Sunday, May 31, 2009

More reasons to love print newspapers

I love making this with newspapers. Back in India I would stick the pieces with an adhesive and attach it to the ceiling fan and then the airplane would really fly.

I guess this is another reason to love newspapers.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Speak Like the Pirates on Facebook (RT)

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Did you know you can go to your Facebook profile and under Account Settings choose The Language as " English - Pirate " , good imagination -

What be troublin' ye?

 

 Be mateys with me http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524378309&ref=profile

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Geekchart


Shashib's Geek Chart

 

I read Ben Parr's Mashable article that arrived in my Social Median update into my mailbox. Wow ! How many paths this has traveled. Looking at my chart I am not sure why Twitter is  not on the chart , maybe it will update soon :)

Wow ! 50% off Network Solutions Hosting plans for one week (RT)

I am excited that Network Solutions has a Summer Sale with 50% off hosting. This is posted on the Network Solutions' Blog

50off1Between Tuesday, May 26th, and Tuesday, June 2nd, you can get Network Solutions web hosting for 50% off. That's right, five-zero. Packages start at only $4.98 per month with an annual purchase.

You'll still get a free domain name with your web hosting package along with other goodies, such as 99.99% UNIX® uptime reliability, our website builder tool, easy 1-click blog install, 30-day money back guarantee and 24x7 phone and email support from our award-winning customer service team.

Just click on this link to get your 50% off discount on web hosting -- remember, this offer ends June 2nd.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Washington Post : Bring the Business Section Back

I have been a avid reader of the Washington Post. I like the print version and my job even though online leaves me too busy to read the paper online. I get up before 6 a.m so that I can get a few minutes to read the A section, business, metro and Style in that order.

A few weeks ago ( maybe months ago) , when the Washington Post moved the business section to the A section I considered it a promotion, Not anymore. I loved to see the share prices specially of companies that I liked like Marriott, GE etc. I loved to see the price of the dollar to the rupee. I liked the national and international news coverage and the features.

Sadly all that is missing. I think the Washington Post should have considered an increase in price and not giving up on the Business Section.

I am thinking of a Facebook group to influence the Post to bring the Business Section back. IF you are game please comment here.

IF my efforts do not succeed I may defect to the Washington Busines Journal who lead by Alex orfinger seem to be doing innovative campaigns like the one in this picture. Kudos to them. Kristina Bouweiri reads both and likes both . Maybe there is a case to be made for good local business coverage in the Washington Business Journal. What do you think?

PS: Typed with my toddler doing his best to distract me :)

Meet-up in John Hopkins Rockville - SocStardom3 with Jay Berkowitz June 1st 2009

Event details:

Monday, June 01, 2009 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

Johns Hopkins University Montgomery Campus
9601 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20850


REGISTER here : http://socstardom3.eventbrite.com/

Jay  Berkowitz is the CEO of Tengoldenrules.com and a very good friend. On the speaking circuit Jay comes to DC several times a year and I am glad we could ask him to meet-up with us on June 1st

Jay is the Past President of the American Marketing Association South Florida Chapter, a Founding Board Member of the South Florida Interactive Marketing Association, and was a member of the Toronto International Film Festival Board of Directors.

He is a popular presenter at conferences and events such as: The Association of Internet Marketing and Sales, The Direct Marketing Association, The American Marketing Association, The Affiliate Summit, Ad-Tech, The CEO Roundtable, The Washington Weight Loss Marketing and Obesity Conference, and The Global Benchmarking Council

 

See Steve Fisher's post on the Network Solution's Blog .  Hope to see you at the event.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Atlanta Here I come Efactor.com event May 28th 2009

I am really excited to be back in Atlanta. It is a honor for me to be at the Efactor.com event and I am looking forward to meeting old friends. My colleagues in the local marketing team did a fantastic job sponsoring the event. Hope you will be there.

 

Details of the event :


Live. Work. Play.   
Building Your Business, Life & Beyond on Social Networks

May 28th, 2009.  Atlanta, GA

One Ninety One Club
- Private Club
One Ninety One Peachtree Tower
191 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303-1761

6:00PM - 10:00PM


Register for this event and receive a FREE Internet Web Address courtesy of Network Solutions
($35 value).

Moderator:
Toby Bloomberg, CEO Bloomberg Marketing and Diva Marketing Blog

Twittinar Host
Barb Giamanco, CEO and Sales Builder

Panelists:

Panelists:
Brent Leary, Co-Author, Barack 2.0:  Social Media Lessons for Small Business, www.barack20.com
David Bullock, Co-Author, Barack 2.0: Social Media Lessons for Small Business, www.barack20.com
Angela Benton, CEO, Black Web 2.0,  www.blackweb20.com
Garrett Mullins, Vice President, Channel Sales and Business Development, www.compete.com

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Six Apart to Word Press - Let us Plug -in -Anil Dash

Aaron Brazell (@Technosailor) did a great job in getting Anil Dash from Six Apart to keynote at the WordCamp ( A gathering of avid fans and developers of Word press which is a blogging software).

While in a traditional world Six Apart and Word press are rivals, in Anil Dash's vision it is a way for Six Apart do what is right for the community of internet users. he sees a world of connected networks sharing information.

Details of the Six Apart plug-ins for Word press are at http://www.sixapart.com/wordpress

I think I may have been the first o break the story at http://cli.gs/36396a

I met Anil and took a video interview which can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/solutionsarepower

Shashi Tharoor wins In Indian elections and affects my Google results

Shashi Tharoor served as the UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information between June 2002 and February 2007, during the term of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is an author, journalist, human-rights advocate, humanitarian and adviser or fellow of various institutions. After an unsuccessful attempt to become the UN Secretary General Shashi Tharoor went back to India and stood for elections.

The exciting news is that Shashi Tharoor won in the 2009 General Elections held in India from the Southern State of Kerela. While I am excited about this  and think this is good for India here is how this affects me. Before this the first 3 results for the term "shashi" on Google I had to share the top 3 results with Shashi Tharoor, Shashi Kapoor ( A very seasoned Bollywood actor of note) . Now I am now no 4 after multiple Shashi Tharoor results.

Well its not about me , I think Indian politics should have more people of the calibre of Shashi Tharoor specially with International experience. Good luck Shashi ! and I hope you will leave me a comment here .

Sound Bytes : An Incidental Interview # 24 - Shashi Bellamkonda and Sheryl Breuker

I landed an interview with the Sheryl Breuker on the Gabby geek Show on May 13th. It was an interesting conversationf or me and Sheryl is a great host and along with ken Camp the audio came out much better than me in real life :).

 

Go and listen here http://stardustglobalventures.com/2009/05/14/an-incidental-interview-24-shashi-bellamkonda-and-sheryl-breuker/#comments

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sound Bytes - Interviewed by the User Friendly Thinking Show on BlogTalk Radio

User Friendly Thinking interviews subject matter experts and industry thought-leaders on topics related to web design, content management, Internet marketing and social media. The show is sponsored by Web content management software company, Bizzuka, and is hosted by CEO John Munsell and marketing director Paul Chaney.

India all set for vote count : Sites for tracking the Indian Election results

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Comm Forum : Shel Holtz talks about Social Media and Crisis Communications Revisited

I was at Society for New Communications Research SNCR's  New Comm Forum last month where Shel Holtz delivered the closing keynote of the opening day at the Society for New Communications Research New Communications Forum on Monday, April 27, 2009.

SNCR NewComm Forum 2009

For new comers like me it was full of details for what every company should be doing and what has changed from the traditional way of public relations. Shel Gave a lot of examples of recent Crises and also reasons why companies should use social media for crisis communications. I loved his advice on how blogs are a prerequisite because the media reads them and also why "media should be released into the wild" to get to a larger audience. As part of the presentation Shel also illustrated a good example of @CDCEmergency working hard to put out good and timely information on the H1n1 "Swine flu" .

His closing advice :

  • Communicate well to employees and use them to spread the word.
  • Drill and practice crisis communications through the entire organization

To hear a podcast of the presentation you can go to here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Live. Work. Play. :: Managing Your Business, Life & Beyond on Social Networks :: Atlanta, GA May 28, 2009 06:00 PM

I am honored to be invited to speak at the EFactor.com event in Atlanta on May 28th 2009.  Participants include several friends like Toby Bloomberg www.bloombergmarketing.com,  Brent Leary, Co-Author, Barack 2.0:  Social Media Lessons for Small Business, www.barack20.com
David Bullock, Co-Author, Barack 2.0: Social Media Lessons for Small Business, www.barack20.com , Angela Benton, CEO, Black Web 2.0,  www.blackweb20.com and Garrett Mullins, EVP, Compete & TNS Media, www.compete.com.

Live. Work. Play.   
Building Your Business, Life & Beyond on Social Networks

May 28th, 2009.  Atlanta, GA
The Biltmore

817 West Peachtree Street. Atlanta, GA 30308 (Peachtree and 5th).  
6:00PM - 1:00AM

 

 

If you are around would be wonderful to meet. Details and registration here

Monday, May 11, 2009

Got Content? Get Customers. Joe Pulizzi speaks at the Speakerbox event on May 13th, 2009

Joe Pulizzi - thought leader, speaker and evangelist for content marketing, Joe is founder and chief content officer for Junta42. All attendees receive a free copy of Joe's book: Get Content. Get Customers.So what the heck is Content Marketing?

Here's what Joe Pulizzi, the featured speaker, has to say about it:

"Content Marketing is the art of understanding exactly what your customer needs to know and delivering it to them in a relevant and compelling way."

Here's another perspective from KnowledgeStorm:

"84% of technology buyers said they want content that educates. They want content specific to their jobs and industry."

So what do we think? If you don't have a Content Marketing strategy in 2009 you're losing an important opportunity to drive revenue for your company.

Event Details:

Date: May 13th, 2009

Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Place: Viget Labs (location sponsor)

400 S. Maple Ave., Suite 200, Falls Church, VA

Cost: $40

Featured Speaker:

 

Get registered!

Everyone who attends this event will receive a free copy of Joe's book.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tech Breakfast Club convenes again in Vienna, VA this Thursday 5/14...

"Tech Breakfast Club convenes again in Vienna, VA this Thursday 5/14... Best practices and ideas shared by experienced tech marketers and PR types. Registration details here: http://tinyurl.com/d4fqen/

WHAT: Tech Breakfast Club - Peer networking and idea sharing with experienced Tech Marketing & PR pros
WHERE: Sheraton Premiere – Baron’s Room (at the back of Ashgroves Restaurant), 8661 Leesburg Pike (off Hwy 7), Vienna, Virginia 22182 http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/dining/index.html?propertyID=691
WHEN: 8:00 a.m-9:45 a.m. Thursday, May 14
COST: Compliments of Tech Image, www.techimage.com

RSVP: By Monday, May 11, to: mary.eggert@techimage.com, 847-279-0022, ext. 224.
Attendance is limited to experienced Technology Marketing & PR professionals. BONUS!... The first 20 to RSVP and attend will receive an autographed copy of Debbie Weil’s Corporate Blogging Book

Home Cooked food Delivered hot to your office : Mumbai Dabbwallas featured in the Washington post.


Read the whole story in theWashington post.
Read the Economist story on Business-school gurus take lessons from an unexpected source
This is a amazing example of a spontaneous system that is scientific and created by the brilliance of the human brain whether you are educated or not. The benchmark here is that you focus on the service you want to provide and do what is logical leading to excellent service. I am not sure any multinational courier company can be as efficient as these 5k Dabbawalas coming together by necessity and commnality of goals.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Video of GrowSmart Biz Webinar : Ingredients of Small Business success. #growbiz

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Thanks everyone for attending the Grow Smart Business Webinar. Steve Fisher will be posting a recap on the Network Solutions' Blog . if this is interesting to your readers please take the embed code from the player above and use it. To let us know you posted it please email sbsi@networksolutions.com . Thanks.
 
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