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Love this from +martin shervington.

Martin is seeking to move the personal brand space value proposition from thought leadership to "social leadership," and I think he's right.

I don't want just your thoughts. I want your heart and soul. I want your trust. I want your faith and belief.

I want you.

You are a whole human, not a computer for me to link up to with input.

And this is why I still embrace social media marketing. There is nowhere else where I can do all of the above, and do it at scale.
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hello thank you mark for nice messenger
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Twitter nearly burst into flames last night with Buzzfeed's announcement that the network may introduce an algorithmic news feed within the next week.

In this post I step out on a limb and explain why I think this might be the first good move Twitter has made in a long time.

(And if you want to help a fellow out, we'd love to see this post get some attention on the current trending hashtag ‪#‎RIPTwitter‬. So we'd love it if you have a Twitter account and would retweet it. You'll find the tweet at http://twitter.com/marktraphagen/status/696021745308934144)
Gauging by the noise over on Twitter right now, if the Twitter bird were a canary in a coal mine, it would be 'no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late canary. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-canary.' (Apologies to Monty Python.)True that so...
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Perfect Mark!
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The only two words you need for writing content people will read

In just two minutes the creators of Southpark give you the two words that will change the way you write your next blog post. 
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No video shows. Oh well. 
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Maybe my favorite TV series character of all time, Chris "Chris in the Morning" Stevens, on Northern Exposure, predicted the smartphone generation in 1993.
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FREE Virtual Keynote with Google's Gary Illyes!

You'd pay a lot of money to see +Gary Illyes deliver a keynote at a conference (and you should if you get the chance!), but now you can watch a keynote level conversation with the most prominent spokesperson from Google Search for FREE from the comfort of your home or office!

+Eric Enge will engage Gary on LIVE streaming video, asking him about emerging trends in Google search.

Register today at the link below to get the following benefits:

▶ Ability to submit questions that may be asked live during the event.
▶ Email reminder before the event with the URL where you can watch it.
▶ Coupon code for huge discount on The Art of SEO book (Eric Enge, lead co-author)

Get the details and register at http://stonet.co/23cj66D

And PLEASE share this with your friends across social media! Thanks!
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+Mark Traphagen​ Thanks for this!
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More Google+ Preview desktop updates
 
G+ Web Preview Update Feb 5
Today we're starting to roll out several fixes and new features on the Google+ Web preview including:

* 101 bug fixes
* View large profile images in a gallery
* Improved people search results
* An updated design for the Following screen
* Ability to see who you've muted and un-mute them in the Activity Log (found under Settings)

As always, keep sending us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item. We are continuing to listen and make changes.
Thanks~
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Don't miss this one!
 
FREE Virtual Keynote with Google's Gary Illyes!

You'd pay a lot of money to see Gary Illyes deliver a keynote at a conference (and you should if you get the chance!), but now you can watch a keynote level conversation with the most prominent spokesperson from Google Search for FREE from the comfort of your home or office!

Register today at the link below to get the following benefits:

▶ Ability to submit questions that may be asked live during the event.
▶ Email reminder before the event with the URL where you can watch it.
▶ Coupon code for huge discount on The Art of SEO book (Eric Enge, lead co-author)

Click below and register NOW!
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Another MUST READ from +Rand Fishkin's way, way better half.

Like most of you, I recently read the Elle article about what Amanda Chantal Bacon, a woman who may just be a low-blood-sugar-induced hallucination of Gwyneth Paltrow’s, eats in a given day. It was a lot like the first time I read Shakespeare or heard an interview with Bob Dylan. I knew it was English, but I didn’t understand a goddamn word and in the end just felt really inadequate.
 
Geraldine's satiric recreation of the most insane healthy-eating article I've ever read cracked me up.

http://bit.ly/NoBacon <------- amazing.
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Unreal does not even come close. Would eating powdered pearls make your doo-doo shimmer? 
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UPDATE: Original linked post now updated to include my reactions to statements late today by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Twitter nearly burst into flames last night with Buzzfeed's announcement that the network may introduce an algorithmic news feed within the next week.

In this post I step out on a limb and explain why I think this might be the first good move Twitter has made in a long time.

(And if you want to help a fellow out, we'd love to see this post get some attention on the current trending hashtag ‪#‎RIPTwitter‬. So we'd love it if you have a Twitter account and would retweet it. You'll find the tweet at http://twitter.com/marktraphagen/status/696021745308934144)
Gauging by the noise over on Twitter right now, if the Twitter bird were a canary in a coal mine, it would be 'no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late canary. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-canary.' (Apologies to Monty Python.)True that so...
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Couldn't agree more. The real problem Twitter has is that the main feed is generally useless and hence very few people spend time there. We use lists or tools to curate something meaningful for us. There needs to be a place to switch to real time chronological tweets, which is a strength, but they need to make the news feed more relevant. Otherwise I will only ever view tweets on platforms other than Twitter. 
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Big learning day next Thursday!

Thanks +Kristin Drysdale
 
February 11 - BIG Event Day in Search, Trust, & Engagement  

SEO is done on purpose, but if you break it down and really look at why - the answer is pretty straightforward - we want people to come to our web content to engage with us.
~+Oleg Moskalensky

Absolutely yes, Oleg! The relationship fostered between buyer & seller is a special one worth honouring. We want to cultivate that relationship in such a way that we create a portal of conversation and bond of trust... For example: I trust you to see my Saas and use it to your liking. I also trust you to give me feedback and let me know when something breaks down so our team can fix it...

Seeing what is and what can be are sometimes separated only by a user's experience and willingness to share it.
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We all have an incredible opportunity to witness and take part in the conversation between +Gary Illyes (Google Webmaster Trends Analyst) & +Eric Enge (+Stone Temple Consulting CEO & lead co-author of The Art of SEO) http://stonet.co/23cj66D. Register and submit your questions early so that +Mark Traphagen can moderate and filter the best ones to the top. 

Two hours after the start of the Virtual Keynote, +David Amerland, +Gina Fiedel, and +Oleg Moskalensky will join me in a candid conversation surrounding the all important conversation of The Trust Gap... https://blab.im/kristin-drysdale-the-trust-gap-using-trust-to-improve-our-business-private-lives. (Though there are four of us listed, I'll be more than honoured to rotate out for anyone who would like to grab the chance to ask a question to any of my esteemed guests.)

Finally at the end of that hour, we'll transition to a conversation of which very well might be considered the crux of every human being's experience online→ engagement. ...Every transaction begins with an action. Without that action of engagement we are merely broadcasters... satellites roaming the sky/web and looking for purpose. +Oleg Moskalensky & +David Amerland are all set to tackle this: https://goo.gl/WNTfZD.

- I've got February 11, 2016 mapped out in my Google AND Outlook calendar, and although I rarely set expectations as to avoid limiting myself - I trust that this day will be a day I mark down as the day I learned a great deal more about message, clarity, and outcome.

Join me?

#search   #trust   #engagement  
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As lists go, this is actually a good one, so I'm really honored to see +Eric Enge and me included.

Follow the whole list on Twitter with one click at In fact, here's the entire group in a Twitter list that you can follow with one click! https://twitter.com/StevenJacobs_/lists/seo-experts
Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Google+ Email PinterestAre you looking to get your website ranked #1 on Google? Join the club. When you’re looking for SEO news, where do you tend to turn to these days? Many of you will turn to blogs, communities, your own research and Twitter. With so much information out there from respected …
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LinkedIn continues to grow, BUT less than 25% of #LinkedIn accounts are active

By +Christopher Penn on +SHIFT Communications
LinkedIn, the former dark horse of social media, has not only grown past Twitter, but is a serious publishing platform in its own right. Let’s see what LinkedIn reported for its Q3 earnings. Growth LinkedIn’s membership continues to grow, passing 400 million registered users: Above, we see sustained 4% quarter over quarter growth, indicating a…Read More →
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  • Stone Temple Consulting
    Senior Director of Marketing, 2014 - present
    Responsible for strategic planning and implementation of the online branding, promotion, and reputation of Stone Temple Consulting, as well as specialized consulting with selected Stone Temple clients.
  • Virante Inc.
    Director of Digital Outreach, 2011 - 2013
  • Virante Inc.
    Internet Marketing Analyst, 2009 - 2011
  • Westminster Bookstore
    Manager of Online Marketing, present
  • The Covenant School (Charlottesville VA)
    Assistant Administrator of Lower School, present
  • Abbot Laboratories
    IV Products Sales Representative, present
  • Uarco Business Forms
    Account Manager, present
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Introduction

As Senior Director of Online Marketing for Stone Temple Consulting, I'm responsible for raising the awareness of STC's renowned services for our many Fortune 500 level clients. 

What can you expect me to talk and engage about? Social Media Consulting + Social Media Marketing + Content Marketing + Inbound MarketingInternet Marketing + Google+ Business Pages + Paid Search Advertising and anything to do with connecting on the web!

My mission is to help you get seen and heard, to get your message out and bring in people who want and need what you have to offer. My special know-how is in the intersection of social and search.

I'm the Senior Director of Online Marketing for Stone Temple Consulting, one of the leading online marketing agencies in the United States.

On Google+ you'll see me posting and sharing mostly about social media and how we can more effectively use it to collaborate and transform our world.

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Read and subscribe to my Flipboard Magazines. I daily curate there the best online marketing related news, tips, and articles I run across all over the web:

Available to speak at your conference! Also for press, podcast, and webinar interviews. Contact me through this profile or the email address below.

Personal Stuff

Married for over 30+ years to Karyn Louise Murphy Traphagen. Two grown-and-married daughters; six grandchildren. #nerdfighter #DFTBA!

I've competed in The Monti storytelling event (winning a StorySlam and runner-up in a GrandSlam), and joined a New Orleans-style second line band called the Bulltown Strutters.

Cover photo courtesy of Dustin W. Stout & Weal Media. Profile image by Jennifer Rich.

All posts and opinons expressed by me on Google+ are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or any other organization with which I might be connected.

Elsewhere

My home blog is at Stone Temple Consulting. I write the Social Media Marketing column for Marketing Land, I also contribute to Moz, Search Engine Land, Maximize Social Business, Social Media Today and many other top digital marketing sites.

I have spoken at numerous industry conferences, including MozCon, Pubcon, SMX (Advanced, East, West & Social Media), and SearchExchange.

I tweet at @marktraphagen

Finally, let me leave you with a benediction, courtesy of my friend Eli Fennell:

In nomine Google, et Long Tail, et spiritus AuthorRank.

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Old enough to have an Early Adopter Badge from Foursquare for Planet Earth | The Monti StorySlam Winner & GrandSlam Runner Up
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  • Westminster Theological Seminary
    M.A.R. in Biblical Studies, 2004 - 2009
  • Liberty University
    B.A. Interdisciplinary.
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Absolutely amazing. Some of the best French food I've had anywhere. The owner is a delight.
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I have found the dentist I've been looking for all my adult life. Not only was the entire staff friendly and highly professional, they and Dr. Gadol did everything possible to make me relaxed and for my procedures to be as pain-free and comfortable as possible. I particularly appreciate that Dr. Gadol explains everything she is doing and why. I would recommend this service to anyone I know.
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I just found my new regular dry cleaner. At 11:30 am today I found out I needed to leave early tomorrow for an event that would require my suit, which needed cleaning. I called Regency, knowing that I was way past their deadline of 10 am for same-day service. The woman who answered the phone couldn't have been nicer. She repeated their policy, but understood my plight, and found a way for them to get my suit into their schedule. With service like that, you know I will be back!
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We asked our relatives to recommend one of the best restaurants in Ithaca and they sent us to Mahogany. They called it right. We were so impressed with everything from the appetizers to the entrees to the cocktails. This is a place to be savored, so it upsets me that people took away a star because the service wasn't "fast." Try McDonalds.
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