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Tooting my own horn here! Find my news, books, awards and other bragging rights.

Where To?

Details are sketchy, but I know I'm leaving Charlotte, NC on 6/26/10 and passing through Cheyenne, WY on 7/8-9 with the Conga III ride to benefit breast cancer research. Please weigh in on tourist kitsch stops coming or going.

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SPAM Tweetup

Looking forward to seeing anyone who wants to talk about SPAM in Charlotte Weds, November 11 at 11:30 :

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My NPR 3-minute Fiction Entry


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Next Q: Online/Offline

Continuing the series of Q&A: What goes online and in print varies from a person to person and must align with industry norms. For example, when I ran an environmental contracting business my market was general contractors with public-bid jobs. Contractors are low-tech, and expect bids to be FAXED, not emailed. Most of them have Yahoo or Hotmail accounts and a LIGHT web presence if any.

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Next Q: Personal vs Professional Blog?

Let's say you're a baseball card collector, you love all things about the sport but your paid work is interior design. How to get into the new media groove? You might talk about the parallels between project management and third base coaching or dealing with a difficult customer with a personality like Ty Cobb's. This makes you a REAL PERSON, infuses warmth into your posts and will probably garner you a following of other baseball lovers. Wow, imagine having a client roster full of other people who love the game -- that's the potential of your new media voice.

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Speaking on Newsletters

This week I speak to the Carolina Professional Saleswomen and Entrepreneurs on a favorite topic: Newsletters and CAN-SPAM. I plan to start with a primer on the scary compliance stuff and then discuss how professionals can build their newsletter subscription list (as well as subcriptions to blogs, ezines, etc) with a solid CONTENT strategy, including article marketing.

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Your Reputation as a Spammer

In a study by Merkle, the main reasons subscribers choose to opt out of email programs, are perceived irrelevance (75%) and sending too frequently (73%). If 75% of people hit the "Spam" button instead of "Unsubscribe" you're a spammer.

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Laryngitis, LinkedIn and Me

More correctly put, I whispered my way through it. Laryngitis. It helped that people wanted to know about CAN-SPAM compliance -- audience members shushed each other so they could hear me croak away.

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Less is More

LESS is MORE. Did your newsletter subscribers sign up with the belief they'd be getting a monthly coupon and now you're pummeling them with daily exhortations to BUY NOW? You're probably shooting yourself in the foot.

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