Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rural Cty U ride – Exploring Columbia County By Bike | Lodi Silent Sports | Lodi Valley News

As part of a project with the Columbia County Bike Paths Committee, I am writing about various bike rides in and around the Lodi, West Point, Dane, Arlington, Poynette, Portage, Rio and Pardeville areas. Pretty much a 50 mile radius around where I live. The reasons to do this is to begin a very visible campaign of bike rides that people and take in our area and that would also connect with United States Bike Routes (USBR) State 30 in Wisconsin. Columbia County is determined that this route will go through the Merrimac Ferry to Lodi on its way across the state. You can help by Retweeting the article, bookmarking it, sharing it with your friends on Facebook and LinkedIn. More importantly come try the bike rides. There are some of the most scenic that Southern Wisconsin has to offer without a long drive.

Do you have a favorite bike ride in Wisconsin? Why not share it on Don't forget to tag with geo locators and the words bike ride, bicycling, and biking

Rural Cty U ride – Exploring Columbia County By Bike | Lodi Silent Sports | Lodi Valley News

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Everybody loves a fair and social media only makes it better

One great thing I can do to help my local town events, is to balance my knowledge and skill with social media to help them get broader exposure than traditional marketing budgets and time allows.

There is SPAM in my social media

Barbara, this post really hit home for me because I am getting slammed with LinkedIn Sales SPAM. Here was the latest - someone sent me a invite with a custom message (seemed fair enough and it was with a company I might want to learn more about), which I accepted with a reply message that I look forward to see his activity on LI. The next day I got an email SPAM sales letter that I ignored since I didn't ask for any of the materials or have the time. The following day I got a phone call from a middle east country with a sales pitch.

This is happening more frequently since the "sales" teams are getting shut down on email.

I hate to see LinkedIn get abused this way. I am going to start build a wall of shame for these sales SPAM emails so I can generate an example post like this! Thanks for reminding everyone on the sales side not to "be that guy."

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Can the Spam

If you’ve ever read a blog post of mine, heard me speak or follow some of my musings on LinkedIn and Twitter, you know that I really hate it when I receive sales spam in my email and/or LinkedIn inbox from people that I do not know. Whether it is a cold call or a cold email, it is still cold.

The effective use of technology presents huge opportunities for the savvy salespeople who get it. These rock stars know that using social media gives them an avenue for building relationships and demonstrating expert credibility BEFORE sales opportunities present themselves. There are however, too many salespeople using technology as a way to send the same boring, boilerplate sales spam to anyone with an email address.

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