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For Whom The Bell Mobility Tolls: Employee 5-Star App Reviews

****UPDATED OCTOBER 14, 2015****

The Canadian Competition Bureau announced that, among other things, Bell Canada will be fined $1.25 million for encouraging employees to leave reviews of their app. Also,  “Bell has indicated that it will sponsor and host a workshop to promote, discuss and enhance Canadians’ trust in the digital economy, including the integrity of online reviews.”

No word on if they will ask us to run the workshop :) Now we wait for our next Bell bill, which may include an extra million dollar up charge.

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Muting My Noise – How I Made Social Media Relevant Again

A little while ago, I felt like the old man on his front porch when it came to social media.

I reminisced about the old days, when people were on Twitter to talk to other people. When Facebook friends were actual friends.

I kept telling people/brands to get off my lawn, to stop automating, and filling my feeds with junk.

Then I realized it. I created the noise. I auto-followed back the first 32,000 people that followed me without context or relevance. I accepted every friend request on Facebook to make up for my lack of popularity in high school. I accepted every connection on LinkedIn for the vanity metric of a lot of connections.

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This Bar Thinks Domestic Violence Is Funny

Scruffy Duffies, a bar in Plano Texas thinks domestic violence is funny. I’m going to let Courtney Joye Williams explain what happened in her own words, but I was going to add “especially after what just happened in California” but you know what? Regardless of what’s in the news, “never” is a good time to joke about an issue such as this:

“On Saturday May 24th, 2014, a few friends and myself were out celebrating a couple of birthdays. Having things to do the next day, I wasn’t drinking myself, but the rest of them were having a great time.

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Global Village Store Celebrates MLK By Putting Black Things On Sale

Tying in promotions to a holiday is a tradition, but come on:

MLK

Photo credit: George Ellsworth

It seems the Global Village Store in Duluth Minnesota thinks this is a good tie-in. When I phoned them to confirm just now, they excitedly said “Yep!! All black items are on sale!”

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Brands Need To Stop This. Now.

On this historic day, 50 years ago, one of the greatest speeches in history was given. “I Have A Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was spoken. It gave me chills when I heard it for the first time when I was 8, and it still does today.

So why not celebrate this historic day, by making it about golf?!

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Why Tweets About Obese Doctors Are Never Your Own

 

“All tweets are my own.”

That’s the most dangerous thing you could ever say in social media. I see it in social bio’s all the time. Heck, a lot of companies make it a policy that if you’re going to be on social media, you must use a disclaimer so that everybody knows whatever you say is not official word from “the” corporation. Like, you taking a pic of your chicken noodle soup isn’t endorsed by Acme Corp.

“All tweets are my own and not a reflection of my employer.”

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Brand Endearment: Return The High-Five

I live on the road, in hotels and airports.  While some people keep suitcases at the back of their closets, I live out of mine.

So when I read about the Genius Pack on USAToday.com I was excited to try it out!  I trusted the site, and the suitcase was exactly what I’d been looking for.  I ordered one that day.

The case arrived quickly and had all the compartments and fancy add-ons I had hoped for (better pockets, phone charger built in, dirty laundry compartment).  I was a happy customer and decided to tweet about it.

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Avoid The Cleanse: How To Keep Your Subscribers

If you don't know what this is, I'm not explaining it.I’ve been cleansing for the past week. Not one of “those” cleanses that your friends post about on Facebook that makes you cringe, but an inbox cleanse. I’m trying to clear my inbox and stay on top of it. I was at 1800+ a few days ago (emails that needed attention) to 140 now. One of the things I’ve been doing is unsubscribing from almost every newsletter I’ve been on. Only a select few have survived from the dozens, if not 100+ I was on. Why did they stay? Recognized, Relevance, Relationship.

I recognized the sender and remember signing up in the first place.

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When Is It Ok To Sue For A Bad Online Review?

As an author, when I read a bad review online, it stings. As I’m sure for most businesses, criticism about something you put your heart into has to sting. But when does it go to far?

There have been many examples of people getting sued for bad reviews on sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor and others. Then there are the ridiculous ones (Thanks Stephanie).

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The Farce That Is Google+ (Updated)

(This post originally pointed to a survey about Google+ having more than 300+ million active users and mistakenly, in a blind fit of Google+ rage assumed it was a Google+ study. That was a dumb call by me that clouded the main intent of the post. Those responsible have been sacked. Shout out to Sam Fiorella that got the brunt of the attack. Those responsible for the sacking have also been sacked.)

Right when it was launched, I was told I “HAVE TO” get on Google+

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