Brad Van Orden is the most interesting man in the world. It’s not the Dos Equis guy, it’s Brad. A former product engineer for WL Gore & Associates, Brad is an expert telemark skier, mountain biker, mechanic, cook, humorist, and explorer. I got to know Brad and his wife Sheena when I lived in Flagstaff, [...]
Stanford Smith obsesses about how to get small business blogs noticed and promoted at Pushing Social, except when he’s chasing large mouth bass! It’s usually a look of pure terror. I’m sitting across the desk from a professional and confident marketing executive. We’ve discussed the benefits of social business. He is on board with making [...]
Gary Vaynerchuk often warns against the “19 year old dude move” – when over zealous businesses try to close the deal on the first social media transaction. There’s no question that companies are applying rigid direct marketing principles to social media, not recognizing that social is the long con, not a smash and grab. That same [...]
By now you have likely seen, read or heard about the story of the Oakland A’s baseball teams of the early 2000s. Led by General Manager, Billy Beane, the club had limited resources with which to build a winning team, especially when compared to big budget competitors like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, etc. As opposed to relying on old school player evaluation tactics, they hired analysts who used statistical models to identify batters who could score more runs and find pitchers who could get more outs. While the Moneyball story is framed within the game of baseball, it’s really about math. It showed that we can depend on numbers to help predict success. And while it was not perfect, this particular “numbers first” approach proved better than an expert’s best guess.
In just 10 years we’ve moved from laggards pondering whether they even wanted a website, to a circumstance where “content marketing” and “corporate storytelling” are garnering serious budgetary resources. But have we let the pendulum swing too far? Is it always a net positive to create and give away content on behalf of your company? [...]