We’re a nation afflicted with remote controlitis. With so many marketing channels from which to choose, we constantly switch from one to the next. We don’t focus as much as we used to, and we’re certainly not loyal to one media over another. First, a moment to define this disease. You suffer from remote controlitis…Details
Recently I posted on the desirability of CEOs becoming active Tweetie Birds on . It was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, but the point was that as social media becomes and embroidered into the fabric of how we do business, leaders are going to want to understand what the heck it’s all…Details
Think your website is ‘social’ because you’ve put a and button up there? Think again. We’re introduced to a profound change in the way we’ve been thinking of websites in Social Media Today’s recent post: What Needs to Be on Your Digital Agenda in 2012? We’re told we must have ‘social websites.’ Sure,…Details
Are you listening to your constituents and acting on what you learn from them? Last month I pondered on How Social Media is Like Peanut Buttered Toast – it can lead us into some messy situations if we don’t handle it carefully. A particularly sticky trap is cognitive dissonance – seeing what we want to see;…Details
What is a genius and what does it take to become one in your professional and/or personal life? Let’s toss out the notion that this is about IQ. Thomas Edison famously wrote “Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.” Simone de Beauvoir wrote “One is not born a genius, one becomes…Details
We’ve been talking a lot about all the wonderful opportunities social media provides to us for building relationships with our communities. While this is true, usually every icious piece of peanut-buttered toast has the potential of falling sticky side down. Like peanut-buttered toast, social media can lead us into sticky situations if we toss it…Details
Come gather ’round peopleWherever you roamAnd admit that the watersAround you have grown… It’s true. It’s harder and harder to navigate and stay above water (and to raise a buck). Accept the fact that it’s difficult. Move on. Because we have choices of mediums, it’s tempting to declare one or strategies ‘dead’; therefore,…Details
Last evening I attended a panel, hosted by The Bay Citizen and The Bosmith, about the foodie culture in the San Francisco Bay Area – and beyond. Inevitably, the conversation turned towards the transformative impact social media has had on the foodie movement. With just a simple tweet, hundreds of people can instantly learn where…Details
Beware of a Half Truth; It May Be the Wrong Half: How do we get to the heart of what’s true and meaningful to our constituents?
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” Lewis Carroll Communication should have a purpose. We should know where we want to go, and what we hope to get out of all the strategies we’re putting into place. Merely setting a goal for the number of tweets we’ll post…Details
Round Giving in a Flat World? How do we build the relationships that will inspire giving in today's marketplace?
Before the digital revolution, the philanthropic world was round. Today, the philanthropic world is flat. Paradoxically, despite increasing marketing efforts from nonprofits, giving in the round world was flat . In a flat philanthropic world, do we have the opportunity to change this? The new world order may finally force us to realize that we’ve…Details