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    What Do Cartographers and Kings Have in Common? #SocialRose

    Tweet The Compass Rose has been the symbol of navigating difficult waters for centuries. Kings and knights have marched using it for guidance. Navigating social channels is just as complex in this day and age. Poorly planned social interactions can hamper the unwary. Valuable time wasted. Messages lost. Connections missed. Relationships lost. Relationships are the cornerstone of our society. People hook up. Businesses form partnerships. Countries go to war. This small, blue world is made of up billions of worlds, each defined by a person who chooses whom he or she will interact and how these interactions take place. You are central to your world. The relationships built within that…

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    “Digging” Why Men Are Now in the Know About Women

    Tweet So I was just browsing through my email when I opened something from my hubbie. I went to the link and found a promotion for the new Digg app for the IPhone… Followed the directions and tweeted the message. Then I did what seemed self evident and installed the app on my IPhone. Love it!

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    Becoming an Elite Woman

    Tweet Knowing Rita Singh has been a delight. When Rita meets a woman, she looks at the total package, the intellect, the knowledge, and the spirit that forms that woman. She is very good at seeing the potential of this person and finding other women who can encourage this person to become more. She has developed a connection with successful women who inspire others from around the globe.

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    When Global Boundaries Are Just a Fence

    There is a lot to be said for nationalism. I felt a twinge when Team USA lost in overtime. However, it is very fitting that Team Canada held the day. They made the world welcome and gave all of us a glimpse into why we love living next door. From the southern side of Lake Erie, "Well done, Canada!"

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    Extending the Conversation for Strong Relationships

    Tweet I frequently harp about the great race to build numbers in various social media platforms rather than build relationships.  The true benefit of building numbers is really to deepen the pool of searchable connections. These can serve as resources or prospects for the various projects and goals that are part of the overall strategy. After I have built up a firm enough base, I use my research background to mine down to find the handful who I see as mutually beneficial to begin a conversation.  It is the conversation that starts the relationship.

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    Keeping Up with Social Media and ePublishing

    Tweet I was interviewed about publishing an e-book and trends in Social media, including marketing by Joanne Quinn Smith on Techno Granny. Here’s an easy listen to find out my picks for the gurus that have been mentoring me in social media.  Listen on! Brenda’s Interview by Joanne Quinn Smith, Techno Granny

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    When the Customer Becomes the Partner

    Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are expanding on the concept of affiliate marketing and capturing the attention of corporations and social media users in monetizing the medium as well as replacing costly and sometimes, dated traditional concept plans and approaches.

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    Spoleto Festival USA-Bridging the Continents Divide

    One of the Spoleto Festival's legacies is the close relationship between it and its daughter festival, Spoleto Festival USA. This festival, hosted from May 28-June 13, 2010 in Charleston, South Carolina. This festival is one of my top picks for Americans and our guests who want to sample the best in American culture. Celebrate the Sweet Life!, the Spoleto Festival USA Annual Auction kicks off the launch to this year's events on January 29 at the Memminger Auditorium.

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    Consumer Expectations-Gary Vaynerchuk

    My friends know that I rave about Gary Vaynerchuk. His Crush It is a great read. I love his energy, his earthiness and his drive. He has a great video presence and is right at the top of embracing new technologies that are going to shape our social interactions. hence his release of Crush It as a print, audio, and Vook (video-book). Here is his latest. Enjoy!