Blog

28
Jan

Decision Making: How to be Better and Faster

Being a good decision maker is one of the toughest things to be. It isn't just about being smart, but, also has a huge dependency on being able to make quick decisions and think on your feet. Some of the best decisions that I've seen people make were on the spot and a decision had to be made right there. It is extremely important to startups to think this way, which is why I thought it was important to start a conversation about the topic. Don't get caught up ...

24
Jan

One of the most interesting things I've been studying over the last year has been the power social design and network effects. Even though many of us have used Social Media for quite sometime, it has typically been what I would call a disconnected and fragmented system of communication. Now, of course, I have to make a statement like that to catch your attention, but, really, is it that far off? Lets think about this for a second, how many of the conversations we have daily are disconnected and fragmented? How ...

28
Dec

One of my favorite quotes I try to remember every day is by Nas. In the song "Favor for a Favor" he recites "Favor, for a favor, that's how we do business." This is pretty much how people should operate. Now, I am not saying we should be literally counting the favors, but, at the end of the day, if someone helps you out, you shouldn't let it go unnoticed. Most people might see this post as tangential at best, if so, feel free to move on. But, I've been ...

12
Oct

Thanks to Erik Deutsch, I had the opportunity to speak to a great class at UCLA tonight about SEO and Social Media for Communications Professionals. var docstoc_docid="57246239";var docstoc_title="SEO & Social Media for Communications";var docstoc_urltitle="SEO & Social Media for Communications";SEO & Social Media for Communications

16
Aug

AJAX & SEO: A strategic approach to rankings

Dealing with the limitations of AJAX and Flash can be an SEOs worst nightmare. There are so many issues that come into play & usually you can deal with many AJAX SEO issues by developing Progressively Enhanced code. While, I've written about how to address crawling and indexing with AJAX and SEO. I wanted to take a little bit of a deep dive into this again, along with the bigger issue, ranking. The URL Problem: As the web becomes more and more dynamic, especially with the introduction of the stream, real-time updates, etc., the ability to crawl and index that ...

02
Aug

Digg 4.0: Is it coming sooner than expected?

Last week I was working with someone and showing her the ropes of social media marketing and other general topics. I had showed her how to sign up for Digg, StumbleUpon, and various other Social Networks, but, we stumbled on the fact that they are no longer accepting new sign ups because the new digg is coming. Here is a screenshot from the sign up page. You'll see they are asking users to submit their email addresses and get notified when the new digg launches. Along with that, user profile settings ...

29
Jul

I've always been a big fan of quick page load times on sites from overall User Experience standpoint. But, ever since Google announced that they were using site speed in web search ranking I have become a big time stickler about this. After watching this for the last couple months, I've realized that my peskiness about the whole thing warranted just cause. Proving that Site Speed is directly correlated Pages Crawled I tend to keep an eye on Google Webmaster tools to see any blips in crawl rate, pages crawled, etc. I don't want any big issues to show up that ...

27
Jul

If you know anything at all about me, it's likely that it's this- I’m ALL about the relationships that I create. I'll never blatantly walk up to someone and tell them they should be buying a product or service. It’s just not my style. Granted I’ll shamelessly self-promote something, but that's typically just for the sake of shits and giggles. For me, it’s never been and never will be about trying to win a client for the sake of numbers. It’s about creating an everlasting relationship that's going to benefit everyone. Now that doesn’t mean I ...

25
Apr

Job Hopping: A resume doesn’t tell the whole story

I'll start by saying this, I agree with Mark Suster's points to never hire job hoppers, but, sometimes there is more to a story than a resume holds. And, according to Jason Calacanis, I might be a Gen Y Trophy Kid, but, in my opinion, there is more to it than meets the eye in some cases. My thoughts and opinions are those of my own and I will always stand behind them, but I do apologize in advance if this post offends anyone or is in fact unhappy with the stance. Hopping: Sometimes, there are good ...

22
Mar

While at SXSW, Chris Winfield and I had our presentation on "Social media marketing for your business." My biggest focus for the presentation was to help people realize the power of creating a plan, setting goals, and executing them. Overall, creating a marketing plan or strategy should not just involve trying to get some traffic or a few links. There needs to be an end result that helps the business bottom line, like getting new users. I covered a lot of examples of how to create online visibility in social media and ROI goals. An example of this is ...