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. 22 years ago I was at a crossroads in my life at college.
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. I also had reservations about how the watch would look.
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
8 Life Lessons I Learned After 40
MAY 20, 2015
For the first few years of my blog I wrote exclusively about digital marketing, social media and technology. As I got older, and my career shifted into more of a managerial/operational mode, I didn’t feel as motivated to write about those things anymore and started to want to write more about whatever inspired me. It was the only way I could find the motivation to continue writing.
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.
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. A 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?
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?
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. The only missing piece to truly escalate that slide is an alternative to do better what Facebook fails at. Their Apps Are Terrible.
The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media
Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.
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. For the past few days, we visited a few local hot spots, shops, historic places. In this economy? The latter simply isn’t true. Social Medi
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. I 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.
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? But at least I’m taking a unique angle by trying to be a little more helpful for the gents out there as it pertains to the most recent social darling, Pinterest. I’ve been kicking the tires a bit on Pinterest the past few weeks, and it’s definitely something I’m finding more and more pinteresting (that just happened). Pinterest Gender Breakdown. Makes sense of course. Men’s Apparel. Technology.
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.
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
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.
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 ). I’m not alone as usage of Chrome has climbed past 20% market share. Awesome Screenshot – What a cool little tool!
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?
You Need To Own Your Online Identity
MAY 7, 2014
I was inspired to write this blog post based on an article that surfaced in my Facebook feed about Appetas , a restaurant website service, that up until now, offered restaurants a turn-key solution to having a website with useful integrated features such as menus, online ordering etc. Appetas announced today they were acquired by Google. Great for them, not so much for their customers.
Restaurant Social Media Marketing Results In The Flesh
MAY 7, 2012
“I love it when a plan comes together!” ” – Hannibal Smith, A-Team. I’ve worked on my fair share of social media campaigns, and every once in awhile, a project comes my way that I have an extra ounce of vested interest in making a success. A few months ago I had the honor of taking on doing some social media consulting for one of my favorite local restaurants Emory’s , a fine dining establishment north of Seattle and in my neck of the woods. It’s a fantastic restaurant right off a small lake, and their are very few options like it in the area.
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. I never really found it very useful to my job in any capacity, but it was a necessary evil. I felt an immediate sense of relief that I no longer had to go through this process any longer.
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?
How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto
Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.
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. Be authentic.
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?
Webnation TV Appearance
JUNE 21, 2011
Certainly the highlight of my Toronto trip last week was getting the opportunity to appear on the tech show Webnation that is part of the CP24 network which is a Canadian news channel. The show is hosted by Amber Mac who was also the keynote speaker at SES Toronto. Interestingly I had no idea the show was live and not taped, and didn’t find out until about a 1/2 hour before the show. Social Media
My Blog Monetization Results
MARCH 19, 2012
About a month ago I decided I wanted to test out ads on my blog to see what kind of return I would get by devoting some right sidebar space for a medium sized ad. I was a bit leery about the idea, but figured it was worth a shot seeing as my blog traffic had reached a point where I thought the return could be worth it. I decided to go with Social Spark (IZEA) since they offered a model that pays on impressions rather then click-throughs. I knew the return probably wouldn’t be as high as a click-through model, but I figured it was a good starting point. eCPM: $.0.81 Worth it? Blogging
8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO
Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with 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. I 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
My Blog Monetization Experiment
FEBRUARY 15, 2012
That’s an ad over there on the right. Have I succumbed to the temptation of ads on my blog?!?! Well, at least for a bit the way I see it. Consider it a test of sorts, an experiment of which the results I intend to share transparently. Let’s be honest, monetizing blogs is no new secret. In fact most blogs do this very thing through display ads, affiliate links, or sponsored posts. If handled well, there’s nothing wrong with it don’t you think? The hard work of those putting great free content out certainly deserves the opportunity to earn a few bucks in the process.
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. Oops. First step is to find a passport agency that you can get to.
Fight Or Flight: Which Path Do You Typically Take?
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
One of the things I love about having a blog is how everyday life experiences often motivate me to write certain blog articles. This is yet another one of those examples. This year I decided to step up and manage my older son’s little league team. It’s a big commitment, but I’ve always intended on stepping up to do so as I love the game, my son, and cherish the opportunity to coach my son and manage a little league team. It was a bit last minute, so I scrambled to prepare myself, handling a variety of tryouts and a draft last night. They do. It wasn’t happening.
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?
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?
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. Macbook, Apple TV, iPad, all of it. Screen size.
The Lost Art Of Transparency Or How Netflix Dropped The Ball
JULY 15, 2011
I love Netflix. I think their service is fantastic, prices fair, and their integration across a variety of hardware choices is top notch. It’s one of those monthly fees I have no problem paying even when I don’t consume very much in a given month. It was just a matter of time before the major studios demanded a bigger piece of the pie. In fact, I was expecting it. a month, Unlimited DVDs for $7.99