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A rising tide raises all boats: The wine tourism industry gets a wake up call from Michael Mondavi

Last month I went to the first Wine Tourism Conference –  a major contrast from what I’m usually doing mid November: learning from the travel industry’s heavy hitters and the hottest startups at the PhoCusWright Conference.  For those of you that know PCW, the WTC couldn’t be more opposite. Thank goodness the wine tourism industry […]

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Don’t forget to remind people to like you

Wine IS Social I often visit winery tasting rooms and I always love to see wineries, or any location for that matter, remind guests or customers to tell their friends. People do need to be reminded to check in sometimes, and they will check in or post information about your business. Nielsen reports that 70% […]

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Groupon Getaways: What luxury hotels need to know about group buying sites

Groupon knows what it’s doing.  It’s no surprise they partnered with Expedia to create Groupon Getaways.  I do wonder though, how the industry is faring with this.  The hotels featured in these offers are surprisingly good for the consumer, and the hotels involved may fill rooms, but I also wonder if they thought about maintaining […]

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My back story: Creating the life you want

The highest compliment you can get is for someone to say that you inspired them to make a change and take the steps to create the life they want.  Mandy Gresh and I worked together for 4 years.  She was one of the people I interviewed with in 2005, and ironically she was the one […]

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Never Say Never: Why Justin Bieber is the perfect marketing example for startups

A year or so ago noone knew who this guy was. How did a 14 year old from a small town in Canada become a massive global brand in only a few years? I finally gave in a few weeks ago and watched his movie, Never Say Never. I have to say, I was impressed. […]

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As seen on American Express OPEN Forum: 5 Biggest Mistakes Small Businesses Make With Group-Buying Sites

I’m thrilled to be a guest contributor to American Express’s small business site, OPEN Forum. I wrote this article specifically to help small business owners avoid the mistakes I have seen so many times through working with group buying and local deals sites. Apr 21, 2011 -Group-buying or local deal sites like Groupon are meant […]

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Caesars is doing it and how you can too

Mobile social tips for hotels, restaurants, local deals sites, airlines, food trucks and destinations Today’s news from Caesars Entertainment is a good example of how major hotel chains are embracing mobile social strategies. Caesars will be rewarding in-resort guests for check-ins and tweets at 9 properties, including Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Rio, […]

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Why brands should be acting now to engage with customers on Foursquare

If you’re still getting your head around how to tap into apps like Foursquare then here is your wake up call. The introduction of location-based apps, and their staggering growth in usage, has resulted in probably one of the biggest opportunities in marketing and it is still early days. Sadly, the only wake up call […]

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VIDEO: $4 million to $45 million in revenue in only 5 years: Gary Vaynerchuk explains why social media works

If anyone says it like it is when it comes to business and social media it is Gary Vaynerchuk. (@garyvee)  Believe it or not, Gary’s first book, “Crush It” was a huge turning point for me and it actually inspired me to leave my job and follow my dreams.  That is when I launched Sugarfly. Largely […]

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Why you should let social strategy and storytelling lead your marketing and PR

Marketers need to stop talking about “social media” and start telling stories I had a breakthrough recently, and this is a big one.  Everyone’s talking about social media but there are very few brands that understand how to really connect with their community in compelling ways.  I recently met Melea Seward of Chief Amusement Designer.  […]

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