action? Do you avoid jargon?

A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

Treadmill Desk and Multi-tasking

Convince & Convert

Here’s video proof of my new treadmill desk. like it a lot. have significantly more energy in the afternoons, and while I’m not logging a ton of miles (too much travel inhibits usage), I figure 2.5 miles/day (approximately) whenever I’m home is a net positive. I can type (I wrote this blog post while on it), create presentations, do spreadsheets, and even write hand-written notes.

Will Facebook Really Revolutionize Social Media?

Small Business Mavericks

Any time you hear someone say they are going to revolutionize something, what do you think about? Do you think they are really going to start a revolution or do you think they are just blowing smoke? Keep in mind, we’re talking about Facebook here. The world is anxiously awaiting Facebook’s announcement, which is supposed to happen today. But I thought Facebook already revolutionized social media. They are, after all, the most trafficked website online. And Facebook has already introduced new changes this week: Subscribe features. Real-time friend activity. Friends lists. Have you?

A Case Study in Social Media Measurement

Jeff Esposito

Earlier today I gave a presentation with Lithium’s Joe Cothrel during WOMMA’s part of Social Media Week in Chicago. Some key takeaways included: Understand your business goals. Understand your customers’ needs. Set rules of engagement. Be rigorous on your measurement. Choose the right tools for the job. Case Study in Social Media Measurement: Vistaprint.

Hey! What’s happened to Absolute PA?

Absolute PA

If you’ve arrived at this website looking for Absolute PA you’ll see that things have changed quite a bit around here! So I feel like I owe you an explanation. Short History. started Absolute PA, a virtual assistant service, in 2009 and built it from scratch in to a successful business, largely using social media and online marketing to raise my profile and find clients. about using it.

Social Media Marketing GPS

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The Way of the Web

I don’t always agree with everything entrepreneur and author Tim Ferriss writes, but I definitely agree with his approach to challenges. In The 4-Hour Body , he frequently refers to the ‘Minimum Effective Dose’ which is what allows you to achieve big changes in short periods of time by focussing on the minimum you need to achieve results. But what is actually working?

Are you a contrasting brand?

Engaging Brand

Think of a favourite movie, a favourite TV show, a favourite book.all of which are attempting to. Draw the viewer into the story. Engage a viewer they don't personally know. Compete in harsh markets for your eyeballs! In all of these arena's the characters are a mix of contrasts. So what are your brands contrasts and how do you portray them.

50% Discount Ends in 36 Hours on the Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing Kit


A few weeks ago here on ProBlogger we launched a product I’m really proud of—the Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing Kit written by the Web Marketing Ninja (the guy who has helped me shape my own blogging business model over the last few years). The kit is essentially based around three things: a comprehensive ebook. library of 21 templates, documents and examples to help you develop your own blogging business model. 70-minute bonus recording of a Q&A webinar that the Ninja, Chris Garrett, and myself did last week for buyers of the kit. Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger.

Clarity over control in action: American Nurses Association


Check out this  Fact Sheet – Navigating the World of Social Media By AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION on Facebook. I’m reposting most of it here because it’s awesome. These online networks offer opportunities for rapid knowledge exchange and dissemination among many people, although this exchange does not come without risk. Nurses and nursing students have an obligation to understand the nature, benefits, and consequences of participating in social networking of all types. ANA’s Principles for Social Networking. 1. Association Case Studies Featured Open Community

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Behind the Scenes: How a ProBlogger Product Sales Page is Made


This post was written by the Web Marketing Ninja—author of The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing , and a professional online marketer who’s sharing his tips undercover here at ProBlogger. Curious? So are we! tweeted a couple of days ago how wonderfully evolutionary sales page copy can be as it passes between the different people who are working on it. At the time, I likened it to Chinese whispers with a happy ending. It’s a tweet that culminated from the copywriting process for Darren’s brand new book on DPS, Click! How to take Gorgeous Photos of your Kids. The process. With Click!

Week 3 NFL Picks from Social Media

Jeff Esposito

Entering the third week of the NFL season, my experiment in using social media to select the winners of each game has been interesting. In the opening week, the results were pretty spot on, while week two was split down the middle. If you are new to the blog or seeing how I am picking the winners for the first time, be sure to check out my NFL picks formula. Jacksonville 6,  Carolina 10. Louis 6.

When You Are Graded as a Facebook Friend

Ari Herzog

There is a Facebook application which grades your level of friendship in accordance to the number of times you interact. Your score increases with each comment and every time you smile. Is this why you said yes to a friend request? Whatever. Don’t take it seriously. It’s just an application. Thank you for reading! If you are inspired to add a comment with your thoughts, please visit When You Are Graded as a Facebook Friend in your browser. Ari Herzog provides social media marketing and editorial services. Sign up for his email newsletter and send a tweet. Media Facebook

Cartoon of the day

Jeff Esposito

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