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But If You’re Going To Plan A TweetUp…

December 6, media.#nwitweetup

Yesterday I talked about how not every Tweetup Can be planned. My late night consumption of steak tacos and enchiladas is a testament to the spontaneity of Tweetups and other Social Media Events. (#afteraftertweetup shout out to Dave, Josh, and Rich) I love unplanned Tweetups. I get to repaint coffee houses and eat great food […]

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Why You Can’t Always Plan a Tweetup

December 5, media.#nwitweetup

(Try planning this kind of fun. Go ahead, good luck) Tweetups, like Meetups and Networking Events, are always nice to plan. It’s also helpful to be able to pick your venue, plan a menu, craft a guest list, and develop a framework for how the evening should flow in advance. It’s especially helpful to the […]

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The Adaptability of Social Media

November 23, 2009.Digital Marketing

“Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows” – Sun Tzu Do enough research about social media and you’ll find contradictions. For every purist who tells you to engage in the conversation there’s another whose telling you to target and get results. Then some think the roof will […]

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Is It 2.0, Social Media, New Media, or Inbound Marketing? Picking a Name that Sticks

November 20, 2009.Digital Marketing

The problem with getting in on the second floor of a movement is that usually the boundaries aren’t defined. Take this example: Are you a business looking to enhance your web presence? Do you know what you’re looking for? You were probably overwhelmed with a mountain of concepts. Keep those business strategies safe and dry […]

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With TweetUps, the AfterTweetUp Is the One to Attend

November 19, 2009.Digital Marketing.#meetup

We’re getting better with our TweetUps in The Region – Chicago South Suburbs to South Bend. We’ve got a cool one coming up in December – if you like bowling. And Lord help the poor Ghet who doesn’t tie in charity / non-profit when sponsoring our get-togethers. I think #NWITweetUp will grow from a fad […]

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99 Weeks Week 1 – The First NWITweetup As a Free Agent

November 17, 2009.SEO.#nwitweetup

In about an hour I get to go my first #NWITweetup as a free agent. The last few I’ve gone under the banner of the employer. Luckily a few things seem to be going my way in my plight to be my own employer. Hopefully those things pan out a little better in the coming […]

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Sometimes It’s Good Not to Be the King

November 13, 2009.Digital Marketing.#meetup

(amazing the things you find when you flickr search “not the king.” Flickr photo by Don Soto) The essence of Brogan’s post “Content Is Not King” from yesterday was: “Content is currency. You’re the king.” Yesterday I reaffirmed my belief in why Content will forever be king. Today, I reaffirm why You and I are […]

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If Content Isn’t Your King, You’re Enslaved

November 12, 2009.Blogging

I’ve spent the last 90 minutes obsessing over a 2.0 concept just because Chris Brogan wrote a post titled, “Content is Not King.” “I hate him sometimes,” lied Finn. The intent of the post was to reinforce the human aspect of social media – putting the “social” back into Social Media. As he put it, […]

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2009 Halloween Social Media Revolution in Indy

October 31, 2009.Digital Marketing.#meetup

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. If you’re lucky, those things end up working about better than you could have ever imagined. I came down to Indy for 2009 Halloween to see the sacred, hallowed grounds for Indianapolis New Media Marketers from 96th Street to Greenwood:  The Bean Cup. Today is the last day […]

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Social Media Presentation Video – Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce

October 13, 2009.Digital Marketing.#meetup

(Nat Finn, Nichole Baiel, and Rahsaan Taylor giving a Social Media Presentation at the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce – August 25, 2009) Finally got the video playlist set up from the Social Media Presentation me and a couple co-workers gave before the Valparaiso (IN) Chamber of Commerce. Here it is The YouTube playlist we used […]

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When Developing a Social Media Department While Working on a Writing Career

October 12, 2009.Digital Marketing

When developing a social media while working on a writing career, one should be faithfully mindful of a simple concept: opportunity cost. Case and point: this evening. After 12 hours of work I warmed up some rigitoni as a part of my dinner. Instead of getting off the bed after inhaling dinner I laid there […]

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Special Second Tweet-Up Held in Valparaiso Tonight

October 6, 2009.SEO.#livemercial

A final reminder for Northwest Indiana Twitterers and Tweeps to mark your calendars and update your crackberries: livemercial will be hosting a “Second Tweet-Up” at Pikk’s Tavern in Valparaiso, IN tonight, TUESDAY October 6th. And when you get there, let the people at Pikk’s know you’re there for the tweet-up and then head on down […]

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My 2009 ERA D2C Experience – Blog, Twitter, Social Media and All

September 29, 2009.SEO.#livemercial

(Jennifer Crawford of HSN, Sullivan Productions, and QVC England was our host for the corporate promotion. Yes, she accidentally bumps into Anthony Sullivan as he’s filming “PitchMen!”) Throughout all the chaos of having my flight changed from the company jet to Northwest Airlines – with a layover in Minneapolis – so the team could make […]

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Valpo Chamber Social Media Workshop Over. Confluence Next?

August 26, 2009.Digital Marketing.#livemercial

(@NatFinn, @IAmFiction, and @Saan1911 give “Social Media for the Win” workshop at the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce in Valparaiso, IN. The video picks up at the second half of the session, after the break) Yesterday, myself and three co-workers gave a Social Media Workshop titled “Social Media for the Win,” on behalf of the Valparaiso […]

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6 Concepts I Came Away with at 2009 BlogIndiana

August 18, 2009.Blogging.#meetup

(Chris Brogan with Duncan Alney of FireBelly at BlogIndiana. I’m trying to practice what I speak, I swear) I was glad to have had another year of Social Media / Blogging / SEO under my belt when I went back to BlogIndiana. Instead of trying to understand the language, I was able to bring poignant […]

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Social Media & Free Speech…& wanting to keep a career.

February 7, 2009.Digital Marketing

The concert is of Mike Doughty from December 7th, 2008 in South Burlington, VT. He’s with Andrew “Scrap” Livingston. The concert can be downloaded at As stated before, Mike Doughty has been my favorite lyricist of the past 20 years. You can follow him on Twitter at @Mike_Doughty_. Speaking of him, he better start […]

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