DogPound Debonairing with Cleveland.com and the Browns

CLEVELAND – Last night it really hit me: this city’s going places. 

Never mind that guys like Joe Pulizzi, the Godfather of the phrase “content marketing” and Paul Roetzer, founder of the original hybrid/inbound marketing agency — continue to redefine and champion the spirit of the community.

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Courtesy of Joe Pulizzi, Content Marketing Institute

Putting Believeland on the map as hometown underdogs, testament to a community that deeply values its roots and shows heart, hunger and humility.

Damn. That was a lot of alliteration.

As opposed to a sniveling, inflated superego who says Akron is his real home. Coming from someone who wasn’t born and bred here (CalifNYorker), even outliers like me know how tactless that is.

For shame, doc.

But back to Cleveland and 2011. Tonight’s tweetup at Cadillac Ranch with Cleveland.com and the Browns marked the beginning of fall, birthdays, and culmination of summer weddings, blogging/media conferences (our very own Content Marketing World) and Boston Inbound Marketing Summit, vacations — and refreshingly little buzz over the F-word.

Over today’s #F8 conference hailing the “new age” of social networking via timelines, open graph and a new class of applications. The constant squawking for power in the social realm’s starting to riff even the savviest of users.

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Courtesy of Alana Munro, Cleveland.com

Promising myself I’d resist the urge to be that guy, myself and another member from last month’s Cleveland.com Twitter20 devised a social experiment prior to the event: where the words Facebook and timeline were officially taboo.

It was actually easier than I thought it’d be. Maybe because the novelty of newest, biggest, fastest and better’s older than the Ed Sullivan Show.

But still not as annoying as all the whining and complacency surrounding what people should be used to by now: life goes on.

Tech will always be moving forward. So in the time that it takes to jump on the haterade bandwagon, maybe do us a favor, can it and do something. Take control of your social experience.

Facebook social network users social media

Mildy apparently the new “Mildly”

Who knows, Google+ could announce it bought everyone out tomorrow and that’ll be the end of it. 

At the heart of it, though, dogpound debonairs are not unusual: We just genuinely like people. Get a rush out of making new connections, meeting and commiserating over some pretty badass people, like Gini Dietrich and Chris Brogan.

Still stand on the shoulders of giants.

Because at the end of the day, all the tools, apps and open-graph sharing cannot replace the power of genuine, human experience. In-person. In real-time. Always looking upward and outward.

About working on your business, not in it as Gini says.

Other than scoring a free pair of tickets to the Browns/Titans October 2nd (props to all the winners, you get a star next to your name below) —

That’s something to really get pumped about.

Browns Tweetup Cleveland social media Cleveland.com Byron Fernandez

Courtesy of Cleveland.com

Chomps Cleveland Browns mascot tweetup Cadillac Ranch

Chomps riding the Bull

Dawgs in Attendance:

Alana Munro @dawgpndgirl

*Me @byron_fernandez

Jennifer Spiker @SportStoleMyMan

Jessica Donlon @jessicadonlon

Julie Provins @julieprovins

*Kasey Crabtree @kaseycrabtree

*Laurel Miltner @laurelmackenzie

Lukas Treu @ltreu

*Paul Roetzer @paulroetzer

Stephen Garvin @CleveNole

Todd Sheppard @taawd

Tracy DiMarino @tracydimarino

RELATED LINKS

Julien Smith >> Information is Not the Problem

Gini Dietrich >> Four Ways to Unplug and Focus

How to Lose Credibility in Less than 10 Seconds: Netiquette 101 

Contact Byron

Global Reflection: Finding Value from Facebook Insights and Bit.ly

So far the greatest value I’ve gleaned from having a Facebook page and using bit.ly (a link shortening application) across channels has been through the insights both provide in terms of statistics, metrics and demographics. 

Though Facebook is a bit more linear, with mainly X, Y tables and bar graphs, I love how visual bit.ly is, with its pie charts and use of color palettes to represent different metrics.

Here are some of the most revealing stats so far, beginning with Facebook page Insights:

  • Of the 1,023 users who “Like” (formerly “fanned”) the page, 52% are women
  • Of that 52%, 47% comprise women ages 18-34 
  • Of the remaining 38% male population, 92% comprise men ages 18-34
  • The rate of monthly active users has reached 2,660 — an increase of 241% 

My favorite metric? The countries section, where Insights breaks down my sphere of influence with users across the globe.

According to Facebook and bit.ly, I reach users in 69 countries including the United States (pre-Google+) :

Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Finland, Hong Kong, Columbia, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Spain, Macedonia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic, Israel, South Korea, the Republic of Korea, Brazil, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, India, Aruba, the Bahamas, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Denmark, Czech Republic, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Portugal, Serbia, Paraguay, Peru, the Phillipines, Costa Rica, Ireland, Russia, Indonesia, Egypt, South Africa and Singapore.

Fathered or fatherless (some of us both), we are all connected. Experience precedes belief.

Though most of you may not be over for a beer and bedtime story, or to help move my couch anytime soon, I’m encouraged and humbled by the idea that we’re all here.

Alive.

Able to live in such a way that others are better for having known us, no matter how brief or seemingly trivial.

That’s powerful.  

Fresh-off a whirlwind month of Google+, Spotify, tweetups, the finale of Harry Potter (does an early screening and seeing it twice since the weekend make me a geek? Lol)

and finishing the book Joe Pulizzi gave me at the last Cleveland social media workshop, I’ve mulled around  two lessons.  Though not particularly profound, from the most basic, human element I can only err in potential:

1) Love

The overarching theme of the Harry Potter series and Pulizzi’s Get Content, Get Customers is love. 

To summarize, remember it is not the biggest, fastest, smartest or strongest that wins in the end.

It’s the one with the most heart. 

2) Motive: As John Maxwell (I momentarily had to recover from a schoolboy, star-struck moment when he followed me on Twitter) said in the Journey from Success to Significance, the right motive keeps you from manipulating others. 

Essentially: Power, fame/notoriety and all the glitz or glamour wealth can buy means nothing if you are not led by Love.

If at the end of the day, your heart and mind has no sanctuary, no one else to share in your joy (and grief), what was the point?

For whom, how — why did you get out of bed every morning? If you have nothing left to fight for other than yourself, you’re not really living yet — least of all flourishing.

Some are content to survive. Others will work hard and give their all, and with enough commitment, persistence, faith and a wee-bit of fortune earn the privilege to thrive.  

It is not a right, not a guarantee. Once again, we are not entitled to anything apart from a good attitude, hefty dose of humility, accountability to ourselves (and others)…and hard work.

On a consistent basis.

I’m beginning to see what Tim Ferriss and Guy Kawasaki mean when they say to Give so much that it feels uncomfortable.

I’d add hurts or awkward to those sentiments, too. Pride doesn’t mix well with love or compassion.

And as Forrest said so well in his endearingly glib way:

That’s all I have to say about that.  

  

Gunther Sonnenfeld on Gladwell, GaGa and Organic Communities

As I continue down the rabbit hole that is Google+, it’s been exhilarating to connect with some of the thinkers, writers, bloggers and storytellers in my social networks, mainly Twitter and Facebook, but also from Quora, LinkedIn and Klout.

One of my favorite bloggers is Gunther Sonnenfeld (@goonth), the author of ThinkState and (any surprise here?) also a native of Southern California.

Though I’ve yet to break through the soundwaves of his 4k strong Twitter following, he added me back on Google+ circles. Geeked :)

We’re all like this. Who inspires you (other than yourself)? Who invigorates, challenges and amps you up for the day, week, month? The lovebuzz and insights we get from this is nothing short of a ripple that flows outward. At quantum levels, as Zian Silverwolf likes to put it.

So cool.   

Among many things, Gunther mentions observations on the direction of community and social interactions, in life and online. Storytelling, Gladwell, passion, organic references…and of course, GaGa.

Obviously this was my favorite part:

The Lady Gaga Misnomer (the truth about “superfandom”).

” Speaking of meaningful action… At breakfast this morning, a friend and colleague of mine shared a great story about the phenomenon that is Lady Gaga. He had been talking with her manager at a dinner party, who said that amid the 32 million plus fans she has acquired in her young career, only 60 – that’s right, SIX-ZERO – are her real fans, her “superfans”, who make or break her career and its respective paths. They essentially do all the talking, all the doing and all the marketing for her. This might not be entirely surprising when we think about how careers, especially in music, are so easily made and destroyed. But perhaps there is something far more kinetic in this equation, which is the idea that influence is borne from an intention so strong, a passion so alive, that what springs from it cannot be stopped. It can’t be confined to words. More importantly, it defines the path of the ordained. Lady Gaga is just a woman who had an imagination and a heart bigger than her own self — she played the role of a superstar, an inspirational icon, even when she was only performing for audiences of 30. Imagine what would happen if we were all influenced in the same way… If we all conveyed the emotion she does through her work (whether you like it or not…) and through those she so profoundly influences. “

Basically, it’s pretty simple for the Gags and those who “get it” »

” Being provocative is not just about getting peoples’ attention.

It’s about saying something that affects people in a real way — and a positive way… “

RELATED LINKS

Gunther Sonnenfeld >> The Future Now of Influence

Necessary GaGa Masterclass Comes to American Idol

The Convergence of Art and Technology: Google goes GaGa