February 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Social Word Of Mouth?

Think about it, WOM or Word Of Mouth advertising has been around forever. And what better medium and channel than to Social Media to harness WOM. It’s the ham and eggs of advertising. It doesn’t make any difference if your technical orientated, nitch specific, a shopping B2C or a Manufacturing B2B. You should be collecting the kind of followers that need and want and understand what you do and sell. You can be almost sure that in your collection of friends and followers there is at least 1…


Added by Howard Larson on February 28, 2011 at 11:01am — No Comments

Why Are You Doing Social Media?

Why are you involved in Social Media & Social Media Marketing? To pass the time away or to promote and make money for your business? I’m here for the money. If I pick up a friend or two, wonderful but show me the money.


Social Media Marketing can produce spectacular results in more way than 1 but it needs to be carefully crafted and planned out sooner or later or it becomes a black hole of time and possibly money.

If you can develop a disciplined approach to your…


Added by Howard Larson on February 25, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

"Feature Friday" #FeatureFriday

Quick question...


In thinking of ways to help more of you meet more of the good people here on Brandergy.com, I've been featuring quite a number of professionals sporadically.  


BUT, I thought perhaps we could do something like "Feature Friday"


This concept is somewhat comparable to Twitter's popular…


Added by Vincent Wright on February 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Driving Your Social Strategy

Social Media has come. We know what Facebook is doing number wise, Likewise twitter, LinkedIn, MerchantCircle and others. Social Media is now established enough that it is considered an actual channel in marketing programs be it so all over the place so that is hard to get a real handle on it.


To establish your Social Media marketing and presence requires an execution of some tired and true practices to get you credibility and trust. This is your investment not so much…


Added by Howard Larson on February 24, 2011 at 11:05am — No Comments

How to stop the "Man/Woman Over Board Syndrome!!"

How to stop the "Man/Woman Over Board Syndrome!!"

One of the most important parts of the recruiting process(yes the recruiting process) is the on-boarding. I mean did you really think our jobs as recruiters end with the "I accept"? It is imperative your company has an on-boarding process, and recruiters play a larg part in that. Whether it be ensuring all the paperwork is done correctly and sent on to HR, or ensuring the candidate had the correct perception of the job, to even…


Added by Dean Da Costa on February 23, 2011 at 7:23pm — No Comments

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(Of course, if you're not yet a member, you can use your Facebook, Google, or Yahoo ID to sign up...)

Test it out and let me know your thoughts, ok?

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Added by Vincent Wright on February 23, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

A Readers Digest guide to Social Media!

A Readers Digest guide to Social Media!

First thing is first, What are you trying to accomplish? Who are you trying get noticed by?

Once you have determined that, figure out what message you should send to accomplish this and what your personnel brand should be.

The definition of a brand is: recognizable type of something: a distinctive type of something.

This means, you need to decides what is your brand. Are you a PM, are you a developer. What are you?…


Added by Dean Da Costa on February 16, 2011 at 7:51pm — No Comments

12 Steps To Your Success

If you are an entrepreneur, by choice or by necessity, I have a short list of important characteristics for you to look at, measure yourself and strive to become. Anyone can be a successful entrepreneur. I really believe that, if I can, you can. It might take hard work, determination and unwavering persistence in the face of real and perceived hardship but you can become a success as an independent. Here are the essential entrepreneurial qualities that anyone who is interested in great…


Added by Howard Larson on February 14, 2011 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Are You Strong Enough To Believe Your Idea Is Worth Billions Of Dollars?

Within a very short period of time in human history, many Billion Dollar businesses have been built:








Twitter (probably soon)

WhatsApp (added 2.21.2014)



The people who created these companies have seen an idea in their mind's eye, felt it in their soul, sketched it out in writing, dreamed about it in their sleep, and followed it through the processes of…


Added by Vincent Wright on February 12, 2011 at 7:30pm — 14 Comments

Twitter 140 Letters Of Power

Twitter, what good is it. 140 letters or do you say characters? At any rate that is not a lot of ability to get your point across, is it?


Say you need a very special kind to dooger for a piece of equipment and don’t know where to get it. Tweet it out there and let the power of micro social media do its work. From your friends and followers you will get places to buy it, order it or another approach you might not have even though of and find you don’t even need it. And this…


Added by Howard Larson on February 11, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

What Could You Do With A Facebook Fan Page

Do you have a Facebook fan page? No? Why not? Stop right where you are and go make one. I am of course assuming that you are on Facebook.


How do you actually get people to like your page? I started with my friends (yes I have friends) who were or had a business related connection with me. Then I started posing my fan page in various places like social media sites and as a link of my email signature line, again all business oriented of course. If you are selling in the B2C…


Added by Howard Larson on February 9, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Candidate Experience!!!

The Candidate Experience!!

The candidates experience is one of the most important parts of recruiting and staffing. You must remember the experience a candidate has interviewing(this includes phone interviews) will go a long way in determining whether the candidate would accept an offer. The key is to remember as much as we are interviewing the candidate, the candidate is also interviewing us. Of course we must also remember that the candidate will tell others of their… Continue

Added by Dean Da Costa on February 8, 2011 at 11:19pm — No Comments

4 Steps To Better Relationships

As in the past not much has really changed. You never know where you will meet your next customer. It could be anywhere from the barber shop to standing in line to get a cup of coffee somewhere. How you choose to begin that relationship with this new contact and future customer does have an impact on how well you well and can stay connected with them. The world of social media opens up an ever increasing way for you to meet people. Rather than at the barber or the coffee shop it can now be…


Added by Howard Larson on February 8, 2011 at 11:06am — No Comments

Is Your Social Media A Boost Or A Bust


Social Media is fun. Going out there doing all this marketing stuff. Getting your name out there. Collecting all sorts of friends and fans. Oh how we get all excited when we pick up someone new on our followers. So how many paying customers do you have or have gotten though your SM efforts?


Larson Social Media Score Card

Merchants Circle (1066 followers) – 3 customers gained

Linked-in (516 connections) – 2 customers…


Added by Howard Larson on February 7, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Experience Use It Or Waste It

Experience is the best teacher. I have been told that since I don’t remember when. Then in the 80’s I learned the law of learning from other peoples experience. Nice but possible?


So let’s look at experience. Experience can be good if:

1. It has prepared you for today’s challenges.

2. It has made you comfortable with needed changes.

3. It has opened you up to welcoming new changes.

4. It has opened your eyes up to be able to look for new competitive advantages…


Added by Howard Larson on February 4, 2011 at 11:32am — No Comments

Direct Mail Keeps Getting Better With Age

I’ve been kicking around advertising a long time. I have seen technology become obsolete with the new and better, although sometimes I wonder if new is really better. I have seen things start to happen faster, and site back up here in the ivory tower and wonder if faster is better.


Sometimes a walk to the coffee shop rather than driving can get my head working on overtime then a sip of a delightful cup of “Joe” then the walk back and I have more ideas than I can handle. I…


Added by Howard Larson on February 3, 2011 at 12:11pm — No Comments

So You Want A Facebook Ad?

Let’s not just pick on Facebook let’s add in any kind of Social Media site. Keep your checkbook closed and your credit cards tight in your wallet.

If your thinking of advertising in and though Facebook plan carefully not just in the add and the target but the back end follow up and service. As you do keep in mind that Facebook users are far more likely to click on ads for entertainment, media sites, and blogs than for other kinds of ads.

This chart from a recent Webtrends…


Added by Howard Larson on February 2, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Diversity Sourcing Part 4!!

Here is the second to last in the 4 part series on Diversity Sourcing. We already looked at Women, African Americans and Hispanic so now let's focus on Native American. As I said in my previous post remember diversity sourcing is a very special skill. You need to have knowledge of were to search or as I have said in my " Top Ten Rules for Successful Internet Sourcers " post, you need to do your research. Below are some key words and phrases you can add to any boolean search string that will…


Added by Dean Da Costa on February 1, 2011 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

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