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Ask Shama: How Can I Make My Video Go Viral?

September 14th, 2011

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We know that online video can help with marketing efforts, but what’s the best way to go about it? Marketing pro Shama Kabani has answers with her Portfolio.com column. Editor’s note: The marriage of technology and communication has been a boon to savvy entrepreneurs. But it’s also a huge challenge for those who aren’t sure how to navigate through social networks. To help, Dallas-based marketing professional Shama Kabani is answering your questions. Email her at shama@marketingzen.com. Dear Shama, We know from others how powerful online video can be for visibility and growth. Clearly, YouTube continues to reign large with the talking babies and dancing bears, but can it really help…

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Ask Shama: Help, Someone Has My Twitter Name!

September 14th, 2011

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What happens if another company got to Twitter before you did with a preferred name? And what should you do if an associate is poaching your contacts on LinkedIn? Marketing pro Shama Kabani has answers with her new Portfolio.com column. Editor’s note: The marriage of technology and communication has been a boon to savvy entrepreneurs. But it’s also a huge challenge for those who aren’t sure how to navigate through social networks. To help, Dallas-based marketing professional Shama Kabani is answering your questions. Email her at shama@marketingzen.com. How can I acquire an inactive Twitter user name? Dear Shama, Our company just went through a huge re-branding process. Accordingly, we are…

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10 Ways to Use Google Plus for Marketing

July 13th, 2011

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It was just a matter of time before Google created some real competition for Facebook. My prediction for Google Plus is that the technically more savvy and early adopters will flock to it, while the majority of people will continue with Facebook. However, there is much to be said about an early mover advantage yet! And, since Google rules the search engines, it may well be in your interest to setup a home on Google Plus. Here are 10 ways you can market using Google Plus. Keep in mind that Google Plus profiles do NOT yet exist for brands and businesses. They will add this in time, but for now,…

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Confessions of a Globe Trotter: How to Travel Smarter

July 8th, 2011

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The snow fell heavily the night we landed in Boston. My vice president of client relations and I were there to meet a prospective customer the next morning. It was meant to be an in-and-out trip, and I packed everything into a single carry-on bag. My colleague checked luggage and it was lost. While we landed the client, it wasn’t before a midnight trip to the only open Wal-Mart in town and a lecture from me on the importance of never checking bags when traveling for less than two days. When it comes to travel, I feel very much like Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter. Always telling people around me…

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Day 5 in Egypt – One Journey Ends, Another Begins

July 1st, 2011

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Every day in Egypt has felt like two days squeezed into one. Today was different. It felt like a week had been squeezed into a day. Early in the morning, all the delegates took a bus to the Smart Village for the final day’s activities. That’s when the fun began. All 18 teams made their final business pitches. What did their companies do? What was their revenue model? How would they stand out? It was wonderful to see how far the groups had come in just 5 days. They were articulate, confident, and had taken our feedback to heart. We knew that choosing the final four winners would not be…

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Day 4 in Egypt – Done in 60 Seconds

June 30th, 2011

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I now know what it feels like to run on two hours of sleep because that’s exactly what I’ve gotten for the past two nights. And, oddly enough, it seems like there is enough energy and excitement in the air to keep me going. We heard that there were riots in Cairo, but were safe in our hotel from the hubbub of the rest of the city. At breakfast Wednesday, I posed a question to all the U.S. and Danish delegates. If you weren’t an entrepreneur, what would you be? This lead to a discussion about what entrepreneurship really means. Is it about making a profit or doing good? Did…

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Day 3 in Egypt – The Gloves Come Off

June 30th, 2011

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For two days, the young Egyptian entrepreneurs we’ve been mentoring have been focusing on business challenges my fellow U.S. and Danish delegates and I have given them. On the third day, we told them it was their turn to challenge us. We picked four of their suggestions, which we felt would apply to the majority of their fledgling companies. But they still had work to do—they had to come up with solutions. The first group I met with had an excellent start-up idea revolving around group-buying websites. They didn’t have any business plan, nor a PowerPoint. They just had a really good idea with some sense of the direction forward….

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Day 2 in Egypt – An Entrepreneurs Pursuit, Passion and Perils

June 30th, 2011

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It’s day two of the NextGen boot camp for young Egyptian entrepreneurs in Cairo, and the day starts off on a disappointing note—four teams dropped out of this week’s event, forfeiting the business competition. I couldn’t believe anyone would give up such an amazing opportunity, and was told the reasons were rooted in the realities of life here. Some of the entrepreneurs couldn’t make it because of the disastrous transportation system in Cairo, while others had been called into work. I felt deeply for them, because I realized that it couldn’t have been an easy choice to make. It boiled down to a matter of their current jobs versus their…

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Day 1 in Egypt – Let the Entrepreneurship Begin

June 30th, 2011

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Recent images of protests in the streets, the Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian,” and Rick Riordan’s fictional Kane Chronicles (about ancient Egyptian magic) were the first things to cross my mind when I was planning this trip to Egypt. Not exactly helpful, but it was all I had before I arrived here Sunday for my first day as an American delegate at the Egyptian Competitiveness Project’s latest initiative—a boot camp for aspiring Egyptian entrepreneurs. The genesis for this trip took place in 2009, when President Barack Obama and Denmark’s prime minister decided to do something to help Egypt’s economy, and they felt entrepreneurship was the answer to reviving it. Obama…

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Part 2: Tips for Overcoming Social Media Fears in the Medical World

June 16th, 2011

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[Note: This is the second part in a four-part series about the potential that social media holds for physicians and health care professionals.] Only 16% of hospitals in the United States are currently engaging in social media. Yeah… 83% of those hospitals don’t solicit feedback from people who follow their Facebook feeds, and less than 40% even post daily content to their pages. So why is it taking so long for the medical world to catch the social media wave? Photo courtesy of 123rf.com Obviously there are a lot of initial concerns with implementing and monitoring social media in the medical world. While these fears (which we will touch on…

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