Please, please, please… keep your social media names, logins and passwords simple!

The worst thing that happens is when the former social media manager gets fired, is totally p#$$$%^ off and changes all the passwords and then refuses to hand them over. This can literally bring your business to its knees! And this happens a whole lot more than hacking.

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Social media marketing isn’t free — you get what you pay for

I get at least one inquiry per day from someone begging me to help launch their product, their festival, their conference, fix their online reputation or get them better SEO results for their site. But 9 times out of 10 people somehow think that because Facebook is free, getting someone to post for you is … Continue reading Social media marketing isn’t free — you get what you pay for

What makes you influential on social media? (It’s not what you think.)

What makes you influential on social media? Just as in mainstream journalism, great content is key. Great headlines grab the reader. Posting frequently and regularly and being the first to break the news is key. And just as magazines have long known, pass along readership is key to great circulation. But the main thing that … Continue reading What makes you influential on social media? (It’s not what you think.)

Don’t ignore social media. It won’t go away.

Q: "What's the worst thing you can do with social media?" A: "Ignore it." And that's what most corporations (and small businesses) did in 2009 and 2010. They ignored social media, or they barely paid lip service to it. Business tried to co-opt social media and failed miserably. Businesses tried to ignore social media and it … Continue reading Don’t ignore social media. It won’t go away.

Latest excuse for sightings of dead birds and fish? Over reporting in social media!

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably read about the mysterious sightings of dead birds dropping out of the sky, and millions of dead fish and sea mammals washing ashore, all over the world. The news started with a report on New Year's Eve of redwing blackbirds falling out of the sky in … Continue reading Latest excuse for sightings of dead birds and fish? Over reporting in social media!

Executive social media jobs exploding. (It’s not just for ninjas, gurus and interns anymore.)

2010 was the year of the uber-embarrassing social media blunder: Southwest Airlines threw celebrity Kevin Smith off a plane for being too fat to fly in one seat. Smith's Tweets about the incident were not only widely read and hilarious, but a PR nightmare for the airline. The Gap changed their logo and the blogosphere errupted … Continue reading Executive social media jobs exploding. (It’s not just for ninjas, gurus and interns anymore.)

Seven lame, business-killing excuses for not having a social media presence.

This article was selected as 1 of 1 million WordPress posts to be on Freshly Pressed where it created a momentary sensation and 15 minutes of social media fame for me. It's two years old now, and clients are still making excuses so I am running it first to remind you all that it's about … Continue reading Seven lame, business-killing excuses for not having a social media presence.