Michael L. Atkinson's Blog – March 2009 Archive (3)

FohBoh is a Social Media Hub

Social media is more than a grass-roots strategy for your business. There are tides and there are waves. Social media is definitely a big wave that you want to catch.



There are a lot of social media tools out there, to be sure. These emerging technologies may or may not be relevant for you and your business. But one thing is certain; there has never been a better time to test word of mouth advertising and customer engagement than today. It’s called joining the conversation. This is… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on March 30, 2009 at 5:29pm — 3 Comments

Starbucks Gold (Black) Card - $25 to them, Not to You



Just call me stupid for being sucked into an ingenius marketing promotion without reading the small print. I recently purchased the Starbucks Gold card, which is actually black, for $25.00. Thinking $25.00 would also go on the card as a credit, just like the non-black/gold cards. WRONG. I bought it because I was willing to give Starbucks the use of my money, interest free, in exchange for their keeping me as a customer and my loyalty would… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on March 9, 2009 at 11:41am — 9 Comments

Yep, more yelping....

I love finding this stuff. I have more and more folks sending me this. Keep them coming.



Chicago proprietors add to Yelp allegations

Businesses say site rearranges opinions for price; CEO denies



By Monica Eng | Tribune reporter

March 9, 2009



With the Web site Yelp still responding to allegations by San Francisco businesses that it manipulates the prominence of positive and negative reviews, some Chicago… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on March 8, 2009 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment

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TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

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