Let’s Work Together In 2013!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Business & Leadership, Career & Networking, Content Creation, Marketing & Advertising, SEO & PPC, Social Media, Speaking, Usability & Conversion | 18 comments

As I reflect back on 2012, it was an awesome year; a year filled with a lot of learning and growth. I deepened friendships and relationships, built new relationships that changed my life in myriad ways and took on massive professional challenges. It’s a year I never want to forget. In fact, I want to build on the many successes I’ve had during the year.

That’s why I’m kicking off 2013 unemployed.

Big Changes in 2013

That’s right, I’m entering 2013 with no full time employment.

My contract with my former employer ended on December 31, 2012 and we will not be renewing into 2013.

Despite this fact (or maybe because of it) I’m more excited about 2013 than I have been about any year in recent memory. Not since I began law school in 1990 have I faced this much change in one year – and this coming from a guy who has relocated three times over the years for exciting job opportunities.

I’ve already made a group of people aware of my plans for 2013 via emails and phone calls – and those efforts have been rewarded with an amazing number of potential projects and assignments (the one lesson I learned in 2012 is you never know what’s possible until you ask your connections for their help). I’m writing this blog post in an effort to cast as wide a net as possible by letting you know of my plans and to see if there’s a way we might work together in 2013.

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Pinterest and the Huge Sucking Sound

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Marketing & Advertising, Social Media, Technology | 62 comments

I’m enjoying Pinterest personally.

And it may, in fact, have some very good potential from a business perspective.

Maybe.

As ever, it kind of depends on the business, and your customers.

As a community or marketers we have moved onto and covered the Pinterest movement with amazing swiftness. Reminds of of the big Quora push of 2010 or how we all moved onto Empire Avenue when everyone woke up and realized Q&A sites had been done before.

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My Advice to Klout

Posted by on Dec 26, 2011 in Social Media | 32 comments

By now you’ve probably heard about Klout. In the unlikely event you’re not familiar with Klout, here is what they do, according to their own website:

Our friendships and professional connections have moved online, making influence measurable for the first time in history. When you recommend, share, and create content you impact others. Your Klout Score measures that influence on a scale of 1 to 100.

I’ve been a conscientious Klout objector for a long time now. Initially fascinated by the subject, I developed a hearty objection to the business model; an objections I’ve not heard most people talk about.

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Reflecting on 2011 with Gratitude

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Career & Networking, Social Media | 66 comments

A year ago, I was sitting in my office in downtown Chicago minding my own business when I decided to get more involved in social media. What a strange (and wonderful) year it’s been. Somewhere around November 2010, I decided to ramp up my social media activity. I liked it so much I decided to get even more involved and *gasp* attend a tweet-up in December.

The last year has changed my life. Dramatically. In ways both small and large; profound and mundane. I’ve met hundreds and hundreds of people online; taken dozens of those relationships to the level of real life trusted friendships by meeting, consulting, collaborating and kibitzing with a great many generous, smart and hungry people.

During the past year, I’ve come out of my shell a little bit. I still don’t blog nearly as much as I would like, but I hope to change that in the coming year. I marvel at those who are great writers, big thinkers and prolific bloggers. I’m grateful for so much and for so many people who have taught me so many things in the last 12 months.

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