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Showing posts from November, 2011

Free Virtual Conference :Digital Marketing World: Social Media Marketing from @Marketingprofs

Register  for FREE admission to  Digital Marketing World: Social Media Marketing   taking place on Dec 9th organized by Marketing Profs . Among the speakers are  Natalie Petouhoff , Matthew T. Grant ,  Kathy Herrmann  and Jennifer Cisney Sessions include: Why Aren’t You Podcasting? —learn the business case for podcasting, why it belongs in your social media plans, and how to get started Blast Through 3 Social ROI Myths That Can Hold You Back —learn what facets you can (and can’t) measure, and the real return you can expect from your social media program MarketingProfs Classic: Seven Keys to a Successful Blog —learn how to build a blogging strategy, tie it in with other social media interactions, and measure results More details and registration at Marketing Profs Event Page Note: I am on the Program Advisory Committee for the forthcoming conference SocialTech 2012 - B2B Social Media Marketing Distilled that is taking place March 29th to 30th in Seattle WA. 

Samsung Galaxy S2 is a really neat phone

A few days ago I saw this video on Mashable from a article Samsung Lampoons Apple Mania in Galaxy S II Ad by Todd Wasserman. Great play by Samsung by this video and of course having seen the line for the iPad2 outside the Apple store in Austin during SXSW  . Great video and as a user of the Samsung Galaxy S2 I love it.  Please read and comment on my review of the Samsung Galaxy S2 on Techcocktail

This Thanksgiving Week Participate in Small Business Saturday #ShopSmallBiz

This Saturday Nov 26th is Small Business Saturday put together by American Express to help Small Business across the country. The campaign has some great resources on their Facebook page at   and encouraging folks to visit their local business on Nov 26th is Small Business Saturday. My list for Nov 26th  Small Business Saturday around Rockville/Gaithersburg and Potomac are: Shady Grove Eye and Vision   I have been a patient for over 10 years. Bombay Bistro Rockville  Very nice Indian restaurant that I have been associated with for over 14 years including working there initially. Spice Xing in Rockville   Excellent Indian food in the Rockville town center Sushi Oishii   Love the Sushi and at lunch time the Bento Box.  Traville Barber shop  been going there ever since they opened in the Traville shopping center Special mention to my neighborhood Indian Grocery store Guru Groceries and Chaat House Also check out the special offer

Send Real Flowers to Friends and Family using Facebook

Real Flowers: Send flowers to your friends easily using Facebook during the Holidays This Facebook app is very timely for Thanksgiving Day and also for the upcoming holiday season. Within a few clicks instead of sending a virtual piece of code that looks like a flower you can now send "RealFlowers" - the name in itself is a nice marketing play. As soon as I added the app to my Facebook page  i got a list of friends who have birthdays this week . Choosing one of the friends would allow me to send flowers. You would need to know their physical address as well  and if you do not know their address you are probably a cheapskate and have not sent them any flowers before.If you want this to be a surprise there is an option for that as well I found a good use for this as I suddenly remembered my wife's birthday is this week and I had not thought of a gift for her.   The credit card process was seamless, I wish they would re

Tablet ! Tablet ! Everywhere - Blackberry Playbook may be discounted this week

This is a good season to be a Tablet buyer. The good news is that you have a lot of choice, and the bad news is that you have a lot of choice ! Amazon has shipped the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet  which sells for $199. I have only seen it in stores and read reviews. One that I read yesterday is from eWeek  " Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the world’s smallest vending machine disguised as a tablet  ".  Generally a good device for doing what you need when you are away from your computer and before bedtime. Now comes the news that Best Buy is selling the BlackBerry - PlayBook Tablet with 16GB Memory for $199 . I have some experience with the BlackBerry Playbook ever since RIM sent me one to use and try. As soon as I unpacked it my college going daughter ( Yes! I have a college going kid) snatched it from me and off it went to classes and lectures. It is a wifi only device and was a perfect light tablet (14 oz.)  for carrying on long walks going between classes. The 7" screen

DC Men Style Store : Lost Boys Expands to A Black Room

As you know this blog does not usually write about Men's Fashion usually. This is different. I met Kelly Muccio when she was still working on starting Lost Boys DC  and we met at a Small Business Event organized by Network Solutions  in 2008. I am so happy to see Kelly's success with Lost Boys and she announced that she is expanding her store and opening a Black Room. Kelly also participated in a small business video cast in 2009 with Network Solutions. See clip below:   I have not been to Lost Boys even though I know I should ( I need the advice) See what people are saying on Yelp : The owner, Kelly, is an incredible fashionista herself and knows how to make you dazzle in the clothing she sells. You'll need a heavy wallet when shopping here but when you see yourself or your man in these clothes, you'll know that it's worth every penny...and you'll be back for more. Just ask Marc H or LOST BOY, Kevin L! The owner, Kelly, is an incredible fashionista

How I troubleshoot my internet connection?

Your internet connection depends on several players.   ISP (Internet Service Provider) could be your phone company, cable company Modem, sometimes rented to you by your ISP but best to buy one on your own and connect to your ISP's line.  Router either WiFi or Ethernet that is connected to the modem and provides connectivity to your various devices inside the house Your computer or laptop that is connected using WiFi or a Ethernet cable to your router. My house configuration: Comcast is my cable and internet provider Modem is a Linksys modem Router is a Belkin  Lenovo, Asus, iPad, Blackberry Playbook, Samsung Android Phone. When the internet goes out here are the steps I take: Step 1: Power down the Belkin router and then power down the Linksys modem . Wait for a minute and power it back and see if you can connect to the internet.  If not go to Step 2 Step 2: Remove the Ethernet cable connecting the modem to the router and connect it to the Ethernet port o

DC area marketers interested in learning about video marketing check out this Nov 10th event

 Register at  Explore industry best practices in online video marketing hosted by Poptent. Learn how brands are leveraging online video to increase engagement and drive ROI. Hear from industry experts Ronan Keane from XO Communications and Neil Perry, President of Poptent. Cocktails: 5-6pm Dinner/presentation: 6-8pm

Dancing With Digital Natives receives a Finalist spot in the General Business category in the USA Best Books 2011.

Got the exciting news that the book Dancing With Digital Natives: Staying in Step With the Generation That's Transforming the Way Business is Done, edited by Michelle Manafy and Heidi Gautschi  has been honored as a "Award-Winning Finalist in the General Business category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards , sponsored by USA Book News" I had the privilege of writing a chapter "  The Social Media Imperative: Learning to Engage Digital Natives Where They Live " for the book, You can take a look at the sample chapter on Infotoday,com  The contributors to this book include the editors  Michelle Manafy  and  Heidi Gautschi , as well as Mary Ann Bell, Shashi Bellamkonda (me) , Sarah Bryans Bongey, Jami L. Carlacio, Albert M. Erisman, Brynn Evans, Susan Evans, Lance Heidig, David Hubbard, Richard Hull, Marshall Lager, Christa M. Miller, Emilie Moreau, Carolina M. Reid, Michael Russell, Peggy Anne Salz, Arana Shapiro, Dan Schawbel, Rebecca Rufo-Te