Affiliate marketing vs. pyramid schemes

In mentoring a student last week, I did a deep dive on affiliate marketing. What I found was that there seemed to be a lot of confusion as to what was affiliated marketing and what was a pyramid scheme (especially when pyramid scheme operators use the term “affiliate”).   Why it’s an important distinction Quite…

Think about how viral content is shared to ensure your message stays intact

Kellogg Community College math professor, Marcus Anderson, created the YouTube video “Bad Email Reply – What not to say to your professor…” above and it recently went viral. I personally saw it on my Facebook newsfeed and on my Feedly. The problem is, only PART of his message went viral. The video was shared, but not his…

Put down the camera and enjoy the moment

Not too long ago, I read an article by Clifford Pugh on Culture Map titled, How Instagram is ruining New York fashion week: Shows are meant to be savored, not shot and it got me thinking. I like fashion, but what intrigued me more was what he had to say about how our incessant need…

Sacrificing accuracy for speed in the news media and online

  I’m sure there will be a lot of lessons out of the Asiana Airlines crash. One of those lessons/reminders for public information professionals should be that we should definitely try to be fast with our information, but not so fast that we publish incorrect information. As you can see in the video above,  KTVU-TV…

5 million U.S. households without TV. My house is one of them.

  USA Today  published an article about the 5 million U.S. households without TV. I’m very proud to say that my household is one of them. After interviewing more and more college students (my target audience) without TV, I decided to try it . It was a struggle at first because I was so used to…

Twitter, a good marketing tool?

I know I’m picking a fight on this one, but Twitter may not be the best marketing tool for your business or organization. I know this might strike you as odd. After all, you hear about Twitter everywhere and you see the Twitter logo everywhere, but here are my main arguments as to why Twitter might…

National Council for Marketing and PR conference lessons

In October of this year, I attended my district’s National Council for Marketing and Public Relations professionals (NCMPR) annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Below is a brief overview of three critical conference lessons that can be applied to a variety of businesses and their marketing strategies. Storytelling Speaker: Andy Goodman, The Goodman Center If you…

“Blog about us and we’ll send you a free t-shirt”

Congratulations goes to Karate Depot for finding a way to blend contemporary marketing with traditional marketing, AND  create a way to increase their search engine optomization (SEO)! I ordered a new set of sparring gear from them (at an extremely reasonable price I might add) and, in my confirmation e-mail at the top, there was a…