• Why Rituals Are Key to Beating Social Media Fatigue

    I’ve worked with hundreds of businesses and organizations and nearly all of them struggle to keep up with the sheer pace of change in the implementation of effective social media strategies. I recently returned from Social Media Camp, Canada’s largest social media conference. This year’s conference theme was Going Global and I had the good fortune of meeting and mingling with thought [...]

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    Is Long-Form Writing Dead?

    Chris Brogan, a thought leader I truly admire, sent me an email recently announcing the demise of long-form writing. This news breaks writers’ hearts everywhere, mine included, but his point is well taken. I met Brogan in Boston, Massachusetts, a couple of years ago and I’ve had the opportunity to hear him speak more than once. He is a grounded, peaceful guy, who pays a kind of fine [...]

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    Are We a Generation of Technoholics?

    In her book, The Power of Off, psychotherapist Nancy Colier explores mindful ways to stay sane in a virtual world. Needless to say, Colier and I are largely singing from the same song sheet. While technology and social media offer important ways to solve problems, communicate, and do business, they also have a shadow side. There are more than 32 million Internet users in Canada, with 3.6 [...]

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    Camera-First 'Stories' are Transforming Social Media & Digital Communications

    Facebook recently jumped into the live story telling arena, first with Facebook Live, then with Messenger Day, and in late March 2017 with Facebook Stories. The recent move by Facebook signals a sea change in how we approach online communication and the way businesses will need to adapt to marketing products and services. So, what’s the big deal? It means we’ve entered the world of [...]

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    What Bores Us Silly on Social Media?

    One of the great gifts of the Internet is that we are able to solicit ideas, input and advice from a wide range of sources. It’s called crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is defined as ‘the practice of obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet.’ Preparing for this article, for[...]

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    Social Media Content Planning Made Easy

    Angela Crocker is a writer, teacher, and information organizer. Among other achievements, Crocker has developed a process she calls the ‘digital cleanse’. The digital cleanse is a 30-day series of strategies and tips based on her more than 25 years on the Internet. In her series, she shares how she sorts, stores, weeds, and organizes unwieldy online data to create order and keep systems [...]

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    Playing in that Place Called the Internet

    The Internet is a pretty big place – and I’m using the noun ‘place’ deliberately. There is a way we can be tempted to think about the Internet as a ‘thing’, primarily because we access it using devices. I’m careful about this language because it is easy to forget, while we are cozily ensconced at home in a favourite chair with our iPad, or snugly settled at our laptops in a [...]

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    Maintaining Mindfulness in the Digital Fast Lane

    Delighted to introduce you to my new column, #Untrending, published bi-weekly in the Maple Ridge News. In my recent book, #Untrending – A Field Guide to Social Media That Matters, I talk about social media as a doorway to meaning, contribution, beauty and truth. Tall talk, I know, but aimed at challenging us to take a long view of our online engagements and consider each post as a kind of [...]

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    Print media, the brain, and Canada Post

    Canada Post has had its troubles in recent years, largely because of the shift from paper to electronic transactions. The federal corporation’s annual reports show volumes dropping from 10.8 billion pieces of mail in 2009 to 8.9 billion in 2015. Your friends don’t send many Christmas cards any more, and your credit card company wants to send your statements on line. As part of a survival[...]

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    Video and the News Consumer

    The Digital News Report 2016, published by the Reuters Institute this past June, explores changing patterns of news consumption in 26 countries based on interviews with more than 50,000 people. As you’d expect, the 124-page report has news about the rise of digital news (64 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 get their news primarily online) and, in Canada especially, the decline of print. [...]

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