Contextual marketing is a different type of strategy that heavily relies on data and algorithms to build microniches. The good news is that these new marketing technologies are imperfect at best, and in some cases, are in their earliest phases of development. There is still time to catch up in social media. Some brand might even leapfrog social.
The dog days of summer are upon us. During those last dwindling days of heat nothing seems to happen. When I was a child I used to think the dog days were awful. Boredom plagued me, there was nothing to do except play, no school, less friends around, etc. In hindsight, those were the best of times. Little did I know about the coming travails of work and responsibility. Now when summer arrives I treasure those moments of doing nothing. You realize how important the down cycle is to your later performance, and you treasure July and August vacations. Perhaps I reminisce too much this year because I took on publishing Exodus this August. There is little downtime. Don’t get […]
Image by alshepmcr It’s a strange world we live in online. Delusions of grandeur call, singing like that sweet Siren in the midst of the sea. To win, we must appear like we are Doing Important Things, but in the end we find our lives dashed on the rocks. I’m speaking about the competitive rat race to see who can get the most social media rock star badges; keynotes, books, followings, awards, blog mentions, yeah! I have to admit, I got caught up in this hooplah again during the past year. Then I looked at my real life (the one I physically walk around in), and my toddler clinging to my pants leg crying every time I moved to the […]
I’m personally thrilled to participate in two charitable efforts to help children this month because of the incredible impact my daughter Soleil has made in my life. It’s just amazing how love for a child changes you. This love eclipses anything you could possibly know beforehand. For example, I would do anything for Soleil. I would die if it meant she would live, and I’ve never felt that way about anything else. Cliche, but true. It’s just like that.
A flurry of recent business travel caused me to miss a lot of time with this little girl over the spring. It’s always the hardest part of being gone. Perhaps because of her age (1 1/2) or the absences, she insists on enjoying every moment with me. I’m the play guy. The combination makes balancing my work and online life all the more critical. See, I got one shot at this. Just one shot to be Soleil’s Dad.
Good free content attracts people. If successful, it builds an expectation of more free content and time. This creates problems for small businesses and individual content creators (bloggers, photographers, etc.). First, once people get free stuff, they want more. More content, more time, even services and goods for free. They ask for it, and voice dissatisfaction when told they must pay. When told that some offerings are paid, communities and customers even get angry.