Whistle Stops – 03/31/06

Some of my favorite blogs come out of the Know More Media team. In addition to 'Jam' Mayer's Call Center Script, Rich Ottum's Marketing Blurb and Dan Tudor's Landing The Deal, I'm a dedicated reader of Easton Ellsworth at Business Blog Wire. I found each of today's stops there first: Harnessing the Marketing Power of Blogs at Entrepreneur.com Seven Rules for Corporate … [Read more...]

Navigatiing the Legalities of Blogging

Playing catch up after two days on the road, I find that Munir Umrani at The Blogging Journalist highly recommends an article by Jennifer L. Patterson, The Shifting Legal Landscape of Blogging."By their nature, blogs may not fit within the private/public framework that the U.S. Supreme Court constructed for defamation law more than 30 years ago. Unlike traditional means of … [Read more...]

Fears of Blogging: Control

WARNING: If you think you're in complete control of your brand message...or have the power to stifle the conversations taking place about your business - think again. Last week's Fears of Blogging:Time post drew some ire offline. I wonder if this one will as well. I recently engaged in a conversation with a marketing rep from one of Des Moines' largest companies. Their biggest … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 03/28/06

All aboard for the dining car edition. The social bookmarking tool del.icio.us is great for research. If you want to search on a certain tag, just type in 'del.icio.us/tags/search term' into your address bar. Then scroll to the bottom of the page for the feed. Here are some that may interest … [Read more...]

TypePad Titles SEO Friendly?

Rich Brooks at the Flyte Blog suggest that a few tweaks in your Typepad Page Titles may be beneficial. The experiment starts with his own blog.  I think it's good advice and may implement this myself. If you'd like to get these changes, Rich is offering to assist for a small fee. If you take advantage of the offer, make sure you ask for your titles to be links in your … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 03/27/06

BAM - Three abilities to make you stronger in business and life: Buzz-ability -  What's Your Buzz Impact Score? by Ron McDaniel at Buzzoodle Buzz Marketing (feed): If you score 40+, you'll be talked about. I scored 43 (I dress plainly). Approach-ability - The Single Most Important Personal Attribute by Rachel Cunliffe at cre8ed design (feed): None of us came into the … [Read more...]

Blogging Has Two Roles…

...and every business should take part in at least one of them. Is your company still deciding whether or not to start a blog? Glad to hear you're considering it. It's not going to be tomorrow? That's fine too. But...you can still start blogging today. If blogging is a form of conversation - and it is - remember there are two roles. Talking and Listening. And frankly, if you're … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 03/25/06

There are many great series and themes around the blogosphere. Here are some worth bookmarking subscribing to: Distinguish Yourself by Rajesh Setty at Life Beyond Code (feed) There are 116 of them thus far, each one a gem. InBox Zero by Merlin Mann at 43 Folders (feed) It's helped keep my e-mail down. Wish I practiced this stuff years ago. Finding Ideas Outside the Box … [Read more...]

Small Business Blogs

Just as I was reading some of the cool sties that Brian Brown has been posting about in the new Pajama Market: Small Business Blogging, Shel Israel mentions that Brian's looking for small business blogs to write about. There are several in the Small Biz Blog Examples on the right, and I'll alert Brian about those. If you're a blog consultant or publishing a small business blog, … [Read more...]

WDM City Manager Blog

From the desk of West Des Moines City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, the WDM Blog extends gratitude to the EMS Public Access Defibrillation program. I'd like to join Jeff in extending thanks. About a year ago, my mother-in-law passed away. She lived with us for over two years. Five times in that last year, we called on the WDM EMS teams - and each time they seemed to arrive before we … [Read more...]