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Jason Momoa + Carhartt (video)

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A friend of mine posted this video on Facebook. It’s an amazing piece created by Carhartt showing Jason Momoa  (GoT, Justice League) with his family. They paint a picture of Momoa as a renaissance man, acting, directing, producing, painting, skateboarding, climbing, building and most importantly being a father. The story is transparent in that he talks about struggling being away from his...

Good social should be like Dave Grohl

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For those if you who’ve been living under a very large rock and don’t know who Dave Grohl is, he was the drummer of this little band called Nirvana and is now the lead singer/guitarist of the Foo Fighters. The Foos are arguably the biggest rock band in the world. One of the reasons people love the Foos is Dave Grohl, the human being. He does things that make you feel like he’s a...

Guest lecture for the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association

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Tonight I had the privilege of speaking at an RMDMA event and had an excellent time. We had business stakeholders from a variety of business models and we walked through a simple conceptual model for social media that I developed around five years ago. The model describes four distinct levels of an online relationship that you can have with your customers/potential customers. Findable...

Social Media vs. Social Business

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I recently saw this excellent “article” on Fast Company by @DrewNeisser and in it he makes the important distinction between social media and social business. Two of the my favorite points that he makes are: People do business with people, not businesses (You think you’re B2B but a business is made up of people. They just have bigger wallets at work.) Your employees need to be...

Solving the Foursquare, employee-mayor problem

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If you use Foursquare, this issue will sound familiar. (If you don’t use Foursquare, run right out and download your free version here. No really. It’s good for you.) The issue lies in that employees who use Foursquare are most likely to be the mayor of that location since they check in almost daily; assuming a 9-5/40 hours a week job. While this is great for double checking the...

Josh Homme and the power of transparency

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As you may know I’m a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain. Although I think I pissed him off by telling him – via Twitter, while he was tweeting live during one of this year’s shows – that he should right a book about his travels, when in fact, he’d already done that with No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach. (Not a great move for a self-proclaimed fanboy.)...

Information Technology Strategy: Class 3 – Social Media

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Monday night we began covering social media and how to develop deep relationships online. We walked through the conceptual model of Findable, Recommendable, Transparent and Collaborative.  From there we moved on to the benefits of social media. Habitual vs. Loyal – Buying from Amazon is a habit of mine. I would just as likely to to Overstock.com to buy my books. Craftsman Mentality –...

Web 2.0 for the CIO (part 1)

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I was recently invited to guest lecture by Professor McCubbrey of the Daniels Information Technology and eCommerce department about the implications Web 2.0 has for CIOs. I put together a list of topics that I feel most CIOs (B2B vs. B2C/ product vs. service) need to consider when developing technology/business strategies. The outline for the lecture was as follows: Deep Relationships Twitter...

Social media for the entrepreneur

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This is a ENORMOUS post. If I weren’t summarizing a presentation I gave last night, I would have broken it into a small miniseries with many guest stars including Betty White. So make sure you go to the bathroom before you start. Last night I got the chance to speak to a class at DU that focuses on creating business plans. Social media is perfect for the startup due to the low barriers of...

I'm an Associate Teaching Professor of Digital Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. I also consult with startups and established brands. I'm currently focused on artificial intelligence, cognitive neuroscience and culture. I am married to an amazing woman and have two incredible children. I was raised in Colorado and spend my free time with family, biking, snowboarding and going to the Pacific Ocean to SCUBA dive and/or surf. I'm passionate about architecture, design, street art, photography and the art that tattooing has evolved into.

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