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One Person Will Write. Two People Will Stare at Each Other.

Posted: June 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: editing, interactive marketing, management | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

As I’ve been trying to ramp up the blog at Webtrends, one of the things I have to do is shoot out ideas to people and ask them to write something. Often, there’s more than one person who could write it. Or I want to do a Q&A with multiple experts.

Groups Suck
What I’ve found is that sending one email and cc’ing multiple people routinely fails at generating anything. They all stare at each other and assume someone else who is less busy than them will take care of it. And after all, it’s just the blog. It’s not like the earth will stop turning if we don’t post something.
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Qwest Launches Social Media for Customer Service

Posted: April 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: customer service, interactive marketing, social media, twitter | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Qwest began using social media for customer service recently, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. It’s remarkably nimble for a large, bureaucracy-laden, unionized labor force. I mean that as a positive — clearly, this is their social media prototype. They have not rolled social media out to their entire customer service group, but rather have just seven people tweeting.

Visit Qwest at http://socialmedia.qwest.com

Visit Qwest at http://socialmedia.qwest.com

Start Social Media Small, and Learn from It

For a large company like Qwest, starting with a small dedicated group with a motto of “Be Smart” will allow them to find what works and what doesn’t.

For example, Read the rest of this entry »

Interactive Writing Puts the Punchline First

Posted: April 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: copywriting tips, interactive marketing, online copywriting, public speaking | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Writing for the web is no joke, because online copywriting always puts the punchline first. Think about the order with which you tell a joke: first you tell a little anecdote, then BOOM! Punchline. Writing for the web, however, requires you to put the punchline in a headline, in the first sentence, and in the first paragraph.

Here’s why: Putting that point of view and main message right at the top of a web page allows your reader to quickly decide if the information you’re providing is the information they want. If it is, they read on. If it’s not, you haven’t wasted their time. Read the rest of this entry »