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Sorry for the interruption to normal service, but I just wanted to get a few things off my chest. Hope you don’t mind, and normal service will be resumed tomorrow with a great guest post from Christina Kingston. So…

  • To the douchebags on the train that insist on using the external speakers of their iPods, at least put some decent music on. If I must be subjected to your unplugged iPod, can it be something other than the crap you play?
  • To the Internet famous who continuously say, “It’s not about me, it’s about you”, start meaning it. Frequently pimping your book, upcoming book, friend’s book, sharing links that just include you and boasting of your numbers (even though it’s “not about the numbers”, right?) just makes you look the exact opposite of what you’re saying. Enough already, please.
  • To the consultants that say you can’t measure the ROI of social media properly, quit BS’ing your clients and tell them the truth. Of course you can – if it can be deployed, it can be measured for ROI. And yes, that includes financially.
  • To the Twitter specialists who say what you should and shouldn’t tweet about – it’s 140 characters, for crying out loud. There are no rules for Twitter – get over it!

Okay, that’s better. Thanks for letting me unload a little, I appreciate it. How about you – anything you want to sound off about? Comments are yours.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar

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Danny Brown
Co-author Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing. #1 marketing blog in world as per HubSpot. Husband. Father. Optimist. Pragmatist. Never says no to a good single malt. You can find me on Twitter - Google+ - LinkedIn.
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43 Comments on "Sounding Off"


Edward Boches
4 years 11 months ago
No matter how many times I see it our hear it, douchebag and the even better douchenozzle are just great words. And I know exactly who you are talking about. .-= Edward Boches´s most recent blog post ...Creativity calls for trust. Trust calls for play. =-.
Danny
4 years 11 months ago
"Douchenozzle"? You haven't trademarked this term yet, have you? :)
Ct Kingston
4 years 11 months ago
GRIND IT UP!!!! .-= Ct Kingston´s most recent blog post ...Think Sausage: Visualize Happiness =-.
Coreen
4 years 11 months ago
Bravo Danny! I especially love 2 & 4. I've noticed the same thing. I have to say I've never experienced the iPod thing. Love the idea of handing out cheap headphones--genius! Now what do we do with people whose volume is up so high, they might as well not use the headphones they have on?
Danny
4 years 11 months ago
I'm going to start carrying popcorn to flick at them ;-)
Scott Hale
4 years 11 months ago
Nice rant, Danny. What do all of these have in common? Being selfish. Think about somebody else. Always good to have a minute to blow off some steam. Keep up the good work.
Jay
4 years 11 months ago
re #2 while I'm not "famous", I do represent "famous people"-authors, speakers and, I plead "guilty" to having tweeting book links - pimping would be a stretch : ). -beyond the obvious annoyance, I haven't found it to be a terrifically effective pub tool (have tweeted web links, twitpics, etc) - and, worse it can make an immediate association w/the "carnival hacker types. would appreciate feedback re suggestions incl "best practices" - or options or just plain "never do it"? .-= Jay´s most recent blog post ...Service With a Smile!~ =-.
Danny
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Jay, I think that's different though - you're a dedicated publisher whose job it is to promote books for your "clients". The shameless pimping on every other blog post or opportunity? Oof! How about trying a #bookchat or #authorchat kind of thing on Twitter? Similar to #journchat and #blogchat, but you can have the authors come on and talk about their work, and for that chat anyone buying the books gets a discount? Or have in your bio "Book publisher - I will be promoting books in my tweets" kind of thing, so people know what they "sign up for" when following? Just a couple of ideas :)
Jay
4 years 11 months ago
thnx Danny! good stuff - great ideas - espec the need to really focus on creating better/more unique hashtags -and hadn't thought of putting an "announcement" in my bio... terrific! peace
Davina K. Brewer
4 years 11 months ago
Danny, Sound off as much as you want, wish I had the nerve to break out the soapbox more often. The book pimping, name dropping, number prettying really bugs, as do the constant, instant RTs back and forth without actually reading anything. (Get a small tickle when they RT bad links, like HA caught ya!) And to #1, wish I had the nerve to do that in real life, like to the jerkwad at the airport watching a movie on his iPhone at full volume. Rude much? .-= Davina K. Brewer´s most recent blog post ...Like a Bad Neighbor: When Direct Marketing Fails =-.
Danny
4 years 11 months ago
"Jerkwad"? I think you've just given me a new favourite word :)
Andrew Weaver
4 years 11 months ago
Delightful. You should sound off more often. .-= Andrew Weaver´s most recent blog post ...4th and 20 =-.
Juan Carlos Pelayo Santos
4 years 11 months ago
You're so freaking right with your 4 points. Keep it up! Regards from La Paz, Baja California Sur, México!
mike ashworth
4 years 11 months ago
the interesting thing is that you have the power to change all of the things you list. we cant change other people we can only change ourselves. when we change our perspective on the world around us, the world is changed forever. it's not easy of course, few things in life that are worthwhile are easy. i don't profess to be perfect at this myself however each day i try and be better than the day before :-) on a lighter note, point 1. i recall a website a cpl of years ago where there was a d/l of biz cards templates, which basically you handed to the person on the train, tube, bus who was having the annoyingly loud conversation or perhaps playing crap music. telling them what you thought..... i wish i could recall the name of it, lost forever..... .-= mike ashworth´s most recent blog post ...Snow bitch gets nailed =-.
Danny
4 years 11 months ago
Very true, Mike, which is why I've started cleansing blog subscriptions, Twitter feeds, etc - sometimes there are only so many "chances" to give. ;-) You do realize you've made it a mission to find out more about these cards now, don't you?
Jay
4 years 11 months ago
thank you. well put! and, cool cat pic! : ) peace