Blog Meme December ’08

December 17, 2008

A couple years ago, a lot of blog memes (tag) were going around. I then got tagged to write five things most people didn’t know about me. It was fun to do something like this around the holidays.

It’s been two years since, and Holly Matson from Geary Interactive tagged me yesterday in a new meme.

So here goes. The ante is up. Seven things that most (maybe it’s closer to some) people don’t know about me:


1) I’m a summer wuss and rarely complain about the sub-zero temps like we’re having now because of it.

2) In social media outlets like Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook, I try to act the same online that I would face-to-face (not that this always happens, but I try).

3) I was a borderline child piano prodigy. My oldest sister Tami still plays at 46 and is awesome!

4) At 39, I’m a proud Grand Uncle of the beautiful, three-year-old Alana. Geez, my niece bred before me?

5) I drove the six-plus hours to Chicago to see the Obama election rally/victory speech pretty much for the hell of it (and I had a couple days off). Here are some Flickr sets from election day, election night, and the day after.

6) With that said, I’m actually neither an elephant or donkey. I’m not much into large groups of people telling me how I should think.

7) This last year, I’ve slacked and gained a few pounds which made it really sweet to break both a buckle and strap minutes before the start of the Northshore Inline Marathon. I was happy though to finish respectable at 2h 18m.


That was seven? Sweet! I thought this would have been harder.

Similar to two years ago, I would like to include the Minnesota Wild’s Derek Boogaard playing tag. Here’s him playing nice-nice recently with some dude I’ve never heard of from Dallas.

Since this is a way to get to know people better, I figure the seven people I tagged would be some I’ve connected with on Twitter, but haven’t actually met face-to-face. So, here’s seven:

Sheldon Mains
Nelima K
Liz Giel
Erik Magraken – hockey fan and attorney from Victoria, BC. Very cool!
Tom Pick
Sam Glover
John Breyault

Tell us yer’ story! 🙂

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Bro-Sis Photography Marketing Update

August 21, 2008

Tonight I met Aaron Weiche and Ed Kohler to talk social media at the definition of “suburbahood” – Champps in Minnetonka. Aaron was wondering what the hell was up with the bro-sis photography and marketing project since I haven’t posted in a week. At first, I didn’t think there was a lot to say, but since we’re keeping this in close-to-real time, there actually is a lot to say. 🙂

Heather was cool enough to give me props on keeping things up-to-date. Feel free to keep up with her blog as well since it’s a collaborative project.

One of the things we wanted to do was get her set up on Flickr. My next project was to help her figure out how to do Flickr “sets”. Turns out she beat me to the punch. She has already placed her pictures into sets. Holy crap, they are good! Next is tagging her sets, but something tells me she has already figured that out.

Soon to come, we need to send a collective pitch for our speaking engagements. She’s having a meeting with her pimp (sales guy) next week and I need to come up with a profile pitch.

Her email to me today…

Heather: How about we each write what we think we would like to accomplish and then we’ll swap and figure it out from there.

Me: Accomplishments – get people away from their computer and to your door so you can take photos to make them look good.

Heather: We may need to come up with a few more words for a program description but that’s a start.  🙂

Apparently, I need to enhance my pitch just a bit?

One note, I have added a bro-sis category to this blog. Hopefully it works and you have interest. We’re having fun with this!

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Heading to the National Conference for Media Reform – 2008

June 5, 2008

NCMR 2008

Staring this Friday, I will be attending the three-day National Conference for Media Reform at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

A very general premise of this conference is to gather thousands of journalists, activists, lawmakers, and just about anyone who wants to listen and talk about making media better, how the Internet media has come into play, and where the media is today and where it can be going. It’s pretty exciting actually as there will be 300 presenters and 3,000 attendees.

This is a far cry from Internet and Search Marketing conferences that many of us have probably attended. No presenter here is going to be talking about anchor text, rankings (I hate that word), cost per conversion (I like that phrase), Quality Score, Technorati, MyBlogLog, Sphinn, Pay-Per-Call, or the three letter acronyms that many of us drool over; SEO, PPC, and ROI.

Matt Cutts won’t be at this conference. Neither will Danny Sullivan. However, Dan Rather, Arianna Huffington, and Bill Moyers will all be there presenting either sessions or keynotes.

There will be many topics ranging from media policy and activism to alternative journalism (blogging) and the future of interactive media.

What will be talked about in certain sessions and is the biggest reason why I’m attending is blogging, user-generated media, social media on the Web, Net Neutrality (that’s huge in my book), Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media opportunities.

What I really like is that these presenters won’t be talking about how to incorporate social media with search marketing. They will be talking about their own respective media industries and how they use social media. I can guarantee I’ll be walking out of these sessions thinking “why didn’t I think of that?!”. Learning more about services you offer from different perspectives is a fantastic way to understand them from the client’s point of view.

A few must-see sessions:

Newspapers: Not Dead Yet? – It’s no big surprise that print newspapers have been in decline. Who’s to blame? The Internet, corporate greed, or mismanagement? I’m pretty low key but something tells me I’ll have some audience input during the Q & A’s.

Online and Offline: Connecting the Grassroots and the Netroots – This will probably be a political session and I would bet that there will be an Obama success story in there. I can absolutely see taking some of these concepts and applying it to local search. After all, local search is about getting people away from their computer (netroots) and to a physical, business door (grassroots).

Future of the Internet: Open, Neutral, Mobile and Ubiquitous – A few readers of this blog know how much of a proponent of Net Neutrality I am and don’t believe big telco and cable giants should be able to screw small businesses who have success online by “offering” multi-tiered Internet access solutions, especially when this thought is backed by an out of touch Senator from Alaska who thinks that the Internet is a series of tubes.

Organizing for Change on the Social Web – This one will most likely be political too, but they will be specifically talking about the effects of social media opportunities such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube. I’m really looking forward to get a non-search marketing view on how these opportunities have worked. That’s when the light bulbs really start shining over my noggin.

Regarding the social Web, the conference itself and organizers, Freepress, aren’t slouches. If you look at the conference home page, you’ll notice that they encourage users to tag the site on social sites such as Flickr or YouTube with the tag “NCMR2008”, which I have tagged on this entry. They also have a horizontal Flickr stream on the top of the site. If you’re on Facebook, you can also see their own Facebook NCMR page.

A few side notes:

It normally wouldn’t make since to go to a conference like this, but the Minneapolis Convention Center is a whopping 10 blocks from me and the cost for the whole three days is under 200 bucks! That’s a no-brainer in my book. Search marketing conferences are close to 2k.

There will be plenty of bed-wetting elephants and donkeys at the conference. I’m pretty sure I won’t be schmoozing with them. I’m there to learn, not to bitch. 😉

I won’t be doing any liveblogging, but will hopefully give nightly updates of the events each day. Monday will come around too soon so I better get the posts in while I have time.

Are any of you attending? If so, let’s hook up and chat. Or, if you have any questions you’d like answered, let me know and I will certainly do my best to accommodate.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll think of the readers here while I’m geeking out for the entire time. 🙂

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Punch Pizza Photo Contest

January 17, 2008

 Punch Pizza
Logo stolen from Punch Pizza (hey, just being honest. I’m guessing they’re ok with it. If not, I’ll take it off).

First, a little link love to Metroblogging Minneapolis and for finding this.

The folks at Punch Pizza are doing something pretty cool. They’re running a photo contest while embracing social media in a big way. Apparently, it wasn’t long ago when they didn’t allow photos of their ovens. You can now turn that completely around as they’re running a Capture Our Fire photo contest.

It’s a contest that allows customers to take pictures of their ovens, pizzas, moments at Punch, and there’s even a special category for pictures taken from camera phones.

A few cool things to note:

One of their photo categories state Ovens of Punch – Photographs of Punch ovens and fires in Punch ovens. (Photos must be taken from behind the food preparation area.)”

One bullet point states “All entries must be submitted online at”

One more – “Entrants should upload contest submissions to their Flickr account (which are free) and apply a tag of “PunchPizzaContest” to each submission as well as the category for which the submitted photo applies: “OvensOfPunch” or “PunchPizzas” or “PunchMoments” or “PunchPhonePhotos”.”

I’m loving how they’re using Flickr. They’ll be able to sort of the contestant pictures by tagging, and the pages themselves will most likely receive a lot of traffic.

I’m guessing this will turn out to be a great social media campaign. Maybe they’ll even gain new customers such as myself (suppose that’s the end goal anyway). I’ve lived in Minneapolis for eight years and have never dined there (yeah, I know – apparently that’s a sin).

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So, You Buying an iPhone?

June 29, 2007

A little over a week ago, I went on a skate with Ed Kohler (who is gonna’ rock SPIM). During the skate, he asked me if I was going to buy the new iPhone. I wasn’t sure at the time. I have an outdated cell with a T-Mobile service that works fantastic.

My current cell does need to go, and Aaron Weiche is hinting that I’m leaning toward an iPhone. Aaron, I think you’re right!

Apple has me.

Apple, I’m looking forward to synching your iPhone features with my Macbook Pro.

I’m looking forward to taking 2.0 megapixel pictures from the phone and have them be of decent enough quality to upload to my Flickr account on the fly, wherever I am.

I’m looking forward to use Google Maps to fingerscroll a seafood restaurant next time I’m in a new city.

I’m looking forward to use Google Maps “traffic” feature to decide my route home during my next Aware Web client visit during rush hour.

Technology Evangelist covered the crowd at the iMall of America today, along with a Pittsburgh visit from iJustine from the Tasty Blog Snack.

So, you leaning for or against the iPhone? Why or why not?

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Using Flickr to Market Your Small Business

August 29, 2006

Over in Kennewick Washington, home of the Tri-City Americans, Matt McGee from Small Business SEM writes a piece on how small businesses can market Flickr photos.

Flickr is Yahoo’s shared photo portal, and is mainstream by web users. Considered one of the forerunners in Web 2.0, creative local and small business owners can use this as a way to interact with local consumers.

I did a quick Flickr search for the Oceanaire in Minneapolis. Basically, it shows some people having a decent time. That’s fine, but it doesn’t make me want to visit. I did a Google search, and actually found a Flickr photo set of the Oceanaire in Seattle. This is a different story. Mmmmm… me want seafood… eeep eeep.

The Seattle photo set is a perfect example of Web 2.0 and user-generated content. It wasn’t from the restaurant itself, but from (I’m guessing) a local photographer who really liked the presentations.