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Learn What You Cannot Do To Know What You Can

by · March 17, 2014

The first two years of my post-education profession life I was a radio broadcast producer. But I wasn’t just a radio broadcast producer, I was a network producer in New York City for ABC Radio Sports. While that may or may not sound impressive, when you take into account I was 23-years-old and just five years prior was a snot-nosed punk teenager in a 7,000-person town nestled in the mountains of Appalachia, it’s none-too-small a feat.

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I’m Afraid For Public Relations. Here’s Why.

by · March 10, 2014

The tech success of fleeting entrepreneurs like Brian Acton and Jan Kourn has tainted the business world. The WhatsApp’s are the darlings of the entrepreneurial world. Like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram before them, these fleeting tech startups that are great at collecting users but awful at collecting revenues are covered ad nausem by Wired, Fast Company, Inc., and others. They have led many an entrepreneur to believe all they need to be a billionaire is a neat idea and a couple of decent engineers.

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Influencer Marketing Can Be An Easy Button

by · October 28, 2013

There isn’t a marketer alive not looking for an easy button. Our culture and societal influences make us thirsty for them. We want things here, now, fast, cheap and smart, and we don’t want to put forth any effort to get it.

Social Media Marketing seems like an easy button to those that know no better. “Just open a Facebook page!” “Just get on Twitter!” “It’s Free!” and other assurances have driven many of today’s marketers to think Social Media Marketing is an easy button for their success.

But it’s not. However, one facet of social marketing can get close.

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Should PR Be CAN-SPAM Compliant?

by · August 5, 2013

Public relations is a subset of marketing. Sure, some might argue that marketing is a subset of public relations, but those people are delusional. They read press releases for fun.

But going on the general premise that public relations is marketing communications then a public relations pitch should be considered marketing communications outreach. By that definition, PR pitches should be compliant with the CAN-SPAM Act. Sadly, few are.

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Don’t Bite the Brand That Feeds You

by · March 26, 2013

There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle in the parenting/lifestyle blogosphere this past weekend, related to a brand’s blogger outreach program. The brand in question is KFC, and (from what I understand, as I wasn’t there) they invited a number of bloggers to an in-person event, with their children, to learn about KFC’s new kids meals.

I’ll disclose up front that I don’t ever eat at KFC because I’m sensitive to MSG and they put it in much of their food. This fact generally puts me in the category of people who think that KFC is unhealthy: if it makes me sick, it must be unhealthy.

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Social Media Risks Are Real, Not Managing Them is Irresponsible

by · January 3, 2013

For many companies the barrier to adopting social media or expanding their digital marketing strategy is risk. These are not small risks; these companies have come face to face with a reality that many of us can’t even fathom. Social media could literally destroy their companies, it could lead to huge regulatory fines, compliance issues and a variety of other issues that can put a choke hold on how many marketers would consider approaching a social media strategy. But the reality is that all risks can be managed if we look them straight in the eye.

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Social Media Explorer Wins GLI Inc.Credible Award!

by · September 13, 2012

From the beginning, our mission at Social Media Explorer has been to help businesses of all sizes use technology and innovation to grow and prosper.

The Louisville chamber of commerce, Greater Louisville, Inc., is also a tremendous resource and supporter for business growth in the local community. In a metro that is home to companies as large as Yum!, Humana, GE, Papa John’s and UPS, you might think small business would be easily overlooked by the area chamber. But you would be wrong.

Since 2000, Greater Louisville Inc. has highlighted the outstanding Louisville small business ecosystem with the Inc.credible Awards, which recognize top small businesses in a number of categories.

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A Guide To Influence Measurement Tools Worth Reading

by · July 9, 2012

The fine folks at The Realtime Report have put together a very nice guide to understanding social influence measurement tools that should be rather helpful if you’re interested in understanding and leveraging influencers in your marketing program. And the fine folks at Appinions are offering a limited supply of those reports for free. Honestly, I missed this report when it first came out, but have recently read it and am quite impressed.

Not only is it thorough and thoughtful, but even breaks the tools (like Klout, Kred, Traackr and so on) down into personal influence and contextual influence spheres. I consider myself fairly well-read on the topic and I learned a few things here.

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Should PR Representatives Be Allowed To Edit Wikipedia?

by · July 5, 2012

The Chartered Instituted of Public Relations (CIPR) released its first edition of guidance for use of Wikipedia last week. See the full guide in PDF form here. The standards are a collaborative and still on-going effort that includes input from both public relations professionals and wikipedia editors (whom someone has decided to cutely call “Wikipedians”) and has been endorsed by similar organizations in Canada, Australia and the Public Relations Consultants Association, a British organization similar to the CIPR.

You can see and even participate in future collaboration on this project on their project Wiki.

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