Monthly Archives: May 2010

Social Media and Marketing Budgets: How Much of the Pie?

[tweetmeme source=”helpmerhonda11″ only_single=false] Any financial planner worth her salt will suggest an “asset allocation”,  taking into account a client’s personal goals, timeframe, and risk tolerance. What about marketing plans?  What percentage should go to social media, compared to promotion, direct … Continue reading

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Where CEO’s Are Made: “School of Hard Knocks” Trumps Harvard

[tweetmeme source=”helpmerhonda11″ only_single=false] Love this list from Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  “School of Hard Knocks” is #2…before Harvard!!! Had to share…’nuf said.

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Social Media for Small Business: How much time does it really take?

[tweetmeme source=”helpmerhonda11″ only_single=false] Most small business owners know that they SHOULD be using social media to grow their business…and business owners who have invested the time are reaping great benefits in exposure, traffic, and leads…but most lack the time and … Continue reading

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Social Media: Business Survival Tool?

[tweetmeme source=”helpmerhonda11″ only_single=false] My good friends at Digital Clarity tweeted this a few hours ago: “What’s the ROI of Social Media? You will still be in business in 5 years time”.  I love this observation!  Let me tell you why. … Continue reading

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Social Media as a Tool for Competitive Intelligence

[tweetmeme source=”helpmerhonda11″ only_single=false] I was a guest at Fred Wergeles‘ University of Hartford Competitive Intelligence class the other night, where his MBA students presented a business case study of one of my clients.  The students were able to grab a … Continue reading

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Website Worth Bookmarking: Video Production Tool for Business (Animoto)

[tweetmeme source=”helpmerhonda11″ only_single=false] Animoto You can make a good looking video in no time!  Here is a rough cut of a 30-second promotional video I made with stock photos and music;  if the client decides to add this to his … Continue reading

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Websites and Blogs worth Bookmarking: Customer Service

[tweetmeme source=”helpmerhonda11″ only_single=false] Just came across a blog I like, Creating Customer Evangelists, and a related site, the Society for Word of Mouth.  I am a true believer in elevating customer service, and both of these sites provide a rich … Continue reading

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Websites Worth Bookmarking: Business Planning Tools and Templates for Small Business

[tweetmeme source=”helpmerhonda11″ only_single=false] If you’re anything like me, your bookmark list grows like a weed…and taming it is a project for another day.  But I get excited when I come across a new tool or idea that I can use, … Continue reading

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