Fri.Dec 23, 2011

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“You Have To Love People”: The Shashi Bellamkonda Interview


Twitter, Trains & Tandoori Chicken. I met Shashi Bellamkonda a few years ago at the Optimization Summits where we were both speaking (along with Mack Collier , Jason Fall s, John Jantsch , Jay Ehret , Mark Juleen and other members of the social media intelligentsia). It is the most meaningful example of humanization (and an embodiment of brand values) that I’ve seen in a very long time.

Pinterest is Great….but not for Every Business


I started using Pinterest a few months ago and fell in love. To me, Pinterest is like flipping through the pages of a magazine filled with images of the things I like best: home decor. Blythe. Awesome outfits. Cute baby animals. And, I admit, even some recipes…even though I am NOT a cook. To me, Pinterest is pure fun. Pinterest users are primarily female. From the Trenches

#FollowFriday: January through June 2011

Spin Sucks

For the last two Fridays of the year, I thought I’d do something a little bit different and fun. With the help of my work wife, Patti Knight , we compiled a list of all of the #FollowFridays for the year. This week is a list of everyone featured January through June. And next week we’ll do July through December. But the cool thing? but I didn’t think you’d mind.

3 Common Sense Tips for Holiday Travel (Stay N Abroad)

Stay N' Alive

With many of us hitting the road and the skies during the next week, here are a few common sense tips to make traveling a little easier. Tip #1--Check the Weather This should be obvious, but many of us get so locked into our plans we forget to take the weather into consideration. One memorable year, an uncle of mine insisted on leaving as scheduled despite a severe storm.

Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

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Build Your Work From Home Business

Small Business Mavericks

With the economy and the job market in the shape that they’re in, more and more people are learning to start their own small work from home business. The work from home business has been growing by leaps and bounds. No longer is it just about selling candles or crafts online. Many top businesses are hiring people to telecommute and others are building a business based on their expertise. Many companies are now hiring contractors to work from home. That includes secretarial positions, writing jobs and email support specialists. As with any job, there are good ones and bad ones.

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What Will Future Marketers Think Of Us?

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That is the question that consumes me. I not only see the new forms of Digital Marketing as an opportunity that no Marketing Professional should waste, I often wonder if I am doing everything I can (and - in the process - encouraging the clients we connect with at Twist Image ) to ensure that the future generations of Marketers will look back on this very unique moment in time and be proud of the work that we all, collectively, did to help people connect in much more efficient and human ways with the brands that they care the most about. It's a tall order. Our very future depends on it. brand.

What Online Influencers Want From You


Never before businesses and opinion makers have paid more attention to what is known as online influence. Identifying influencers has become an obsession for many marketers who aim to ‘use’ the…influence of online influencers for their marketing goals. It has also become an obsession for organizations fearing the power of negative comments from a PR [.]. Blog Connected marketing Research Social media marketing Fontys Economische Hogeschool influencer marketing Lewis PR online influence online influencers Silke van Dongen

Ghosts of the Past – cool site using historical photos

The Way of the Web

It’s always nice to discover a cool new site, and even better when it turns out to be made by someone I know. Andy Reedman, of Milk Media and an attendee of DPiP meetups has created a great site, Ghosts of the Past , which I’ve only just discovered. Like many great ideas, it’s also pretty simple. The Ghosts of the Past website.

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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.

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #79

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? "Science and hubris are strange bedfellows. I loved this story, which reads like a nerdy Grisham novel, because it gives you a glimpse into what it's like inside the pressure cooker of publishing and research. It's also a strong argument for peer review and transparency in research." " (Alistair for Hugh). Passive Aggressive Notes. "Something lighter for the holidays. My grandfather seldom asked for tea, instead, he'd ask, 'is the kettle broken?' Appalled!

Primer on Windows 7 Speech Recognition


The speech recognition software provided by Windows 7 has proven to be a resourceful tool for those who lead busy and hectic lives. This software allows you to ultimately control your computer simply by using voice commands. Here are some useful tips to follow in order to maximize the speech recognition software’s benefits, and pitfalls to avoid so that your valuable time isn’t wasted.

Simple Tricks

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We tend to over-complicate things. Don't we? For years I have suffered through terrible sinus infections (sexy, I know). It got so bad many years back that a doctor recommended surgery. Well, I had the surgery and it was either botched or didn't work (nobody knows for sure), so I continued to endure the pain and constant colds. My current doctor thinks that I'm in a state of chronic sinus infection with varying levels of seriousness. Normally, this isn't a huge deal. When it's bad, you take some antibiotics and when it's mild, you treat it like a cold. Bad to worse. None of that helped. dr oz.

Do you want more like Oliver!

Engaging Brand

Christmas and Charles Dickens seem to go together, so here is my Oliver Twist hopes for 2012. Oliver wanted more and so do I.of. Ideas - the best part of social media for me, is that it is creative fuel to energise my thinking. Conversation - I love real conversation, when we get together and really explore a concept. Google + is a huge provider of this for me. Synthesing what works across traditional platforms with the social web. I think we still see the world as digital or real world.and just translate. Unlike Oliver there is some thing I want less of.

A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

Whose Blog First?


This guest post is by Shakirah Dawud of Deliberate Ink. Writing for three blogs on a regular basis, with the odd request for a guest post elsewhere, my writing plans are already tight. But because I write for overlapping fields of interest, my plans can also tangle. The most common: Snag A: The topic could be of use to any blog I write for. Should I send it to my friend’s blog, where the people know me better, or let it air at the writing forum where it’ll snag more eyeballs? Snag C: I have one blog topic on my mind right now, and only one. Whose blog first? Look at the post.

One Click Could Say “Happy New Year” to Nonprofits Worldwide

Waxing UnLyrical

Perhaps you’ve started celebrating Hannukah, or you’re counting down the hours until Christmas Day. In the midst of your holiday cheer – which is well-deserved and much needed, would you take a moment to give a really great gift to nonprofits worldwide? All it will take is one click. I’m serious. So it’s the natural choice for managing domain.