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Social Media; Our Generation’s Smoke Break

Posted: 03/18/2010 - I was giving a presentation to group the other day and we were talking about social media. I asked if any of them accessed social media during their work day. Not surprising over three quarters answered yes. I know managers and business owners are shaking their heads wonder how many people are doing it at their organization. Here is what I will say to them, relax it’s our generation’s smoke break.

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"The State of the Internet"

Updated: 03/03/2010 - If you have any doubt that the internet is a media to be reckoned with then watch this video from Jess3, it has tons of great stats on Internet usage from around the world.

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Buzz, Google’s shot at getting into our social circles

Posted: 02/25/2010 - I am hearing a lot of our clients talk about social media. And because it is free businesses are trying to figure out how to use social media to keep their name in front of their customers. To say social media is abuzz with people talking about it is an understatement and Buzz is a good term for social media.

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Social Media Mistakes

Updated: 02/12/2010 - Social media has dominated many conversations with clients and account executives recently. I am trying to thnik back to when we had so much buzz about a past trend(s). Was it mobile? Was it the internet? What was it? Either way the primary focus for most in any business that has an internt presence is how to harness the power of Social Media.

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Is Social Media a Revolution?

Posted: 02/08/2010 - Most people I talk to are using a social media. Does that make it important? No, but can you ignore it? No. If you have any doubt about using social media you will need to watch this video.

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Mobile Video –is it here and ready for primetime?

Updated: 01/15/2010 - I read a lot and I mean a lot of newsletters and articles each day talking about mobile and mobile video are the next biggest thing. I agree but it has always been tough to nail down time lines as to when mobile video would be considered a legitimate media by advertisers. Yes people have been advertising via mobile video for a while.

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Everyone's a Journalist?

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Here is a great Video to see where the future of journalism and ad revenues are going.

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Can you make money with Twitter?

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Recently I was asked if money can be made with Twitter. My answer is YES! Before you run out and set up your Twitter account I want to temper your expectations.

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To pay or not to pay for internet content, that is the question

Posted: 11/19/2009 - I have had several discussions recently about the pay model for internet content. I wanted to weigh in on this because it will be an ongoing topic for some time to come. Just so you know I am “mostly” against a pay model. What I mean by mostly is the average news website.....

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Windows 7 - Starting to look a lot like Apple except….

Posted: 11/06/2009 - As I type this BLOG on a Windows XP machine I realize that a lot of irony goes into what I am getting ready to say which is WINDOWS Sucks. My company buys me a Windows machine and so I use a Windows machine. I have had this PC just over a year and I received it with Windows Vista. Within two hours I had found ten things that the new machine could not do because of driver issues and other configuration issues that we had to labor through.

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Viral Marketing at its best – Go See ALICE.com

Posted: 10/29/2009 - If you have not experienced Alice.com you should. I found it through an article I had read recently and just started using their service. For those who have not gone to the site yet, they are an online grocery store with no perishable items. I just purchased razors, shampoo and soap.

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How do you tell someone they have a bad website?

Posted: 10/16/2009 - I am in sales and work with businesses of varying sizes and through my travels I have seen a lot of bad websites. I have learned how to be as diplomatic as possible in suggesting ways to improve upon bad websites. I just read the article “Showdown At The Web Corral: Convincing Your Boss to Fix a Hideous Website” by Dan Heath from “Fast Company” magazine that provides a solution to make changes happen.

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Deciding on a “Super” Smart Phones gets tougher

Posted: 10/15/2009 - I have talked about smart phones in the past and I am still a professed iPhone fan. I just read an article from my iPhone about smart phones that I wanted to share with you because it touches on two phone companies that have a special place in my heart; Motorola and Blackberry.

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Blogging reenergized

Posted: 10/10/2009 - When I started blogging I wondered if what I would write would impact or resonate with anyone. Well this week my question was answered. I received the following email from a nice gentleman; “I just stumbled on and old blog you had written at the beginning of the year. Well how did it go did you lose the twenty pounds? Just kidding. The article lifted my spirits........

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How has Google affected the way we market?

Posted: 09/23/2009 - I just read the article by Aaron Goldman from August 26th "Even More On: Everything I Need to Know About Marketing I Learned From Google" where he offers 10 things he learned about marketing I wanted to share with you.

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So Many Sites, So Little Time

Posted: 09/04/2009 - Social sites can be such a TIME SUCK that I have to limit my time. Here is just a small list of social sites available; Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, AIM Status, GTalk Status, Plurk, MySpace, Tumblr, Identi.ca, Brightkite, FriendFeed, Jaiku, Blogger, Plaxo Pulse, LiveJournal, Bebo, hi5, Mashable, kwippy, Xanga, WordPress.com, Delicious, Friendster, Yahoo 360, Koornk, Diigo, you are, Multiply, Yammer, Flickr, Utterli, imeem, seismic, Laconi.ca, Present.ly, Vox, TypePad, ShoutEm, StreetMavens, Radar, myYearbook, Photobucket, Posterous, Yahoo Profiles, Tagged. So many social sites, so little time to visit each one. There are more social sites out there, if I missed one you like I apologize now.

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Twitter Crazy……Facebook Madness for business

Updated: 08/12/2009 - I read a ton of newsletters each day and besides Health Care Reform and the economy all everyone wants to talk about is social media and how it can be used for business. As the title states our country has gone Twitter crazy and Facebook mad. Yes I participate in all of them so I can better understand how to use them in the media world and the business environment. Social Marketing is like any other marketing, understand your audience and you provide them with information and offers that will help drive traffic.

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Have you seen the Palm Pre commercials?

Posted: 08/03/2009 - Have you seen the Palm Pre commercials? A lot of chatter on the internet about how these commercials makes people feel creepy. I have watched several versions and I liked the commercial. I am not creeped out by them. Take a look and let me what you think.

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"Twitter is for old people...."

Posted: 07/14/2009 - After looking through the twitter followers for WKYT, guess what Matthew Robson is correct. Most of the followers are what teenagers would call old people. Of course everything is relative. What is interesting about the article is how teenagers consume media. Look at the insert pulled from the article. I have also included a link to the article from The Times dated July 14, 2009. How are the teenagers you know consuming media?

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iPhone – Blackberry – Android – Palm Pre, who is king?

Posted: 07/02/2009 - As many of you may know I have been a loyal Blackberry user for years. I have even written about them in previous BLOGS. My loyalty ran so deep I proclaimed I would never switch. I was excited when the Storm came out to go up against the mighty iPhone. Don’t get me wrong I like Apple products, I have an iMac at home and it is great. The problem I thought I had with the phone was the keyboard and it wasn’t business phone.

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Tweet, Tweet, Tweet I am now a Twitter-aholic!

Posted: 05/27/2009 - Hi I’m Tim and I am a twitter-aholic! That will be the meeting I will have to attend if I don’t stop checking for updates. For those of you who have not started twittering be careful. I want to warn you, because once you start, it will become addictive. My life can now be summed up in 140 characters or less. Follow me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/timcoles and see how mundane my life is.

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Building a Website basics: Looking Long Term

Posted: 05/07/2009 - I get this all the time from clients; “I know I need to build a website”. You’re darn straight you need to build a website because your competition is online. Getting companies to advertise online is a difficult task and it is exacerbated by the fact most companies either have no website or they have a really bad website.

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Hello world I’m somebody!

Posted: 04/28/2009 - As I sit in my office deciding on what to BLOG about I was thinking about how the internet and mobile internet devices are democratizing our world. Like that is some great insight that someone hasn’t shared already. Here is the thing, as I sit here putting this together I get to have a voice. I get to express myself in a way that only I can do and then post it so it can be found and read…..That’s right “Hello World I am somebody!”

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FLIP Video Camera

Posted: 04/17/2009 - The first and last VLOG discussing how simple it is to use a FLIP video camera.....

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