Looking Forward to NWEN’s First Look Forum

I've been a fan of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network's First Look Forum for a few years now - and not just because I'm on the NWEN Board. The Seattle entrepreneur community has a lot to offer, and while you probably aren't going to see the next Google or Amazon pop out of it, First Look Forum could be a spot to watch for your next Gist or Tippr. …

My Tumblr Page

If you know me at all, you probably think that I have too many ideas.  Thus, you might think blogging would be the perfect platform for me.  However, even blogging is too difficult for me to build a process or publishing plan in which I can execute upon every week. I start a post and then get distracted into something else. Thankfully, Tu…

Social Media Kool-Aid?

Paul Owen from Owen Media published a nice piece today in Xconomy.com, asking if Social Media was a fad that is going away, or something really hear to say.   Paul's piece had a range of comments from other social media firms in town, so I don't want to repeat everything here.  He did a nice job of grabbing insight from the agencies who s…

LinkedIn’s Clever Nod to Early Adopters

In Marketing these days, it's all about "Influencer Identification."  As in, "How do I spend as little money as possible to reach the most important people who will say good good things about me?" It's a simple srategy and hard to pull off. On the flip side, there's something you don't see a lot of - the followup.  After spending all that…

Super Bowl Ads Part 1

Remember when the Super Bowl was simply all about the commercials during the game itself?  Well how great is it that now we have YouTube, so we can watch all the commercials BEFORE the game itself, including all of the "Banned" ones that "didn't make it."  (Don't you just love that every brand has a "Banned" commercial now?" According to …

Frames for Facebook

I love when I get to promote something that has popped out of the UW's Foster School of Business. Check out Frames for Facebook, a slick little iPhone app that lets you customize those 5 little pictures at the top of your Facebook profile that everyone gets to see. All you do is choose a pic from your phone, manipulate its position across the 5 fra…

#ParkaParty Taking On Life of its Own

Congrats to @Roosiehood.  What started as a little project to raise a few hundred bucks for local food banks is taking on a life of its own. #ParkaParty is in full effect in the Seattle Twittersphere, and shows no sign of letting down.  If you haven't jumped on board yet, this article from MyNorthwest.com should explain it all. Now I'm ju…

Gaming the Social Media System

It appears the time has come - or maybe it had already - in which clever entrepreneurial types can more easily game the social media system. Now that we're a good 4 to 6 years into companies leveraging social marketing programs, we've finally infiltrated the marketing directors who still don't quite get the concept of building meaningful relationsh…

Busy Seattle Technology Marketing Week

If you're in technology marketing and advertising, this is going to be a busy week. Tuesday: Social Media Club October Event "Building Ambassadors Using Social Media" at The Canal in Ballard, 5300 34th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (6-9pm) Wednesday: TechFlash Meetup at Spitfire Grill, 2219 4th Avenue Seattle, WA (5-8pm) Thursday: NWIAG.com Octobe…