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9/11/2015
Practitioner's Workshop - Competitive Analysis for Product Managers

10/2/2015
Practitioner's Workshop - Design Sprint Workshop

10/15/2015
The Marketing Plan is Dead

11/6/2015
Practitioner's Workshop - Collaboration Works! Facilitation Skills for Product Managers

Product Marketing Best Practices: Web Ink Now

Are You Selling When Buyers Are Ready?Open in a New Window

Today, buyers are in charge.

Google is our first stop during any shopping excursion. We check out a company’s site and blog and YouTube channel before considering doing business with them. We fire up LinkedIn an hour before an initial business meeting. We check out the CEO’s Twitter feed to see what she is up to.

 

Restoring the Human Touch: The Compelling Power of AuthenticityOpen in a New Window

People want to do business with other people. That’s been true since the beginning of time. A hundred years ago our great-grandparents knew the people who sold them hardware or shoes or chickens. There was a personal touch. If there was good service at a fair price and maybe a kind word and a smile, you had a business relationship that lasted for many years.

 

Newsjacking! My Talk via Periscope at Tony Robbins Business MasteryOpen in a New Window

I delivered a two-hour session on Real-Time Marketing at the Tony Robbins Business Mastery event in Las Vegas on August 8, 2015. The talented Tyler Culbertson, who works as part of Tony's team on marketing and social media, filmed the Newsjacking section of my talk and we broadcast it via my @dmscott Periscope account.

 

#GOPdebate Advice for Donald Trump: Live Tweet from the Stage!Open in a New Window

Tonight is the first US Presidential Republican Primary debate and the stakes are high as the field will get whittled down tonight based on each candidate's performance on the main stage at 9:00pm and those relegated to the “kids table” debate at 5:00.

My specific advice to Donald Trump is to live tweet from the stage during the debate!

 

Donald Trump Winning the Social Networking Primaries in a LandslideOpen in a New Window

On Thursday this week, the first Republican US presidential primary debate is scheduled and only the top ten candidates based on average polling numbers will be invited onto the stage. Today, Donald Trump leads the polls by a wide margin.

As I’ve been following the news about the race, I’ve watched countless journalists dismiss the candidacy of Donald Trump. News stories continue to talk about him as a fringe candidate who will be out of the race very soon. There’s a smugness going around about Trump as a pretender while those who served as Senator or Governor are more legitimate.

 

Boston Olympic Bid Squashed by Social MediaOpen in a New Window

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after Boston mayor Marty Walsh said he would not sign the bid documents if they left city taxpayers vulnerable to cost overruns.

The fascinating story behind the failed bid is of the importance of social media and how corporate entities and their big budget consultants frequently underestimate the power of a few people with keyboards to create a movement.

 

Advertising Agencies Just Want to Make AdsOpen in a New Window

Yesterday morning as I normally do, I checked my Twitter feed first thing while enjoying a cup of black coffee. I noticed the following tweet from @petermccormack: @dmscott would love your thoughts on my article about the failings of online advertising. Peter included a link to the article.

Peter was advertising his product - a report called Online advertising does not work using traditional online advertising techniques! I gotta dig deeper on this one! So I grabbed a second cup of coffee.

 

The Sharing More Than Selling RuleOpen in a New Window

Social networks are a great place to share content, to interact with others, to listen in on what’s happening, and yes, if approached carefully, social networks can be a way to get the word out about you and your business. However as I review people’s business-related social streams I find way too much selling going on.

When I speak with people at conferences, many want to know, specifically, how to use social networking feeds such as Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook to communicate effectively as a marketing and sales tool.

 

The Grateful Dead Celebrate 50 Years and Say Fare Thee Well to the TribeOpen in a New Window

When we passed through the ticket gates on the first evening, each of us was given a single red rose. After the band left the stage on the last night, tens of thousands of us had trouble leaving the venue.

This past weekend – July 3, 4, and 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago - the “core four” surviving members of legendary rock band the Grateful Dead played their final three 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well #Dead50 reunion shows, a celebration of longevity, peace, friendship, and love.

 

Make it Free: Fifty Years of Content Marketing Grateful Dead StyleOpen in a New Window

The Grateful Dead used free content to build a social network of fans before Mark Zuckerberg was even born. They pioneered many of the ideas we now use in social media and content marketing.

Unlike other bands, the Grateful Dead encouraged concertgoers to record their live shows, establishing “taper sections” behind the mixing board where fans’ recording gear can be set up for best sound quality. When requesting tickets to a show, a taper would request a seat in the special section reserved just for them.