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A Moment of Hilarity: Bad Lip Reading of the NFL

OK, as we near the weekend, many of us are focused on the big game. At Consumer Blog, we get serious with liability tips for Super Bowl party hosting, but here at the Agent Blog, we can't stop watching "Bad Lip Reading of the NFL" - if you haven't seen it, you're in for a treat. These are like peanuts - it's hard to stop consuming once you start. Here's an earlier one:

Flexing Those Strategic Muscles

Sometimes it can feel like we are  just buffeted around in a whirlwind of activity every day. We come in and start by cleaning up as many emails in our in boxes as possible and then the phone rings; we get pulled into a meeting that wasn't on the schedule; a customer calls with a problem; an employee calls in sick. Suddenly, that nice neat "to-do" list is little more than wishful thinking and the day has spiraled out of control. Do you recognize this scenario? So when do you get time for ...

How & When to Make an Effective Facebook Post

Melissa Leiter blogs about 8 tips for a well-crafted Facebook post at ragan Social Media. She offers concise, smart advice -- worth checking out. We've summarized her top-line bullets to give you a preview, but do click through to see her detailed tips and advice. 1. Stay in line with your strategy and brand identity. 2. Post quality content. 3. Use photos. 4. Use shortened links. 5. Include a call to action. 6. Use hashtags and @mentions. 7. Keep the copy short. 8. Analyze. If ...

Why Net Neutrality Matters to Your Agency

Today, when you pay your ISP for access to the Internet, you have unfettered access to any site on the web. Your ISP may charge you a slight premium for speed of access, but the internet is an open highway. What if your ISP acted more like a television cable company that packaged bundles of content and charged more for some content? Or gave preference to partners of their choosing? Charged you a premium to access some content? Blocked some content entirely? What if your agency had to pay ...

How to motivate your agency team: lessons from Daniel Pink

In this Ted Talk, career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward. The video talk is about 18 minutes. You can also visit the Ted Talks page to view a transcript if you prefer a text version of the talk or to read the 900+ comments the talk has generated. Here's a brief excerpt: I spent ...

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