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PR Flack, Social Media Vagabond, Communications Consultant & Part-Time Professor in West Michigan loving life in perpetual beta. Siracha for Social Media.
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I'm a life-long geek who has been been using "social media" since before it had a name. 

I love this stuff and have the benefit of over a decade of immersion in the medium. I spent college in front of a computer monitor instead of partying, and one of my favorite things in the world is to get other people as excited about the intersection of communications theory and technology as I am.

If you're in to credentials, I have Bachelor's and Master's in Communications from Grand Valley State University and I've worked at Grand Rapids-based communications firms including J.W. Messner, Inc. and Seyferth & Associates. I've done crisis communications, online reputation management, written social media policy, developed training, and promotion for over a decade with Grand Rapids Community College.

Presently I'm a Marketing Associate at 834 Design & Marketing and most recently worked on the promotional campaign that made "Lights in the Night" a Top Five Artprize entry.

I currently serve on the board of the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Marketing Committee of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Marketing Committee of the Grand Rapids Film Festival, and I'm an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.
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Is Google+ Without Authorship Worth Using?
www.marketingprofs.com

Social Media - Google Authorship and Plus were closely connected from the start, but Google recently canceled Authorship. Is Google+ still w

In defense of PR
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PR practitioners know that bad news simply gets more attention than good news does. That's even true for the PR profession itself.

Heads Up!
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Heads Up! is the fun and hilarious new game that Ellen DeGeneres plays on her show -- and now you can play it with your friends!From naming

University Research Corridor
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an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Beating Cystic Fibrosis
www.theatlantic.com

In the 1970s, most children with CF never made it through elementary school. Today the median life expectancy for the 30,000 Americans livin

Infographic: A Massive Chart of Every Superhero's Powers Ever | Wired De...
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When we think of superpowers, flying, x-ray vision, and the ability to deploy a sticky spider web substance from our palms are the things th

Geek vs. Nerd chart
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Scientist and software engineer Burr Settles takes a look at the differences between geeks and nerds, with this comprehensive chart outlinin

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We use the beta channel test features and slowly roll out updates to users.

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10 Horrifying Stats About Display Advertising
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Some pretty shocking stats about the effectiveness of display advertising.

Few protections for LGBT in housing discrimination
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Some Michigan residents are turned away for housing even if they can afford the rent for an apartment or the mortgage for a home. In many ca

Too-big-to-fail banks implicated in $500 trillion fraud: biggest price-r...
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In Rolling Stone, the amazing Matt Taibbi documents a breaking price-rigging scandal involving the world's biggest banks. The $500 trillion

I Am the Fox Mole, And I'm Still Here
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What follows is a dispatch from the Fox Mole, a Gawker columnist and current Fox News Channel employee. So Fox's PR team has been telling pe

This Video of NYPD Arresting a Woman at Citibank Certainly Doesn't Look ...
gawker.com

Let's not jump to conclusions about this video, which (at about a minute in) shows a woman dressed in a business suit, carrying her Citibank

Woman Receives Free Trip to Taiwan to Recover Camera She Lost 6 Years Ag...
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When Georgia resident Lindsay Scallan lost her digital camera during a 2007 vacation to Hawaii, she was understandably upset. "It was toward

Clownish Gov Wants to Charge a Protest Fee So People Will Stop Protestin...
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Koch-head Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's primary achievement during his first year in office: Inspiring a hundreds of thousands of citize

Insane Congressman Joe Walsh Screams at His Constituents
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Is this the angriest interaction between a congressman and his constituents ever, or at least of the ones that have been captured on YouTube

In a city studded with culinary gems, Grove is my favorite Grand Rapids restaurant. Beyond the sustainable ethos baked into their operations, they prepare delicious food and offer an innovative and ever-changing menu. Moreover, they offer a robust menu for both vegetarians and vegans (so good even an omnivore wouldn't feel short-changed). The service is superb and in dining there dozens of times I've never had an experience that was less than excellent. As the menu is so dynamic it's hard to identify favorite dishes that appear consistently, but the cheese plates are always a guilty pleasure (as is the butterscotch pudding for dessert).
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
This is my dad's agency, and I've worked in it for a number of years (and I've been a policyholder for over a decade) so I know how well customers are treated, and how good the insurance coverage is. That's why they've been in business for over thirty years. Tom built his business brick-by-brick by cold-calling prospects (back when people used to do that) and earning word-of-mouth referrals.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The front office staff at this location is unhelpful; no one acknowledges you when you enter the facility or offers to direct you where to go. Patients are left to guess what desks to go to and what sheets to sign in on.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I've gone to several vets in the area (including Cascade) and this is by far my favorite (worth the drive from Grand Rapids). They've treated several of my dogs very well over the past few years (from puppy to having to put one down) and they have very reasonable prices. As a bonus they're also right next door to the best dog trainer in the area: Mary Hovingh. No one at Allendale Animal Hospital would try to rip anyone off; they won't even try to upsell people on expensive flea/tick/heartworm treatments like some of the other vets. CUJM's review may be a result of misunderstanding how rabies vaccinations work (that 1 year after the first vaccination they get a booster and from then on it's vaccinations every 3 years).
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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I was impressed with a variety of facets of Health Motion when I sought treatment there; the staff are knowledgeable and helpful, the facility is well-maintained, and they were very good about ensuring the process was efficient (so I could be in and out quickly and back to work).
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This company deceptively recruits college students by promising them jobs in marketing/advertising when in reality they offer jobs in door-to-door sales. They've since switched their name to Cohesion, Inc in an attempt to escape the bad publicity their poor business practices has earned them online.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Terrible customer service at the pharmacy desk - there was a female representative who was rude and unnecessarily suspicious of the information given to her by my girlfriend in order to obtain a prescription.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago