Attacking the media deflects attention away from Trump’s real political problems.

The Trump PR machine will continue to spew alternative facts and attack the media as part of its attempts to deceive the American public and implement its malicious agenda. The media should not cooperate.

Evolving requires learning, but how does one go about picking up new skills? Here are four ways I have used.

What do photography stalkers, social media marketing conversations, mermaids and The Donald all have in common?

Understanding what is coming next and how to evolve a skillset to meet change are critical challenges for today’s worker. But successful evolution begins with an attitudinal shift.

Welcome to the evolution revolution. The great challenge for us as communicators is maintaining a constant state of learning. Only then can we transform and successfully meet the times over and over again.

My trip to Africa brought an unexpected benefit: A break from all things digital.

xPotomac returns with an exciting line-up, including Mark Schaeffer, Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant, Jodi Gersch, Jennifer Nysz-Conner, Shana Glickfield, Andy Gilman and Kathy Baird. Check it out!

The world is stumbling into the wearable media era, but communicators should still pay attention.

Immersive technologies offer incredible new media experiences. These paths give us the opportunity to develop new ways of interacting with our communities. We need to do more. We have to tell interesting stories and innovate upon the current level of useful content.

Here are five tips to liven up your long written content for the visual media era.

When it comes to native advertising, young ad agency execs say visual media is outperforming text by at least three to one.

The 365 Full Frame project will take and publish one high resolution image every day that could be used by a community of funders for a whole variety of purposes, from social media shares to print.

The medium is the method. We have no choice but to change or become irrelevent.

What will a society where people learn and communicate visually — and struggle with reading and writing — look like? Probably smarter… And loud.

Visual media forms are creating a low tolerance for marketing that tells customers what to think. Instead, brands must show people what a product or experience does for them.

An editor tells reporters to invest less time and copy in their stories. Another is fired for failing to force her reporters to work with sponsors. The changes at Reuters and the New York Times are not encouraging moments for quality journalism.

Entrepreneurs and artists alike would benefit from having access to a real camera and photographs. Smartphones are not enough.

Some technologists think automation and context will end the marketing campaign. Don’t bet on it.

The social and technology scripts dictated to us by industry keep getting disrupted. People say no, and migrate to an alternative.

What would you say if I told you that my photo blog on Flickr gets as much traffic in a week as my regular blog does in a whole month?

The always-on quanitifed self created a bit of a freak-out amongst SXSW Interactive attendees. the movement towards the omnipresent Internet creates dramatic implications for society and business beyond extrapolating personal data to deliver context.

xPotomac trended for 35 minutes on Friday making it the 68th most popular topic in the country that day, according to Trendinalia United States. Here’s what happened.

Shel Israel and Peter Corbett discuss the Internet of Things in advance of this Friday’s xPotomac Conference.

When people ask me if they should consider a post-graduate degree, I almost always say yes. The results from the past 14 years have convinced me.

Digital metrics increasingly define us to others, creating a new way to value each other and ourselves. A new wave of vanity metrics fueled by big data, sensors and algorithms parsing our lives will further refine self identity.

Everyone wants to know the most important trends of the new year for their marketing program. After reading thousands of posts and reports and sifting through corresponding data about marketing, these are my five bold predictions for 2014.

Robert Scoble delivers an insightful interview on marketing, media and society as a whole. Learn about the Age of Context.

What does Tenacity5 Media mean? Tenacity and media are self evident, but the five is unique to me. The number represents the five principles I believe brands should keep an undying focus on to achieve their missions.

Like most parents, I am concerned with my daughter Soleil’s welfare and education. One of the most disconcerting things about this time period is her interest in video and games, and what is an often poor reaction to being separted from the media. Soleil throws sever temper tantrums when she video and ipad time ends, which is now causing us […]

It’s funny how we as community feel compelled to recreate the same trend over and over again as a new revolution. Consider how the same audience centric principles become repackaged over and over again during the past eight years. We have moved from Web 2.0 to social media to social business to content marketing to the trend of the immediate […]

Canadian blogger and bald brother of another mother Mitch Joel released his new book CTRL ALT Delete today. The book captures the zeitgesit of workplace change caused by a universal shift towards digital media. Mitch discusses embracing digital change to survive and succeed. To celebrate the arrival of CTRL ALT Delete, I asked Mitch several questions, including his take on […]

Marketing today remains a great challenge, in large part because of the consistently changing technology and media landscape. Informational sources (conferences, blogs, etc.) consistently address these challenges yet the issues persist. It may be time to take a step back on a macro level and look at how education and information sources are meeting these challenges. Here are the seven […]

I’ve launched a couple of my own companies, and helped more than a half dozen other brands as well as others’ book projects launch. The media landscape changed, but there are common approaches I would execute today if I were to launch a new company and brand. Here are my top five activities for forging a new brand: 1) Align […]

Last week most prominent media outlets reported on Marissa Mayer’s six month bonus. The Marissa story repels me. The media scrutinizes every management move she makes. It’s because she is a relatively young woman, in my opinion. At this point, I hope she crushes it at Yahoo!, and forever shuts up the media and all the old bastards who think […]

I will be speaking at xPotomac this February 25. Co-organizer Patrick Ashamalla and I are presenting together on Google Project Glass and augmented reality. Here’s a sneak preview of our session. Google Project Glass promises to take ubiquitous mobile Internet access and layer unprecedented information into our day-to-day existence. While Google doesn’t like the term augmented reality, wearable computing could […]

Image by NEXT Berlin Andrew Keen remains the most constant and prolific critic of digital media advances and their impact on society. His books Digital Vertigo and Cult of the Amateur have made him a bit of a pariah in some circles, and an intellectual hero in others. He was the ideal choice to close xPotomac on February 25, as […]

Image by Doug88888 So much for social ROI. Yesterday, the New York Times ran an op-ed debating social media marketing’s ability to deliver sales in comparison to other forms of advertising (for example, traditional search or email marketing). A recent Forrester report stated paid search matters most for new customers, email matters most for repeat customers, and social tactics are […]

Stories told across multi-platform media environments — or transmedia stories as they are commonly called on the edge — require more complex writing. A story unfolds across diverse media with readers/viewers opting in to each layer. At the same time, as writers we want to build an experience that satisfies casual consumers on the first level without requiring them to […]

USOC Chair and Olympic Gold Medal Winners Scott Blackmun, Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin and Heather O’Reilly are interviewed by Christine Brennan. Last Thursday night, USA Today celebrated its 30th birthday in grand fashion at the National Portrait Gallery. Media and Washington luminaries gathered to witness the introduction of the new multimedia USA Today, and discuss the future of media 30 […]

Hopefully by now you’ve heard about the plight of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot. The girl punk band was sentenced to two years of hard labor by Russian officials for staging a protest concert at a Russian Orthodox Church. The performance defended women’s rights and decried Vladimir Putin’s strongman hold on the country. By levying a draconian punishment, the […]

Yesterday afternoon, the Altimeter Group released a report called “The Converged Media Imperative: How Brands Must Combine Paid, Owned and Earned Media.” Authors Rebecca Lieb and Jeremiah Owyang discuss the increasingly blended media environment of traditional, online and advertising media. In total, consumers face 3000 daily brand impressions. The report makes a strong call for integration across digital, traditional and […]

Image by Eyesplash Greg Verdino turned me on to a fantastic article about the rise of the Customer Experience Officer. The article rightly discusses the real trend of branding today — the comprehensive user experience. By focusing on the comprehensive user experience, research shows brands strengthen return on investment (ROI).

Image by codecarnage You probably know the legend as Bigfoot, the yeti, or the Abominable Snowman. The mysterious, gigantic hairy biped eludes human contact in mountainous regions, vying for its own survival. Thrilling and scary at the same time, northern cultures dream of this elusive and powerful icon of the unexplored wilderness. Similarly, PR and marketing types alike dream of […]

SxSW starts next weekend, and the whole sector will be focused on the immediate future of the Internet. It seems fitting that the fifth “Future of the Internet” survey was released last week by Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. More than 1,000 people participated in the study, including me. […]

If you have not played with runaway hit mobile social network Instagram, you should. Yes, it’s become known as a utility for iPhone users to send pictures to Facebook and Twitter, but make no bones about it, Instagram is its own social network, and a very enjoyable one, too. In fact, it has restored my faith in the media form. […]

True blue — loyalty in your views and causes — is an admirable quality. Blue means more culturally, too. It can mean feeling down. When I consider this blog over the past year and half — really since I began writing Welcome to the Fifth Estate — I have the latter kind of blues because I sacrificed the true blue […]

Image by Kap Kap The Occupy Wall Street protests have spread across the country, capturing the hearts of America’s disenfranchised. These events have sparked a debate across America — particularly online — about economic injustice in America. Occupy Wall Street has been criticized for its lack of primary objective and message. Like it or not, pundits and critiques are dealing […]

by Susan Murphy Image by Sketchy Notes Back in the 1970’s, a Canadian named Moses Znaimer did something that nobody had ever done before. He took the medium of television, which had long been a great, mysterious and meticulous process reserved only for a select set of highly trained professionals, and gave it back to the people. Through his little […]

Interested in winning a copy of Welcome to the Fifth Estate? Then here’s your chance: The five people who best tell how social media has empowered them to make a difference for their business, their community or their family will win a copy of the book. One of the cores aspects of Welcome to the Fifth Estate is an empowered […]

Image by Graymalkn Cluetrain Manifesto Co-Author Doc Searls recently observed that the Web has moved from personalized postings and unique micro-publications to an over-commercialized web. Perhaps Searls point is indicative of a larger trend of amateurs losing power online. In the professional Internet communications market, we see a similar movement away from amateurs, too. As someone who straddles both sides […]

If social media endangered the 30 second spot, then mobile media will restore brevity to content creation. Smaller screens, less convenient input methods for text, the ability to create user generated visual media on the fly, and an evolving series of socially empowered mobile media will challenge content creators to serve a new reader. Long blog posts and articles are […]

Pre-order Geoff Livingston’s Welcome to the Fifth Estate today! The weak economy and the evolution of Internet media have done more to shake up traditional journalism than any other events in the past 60 years. Online news is now surpassing almost every media form in the United States with the exception of local TV, according to Pew. And in 2010, […]

Image by S_Mercurier Today’s oped in the Washington Post by former Nightline Chief Ted Koppel declares the Death of Real News. Prompted by FOX and MSNBC’s clear political views, this piece declares something many have come to know: Our society has lost any resemblance of integrity in its news with very few exceptions. But given who said it — a […]

The run-away smash hit Avatar has changed the paradigms of special effects and 3D filmmaking. James Cameron’s script, while not critically acclaimed, has also achieved another notable achievement: Delivering a strong environmental message to the masses. Cameron admitted in a Filmcast Interview that one of his primary goals was to push the climate change cause: …if a film is successful […]