People Who Employ Me
SHIFT Communications, an integrated communications and PR agency. Anything I write about our area of expertise will be inherently biased.
People Who Consult With Me
The University of San Francisco, as an adjunct professor of Internet Marketing and lead subject expert and professor of Advanced Social Media.
Various conferences and events pay me to speak. If I'm promoting a conference that I'm speaking at, assume I'm being paid to speak and that any promotion of the conference isn't vain egotism, but is in fact crass commercialism.
People Who Have Sent Me Unsolicited Free Stuff
- David Garland sent me a free copy of his book, Smarter Faster Cheaper.
- CC Chapman sent me a free copy of his book, Content Rules.
- Amber Naslund and Jay Baer sent me a free copy of their book, the Now Revolution.
- Guy Kawasaki sent me a free copy of his book, Enchanted.
- Griffin Technology sent me a Simplifi, which I keep on my desk. It's handy. They also sent me an iPad stylus which I would use much more if I stopped losing it.
- Little & Brown publishers sent me a bookshelf's worth of books that I've yet to read for the most part. About 3 feet worth of books. Sorry guys. I will get to it at some point, I promise.
- Sprouter.com sent me a private beta invite to their service and a houseplant.
- Julien Smith sent me a review copy of The Flinch.
- Chris Brogan and Julien Smith sent me a review copy of Trust Agents.
- Joseph Jaffe sent me a review copy of Join the Conversation.
- Jim Kukral sent me a review copy of Attention: This Book Will Make You Money.
- David Meerman Scott sent me review copies of all his books.
- Ted Demopoulos sent me review copies of all his books.
- Ron Ploof sent me a review copy of his book, Read This First.
- Amber Naslund and Jay Baer sent me a review copy of their book, The Now Revolution.
- David B. Thomas sent me a review copy of his book, Executive's Guide to Social Media Strategy.
- Someone once sent me a pack of photo postcards, but I can't remember who they were, nor what was on the postcards. I know I lost the postcards somewhere in my office.
- Kim Stezala sent me a copy of her Scholarships 101 book. Good read.
- Mark Kantrowitz gave me a free copy of his scholarships book.
- Nearly every artist who was podsafe in 2005 or 2006 sent me a CD. I have a two foot-high pile in my office.
- Chris Abraham and one of his clients sent me a 4 pack of sugary Snapple water once. Didn't drink more than a bottle. Nice gesture, though.
- JC Hutchins sent me a free copy of his book, 7th Son: Descent.
- Popchips sent me a crate of Popchips to try. They were relatively tasty.
- There's a giant pile of miscellaneous low-value stuff on my desk from trade shows, conferences, etc. If it's soft, small, or squishy, then the cat took it.
People Who Have Sent Me Solicited Free Stuff
- Nearly every conference I speak at has sent me a complimentary pass, usually more than one. Assume that in addition to being paid to speak, I've also received a guest pass and possibly other complimentary stuff.
- Seagate Storage sent me a 750 GB external hard drive via Robert Scoble.
- At one point, I was a member of BzzAgent and they sent me a toothbrush, a tequila glass, a coupon for really crappy tequila, and a bag of charcoal. The charcoal burned pretty spectacularly and the toothbrush is still in use. (it's a Sonicare, and yes, I change the heads regularly. Otherwise, that'd be gross) I don't drink crappy tequila, so that glass gets used for energy drinks instead. The bottle of tequila is somewhere in my basement. Based on some of the sounds I hear at night, I think my cats are indulging in it.
Statement on Affiliate Marketing
I'm going to try to make money off of you. Let me repeat that. I AM GOING TO TRY TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF YOU. I'll post stuff for sale on which I get paid a commission. I'll post stuff for my employer to benefit my salary, so assume a bias there. I use Amazon, Linkshare, Commission Junction, Shareasale, and anyone else who will shovel cash my way. You should too. Assume that I'm getting paid by someone, though I'll use in-post disclosures when and where I can.
My only promise to you is that I won't market crap to you. If I try to sell you something, at least it'll be the good stuff.
Statement on Privacy
Assume you have none anywhere on the Internet and you'll never be disappointed. Don't ever submit to me anything you wouldn't put up on a public bulletin board. Assume that everything is on the record, because it probably is – there's a security camera somewhere, watching you right now, and your government is almost certainly collecting more info about you than you know. So is Google. See that guy over there? He’s probably got Google Eyeball, which replaces one of your eyes with an always-on YouTube streaming camera. If you're concerned about privacy of your information, don't post it online ever.
Also, tell your friends to stop posting those drunk, half-naked pics of you on Facebook and then tagging you in them. We can all see that, and for the most part, it's not pretty.
Statement on Content
This is my blog. It's like my living room, only online. I do with it as I like, as you should do in your own living room. If you were to come into my living room, demand free beer and chips, then crap on the floor and break the windows, I'd probably put your porch lights out, if you know what I mean. If you do the digital equivalent, I'll do the same. Plain English: I reserve the right to do whatever I want on my personal blog with content, including updating, editing, and deleting without warning or notice.
Statement on Unsolicited Items
You're welcome to send them to me, but they're not coming back. Ever. Especially if the cat gets to it.
By sending me something to review, you understand that I may or may not review it, and I do not guarantee any outcome of the review. I also do not guarantee a review in a timely manner unless you want to pay for a review.
If your product sucks, I'm going to say so in no uncertain words.
If it's delivered electronically, I may never even see it due to spam filters.
If it's tangible, there's a distinct chance it'll get lost in my office somewhere and I won't find it until months later, possibly after you've gone out of business. I'll still review it and lament your passing if that's the case.
If I do review something, I will disclose it, no exceptions.
If it's great, I'll tell people about it.
If it's terrible, likewise.
If it's mediocre, there's a good chance it will make so little an impression that I'll forget to review it entirely.
Be awesome, okay?