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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

No names no pack drill in this post. I looked on yesterday as opportunity knocked. Opportunity knocked to create some high credibility, high visibility, on-brand noise for one of our clients. Trouble was that the opportunity in question was of the social media variety. Also known as the serendipitous, unforeseen, real-time, quick decision needed variety. […]

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Get well Danny Baker

As usual I’ve been slow on the uptake with celebrity news. Danny Baker has cancer. And I find myself caring quite a lot. I met him a long time ago, and only briefly. But he made a lasting impression on me. He had been the compère at a Bass Brewers conference in Birmingham. A low […]

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This is a harrowing piece of film which reveals the brutal break-them-down-and-build-them-back-up approach being used by some social media agencies and consultants to get traditional advertising clients to lose the message based, paid for interruption mindset and embrace conversation.   For “save American lives” read “join the conversation.” For “let go David Webb” read “let […]

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I’m reviewing this book before I’ve finished it. I’ve read just four out of thirty four “stories about people who know how they will die” but I can’t contain myself. Machine of Death is a book of revelations. In all sorts of ways. Firstly I don’t read short stories or anthologies. Mainly because I instinctively […]

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Imagine my surprise (and delight) at finding myself in the car talking to my kids about the seminal 1977 Meatloaf album Bat Out Of Hell. Prompted by them I hasten to add. They having been prompted by the live TV butchering of the eponymous song by this year’s enduring X-Factor joke contestant, Wagner. If you […]

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So you think you’ve got a community, huh? Does your community engage with each other around a shared interest in you? Does your community believe that you’re interested in them as human beings rather than a sales channel? Foiled Cupcakes has that kind of community. Foiled Cupcakes is a delivery-only gourmet cupcake bakery that serves […]

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So you think you’ve got a community huh? Does your community really give a damn whether you are making a living out of what you do? Would your community feel guilty if it felt it had done something to adversely affect your livelihood? Steve Lieber has this kind of community. Or rather, through his actions, […]

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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

This is Ishmael Beah. The photograph was taken when he was 26. Ishmael is from Sierra Leone. Between the ages of 13 and 16 a lot of nasty things happened to him. His whole family was killed by rebel forces in a bloody and brutal civil war. He and a group of friends tried to […]

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So you think you’ve got a community, huh? How much does your community care about you? To what extent does your community get off on the idea of working together to realise a dream? Would this community of yours rally round and propel your book to #1 on Amazon on a given day? Machine of […]

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