Are You A “Community Data Guerrilla?” And Other Links


Here are some articles from the last week or so that I read with interest.
Many thanks to Tommy Walker, Sam Fiorella, Martin Bryant, Amit Argawal and Dan Taylor.

Maybe it’s time for you to throw a few pennies at mobile phone stock.  Traditional media’s biggest nemesis is on the thing on your hip.

Does your business card say, “Social Media God?”  If so, check this article out.

I have already written a few pieces on Rapportive, but if you have not discovered it yet, what are you waiting for?

I have a Tumblr, but it was where I parked some of my feeds.  I guess that is a thing of the past.

And a blog post that I’m sure the Winklevi and Eduardo have bookmarked (NOT!).

Opportunities Have No Schedule

Don’t let a referral pass you by.

I was sitting in my boy’s office, when the receptionist rang him.  Someone needed to buy insurance.

When he got on the phone, he determined that the insurance in question was really a property/casualty matter.  Since he was on speakerphone, I heard the conversation, and I immediately grabbed my BNI biz card book and pulled out my prop/casualty guy’s card.  We gave the woman on the phone the info and told her to use my name.

She called my guy and the paperwork is in the pipeline.

Everyday, there is an opportunity to do good and send business to your colleagues.  Use your ears and listen for those opportunities.  Keep your friends top of mind.  I am constantly thinking about ways to refer business or good people to the other good people I know.  And I know that there are associates of mine who are trying to do the same for me.  A networking guru called it Giver’s Gain.

Not a bad credo to live by.

Also, when you are constantly looking for opportunities that may benefit others,  you will end up putting money directly in your own pocket at times.

So please don’t let these opportunities pass you by.

(And yes, I know the above video is not 100% authentic)

Biz Card Hoarder

my business card wall
What do you do with those business cards you’ve collected over the years?  Do you scan em?  Send them off to CloudContacts? Throw em out?

I put mine in huge binders.  Years worth of contact info.  I still have my very first rolodex from my admin asst days in the music industry (1990).  I refer to them often.  A few years ago, I was looking through my binders trying to find a printer I could invite to my BNI chapter. I came upon a guy’s card who was quite memorable.  I met him in 2004, when I used to belong to Ryze and happened to attend one their networking events.  For some reason, we got to talking about Jersey and its hip-hop stars. It was a great conversation.

So in the spring of 2007, I found his card and sent him an email about being my guest at a BNI meeting. While it was not his primary email, it was forwarded to one that he checked regularly.  In a few hours, we were on the phone catching up.  Now mind you, it was a Tuesday late afternoon and my meetings are Wednesday 7am.  Guess who showed up on Wednesday morning?  And shortly after that, he joined.  And then 3 years later, in one of his last acts as a member, he brought a guest that became a business partner in another venture of mine.

So, don’t throw your old biz cards away. Three to six years later, they can still turn into something.  Not to be cliche, but there is a reason they are called business cards.