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  • Jun 07 / 2013
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social media, social media speaker, social media tips

Get Off the Internet – My Thoughts on the US Government, Google, Facebook and Privacy

Privacy is a Myth on the Internet

Last week news broke globally that the US Government has unfettered access to most social networks and data stored by them. PRISM is a program/mandate that is supposed to protect the USA from outside threats but Germany and many other members of the EU are deeply concerned. This all began with a leaked PowerPoint outlining PRISM.

Prism PowerPoint Download

A screen cap of one of the PRISM slides leaked to the press.

My thoughts on the US Government tapping into Facebook, Google, Email etc. I have always assumed that anything I post to the internet and any device I used to access the internet could be compromised by someone either hackers or big brother. (They could also be subpoenaed at any point and many ISP’s etc. are legally required to keep the data for years even if you delete it locally).

Obama’s own blackberry was taken from him when he first came into office. With all of their technology the US Government still couldn’t stop the wrong people from tracking the Commander in Chief – it was a security threat and it took many months before he got it back. If they can’t make it safe for him, it’s not all that safe for us.

As Canadians we can be spied on by foreign governments – this includes the US – and they can (and do) pass this data onto Canadian authorities and this really violates no privacy laws. India by the way has no such laws – and the mobile carriers can track and use the data of subscribers as they see fit, including GPS information to delivered targeted adds and offers.

We have to stop over-sharing our lives and realize that this “social exhaust” as the UN calls it – leaves a trail. One tweet, one Facebook update, the odd “like” doesn’t mean much… but add up hundreds over a lifetime and they tell a very accurate story of who we are. Even digital TV providers like Telus, Rogers or Shaw have the ability  record every minute of TV we watch, what ads we skip and when we watch on TV. This says a lot about us.

American Express can tell when a couple is having marriage problems just by the shift in purchasing patterns. Credit reporting agencies are now looking into social media monitoring is a supplementary way to profile us and the risk (and profits) we represent.

I personally got “served” court documents last year at a Christmas Meetup after announcing my whereabouts on Twitter and Meetup. The gentleman had the decency to be discreet – but it could have gotten awkward. I looked at him and said “I’m surprised it took you this long!” he laughed and let me know that he missed me a few times but was following my FourSquare check-ins.

Get off the Internet

There’s this amazing thing called meeting in-person, if it’s really that top-secret then hop on a plane and meet the person if you have to – leave your phone at home and take an electronic holiday. Take a walk in the park and talk to your friend about their marital problems or that business deal that can’t be leaked until the deal is signed.

If you don’t want people to know about it. Don’t post it on the internet. Buy a paper journal, pour your heart out and then lock it in a safe if you have to.

I am a huge social media fan, I have built a career out if it. It’s for being social, building community, growing ideas into movements and sometimes even into revolutions. Just realize that this whole process is done from within a glass house and act accordingly.

 

  • May 20 / 2013
  • 2
iPhone Podcasts, social media, social media podcast, social media speaker, social media tips, social media training

Why Companies Fail at Generating Social Media ROI

Social Media ROI Owned Earned Bought Return on Investment

 

Social Media ROI (Return on Investment), is supposedly a hard thing to prove or measure. The problem isn’t the value of social media, or in many cases our approach to getting results – it’s about commitment – a good old fashion work ethic and focus on the longterm.

Today’s social business podcast discusses the dilema and the needed shift in consciousness required of leaders to win in the social media space.

Social Media ROI takes time and most people – even really smart people in leadership positions (who come from a different era) have a tough time planning more than 3 months into the future these days. When you build a social media presence it becomes an asset, one which increases in value over time but really requires no more input on your 18th month than it does on your first day (solid strategy required of course).

“Social media” as a term sucks. The minute we put the word “media” beside something we start to measure it like our latest newspaper campaign or radio blitz. Most media is disposable and impermanent. The radio ad, print as or email blast has a very finite window for generating results and then that money, well spent or not is gone. We spend our $20,000 for a month long campaign and then to drive more business we have to spend it again next month.

In this podcast we are going to discuss three types of media:

  • Bought media
  • Owned media
  • Earned media

Failing to understand the difference between these three types of media and having the foresight and commitment to build a true media asset for their business is in my opinion one if the single largest roadblocks for most businesses social media success.

  • May 11 / 2013
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iPhone Podcasts, Marketing and PR, social media podcast, social media tips

Marketing Events Using Social Media #Podcast and #InfoGraphic

Marketing events using social media and amplifying events using social media are two powerful ways to maximize our online and off-line marketing results. In our book Sociable! Stephen Jagger and I talk about the importance of using social media to get off of the internet and build relationships. At Socialized Communications we have developed an entire system and process to do this effectively. We have mapped out the key steps in this social media infographic and podcast to help you succeed at event marketing using social media. If you have some success in applying the steps and principles please let me know! You can download the PDF version of the Infographic here. Please note: LinkedIn events have been discontinued BUT remember to post your event to relevant groups, business pages and the profiles of key people in your organization.

Marketing Events Using Social Media Template

Click Image for Full Size High Res InfoGraphic

 

  • May 11 / 2013
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Influence Marketing Book Interview with Danny Brown

Influence Marketing Book Podcast Interview Danny Brown

This week I had the great opportunity to interview Danny Brown on his new book co-authored with Sam Fiorella called Influence Marketing. Danny in my opinion is a Thought Leaders’ Though Leader – an awesome no BS resource for what really works in social media marketing.

The book launched yesterday globally and you can get it on Amazon in hardcover or Kindle format. According to HubSpot Danny Brown’s blog (DannyBrown.me) is the #1 Marketing Blog on the planet. Danny and I have been Tweeting and emailing each other for almost four years and we finally got to connect and do this podcast together

Here were some of the key take-aways from the podcast interview with Danny Brown:

  1. Most concepts of influencer marketing (especially through social media) are incomplete or focused on the wrong audience
  2. Good influencer marketing doesn’t start with social media gurus or big influencer, it starts with mapping out what your customer persona is and then identifying who impacts your customer buying decisions
  3. Klout and the many apps like it are great for identifying macro influencers but in many cases aren’t helpful identifying the actual micro influencers that directly impact your customer’s buying decisions
  4. 5 steps to to start doing your influence marketing right

We covered so much in this podcast that you’re just going to have to listen to it to get all the information.

Here’s a great InfoGraphic on Influence Marketing Sam and Danny just released that really demonstrates how many organizations are struggling with or don’t understand the importance of Influence Marketing  (Click here For the High Res Version):

Influence Marketing Infographic Danny Brown

 

 

  • Apr 25 / 2013
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This Week’s Top Tweeted Guerrilla and Ambient Marketing Pictures

Guerrilla Marketing as Jay Levinson and I discussed in our book Guerrilla Social Media is defined as achieving conventional marketing goals by unconventional means. Ambient marketing is a spin-off of Guerrilla Marketing – you may spend the same dollars but it involves morphing the media and blending the environment and community blurring the lines between ad and viewer making them active participants in in the marketing activity. A couple of these photos may offend… but remember guerrilla marketing focuses on human emotions and depends upon them to take action.


8 Awesome Ambient and Guerrilla Marketing Pictures From Twitter

Here are a selection of the most popular Guerrilla and Ambient marketing tactics shared on Twitter over the past few days.

Storified by Shane Gibson· Thu, Apr 25 2013 09:39:04

Bestial marketing de guerrilla. ‘Clases de Golf para principiantes’. pic.twitter.com/0POsLmloCIBuena Publicidad
Márketing de guerrilla: Hotwheels @Buenapublicidad pic.twitter.com/d0I3A5ati2PublicistaEnfurecido
#G322 section B – Guerrilla marketing example in Liverpool outside Fact for new game. Lotta spray paint. pic.twitter.com/FSHvSD4c5wHowie
Creatività che impressiona…#Guerrilla #Marketing! #creativita #advertising #guerrillamarketing #sapevatelo pic.twitter.com/qgUiIYJ6xSRaffaello D’Accolti
Genial marketing de guerrilla de la película ‘Un buen día para morir’. pic.twitter.com/AS47Rr0pQ6VILOART
See @haannB Dior’s ((guerrilla marketing)) …#marketing. pic.twitter.com/mjFNAdObjH?????????????
I think this man is not by chance chosen for this picture.. Guerrilla MarketingFound at on.fb.me/16hDset pic.twitter.com/2rKSdBfqPSRob Oostdam
Ambient #marketing: ¡Las paradas de autobús también pueden ser divertidas! Fotos: marcandotendencia.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/amb… #publicidad pic.twitter.com/D9WAUh1GWPTeresa Gorospe

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