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Responding to a Social Media Crisis

February 9, 2015 - Business Psychology, Marketing, Startups

Recently there was some controversy surrounding one of my posts on DevOps.com. I responded here, got some support here, and at this point, the situation is basically resolved. But the experience got me thinking. What’s the best way to respond to a social media crisis?…

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The Importance of Using a Persona

January 29, 2015 - Marketing

Around 200 billion tweets are sent every year, more than 30 billion pieces of content are shared on Facebook each month and more than 2 million blogs are posted every day. So with all this competition, how do you make sure you and your content…

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The Continuing Marketing Revolution

December 28, 2014 - Marketing

They say the only constant in life is change, and nowhere is this—admittedly somewhat tired—aphorism more true than in business and marketing. Learning, adapting and taking risks are an integral part of successful marketing. While there will always be some static truths, more often than…

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Unicorn Quadrant

November 15, 2014 - Contributor Musings
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Changing the Advertising Paradigm

November 13, 2014 - Marketing

We know advertising is necessary as a tool to generate revenue, demographic information and more customers. From the user perspective, though, the very people we want to target and engage can be alienated because most advertising is a “take-take” proposition. Advertising draws you in with…

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The Skinny on Lean Startups

November 6, 2014 - Marketing, Startups

Using lean for streamlining manufacturing processes has certainly had some enviable successes, and applying it to other areas of business seems like a great idea. Certainly, every area of business can benefit from eliminating waste across value streams and universally optimizing methods. But, in terms…

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Process Addiction: A Business’s Silent Killer

October 31, 2014 - Business Psychology, Startups

In psychological terms, a process addiction is a condition similar to substance addiction—without the substance. Often referred to as an “invisible addiction,” there are usually no outward signs the person is suffering. But just because the person is addicted to an activity rather than chemically…

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In Startup Investment, There are Few True Angels

October 24, 2014 - Marketing, Startups

It started as a term on Broadway: investors who fund theatrical productions were called “angels.” These days it has come to mean an investor who provides capital funding for a business startup, usually for convertible debt or ownership equity. They can be a godsend (no…

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Hockey Sticks are for Hockey, Not Business

October 17, 2014 - Marketing

So far, you’ve built your business right, and now you’re looking for investors. You invested some of your own money, and you have a good track record. You avoided a lavish budget, and your ask is reasonable for your field. It’s the critical point in…

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Freemium

October 15, 2014 - Contributor Musings
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