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Cause For Alarm

For many of us, the alarm clock is one of the most important devices we own. It wakes us up (or tries to, at least) and makes us roll out of bed to get us up and on our way so we’re not late for work, school, church or dragon-fighting practice.

What is Your Social Media Model?

There are a lot of terms and ideas being thrown around in social media these days. One set of terms I learned about recently refers to how your organization deals with the direction and management of your social media conversations.

There are essentially 5 ways that an organization can approach this topic. Which one do you think fits your organization best?

Are You Boring?

Ask any random person you run into at a casino what reason they had for coming out that day and you’ll get any number of answers, but the two answers you’ll get most often are to have a good time and to win some money. There’s a perfectly good reason for that: That’s what casinos are for. A weekend trip to the casino is designed to help you put your worries behind you and have some fun in an exciting environment with a chance to walk out a little richer than when you came in. So why do so many casino marketing programs gloss over that broad appeal of a trip to the casino in favor of pushing the same tired and overused giveaway-of-the-month promotions instead?

In & Out

The best book I’ve read on the subject of inbound marketing is The Zen of Social Media Marketing, by Shama Hyder Kabani. Since our most-trendy of industries is great at renaming things, she informs us that the paradigm of Traditional v. Social Media has changed already, at least by name. Hipsters now call it Outbound v. In- bound Marketing.

Social Media Can Be Quite Revolting

During the last few months, national sites have been ripe with discussion about the primary role social media played in the Tunisian and Egyptian regime changes. While people started these revolutions, it was social media that dramatically helped speed the process along. Facebook and Twitter helped protestors to organize at warp speed. These social media vehicles also circumvented state-controlled media outlets to distribute details of revolution efforts and events to a waiting world.

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