RIP Andrew Koenig

I’ve been a fan of “Growing Pains” and the podcast “Never Not Funny” since they started airing. I was sad to find out that Andrew Koenig (a video producer on “Never Not Funny” and he played “Boner” on “Growing Pains”) took his own life.

From USA Today: (Andrews father Walter Koenig) – “Our son took his own life,” Koenig said, struggling to maintain his composure. “He was obviously in a lot of pain.”

If you learn anything from this,” Koenig said, directing his comments to those who also suffer from depression, “there are people out there who care.”

Here’s a link to the full story.

Rest in peace Andrew, suicide is never the answer people!

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Tribute to Andrew Koenig on his Father’s website : http://www.walterkoenigsite.com

Adventures in Job Hunting: Monster.com “Social Media Ninja”

Is this what Monster wants?

Is this what Monster wants?

This makes me nothing but happy! I was looking for a social media gig on monster.com and I found a rather interesting title for a job, it was “Social Media Ninja” at Monster.com. I know times are tough all over but it’s nice to see a little levity to lighten the situation. I could also be very wrong and Monster is actually looking for very talkative ninjas, which kind of defeats the purpose of a ninja in general.

The description was like I wrote it for myself. They’re looking for a creative person to can do video, blogging, twitter and other social media fun stuff. I tweeted about it and how I thought maybe a pirate might be better at social media, but if they want me to be a ninja that’s fine too.I have experience at the American Red Cross with their Advanced Public Affairs Team (APAT) with social media. I worked on their blog during hurricane season in Washington D.C. posting pictures, videos, and answering comments, tweeting, thinking of creative ways to convey the Red Cross message. We interviewed a volunteer about hurricanes and what’s the difference between a hurricane and a tropical storm. I’ve also done consulting with an author and a personal trainer, getting them set up for blogging, Twitter, Facebook and a few other outlets.

If you’re looking for a social media ninja/pirate or just a regular person who does social media please check out my resume. If you think you have what it takes to join monster as a “Social Media Ninja” just go to monster.com and search for “social media.”

Things I love: “All Marketers are Liars” – Seth Godin speaks at Google

What I really loved that Seth Godin talked at Google about is how marketers need to tell a story and make someone feel something. Companies need to make real connections with consumers, be sincere and be remarkable. Social Media can be an outlet for this, but if it’s done insincerely I think it can be disastrous.

See the talk below, it’s a bit long but very worth it. Why can’t we all work at Google? Thanks to @allenmowery for the link!

A Brush with the Greatness of Jim Gaffigan

One of my favorite comedians of all time Jim Gaffigan is having his new Comedy Central Special Sunday March 29 8:00 Central Time. Jim has employed the use of Social Media to promote this by doing a video log or “VLOG” everyday. His VLOGs have been pretty darn funny and it’s a great example of using Social Media to promote. I even participated by doing a VLOG for Jim.

Jim responded to me in his next video!! Tell your friends :)

There’s also another fan holding a contest for viewing parties, and just happens to be in the Rockford, Illinois Region. What a weird coincidence!

This is just another great example of how Social Media can help market and event and inspire someone to help you out. I’m currently building my YouTube Channel myself and have really enjoyed interacting with everyone on YouTube. My new Flip Mino HD has been the big change in my Social Media purcuits, if you don’t have one and want to add video I suggest you check them out – theflip.com.

Tips when creating online content, don’t make it too long 90-30 seconds if possible. In other words get to your point quickly. FYI – the Flip Mino HD version also will take longer to upload to YouTube so that’s a tradeoff to take into account.

I’m hope some of my videos go viral and keeping my fingers crossed.

New Media and the New Homeless

Social Media and Nonprofits go hand-in-hand, they can have a large impact without a lot of capital investment. The below video addresses just that and was inspired by invisiblepeople.tv and @tGGtH on twitter. I’ve worked at an organization that deals with the homeless and my first experience with them was an eye opener.

Many of the homeless were just regular people who fell on hard times. Single mothers and children, teens, and twenty somethings. I think social media can have the power to bring awareness to our nations homeless and hope my blog post is a small part that helps people in need. Don’t get me wrong I’m the type of person that wants people to help themselves, but sometimes people need a pick-me-up from others and kindness.

Something you can do right now is just help people become aware of nonprofits and their missions.


Brianna also has a blog at girlsguidetohomelessness.blogspot.com. You can follow Mark, who did the interview on twitter at @hardlynormal.

THE Social Media Magical Tip of the Century

Probably 3-5 times a day I see some link to “Top 10 Tips” for Social Media Success or any other variation of that kind of post. Granted I think a lot of the tips are really good and useful, I think they really miss the point. If I had to give someone advice on using Social Media sites like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace or YouTube it would to – be genuine. Make it your goal to start a conversation with your customer or end user and let them get to know you.

One of my favorite people on twitter is the CEO of Zappos.com, twitter.com/zappos. Zappos.com sells shoes online and their CEO gets it. You may be asking yourself what do you mean he “gets it,” well the CEO’s posts range from posts about Zappos to “http://twitpic.com/1p67f – So would you rather have the slinky, the wine, the shirt, or the girl? Decisions, decisions.

I think it’s really important for someone to have fun with Social Media and have a personality. People like to buy from their friends right? It reminds me of that scene in City Slickers about that “one thing.”

What’s your “One Thing?” I was watching a UStream from the Social Media Club Chicago panel discussion http://www.ustream.tv/channel/smc-chicago (Twitter Hashtag #smcchicago) and a lot of the questions from people seemed to be about how much time do you need to invest in order to get a return from Social Media? My question to those people is “what are you selling?” I don’t think there is any magical tip someone can learn like “for every 5 blog posts you should get a return of X amount of dollars.” However, over time this may be something you can learn about yourself. I’m not saying we can’t learn from people, but don’t let your lack of knowledge about what you should be doing hamper you from using Social Media at all.

I think Daniel Honigman @dan360man had the comment of the night on the panel “If you’re going to have a blog, be a blogger.” Sounds silly right? I think there’s a lot of knowledge in that comment. In other words, just do it, stop talking and do it. If you need help do research or hire someone to help you out (insert you clicking on my resume).

Social Media can be a very powerful way to communicate with potential customers and current customers, maybe you should (this blog post in video interpretative dance form by ME) -

Microsoft Got it Right with this One for Sure!

I don’t know about you, but I stop my DVR from fast forwarding through the ad below. It’s quick to point out and shows that PC’s are easy to use as well. What I wish Microsoft would let people know is ask a Mac user how to play [Fill in the blank Video Game] on their Mac. I wonder what the Windows 7 promotions will be like? Enjoy!

Someone spoofed the Mac PC commercial below about gaming, funny stuff!

Find a new job or hire someone on Twitter with JobAngels

I am very intrigued on the concept of JobAngels it’s something I find very inspiring that one person is doing their part to really make a difference and using social media to help people find work. I have asked them to assist me and they have already tweeted my information trying to help me find work. They linked to my website and cover letter. Their exact tweet trying to help me out was:

@jasonbroaddus is looking for a social media/mktg position http://tinyurl.com/dbplht willing to relocate – can you help him get connected?

The concept according to their website:

Rumor has it that my crackling cornflakes whispered an idea to me on the morning of January 29th. It was apparently hard to decipher over their milk-drowned voices, but eventually I could make out their message – “help people find jobs”. Their whole-grained wisdom spread to the world and all were saved. (End scene) Wow. So inspirational! :)

The real story is this. I was eating breakfast and thinking about the economy. We were in the throws of a debilitating week of job loss announcements and things looked to be worsening in all sectors. I had been spending a bit of time on Twitter and had accumulated about 700 followers, a large percentage of whom are experts and professionals in the HR sector. So I wondered, what if each of those followers helped just one person find a job? Could we actually make a difference? Here’s the original Tweet:

“Was thinking that if each of us helped just 1 person find a job, we could start making a dent in unemployment. You game?”

I think this is one of the great things about being connected and the new world you and I live. According to their website they have already “In this short period, over 1,500 individual JobAngels have already assembled across Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Over 10,000 JobAngel messages have been sent across a myriad of online platforms. Angels have donated their time, their networks, their expertise and their hearts to this grassroots initiative (and we are just getting started)”

You can read more about it here. If you’re looking to hire someone or looking for work (I am currently, freelance welcome) you can follow them at twitter.com/JobAngels, join their Facebook group, and on LinkedIn. I know times are tough all over the place so I’ll keep you posted if their help turns into anything, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.