It’s time to put a stop to children being hungry

We read and hear about it ALL the time: Be a giver.  Give till it hurts. In the past, I thought that donating a tweet was good enough.  I thought writing a blog post would cut it.  Then I realized that even giving $5 helped an organization get closer to a finish line. Today, I [...]

SHRM Kickball and No Kid Hungry

Everyone benefits when you “do good” for someone.  First of all, the person you are “doing good” for benefits.  Next, you generally feel good about it.  Finally, by telling the story of what just happened, you inspire others. And sometimes, your actions can help change someone’s life. Let me tell you a story… A few [...]

A few (or 6) ways to capture creative ideas

I was chatting with a group of community managers last week in the Community Manager Hangout hosted by Tim McDonald and the topic of creativity came up.  We discussed whether or not you had to be creative as a community manager and also where the best content ideas come from.  Everyone had some great tips and [...]

When your brand talks back

I don’t care whether you’re a Twitter newbie, or a Twitter veteran: it’s an AWESOME feeling when a brand “tweets” you in 140 characters or less. I’m not just talking about fielding your complaints either, although that’s important too. When you mention a brand and that brand talks back to you, it makes you feel [...]

Best practices – Best in class

“It’s magical.” This is the phrase we find ourselves using when aspects of reality seem to be manipulated – when something unbelievable happens.  This is the best way I can describe the People Report and Black Box Intelligence Best Practices Conference that I recently attended.  Here’s some of the magical elements that made this conference spectacular. Team Building [...]

Get ready to help end childhood hunger on June 21st

I love to eat. I love just about any type of food, and I especially love preparing food.  So when I heard about the fact that nearly 1 in 4 children in America will face hunger this year, it tore my heart out.  Here I am, enjoying these delicious ribs, and there are children going [...]

The secret to building a social community

Building a social community takes time and is not an easy thing to do.  There is power in a group of like minded people gathered together around a purpose.  When you can get them to interact offline, and then naturally continue to interact online, you’ve accomplished something special.  So what’s the secret?  Let me enlighten [...]

Social good starts with you and me

  I’ve fed a hungry person. I’ve seen someone with a sign saying they were homeless and hungry, driven to McDonalds, bought some food and brought it back.  I’ve given money to complete strangers who ask for change.   I’ve donated clothes for people who need it.  I’ve given someone a ride. I’ve retweeted stuff. [...]