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Ted S
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Attended University of California at Irvine
Lives in Orange, CA
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Digital marketing strategist & currently taking a stab at the startup life
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    Marketing Consultant, 2011 - present
  • Giftery.me
    Founder, 2011 - 2014
  • ScubaBoard
    Co-founder, 2000 - 2004
  • Jenny Craig
    Internet Marketing Manager, 2005 - 2007
  • BP Gifts
    Ecommerce Marketing Director, 2007 - 2008
  • Monster Cable Products
    Digital / Social Media Strategist, 2009 - 2011
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Foster City, CA - Irvine, CA - San Diego, CA - Newport Coast, CA
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Marketer. Outdoor Adventurer. Avid Traveler.
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Bought a new car last week [hello +Jeep]... had a friendly sales guy but still became a fight by the time I hit finance. The dealer all admits the world has changed, people come in knowing their price, wanting to take a product home, not hassle over one, yet they can't let go of those old ways; anything for a few bucks today, even if it kills reputation for tomorrow.

Maybe some people still want this. I like the car but I see Tesla (and those who follow) as not just winning for their tech but for how you get it.
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It's answers like this that keep me coming back to Quora...

Interesting how community dynamic can make a very common internet idea play out to a whole different level.
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I'd never make it a week... I've never even made coffee.
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It's not really social if it's just about support.
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This has been floating around all over today but sharing it again as it's just such a good statement... people, practices, opportunity cost.
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Well, I know how I'm spending my rainy day. So. Damn. Awesome. #StarWars
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Watching the fog roll in over the SF night sky... Killer view, now I just need a better camera to shoot it. #bayarea #baybridge  
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Thanks +Jeremiah Owyang!
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And that's another one you owe us work force. - #Millennials
Travelers on the road – or in the skies – for business are increasingly taking time out for themselves, according to a survey released Tuesday by American Express Global Business ...
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Fellow NFL fans... Watch.
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If you don't follow any of the National Parks on social (Facebook / Twitter specifically), you should... Informative, often user generated, always user involved and a great example developing interest by content.

Of course they have the benefit of being a natural wonder in the first place and while they've really stepped up broadcasting recently, responding is a much more mixed bag... just as it is for many "regular" brands.

https://www.facebook.com/YosemiteNPS
https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark
https://www.facebook.com/zionnps
https://www.facebook.com/YellowstoneNPS
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Thanks for the links for the lazy!
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8" of snow in Crater Lake last night. Was just there but why not... #RoadTrip
CORRECTION.......make that 8 inches of snow in the last 24 hours at Crater Lake with more on the way for today.
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Facebook is surveying me about privacy tools, almost like a test. Wonder how many people know vs get vs use them.

Interestingly, I bet this educates more on the option than any FAQ or click-to-skip popup.
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Brutal article on the agency world... but something that (for many firms) needs to be heard.

In my career I've been fortunate to work with some phenomenal firms (and people) but, peeking behind the curtain, that's become less common and few shops strike me as the place I'd want to be working at these days if I was on that side of the table.

And of course it's self fulfilling. Lose the key people and the results become blah. Blah results and more companies go in-house. The best names of course rise above but it's a hard game even for them when the space is increasingly cast in this light.

The best thing an outside partner can do is become the trusted expert. The guide. So long as they remain a producer, this is what you get.
Over the past few months it seems like I keep having the same conversation over and over again with friends in dozens of agencies around London, it usually starts off like this: "Who do you think i...
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Stumbled in here my first week living in Vancouver and it's now on the regular circuit. First off, one of the better Mexican food places I've been too in the greater Portland area. They take a unique spin on some of the dishes I've tried, at least versus my SoCal upbringing, but they all work and they have some actual kick too. For an evening visit, the drinks are practically over the top (in a good way) and lots of selections to pick from beyond the classics too. Have yet to be here during a game or a crowded time but always good, fast service in the bar area and no complaints.
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Recently moved to the Vancouver area and I was very excited to discover a climbing gym on this side of the river. While I'm not particularly good, I've been climbing for years so this review is really geared towards the member / repeat visitor rather than someone looking for a one day adventure / birthday party (though they do those too I see). Source Climbing feels like a new gym, or just very well maintained. Friendly staff, good diversity of problem types in the bouldering area, lots of incline to the walls, range of holds. In my short time here so far, they've already done some set changes... good sign. The gym is on the smaller side and can fill up, especially if there's a group or class but for the most part, everyone seems to move around pretty quickly and not work a lead / top-rope route too long. The location is in the back part of downtown meaning street parking and meters, though I've yet to have an issue finding a space right nearby. Overall it's been a friendly community and good experience so far.
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Overpriced service for an underwhelming experience. I took my car to "Friendly" Ford for a serious fault in my Hybrid system as an out-of-town visitor so I really didn't have a chance to do any homework on the options. My mistake. While the dealership had nothing to do with causing the issue their handling of it was simply ridiculous. It's nothing new for a dealership to charge more than independent shops but it is new [to me] to try and charge twice the price. It's as if they're oblivious to the invention of Google and the 30 seconds it took to find other bids and experiences with the repair. And then there's the customer service... I probably came across as an overbearing customer but not a single promise of a returned call happened, not a single deadline set by them [I was in no rush] was met, my service adviser never once answered his phone, and my repair started a day after it was suppose to be done... They just don't get it. Finally and perhaps most important to me is the role a dealership should play. While they wear the big logo yet claim to be local, superior to other options and part of that should be advocating for their customers. My issue was far too common to not be covered under warranty yet I was the one to think to reach out to Ford Corporate, a single call which saved me 80%. It was an obvious move but not even remotely on their radar. I left two stars because I'm writing this from home with a car that, thus far, drives. And that counts for something.
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Dry Cleaning is a fairly commodity service... they can either clean it right, or not, they can either be fast, or not, and they can either priced competitively, or not. New Town Cleaners definitely gets a solid thumbs up in the first two. Everything I dropped off came back clean, wrinkle free and good to go. But there was nothing I saw above and beyond. No more green of a service, no more comprehensive of a clean and yet they charged significantly more than other cleaners I've used, more than cleaners in major cities I've lived in. The location is great for me, the staff friendly and I'd gladly pay a premium for that, but not when I _could_ use a company with pickup service for less.
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