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Poetry reading declined sharply from 12% to 7% between 2002 and 2012.
Social media can do a lot of things, but can it save a dying art?
Head over to Intel's IQ Magazine to read my latest about how social media stars like Atticus Poetry, Tyler Knott and Tyler Mills are using social to resurrect and recreate poetry in a new age of digital literature.
This month, I flew to Tokyo to celebrate the upcoming wedding of my dear friend and fellow tech aficionado Jessica Naziri.
We took in the sights of Takeshita Street, spent some time at the Meiji Shrine, experienced the city's iconic Sakura and had the time of our (nine) lives at Cat Café.
Shoutout to Hyatt Regency Tokyo, and huge thanks to San Aihara at Shoot My Travel for capturing our unforgettable trip.
Until next time, arigatou gozaimasu and sayonara, Tokyo.
This week, I had the pleasure of talking social influence with the students of Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.
If you missed the livestream, you can still catch our panel conversation here.
This week, I had the opportunity to guest teach an NYU class, sharing the story of how and why I built my business.
From getting laid off from Rolling Stone in 2008 to starting my own company in 2010, I explained to the class how the setback turned into an opportunity to transition from print to digital.
Shoutout to NYU for inviting me and to the passionate students who took the time to learn a little bit about the world of digital and social media.
Here's to Hollywood endings.
Last week, I attended the Weinstein Company's 89th annual Academy Awards event, along with some dear friends.
Cheers to an unforgettable evening.
Don't hate the player.
Thanks to Alienware and Dell for inviting me to Miami this week to talk about the power of influencer marketing on my home turf. I spoke about everything from the importance of influencers for small businesses to recognizing influencers are paid for their time, not their opinions.
See you again soon!
As New York Fashion Week storms Manhattan - quite literally - I took a moment to sit down with Lafayette 148 NY Creative Director Emily Smith to talk about the economics of design.
Joining me for the Q&A and post-chat cocktail party were some of my favorite editors, bloggers, designers and entrepreneurs, including Alix Strauss, Jackie Giardina, Kaylin Marcotte, Marci Greenfield, Hilary Sheinbaum, Katie Kiefner, Hallie Friedman, Cailli and Sam Beckerman, Brittney Levine, Nika Vagner, Elizabeth Quinn Brown, Nneya Richards, Stan Soong, Whitney Tressel, Wendy Wollner and Nicole Volynets.
Huge thank you to Lafayette 148 for hosting the event and to Bloomerent for the unforgettable decor.
Check out the #LafayetteLoves hashtag for some great photos of the event.
Wayne's World had a huge impact on pop culture when it was first released - 25 years ago - in 1992. The film not only put bands on the map with its iconic soundtracks; it also introduced some of culture's most popular catchphrases. (Party on! NOT.)
I was so proud to work with New York Film Critics for the 25th anniversary of this iconic movie.
Take a look at the #WaynesWorld and #WaynesWorld25 hashtags to see what people are saying about the anniversary screenings that took place in theaters around the country this week.
“Apparel is one of the only industries that has had deflation. You can buy something cheaper now than you could 20 years ago.”
This January, the 11th annual Texworld USA hosted 226 exhibitors from 16 countries and attendees from 54 countries around the world.
The common theme for all guests? Post-election economic uncertainty.
Check out my latest for Apparel News about the retail climate at Texworld.
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No pressure, no diamonds.
Thanks to FireCushion Diamonds for the opportunity to speak (after Peyton Manning and before Bill O'Reilly) at the Centurion Jewelry Show last week at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. I spoke about social media best practices to 100+ luxury consumer retailers.
Special thanks to the Washington Post for picking up my story!
"We all cook with water."
I had the pleasure of interviewing International Exhibitions Director Guglielmo Olearo about how the world of fashion will be impacted by the recent election of President Donald Trump - and talked to exhibitors about everything from the effect of fluctuating global markets to the importance of establishing relationships in the fashion business.
Check out my full story for California Apparel News.
Weddings and tech go together like a horse and carriage.
This week I had the pleasure of joining Martha Stewart Weddings for a Facebook Live to chat about some of the biggest wedding social media trends.
The biggest trend I'm seeing? All things digital.
From bouquet Go Pros and 3D printed cakes to wedding drones and custom-designed Snapchat Geofilters, bride and grooms are looking to tech for their big day.
With digital invitations, digital save the dates, digital registry, digital thank you notes and digital RSVPs, couples are enjoying convenient new wedding options that - as an additional bonus - are saving the rainforest!
Check out the full Facebook Live video for some of the top digital wedding trends and tips, including:
- Cute ways to use social media to announce your engagement
- Crowd-sourcing for wedding planning questions
- Sharing wedding planning milestones
- Guests sharing images on social
- Creating the perfect wedding hashtag
Happy new year!
I started 2017 off - as many internet entrepreneurs do - in Las Vegas at CES.
Partnering with Dell, I hosted a music/tech dinner with Intel and The Glitch Mob, a brunch with Dell/Microsoft/Alienware - and I even took over Dell's Instagram for the week to share live moments from all!
Shout-out to some other clients and friends I got to hang out with, including Scripps Network, HGTV, Food Network, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Refinery29, Medialink, Jaguar, Altec Lansing and American Express.
See you next year!
2016 isn't the problem, and 2017 isn't the solution!
I gave my top career tips - from regularly documenting accomplishments to learning new things every day to asking your employer the right questions at the right time.
Some audience members too chimed in with great questions. Here are a few of my favorites.
What tips do you have to best highlight social media achievements on social media platforms?Social media is a priority, not an option, and your online presence is as important as your offline presence. Share your accomplishments, but do so with humility. Give credit where credit is due, and show off your hard work.
How can professionals get over their fears and take risks?This takes practice. Turn your fears into gratitude. Instead of fearing public speaking, be grateful so many people want to hear you speak and gain value from you.
What are the most valuable lessons of this year?It's important to prioritize work-life balance. To work well, it's important to disconnect and take time to recharge and relax.
Here are the top five things you need to know to become more successful in 2017.
- Articulate your goals. Know what you want, how you plan on getting there, and practice your pitch.
Calendar your tasks. Don't just create to-do lists, but schedule the days and even times you want to get things accomplished.
Master your domain. 84% of recruiters are using social media. Keep your channels up to date, and list your accomplishments with humility.
Learn the art of influence. Expand your social networks. Connect with people online and offline, and be authentic in your engagement with people. Check out my previous #BizChats for my top networking tips.
- Consider your legacy. No amount of money is worth making you miserable at work everyday. Ask yourself: am I providing value? Do I love what I'm doing?
To hear my final key for becoming more successful in 2017, check out the Facebook Live video.
Thanks Mashable, for another great #BizChat!
Top Social Media Fails of 2016
Before looking ahead to 2017, I talked about some of the biggest social media fails of 2016, from Ryan Lochte's untimely hair Tweet to Total Beauty's Whoopi Goldberg/Oprah mixup. The takeaway from these fails? Always do your research before posting on social media, hire thoughtfully, and if you do make a mistake, take a step back, assess the damage and apologize if necessary.
Questions from the Audience
Before talking about best social media practices for 2017, I opened up questions to the Refinery 29 audience. Here are some of the top questions and takeaways.
Q: Do you have tips on doing social media for businesses?
A: It can be difficult to create authenticity, as people tend to connect more easily with people than with brands. The most effective way for a business to create a successful social media presence is to fit into one (or more) of three categories: funny, beautiful, valuable. Give audiences something to come back to you for - time and time again.
Q: Do you have tips for bloggers?
A: Differentiate yourself. There are so many blogs on so many subjects, so it's essential to find a way to offer something unique to your audiences. Learn more about how to start a blog in my article for Refinery29.
Q: Do you think a business needs to have all social media platforms?
A: Put simply: No. Social media is a quality over quantity game. Choose one or two platforms that really apply to your brand where you can post quality, memorable content rather than posting subpar content on every channel.
Social Media Habits to Expire in 2016
1. Overexposure: You never want social media to be a one-sided conversation. Instead of over-sharing, try to engage with your audience, ask questions and inspire genuine conversation.
2. Spamming: Avoid overusing hashtags and "follow for follow" or "like for a like" spamming. Be authentic, or your audience will see through your efforts to gain a following.
3. Avoid Basic Content: Basic content (or posts that are uninspiring) should be avoided. Be creative and stand out.
How to Nail Social Media in 2017
1. Differentiate. Add value to the community you have formed.
2. Be proactive and reactive. Keep the social in social media. Engage with your audience.
3. Focus on quality over quantity. I can't emphasize this enough. Create beautiful content that lasts and makes an impact.
Check out my full Facebook Live to hear more about best social media practices. We'll catch you next time!
I'm proud to say the world is my office - but sometimes, that means I'm typing emails on a plane, train or automobile, within close quarters to complete strangers, especially in NYC.
Visual hacking happens every day, with hackers obtaining info in 15 minutes or less.
You can easily prevent this on your laptops, tablets and smartphones with 3M Privacy Filters - which block side views and keep what's on your screen reserved for you.
Learn more about 3M privacy products here.
Small business, huge impact.
As a content creator, small business owner and American Express Cardmember since 2003, supporting my fellow small businesses is not only a pleasure - but a privilege, especially since AmEx helped me start my own business as one of my first-ever clients back in 2009.
On this year's Small Business Saturday, I celebrated a few of my favorite small businesses - Viyet, for helping us style our shoot locations, GLAMSQUAD, for always getting me camera-ready and Splash, who I've worked with for three years to curate my events.
Learn more about the beauty of shopping small here.