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Refresher Course on Proper Grammar? Check.

I love Copyblogger.com… its an amusing fount of all things good for writers, regardless of writing stripe. The Copyblogger team routinely tackles writing mechanics, including gems like this post, or this one. And sometimes, they go the extra mile and generate the infographics such as the one below. If I can eradicate a then/than error, eliminate […]

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Quick Guide to Effective Crisis PR

Much has been written about Crisis PR, rife with examples of doing it wrong or doing it right. I often get asked to provide a quick reference for managing challenging public relations situations. Keep in mind that  ”public” doesn’t mean “the public” as a whole, but rather represents the group of people or institutions who […]

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The New Five Ws… Or How to Produce Relevant Content That Isn’t Crap

I spoke yesterday to a great crowd at Social Media Tulsa 2012 about social relevance and how we use our social networks to filter the huge amount of content we come into contact with online every day. Often, the filtering is happening in ways we don’t see or recognize like when Facebook chooses what to […]

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New Media Ideas… New Approaches to Marketing

Big ideas already coming out of my #optsum attendance at Jason Falls’ session…. SEO and good content are not mutually exclusive. There are good tools out there, for free or little cost, which each give you portions of the picture you need. You must baseline well, track well, and revisit as needed to make sure you’re moving the needle. New media marketing must be more responsive, more technical, and more involved in content direction, not just creation.

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No One Pays To Be Informed

In the long ago days – maybe, 25 years ago – news was a daily affair and it was consumed in tightly controlled, pre-packaged formats and chunks. People read their newspapers and watched the local and national nightly news. The truly committed also read a newsweekly or two and maybe even *gasp* the Wall Street […]

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My brother is a shoe bomber (Or… context matters)

So…. my brother is in Nashville for an FOP convention (for the uninitiated, that’s the Fraternal Order of Police). While wandering around the sights after the convention wraps, the sole of his boot starts to separate. He, being the McGyver type and also a serious cheapskate, decides to use superglue to reattach the sole. He makes the repair, and satisfied with the results, winds up the trip, packs and heads to the airport.

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Start with WHY – and Win

List posts have their place, and I know they are good for traffic. I’ve written them, too. But our super-connected world and the constant flow of information seems to be driving us to oversimplify complex subjects and interactions. By creating lists. Lots of lists. In some cases, lists of lists. I’m not against all lists… […]

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