Uncompromising customer service = Bliss (Soaps)

So, folks who have followed this blog know that I know how to make bath bombs (or fizzes), have given a presenation at Foo Camp East on how to make them, give them away to fellow social media conference panelists, and mentioned Bliss Soaps, (http://blisssoap.com/ which is in the Capitol HIll neighborhood of Seattle. I had mentioned…

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Giving a 5 minute talk at the Kodak Theater (140 Characters Conference)

Doing the Ignite presentation and chatting a little bit with Scott Berkun (who has a book coming out on public speaking) I figured I’d do a followup on another 5 minute talk and some things I learned from doing a non-Ignite, 5 minute talk. For 140 Characters Conference in LA, they started playing the music…

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Giving an Ignite Presentation – What I learned at Gnomedex 2009

Note: All photos this page Randy Stewart, blog.stewtopia.com I am grateful to Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media for nudging me into giving my first Ignite talk at Gnomedex 2009, in the same way I’m grateful for previous circumstances nudging me to bungee-jump off a bridge near Victoria Falls or tandem hang-glide off a cliff near Rio…

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Blogher09 – the evolution of a conference

Coming back from Chicago inundated me with work, and so I’ll admit to only lately becoming aware of negative Blogher09 reactions to both the size and the swag-gish aspect of the conference. You’d think I would have been in the thick of  the ire, being a sponsor, but I didn’t get the same vibe as the…

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Brands Gone Wild – Bing & other brands at Blogher 2009 (Part 2)

As an experiment, for most of the  Blogher 2009 conference (except when I worked out in the gym), I opted to wear a Bing t-shirt everywhere I went. We are a new brand, and I figured it would help not only spread brand awareness but would allow me to be remembered if anyone had questions about…

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Bing at Blogher 2009 (aka #blogher09): Part One

I’m writing this in the Chicago airport in the familiar happy post-conference exhaustion. Unlike my previous Blogher attendance, I was doing more booth babe/evangelism of a product than being a social media expert, and it was cool to see how folks have reacted to Bing. And I got into Chicago at the right time – luckily…

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Transparency is good, but not a replacement for the "old objectivity"

I was a newspaper reporter before I went into Web technology as a profession, and well before becoming any kind of blogger, so when I comment on journalism I have both perspectives ensconced in my brain. I was also a reporter before the journalism field took a lot of flack for lack of objectivity, so my…

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bing.com and a decent shot of courage

I haven’t written much lately because I’ve pulled some weird stunts, like stay awake 26 hours and tweet for a good percentage of that while triaging bugs. I’ve put on my painted shoes and my marketing hat and gone to conferences while blitzing in and out of ops calls. This being in PR while shipping…

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Community tip of the day: Give the props to people who have helped you

Recently, in the process of promoting Will Code for Green, our killer Live Search API contest that lets you use whatever technology stack you desire to write your Web app, I dug deep and went back to one of my old teachers Tim Maher from http://www.consultix-inc.com    who is a Perl guru around these parts of…

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Tips on personal brand as it pertains to painting your shoes

I was going to write a long post about personal brand, and how I don’t really believe in it as a phrase. I believe in protecting your good name, and standing for something, but I personally am not a product, I personally can’t be bought (only rented) and it was going to be this long…

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