December 30, 2013
Five years ago, I launched this blog to write on any and all things related to virtual events. To date, 392 posts were published, with 44 published in 2013. I published my share of virtual events posts in 2013, but continued to widen the breadth of topics. A few of the more popular topics in 2013 were:
- Posts on social media.
- Posts on content marketing.
- Posts on personal branding.
Product Marketing: Popular
Two of the most popular posts of 2013 focused on product marketing.
In January, I published “How to Do Product Marketing Without Marketing Your Product.” The post covered everything from inbound marketing to thought leadership to online communities to building great products.
In April, I published “10 Reasons Storytelling is The New Product Marketing.” As a side note, I noticed the stock image I used (in this post) on a magazine cover at my supermarket’s newsstand. That bummed me out. My next post just might be: “10 Reasons Stock Art Should Not Be Used in Product Marketing.”
2013: Year in Review
Thanks for reading. To see a detailed, 2013 annual report for this blog:
It’s All Virtual: 2013 Annual Report
Happy New Year! Hope to see you some more in 2014.
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January 1, 2013
I started this blog in late 2008 to write solely about virtual events. For the first two years, the posts I published were true to the blog’s name. Lately, though, the name has become a bit of a misnomer, as I’ve branched into a wide assortment of topics, from product marketing to social media to #GivingTuesday.
2012 In Review
WordPress generates an excellent annual report of blog activity. Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 30,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals
Click here to see the complete report.
Top 5 Posts in 2012
Here are my top 5 posts in 2012. These didn’t necessarily receive the most page views, but are the posts I enjoyed writing the most. They’re listed in order of enjoyment:
- How The Westin Calgary (@WestinCalgary) Teamed Up with The Chef Table to Feed The Hungry
- How I Attended My 25th High School Reunion on Facebook
- What the San Francisco Food Bank (@SFFoodBank) Taught Me about Volunteerism
- How Social Media Can Create Lifelong Friends (That You Never Meet)
- So Just What Is Product Marketing?
Happy 2013. Thanks for visiting in 2012. Hope you return for more this year!
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May 10, 2012
This blog used to be about virtual events – all day, every day (or almost every day). It’s branched out, of course, to cover a number of additional topics, including social media. This shift is reflected in the list of most popular posts for 2012. Without further ado, here’s the list, in ascending order of popularity.
5) 5 Tips for Organizing Your Google+ Circles
If you’re just getting started with Google+ now, take the time to set up and organize your Circles up front. I added people to the same one or two Circles and had to invest the time to go through them and assign them to more specific Circles.
It was worth it, however, as an organized set of Circles made my use of Google+ all the more productive and beneficial. Read the full post:
4) 5 Reasons I’m Breaking Up With You, TweetDeck
I once made heavy use of a Twitter client called TweetDeck. Now, I find myself relying exclusively on Twitter.com, from my browser. This post details why I decided to break out with TweetDeck. Read the full post:
3) 5 Tips for Hosting Google+ Hangouts
Google+ Hangouts are pretty darn neat. The first time I hosted a Hangout, however, I ran into a number of snags. The goal of this post was to share my mistakes and subsequent lessons learned. Read the full post:
2) 5 Things Virtual Event Platforms Can Learn from Pinterest
“It’s All Visual.” That’s a core attribute that makes Pinterest so popular. I couldn’t determine which was more popular: Pinterest (itself) or articles and blog postings on the topic of Pinterest. So I decided to try out the service – and then tie Pinterest together with virtual events. Read the full post:
1) Why My Third Grader Loves Second Life
While visiting the Tech Museum in San Jose, I was surprised to find a set of workstations installed with Second Life – or perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, given that it’s a technology museum. My third grader loved interacting with this custom version of Second Life, so I decided to analyze just why that was. Read the full post here:
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