Tis the season! And here’s a reminder… #charitable holiday gifts

There are several ways to get into the Christmas spirit without contributing to consumerism. I’d love  to hear your ideas, but   here are mine — mostly local orgs, but obviously you can apply these suggestions to your own location. I have to admit this policy stops with the youngsters, Gunnar, 5 years, and Kaia

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Way Cool Product! #“Tile, The world’s largest lost and found.”

I’m pretty good about putting my things back where they belong. But I still occasionally lose the most important — my keys, purse, iPhone, or iPad. I may be carrying so many groceries from the car to the house that I put my keys in my purse and throw the purse over my shoulder, to

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Ten Reasons to Network Before You Need to Network

Raise your hand if you enjoy networking events. Is it my imagination or are they full of peeps looking for jobs? Or a lot of consultants looking for new clients? Does it feel contrived when you introduce yourself? Forced? Unspontaneous? Or worse, it feels like everyone wants something from you? I try to take the

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Facebook Friends May Affect Loan Applications

It still blows my mind when I speak with men and women of a certain age and they brag about not being involved in social media. It reminds me of the folks who were still using horses and buggies when the rest of the world had automobiles. There are those who aren’t adopting because they

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The Two Best Things about the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Personally, I thought the iPhone was the “one of the best things since …” well, you know the rest of the cliché. I’m one of those people who feels it’s cumbersome to carry a lot of weight (and things) around, so (possibly a few) less devices fulfilled a dream. It afforded a sense of freedom.

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Four Motivators to “Share” Via Social Media. What Are Yours?

These reasons often overlap, but the four key motivating factors for sharing information, photos, videos, or anything via social media are knowledge, reward, ego, and passion.* 1. Knowledge: You’re the person in the know and want to share that knowledge. You’re often a subject matter expert (SME) and share information about products you’ve reviewed or

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Two of the Most Important Rules for Blogs and Why I Didn’t Follow Them

So I don’t follow the rules. I never have, if you ask my mother. But that’s beside the point. I consider these to be two of the most important blog rules: 1. keeping your blog on your website and 2. posting regularly. Reason? Keeping it on your website ensures that all of the inbound and

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Three Facebook EdgeRank Factors Determine Who Sees Your Feeds

If you’ve long understood why only a small number of your Facebook network sees your feeds, then you were way ahead of me, because I only learned the reason through a Social Media Marketing Certification program with Market Motive, which I completed this past summer. The percentage of people who see your news feed depends on what

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Controversial Facebook Home Ad about Cell Phones at Dinner. What do you think?

What do YOU think of this extremely controversial Facebook ad (for Facebook Home) of a family during dinnertime? Think technology is grand or that we’re going to hell in a hand basket?  Most of us have been there, at least during adolescence, when we were bored to tears as one family member or another droned on about a topic we may

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Mooney Warther: World’s Master Carver (with only 2nd-grade education) Amazes Mathematicians

“It’s impossible,” they said, on June 24, 1913, when Mooney Warther made his proclamation about the pliers tree he planned to whittle. “I just got a strange vision…of a very strange piece of carving,” he said. “…Now the first cut will be made on this narrow end,” he continued, holding a small block of wood.

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