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StumbleUpon Examples

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Based in the interests I selected, here are the first five links StumbleUpon sent me too…

The Most Brutal Hits In Sports History

100 tips about life, people, and happiness

uwall.tv

Funny or Die: Facebook Status Translator

Why Gas Prices Rise: Is It Demand, Speculation, or Politics

Random, fun, and interesting.  By the way check out the uwall.tv one in particular, I found it really cool…

Here is some great information for businesses from some of my favorite sources on how to use Pinterest for your business:

9 Tips to Boost Your Business With Pinterest from Inc.com

What is Pinterest? from my friends at Digital Firefly Marketing

Still Not Promoting Your Business on Pinterest? from Social Media Today.  Check this one out, it has a great info graphic showing user demographics for Pinterest.

Should You Have an Interest in Pinterest? from the Social Media Marketing Institute sheds a sobering light on some of the potential draw backs and things you should be aware of if you are going to use Pinterest commercially.

And finally How Small Businesses Are Using Pinterest from Fox Business.

Good luck, and again, even if Pinterest is not for your business, it is still a lot of fun and I highly recommend checking it out for yourself.

Social Media at NLAE

Posted: March 16, 2012 in NLAE, Uncategorized

NLAEIn a couple of months I will be flying to San Antonio for the Nursery and Landscape Association Executives of North America annual conference. This is the second year I will be joining this great group of professionals to discuss issues facing our organizations and the industry.  Last year I stepped forward (or everyone else stepped back, still not sure what happened) when volunteers were asked for to help assemble this years conference.

During the planning call for this conference, it seemed that social media was still highlighted as needing to be on the agenda.  After some discussion we determined that a better approach was the integrate SM into the conference to give the participants the experience, rather than just have them talked to about the ins and outs.

Why does all that matter?  Many of the posts over the next few weeks leading into the conference will be geared toward engaging these association leaders and sharing relevant information.

We will see how it goes!

Having a baby!

Posted: March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

I suppose ‘Had a baby!’ might be a more accurate title actually.  A little over two months ago, that’s exactly what happened to me, or I suppose more literally, to my wife.  This is our second child, and we are truly blessed to now have two healthy baby boys.

It is true what they say, kids change everything.  My life was sent into a tailspin experienced by every father before me.  Writing blog posts was the least of my worries!  I do think how ever that getting married and having children is a process that can’t help but make you a better person if you embrace the challenges and face them head on.  For the purposes of staying on message with this blog, here are some aspects of my business life that have improved thanks to my dedication to my family.

Scheduling:  When you work two jobs, have a family, a house, and several side projects, your daily schedule moves from empty pages craving to be filled to a closely guarded tool that only important and relevant meetings get added to.  I find it important to schedule meetings in clusters, and leave continuous blocks of work time.  Previously what didn’t get done during the day could be made up for  at night or on a weekend, and now, that is not an option.

Delegation:  Now that my wife and I have two children, I have quickly realized that I really can’t do it all on my own.  In the last few months my organization has doubled its productivity by establishing committees and hiring a new staff person mostly because I developed an appreciation I never had before for the saying “many hands make light work”.  Take a look and everything on your plate, and then decide if someone else can help you eat it!

Automation: When timing matters, I have come to rely heavily on automated features in the programs I use.  Setting the release of my blog posts or emails allow me to work on things in batches during scheduled work times, then have them all hit when I want.  If you want to time your social media check out hootsuite or tweetdeck.