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‘Television on the Internet’

This article and my article next week are the continuation of the story that was introduced with the video for MarketingMadeSimple.tv that appeared on Thursday, June 28th.

The Marketing Made Simple TV icon

The Marketing Made Simple TV icon @ Jeff Ogden

INTRODUCTION TO A LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM
Over 40 years ago, one of my dreams was to become a television interview show host. Not that I liked him but since his was the only show around at the time, I imagined it would be like the show Johnny Carson had. If I look back now, a better choice would have been Dick Cavett. In addition, I find Charlie Rose’s guest fascinating but he tends to interrupt them too much. Bill Maher is vulgar, in my opinion. But then there is Bill Moyers. He is historically the best one of all, guests included, if I had to choose to be part of a show like someone else’s.

That dream went the way of many others that had faded over the years. I forgot because I had accepted the unlikely probability that ‘I’ could ever have a television show. I had also let go of my dream to become a fly fisher-woman. When that became a reality the last two summers in a row, I should have suspected that something was happening to my once forgotten dreams for my life.

MOVING FORWARD
About a year or so ago, I became a blog author for this publications. Shortly before that, I had been writing press releases for the clients of a colleague of mine. I really enjoyed this because I got to know my subjects through personal interviews. I found that I also enjoyed writing from my research.

In another recent development, as The New York Graphic Design Examiner.com, I wrote an entire series of articles on one topic, the Charrette Corporation. It was based completely upon primary source interviews. That was quite fortunate as the company had been sold, the staff was disbanded and the founders, Lionel Spiro and Blair Brown, are no longer young men. A substantial number of former employees were located thanks to an initial contact on LinkedIn, Stephen Dill. In fact, there is a Charrette Alumni Group on LinkedIn and I am the only non-former employee of it. I was admitted as an honorary member because of my Charrette memoir. For this honor, I have founders Jack Skidmore and Mark Levitan to thank.

Alison Gilbert, Media Maven

Alison Gilbert, Media Maven from the show’s intro, Marketing Made Simple TV, filmed by Robert Kothe @ Jeff Ogden

THE MEDIA MAVEN
Writing the Charrette Chronicles crystalized in my mind how much I love researching a topic, conducting interviews and putting the pieces together to make something greater than all its individual parts, a story. An author was born out of all these efforts and my media maven spirit was awakening. So when the next media opportunity arose, as a member of our multi-author blog, I jumped at the chance. It was to assist another blogger, Jeff Ogden with his creation of a ‘Television on the Internet’ show, Marketing Made Simple TV. This was a clear sign that another, more distant dream seemed to be reawakening inside me.

TUNING IN
The show was to begin in the beginning of May 2012. There was a tremendous amount of preparation for it. The show’s creator, Jeff Ogden, would be the host and interviewer. He invited numerous guests, created a preliminary schedule, built a blog site where each video would be post as it aired and there would be a blog post about the guest to accompany it. The site would include additional posts related to the show, About the Show, Becoming a Sponsor and things of that nature.

Jeff Ogden, creator and host of Marketing Made Simple TV

Jeff Ogden, creator and host of Marketing Made Simple TV, ‘Television for the Internet’

ON THE SET
The previous ‘gig’ that Jeff had hosted, ‘Mad Marketing TV’, has some rather unpleasant music and dizzying graphics as its introduction. He decided that had to go on his show. So before I realized what had happened, I was invited to be the ‘real live person’ (as Jeff initially described the change in format) to introduce and close the show. Off I went, with optional outfits and hats in hand, for my green-screen taping. There’s lots more to come. The continuation of this story will appear here next week.

STAY TUNED
Stay tuned to the story of the evolution of a ‘Television on the Internet’ show. In the meantime, you can catch the initial airing of each week’s episode on Thursdays at noon, EDT/NY. After airing, each episode is available for viewing 24/7 on MarketingMadeSimple.tv as posts are on any other blog formatted publication.

SOURCES
Television on the Internet

The Charrette Chronicles

Mad Marketing TV 

Marketing Made Simple TV: What Are We All About?

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The show’s icon @ MarketingMadeSimple.tv

Since May 17, 2012, viewers have tuned into Marketing Made Simple TV on Thursdays at noon EDT/NY to view guests being interviewed by host, Jeff Ogden. The interviews have been of professionals primarily in the business of social media marketing.

There exists a great deal of information about the show itself. But until now, it has only been in writing on the Marketing Made Simple TV weblog. In other words, there was no video addressing the question, ‘Marketing Made Simple TV: What Are We All About’?

So Jeff decided is was time to answer that question on video. To add a bit of spice to the mix, which we always like to do any way, it was decided that we would do a Q&A format show rather than a solo appearance by Jeff.

Therefore today, as a special treat and surprise, we have a slight shift or twist on the way we do the show. We’ve  given it an extra pinch of zest. Jeff Ogden, the host of the show, has changed seats and become the guest himself.

Producer of the show, Alison Gilbert (that’s me), a veteran interviewer as well as a media maven, jumped at the chance to be the guest host and interview Jeff in the guest’s seat. Alison is the marketing ‘maven in the hat’ who introduces and closes the show each week.

Without further adieu, here is the video of our Q&A session on what Marketing Made Simple TV is all about. On Saturday,  a more in-depth post will appear describing the experience of being the guest host and producer of a show using the latest technology, ‘Television on the Internet’.

Marketing Made Simple with Alison Gilbert from Jeffrey Ogden on Vimeo.

ODE TO ANDY ROONEY: My Social Media ‘Pet Peeves’, Part Two

TO CONTINUE
The first part of this blog post detailed my first ‘pet peeve’ about facebook. It involves the new ‘timelines for business pages’ and the page cover designs in particular. You can refer back to that post, Ode to Andy Rooney: My Social Media Pet Peeves, Part One to read it as well. This post, Part Two, will explore my ‘pet peeve’ #2. 

Charlyn Shelton on facebook LIKES

Here’s what Charlyn Shelton of the Facebook for Beginners, facebook group thinks about just asking for ‘LIKES’. She knows that ‘customer experience’ is where it’s at these days on facebook.

FACEBOOK PET PEEVE #2

It is no longer possible to count how many requests one gets in one day. If you ‘LIKE’ my page, I will ‘LIKE’ yours. These taunts are endless and nauseating. Can you hear my screams of frustration? This ‘LIKE 4 LIKE’ obsession no longer has a place in social media land.

HOW MANY FANS DO YOU HAVE?

There was a time, long ago in facebook time, when there were no business pages. There were personal pages for regular folks and fan pages for celebrities. Within one or two incarnations, that has all changed. ‘Fan pages’ were eliminated. They became ‘LIKE’ pages. The goal was to get as many ‘LIKES’ as possible. That was how the search engines determined one’s popularity or ‘reach’.

DON’T MESS WITH THE GOOGLE ALGORITHM

Google has mastered the shape-shifter game. Once too many ‘SEO-iacs’ figure out the algorithm for getting their clients highly rated by Google, Google changes shape. The ‘trick’ is no longer getting gobs and gobs of ‘LIKES’. But it seems that the pedestrian facebook timelines for business users have not gotten the message.

BECOME A TRUSTED CONNECTION

The facebook Edgerank Triangle

The facebook Edgerank Triangle © JamesCarson.co.UK

Now Google rates users by how much they interact and engage with each other. Imagine that. Google is rating business people by how social they are. What a unique concept. Social media is about being social. Yes, SOCIAL. That means being polite when making an introduction to another business owner and possible new colleague. It includes working on becoming a trusted connection. It holds as most sacred, being patient and waiting to talk business until the right time.

CONNECTIONS TAKE TIME

Communication on social media is no different from in-person interactions in many ways:
• Being polite when introduced
• Working at becoming a trusted colleague and connection
• Being patient about talking business and waiting for the right time to do so

Approaching a complete stranger with “ ‘LIKE’ me and I will ‘LIKE’ you” is like speed dating. It makes politeness a time consuming luxury. It does not leave room to become a trusted colleague or connection. It definitely obliterates patience.

THE IDEAL COUPLE

facebook and google +

Facebook on google + © FavoriteGadgets.com

The one relationship that seems to have worked out very well is between facebook and Google. Who knows what was said behind those closed doors. No speed dating there. It just so happens that simultaneously Google changed its algorithm so that the numbers are no longer what matters most and facebook now requires only 30 LIKES for a business page to be fully functional. What a coincidence. Or was it?

So, to get to the point about Pet Peeve #2, once a business page has 30 ‘LIKES’, there really is no need to keep annoying people with, “If you ‘LIKE’ me, then I will ‘LIKE’ you”. (Imagine the annoyance of this being said by two pre-teen girls chatting with each other. No offense girls, but we’re talking boring business. So I doubt you would be interested in this discussion anyway.)

PET PEEVES PUT TO REST
I hope that the points that I have attempted to make are clear and that I have made my case. Is it Pet Peeve #1 or #2 that drives you to distraction? Is it both? Or is it neither? If you agree or even if you disagree, please let me know what you think. I would really like to hear from you. Thanks.

AUTHOR:

Alison Gilbert is a Digital Age Journalist. She is a regular contributing author to DBMEi, writes The Marketing Byte Blog and is The New York Graphic Design Examiner. Alison is the owner of MARKETING BYTES Solutions 4 Local Biz  located on Long Island, New York.
This boutique style – very personal service – hybrid company specializes in helping local/small biz generate sales leads by combining the best of traditional advertising with the latest online marketing technology. Contact Alison Gilbert at info@marketingbytes.biz or call 516-665-9034 EDT/NY/US. MARKETING BYTES serves local/small businesses virtually everywhere.

 

AUTHOR:

Alison Gilbert is a Digital Age Journalist. She is a regular contributing author to DBMEi, writes The Marketing Byte Blog and is The New York Graphic Design Examiner. Alison is the owner of MARKETING BYTES Solutions 4 Local Biz  located on Long Island, New York.

This boutique style – very personal service – hybrid company specializes in helping local/small biz generate sales leads by combining the best of traditional advertising with the latest online marketing technology. Contact Alison Gilbert at info@marketingbytes.biz or call 516-665-9034 EDT/NY/US. MARKETING BYTES serves local/small businesses virtually everywhere.

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Andy Rooney © HolyTaco.com     
 Photo of Andy Rooney © HolyTaco.com


 

ODE TO ANDY ROONEY: My Social Media ‘Pet Peeves’, Part One

TO BEGIN

Andy Rooney © holytaco

A picture of Andy Rooney © HolyTaco.com

Sometimes it seems like the bottom falls out and everything hits the fan at once. There are so many social media platforms and so many activities that it is almost impossible to believe that one could actually focus in on a specific issue or two that have become ‘pet peeves’. Well, the spirit of Andy Rooney must be around because this two part blog post is just what this is all about, this author’s bottom line, or social media ‘pet peeves’.

OUR FOCUS

So we are in agreement that it is possible to find a needle in a haystack. It is therefore also agreed that one can focus in on one or two situations exclusive to only one social media venues that needs to be brought to the fore. So what is the venue and where is this focus to be? That’s next.

WHAT AND WHERE
To get right down to it, the ‘what’ is facebook and ‘where’ has to be taken one at a time. Part One of this blog post will deal with facebook ‘pet peeve’ #1.

FACEBOOK PET PEEVE #1

An image of The Facebook Timelines for Business Page Cover Primer

An image of The Facebook Timelines for Business Page Cover Primer blog post on dbmei.com

The major recent consumer of my time and energy has been an exhaustive, extensive research project about facebook’s timelines for business page covers.

This detailed statistical analysis provides an ironclad conclusion. It proves that most small business owners and even some large companies, who should and could afford to know better, are clueless when it comes to facebook’s guidelines. In addition, some know the guidelines but just don’t care.

BE CARE-FULL
Well, that ‘devil may care’ attitude has come home to roost and has resulted in two major facebook business accounts being pulled from circulation. That’s right. Poof. Good-bye. Gone. One had 10,000 fans; the other had 20,000. Pleading ignorance or carelessness holds no weight with facebook. Facebook has made it crystal clear that it, not any of us, is in charge.  After all, we have ‘signed on the dotted line’ in agreement to their terms.

WARNING REPEATED

The Facebook Timelines for Business Page Cover Challenge

The Facebook Timelines for Business Page Cover Challenge, a blog post for dbmei.com by Alison Gilbert

I have written two previous posts about the facebook timelines for business page covers and created an actual facebook page called, Page Cover Mastery. In addition, as part of the research project, I have personally messaged business owners who have ‘violated the guidelines’.

My goal has been to inform and assist them. Their responses have been mixed. Some are in disbelief about their being a problem. After all, they get lots of ‘LIKES’ just the way their page is, even without an image in the photo area. Others are grateful for the information, understanding the gravity of the situation.

TOLD YOU SO

MarketingGum Blog Post

The MarketingGum Blog Post, ‘What you CANNOT do on Facebook’ © Orchid Web Design

The owner of one rather large company responded to my warning saying that he did not care. He stood firm in his conviction that he had paid plenty for facebook ads and he intended to put his URL wherever he wanted to. His company may be next. Who knows; who cares. ‘Told you so’.

END OF PET PEEVE #1

Now that I have your undivided attention, I know you can hardly wait to hear what ‘pet peeve’ #2 is. But you will have to wait until next week.

AUTHOR:

 

Alison Gilbert is a Digital Age Journalist. She is a regular contributing author to DBMEi, writes The Marketing Byte Blog and is The New York Graphic Design Examiner. Alison is the owner of MARKETING BYTES Solutions 4 Local Biz  located on Long Island, New York.
This boutique style – very personal service – hybrid company specializes in helping local/small biz generate sales leads by combining the best of traditional advertising with the latest online marketing technology. Contact Alison Gilbert at info@marketingbytes.biz or call 516-665-9034 EDT/NY/US. MARKETING BYTES serves local/small businesses virtually everywhere.

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