Archive - August, 2011

Infographics: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em?

Infographics have been the rage for awhile now. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are everywhere. I’m sure many still are asking “What’s an infographic?

These things are part eye candy, part data crunch – data visualization.

Here’s a quick video from on the future of infographics

Many are embedding full infographics on their sites. Personally, I would like to see the data listed below the graphic , or at least a click away. I don’t always have time to sift through the images, though I may go back-and-forth to navigate the mapping of information. Some infographic vendors offer the data if you request by email.

Here’s a good infographic on Twitter usage:

Infographic: Meet the Tweeters
Infographic by: Column Five Media

I’ve started saving infographics in a Delicious folder, and I’m thinking of adding a page or category here for ones I find resonating or relevant.

Alltop has its own Infographic section, a great place to find and follow the latest releases of visual data.

Here are a few tools and resources in making an infographic for your own project or business:

How about you? Are you a fan of infographics? Do you design them? Have you outsourced to get one done?

A Ridiculous Beginning

“All great ideas and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.”
- Albert Camus

They thought Twitter was a joke
They thought Disney was nuts
That Beatrix Potter was beside herself
They thought Columbus was drunk

If  they tell you “That’s ridiculous!” – just smile and say, “I was hoping you would say that.”



Does Your Small Business Have a Facebook Landing Page?

Custom Facebook PageAs part of the Shingle Page project, I’ve also been working with a company who can do custom landing pages for Facebook Pages.

These pages are great for a small business or local business to convert more visitors into “likes” and more importantly, convert the “likes” into loyal customers.

Some small and rural business folks I talk with are hesitant to get their own web site or page, yet they are very comfortable with Facebook (as one owner said, “. . .it just seems easier”). These Facebook Landing Pages are another way to get your business on the ‘findability’ map.

Check out the kind of work that can be done:

With over 750 million active users on Facebook and 250 million users via mobile devices (source: Facebook Statistics), Facebook may be this generation’s Yellow Pages.

If you or someone you know owns a business and wants to do more with a Facebook Page to present a professional image & convert more of their traffic, a custom landing page might be the way to go.

Contact me to learn more.

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Additions to the ConverStations Manifesto

A while back, I posted a list of mini-mantras I use for myself and in coaching: ConverStations Manifesto

This weekend, I’ve been pondering a few posts and the take-aways I’m adding to the list (and the posts that pricked my brain):

Empty Your Cup: Your Teacup is Full

Take Back Your Strings: Take Back Your Strings

WDJS (What Did Jesus See): 10 Reasons Why WWJD is Not Good

What are some of your mini-mantras?


Thinking Differently

Anytime I wonder whether I should step out on a limb or not, I watch this video:

Thank you Steve Jobs – for thinking differently, and leading the teams that give us tools to do likewise.

Success by Emerson

“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Angela’s Book is Another Answer to Prayer

About seven months ago my life changed by God’s grace and design. I had been given a booklet of poetry by Angela Thye (now Angela Sansone).

Her poem booklet was an answer to prayer and brought me into a place where God could begin using me for His sake. Little did I know what else He had in store . . .

Today, we are celebrating the completion of Angela’s book manuscript and are making preparations for design, printing, marketing, and distribution.

These final stages of her book, Precious Stones of Intercession, need helping hands:

  • Hands in prayer
  • Hands who share
  • Hands helping to pay the fare

Prayer: Your prayer support is the most important type of support (especially for this work).

Share: If you can help spread the word via Facebook or Twitter, please consider sharing the news.

Fare: We’ve set up an escrow account with GoFundMe to get the book through it’s final stages. There is a video and a synopsis of the project there.

We’ll be using quite a bit of social tools on this project, but your ideas and talents would be quite a blessing.

This project had been from the very start, a God-given and Holy Spirit-driven mission with specific deadlines. Jehovah Jireh!


A Global and Gospel Wedding Celebration

Maybe on the surface, but not at the foundation.

I’ve been attracted and focused on an important event recently. Angela Thye and I have been planning a wedding celebration.

We’ve been using quite a few social media tools to enhance the event (and we are just sidebars on this celebration – see the wedding invitation video)

One of the more exciting tools we are using is UStream. Angela and I have both been around the globe and have friends and family all over (Did you know Angela was raised on the mission fields of Indonesia?)

Here’s a video explanation of our thinking.

And please, feel free to tune in to the wedding tomorrow at 11 AM Central.