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Think Before You Post – an Open Letter to All Consumers

July 9th, 2010

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Dear Consumer, “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt. This is one of my favorite quotes – perhaps because I consider myself a constant creator and editor at heart. I was speaking with a reporter from MSNBC today, and we started talking about business ethics. As we explored what it means for businesses to be ethical, it made me think about the flip side of the coin – consumer ethics. We as…

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The Changing Face of Facebook Marketing – 5 Things you MUST Know

June 26th, 2010

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It seems like every day we wake up, Facebook has implemented a new policy or added a new dimension overnight. With almost 500 million users, it is truly turning into the ultimate powerhouse. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has even revealed plans for Facebook to hit 1 billion users by targeting countries where Facebook isn’t yet as infiltrated – countries such as Korea, Russia, and Vietnam. With more users, more features, comes greater opportunity to leverage Facebook for marketing purposes. Here are the top five things you need to know about Facebook marketing. 1) Facebook Fan Page Admin Rule – Previously, if you created a Fan Page using your profile…

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13 Ways to Land your Dream Internship in Marketing, PR, and Social Media

May 20th, 2010

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Summer time is here! In Texas this means hot summers, ice-tea, swimming pools, and barbecue. It also means lots of student and graduates are looking for internships. As resumes fill my inbox, and I find myself dispensing advice more often than usual, a blog post on the topic seems fitting. 1) Re-do the Resume – As a student, I never understood it. My resume looked JUST like the template provided by the career center. Big mistake! As an employer, I hate seeing such resumes. Tweak your resume for each position. If you can’t take 30 minutes to do that, then don’t consider applying for that position. You don’t want it…

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St. Gallen Symposium – Switzerland, Chocolate, and Lessons on Entrepreneurship

May 5th, 2010

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“Super! Danke. Ciao.” – That is my chosen foreign phrase around here. I am in St. Gallen in Switzerland for the Leaders of Tomorrow Symposium. Every year, 200 young leaders are invited to join the symposium to discuss entrepreneurship. This is the 40th year, and I was honored to receive an invitation. Over 46 countries are represented. This is a two day “pre-programme”, then the actual symposium with today’s leaders starts. Today was the 2nd day. Here is a recap of my two days here so far. Day 1 – I landed in Zurich at 8:30 am. That would be about 1:30 AM Dallas time, so I was extremely jet lagged….

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Win a Free Social Media Strategy Session with Shama

April 13th, 2010

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I can’t BEGIN to tell you how excited I am. As many of you know, I’ve worked really hard on my first book – The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz and Increase Revenue. Well -it is FINALLY here! Amazon has released it and so have bookstores across the country. The BUZZ is building! – I debuted it on Good Morning Texas last week. – FastCompany.com wrote a review of it here: http://bit.ly/fastcompanyshama Now, I need your help because I couldn’t have gotten this far without your support. Here is how you can help: 1) Order your copy if you haven’t already done…

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How to Deal with Negative Reviews

April 9th, 2010

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The beauty of social media is that people are now the media. When you leverage this fact correctly, it makes for an excellent social media strategy. But, what happens when someone says something negative – factual or not? Check out my guest post at Liz Strauss’ Successful Blog on how to deal with negative reviews – The Zen Way of Dealing with Negative Commentary Online.

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21 Businesses You Can Start in a Refugee Camp

March 31st, 2010

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On my drive back home yesterday, I was listening to a fabulous segment on NPR about how the people in Haiti refugee camps have taken to starting businesses in their tents. Astonishing, isn’t it? That business can thrive, and often does, in the direst of circumstances. It got my brain going – and I made a list of 21 businesses someone can start in a refugee camp. 1) Food & Water – Back to the basics. Food and clean water are rare in camps, and FAIR PRICED vendors who can provide fundamental supplies win. 2) Fortune Telling –Read palms or tarot cards for fun? No matter the time or place…

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Why Good Trumps Great: The Evolution of Business

March 10th, 2010

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If I could call this post a manifesto, I would. And, perhaps it is just that. This mini manifesto is written for all business owners and at-heart entrepreneurs. This past weekend, I attended a dinner hosted by good friend and colleague Suzanne Falter Barns. Tim Kelley spoke at the dinner about the old vs. new paradigm of business, and the thirty of us present chimed in. The main message: Greed is Out. Purpose is In. The businesses of the past focused solely on growth. But, today’s landscape is different. Growth is a small percent of what makes a company truly great. A small company can rule supreme (in terms of…

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7 Ways to Make an Event More Memorable

March 5th, 2010

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Just got back yesterday from speaking at the Social Business Bootcamp in Dallas. See me smiling in the picture? It was a great event, and it got me thinking about what makes an event truly memorable. Event planners and conference hosts, take note. 1) Don’t overlook a great MC. A Master of Ceremonies is often an afterthought for many events, but the MC sets the mood. And, a good one makes the whole event better. Couch surfing Ori was the MC yesterday and his humor really helped the audience relax. A good MC will make the speaker’s job easier. 2) Loan out video (point and shoot) and digital cameras to…

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Why No One Will Fan Your Facebook Fan Page

March 4th, 2010

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Let’s face it. Your fan page is the equivalent of the party in college that no one wanted to attend.  Sure, your mom and best friend may be your fans. They may fan your auto shop or financial services consulting page on Facebook. But, for the most part – no one else will. People Fan Pages Based on Their OWN Identities. I learned this lesson in graduate school while researching for my thesis. People don’t join groups or fan pages because of you or what you offer. They join because of them. Facebook is the ultimate mirror. We create profiles that reflect who we are as human beings. We fan…

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