Is your Facebook fan page a cocktail party, a barbecue, a conference or a drum circle?

The funny thing about social networking is...we often forget that it's just a virtual party. It's not about amassing tons of "fans" so you can have the biggest party -- it's about inviting the right people and serving tasty snacks and drinks. It's about playful banter, music and laughter. You know what happens when you … Continue reading Is your Facebook fan page a cocktail party, a barbecue, a conference or a drum circle?

Why I’m not excited about the #Twitter IPO. (I’ll wait for @Pinterest.)

Unless you've been under a rock you know the @Twitter IPO is soaring into the stratosphere right now -- "from the Moon to Mars" says the Mercury News. Yes, Twitter has triple digit growth -- but no profit. Just like the good old days of the 1990s dot com boom. It is very exciting for to watch the … Continue reading Why I’m not excited about the #Twitter IPO. (I’ll wait for @Pinterest.)

You’re not just building a fan page — you’re building a community.

I just designed a new banner for my Facebook, Google + and WordPress blog today -- it's a collage of photos of some of the conferences, festivals and events I've promoted with social media marketing. The audiences are now the real world manifestation of the online communities we create to promote an event. The social … Continue reading You’re not just building a fan page — you’re building a community.

Will synchronized global dance/meditation live streams soon surpass the Superbowl for global viewership?

On December 21, 2012, I had the opportunity to help coordinate one of the largest global synchronized moments in history -- millions of people participating in a candlelight ceremony at dawn (5:11 am UT) to celebrate the Winter Solstice and the end of the Mayan Calendar. We succeeded in getting more than 20 million people … Continue reading Will synchronized global dance/meditation live streams soon surpass the Superbowl for global viewership?

Facebook is a global network you can’t afford to ignore.

This map of Facebook friendships looks not surprisingly like a map of the Earth as seen from space at night. Are you utilizing this vast network of more than 1/3 of the most wired, affluent and educated people on the planet to promote your business, consulting practice, art form or cause? You should be. http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/12/data_visualisation_1?fsrc=scn%2Ffb%2Fwl%2Far%2Ffacebookfriends.

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.)