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The fallacy of chasing epic

Everything we put out for others to consume is already epic, because we’re opening ourselves up to critique, belittlement, and crushing disappointment if others don’t like it.

So embrace the blank screen. Embrace the empty mind. Embrace the still keyboard.

Because sooner or later, the next epic chapter of that which is uniquely you will be live for everyone to see.

#epiccontent   #pureblogging  
When we produce content, we tell ourselves it needs to be epic every time. But what if that's not true?
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What on-page web commenting should look like

"The goal: To provide a realtime commenting/chat experience using fully native comments while being compatible with page caching, CDNs, mobile, other comment plugins, and SEO best practices."

Having been an early user of the Epoch beta, I can attest to them meeting this goal and more. And the new release today is slick.

#blogcomments   #wordpress   #wordpressplugins  
The team behind Postmatic is aiming to breathe new life into WordPress native comments with the 1.0 release of Epoch today. The plugin was created to provide a Disqus alternative with faster loadin...
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+Andrij Harasewych For sure, mate - been using the early beta, and while that was a little hit and miss, this release nails it. :)

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NWOBHM and You

In which Def Leppard shows you how to be a better you. No, seriously.

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We can settle for good. We can accept not so good. But what about taking both and turning them into great?
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Taking a hiatus from G+. Lost much of its sheen for me, and not enjoying as much as I used to. Decluttering my life, and working out what I want to keep, and what I need to discard.

Be safe, be good to each other, and may see you around here again sometime. 
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Perfect come back, +Danny Brown 

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The relationship behind the sale

I speak a lot about the relationship behind the sale.

I see it as a key part to any business. As I mention at the start of this post, yes, marketing and sales and advertising and all the other cool and sexy stuff is great. They’ll get you the keys to the front door.

But the real business success stories come from service, as +MeanThemes and +Postmatic show.
By all means, have the best sales, marketing and advertising team around. But make sure you have a superstar service team or mindset to back them up.
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You and I are people

You, as a brand, don’t need to “be more human” to do that. Heck, the very phrase counters itself – how do you actually be more human? Grow a third arm to back-slap more? Grow a second mouth to praise more? Grow another pair of ears to listen more?

So, no, you don’t need to be more human – you just need to treat people like, well, people. And guess what your company is already made up of?
You don't need to be more human - you just need to treat people like, well, people. And guess what your company is already made up of?
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LOL. Nothing wrong with a little cheesy goodness.

But, more seriously, great topic. We shouldn't have to chase our humanity. It's part of what gets us up and moving each morning.
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Natural born kicker

My five year old son going through some kicks.

#taekwondo-   #martialarts  
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dude, if it weren't for your son being Jackie Chan, id be even more assertive. 

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When the walls come tumbling down

So, er.... Mike Volpe and Joe Chernov are out of +HubSpot for violating the company's code of ethics. Brian Halligan is sanctioned by the board for his involvement.

"Mr. Bodnar replaces Mike Volpe who has been terminated for cause following a determination that Mr. Volpe violated the Company's Code of Business Conduct and Ethics in connection with attempts to procure a draft manuscript of a book involving the Company.  This determination was made in connection with an independent review overseen by the Board, with assistance from outside counsel.  The Company announced that Joe Chernov, Vice President of Content, resigned before the Company could determine whether to terminate him for similar violations.  The Company has notified the appropriate legal authorities about these matters.

In addition, the Board concluded that Brian Halligan, HubSpot's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was recently made aware of Mr. Volpe's and Mr. Chernov's actions and did not report their actions in a timely manner.  The Board determined that Mr. Halligan was not involved in the underlying conduct and that his lack of timely reporting did not impede the review.  Mr. Halligan fully cooperated with the Company's review and has been appropriately sanctioned by the Board."

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hubspot-appoints-kipp-bodnar-as-chief-marketing-officer-300120782.html
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That raises a good point. It is not recommended that organizations talk about personnel changes such as firings so freely at least at the level of CMO, etc.  

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Postmatic 1.4 brings full Social Warfare integration

This is awesome news both +Postmatic users and +Social Warfare users. From the post:

"We’ve worked with Nick and his team to bring the social sharing buttons and click-to-tweet functionality to Postmatic. If you are a Social Warfare user you can expect the same beautiful share buttons to follow your post in its email form as well as for click-to-tweets to render and function exactly as they should."

Hoo ya!
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Wow. Nice!

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Reject the mold, embrace the real

Posts like this one are why I love +Nancy A Davis's blog, and why it should be one you subscribe to if you like real content.

"I don’t fit any real mold so to speak. I write from the heart and that can leave me wide open. I look for that kind of vulnerability in other bloggers. Those are the ones I love to read. I embrace the raw, honest, thought provoking content. I run like hell from the bloggers who do not reply to their comments or refuse to engage if someone dares question them."
Thoughts circle around in my brain until I pull them out and see if they are worth keeping. Lately, the main thoughts that I have been chewing on are about perception. I can take a situation and ma...
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Take my money now!!! Oh, wait - it's free? :)
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OK. Take my money. NOW.

And thank you for respecting the origins. George could learn a thing or two from you.
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Introduction
Award-winning marketer and blogger. Co-author of Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing, described as "the book that will change the way we do business today". Author of The Parables of Business.

My blog is recognized as the #1 marketing blog in the world by HubSpot, is featured in the AdAge Power 150 list as well as Canada’s Top 50 Marketing Blogs, and has been twice voted Top 10 Social Media Blog by Social Media Examiner.

I’ve delivered results for some of the biggest companies in technology, digital and consumer, including RIM, British Telecom, Orange, Microsoft Canada, IBM, Ford Canada, FedEX, Scotiabank, Vodafone, Dell and LG Electronics.

I’ve spoken at TEDx and am regularly quoted in publications and news media, including Marketing Magazine, Canadian Marketing Association, Toronto Star, CTV News, Fast Company and City News Toronto.

Interested in how the human psyche works and what that means for marketers and businesses? Does emotion and logic define who and what influences a person?

Let's find out.
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Co-author of "Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing", available now through Que/Pearson. http://amzn.to/RjnEGx
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    English, 1986 - 1989
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