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Dear Conference Vendors: Don’t Call Me. I’ll Call You.

If I had to summarize my experience at Content Marketing World; I would say it was like a really good date ruined by overeager follow-up.

Don’t get me wrong, CMW was an amazing experience.  I met some fascinating people and walked away with some very valuable insights.  Unfortunately the vendors, some of whom I never talked to, walked away with my phone number and haven’t stopped abusing it since.

I realize that they’re only trying to help. For the love of Maslow though, you would think that a conference dedicated to marketing through value-added resources would inspire a little more creativity and tact than exhibited thus far.

Since the conference ended, I have gotten at least 3 calls or emails a week trying to follow-up with me.  Some of them want to sell me new CMS systems, some of them want to talk content syndication services.  They all want to “talk about how they can help.” This is great and I will want to talk to them but, like a date, the timing must be right.

Until then, please excuse me if I must deal first with my clients and then, when ready, I will call you.

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Just Stop With The Self-Pics At The Gym, Will You?

Of all the stupid things people do on social media, I hold that posting pictures of themselves at the gym is by far the worst.

Sure, its great to let people know that you’re active and fit. In fact, there’s even scientific proof that people that have friends that post actively about their exercise regimes are more likely to be active, themselves.

However, unless you’re Kelly Olexa or a similar fitness-based blogger, your motives for posting a photo of yourself in that over-priced designer tank top are pretty transparent. You might as well stamp the photo with your measurements and phone number and save yourself the trouble of posting it to a “dating” site.

For those of you who are proud of all the weight you lost, I applaud you. For the love of Zuckerberg though, can’t the duck face wait untill AFTER you take a shower?

Seriously, if you were that great of an athlete, you would get yourself out of the gym and demonstrate that physical prowess in some sort of sport. Posting photos of teammates, running medals and even your new athletic shoes are all inspirational no matter how deep you are in your fitness journey.

Taking a photo of yourself, however has only one purpose; to say to the world that you think you’re hot. I am here to say here and now that you will get no such validation from me.

If you need that kind of reassurance, go to a bar. In the meantime, I’ll be the one on the elliptical watching just waiting for my chance to photo-bomb you.

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