The Power of New
The Power of New
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This was going to be a difficult post to write. Then I decided to emphasize the new, not the old.

I set out next week on a new venture. New because a new professional challenge beckoned me. New because a tired mind begged me. New because too many voices, only a few of them my own, demanded it.

sme-logo-for-black-bgrdBeginning Monday, I am Jason Falls, Principal of Social Media Explorer LLC, a communications consultancy. My services will be available to clients looking for senior level strategy and consultation for their social media, public relations, marketing and communications efforts. I will no longer be officially affiliated with Doe-Anderson, though I will continue to work with them on selected projects and, without hesitation, refer companies to them.

Social Media Explorer will get a new face and some new features soon. Those will come shortly. While I’m working toward that, I would love your feedback on what, design- and content-wise, would make your experience with SME better. Drop a suggestion in the comments.

Another new highlight will be more posts from me. My dear friends Kat French and David Finch will now move their thoughts on to either Doe’s blog or their personal efforts. I highly recommend you subscribe to all three.

I’m excited to work with new clients, forge relationships with new friends and partners and reinvigorate my thinking with new challenges. The new job is going to be a lot of fun.

About the Author

Jason Falls
Jason Falls is the founder of Social Media Explorer and one of the most notable and outspoken voices in the social media marketing industry. He is a noted marketing keynote speaker, author of two books and unapologetic bourbon aficionado. He can also be found at JasonFalls.com.
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  • Hey Jason, sorry I must have missed this one in my feeds the first time around. As someone who made the exact same leap about a year and a half ago, I can tell you that about three things will happen:

    1. You're going to learn a lot about insurance
    2. You're going to work with some amazing clients
    3. You're going to have to hire some people that are really smart

    Buckle in, and make sure you have coffee delivery set up.

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  • Congratualations on the change. I look forward to hearing more about it when you are here in Indy for BlogIndiana next week

  • richardwong

    I wish you the best of luck Jason. Going out on your own and living your goals is the best feeling someone can have. You're a good guy and I have no doubt you will do well.

  • Jason, congrats to you. I enjoy your perspective in this space and look forward to hearing more about your successes.

    Be well,

    Dan

  • Congratulations Jason! It's exciting to strike out on your own. Can't wait to see all the changes here at SME in the coming days/weeks!

  • Hey Jason,

    Congrats on striking out on your own. Good luck with what's next.

    Patrick

  • josephslima

    Great news and best of luck in your new venture!

  • Let me add my congratulations Jason. I'm not surprised at all by this news and celebrate this move with you. Did that myself a number of years ago and it was a career-maker for me. I wish you much success!

  • That's great news, Jason. Perfect time to make the leap.

  • Congratulations and best of luck to you Jason!

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  • Ah life would be dull if everything and everyone continued on the same path. I'm so happy and inspired to hear about your decision to move into the new, Jason. Just the kind of refreshing news I needed on a Monday morning. Enjoy the new (ad)venture! :)

  • Very exciting! Congrats on the big move, Jason. I think you're going to find operating on your own to be incredibly rewarding (albeit scary at times)…. and I have no doubt that Social Media Explorer, LLC will be kicking ass in no time.

  • karlfoxley

    Good luck on the NEW venture.

    I've just added the three blogs you've recommended to my iGoogle.

  • BillSledzik

    Best of luck, Jason. Been down the entrepreneur road, and might still be there if the classroom hadn't called me. Best part: You can reject the clients who are real jerks. Worst part: You new boss is a pain in the neck! Looking forward for following your progress.

  • markwilliamschaefer

    Way to go for it man! You know I'm here to help and support. I'm sure we will find ways to work together in the near future. Best of luck!

  • Jason, this is so exciting – bet you'll enjoy (at least most of the time) a steeper curve. I hope you'll blog not only about the new challenges you're taking on for clients but also about the experience of starting and marketing your new venture!

  • Wonderful news! Timing couldn't be better. I hope our paths cross soon.

  • Truly inspiring Jason, way to take that leap. You'll continue to do great things. Let me know if you're hiring ;)

    Best of luck with everything.

  • I am likely the last person to see this, but a BIG congrats to you Jason! The volume of congrats here is a testament to your standing in this community, and I only hope your future clients understand how lucky they will be to be working with you!

  • And there you are! So you are joining the rest of us plebes? I am excited about your news. Welcome, the water is fine. Congrats on taking the plunge, if you need anything, let me know.

  • That's some big news! Congrats on stepping out and venturing forward. I would say “best of luck,” but you don't need luck. You've got ridiculous skills.

    Looking forward to hearing great things about the move.

  • Jason, How exciting! Good luck to you!

  • WOW. What can I say folks? Thank you all so very much for the compliments, congratulations and support. It's great to have that kind of encouragement and I'm honored you all stopped by to share it. Very humbling.

    Thanks for reading my stuff and encouraging my work. You all mean the world to me.

  • Congratulations Jason! Wishing you the best and looking forward to following your steps in this wonderful space!

  • Best of luck, Jason! Excited to see what you do next.

  • Jason – Congrats on the BIG move my friend! – Mike

  • griffey

    Congrats, Jason! I love saying “I knew you when…” :-)

  • Congratulations, Jason! Let me know if there is any way I can help.

  • Congratulations! Can't wait to see what you have planned for SME LLC. I wish you all the best!

  • Congratulations and good luck with the new gig, Mr. Principal!

  • Congratulations, Jason! I have no doubt that you'll be wildly successful.

  • Congratulations!

    (Don't think for a moment this means that I will have to buy your unemployed butt a beer in Birmingham. Not that I wouldn't have anyway, but this won't play a factor in it…)

  • Hi Jason! Congats! It's been such a wonder to have worked with you over the past 2 years! Please keep in touch and of couse I'll be following you on very social site out there.

    Be blessed and good luck!

  • Jason, congratulations and good luck on your new venture. I have been exceedingly impressed with your writing, topics, discussions, and features. I look forward to watching how this develops for you and I wish you well.

    Thank you for keeping your readers informed.

    Richie Escovedo
    @vedo

  • Congrats, Jason. Best of luck!

  • davidsharpe

    Congratulations and best of luck to you.

  • Huzzahs all around!

    Congratulations Jason, you're doing great and the LLC will no doubt flourish.

    Rock on Social Media Brother!

  • secretsushi

    Was bound to happen. Very exciting.

  • margaretfrancis

    Go Jason! We should talk soon. I know some people (the paying kind) that could use your help. Very excited about this new venture!

  • Great news, Jason – congrats and best of luck!

  • seanwilliams

    Jason, welcome to the world of small business! Best of luck.
    Sean

    @commammo

  • Congratulations on your new business venture Jason. Exciting times are ahead of you. With your knowledge, insights and smarts, SME will be very successful!

  • Will

    Hi Jason, I can't get the Kate French link to work. Good Luck in your new adventure!
    -Will

    • KatFrench

      The correct link is http://www.internet-bard.com.

      Apparently, Jason was so overcome with emotion at the prospect of leaving us, he was unable to type the correct URL. :-P

      Good luck, man.

  • Congrats. Is this a one man operation right now or do you plan on expanding?

  • lesliearnold

    WHAT…are you kidding me, this is how you tell your team that you are leaving us? I can believe it!

    Just kidding, You know me, I like to sir the pot. The team here wants to let you know that the next person comming in here has some really big shoes to fill. Congrats, kick butt, and we hope to see you around. Raising the Bull Horns in your honor!

  • I couldn't be more excited for you, man. As your clients no doubt realize, you're one of the hardest working and most talented strategists in the business. There are big things ahead for Social Media Explorer, LLC — I'm sure of it!

  • Good luck on your new journey!

  • Exciting news Mr. Falls. I know that this is the right choice for you, and that you will succeed. Congrats!

  • randelaw

    As the founder of the Chicago Plan said, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized.”

    You will realize yours – best of luck!

  • Good on you, JF! Looking forward to seeing you out here in Consultant Land.

  • Big move, congrats Jason! Best of luck

  • Congrats! Best of luck and looking forward to your upcoming explorations.

  • Jason – You gave me my first public speaking opportunity, and in the year since I feel we've grown into friends.

    You have my eternal support and I wish you the best of luck. You're smart, talented and good looking. (Err…at least you're smart and talented.) You'll do fine.

  • kellykearney

    How exciting! Best of luck Jason.

  • Congrats on the new move, and lots of luck! Looking forward to seeing and hearing great work and perspectives.

  • Good luck with your new endeavor Jason!

  • Congrats and good luck, Jason. I'm excited to see what's next for you…

  • Go big and good luck, Jason!

  • Jason – It's about time. More SME-TV. Global affiliates. Your “consultancy” won't allow time for much else. I'm here for your throw aways. Best of luck.

  • From one ex-Doer to another, congratulations. Doe is indeed losing one of their best men. But with the freedoms of being your own boss and running your own company, I see great things and unlimited possibilities in your future. You're a valuable asset to the social media world and I look forward to seeing how you advance and improve this great industry of “influencing”. Congrats man!

    @aawhitaker

  • annhandley

    Sincere congrats, Jason! Great news, and great things to come, I'm sure.

    Echoing what Beth said here… I'm likewise thrilled that I have you to recommend to companies looking for expertise (and there are a lot of them).

  • Congrats on stepping out. I'm sure companies will be beating a path to your new door.

  • jaygarmon

    You'll be the first guy I recommend, chief.

  • Congratulations! Looking forward to the ongoing conversations… Looking forward to seeing you next month too.

  • Jason, Congratulations!!! This is what I admire and respect most about you…your ability to move in a direction that keeps you on top of the communications game as a thought leader, truth seeker and solution provider. Your clients will come to love the no BS factor you bring along to every challenge. ;-)

    And on a selfish note, I am glad that I now have another great consultant to add to my reference list…the well was starting to run dry.

  • You're gonna rock it in your new gig my friend. Congrats eh.

  • elizabethsosnow

    Jason, I'm excited to see what you do next. Thanks for your continued inspiration.

    There's nothing better than a big leap off the diving board. Enjoy it!

    @ElizabethSosnow

  • Michelle_Jones

    Mazel tov my friend. I can't wait to watch you succeed in this new endeavor.

  • Good Luck Jason. Please let me know if I can do anything to help you! You have already done to much for me, would love to return the favor.

  • Congrats, Jason! Best of luck to you in the new venture.

  • Sounds like a lot of fun, and work!
    Best wishes!

  • chilliefalls

    Good luck with the new venture. As always, you make me proud.

    dad