Pretty awesome cover of Pharrell's "Happy," and a fun, creative video to boot.If the video doesn't play for you here for some reason, click here to go watch it on the YouTubes. ...
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Writing Challenges: overcoming resistance

Stephen King has written over 50 books. Chuck Palahniuk has written 15. Steven Pressfield, 13. All have seen their work made into movies. I'm only 2 books in, but I am already starting to understand some of the stuff all three have written about in regards to overcoming resistance and the day to day ...
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The crafting of a character: Harbert Pencroft

The accidental protagonist:I have a confession to make: Harbert Pencroft, the central character in 'The Peacemakers,' was an accident. He was the unexpected result of needing to add a character to the story as a narrative device. Not only was he never supposed to be a major character in the s ...
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My week with the 2014 Ford Fusion

Before I even start, let me put your minds at ease. I haven't been paid by Ford or any agency to write this review. I received no payment or gifts of any kind. What happened was Ford let me borrow a Ford Fusion for a week, no strings attached, to convince me that I could actually like a car that was ...
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I was having coffee with a long time friend last month, and naturally, we got around to talking about The Nemesis Engines, which was kind of nice because I spend way too much time talking about social business and brand management anyway. The big question - and one that  get every time someone find ...
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A cool little piece from Alice Truong on FastCompany.com caught my eye yesterday. Here's a link. The central point was that Facebook numbers point to a little bit of unexpected weakness along a few specific growth curves. The first, which is several months old, dealt with teenagers abandoning Faceb ...
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Resource: 2014 Global Digital Statistics Report

Via TheNextWeb, here is WeAreSocial's 183-page Global Digital Statistics Report.Among the findings:35% of the world population uses the internet.26% of the world population is active on social media channels.There are 6.57 billion (with a B) mobile subscribers in the world. (93% market penetration.) ...
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3-Minute Insight: Customer Acquisition Channels

McKinsey & Company recently released an updated report that takes a look at customer acquisition. Check it out here. The biggest takeaway is that email, while not nearly as sexy as social platforms, is still an incredibly solid channel. How solid? Forty times (40x) more effective than Facebook a ...
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“Quantified Self,” fads, and shark-jumping.

This happens every few months: a few high profile bloggers pick up on a keyword, try to be the first to write a book about it, and legions of bloggers immediately roll in to try to score that fourth or fifth spot on Google searches for the term.Like some of you, I am not a huge fan of fads (or hype ...
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MLK

Today in the US is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Whether you choose to make it a day of reflection, a workday like any other or just a day off, take a few minutes to consider the man, his legacy, his wisdom and his sacrifice. He isn’t just a name and a footnote in history. He was a man with a family ...
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