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Gist. What’s missing.

On the recommendation of my Twitter friend , I've recently spent some time playing around with Gist. Gist as a Social CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) allows you to get a 360 degree view of your contacts.  Screen shot below. What I like about Gist is that it does all the work for you.  Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Gmail.  Once your contacts are in the system Gist scours the World Wide Web searching for any and all information about that contact. When you log you're greeted with a dashboard that shows the latest updates ( pic below) Here are some other...

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Autofeeder on Twitter. Good idea?

Recently I did an experiment with my twitter handle @MichInsurance.  I decided to use an Autofeeder to post to my account.  I went with ProxiFeed Normally I research and read the the links that I share.  I share them because want to add value, not only to me, but those who follow me on Twitter.  I also track my links to see what information I share others find valuable. What I like about ProxiFeed It saves time.  No lie, it's a lot of work researching information to share. Choose your feed.  Search keywords to make up your feed.  Keeps things relevant.  You even have the option...

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Rising to the challenge

Do you ever feel as if you lack the skills to accomplish a task assigned to you? You know, those times when your co-worker or boss, ask you to do something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Do you gracefully decline or without hesitation say yes, yes I can! These are the moments where we are given the opportunity for growth.  To go above and beyond.  A reminder even.  A reminder that we have the amazing ability to be better.  Better strategic thinkers, better bosses, husbands, fathers. A reminder that it's never too late to turn that hobby into a business or turn an idea...

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What’s in a name?

When it was time to launch the website for our brick and mortar distribution company, PGS Commodity Supply, Conventional wisdom said keep the name short and easy to remember.  We settled on pgsTools.com .  It wasn't until the site had been designed, logos made, and emails sent, that my MIL (mother-in-law) asked why we named our site PGStools, as in PG Stools. Imagine the horror.  Would potential customers really see PG Stools? As illustrated in the picture above taken from a Domain website.  The answer was yes. Since we were already ranking well for our search terms, it was too late to turn...

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The Struggle

I wrote on my Facebook page: "I talk too much, can't remember much, and I am chronically late...I tell you this upfront so there is no disappointment later..." on Twitter: "Entrepreneur, Accounting, Sales, Marketing Manager, Purchasing, ie. the small biz owner who wears all the hats..." Hmm, interesting.  Chronically late, doesn't remember much, runs his own business.  Sounds like a fine mess. Why, yes I am, thank you very much.  The wonderful thing about it all, as you get older you find who you are, what you can and cannot do.  And while in my youth I was in major denial, I have...

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