Online Reputation Management Tips

I usually like to focus on the up-side of social media marketing for business. After all–it’s free, not too difficult to learn and manage with proper training and a great way to build and maintain relationships with customers. So what’s the...

Benefits of Being “On Restriction”

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia at age twelve. Most of the kids I went to school with came from military families and used terms that were sometimes unfamiliar. I remember kids talking about getting into trouble and then being...

Build a Better Mousetrap?

According to Wikipedia: Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door is a phrase attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in the late nineteenth century. The phrase is actually a misquotation of the statement: If a man has good corn or wood, or...

Time Travel Fun with Social Media

Marketers have been experimenting with Facebook’s timeline feature for pages since it debuted earlier this year. Now instead of an in-the-moment jumble of impressions, brands also have the opportunity to present their story in a historic format, noting important...

Social Networking: A Garden Metaphor

Two of my biggest passions are social networking and organic gardening. As I participate in each of these activities, I frequently have flashes of insights about how they are similar. A few of my recent musings: Join a community. Don’t go it alone. I garden in a...

Visioning the Future

I have trouble with vision statements. I’m usually not at a loss for words, but something about putting the words “vision” and “statement” together gives me pause… After all, vision is about well, sight. Speech? Not so much. This is...

Beautiful Fractals: Order Out Of Chaos

Click the image to hear the song & see video of zooming fractal patterns. I was introduced to Jonathan Coulton’s music in 2007 at a coffee house in Ferndale, Michigan where my friend Norm Andresen was the emcee during open mic night. This song wasn’t...

Wanted: SPAM Filter for Life

Last week felt a little out of control. Numerous times throughout the week I felt my energy leaking out as pesky intrusions urged their way into my carefully planned schedule. Monday morning started out with flu-like symptoms and an understanding that bed was going to...