Porter Gale’s “Your Network Is Your Net Worth”: A Manifesto for Succeeding by Sharing

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Sharing is the new like. That's the ethos of Porter Gale's Your Networking Is Your Net Worth, a new book that guides you through the world of networking in the digital age, where relationships can be launched in seconds on Twitter and then cultivated in a high-tech co-working space like Grind, ...

TMZ: The Time Inc. of Fame Inc.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

TMZ has transformed itself from everyone's favorite guilty pleasure to a powerhouse news reporting and entertainment brand. The multi-million dollar organization managed by Harvey Levin long ago shrugged off its image as a snarky Hollywood gossip site and by beating mainstream news organizations such as CNN at their own game. ...

How Houlihan’s Gives Emerging Artists a Voice

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Brands are the new DJs. Amid the demise of the music industry, companies ranging from American Express to Coca-Cola now provide exposure for musicians just like music impresarios Murray the K and Alan Freed once did. For indie artists, Houlihan’s Restaurants has a longstanding tradition of providing exposure through the ...

Billy Corgan, Brian Solis, and the personal touch at SXSW

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

My experience at SXSW Interactive this week was marked by catching up with friends, a massive amount of networking, very little sleep, and some inspirational content, most notably the Billy Corgan/Brian Solis session about Corgan's uneasy relationship with a music-buying public that (in Corgan's view) uses social media to attack artists ...

Is rock dead?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

What does the future look like for rock and roll? It's a question that will surely be on the minds of participants at the 2012 South by Southwest Music festival, which kicks off this week. I believe the future of rock and roll is very bright -- if you're willing ...

Don’t text in this movie theater

Monday, June 6th, 2011

There is a God. Most movie theaters use the polite-but-ineffective appeal to human decency to prevent you from texting during movies. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, will eject you for texting during a movie. And don't complain if you get ejected: you might find yourself appearing in the theater's pre-roll ...

Who are the top 50 social brands?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Recently Infegy published its March 2009 list of of the hottest social brands on the market -- the names that have the strongest reach across the digital world as measured by a number of factors.  Some observations: The Top 5 are not surprising: Twitter, Google, Obama, the iPhone, and Facebook.  But ...