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On The Ukraine Revolt: Observations from the Social Side

Hi Rupert, 

Sorry you feel that way, but I respect your opinion. I did not ingnore those hashtags at all, they simply did not show up in the last 7 days as prevalently as some others. I suggest anyone with the resources and time, just wade right on in. If you read the post and looked at the graphics you surely saw #Euromaidan up there. 

As for the hype, in English, that is all there is in my view. I suggest anyone interested read this from Russia Today (just to get a balance that is) 

http://rt.com/op-edge/american-fits-over-putin-555/

Being late? I am not sure about that Rupert, I am a pretty old guy. We stated studying back when I worked in Naval Intelligence a long time ago. Ineptness on the Ukraine Presidents part, I think that goes without saying, even Putin called him "slippery" more than once. The #Springs? Those just sprung up just because it was time if you read the news. So did Ukraine. But I am oversimpifying Rupert, I am sorry. Late here in Germany. You deserve better, I'll get more in  depth in the next go round I promise. 

Thanks for taking the time to be in the conversation, that is crucial at this stage. 

Always, 

Phil

 

February 26, 2014    View Comment    

On Facebook Class Action Fears: How Deep the Privacy Runs

Hey Mark,


Good points all. As I alluded to in the post, what may be most interesting in all this is what is discovered if the judge allows searching deeper in the mechanisms Facebook deploys for various reasons. The reason I mention this is, for most of us who accept a loss of privacy and know nothing is free, the geek mentality behind these developments is a hacker one. In my informed view at least.

The larger issue for me, concerning the average user, is how reasonably visible the potential for data privacy incursion or damage is. What I mean is, should the law protect people from obscure or confusing language? Are the TOS clear enough, and for whom?

We create TOS for clients sometimes, to be honest the legal mumbojumbo we are forced to use in content is indistinguishable from hyroglyphics for the layman. Point is, "should people be protected from their own impatience?"


Anyhow, this is for the courts to decide. As one person told me yesterday, "this is an attorney gold mine."

Thanks for taking your valuable time to add two cents Mark.

Always,

Phil

January 11, 2014    View Comment    

On Facebook Class Action Fears: How Deep the Privacy Runs

Hey Dan, as you say, "the simple life" may not even be possible if we want to use these social networks for work or play. While lost privacy is a sort of foreone conclusion for those of us who've been playing the game a long time, non-professionals are often unaware of the pitfalls. Think about how long it took some of us to climb the mountainous learning curves.


Thanks for taking the time Dan.

 

Phil

January 10, 2014    View Comment    

On What If Mobile Trends Transformed Search? What If We Could Find More, Faster, and Easier?

Exactly Ajay, as a social media "operator" still, I can easily serve up based on immediate criteria such as the IM on Facebook which lets me know not only who, but on "what" people are speaking from. Our social media managers do similarly etc.

I already know of depth analytics teams configuring softward to "heads up" operators on just about any real  time or gleaned intelligence. The moments of marketing and ad truth have arrived. It will be very interesting to see how all this pans out over the next few weeks.

Thanks for taking your time, 

Phil

 

January 5, 2014    View Comment    

On The Absolute Worst Ways to Pitch a Guest Post

Super post Jonathan, for many reasons. As somebody who pitches and catches on this end this sort of advice can only help authors and editors. I find myself recalling pitches like; "Hello Dear, here is a guest post for your blog, please let me know when it is up."


LOL. Right after I yell "yeehaa" on those kinds I always swear to never do that to another editor. We all have made some of these mistakes though, I wish I'd had this advice 6 years ago. Oh, and never confuse the Wall Street Journal with the New York Times when pitching either. Those New Yorkers can be really rude when you mislabel them :)


Always,

Phil

December 27, 2013    View Comment    

On Predictions 2014: The Death of Social? Or You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet?

I could not agree more Robin. From the frenzy we saw here just before Christmas, the possibilites for the coming year seem astronomical, if I may. Whoever said social would be dead must have been in dire need of a traffic fix, or just plain speculation injection, whatever. Mobile alone represents an emergig opportunity that seems to have arrived.

The convergence of the consumer and those businesses, products, and services they all want and need, has never been more dynamic. Not since Google began gardnering market share in search, has so much possibility existed for the big three of four digital businesses. Apple, Microsoft, Google, and even Yahoo! have a rare opportunity.

This sort of competitive chance seldom comes around. For you and those of the rest of us who've evangelized and advised on these innovative moves, we're lucky to be around to tell about the coming onslaught. Thanks for this insightful post Robin. 2014 will be amazing, it's in the air.


Always,

Phil

December 26, 2013    View Comment    

On Black Friday: Top US Retailers Battle for Social Media Attention

Can we make it a law to shop this year at only Lord & Taylor, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy's, and to leave Walmart sucking eggs? 

Walmart is broadcasting their El Cheapo stuff like it is going out of style. Can somebody tell them this is a conversation :---D

Kids love Elmo Hugs! Just $44 this #BlackFriday. It's a #ChosenByKids favorite! pic.twitter.com/zjnJuw7oJP

— Walmart (@Walmart) November 29, 2013
November 29, 2013    View Comment    

On Black Friday: Top US Retailers Battle for Social Media Attention

Holy Toledo! Or should I say Holy Edinburgh? Soon we'll have Black Friday in Timbuktu!

November 29, 2013    View Comment    

On Ten Blogs Every Marketer Should Read

Dennis, this is great! I am, however, deeply sad I am not mentioned ;) 

Always, 

Phil

October 26, 2013    View Comment    

On When Will Enough Google Targeting Be Enough for Consumers?

HI Joanna, 

Thanks very much for reading, I am glad you found the post useful. Of course the marketing and ad types who work at these big companies take advantage of the fact people are either too busy, or less informed, this has been the "sales" methodology for decades actually. 

Franky, any company that in any small way tries to mislead or "bait and switch" us, at this late date in the consumerist society evolotion, should be replaced by competitors who are more transparent. This is my view. 

Again, thanks for taking your valuable time to comment. If more of us did, not so many companies would be pulling the "fast one" on some. 

 

Always, 

Phil 

October 16, 2013    View Comment    

On Is Social Media the Biggest Workplace Distraction? [INFOGRAPHIC]

This is funny Jim, I was just talking about distractions in our offices the other day. My partner and I were laughing (and half crying) at having hired some stikingly beautiful and unerringly humorous employees. At times they seem a bit worthless for their incessant eyeballing of one anthother. 

Maybe another inforgraphic on "specific" distractions is in order? 

Always, 

Phil

June 9, 2013    View Comment    

On What Makes a Great Cover Photo?

Excellent advise Kandice, we have been telling clients and associates for years how critical these "first" and often lasting impressions are. Tell the readers more, this is good stuff. 

Always, 

Phil

June 9, 2013    View Comment    
 
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