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Testing RebelMouse Embed!

by Megan on July 19, 2012

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Don’t Make Me Choose

by Megan on May 10, 2012

I LOVE tech. Yes, I’m on the marketing/social side, but that doesn’t make my love of technology any less fervent. I don’t want to talk about how many guys or girls are in tech. I want to talk about where it’s going. What’s next. Exciting shit. But instead, we have brogramming and “fun” videos to attract developers

And you know, what? The answer is not lightening up, as Katie can explain so much better than I can. Instead, how about we stop making these “jokes” and actually move on. As in, let’s stop this brogramming shit, recognize there are amazing women programmers, amazing women in tech and move on collaborating on awesome ideas. K, thanks.

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My Next Step

by Megan on January 27, 2012

I’m excited to share my next step in life…

Introducing LiftFive

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I have a post in Mashable right now about how to build a community around your startup…

Building a community around your startup can be one of the cheapest ways to create momentum for your product. A community is much more than a one-time marketing campaign, and can help you throughout your company’s life cycle if you take the time to grow it right.

Read the 10 tips on Mashable.

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Why you will fail to have a great career

by Megan on January 15, 2012

Larry Smith, economics professor at the University of Waterloo is my new hero. Watch this video about all the excuses for chickening out of a great career and thank me later.

So, what is your passion? How are you going after it?

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New Year’s Resolution

by Megan on December 19, 2011

I just have one this year. Do more things that get me out of my comfort zone. Why?

Here’s why…
Image credit to cSlacker

Learning happens outside your comfort zone. And I firmly stand by an ABL lifestyle (Always Be Learning). What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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13 Titles

by Megan on November 13, 2011

Hi, I’m a marketing manager, community manager, customer therapist, user advocate, brand builder, messenger, community builder, social media “guru,” social media douchebag, copywriter, editor, manager and communications expert.

That’s just in the past week. And only during working hours (although since I’m at a startup I haven’t quite figured out when is officially not working hours). So, who are you?

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Featured Blogger on BlogHerTech!

by Megan on October 30, 2011

I’m excited to share that I’m the featured blogger on BlogHerTech today! A big thank you to BlogHer for the shoutout and to all of you reading my musings here. It’s little surprises like this that keep me writing.

And I’m so glad that burritos got a mention in their feature ;)

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Is Marketing a Dirty Word?

by Megan on October 10, 2011

“I went through my LinkedIn connections and declined all the ones from marketers.” I’m sorry, what? This is a quote from someone who I respect very much. Apart from the fact that my job title includes marketing, it made me wonder, is marketing a dirty word?

Then there’s Fred Wilson. Iconic VC and all-around smart dude.

“I believe that marketing is what you do when your product or service sucks or when you make so much profit on every marginal customer that it would be crazy to not spend a bit of that profit acquiring more of them (coke, zynga, bud, viagra).” – Fred Wilson

If you read the full post, it’ll quickly become clear that (as Seth Godin points out in the first comment), that you could easily replace advertising for marketing in his post, and the meaning remains the same. Looking at marketing as being all about advertising takes a very limited view. We’ve spent a total of about $500 in my entire time at Klout, but I assure you we’ve had plenty to do in the way of marketing. So, what is marketing all about? I asked this question on Google+ and some great answers:

“The art and science of matching your product differentiation to customer’s preferences.” Geoffrey Thompson (hat tip to Hermano Geoff)

“Marketing is simply communicating your brand effectively to your target audience”-  Michael Haas

“What business are you in? Who is your customer? What is your value proposition to your customer? How do you find these customers, attract their attention, persuade them to keep coming back to you?” – Howard Rheingold

To my mind, these are interesting and challenging problems. I like how Howard Rheingold phrased it as a series of questions, your job as a marketer is to find those answers. For some you’re dealing with a set product and working to maximize it’s potential. Yet, another aspect of marketing is working with product to find the slight alterations that will help sell your product to the masses. That is neither an easy, nor uninteresting task so I wonder where marketing gets lost in translation and becomes the art of pulling the wool over people eyes, being sleazy, or making up for a bad product.

Are marketers bad at marketing ourselves? I think the truth here is that the good marketers aren’t worried about marketing themselves as people in the larger sense, they’re focused on the product, the problems, and the solutions like everyone else in the company. When done right, marketing seamlessly helps make the product look more awesome and engages and maximizes the community. The public image of marketers is based on the few who are in the spotlight. So let’s all take the time to notice the marketers, social media experts, and community managers who are actually doing it right and making us look good. We all thank you.

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5 Things Burritos Taught Us About Life

by Megan on August 31, 2011

The Klout crew had burritos for lunch today and we couldn’t help riffing on all the great things burritos have taught us. Here’s the convo:

What have you learned from burritos?

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