Archive: November 2010 - BJ Strawter

Social Media…Insurance Agents… Success or Waste of Time?

A forum I frequent recently had a thread regarding Social Media.  Title:  Social Media... Agents... Success or Waste of Time? The following is my response: All good points. Another way to look at social media is to think of it as having a conversation. Are you broadcasting or are you listening? You can be actively involved with Twitter, Facebook without as much as sending one Tweet. You can filter Twitter to be notified of those who are having problems with insurance. Regulations are clear on how you can handle this, but a simple reply, which can be automated (not recommended),...

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Why I like Facebook Messages

Game changer. Plain and simple. The new Messages platform from Facebook is impressive. It takes your social graph and figures out the people you most want to hear from. If you've ever taken the time to create lists from your currents friends you can appreciate how cool this new feature from Facebook will be. Let me explain.  When you create a list of your friends, Facebook creates a list of suggested friends you should add. It's pretty spooky just how accurate these suggestions are. Now take that feature, implement it with email. Weed out spam, newsletters, chain mail, and you've...

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Assistance when you need it most.

For the past week, between my daily duties at work, I've been attempting to assist a couple of people find homes.  These weren't your average home buyers.  They were people whom had lost their home and simply needed a roof over their head. The unique challenge in these situations, is finding that balance between assistance and enabling.   When you have never been in this situation, where do you even start? I went through the usual channels, but what I found was a lot of on hold time and lack of answers.  So I put the call out on Twitter.  Time and again Twitter continues to amaze...

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How is this making things better?

I sit here, saddened. Here's the back story. Earlier I posted a on Twitter an article about an African American father suing Warren Schools over a slavery book reading.  The father claims his African-American daughter was the victim of racial bias and harassment by the teacher reading aloud passages from a book about slavery. Considering the book was written by another African American, Julius Lester, I'm struggling to understand how this is even worth a lawsuit. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the school shows an enrollment of 52 African American students....

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