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Favs This Week – April 25 thru 29, 2011 May 1, 2011

People ask me how I keep up on changes happening on social platforms. It is hard for sure. There’s no way to read everything, there’s just too much information.

Below are things I’ve read over the prior week that have struck me as important or influenced my thinking. You’ll see the link and 1 sentence about what struck me in the post. Take a closer look if something sounds interesting.

Thanks to Duct Tape Marketing for the idea.

This week:

 

The Do’s And Don’ts Before Leaving Your Job – First off 36% of people planning to change jobs? That’s a big number. But the main point here is your last impression, how you finish your last 2 weeks makes one hell of a difference. I have first hand experience with this. Both when I quit and when my position was eliminated. You may not get to control when you exit, but you can control how you exit. Do it well.

Watch Email Campaign Results on a Map in Real Time With WorldView – It is amazing what we can learn about customers when we realize that they are real people at the end of those email addresses. This new technology let’s you watch who is responding and pinpoints their location on a map. It’s like reality TV on your monitor.

Royal Weddings over Time – Yes, I watched the wedding. I’m an unapologetic girlie, girl. These pics of other famous royal weddings are beauties. Beyond the beauty of the event, it was fantastic to see two women (Catherin and Pippa) who were so comfortable in their own skin. Even when on such a big stage. Snaps to them! And I pray my own daughters find the same degree of poise.

This last site moved me, nearly to tears. It is a Facebook page cataloging the personal items found strewn about the south after the April 27th tornado outbreak.  The first post I saw was a pic of a zip-top bag holding a baby tooth. The piece of tape on it said “Blyth’s first tooth.” Look through the Photos tab. It is an album of displaced memories. There are pics of found objects, the name town they were found in and how to reach the person who found it. There are baby pics, graduation pics, wedding and prom pics, burial announcements, canceled checks, precious love notes from the ’50s, vacation pics, even an Xray found in someone’s yard. It is a scrap book and time capsule of southern life. Amidst all the loss and confusion, I suspect this Page will help people heal and make feel more connected to the people around them. They are all in my prayers.

 

Have a great week.

If you missed last week’s, you can find it here.

 

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Favs this Week – April 18 thru 22 2011 April 24, 2011

Filed under: Ideas,Life in General,Resources — Carla Bobka @ 6:37 pm
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People ask me how I keep up on changes happening on social platforms. It is hard for sure. There’s no way to read everything, there’s just too much information.

Below are things I’ve read over the prior week that have struck me as important or influenced my thinking. You’ll see the link and 1 sentence about what struck me in the post. Take a closer look if something sounds interesting.

Thanks to Duct Tape Marketing for the idea.

This week:

The Cummins Blog – my sister writes this blog to capture the craziness and funny moments of her brood of kids. She has 6. Five are adopted. Four were foster – adoptions. Two are African American. One is a dwarf. Two are girls. Four are boys. One is getting married in June. One is 6.

I just finished reading “Graceful” by Seth Godin. Recommended reading, for sure. One line that really got me was about anxiety: “Anxiety is experiencing failure in advance.” Wow. I’m not anxiety prone, but I certainly have moments of it. Not any more, I’m going to only face failure when it actually shows up.

 

This year I’m trying to get my head around SEO. Not to do it professionally, but to do it better for the benefit of SocialPie. This post from ReadWriteWeb helps.  How to Optimize Your FAcebook Page for Search Engines.

 

Here’s another from ReadWriteWeb on mass customization. They claim it’s for real this time. I’m skeptical. I’ve had a pair of “custom” jeans on order since Jan 10. We are on the 3rd fitting and they still aren’t anywhere near being comfortable. And it’s taken 4 months. If that’s the future, it’s not for me. Do you think it is for you (as business person and as consumer)? Let me know your thoughts on this one.

 

Have a great weekend. I’ll be outside watching for spring to arrive.

 

“Shine” a Women’s Entrepreneur Conference April 14, 2011

 

In January I registered to go to “Shine.” It is a women entrepreneur conference held in Dallas. The founder is Ali Brown, a self-described entrepreneurial guru for women. It’s the 1st weekend of November.

I first came across it while researching a client’s blog. Somewhere within Fabulous After 40’s blog posts and comments I stumbled onto conversation about Shine 2010 and it piqued my interest. The event is designed to help women entrepreneurs kick start and inspire one another. After poking around a bit more, I jumped in and signed up.

Three elements that pushed me over the edge to sign up:

  • The monthly payment plan. Instead of diving in with cash to register, I can bill $79/month on my credit card. That was brilliant.
  • Dallas is home to one of my oldest friends, Liz. And I can visit her. (we’ve been friends since Kindergarten) Bam. Double duty value.
  • As an early bird registrant to Shine, I get to bring a friend, for free. Guess who’s coming with me? Yup, Liz.

Since I signed up some of the communication I’ve seen from Ali International has me going “hmm.” She, Ali, is VERY self-promotional. “Buy my DVD set and change your life!” “I’m going to be on TV, don’t miss me!” ” Buy this and I’ll show you the secrets to success!” “Save $50 bucks for a limited time.”  “Don’t miss out!” Not exactly my style.

Most of this is on her Facebook Page. I finally “unliked” it. Her page is set up for one-way communication only. Just her.  If fans want to add a comment to what she says, OK. But a fan can’t just post “Hi” or “What speakers are on tap for Shine 2011?” That goes against the gospel of social, and rubs me the wrong way.

The email communication that has come through about “Shine” has encouraged attendees to go to Facebook and introduce themselves to each other. Except you can’t because we can’t post. I emailed her in February about the disconnect. No response, and no change to the way the Page is set up. And the “I’m selling this!!” posts just kept coming. Hence the “unlike” and the wondering about what’s really going to take place at “Shine.”

There has been an event created on Facebook for Shine, and the women showing up there seem cool. That’s what I’m interested in. Am I still going? Yes. (‘Cause I get to see Liz.) We’ll go to the first day of “Shine” and see what we get. If it’s a huckster fest, Liz and I will bail and turn Dallas upside down. She’s going to take me garage sale-ing, I just know it.

What do you think? Should I be suspicious or am I over reacting?

If you’re curious and want to come along, Liz and I would love partners in our adventure! Even if it ends up being garage sales.

 

 

 

Favs this week: March 28 – April 1, 2011 April 2, 2011

Filed under: Life in General — Carla Bobka @ 5:08 am
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People always ask me how I keep up on changes happening on social platforms. It is hard for sure. There’s no way to read everything, there’s just too much information.

Below are things I’ve read over the prior week that have struck me as important or influenced my thinking. You’ll see the link and 1 sentence about what struck me in the post. Take a closer look if something sounds interesting.

Thanks to Duct Tape Marketing for the idea.

Interesting this week:

1. There are so many blogs out there, it’s unreal. This week I discovered http://smallbiztrends.com/ There were some great articles. Like “How to be a giant killer,” “50 places to find images every small business needs.” I’ll be back often.

2. This one is for any1wondering if there’s too much “you” on the Internet.

3. Daily Worth. This comes as an email everyday. It’s always worth hitting the open button. The post on “A Quarterly Report on You” was an eye opener.

Enjoy the weekend. I hope it is spring where you are. I’m still waiting. 🙂

 

Favs this week – March 21 thru 25 2011 March 27, 2011

Filed under: Ideas,Resources — Carla Bobka @ 11:43 pm
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People always ask me how I keep up on changes happening on social platforms. It is hard for sure. There’s no way to read everything, there’s just too much information.

Below are things I’ve read over the prior week that have struck me as important or influenced my thinking. You’ll see the link and 1 sentence about what struck me in the post. Take a closer look if something sounds interesting.

Thanks to Duct Tape Marketing for the idea.

My favs for the week of March 21-25 2011

Creating a Life Plan, Michael Hyatt – for me, a strategy thinker, this is a no brainer. Now I need to spend time working on it.

Why Women Rule the Internet, Aileen Lee – This isn’t just a rift on “women’s issues.” If you’re running  a business and want success on e-commerce platforms this article will give you a perspective on who Internet consumers are. There may be more to why men aren’t buying from you than just your offering.

 

 

Favs this Week – Jan 31, 2011 February 5, 2011

Filed under: Ideas — Carla Bobka @ 3:49 pm
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People always ask me how I keep up on changes happening on social platforms. It is hard for sure. There’s no way to read everything, there’s just too much information.

Below are things I’ve read over the prior week that have struck me as important or influenced my thinking. You’ll see the link and 1 sentence about what struck me in the post. Take a closer look if something sounds interesting.

Here are last week’s favs.

Thanks to Duct Tape Marketing for the idea.

This week was all about wild weather on both sides of the planet. Mega-cyclone Yasi in Australia and “the beast” of a snow storm in the US.

Yasi as it approached Queensland.

It is clear Mother Nature’s guiding principles are Power and Beauty. She doesn’t give a crap about safety. And she seldom disappoints. These pictures leave me in awe.

Yasi superimposed over the US gives us a sense of its immense size.

Snow Totals for "the beast." My parents are in the dark purple part.

One non-weather post that was helpful came from Michael Hyatt.  It is on increasing your blog traffic. This is hard to do, and an 81% increase is impressive. I’m not going to hit 5 posts a week as he does. But some of the other ideas I’m considering.

 

Favs this week – Jan 23, 2011 January 30, 2011

Filed under: Ideas — Carla Bobka @ 10:02 pm
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People always ask me how I keep up on changes happening on social platforms. It is hard for sure. There’s no way to read everything, there’s just too much information.

Below are things I’ve read over the prior week that have struck me as important or influenced my thinking. You’ll see the link and 1 sentence about what struck me in the post. Take a closer look if something sounds interesting.

Thanks to Duct Tape Marketing for the idea.

Here’s my favorite tweet of the week. From @davepeck

This tweet made me chuckle

New Security Features for Facebook – There are some simple (fast, and easy to execute) new security measures available to protect your Facebook password from being stolen. If you ever log in from a public wi-fi connection this is 4 minutes well spent.

Davos and Women, as covered on Forbes.com blog. I spent a chunk of time keeping up with Davos (World Economic Forum) commentary.  It’s always fascinating. This year Forbes sent some of my favorite bloggers. I followed their posts with a view into how Davos is different for men and women. And for newbies and oldies. I’ve determined I’ll never be an attendee, I just don’t have deep enough pockets. It is fun to watch from afar, though.

InMaps – LinkedIn has gotten it’s foot wet in creating customized info graphics of your network connections. It color codes my connections. Yours probably is similar – the companies you worked for for a long time have big splotches, smaller, shorter term gigs are a smaller cluster of color. One person referred to it as his “butterfly.” Mine looks more like a bug w/ antenna. It may be interesting to see how it changes over time as my connections increase. It is interesting to ponder why the color for my Archway Marketing connects are so small. I learned so much while I worked there. Other than that it doesn’t tell me how active my connects are on LinkedIn or how tight a bond I have with any of them. It only shows me that I have connections.

That’s it, have a fantastic week. And don’t let winter smack you in the butt.