Nantucket Island is my favorite surfing spot and when I’m there, I’ll frequently take a lesson at Gary Kohner’s Nantucket Island Surf School. Gary grew up on Nantucket and started surfing in 1984. He started Nantucket Island Surf School in the summer of 1999 to share his love of surfing and the ocean with others. Besides lessons for people of all ages and weeklong surf camps for kids, Gary also rents surfboards, standup paddleboards and wetsuits. Gary is an avid photographer and shares photos almost daily on his @nantucketsurfing Instagram feed.Read More
“Slacker. Hippie. Freak. Get a job. You look like a girl. Unprofessional!”
After hearing all sorts of snide comments about their long hair, Chris Healy and Lindsay Barto founded The Longhairs, a global community for men with long hair, to advocate for, educate, and celebrate men with long hair. “Because longhairs are badass. From Samson to Jesus to George Washington, real men let it ride. Don’t let ’em convince you otherwise,” their site says.Read More
As people evaluate products and services as well as the organizations they might want to work with, they often conduct independent research.Read More
Last week, I was in Tokyo for the HubSpot Japan office opening events. The week culminated with “Grow with HubSpot” where hundreds of marketers from Japan gathered to learn about Inbound Marketing and HubSpot. It was great to be back in Japan where I lived for six years early in my career.Read More
Late last week I posted Facebook Live Is Great for Real Time Content Marketing. Soon after, Gerard Vroomen who is founder of the mountain bike company Open Cycle started an interesting discussion in the comments section of the blog post. Gerard rightly pointed out that a service like Facebook Live has a fatal flaw—you do not own the real estate. Check out the discussion in the comments.Read More
Last week, I delivered a keynote presentation at LinkedIn #ConnectIn16 in Sydney, Australia. It was a fantastic event where I had an opportunity to interact with many clever marketers to learn how they use LinkedIn to reach their audiences.Read More
I always love sharing examples of success and today we have a fun one from the world of sports.
Most professional sports teams, when ready to make an announcement like a new player joining, follow the “old rules”. They just write a press release and then share the news with the handful of reporters who regularly cover the team. That’s typically all that's done to get the word out.Read More
Selfies are a thing. Love them or hate them, they are a part of modern smartphone culture, no more so than on a Presidential candidate rope line. Hillary Clinton has figured out how to optimize selfies for social sharing. It’s a small but fascinating marketing technique!
Presidential candidates are constantly asked to pose for selfies on the campaign trail. The fact that they are at the event to win votes means they feel an obligation to take as many as they can.Read More
“Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media.”
I just finished the book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. This is an important book if you want to learn how the young generation—both girls and boys—use their smartphones. It’s an essential read if you have teenagers or tweens in your life.Read More