Blog Archives August 2008
August 31, 2008 1:40 PM

Blog Day 2008 - Pick Five

What Five Blogs Do You Read That Move The Needle? Did you know that today is Blog Day? According to the website: "BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 29, 200811:57 PM

Be Amazed

Every time you try an application or even get online be amazed that it works at all. Think back to how the Internet actually started and you might laugh at the fact that you accessed it from the phone line... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 28, 2008 6:02 AM

Changing Business Through The Unconference

Attending a business conference is one of the best ways to both grow your business and network, learn and connect with your peers. But in a post 9/11 world, travel has become complicated, expensive and time consuming. Also, with the... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 27, 2008 1:49 PM

The Best Practices In Social Media Marketing Writing Project

Are there best practices in Social Media Marketing? Marketers struggle to come up with answers because Social Media is still a very new and exciting channel that we're all discovering. Some might even debate if you can have best practices... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 26, 2008 6:05 AM

YouTube Is Culture

I'm a huge fan of Michael Wesch and what he (and his students) are doing with the Digital Ethnography program at Kansas State University. If you haven't already seen his most brilliant videos Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 25, 200810:23 PM

YouTube Is Culture

I'm a huge fan of Michael Wesch and what he's doing with his Digital Ethnography program at Kansas State University. If you haven't already seen his most brilliant videos Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing and A Vision of... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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August 25, 2008 7:10 AM

Spam Works - Sad But True

Is the amount of Spam you're getting bringing your online depression to new heights? I'm getting it too. Spam - now new and improved. I've had spam in Twitter, the latest pain has been Spam in Facebook and I'm dealing... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 23, 2008 7:43 PM

The Secret Sauce

Several months back, I saw Seth Godin speak as one of the keynote presentations for the CMA - Canadian Marketing Association - National Convention and Trade Show (full disclosure: I am the co-chair for this event and sit on the... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 22, 2008 7:05 AM

Newspapers Are A Conversation But Some Journalists Disagree

A traditional journalist is always going to flare up their own Google Juice when they write a piece titled, I'm Not Blogging This, Mark My Words, like Christie Blatchford did yesterday in the Globe and Mail (full disclosure: I write... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 21, 2008 8:12 AM

Linking Still Matters

And with a headline like that, I'm sure everyone interested in SEO - Search Engine Optimization is now reading. Back in the early nineties I published a national (and free) magazine called Enrage Magazine. It was all about bridging new... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 20, 2008 5:43 PM

What Is A Mash-Up?

This is a mash-up... Two individually awesome things that make up one even more amazingly awesome thing. Enjoy. (hat tip - Julien Smith)... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 20, 2008 7:13 AM

Does A Social Media Vigilante Equal Customer Service Justice For All?

There have been many back channels emails asking me who the "major electronics retailer" featured in my Blog posting, Like It Or Not, Your Website Is Part Of Your Company (And A Big One), from yesterday was. I run a... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 19, 2008 6:37 AM

Like It Or Not, Your Website Is Part Of Your Company (And A Big One)

Preliminary note #1: this is not a customer service rant. Preliminary note #2: I love these types of stores (I can't walk by one without going in). Every Friday we receive flyers in the Montreal Gazette from the leading electronics... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 18, 2008 5:20 PM

Looking For Female Entrepreneurs Who Have Used Social Media And/Or Digital Marketing Successfully

As I slam through writing the upcoming Six Pixels of Separation book (Grand Central Publishing - Fall 2009), I am more than a little surprised at the lack of female entrepreneurs who I am writing "case stories" about. Here's the... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 18, 2008 7:16 AM

Because That's The Way It Has Always Been

Floating through my news feeds this morning, I noticed this item from Wired: Happy Birthday, Compact Disc. Now Go Away. Did you know that yesterday was the 26th birthday of the CD? "On this day in 1982, Sony and Philips... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 16, 2008 9:08 AM

Podcasting From The Heart, The Music Business, PodCamp Montreal And Two Very Special Guests

PodCamp Montreal is a mere five weeks away. It's happening on September 20 - 21, and like most unconferences (where everyone self-organizes), there's still lots to do. Part of my commitment to making this event a reality has been securing... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 15, 200810:11 AM

How To Prove The Value Of Social Media

I'm very lucky. I get all kinds of cool emails, direct messages via Twitter and messages on Facebook. People ask the most amazing questions and I feel privileged that they think I might have some kind of answer. I got... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 14, 2008 6:07 AM

Online Chatter - Six Free Tools To Monitor What The Public Is Saying About You

Here is the digital version of my twice monthly column, New Business - Six Pixels of Separation, for the Montreal Gazette. The good news is that it will also appear in the Vancouver Sun from now on as well. Who... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 13, 2008 5:32 PM

Thinking Differently

Isn't that what it's all about? Doesn't it amaze you how having a simple lunch (or coffee) with a very smart individual gets you thinking differently about the world? Just yesterday, I grabbed a coffee with Sebastien Provencher (one of... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 12, 200811:32 AM

Michael Gerber From E-Myth Fame Talks Shop In The Latest Episode Of Foreword Thinking Podcast

I'm thrilled to announce that Michael Gerber - the author of The E-Myth Revisited - Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It - and I are in conversation for the latest episode of Foreword Thinking... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 11, 200810:59 PM

All The News - All The Time

Do you remember when the Internet first came "online"? I do. Many media pundits talked about that moment as the "real" twenty-four hour news cycle. Sure CNN was doing its thing, but the news seemed more repetitive than constant and... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 9, 2008 4:24 PM

PodCamp Comes To Montreal - Register Now

I'm a huge fan of the unconference movement. If you've never attended a conference that is also organized by the attendees (essentially, a self-organizing event), I would highly encourage you to join me at PodCamp Montreal. The event is being... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 8, 2008 4:00 AM

Twist Image Toronto - Let's Twist Again

It has been a "done deal" for some time now and people have asked if Twist Image will, indeed, have an office in Toronto. The answer has been "yes" for a very long time, but it does take a very... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 7, 2008 7:26 AM

How To Set Your Blog On Fire (Literally)

The easiest thing to do is to react to something immediately. It's usually a knee-jerk reaction, you scramble your thoughts together and hit the "publish" button. Sometimes you're proud of the result, other times you're embarrassed and - for the... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 6, 2008 4:37 PM

Yes, But Can You Seed The Blogs And Online Social Networks?

I would say "no," but some might say otherwise. I'm not naive to the point of thinking that there are no "black hat" operators in the social media space who specialize in doing anything and everything they can to get... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 4, 200811:57 PM

Six Degrees Of Separation (Not Pixels) Stands Up - Get Ready For More Connectedness

The small world experiment (also known as Six Degrees of Separation) has been validated by researchers. According to the article, Proof! Just Six Degrees of Separation Between Us, in The Guardian yesterday, "researchers announced the theory was right - nearly.... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 3, 200811:53 PM

Only The World's Worst Get Into Marketing

Nothing like a little news item from The Onion to make you realize how far we've come as Marketers... and how far we still need to go. The article is called, World's Worst Person Decides To Go Into Marketing. Here... Read more

By Mitch Joel


August 2, 200811:49 PM

We're Just Getting Started... And You Should Too

A couple of days ago, I asked this question: Are You Excited To Be Here? While the question was more geared towards your motivation to serve the Marketing industry, it is directly tied into the thoughts in this Blog posting.... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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August 1, 2008 8:10 PM

You Say del.icio.us - Now Say Delicious.com

If you've been following this Six Pixels of Separation Blog, you know how fond I am of the online social network for bookmarks, del.icio.us (you can find my saved items here: delicious - Mitch Joel). If you're a fan too,... Read more

By Mitch Joel