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Snow Day Social Media Fun – February 2, 2011

What do YOU do on a Snow Day in central Iowa? Well, if you’re at all involved in social media, you get online and jump into the conversation (ANY conversation). There’s always a chat, a dialogue, a debate or simply silly talk going on within Twitter. As

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You Can’t Rely on Gimmick Branding

Differentiation. It’s one of the keys to good branding. Branding and marketing professionals have been beating that drum since the dawn of communication. But being “Different” in simple separation from the competition isn’t enough. Differentiation needs to add value. Otherwise what good does it do for the

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We Don’t Need Another Hero – A Rebuttal

This morning, one of my Des Moines social media cohorts wrote a post about the recent onslaught of social media companies, consultants and “Superstars” that have recently dotted our fine city. Troy Rutter hasn’t hidden his distaste for the trend of social media consultants popping up out

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Can We Treat Our Customers Like Children?

Yep, it’s coming. Christmas. Sure, right now it’s 93 degrees (in my neighborhood) and Christmas is a whole 156 days away, but I can almost see all of the commercials now. Don’t they start airing some time in September?!? And shortly after, my kids start communicating with

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Time Travel Isn’t Possible… YET.

This comes off as a bit of a rant, but there are a lot of companies out there that are still behind the curve when it comes to social media marketing. It isn’t so much using the tools of social media like Facebook YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn, but the brand and marketing strategy that powers those tools.

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What A Vacation!

What do YOU do to stay productive during vacation times? Are you able to balance work and life demands? If not, The Brand Chef has a story about his recent vacation that may make you feel good.

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Is It Branding Or Just Bacon?

I sat back in my chair at Caribou this morning looking over a dark roast and a french toast muffin (a MUST try, by the way), thinking about the next post for The Brand Chef blog. I’ve written extensively about branding, personal branding and social media marketing.

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Flourish Where You Live

When I started this little title contest I asked myself one, somewhat intimidating question.  “What if I didn’t see any entries?” It happened before. I was terrified, but with faith in my social media community, I posted anyway. I checked stats after an hour – nothing.  I

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Conquer Writer’s Block – Save The World!

Life spins around us pretty fast. It’s astounding that when we sit down to write, create, work, or whatever; the world comes to a screeching halt. Of course the distractions, the annoying emails, the tweets and post alerts seem to continue, but when creating really matters, you

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You’re Going To Die Anyway

Feel that? It’s your life slipping away. Yep. Every second of every minute that you spend reading this post, you’re slowly dying. Breath by breath, each heartbeat with each syllable, you creep closer to the end. oooooooooh…. Pretty ominous, huh? So, why the dark perspective? Well, this

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