Tap into the power of LinkedIn in 12 minutes a day

LinkedIn is one of the biggest social media sites on the Internet. It’s usually in the top five, depending on how you measure size. But in terms of B2B activity, sales, professional networking and careers, it’s arguably No. 1. That’s because LinkedIn was built from the ground-up as a social media site for work, not […]

Why you should attend ConvergeSouth

Blogs and social media are great, but you can often learn more, meet more people and have a richer experience attending conferences, seminars and other events in person. There’s a big difference between skimming a blog post in your RSS reader and the immersive, interactive experience of a conference. That’s why, if you’re interested in […]

Why you should stop trying new social media sites

Google Wave. Google Buzz. Farmville. Foursquare. Gowalla. Yelp. The list goes on and on. There are more social media sites, social media apps and cool online things that people are talking about than I will ever have time to fully explore. Even though I make my living in part by helping companies use social media, […]

Five mistakes newbie bloggers make

I’ve been blogging for about 10 years now. Along the way I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also made a lot of mistakes. A lot. So, if you’re new to blogging and determined to be successful at it, here are five mistakes to avoid. Mistake #1: Not sticking with it. Some bloggers see a lot of […]

Why you (or others) should make time for social media

Have you heard these lines? “There’s so much noise and clutter out there, it seems as though social media hasn’t really matured enough to be a useful tool.” “Social media’s fine for some industries, but not ours.” “I just don’t have time for social media.” Or perhaps the line is some variation on one these. […]

How to strengthen your relationships

In social media it’s easy to get caught up in mechanical ideas of what building and maintaining relationships is about. Are you pinging your network regularly? Are you sharing content, creating value? Are you thanking people? In marketing, we start quantifying these things: How many tweets, how many retweets, how many followers or subscribers or […]