Month: January, 2012

24 Jan

Must-watch: Burnett and "When to take my name off the door"

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I’ve always been a little bit of a Leo Burnett fanboy, which is kind of like being a John McGraw or Thomas Watson Jr. fanboy, I suppose. Instead of looking around at the social media gurus who spend their day guru-ing, I like to look back at how men built businesses, teams and organizations and kept Ainsi, des jeux comme le Craps, le Baccara, la Roulette et le Black jack trouvent tous leurs racines dans differentes parties de l’Europe. them going.
Here is a great video I found today, with audio from a Leo Burnett speech about “When To Take My Name Off The Door”

19 Jan

Maximize your Moment with Gen Y

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By Allie Carrick, Smirk New Media Strategist
The millennial generation is defined by technology. As a member of this generation, I think of Gen Y as the paperless generation. Emails and texts expedite communication and replace traditional mail. To connect with the millennial consumer emphasize quality communication. Sources like the Connected World Technology report offer some insight into Gen Y’s technology habits. In a survey of 2,800 college students and young professionals, one out of three believed the Internet is as important as air, water, food, and shelter. Two-thirds of those surveyed list a mobile device as the most important technology in their lives. Only four percent said the newspaper was the most important tool for accessing information. Ninety percent said the Internet was the most important way to access information. Nine out of ten in this survey had a Facebook account.
Gen Y Calls the Shots
What does this information tell us? Snail mail will not connect with the core consumer in this generation. Not being represented on sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter is not an option for any organization looking to grow and be successful in this consumer base. Possess a website that is mobile friendly. These customers want options to connect with you. They communicate on the go and often don’t prefer person-to-person contact. Twitter pages are a great way to offer quick customer support. Set up adequate monitors for these pages so questions don’t go unanswered for long periods of time.
Nearly half of the world’s population (almost three billion people) is under age 25. This generation is coming into the market and changing the face of the consumerism. This user base is changing the rules on acceptable customer service. Quick, informal online options are mandatory. Be on your game with this generation. This consumer isn’t afraid to detail a company’s mistakes to friends and followers on their various social media accounts. Gen Y will hold you accountable for your online actions. With these dangers, organizations must protect themselves from trouble. Track and record significant online interactions. Expect to use social media to communicate with Gen Y using authentic, informal, truthful and open communication.
The Social Endgame


Gen Y has a short attention span. You may get one opportunity to reach them on a social media site and you should make the most of it. Be actively promoting yourself on Facebook and Twitter. Keep your communications interesting and sound like a real person. Robotic posts=uninspired. Get a fresh take on your social media strategy from some impartial Gen Y young adults. Use your social media to provide exclusives. You want to build a network, not just catch their attention. Save certain extras only for your social media pages and not your website. This move will drive traffic to your pages and incite people to follow your organization. Provide promotions on your social media pages. Also, create a space where consumers are encouraged to share. Ask open-ended questions in status updates that encourage comments. Your social endgame should be a long-term interaction with your consumer. This relationship must be mutually beneficial to be maintained.

16 Jan

Don’t celebrate ignorance of the web, stop SOPA

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This is a letter that Smirk New Media CEO Mike Koehler had published in last Saturday’s Oklahoman.
Ignorance of the Internet is no virtue.
Unfortunately, it seems some leaders with the power to govern the Web think it’s acceptable to shrug your shoulders, mumble about “not being a techie” and push through a law that could fundamentally change the way the world works online. SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) is making its way through Congress, and is carried by those who are either unaware or unconcerned with its consequences.
Proponents claim SOPA necessarily protects corporate rights to ensure no copyrighted material leaks out to the Web. But rather than addressing copyright issues with precision, SOPA solves the issue of “pirated” content by swatting a fly with a sledgehammer. Current laws allow sites time to remove material after being notified by a rights-holder.
Under SOPA, a whole site can be shut down if pirated content is posted by a user, as can any site linked to such content. Moreover, SOPA contains a “private right of action” saying that a private party, without court authority, can effectively shut down a website. That “private party” can even be a competitor, their complaints real or contrived. Thankfully, companies are lining up against SOPA. They don’t want to wait until it’s too late. They don’t want to wake up and find that Google, YouTube, Facebook or Wikipedia has been shut down.
Those companies and sites have helped build the Web into what it is today, a transformative force for business and consumers, a force based on innovation — not on ignorance.

04 Jan

IBM’s four magic questions

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Very interesting article in the New York Times on Sunday about how IBM embraced the idea of giving up something good to do something great.
Do you realize that IBM gave up on selling computers in order to focus on the bigger (and better) proposition of helping its clients understand technology.
Outgoing CEO Samuel J. Palmisano crafted a plan that resulted in more profitable outcomes, an investment from Warren Buffet and warm relations with China.
Read the full article here, and focus on the four questions that Palmisano used as the guiding lights for all of IBM’s managers:
• “Why would someone spend their money with you — so what is unique about you?”
• “Why would somebody work for you?”
• “Why would society allow you to operate in their defined geography — their country?”
• “And why would somebody invest their money with you?”
Great guidelines for any business, big or small. How do you answer them.