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Leading People to Come Alive

September 24, 2012 Comments off

Wisdom comes from the most unique and sometimes unexpected places.  My children attend a college preparatory school, and the chaplain, Fr. Patrick Funston, posted some of the following thoughts on his blog after his Wednesday chapel service.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

“Howard Thurman was a very early civil rights leader, a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Among his most notable accomplishments was the 22 years he spent as Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University starting in 1953.  He was the first African American to be named a tenured Chapel Dean at a mostly white school.”


“Fr. Fun” as the students like to call him, went on to say: “Passion begets interest.  Interest beget change.  People are much more likely to care about what we are doing when we are interested in it ourselves.”

His message was directed at the students in their daily and community service activities, but I also read it as another reminder of how we can effectively lead and manage our people.  Do you have a team that has “come alive” Have YOU “come alive”? If not, what are you doing about it?

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The Top 4 (Inbound) Marketing Techniques

August 29, 2012 Comments off

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The top 4 marketing tactics that convert leads, according to Sales Benchmark Index are:

1. SEO

2. Direct Traffic

3. Referrals (OK, not an inbound conversion, but important)

4. Blogging

Of course, direct traffic could result from other techniques, like Outbound E mail and/or Trade Shows & Events, etc., but I think the take-away is investment and return.  It’s interesting to see companies roll their eyes when getting a quote for a better website that is optimized for SEO and then see them spend many times that much to travel to a trade show.  It might benefit the company to look at cost per lead once in a while to ensure marketing dollars are properly invested for the highest return.

I wonder if there’s a similar cost/benefit analysis that can be done on elections?

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Online Presence – Can You Pass Through Your Own Filter?

May 30, 2012 Comments off
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Human behavior is interesting to watch.  Particularly when we evaluate other companies based on their online presence.  We look at their website, their blog (or lack thereof), their news feed (were the updates more than 6 months ago?), maybe their LinkedIn profile, Twitter or Facebook update and pass a sometimes harsh judgement.

At the very same time, many customers and potential customers are taking the same actions and making the same judgements on your own online presence.   The question is:  Are you current enough to pass your own standards?  What do you think your own stakeholders think about you?

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Will Blogging and Social Networking Redirect our Moral Compass?

October 19, 2011 Comments off

Last week I sat in on a couple of presentation about corporate blogging and making a difference in the new realities of social media, search and all things Internet.  It was a great learning experience on what to do to make a difference in the minds of your readers.

Here is what is interesting:  In the world of blogging and social media, your objective is to help people without expecting anything in return.  Also, don’t promote yourself, be humble always, acknowledge others as helpful and just plain be grateful and communicate that to others.  Wow, let me reiterate – our media guides are now telling us:

  1. Give freely and openly without expectation of return.
  2. Be humble
  3. Say thank you
  4. Be grateful

These are the cornerstones of success….hmmm – not only are we missing the go-go ’90’s mentality, we just might be going back in time – history may indeed be repeating itself.  It just might be a good thing for all of us.  What era do you think it originated in?

Here’s a helpful link, if you need to be motivated to take the next step.

The Desire to Win

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To Social Media…Or Not – Four Reasons to Think About It

September 6, 2011 Comments off
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I read a very interesting article last week stating the reality that the world is moving to Social Media – no surprise.  The interesting counter perspective is there is a big portion of the market NOT participating in this phenomenon in a way social marketers want them to. There continues to be a market that shockingly buys products and services the traditional way.

Once again, prognosticators are imagining ourselves in a future utopia that simply will not exist.  Remember the introduction of ATMs?  We would “eliminate” the teller.  Remember the Internet – “eliminate” bricks and mortar retail.  The simple fact is, we have a new distribution channel of information and buying habits.  Depending on who you are selling to, it could be a big part or a small part of your marketing and sales strategy.  You can’t ignore it, and you have to professionally manage it in concert with your communication, sales and marketing strategies.

We have witnessed great initiative by larger businesses and our innovator companies in small and medium sized businesses in Social Media.  We are still waiting to see the bulge of small and medium sized businesses establish a strategy and use it with discipline to keep or grow market share.

We are in a very dynamic marketplace, so you probably need to start with your own website.  When was the last time it was updated?

Here’s your four reasons to think about it:

  • When was the last time you bought something “traditionally”? Really, when did you buy something new or significant without using some sort of web media – which probably tied to Social Media?
  • Your mother “friends” you on facebook; and learns to “like” things
  • You are thinking about it – but haven’t done anything.  It’s fine to “think” but decide to do (see my first blog).
  • You have a consistent, well defined strategy, but most importantly, you are ready to get started.

So, how do you get started?  Start in a way that won’t hurt and can help you learn and get results, fast.  That will be the subject of next week!

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