In the 2nd anniversary issue of WordBiz Report I included a note to readers that opined: "Authenticity is key. And by that I mean authentic voice. I often struggle to find just the right tone. When I do, you respond. You even make a purchase. When I lapse into marketing speak, you tend to ignore me. And why not? I don't respond to sales-y copy either." To be candid, I didn't flesh out the topic of authenticity as a full-blown article

Martin Roell has a great idea: Blog Headhunters. If it's true that serious (and seriously regarded) bloggers are smart, articulate and clued in, then what better place to look for a valuable new employee than in the blogosphere. Canadian blogger Sebastian Paquet (whose focus is KS or knowledge sharing; yup, I had to figure that one out) just got a new job. So did Robert Scoble, who made a name for himself as a Microsoft product Martin Roell has a great idea: Blog Headhunters. If it's true that serious (and seriously regarded) bloggers are smart, articulate and clued in, then what better place to look for a valuable new employee than in the blogosphere. Canadian blogger Sebastian Paquet (whose focus is KS or knowledge sharing; yup, I had to figure that one out) just got a new job. So did Robert Scoble, who made a name for himself as a Microsoft product flamethrower. (He got hired by Microsoft.) Thanks to Martin for providing these links.
Est-ce que c'est le email ou le courriel? Have you heard that the French government has banned the use of the word "email" (too American) in official documents? Instead, the phrase "courrier electronique" or courriel for short is to be used. I checked in with Renan Ayrault, a French colleague and friend who is Director, Product Management for CarFax to get his spin on this linguistically sensitive topic. He replied: "Courriel is Est-ce que c'est le email ou le courriel? Have you heard that the French government has banned the use of the word "email" (too American) in official documents? Instead, the phrase "courrier electronique" or courriel for short is to be used. I checked in with Renan Ayrault, a French colleague and friend who is Director, Product Management for CarFax to get his spin on this linguistically sensitive topic. He replied: "Courriel is not a bad word if you ask me, but I don't think it will become the predominant word. I have seen it used in magazines and newspaper for letters to the editor, but never heard friends or family using it. I just checked on four Web sites: auchan.fr (one of the largest grocery stores / hypermarket chain in France), renault.fr, wanadoo.fr (largest ISP), and fnac.fr (largest bookstore chain in France). All…
Here's an updated list of business blogs to check out. Compiled by Rick Bruner of I-Blog. Another comprehensive list of "marketing" blogs is on Scott Knowles' WebSense blog. Here's an updated list of business blogs to check out. Compiled by Rick Bruner of I-Blog. Another comprehensive list of "marketing" blogs is on Scott Knowles' WebSense blog.
I'm working with BrainBox here in Washington D.C. to create an audio cassette/CD of my e-newsletter seminar. They were a few days late in getting me a copy of the recording. No big deal. But instead of saying, "Oh, we've just been busy," they dropped off the CD at my office along with a cool BrainBox travel mug, a pad of their BrainBox paper AND a written note apologizing for the delay. What a great idea! In these days of I'm working with BrainBox here in Washington D.C. to create an audio cassette/CD of my e-newsletter seminar. They were a few days late in getting me a copy of the recording. No big deal. But instead of saying, "Oh, we've just been busy," they dropped off the CD at my office along with a cool BrainBox travel mug, a pad of their BrainBox paper AND a written note apologizing for the delay. What a great idea! In these days of e-everything, delivering something tangible to a customer (especially a handwritten note) may be your best marketing tactic. Thanks BrainBox!
If you haven't stumbled across it already, be sure to sign up for the new I-Blog discussion list that's part of Up2Speed. What a great idea. Heck, wish I'd thought of it myself. Rick Bruner is moderating it with his usual no-nonsense approach. Most useful: he is compiling a list of "business blogs." Examples include Signal vs Noise (I love the page design), Cape Clear, and ad agency Red Door. If you haven't stumbled across it already, be sure to sign up for the new I-Blog discussion list that's part of Up2Speed. What a great idea. Heck, wish I'd thought of it myself. Rick Bruner is moderating it with his usual no-nonsense approach. Most useful: he is compiling a list of "business blogs." Examples include Signal vs Noise (I love the page design), Cape Clear, and ad agency Red Door.

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