Tag: social media

Personal Brand versus Corporate Brand

Over the past six months I have noticed the phrase “personal brand” popping up more frequently than ever before. Usually, the phrase is used in the context of a complaint about someone’s social media approach. Personal brand is a politically correct way of saying “self-promotion.” And it is particularly challenging with spokespersons and thought leaders that are amongst the most…

Are Malcolm Gladwell’s Mavens and Connectors the Key to Social Media Success?

In my last post, I described Paul Revere as an historical case study of excellent word-of-mouth marketing.  This was not my idea, but rather a concept presented in Malcolm Gladwell’s first book the Tipping Point, which I recently finished reading.  Upon reflecting on some of the concepts in the book, I believe that Gladwell’s work was five, if not ten…

Four Types of Crowdsourcing

I recently finished reading Jeff Howe’s book Crowdsourcing. One of the key takeaways I gained from the book was that there are multiple approaches to crowdsourcing. Some depend upon active collaboration within virtual community of individuals, while others benefit from the opposite. For example, prediction markets maximize value not through collaboration, but from minimal interaction between participants. In the final chapter of the book, Howe describes the four primary types of crowdsourcing – 1) Crowd Wisdom; 2) Crowd Creation; 3) Crowd Voting and 4) Crowd Funding

Four Guiding Principles from the World Wide Rave

If you have not picked up a copy of World Wide Rave I would encourage you to do so. It is a quick read that is full of interesting case studies and guiding principles. For example, there are helpful checklists such as 10 recommendations for creating YouTube videos and 16 rules for designing great e-books. There are too many good ideas to try to comment on, but I did want to call attention to four key principles that I found particularly compelling while reading the book.