Women Snubbed in Top Ten Speakers List, Industry in General

In a “blog post” listing the top ten social media speakers, The Speakers Group (TSG) listed voices for “your consideration.” Not one of the speakers was a woman, highlighting a much larger social media services industry problem where women are often overlooked for top speaking gigs, and don’t rank as well as men. Ironically, this [...]

Look Out for the Train Wreck: Introducing the El Show

Next week marks the return of podcasting to the lineup of weekly Livingston created social media products.  The El Show features two contentious, crack PR bloggers Richard Laermer (of Bad Pitch Blog and Punk Marketing fame) and myself as we riff on the latest news and trends in the business.  The show will be broadcasted [...]

Six Pixels of Separation – The Twist Image “Buzzing” Podcast

I was fortunate enough to participate in episode #164 of the Six Pixels Of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast. Mitch Joel hosts the Six Pixels of Separation podcast (and a very successful blog of the same name), where he brings you Digital Marketing, New Media and Personal Branding Insights, Provocations and Foreshadows from his [...]

Creating Movements

This is an excerpt from my keynote speech this morning given to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s “Social Media for Social Good conference.” Valeria Maltoni wrote a great post with the same title featuring ten tips on creating movements just two days ago. Her post was based off of the Brains of Fire Manifesto, “10 [...]

Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events

I’ve got a few speaking engagements coming up over the next few weeks, plus here are a couple more interesting events, too. Here we go: On Thursday in Washington, I am keynoting the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s “Social Media for Social Good conference.” This sold-out event promises to create 150 jazzed up, super excited communicators [...]

Location, Location, Location!

A recent study from Gartner (see Mashable and eMarketer coverage) has highlighted the burgeoning location marketplace within smartphones. We’re nearing 100 million phones w/GPS chips on them. What does this mean for the marketer/communicator? Increasingly people can volunteer their GPS location when they are talking or using the Internet. Rather than get into the technology, [...]

BlogPotomac Registration Opens Up, New Speakers Highlight the Future

Registration for the final BlogPotomac on October 23 is now open. The event promises to bring some of the old, with a heavy focus on what’s coming next in online media. To that end, I’d like to announce three additional new speakers, each of which will discuss the evolution of online media from their unique [...]

Attack of the Facebook Fan Pages

Warning: This is a rant. I’m tired of getting the invites to join PR (sub advertising. sub interactive. sub communications) firm fan pages. Four or five times a day since the end of May throughout the business week I get invited to join yet another agency’s Facebook Page of Self Promotion and Back Slapping Excellence! [...]

Answers About, Insights Into the @childfund Twitter Effort

There have been several interesting posts and comments that have arisen about the @childfund Twitter campaign.  Specifically, people have questioned the funding of the effort, and the rising trend of providing a reward for following (Fishing Pond Construction image by ChildFund Australia). For context, in summary of last Friday’s post:  To celebrate rebranding from the [...]

Brand and Reputation Are Not Synonymous

 PR Week sent out a ProfNet request last week dubbed: Is it a good idea for PR practitioners to use social media to build their personal brand? Oh, we’ve talked about this a lot, and frankly, I am glad to see people aren’t simply drinking the KoolAid, and are now actively debating the merits of [...]