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Your name + your picture = LinkedIn ad

I received the following message over the weekend from LinkedIn friend David Quinn that you definitely need to read: I really like LinkedIn, but as a person concerned about privacy and social networks, I believe that I have to point out a change to you. Without attracting too much publicity, LinkedIn has updated their privacy […]

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Social Media Sharing Statistics from AddThis

How, when and where we share on the web

Take a few minutes to review these enlightening statistics from AddThis representing sharing trends over the last five years. A  few highlights: Most active day for sharing: Wednesdays Most active time of day: 9:30 A.M. EST Most users click within the first two minutes 75% of clicks happen within the first day Interestingly, most shares are […]

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Who owns social media? PR or Marketing?

There have been some good discussions on the Social Media Club Seattle LinkedIn Group recently. My response to a “who owns social media” question was a bit longish and self-contained, so I thought I’d share it here: Social Media should be treated as just another marketing channel. Each channel has it’s rules, it’s purpose, it’s […]

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Facebook suggestions: White House - Barack Obama

On Facebook, racial profiling and the mob

If you’re on Facebook (and who isn’t) you’ve probably noticed the “Suggestions” section on the right side of your feed. Basically, the wizards behind the curtain have developed a way to recommend fan pages based on similar characteristics. A few examples will make how it works pretty obvious: Looks pretty good, eh? Well, here’s a […]

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Create a culture of appreciation with social media

I spoke at the Recognition Roundtable today here in Bellevue, a group of mostly HR people from major companies located here in the Pacific Northwest that are looking for ways to encourage and support recognition within their respective workplaces. In the session, I shared— Why this topic should matter to every marketer What social media […]

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How Ford made me reconsider my auto buying habits

I’ve owned dozens of cars, and like a lot of people, most have been Japanese or German. So when I turned in my leased Honda and started the hunt for a new hybrid, I drove the Toyota Prius, Camry and Highlander Hybrids, the new Honda Insight and a Lexus RX 400h. The Prius felt underpowered […]

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How I use social media

I was honored to be interviewed by Kenji Onozawa over at Seattle Social Media Profiles on  Wednesday, the results of which can be found in the above video, along with his Q & A in this article. Kenji asked me a bit about social media, Responsible Marketing and one of my passions, using social media […]

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Chocolate covered grasshoppers get people talking

Yesterday, I received a lumpy mailer from a company I’d never heard of. Normally I give unsolicited mail about the same amount of consideration you probably do—a few seconds. But since it was, well, lumpy, and delivered via FedEx I opened it. Here’s what I found: On one side, it says “Yes, these are real […]

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Tweetup on Thursday, 3/19 at Jillian’s in Seattle

Time for another Tweetup for those of you interested in Social Media residing here in the Puget Sound region. The Northwest Tweetup is shaping up nicely, with 30 confirmed guests and 35 maybes with six days to go. If you’re a Twitter hold-out, check out Twitter me this: Is it time to tweet? as well […]

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Skittles Twitter homepage: Responsible or not?

Skittles, the chewy, fruit-flavored candy from Mars, Inc. has jumped into social media in an innovative new way: They have coded their website so their navigation now floats over three of the most popular social media websites. Skittles.com is now nothing more than a navigation box floating over the Twitter search results for the term […]

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Is your company ready for “Facebook Friday?”

Over the last year, I’ve fallen into the habit of talking with companies about their use of social media, and one of the most polarizing discussion topics is how open a company should be in allowing employees to use social media sites. While some companies lock down all social sites, others encourage their use. So […]

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Hyperconnected teens: The staggering statistics

Much has been said about how connected Gen Y is. But I was shocked when I learned that teens with a cell phone average 2,272 text messages per month. That’s works out to over 73 messages per day, or 4.5 per hour assuming eight hours of sleep. This is compared to an average of 203 […]

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Decaf in the afternoon? Not at Starbucks

I had a Twilight Zone moment this afternoon at my local Starbucks when I ordered my decaf drip coffee and was told the Seattle-based coffee chain no longer brews decaf in the afternoons. You read that right: A coffee shop that doesn’t offer decaf in the afternoon—the largest coffee shop chain in the world, mind […]

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Behold, the Facebook Friend Spamming tool

It was bound to happen. With a little help from the programmers and usability gurus at Facebook, I spammed my friends, colleagues, business associates, people who’ve considered hiring Outsource Marketing, and everyone else in my Gmail address book that didn’t have a Facebook account yet. I’m not talking about Facebook application developers making it next […]

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10 of my favorite lists from 2008

Happy New Year! I know. I’ve ranted about lists before, but to start off 2009, one of my resolutions is to lighten up (a little) about lists. Here’s a list of 10 of my favorite lists from last year, in no particular order: The 10 most admired companies of 2008 Fortune Magazine 50 ideas on […]

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Motrin feels the pain of a social media mommy mob

You might have heard about the recent uproar over a new Motrin ad targeting mothers. If you have already formed an opinion on the topic, skip the video below. Otherwise, take a look, and try to be as objective as possible. View this video on YouTube The response Paul Banas estimated that in 48 hours […]

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Hall of Shame: Classmates.com

“Your former classmates are trying to contact you! Upgrade now to see their messages!” You’ve received Classmates.com spam and endured their irritating yearbook ads. While most consider the “classmates are trying to contact you” message a marketing trick, Anthony Michaels of San Diego, CA took Classmates.com at their word and paid $15 for an upgrade […]

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Marketing lessons from Barack Obama

Whether you are red or blue, you can’t deny Barack Obama’s marketing prowess. Here are a few lessons every organization should consider when they are seeking ‘votes’ from prospects: Develop strategies based on consumer insights. The Obama campaign clearly understood where America was hurting most, and developed strategies in response. Build an organization that can […]

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Northwest Tweetup today in Seattle

The Northwest Tweetup is shaping up nicely, with 38 confirmed guests and 50 maybes as of this moment. If you aren’t using Twitter, check out How I use Twitter, and you? by Jeremiah Owyang at Forrester, and Twitter me this: Is it time to tweet? by me. Also, here’s my growing list of Twitter links […]

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Two Seattle Tweetups in October

I’ve spoken about he benefits of Twitter countless times. I’ve met some of the smartest people I know there and found great inspiration for a number of my posts. If you aren’t using Twitter, you should give it a try. I was reluctant at first, but someone urged me to give it a few weeks […]

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