Can people be too transparent?

Updated 9/2/2008 approx. 2 p.m.: Mack Collier has a great related post. Not so much about being judged based on political views, but about using discretion while on Twitter and other social media. Just with the post when I asked if companies can be too transparent, people can, too. Let me explain. ToledoTalk.com is an…


Other great points….

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an “other great points” post, so without further delay, here’s one for today: Not Everyone is as Amazing as Jason Calacanis, Christine Perkett/PerkettPRsuasion Blog ‘It takes a Community, not a Campaign to Build a Brand’ and the 18 Steps to Building Successful Brand Community, Sean Moffitt/BuzzCanuck Companies: Put social…


Don’t mess with those XX chromosomes!

Any dad will tell you — even if he at first won’t admit it — moms rule the ol’ castle. Well, if not “rule,” then moms make most of the decisions. Maybe it’s a hormonal or evolutionary thing that kicks in once women have kids. I dunno. While I am partial to moms, since I…


Position wanted

At first glance, I’m going to say that Wednesday, Aug. 20, stunk. I was laid off. However, as far as I’m concerned, I’m parting on good terms. I have good feelings about my time at Hanson Inc., and would recommend the firm. (A bit ironically though, Hanson is seeking to hire solution architects, designers and programmers. If…


Can a company be too transparent?

There seemed to be a lot of talk this morning on Twitter about Dell listening. Okay, actually Dell and Radian6 listening. But, that’s Radian6’s job so that should be no big deal. And, hasn’t Dell been listening? It’s made great, positive headway for how it has become involved in social media — and connecting with…


PR terms we need to ban from the profession

As we see on a cyclical basis, public relations pros take a beating. While many are sticking up for their profession, we don’t always help ourselves. So, in the spirit of a PSA, have a look at the below words and phrases that should be banned from every PR pros’ vocabulary and branding brainstorm session.…


Can personal branding take a backseat to corporate branding?

(UPDATED 8/13/08 approx. 7:20 a.m.: Revised the headline to reflect new thoughts on the subject had this morning. Original headline was: “When should personal branding take a backseat to corporate branding?” and added some additional points at the bottom.) Paul Chaney has a great post with even better comments on personal branding. Go over there…


Don’t forget the tried and true basics

My oldest son turned 10 last weekend. It was an Indiana Jones theme party (my wife throws great kids’ parties), and he received Indiana Jones toys, plus Star Wars and other commercialized toys. He’s already enjoyed playing with them and will in the future. He (and his siblings) have also enjoyed playing with two airplanes…


You can’t change history…or can you?

Recently, I received a request to remove an old blog post because one of the people in it didn’t like the fact that I blogged about the person making a mistake. (I’m keeping it vague because the subject of that particular post doesn’t really matter for this post.) I didn’t remove the post, but did…