Blogging in your underwear
MAY 21, 2012
In Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear ( Amazon affiliate link) , MacLeod penned up a thought-provoking book that you can read in a sitting or before your flight touches down at your final destination. Blogging Book Review blogging blogging in your underwear Hugh MacLeod
See you later Vistaprint, best of luck
MAY 29, 2015
Shortly into my tenure, my then VP Manya Chait tossed a Businessweek at me with an article entitled Beyond Blogs and asked me to figure out this new thing that wowed the crowds at SXSW called Twitter (believe it or not, I still have the issue and plan on framing it). Eight years, one month and 13 days ago, I walked into Vistaprint to take on a role as an associate manager on the company’s PR team.
It’s time to put an end to siloed views of social media.
JANUARY 14, 2013
In a vacuum, these success metrics fail to show things like how much time social media content reduced a sales lead’s conversion time or how a candidate learned about a company’s great corporate culture or support from a recent blog or media mention. Over the past few weeks the misconstrued debate around social media ownership has been kicked back around.
5 reasons to practice old school PR
AUGUST 8, 2012
As a died-in-wool Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan, PR veteran Elissa Freeman jumped at the chance to guest blog for a guy with the last name ‘ Esposito ’ from Boston. This is a guest post from Elissa Freeman. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m a traditionalist when it comes to practicing PR.
Five Takeaways from the 2012 State of Community Management Report
APRIL 22, 2012
Facebook, blogs, forums and company-hosted communities are great and vary in price and user experience, but none of them really matter unless you have users willing to cohabitate in a community around a company’s brand.
PR’s Four-Letter Word
JANUARY 8, 2012
As a died-in-wool Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan, PR veteran Elissa Freeman jumped at the chance to guest blog for a guy with the last name ‘ Esposito ’ from Boston. There’s nothing more powerful in the PR arsenal than the use of the embargo ( click here for a sample embargo ).
Can PR prevent white collar crime?
APRIL 29, 2012
Ever since I read about the recent Walmart debacle in Gini Dietrich’s Spin Sucks blog , I couldn’t help but think how the role of crisis communications may need to evolve. This is a guest post from Elissa Freeman.
Are you leveraging LinkedIn effectively?
AUGUST 27, 2012
As I have discussed on this blog on a number of occasions, LinkedIn is really one of those networks in the social media space that I would like to know more about.
Gilda’s Club: What went wrong?
DECEMBER 3, 2012
As a dyed-in-wool Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan, PR veteran Elissa Freeman jumped at the chance to guest blog for a guy with the last name ‘ Esposito ’ from Boston. This is a guest post from Elissa Freeman.
Without a change in expectations, social CRM is destined to fail
FEBRUARY 27, 2013
You see while social media may be vital to what many of the readers of this blog do for a living; social media is actually a small sliver of what businesses are focusing their efforts on.
Has social media burned PR bridges?
OCTOBER 3, 2011
Over the past few months I’ve been disgusted seeing an increase in blog posts and even a PR chat surrounding that very notion, often called building a personal brand. There is no question that social media is the most useful innovation or tool for the public relations industry.
What do you suck at?
APRIL 18, 2013
It is easy to write a blog or article on things you are good at. Heck, it is the reason 90% of people are on a social network – to tell the world how awesome they (or their company) are. It also goes to show you how immodest some folks are.
15 social media tips for small business
JULY 19, 2011
There were a ton of great tips; we turned the top 15 into an eBook for the Vistaprint Micro Business blog. During the South by Southwest conference in March, I talked to a lot of folks and asked them for a piece of advice for small business owners looking to participate in social media. Some of the contributors include Shelly Kramer , Eric Berto and Jeff Cutler.
Why your small business SHOULD care about social media
AUGUST 29, 2012
This post originally ran on Vistaprint’s Small Business Blog. We’ve talked a lot about engagement on Facebook with best practices for using Facebook for your small business. While we think there was some great content in there (hopefully, you agree), we have gotten some feedback asking if investing time on social media sites (including Facebook ) is worth it for micro and small business owners. This is a very valid question, so we wanted to answer it with this post.
Three Reasons Why Executives Should Tweet For Themselves
JULY 8, 2013
I once blogged for a CEO because he said he didn’t have time for social media. While I successfully built the company’s blog and social media channels from scratch, those marketing channels went mute after I left the company. While I successfully built the company’s blog and social media channels from scratch, those marketing channels went mute after I left the company. This is a guest post from Megan Jasin. .
Twitter gets ugly in NHL playoffs
MAY 2, 2012
After the flood on Twitter, Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis offered his take on his blog : What these people have said and done is unforgivable. It took a split second for Joel Ward to become a playoff hero to Washington Capitals fans.
30 Social Media Stats for the C-Suite
JUNE 27, 2011
Every month I read countless research reports and blog posts on interesting social media metrics. Instead of having them sit on my desk or in a bookmarks folder in my browser, I wanted to pass them along because social media continues to evolve at a rapid clip and it is very easy to lose sight of key metrics or research data that can help make more informed decisions.
Memo to Social Media Pros – Social Media is NOT necessary for the C-suite
JULY 18, 2012
contribute to blogs. You know what this is right? Earlier this week, my pal Gini Dietrich (even though she has zero skills in Draw Something , we are still cool) wrote a post showcasing social media usage by CEOs in the Fortune 500. Unsurprisingly the usage in this group was quite low: 3.8%
Want to work in social media? Read these 5 books
MARCH 27, 2012
If you answered because I Tweet, use Facebook, I can pin things better than anyone, I blog therefore I am or I am Awesome! There is no question that jobs in social media are on the upswing.
Social Media’s Redheaded Stepchild
APRIL 17, 2012
Additionally, the “company page” pulls in a feed from an organization’s blog, and also it aggregates, from across the web, various news items mentioning an organization and/or brand. This is a guest post from Larry Jones. Yeah I’ve got a LinkedIn account, but I hardly go on it. I’m not looking for a job.”. It’s a response that all of us who engage in the social media space have probably heard at one time or another when we ask someone if they are on LinkedIn.
Would you pay for an adless Facebook?
APRIL 24, 2013
There were a few blogs on the topic ranging from slamming the company to questioning and polling their readers to see if they would be willing to pay for an adless version of the social network. A few weeks back there was an article on a patent application that Mark Zuckerberg had placed.
5 Social Networks For Your Small Business To Experiment With
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
This post originally ran on Vistaprint’s Small Business Blog. . We all know that Facebook and Twitter are the cat’s meow when it comes to social networks. Both networks boast a plethora of users, and most of our customers have an account on one of the two networks. Chances are that you’ve already built out a presence one both of these networks. While there is no question that these networks hold tremendous power, they should not be the end all, be all for your business.
Why Your PR Firm Is Stuck in the 19th Century
AUGUST 22, 2011
Just write up what you have to say and blog, Tweet, Facebook and Flickr until you get the word out. Then again, if you try to buy off a journalists these days, you might just as easily end up on the wrong end of a vicious tweet or blog post calling shenanigans on your shady dealings.
Goodbye Republican Party, It’s YOU Not Me
APRIL 21, 2013
Again apologies from straying away from the normal fare on this blog, but this had to be said. This is going to be a political post. If that offends you, please click here.
What’s your story?
MAY 9, 2012
But knowing your story and why others should care is something that everyone participating in social media, blogging or managing a brand’s social presence or community should do. I started this blog to talk the things I geek out about and draw from life experiences. What’s your story?
Making heads and tails of the new Facebook Insights
FEBRUARY 21, 2012
If you manage a Facebook page for a company, entity or personal blog you are probably aware that Facebook has rolled out a new Insights tool. To get to your Insights click on the "Insights" link on the left hand side of your fan page.
Can you pick NFL games better than Social Buzz can?
AUGUST 31, 2011
Each Thursday, I will post my picks to this blog and to my ESPN group. In exactly one week from today, the most exciting season on TV starts up. No I am not talking Real Housewives or Big Bootied Weddings, but the hard hits of the National Football League.
Reebok adds WOW factor
MARCH 18, 2013
These experiences often lead to a slew of negative blog posts and outnumber posts about positive posts tenfold. In the social media space, we’re too quick to jump on companies because they are too pushy for sales or just don’t care about their customers.
A social media focus group in the 99-year old home of the Red Sox
AUGUST 1, 2011
Anyone who reads this blog regularly can attest to my passion for social media and for exploring ways companies can leverage these technologies to better interact with their customers. No blog posts were required or asked for.
Samsung creates Olympic Genome
MARCH 25, 2012
Anyone who reads this blog with any kind of regularity knows that there are two things that I am very passionate about – sports and social media. This post contains video; click here if you are having trouble viewing.
Are you in a blogging rut?
MARCH 30, 2011
As I’ve been going through the list of people I follow on Twitter looking to see who has blogs that I should be following I couldn’t help but notice a trend: people were neglecting their blogs. My blog does not have a clear focus, and it is somewhere between a little bit personal and somewhat big professional. I would never advise anyone else to take my approach, but it is my blog, so I make and break my own rules. Blogging Liza Sperling Guest Posting Tac Anderson
Why I read 31 books in 2011
JANUARY 2, 2012
Exactly one year ago today, I read Arik Hanson ’s blog post on the 26 books that he planned to read over the course of the year. Blogging Book Review 2011 reading list reading
Speech! Speech! 6 Ways You Can Sell It Like A Politician
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
As a dyed-in-wool Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan, PR veteran Elissa Freeman jumped at the chance to guest blog for a guy with the last name ‘ Esposito ’ from Boston. This is a guest post from Elissa Freeman. The speech is making a comeback. Actually, it never went away.
Executive Social Media – Kat Cole an Executive to Emulate
MARCH 6, 2015
Those two factors are often missing from top executives when they want to learn how to Tweet, Facebook or blog. Growing up, I spent many a high school afternoon riding my bike or walking to the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey.
Doing better, Oreos and the Boston Marathon
APRIL 12, 2013
Instead of cowering, the company’s COO took to their corporate blog with a commitment to change and spelling out what he really thought about the poll. Who’s ready for spring?
Thinking passed the NOW in social media
JULY 17, 2011
While social media managers are learning and analyzing the new trends in the social media universe, they are probably being inundated with questions from coworkers who read a blog post saying X platform is the future of social media and how it will change what you are doing today.
Four social applications worth keeping an eye on
FEBRUARY 12, 2012
If you think you haven’t, log onto your public stream and look for quick bursts of Tweets sharing news stories or blog posts. Is it me or does it seem like there is a new social network or application that is going to be the next big thing in 2012?
Facebook’s Facedeals McCreepy or Super Cool?
AUGUST 13, 2012
Last week, I read this blog post from Digital Trends about Facebook’s testing of Facedeals, a service that checks you into a location using facial recognition and gives you coupons based on interest.
Perception Versus Reality
JUNE 17, 2013
In the digital and social space, this is often our own Achilles heel as press clippings and blogs within the space help puff out our chests and inflate our own feelings of self-importance.
Are you shipping too early?
MAY 20, 2013
If you answered yes to any of these questions for your blog posts, emails, work letters, postcard, etc., Are you proud of everything you’ve written? Do you ever feel like you rushed just to finish the task at hand? Have you cut a corner here or there while writing?