Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Face Your Fear of Technology By Being Yourself

Facebook and Twitter, along with other digital media sites have one thing in common. They are all just tools.

They are networks of real-live people.

You seek out the ones who already know you, who are already your disciples, who are like-minded, have the same interests, and perhaps friends of those individuals. You would treat them the same as you would in a face-to-face environment: with respect.

+David Meerman Scott describes social media brilliantly in his book The New Rules of Marketing and PR. He likens social media to a cocktail party. You wouldn't go to a real event and start (spamming) feature-dumping and "buy my stuff" your business to anyone who will listen, even if you just met. Or would you? Or would you be someone hiding in the corner with your face to the wall, hoping no one will talk to you? That reflects the people who set up profiles and then never engage or visit their networks.

You will have the best time at the cocktail party when you take the time to say hello (connect), get to know other guests (see what others have posted, like and make a positive comment on their feed), and share good stories (make your own posts interesting and ones that will elicit engagement).

When it comes to working the networks to promote your brand, think like a content creator, not like a content consumer.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mr. Rodeo Is Worth A Follow at the 2013 Calgary Stampede

You might be hard-pressed to find someone who knows as much about rodeos and cowboys as Arnie Jackson. "Mr. Rodeo" has had a stellar career in the sport.

So respected is Arnie, there is even a push to have him put in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Arnie's rodeo and chuckwagon reports will be posted here daily:

Here is a sample of Day 5 and a few of his photos from the grounds. If you are a rodeo fan, follow his reports throughout the 2013 Calgary Stampede.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Secrets to a Successful YouTube Channel

It's considered to be the lottery ticket of the Internet: the viral video. Everyone is on a quest to own the next Grumpy Cat or Double Rainbow.

+Cliff Baldridge will tell you the viral video is much like the music industry's one-hit wonder. It's all there is. There is no follow up.

Rather than chase the viral video, instead develop a plan, a strategy, and build your network. That is the key to longevity. Viral videos are the large rocks that fill a jar. Your YouTube channel can be the sand that fills the gaps.

Take a few moments, learn from the master, and find map out a plan to be that sand.