Coachella and the future of social TV

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

I experienced the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival from my living room along with tens of thousands of others around the world who tweeted, blogged, and otherwise hustled content about the annual music festival as artists ranging from Bon Iver to the resurrected Tupac Shakur lit up the California desert. ...

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 ...

How to write great headlines

Friday, February 10th, 2012

You need to write a great headline to get anyone to read what you have to say – especially now, when your audience is probably reading your ad copy, website landing page, or blog post while multi-tasking with their mobile phones and laptops. But how do you write a compelling ...

Google disrupts with Google Search Plus

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Google's launch of the awkwardly named "Search, plus Your World" has the web buzzing with commentary. Blogger John Jantsch believes Google is "shaking things up a bit" by making search a more personal experience. Twitter says Google Search Plus (as "Search, plus Your World" is quickly becoming known) is "bad ...

A slice of hip hop: “Wait for Me” by ILL Son

Monday, January 9th, 2012

“Wait for Me” by ILL Son requires a close listen to appreciate. When I first heard the sweet female chorus and the gentle chimes that open the song, I thought ILL Son had shared with me another love song like his lush production of “Get 2 You.” But then ILL ...

Why Amazon and Netflix don’t always know best

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

It’s far too easy to allow ourselves to be led around by the nose. Amazon tells us what to buy. Netflix and Pandora suggest movies and music based on our tastes. Facebook and Google+ suggest friends to us. Twitter tells us whom to follow. But those tools reinforce what we know already. ...

We are all content hustlers

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

It’s ironic Google+ allowed the digital elites such as Chris Brogan early access to Google+ while asking corporations to hold off creating brand profiles. Just about everyone I know on Google+ (including me) uses the social platform to hustle their own content as well as any corporation could. We are all ...

Weinergate not about social media

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

By now Anthony Weiner has become a poster child for the perils of social media and a case study for the influence of Twitter. But I don’t believe Weinergate is about social media or digital illiteracy. Weinergate is simply another cautionary tale about public figures acting recklessly and badly. From his ...

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 ...

Build your brand with your Twitter profile

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Most executives on Twitter rely on boring personal profiles that say little about them beyond their titles. And yet your Twitter profile is an opportunity to build your personal brand and humanize your company (even if your account is personal).  Here are three executives who get it right: 1. Clark Kokich The ...