Persuasive Picks for the week of 07/26/10

5 Reasons Why Ford Continues to Kick Butt
Ford created a good amount of social buzz this week with the unveiling of their all new 2011 Explorer. This post from Liana Evans provides insight that brands can learn from on why Ford continues to succeed in the social space.

Forrester Recommends Caution with LBS
Mike Schneider challenges Forrester‘s stance on Location Based Services they published in a recent report, and he provides an alternate point of view that should definitely be considered.

B-Schools All A-Twitter Over Social Media
Brace youself for a new wave of Social Media experts. This Bloomberg Business post from Sommer Saadi explores the new trend where business schools are starting to offer MBA courses on Internet Marketing and Social Media Strategy.

Altimeter Report Provides Facebook Page Guidelines, Benchmarks
Dave Fleet provides a brief overview and commentary on the Altimeter Group’s free report entitled The 8 Success Criteria for Facebook Page Marketing.

To Block or Not to Block Facebook and Social Media in the Workplace
Klint Finley shares highlights from Cisco’s Mid-Year Security Report that recommends “better security education and social media policies in the work place instead of technical restrictions” based on its findings on end-users accessing social media tools at work.

Persuasive PIcks for the week of 07/05/10

Social Media Employee Policy Examples from Over 100 Companies and Organizations
Creating a Social Media Policy for you organization can be a challenging process. It needs to provide employees with enough leeway to engage properly, but also help prevent them from giving away the secret sauce. This post from Ralph Paglia on provides an extensive list of existing company policies to help get you started.

For Those Facebook Left Behind
As an avid user of Facebook or Twitter, you might think that most people have heard about those services and know what they are. In reality, their existence has only scratched the surface of notoriety with the global population.  David Pogue of The New York Times provides this handy “clip-n-save” guide to help explain what these social networks are to those left behind in the craze.

What Marketing & Sales Can Learn From Seinfeld
Carlos Hidalgo draws an interesting comparison between Seinfeld-isms and how sales and marketing teams sometimes miss the boat when they communicate in this entertaining post on

The Cost of Social Media Phobia
David McCann from dives into the topic of how companies that restrict access to social media platforms might be missing out on opportunities to help their business prosper.

5 Tips to Make the Most of a PR Pro’s Summer
If the lazy days of summer are starting to take a toll of your productivity,  these 5 tips from Keith Trivitt of might help inspire you.

Persuasive Picks for the week of 02/08/10

Why Google Buzz is brilliant and deadly to social media 1.0
GoogleBuzzLogo68As fanfare over the iPad announcement dies off, Google amped up the online world with a new feature announcement. In this post, Christopher S. Penn shares his views of the positive and negative implications of the all new Google Buzz feature in GMail.

The Value of the ReTweet
Donna Maria from the Indie Business Blog explains the value of “re-tweets” through the result of a month long Twitter experiment she conducted with her fellow colleagues.

Toyota: Way too little, way too late & what they should have done
While the whirlwind of bad press haunting Toyota is far from over, B.L. Ochman recaps the events that started it all, how Toyota reacted and what they should have done to ease the harsh reactions.

Why Social Media Is the New Agency-Client Relationship Builder
Conversation Agent, Valeria Maltoni focuses on the need for companies to consolidate their agency relationships down to one that can provide multiple services (like we do!).

Examples of social media policies
The topic of a Social Media Policy comes up within almost every company when they first begin to engage in the space. This post by Drew McLellan provides a list of many existing examples to help you get started on your own policy.