Are You Talking to Me? Taking the BS Out of Business Blogging

Blogging is nothing new, yet it is still highly underrated and misunderstood by Corporate America. Note, this isn’t written for the legions of social media-savvy professionals, this is aimed at those looking for the right way to participate.

Although many of the same tools and strategies that make blogging so popular and influential are now starting to force new channels of business-to-business communications, most corporations are either slow to respond or treat it as the bastard step child of marketing.

Don’t Kill the Press Release, Shoot the Messenger

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Taking a step back from the highly publicized and globally viewed online game show series, “Get It or Don’t Get It,” I am still shaking my head wondering at what point the communications industry stopped paying attention to the need for evolution.

Millions of bloggers (not to mention journalists) use traditional releases to write stories everyday. Customers read SEO press releases in Yahoo and Google to make decisions.

DEMO 07 Though Pictures

I’m at DEMO – unofficially working with Ephraim Schwartz and Steve Fox of Infoworld. I’m snapping a ton of pictures and they’re running them in online stories and their DEMO slideshows.

Pictures are worth a thousand words….so, I’ve decided to cover DEMO as more of a photo journalist than a live blogger. UPDATE: Here’s a link to the entire album of 300 pictures from the event.

DEMO 07


Photo Credit: Rob Lee

Well, I’m getting ready to head on over to Palm Spring to attend the DEMO Conference.

Now in its 17th year, the DEMO conferences are known for launching important new technologies into the national consciousness. DEMO 07, taking place January 30 – February 1 in Palm Desert, CA, will introduce 68 carefully vetted products and
services to an audience of investors, business development executives, media, pundits, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup – January 2007

by Alison McNeill of FutureWorks

Now with over 959 members, the Silicon Valley NewTech Meetups are bigger than ever. That’s great news for companies like the ones below who want to get noticed. This meetup tool place in Palo Alto, where roughly 100 gathered to hear about some of the hottest emerging companies on the Web 2.0 scene.

Drumroll please. First we have…

Microsoft PR Sparks a Blogstorm of Support and Outrage

Microsoft Vista Launch Campaign
Image Credit: istartedsomething.com

I just read over on Techmeme that Microsoft PR may be digging itself deeper into another potential PR fiasco. There is a blogstorm out there with dozens of bloggers, myself included, casting opinions. Many of which I don’t necessarily agree with. I had to find out for myself, so I contacted several of the privileged bloggers who already have the notebook as well as other PR leaders to discuss the topic.

ABOUT ME

Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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