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Originally posted in Fission Strategy’s blog

Fission team puppy joke

Every Friday for an hour, Fission’s team of about 18 strategists and developers meets via video conferencing to connect all our team members. Here everyone is looking happy because a puppy will join the DC team on Monday (a joke for April Fools?! Yes, it was).

Fission prioritizes using video for meetings because, as partner Cheryl Contee notes, a large percentage of our communication is body language. The more senses that are activated in communication, the better understanding and interaction can be. [click to continue…]

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Recipe: Mmmm…Caramel Filled Apples

by Ilena Pegan on January 17, 2013

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When a little snack is just the thing needed for a boost of energy to rally up yourself in the wintertime, we’ve got your back. Here’s our caramel filled apples recipe made just for that. [click to continue…]

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Social Media Marketing From A to Z

by admin on January 11, 2013

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Originally posted on New York Time’s blog by Melinda F. Emerson. Melinda Emerson is founder and chief executive of Quintessence Multimedia, a social media strategy and content development firm. You can follow her on Twitter.

As 2013 approaches, you may be developing your year-end to-do list. If you are like a lot of small-business owners, one of the items near the top of that list is something about finally taking the time to figure out social media marketing.
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A Guide to a Feng Shui Positive Desk

by Ilena Pegan on April 26, 2012

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Spring cleaning has settled upon us and it’s time to rearrange ourselves and sort through some things. Here is a guide to a Feng Shui Positive Desk at work.

As spring cleaning rounds the corner, we went out searching for some innovative ways to reorganize our workspace and stumbled upon an article by Jayme Barrett. [click to continue…]

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Vic Gundotra and Guy Kawasaki in a SXSW fireside chat

Vic Gundotra and Guy Kawasaki engaged in a SXSW "fireside chat" about Google+ in front of a huge, packed auditorium at SXSW.

What was the coolest thing I heard today? Twas a a SXSW fireside chat between Vic Gundotra (Senior Vice-President of Social Business for Google) and Guy Kawasaki (Silicon Valley venture capitalist, author, Apple Fellow) to discuss the Google+ project.

Here are some highlights gathered for you from the conversation, in which Guy mischievously liked to point out problems he’s had with Google+. [click to continue…]

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During the primary debate and election season, it’s great to have a new friend over at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center … FlackCheck.org just launched last month with a bang. It’s the video companion to FactCheck.org, which many people already know and trust.

The team there, headed by the well known political expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson (watch her recent interview with Bill Moyers), is creating a prolific array of videos. They would not be so prolific, though, if the need weren’t great. They’re fact checking candidates and super PAC ads, pointing out false and misleading statements that are getting aired on TV stations. As you can guess, there are many instances to flag as deceptive content.

A favorite among viewers are the series of spoof ads pretending to attack Abe Lincoln in 1864, begging the question: If Abe were running in today’s media environment, would he be elected? Probably not …

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Why Don’t People Like You?

by Adriana Dakin on August 10, 2011

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Social media strategist Beth Kanter loves this presentation and says, “This is one of the best presentations I’ve seen about successful social media practice from the awesome Carie Lewis.” Carie shares her experiences from her role engaging supporters as Director of Emerging Media at the Humane Society of the United States.

For any of you who’d like to create a nice slide-y presentation yourself, this one is created on Prezi, which Carie loves using. You can get tips on how to use arrows and such at the Prezi site.

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Want to check out Tumblr — a social micro-blogging platform that allows you to create short, fresh posts to your tumblelog?

Tumblr’s clean interface makes it easy to create and share anything — post texts, photos, quotes, links, dialogues, audio, video, slideshows, and more.

With Tumblr you can use GoogleAnalytics to watch your audience and which posts are most enjoyed. Use the tags to guide your audience and to get your posts into the search engines. Ask questions on other Tumblr accounts to get followers and attention.

Here is a short video tutorial on how to use Tumblr:

A couple of months ago I got hooked on Tumblr (see my blog) — or see my more formal Tumblr blog — and discovered the fantastic community that it offers. Here are some tips …

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Sit back and enjoy Seth Godin’s TED talk, “The Tribes We Lead,” as he introduces the fall of mass marketing and the revival of social interaction. Tribes = the building of community around shared ideas and values. Tribes offer ordinary people the opportunity to lead and instigate change. After you’ve checked this video out consider reading or listening to his book, Tribes.

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Recipe: Make Homemade Chai to Get Cozy

by Adriana Dakin on March 30, 2011

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Sometimes an excellent cup of fresh homemade chai is just the thing you need to help you buddy up with your online presence.

The recipe is the most important thing in this blog post, so before I tell any stories, here it is, from my friend Sarita Vasa.

For about 6 servings of chai (you and friends will want refills!) you just boil about 5 cups of water with all these spices:

  • Grated ginger, about a dime size slice for every cup you make
  • Two cardamom pods per cup you plan to make
  • A couple of black pepper pods per cup
  • A stick of cinnamon per cup

Let it get infused for 5 minutes of boiling, then add a tea bag per cup of chai, and add about 2 to 3 cups of whole milk. Sweeten with agave nectar or other kind of sweetener if you’d like.

Then enjoy!

In India 10 years ago while staying at my aunt’s in the old part of Pune, I fell in love with fresh chai. The sleepless nights were worth the pleasant evening sips (caffeine keeps me up).

I served this chai at a work retreat with my social media and website development colleagues recently … maybe it helped us come up with great ideas for the year 🙂 It’s the kind of chai that can keep you going.

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