The 90-9-1 Rule and Social Media

Business, Marketing, Social Media
Very few people on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like are going to create original content and share it with others on a regular basis. The same goes for wherever you work. A small percentage of employees are going to write blog posts, record videos and use social media on behalf of his or her employer. That’s the 1% of the 90-9-1 rule. That’s the 1% that any organization should identify, recognize, reward and look up to for thought leadership, branding, marketing and PR.
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Video Rocks

Video Rocks

Branding, Business, Marketing
People are asking me all the time now about my videos. They're seeing my videos on social media and wondering how I do them. My answer is always the same... Recording my videos is easy. Most of them I shoot by myself with just my mobile phone and a selfie stick. Sometimes my wife, Barbara, helps me shoot them. Nothing fancy. Very low-budget. But well-thought-out. Shooting videos like I do is something I think everyone in marketing, advertising, PR and social media should be doing today. Video rocks. It’s emotional. It’s easy. It’s effective. Video helps you deepen the relationships you have with your connections, constituents, clients and customers.
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Main Street and Social Media

Marketing, Social Media
What does social media have to do with Main Street? A lot more than you may imagine. Businesses and brands need to set up shop on social media the same way they have to have brick-and-mortar storefronts on Main Street. Do you have a presence on social media? Can your customers, prospects, constituents and contacts find you on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other online communication channels? In this day and age, social media and Main Street are almost one and the same.
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Seth Godin’s Book, Purple Cow

Business, Marketing
How many of Seth Godin's books have YOU read? I've read a ton of his books, but my favorite one is Purple Cow. I think it should be required reading for anyone in business, especially for those of us who work in the advertising and marketing fields. As Seth himself says on the inside front cover of the book, "You're either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice." Have you read this book? Are you remarkable? Or are you invisible? Are you a purple cow? Watch. Listen. NOW.
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Public Speaking and Social Media

Marketing, Public Speaking, Social Media
As someone who speaks often at industry conferences and events, I know that if those in my audience are looking down at their phones, tablets and laptops, they’re probably not ignoring my presentation. They’re likely sharing what they’re hearing on social media, which is exactly what I want them to be doing on my behalf. I want them to be amplifying my message to their own networks, extending the reach of what I’m saying to a much larger number of people. So...if you’re giving a presentation and your audience members are looking down at their electronic devices, not up at you, don’t be annoyed, be pleased. In this video, I talk about how important it is for public speakers to move away from the lectern, especially in the social media…
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Robert Solomon’s Book, The Art of Client Service

Advertising, Business
Are you a good listener? Do you listen more than you talk? Do you give those on the other side of the table the attention they deserve? It is so important to listen to others in both our professional and personal lives. People will think more favorably of you if you give them the floor. They will appreciate your interest in what they have to say. "Listening is more important than talking." That's just one of "54 things every advertising and marketing professional should know" according to Robert Solomon's book, The Art of Client Service. Watch. And, yes, listen...
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10 Things Wrong With Marketing Today

Marketing
I have met the enemy and it is us. Yup. Not to sound like an alarmist, but if those of us who earn our livelihoods in marketing continue down the same long, circuitous path we’ve been on since the turn of this millennium, we may as well throw our hands up in the air and cry “uncle.” Never mind the Joneses, after all, we’re hardly keeping up with anyone anymore on the receiving end of our marketing messages. We’re moving in circles as an industry, if we’re moving at all. We’re falling dangerously far behind. We need to wake up and smell the cold-brewed coffee. We need to stop marketing like it’s 1999 and start realizing that it’s no longer business as usual. This is 2017 going on a future…
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Are you a trust agent?

Business, Marketing, Social Media
Thanks, as always, to my ridiculously awesome - and VERY patient - wife, Barbara, for recording this video. It's all about the importance of trust agents in business, especially in social media and marketing. It's my takeaway from a book written by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith. The question is...Are YOU a trust agent?
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Three Problems in Corporate Social Media

Marketing, Social Media
There are many reasons why businesses and brands struggle with the development and implementation of a successful social media program. Time. Talent. Technology. The list is endless. In an article I read recently, however, renowned speaker, educator, consultant and author, Mark Schaefer, identified what he feels are three of the biggest problems in this area. Leadership, content shock and unrealistic goals. I can’t disagree. Here are my thoughts on Mark’s article and how I think these problems are reducing so many companies’ chances for success in social media.
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