Archive | August, 2009

Building Social Media Rapport with Brand Enthusiasts

Surveys have shown that around 74% of people believe recommendations from friends or acquaintances, while only about 14% believe in brand advertisement claims. Having credible people be your brand ¬†enthusiast can be extremely powerful, especially when communicated in an authentic manner — as part of a person’s normal conversation. Let me use my friend, Kendall […]

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Korean-American Golfers Dance, High-Five for America

I’ve been following the Solheim Cup, a golf team competition between American and European women. The competition is intense and the enthusiasm of players and the gallery contagious. On the American team, Michelle Wie and Christina Kim are two players with very different playing styles, personalities, and even looks. However, they share the common Korean […]

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How Do Your Friends Affect Your Life?

As a parent, I often worried about the kind of friends my children kept. It’s a major concern for most parents of pre-teen and teenage children. Group mentality is powerful among the youth as they crave a sense of belonging and identity outside the home. But what about adults? We are all social creatures by […]

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Social Media Revolution

Social Media Revolution as presented by Socialnomics. Rifted off Sony’s Shift Happens, but the message is loud and clear.

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Re-Inventing You: Business & Career Success Seminar

I will be participating in Re-inventing You: Trust Yourself to Change Yourself, Business and Career Success Seminar on September 29, 2009. Pam Hoelzle, a business consultant and a friend, will be facilitating the event. Pam and I’ve had some very interesting discussions about entrepreneurship, business and life. So, when she asked me to share my […]

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Ok, Things I Loved About Vietnam

Travel is a passion of mine. It is for a lot of people. Once in Jakarta as a young businessman, I moved out of my five-star hotel for a weekend, just to stay with back packers in another part of town. That, however, was a long time ago. Yet, with such perspective in mind, let […]

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In the Zone Week

I’ve had an “in the zone” type of a week, where things just fall into place. The Lift9 research center in Vietnam is now set up. Our web site will soon be launched (sorry, but with so many execution points, this has taken a back seat). Now, more good news seem to be on the […]

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Building an International Team is Challenging, Rewarding

Hiring new employees is always a challenge. Trying to hire in a foreign country takes the challenge to another level. Lift9 is building part of its social media research center in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to support our efforts here in the states. We believe that in order to make much of the social media […]

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Lift9, Making Sense of Social Media Data

Time to share a little more information about our new startup, Lift9. The era of social media is just beginning. Digital information is doubling every 18 months, with social media data leading the charge. Unfortunately, this data is mostly fragmented and unstructured. Content is coming from all directions and impossible to control. While leading the […]

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